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Destination Croatia: Study in Dubrovnik


Destination Croatia: Study in Dubrovnik

September 24-October 1, 2014
Optional Extension to Zagreb, Croatia: October 1-3, 2014

Join us on this voyage of discovery to Croatia—Europe’s best kept secret! Located at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Mediterranean, Croatia is a recently formed independent nation created from the former Yugoslavia. Croatia’s history, which pre-dates Roman times, is home to many UNESCO World Heritage Sites and distinctive old towns filled with medieval, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque structures. You’ll enjoy stunning landscapes, friendly people and the unique combination of Mediterranean and Central European influences found in the country’s cuisine, architecture, history, and traditional arts.

Dubrovnik, a late-medieval walled city known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic,” will be our home base for five of the eight days. You’ll have ample time to explore this Old World gem on the shores of the Adriatic Sea and visit nearby villages and islands for a glimpse into the history and rare natural beauty of this incredible destination.

Comfortable temperatures (60s and 70s) and fewer tourists make September a perfect time to discover the charms of Croatia.

Itinerary highlights include:

Dubrovnik – We’ll spend 5 nights in Dubrovnik, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to many medieval treasures. Continuing education sessions will be held during the morning, leaving afternoons free to explore the ancient city and surrounding area.

Excursions will include guided tours of the:

  • Old Town quarter of Dubrovnik, with its beautiful monuments, churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. The walking tour includes the medieval Old City and the well-preserved city walls, which provided defense to this important Mediterranean port starting in the 13th century.
  • fertile valley of the Konavle region southeast of Dubrovnik. We’ll travel through many quaint villages as we tour this beautiful area containing olive groves, wineries and surrounded by the mountains of Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the Konavle cliffs along the sea.
  • Pelješac peninsula where we’ll visit the Trsteno Arboretum, situated on rolling terraces along the Adriatic. Here, we’ll explore gardens from the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Romantic eras and then move on to walk the medieval city walls of Ston, built to protect the valuable salt pans.
  • Elaphites, a small archipelago consisting of several islands stretching northwest of Dubrovnik, in the Adriatic Sea. You’ll get a chance to admire the spectacular coastal views as we sail on a Dalmatian vessel, formerly used for transporting wine or olive oil. We’ll dock at the beautiful Island of Lopud, enjoy a group lunch and have free time to relax on the white sandy beach, hike the lush hills, or browse the shops for local handicrafts.

Split – As we leave Dubrovnik and make our way north along the coast, we’ll stop at Split, where Roman Emperor Diocletian built a magnificent palace in the 3rd century AD. We’ll have a guided tour of Split’s Old Town historical complex, including the Diocletian Palace, for a unique glimpse of hundreds of years of history and the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world.

Trogir – Our last evening will be spent in Trogir, a quaint island town known as the “Stone Beauty” of the Adriatic because of its many churches, towers, palaces, fortresses and Romanesque Cathedrals.

Optional Extension to Zagreb, Croatia
October 1-3, 2014

You’ll have the option of flying home from Split or staying on for the 2-night extension to Zagreb that includes a visit to Plitvice Lakes National Park.

Plitvice Lakes National Park – This UNESCO World Heritage Site is considered to be one of the most beautiful natural sights in Europe. Waterfalls flow into lakes renowned for their variety of colors, set amid lush forests filled with wildlife. We’ll tour by bus and will be able to hike a portion of this natural wonder.

Zagreb – Located at the foot of the Medvednica mountain range, Zagreb is Croatia’s capital and its economic, educational, cultural, arts and entertainment capital as well. The old Baroque center is woven out of old stone streets and buildings, many churches, a magnificent cathedral, plus modern shops, cozy cafes and restaurants. You’ll get to discover the many charms of this Central European town during a half-day guided city tour.

Course Topics 
  • Medical Management of the Dental Patient
  • Bone Health & Oral Health
  • Complications in Dental Practice
  • Neurology of the Oral Region
  • Restoring Endodontically-treated Teeth
  • Dental Ceramics – Zirconia or Lithium Disilicate?
  • Dental Whitening
  • New Trends in Dental Adhesion & Composite Resins



You will benefit from learning how to:

  • assess medical risk and manage the medically compromised patient.
  • recognize, avoid and treat procedural-related complications in dental practice.
  • manage the oral health of patients with osteoporosis .
  • differentiate dental pain from neuropathic pain.
  • restore endodontically treated teeth with fiber-reinforced resin posts.
  • evaluate methods and materials available for teeth whitening.
  • apply clinical techniques to increase success with composite resins.
  • weigh the pros and cons of simplified dental adhesives and self-
  • adhesive resin cements.
  • select the most appropriate ceramic system for your patient.

