Physiotherapy Post WCPT Congress Study Tour

14 - 26 May 2019
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

This tour and cruise is designed to follow on from the WCPT General Meeting and Congress, which will be held in Geneva from 10-13 May 2019. Both tour and cruise are open to all, whether you attend the Congress or not.

This tour and cruise takes you to some of the loveliest parts of Italy, Greece and Croatia. It combines a full cultural itinerary with a professional visit and lectures on the cruise. From Geneva, take the train on a beautiful journey to Milan, passing the shores of Lake Leman and rolling vineyards. Spend two nights in the stylish hub of Milan and visit the famous Duomo, La Scala Opera House and galleries, as well as taking a food tour around the city with tastings. Visit a local physiotherapy practice in Milan before taking the train to Padua. Tour this historic city with visits that include the oldest anatomical theatre in the world. Take the train to Venice and spend a night in the beautiful city of canals before boarding your cruise ship to sail into the Adriatic Sea.

During your time at sea, listen to CPD lectures on board. First stop is the elegant port of Bari, where you can explore the narrow streets and artisan shops in the old town. Continue to Corfu and onto Santorini with its tumble of white buildings and spectacular caldera.  Onto vibrant Mykonos and then to Dubrovnik, the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ with its magnificent walled old town and timeless grace. Your cruise finishes back in Venice, where you will disembark.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Libby Soderholm

Libby Soderholm

Libby Soderholm is an experienced sports physiotherapist and business owner with over 25 years’ experience. She owns and manages 2 large busy practices in Western Australia; Grange Physiotherapy in Rockingham and Mandurah Physiotherapy.  Grange Physiotherapy has been the recipient of a variety of small business awards in 1999 and 2012.  Both clinics are involved in student placements and new graduate mentoring programs. 

Libby currently consults for complex cases and is Managing Director at Grange and Mandurah physiotherapy clinics. She was a sports physiotherapist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. In 2001 she was the proud recipient of the Kim Beasley “Service to the Community” Award. 

Libby is currently the WA representative and vice chair on the National Physiotherapy Business Australia Committee, and is on the board at Kolbe Catholic College in a governance capacity. She works with the Australian Physiotherapy Board on the Registrations and Notifications Committee.   

Libby is currently the Australian representative of IPPTA (international Private Physical Therapy Association) which is a subgroup of WCPT (World Confederation of Physical Therapy).  She has been involved with mentoring, and lecturing to students, new graduates and business owners, and has an interest in new graduates being prepared for private practice.  

Libby’s passion is good management in small business.  She has a Diploma in Small Business Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  She is involved in business consulting and lecturing and has also authored national resources for both clinical and business education. She feels strongly that physiotherapy practices should be thriving entities if managed correctly and the focus is on good clinical and customer service.  

Libby has 4 children and enjoys music.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • 14 May (Tues) Geneva / Milan: Morning at leisure. In the afternoon take the train to Milan via the Simplon along the shores of Lake Leman and past many Swiss vineyards.  Arrive Milan and transfer to the hotel
  • 15 May (Wed) Milan: Morning walking tour of Milan; see the Duomo, the Vittorio Emanuele II Galleria and La Scala Opera House.  Enjoy a food tour around the city, visiting some of the most famous historical food shops, tasting charcuterie, patisserie and of course the famous risotto with tastings. Option to visit La Scala for an evening performance
  • 16 May (Thurs) Milan / Padua: Visit Milan Physiotherapy Practice and professional meeting. Take the train to Padua. On arrival transfer to the hotel
  • 17 May (Fri) Padua: Walking tour of Padua taking in the two main squares, the Piazza della Erbe and Piazza dei Fruitti, which for centuries were home to markets and the Palazzo della Ragione. Visit the St Antonio Cathedral, the beautiful oldest anatomy theatre in the world and the Orto Botanico di Padova (established in 1545). Option to visit the Scrovegni Chapel with its frescoes by Giotto. At the end of the day walk to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
  • 18 May (Sat) Padua / Venice/ Padua: Take the train to Venice and meet your guide. Start your tour of this famous city. Visit Piazza San Marco, surrounded by the Bell tower and Basilica. After lunch explore the city with some free time before returning to Padua
  • 19 May (Sun) Venice / Cruise: Transfer to Venice for the cruise and board the MS Deliziosa.   Cruise into the Adriatic Sea.
  • 20 May (Mon) Bari: Morning cruising at sea while at leisure or listening to lectures. Arrive Bari early afternoon and option to explore Bari until evening departure. 
  • 21 May (Tues) Corfu: Arrive Corfu in the morning and option to explore until early afternoon departure. Afternoon at sea cruising or listening to lectures. 
  • 22 May (Wed) Santorini: Morning at sea before arriving in spectacular Santorini just after noon. Spend the afternoon exploring Santorini at your own pace and see the sunset from Santorini before departure in the evening. 
  • 23 May (Thurs) Mykonos: Early morning arrival in Mykonos and option to spend the day exploring at your own pace until late afternoon departure. 
  • 24 May (Fri) Cruising:  Day spent at sea cruising - at leisure or listen to lectures. The afternoon is at leisure or the option of an Open Forum. 
  • 25 May (Sat) Dubrovnik: Arrive at the "Pearl of the Adriatic' - Dubrovnik. Option to spend the morning at leisure exploring at your own pace before an afternoon departure and at leisure on board.
  • 26 May (Sun) Venice:  Disembark in Venice and transfer to the airport

Tour cost

Cabin prices from USD $2,997 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)

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