GP & Specialist Medical Conference – 12 to 20 June 2015
With 2015 marking the 100th commemoration of the ANZAC landing in Gallipoli, it came as no surprise that the level of interest in our Istanbul and Turkish Cruise conference was high.
Turkey has exoticism to spare, with its covered bazaars, ancient mosques, whirling dervishes, sultans’ treasures and Byzantine mosaics. And its natural beauty is abundant, with great stretches of sandy beaches and romantic rocky coves. Our participants found the Turks to be exceptionally gracious hosts, which made sense given the country’s place as a crossroads between Europe and Asia. This appealing mix of culture and history was on show daily as we discovered the country and its many attractions.
The Pre Cruise Istanbul Conference allowed participants to gain much needed CPD credits while still having time to explore the many palaces and mosques. A highlight of this part of the conference was the private tour of the Florence Nightingale Museum which illustrates some of the remarkable work she did. Access to the museum is extremely difficult to arrange as it is located on a current Turkish Army base and is granted at the discretion of the base commanders.
Our Turkish Cruise itinerary included a welcome night at the Pera Palace Hotel in Istanbul – originally built for the guests of the Orient Express train. The hotel has been wonderfully restored and was where Agatha Christie wrote “Murder On The Orient Expresss”. A 7 night cruise on board the m/v Tere Moana followed as we journeyed along the Turkish coast with stop at Gallipoli, Bodrum, Fethiye and before crossing to the wonderful Greek Island of Rhodes. A stop at Kusadasi allowed us to visit Ephesus before we headed to Lemnos and then back to Istanbul.
The cruise portion of the conference had many highlights with the most special being the wreath laying ceremony at Lone Pine and the near private tour of Ephesus.
Those who a little more time to spare then extended on to Cappadocia to see the wonderful cave dwelling and underground cities.