Leon A. Assael, D.M.D., C.M.M., Dean and Professor, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Assael is a graduate of Columbia University and earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Harvard University, School of Dental Medicine, as well as a Certificate in Medical Management from the University of Kentucky, Gatton School of Business. He completed his residency in oral and maxillofacial surgery at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Assael served as dean to the College of Dentistry, University of Kentucky until 2003, when he was appointed professor and chairman of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the School of Dentistry at Oregon Health & Science University. He is the past editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, the past chairman of the Council on Dental Education and Licensure of the American Dental Association, and a diplomate to the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Jorge Perdigão, D.M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Professor, Division of Operative Dentistry, Department of Restorative Sciences, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry. Dr. Perdigão received his dental degree from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, a Master's degree and certificate in Operative Dentistry from the University of Iowa, and defended his PhD dissertation in Dental Materials at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. He is actively involved in research of new dental materials, mainly in the area of dentin bonding and new composite resins, and has been a consultant for several manufacturers worldwide in the development of new adhesive dental materials. Dr. Perdigão has delivered over 140 lectures in Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, and South America and has published over 100 scientific articles in international journals. He is also author of four book chapters on Dental Adhesion, including the latest edition of Sturdevant's Art and Science of Operative Dentistry. Dr. Perdigão is Associate Editor of the Journal of Adhesive Dentistry and Section Editor of Operative Dentistry in the Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry.  

About the Land Package

Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Carlson Wagonlit Travel at (763) 852-8162 or (800) 533-0324 for travel and registration information.

CWT will give participants airfare booking information in January 2014.


Grand Villa Argentina – Dubrovnik

A short walk from the historical city center, the Grand Villa Argentina is a luxury five-star hotel set on a cliff with spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea. The hotel’s regal, Old-World charm features rooms furnished in a sophisticated style, complementing the historic architecture.

Le Méridien Lav - Split

This five-star resort with a unique beach-front location invites guests to immerse themselves in the panoramic view of the Adriatic Sea. You'll enjoy modern rooms, indoor- and outdoor-heated pools, and a private beach.

Included Tour Features
  • Six nights deluxe accommodations, double occupancy. (Hotels currently listed may be subject to change.)
  • Breakfast daily at the hotel, 2 group lunches and 2 group dinners
  • All sightseeing and admissions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Services of a full-time, English-speaking, local guide
  • Carlson Wagonlit Travel tour escort
  • All transfers by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach with professional driver
  • Travel documents sent 2-3 weeks prior to departure
  • Four, half-day continuing education programs - 20 credit hours (CE tuition additional)
Not Included

Round-trip international airfare to Croatia, passport and visa fees, meals not indicated in the itinerary, supplement for single accommodation, additional hotel rooms or room category upgrades, items of personal nature, optional sightseeing, phone calls, excess baggage charges, tips to drivers and guides, or any other items not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary.

Terms and Conditions
  • Initial deposit of $750 per person + course tuition is due at the time of booking.
  • Full payment schedule is available upon request.
  • The final balance of the tour package (less any discounts for early registration) and the course tuition is due by July 25, 2014, or at the time of booking if after that date.
Cancellations and Refunds
  • Cancellation fees are per person and must be requested in writing.
  • Cancellations received from deposit to January 5, 2014, will be subject to a cancellation fee of 250* per person.
  • Cancellations received from January 6, to March 23, 2014, will be subject to a cancellation fee of $500* per person.
  • Cancellations received from March 24, to May 18, 2014, will be subject to a cancellation fee of $1,000* per person.
  • Cancellations received from May 19, to July 24, 2014, will be subject to a cancellation fee of $2,000* per person.
  • Cancellations received after July 25, 2014, will be nonrefundable. No refund for unused features once travel commences.

*Plus airline or ground handler imposed penalties.

Reservations are being taken by Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Register online or call (800) 533-0324 or (763) 852-8162.


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