Pre and Post CISTM15 Tours

Pre CISTM15 Tours

Barceló Congressos is hosting our Pre-Conference Tours on Saturday 13 May and Sunday 14 May 2016 . For more information about each tour, please click here.



Montserrat is culture: a library of nearly 300,000 volumes; the oldest boys' choir in Europe; a basilica full of paintings, gold lamps and decorated chapels, a museum with paintings by El Greco, Picasso and Dalí among many others and treasures from ancient Egypt.

The tour includes a visit to the Sanctuary (Monastery, Basilica, Chapel of Our Lady).


Sitges has a remarkable cultural legacy, and has maintained its traditions alive despite its modernity and cosmopolitan character. It has preserved important medieval and modernist remains, as well as an old fishing village atmosphere. Interesting points: Seaside Boulevard, Baluard, downtown surrounding the church, Sant Sebastià beach and Maricel Palace.

Wine Cellar Visit: Cavas Codormiu

CAVAS Codorníu, located 30 minutes away from Barcelona and 40 minutes away from Sitges, welcomes visitants since the beginning of the last century. With this visit you will know the history of a wine producer family in the 16th century, the oldest family company in Spain and one of the oldest in the world.


Saint Paul's Hospital (Hospital de Sant Pau)
The old Hospital of Santa Creu was built by Lluis Domènech i Muntaner and is the biggest modernist ensemble in the world and it’s a new area to discover. The visit allows to know it deeply as well as all the restoration process. The tour will take you to the beginning of the 20th century, when Barcelona had its biggest urbanistic development, and built one of the oldest health care institutions in Europe.

The Cathedral of the Sea
This literary tour will let you relive the stories of this exciting novel through its different locations; places that after almost 700 years we will revisit from a different perspective whilst admiring the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Approximate itinerary: Plaça Nova, Bisbe street, Sant Jaume Square, Pl. del Rei, Pl. del Blat, Pl. de la Llana,Argenteria street, Canvis Vells, Consolat de Mar, Pla de Palau, Vidrera, Montcada, and Santa Maria del Mar.

The Picasso's Barcelona: A Bohemian City 1900s
This is a very special cultural tour, as it combines arts, history, society and stories related to 1900s Barcelona, the city that Picasso found when he moved here with his family. Following Picasso’s footsteps the tour takes you to some of Picasso’s studios and homes, as well as old bars, galleries, and shops of that time and other related places that are still running.

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History, Medical History and Culture in Spain
Post ISTM Congress Tour
19 – 26 May 2017

Following the ISTM Congress in Barcelona, this specially designed tour visits some of Spain’s medical and cultural highlights. For more information and to register: Jon Baines Tours

History, medicine, and culture intertwine on this fascinating journey through Spain. Travel from Barcelona to Madrid and onto Al-Andalus – Andalucia - where echoes of the Moors are still strong in the beautiful architecture of Granada, Cordoba, and Seville. Learn about the many developments in medicine in Spain under the Moors, through the Age of Exploration, the Enlightenment and beyond. Visit exquisite palaces, gardens and cathedrals, world-famous museums and cities at a lovely time of year.

Meet your fellow travelers and national guide in Barcelona. The city is known for its ornate and innovative architecture and your first visit is to the Art Nouveau Sant Pau hospital designed as a garden city to nurse the sick. Continue to the old Sant Pau Hospital, used since medieval times until the early 20th century. See the medieval convalescent home and pharmacy and visit the ornate baroque anatomical theater of Sala Gimbernat, more than 250 years old. Later take the high-speed train to Madrid

The morning is at leisure to visit nearby markets or world class museums. In the afternoon explore the Prado Museum with a specialist guide, examining the superb collection with a particular focus on anatomy and medicine. Continue to the Botanical Gardens and learn of the medical influence of the New World botanical discoveries.


The following day, drive out to visit the imposing palace of El Escorial and view the Royal Apartments, Basilica, museum, library and tomb. In the evening there is the option to see a flamenco show. Travel to Toledo the next day and visit the Museum of Santa Cruz, located in a former 16th century hospital. Toledo was a melting pot of Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities in the Middle Ages and an important base for translating and disseminating ancient Greek, Roman and Arabic learning throughout Europe, stimulating many scientific advances.

