A TREAT IN TUSCANY – LUCCA

2nd–6th May 2020

Pre-conference extension FLORENCE 29th April–2nd May
Post-conference extension PERUGIA 6th–9th May

Conference Plus has chosen the beautiful city of Lucca in Tuscany as the base for the Spring conference in May 2020 with an optional pre-conference stay in Florence and a post-conference stay in Perugia, Umbria.

Lucca is a gem of a small city in Tuscany famed for its medieval walls encircling the city and its cobblestone streets. The broad, tree-lined pathways along the tops of these massive 16th and 17th century ramparts are great for walking or cycling, giving a wonderful view of the city. Lucca was the birthplace of the composer Puccini and his music is celebrated with beautiful concerts.

We shall be staying in the San Luca Palace Hotel located within the walled city and an ideal base for the conference providing 12 hours of high quality continuing medical education. The lectures will be timed around the touring programme enabling you to enjoy the city as well as the excellent education. See below for the academic faculty.

The city has many attractions including the Piazza of San Michele with its beautiful Church of San Michele in Foro, the Basilica of San Frediano as well as the Clock Tower and Guinigi Tower, to name just a few. We will aim to show you as much as we can in the time provided.

Visit Palazzo Pfanner with its lovely baroque garden and extensive collection of medical instruments. There should be the opportunity to attend a Puccini concert one evening during our stay as well as dining options in the lovely local restaurants.

In addition, there are optional tours to Pisa, to see the Leaning Tower, and the wonderful Pietrasanta, a nearby medieval town made famous by artists and sculptors drawn to the local marble. Here you can wander through the streets admiring the art on show in the galleries, of which there are many. You may even be tempted to make a purchase or two.

Conference Plus has included for you:

  • Flights from a selection of UK airports (some supplements may apply)
  • 4 nights at the lovely Hotel San Luca Palace
  • Transfers from Pisa airport to/from the hotel
  • Bed & Breakfast included

Optional extras

  • Academic course attendance aimed at updating GPs for your CME
  • Optional touring & dining programme

Enhance your trip by adding an extension:

Florence Pre-conference Extension

29th April–2nd May 2020

Fly out before the main party and enjoy 3 nights at the stunning Hotel Helvetia & Bristol. You won’t find a more beautiful hotel, located right in the centre of town with all the sites literally on your doorstep.

Known as the Birthplace of Renaissance; enjoy wandering through the magical art-filled streets, soak up the history the stunning Duomo and the Uffizzi Gallery, sample the delicious ice cream and pastas and visit the palaces and the art galleries that are all so easily accessible to you.

Florence is one of Europe’s finest art cities, with art from Botticelli to Michelangelo and Giambologna, a wealth of exquisite art and architecture to explore in this magnificent city.

Away from the culture for a moment and you will discover that Florence is bursting with a wonderful selection of shops, cafes and restaurants. The city is small, so walking from place to place is very accessible and easy.

Includes

  • Return flights from your chosen UK airport (some supplements apply)
  • Transfer from Pisa or Florence airport to the hotel
  • 3 nights at the Hotel Helvetia & Bristol
  • Bed & Breakfast included
  • Transfer from Florence to Lucca
  • Optional touring programme

Perugia Post-conference Extension

6th–9th May 2020

After the conference ends it’s time to join us in the gorgeous medieval town of Perugia. Located in Umbria, the neighbouring province of Tuscany, this is lesser-known, but equally beautiful part of Italy to visit.

A city of secrets which we will share with you on this three-night extension. Discover the hidden city underneath modern day Perugia; beautifully preserved and full of history.

The focal point in the city centre is the 13th century fountain in the Piazza 1V Novembre, the town square, flanked by Palazzo dei Priori and the Cathedral. These days people stroll along the beautiful Etruscan streets in the pedestrianised zone, sit on the cathedral steps and enjoy watching the world go by.

Perugia is the home of Perugina Baci chocolates where we can visit the factory and sample the produce.

Our base is the best hotel in the city, the Hotel Sina Brufani. Located in the heart of the old city within walking distance of the city sites. The hotel’s swimming pool and spa is located in the underground medieval vaults where some of the original stonework from that period can be seen.

There will be an optional tour to visit the historic town of Assisi. A hill town not far from Perugia which is the birthplace of St Francis (1181-1226) one of Italy’s patron Saints. The Basilica of St Francis is a wonderful place to visit and see the 13th-century frescoes portraying the life of St Francis and are attributed to Giotto amongst others. The crypt houses the saint’s stone sarcophagus.

Includes

  • Transfer from Lucca to Perugia
  • 3 nights at the Hotel Sina Brufani
  • Bed & Breakfast included
  • Transfer from Perugia to Pisa
  • Optional touring programme

Academic Faculty to include:

  • Dr Ameet Bakhai

    Consultant Cardiologist, Royal Free NHS Trust

    TBC

  • Mr Hemant Vakharia

    Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Royal Free NHS Trust

    TBC

  • Dr Victoria Swale

    Consultant Dermatologist, Royal Free NHS Hospital Trust

    TBC

Flights

Outbound to Lucca - Main Conference

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
02/05/2020 London Luton 1145 1500 Pisa Easyjet
02/05/2020 London Gatwick 0900 1210 Pisa Easyjet
02/05/2020 London Heathrow 1400 1710 Pisa British Airways

Return from Lucca - Main Conference

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
06/05/2020 Pisa 2125 2315 London Luton Easyjet
06/05/2020 Pisa 1810 1925 London Gatwick Easyjet
06/05/2020 Pisa 1945 2110 London Heathrow British Airways

Flights to Florence - Pre-conference Extension

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
29/04/2020 London Gatwick 1420 1735 Pisa Easyjet
29/04/2020 London Heathrow 0835 1145 Pisa British Airways
29/04/2020 London City 1100 1405 Florence British Airways

Flights from Perugia - Post-conference Extension

Date From Depart Arrive To Airline
09/05/2020 Pisa 1530 1615 London Luton Easyjet
09/05/2020 Pisa 1240 1350 London Gatwick Easyjet
09/05/2020 Pisa 1805 1930 London Heathrow British Airways
09/05/2020 Perugia TBA TBA London Stansted Ryanair

All flight times subject to confirmation.

Some supplements apply. Other departure airports upon request.

Price

Lucca Main Conference

£799 per person, includes International flights on EasyJet, accommodation and transfers. Based on two people sharing a double/twin room.

Course Fee: £399 per delegate ** HALF PRICE DELEGATE FEE for juniors up to 5 years after qualifying **

Extras

  • 130 comfort room single supplement
  • 190 double for single occupancy
  • 130 per person Junior Suite supplement
  • Flight supplements may apply for bookings taken near departure date

Florence Extension pre-conference

  • 699 per person. Based on two people sharing a double/twin room
  • 510 single supplement

Perugia Extension post-conference

  • 499 per person. Based on two people sharing a double/twin room
  • 185 single supplement
  • 62 per person Deluxe double room for 2 people
  • 245 Deluxe double for single use
  • 133 per person Junior Suite for 2 people


Deposit (non refundable)

£400 per person

 

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Hotels

San Luca Palace, Lucca

https://www.sanlucapalace.it

 

Helvetia & Bristol, Florence

https://www.starhotelscollezione.com/en/our-hotels/helvetia-and-bristol-florence

 

Hotel Sina Brufani, Perugia

https://www.sinahotels.com/en/h/sina-brufani-perugia/

 

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