CME, Cultural & Gastronomical

Tour of Spain

September 23 - October 5, 2023

Group Medical Director:
Dr. Rachel Kassner, Charlottetown, P.E.I.



"I found the trip to Spain to be a great combination of site-seeing, CME and amazing gourmet meals and wines selected by an internationally famous chef. We visited several famous vineyards and were able to sample their wines. The visit to an ophthalmological institute was especially memorable, we watched lens surgery in close up. The visit was very well organized with time to explore cities on our own, as well as tours of architectural wonders. I strongly recommend this tour as a great experience"

Dr. John Cocker, Stouffville, On. - Spain Gourmet, 2015

Fun, food, fellowship, culture, history, knowledge, perspectives, some ailments & mishaps — all packed in 12 days. Thanks everyone for enriching Kitty & my life! This is by far the most magical CME trip we’ve ever had for the past 3 decades! 😇😇”

Dr. Wing Lim, Sherwood Park, AB – Co-founder of Physician Empowerment - Spain Gourmet tour, 2022

Outstanding tour – so well organized and so smoothly coordinated. A very cordial group of affable guests on this tour.  We packed more than imaginable into 12 days!  It was everything advertised, culture, food, wine.  We made many great friends!  Thank you!”.

Dr. Bryan Callaghan, Ottawa, On. – Spain Gourmet tour, 2022

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Hola Gastronomía!

This 12 day itinerary shows you the highlights of Central and Southern Spain - a mixture of rugged mountain ranges, fabulous beaches and historic medieval towns dotted across its rolling interior. Marvel at the sites and witness the zest for life of the vibrant local people as you visit many of its most famous centers – Barcelona, the cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia; Zaragoza, with its history of co-habited Muslim, Roman & Jewish cultures; the capital, Madrid including its world famous Prado museum; the former Spanish capital, and now UNESCO town, of Toledo; Granada, with its breathtaking Alhambra palace and Arab-flavoured street life; Cordoba, the old capital of Cailphate and finally Seville, the old Moorish capital and current capital of Andalucia with its colossal Gothic cathedral and resplendent Mudéjar palaces. And combine all this with visits to local bodegas as you sample one of the country’s finest assets, its superior wine collections, as well as experiencing the different gastronomical flavors of the region – including hands-on cooking classes.

This is indeed a unique program with gourmet restaurants and exclusive private vineyard tours hand-picked by Fernando Garcia, Executive Chef and Owner of LaVinia Restaurant, Toronto (a well known Spanish restaurant in Toronto). Born in Spain  and educated at one of the finest cooking schools in Laussanne, Switzerland, Fernando was the Executive Chef at fine dining establishments in California, Vancouver and Piatto in Mississauga (home of the bi-weekly Halton Peel Doctors educational dinner meetings) before opening LaVinia at 2350 Lake Shore Blvd West Toronto in 2014, specializing in fine Spanish cuisine and offering several celebrated Spanish wines through his exclusive connections with vineyards in Spain. 

A rich tapestry of experiences that will leave you hungry and thirsty, for more….

Tour Highlights

  • Marvel at Gaudi's Barcelona, the astonishing architectural legacy that came to define a city

  • Explore Madrid's golden mile of art including the world famous Prado Museum

  • Walk the narrow medieval streets of Toledo, La Ciudad Imperial (Imperial City)

  • Immerse yourself in the history of the exotic and expansive Alhambra Palace in Granada

  • Visit Cordoba, the old Moorish capital of the Caliphate, and its Mezquita (Great Mosque) and the Alcazar

  • Imagine the explorations of Christopher Columbus at his tomb in the Cathedral of Seville, Europe’s largest Gothic cathedral

  • Enjoy a flamenco show and feel the passion of this famous dance

  • Savour finest local cuisine in gourmet restaurants and learn how to make it yourself through a hands on cooking class

  • Sample exquisite Spanish wines on exclusive vineyard tours

CME Program / Group Medical Director: Dr. Rachel Kassner, Charlottetown, P.E.I.

(12 CME hours and Certificate of Attendance provided)

  • Academic Conference in Seville - presentations by Canadian & Spanish medical experts & interactive discussions

  • Visit to world famous Barraquer Opthamology Center (Barcelona)

  • Visit to Ruber InternationalClinic (Madrid) 

  • Visit to a public hospital in Granada to learn about the Spanish healthcare system and meet with local doctors.

Pricing, Inclusions & Exclusions

Cdn $7,995 / person (double occupancy)

 Academic program reg. fee $900 / registrant

 Transportation/hotel taxes & fees $715 / person

 Single supplement - add $1,780

 Please note : All our pricing is in CANADIAN $ (competing  programs (that usually do not include include international airfare   from Canada) are often quoted in US$ resulting in a supplement of  almost 40% when converted into Cdn$ (based on Cdn$:US$  exchange rates at May 2023)  

Price includes:

  • International flights from Toronto to Barcelona, Spain and from Seville, Spain to Toronto
  • Private, modern, air conditioned coach transportation (including bottled water)
  • 4 star hotel accommodation
  • 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (featuring the different cuisine types of the region, including cooking class)
  • Drinks (wine, soft drinks) included with all lunches and dinners (except meals in hotels)
  • Tours of local wineries highlighting the different grapes of the regions, including wine tasting
  • Restaurants / exclusive wineries chosen by Fernando Garcia - Head chef and owner of La Vinia Restuarant, Toronto  
  • Comprehensive daily itineraries including escorted tours of local cultural sites and museums, attractions and shows.
  • All admission fees (except those specifically noted above)
  • Fully escorted program including services of local English speaking cultural guides
  • Porterage (at hotels)
  • CME program including tours of various local medical facilities spouses (Academic Program Certificate provided) with separate programs for spouses
  • Hosting by our Group Leader and Medical Director, Dr. Rachel Kassner and her husband, Joel Palter

 Price excludes:

  • Travel insurance – please note, travel insurance (including medical and trip interruption coverage) is highly recommended for this tour. Coverage is available through Doctors-on-Tour with Manulife Insurance – please check for further details in our brochure (page 26)
  • Gratuities
  • All items of a personal nature such as telephone / internet usage, laundry services etc

Entry requirements for Spain 

  • None


For invoicing purposes re doctors and their spouse, we can also provide a separate invoice with the doctor’s air cost plus 100% of the accommodation costs included in the doctor’s invoice.

Useful Links and Files (Click below to view)

Spain Gourmet CME - Sep 2023 - Detailed Brochure

Spain Gourmet CME - Sample Menu


To register for this program please complete our online registration form at the secure page below.

Spain Gourmet CME - Sep 2023 - Online Registration Form


Our recommended Manulife Travel Insurance is available when completing the registration form above. However, for Canadian clients residing outside of Ontario, you should click on the Manulife Insurance button below to take out travel insurance. 

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