loire valley, france
JUNE 2-8, 2019

Château Villandry

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are thrilled to announce that for 2019, our Controversies in Perioperative Medicine Conference will take place in the beautiful Loire Valley of France from June 2-8, 2019. 

An excellent academic program combined with cycling and hiking, enjoying great food and wine have been the essential elements of every “Controversies” trip thus far and we feel that this again promises to be a very special journey.

Over the past 20 years, the program has been held in France, Italy, Spain and Portugal – and each trip has been great for different reasons.  But it has to be said, that for quality of biking and hiking, gourmet food, great wine and culture, there is no place in the world better than France.  And from our experience, we can say that within France, there is just no place better than The Loire Valley. 

The travel program page of this website will give you all the information.  We will be staying in a charming hotel located within the ancient framework of the massive Abbey de Fontevraud.   The beautifully designed hotel restaurant is Michelin-starred.  A perfect French village with cafés, shops, bars and restaurants sits right outside the door with numerous places to gather in the afternoons after hiking or cycling.  The magnificent châteaux of Azay-le-Rideau, Villandry, Chinon, Saumur and Montreuil-Bellay are sprinkled along our biking/hiking routes. 

The trip will pick up and drop off in the gorgeous city of Tours, easily accessible from central Paris and CDG Airport by TGV bullet train.  You might actually think about spending a couple nights here either before or after the trip.  One night we will cruise the Loire River with drinks and snacks aboard L’Amarante, a beautiful wooden boat.  On another we will visit, taste and have dinner deep in the rocky wine cellars of Bouvet-Ladubay, one of the region’s top producers.  And on another, we will enjoy a guided visit and spend the evening in the medieval town of Chinon, famous for its rich powerful wine and towering château. 

The biking and hiking routes will be of varied length each day, sometimes following the river banks, often through vineyards and always connecting villages and towns dotted at short distances apart so that you can stop for a glass of wine or a tasty lunch along the way.  And as an extra bonus, the terrain is mostly flat. 

And let’s not forget the medical program!  We are already in the process of organizing presentations from doctors who are both leaders in their field and engaging speakers.  The CME medical program will come online in the next few months. 

If you are interested in joining us, fill out the reservation form found on this website and submit to Benefactor Travel through their secure server. Space is limited.

We truly hope you can join us for this extraordinary program in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. 

Mark Friedlander, MBChB FRCPC
Program Director

Charles Knapp, MD, FRCPC
Program Director