Drive across the plains of La Mancha to Granada, stopping en route at the village of Consuegra. The plains are dominated by the 16th century castle of the Knights of San Juan - the Spanish branch of the Knights Hospitallers of the Order of St. John - and stark white windmills, the latter made famous in Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

A strong Moorish legacy survives in Granada from the city’s Golden Age in the 13th to 15th
centuries. In the morning take a walking tour of the Alcaiceria, the old Arab quarter, to see a reconstruction of a Moorish bazaar, a hammam (bath house) and the Corral de Carbon, the oldest surviving Arab monument in Spain. In the afternoon visit the exquisite Alhambra Palace, the best-preserved example of Moorish architecture in Spain.

Drive to lovely Cordoba, a center of culture, medicine and learning in medieval times and famed for its great library. Visit the 8th century mosque and the ancient Jewish quarter. Continue to Seville, stopping en route for tea at the Parador of King Pedro “the Cruel” (or the “Just”).

Seville’s history is multi-layered, with influences from Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian cultures still evident in this beautiful city today. Tour some of the city’s magnificent sites, starting with the artist’s district of Traina, the Castillo St Gorge and Hospital de la Caridad, founded in 1674 by Miguel de Manara, who is said to be the inspiration for Don Juan. See the Archive of the Indies, which houses millions of documents and maps, including the journal of Christopher Columbus. In the afternoon visit the spectacular palace and gardens of the Reales Alcazares and Seville’s impressive Cathedral. Enjoy a farewell dinner that evening before departing to the airport the following morning.

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Post ISTM Congress Tour

19-26 May 2017
3 nights Madrid -- 2 nights Granada -- 2 nights Seville


19 May (Fri) Barcelona / Madrid B
AM Visit the Art Nouveau San Pau Hospital. Continue to Royal Academy of Medicine of Catalonia and see the medieval convalescent home, pharmacy and visit the ornate anatomical theater of Sala Gimbernat dating from 1762
PM Take the high speed train to Madrid. Transfer to the hotel
20 May (Sat) Madrid B
AM At leisure to visit nearby museums including Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum or the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
PM Visit the Prado with specialist guide and examine Medical Themes in the Art of the Prado. Visit Jardin Botanico
21 May (Sun) Madrid B
AM Travel by train to visit the Monastery of El Escorial and see the Royal Apartments, the Basilica, museum, library and tomb
PM Return to Madrid and at leisure
EVE Optional flamenco show
22 May (Mon) Madrid / Granada B
AM Visit Toledo including the Museum of Santa Cruz, a former 16th century hospital and the Hospital Tavera and learn of the Translators of Toledo
PM Lunch stop at Consuegra and see its old windmills and castle, home of the Spanish Knights Hospitallers. Drive across La Mancha into Andalusia and onto Granada
23 May (Tues) Granada B
AM Visit Corral de Carbón (medieval inn, warehouse and theatre) , El Bañuelo (traditional Moorish baths) and Aljibe del Rey (medieval cisterns)
PM Visit the Alhambra and its Generalife gardens
24 May (Wed) Granada / Cordoba / Seville B
AM Drive to Cordoba. Visit the 8th century mosque and the old Jewish quarter
PM Explore Cordoba at leisure. Continue to Seville with a stop for tea in the Parador of Carmona, one time residence of the Castilian King Pedro “the Cruel” (or “the Just”).
25 May (Thurs) Seville B D
AM Visit the Hospital de la Caridad, founded in 1674, the Castillo San Gorge and the explore the eclectic, artistic and historic district of Triana
PM Visit the Cathedral and the Reales Alcazar and see the exterior of the Archive of The Indies
EVE Farewell Dinner
26 May (Fri) Seville
AM Departure from Seville

The cost of the tour is $2,186 per person

The cost includes:

  • The services of an experienced national guide throughout
  • Seven nights’ accommodation in twin-bedded rooms with private facilities in medium grade hotels
  • The single room supplement is US $448
  • Breakfast daily
  • Farewell Dinner
  • All admission fees
  • All transport services and taxes in Spain


The cost excludes:

  • Meals not mentioned
  • All optional excursions, tours and visits
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Tips