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India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges – February 17-March 1, 2025

On Board Ganges Voyager II

Topics: OrthopedicsRheumatology

Departing February 17th, 2025 - March 1st, 2025

Voyage down the sacred Ganges, a river teeming with the vibrant life and spirituality that invigorates India. Between dramatic temple complexes, richly spiced cuisine, and the picturesque Pink City and majestic Taj Mahal of the Golden Triangle, India has no shortage of wonders to uncover.

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Faculty & Conference Details

Dr. Wojciech Olszynski

Dr. Wojciech Olszynski

Specialty:

Rheumatology

About The Speaker

Dr. Olszynski is a well-known clinician, educator, and clinical trial investigator in the field of arthritis, osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases, as well as immune disorders, since 1989. He completed his medical training at the medical school in Warsaw, Poland and subsequently completed his internal medicine and rheumatology training at the University of Saskatchewan.

As founding director of the Saskatoon Osteoporosis Centre and Arthritis Clinic in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan he coordinates a multi-disciplinary centre for the evaluation and management of osteoporosis, and other metabolic bone disorders.

Dr. Olszynski is the author of many publications and reviews.  He actively participates on the Advisory Council for Osteoporosis Canada and as an opinion expert for the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD).

In addition to his busy practice in rheumatology, he also serves as Clinical Professor of the Department of Medicine with involvement in under-and-post-graduate teaching. Dr. Olszynski is a member of many international professional associations as well as the 2007 Gold Medal recipient of the Albert Schweitzer World Academy of Medicine Award for Humanity and Medicine.

Dr. Jeffrey Ross

Dr. Jeffrey Ross

Specialty:

Associate Professor of Surgery

About The Speaker

Jeffrey A. Ross, M.D. is a podiatrist in Houston, Texas specializing in Diabetic Foot Amputation Prevention and Limb Salvage. He is an associate professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ross graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1979 from New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He later fulfilled a two-year residency with the Harris County Podiatric Residency Program, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery from 1979-1981. Dr. Ross pursued additional podiatric training by completing a fellowship in Ein Kerem, Israel in December of 1988, with the American College of Foot Surgeons. Seeking to expand his knowledge base even further, Dr. Ross graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine in 2003.

Since 1985, Dr. Ross has served as the podiatric attending chief for Ben Taub Hospital and the Quentin Meese Diabetic Foot Clinic. He has also served as the associate chief for the foot service at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (1995) and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine since 2006.

With over three decades of experience in his field, he has participated in over 150 lectures and/or presentations, and published 132 publications in various industry journals. He presents nationally and internationally on subjects ranging from sports medicine and biomechanics to wound healing and limb preservation. Dr. Ross served as past president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and served here in Texas as the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. He is a past member of Texas Department of State Health Services Council and Texas Diabetes Council. He served as past president of Texas Podiatric Medical Association.

CME Topics

Rheumatology & Orthopedics

Sea Courses is pleased to invite you to a Continuing Medical Education program during a 12-Night CME River Cruise in India. Dr. Wojciech Olszynski and Dr. Jeff Ross have developed an interactive educational program that will be of interest to family physicians, specialists, and allied health professionals. Dr. Olszynski is a well-known clinician, educator, and clinical trial investigator in the field of arthritis, osteoporosis, and metabolic bone diseases, as well as immune disorders. As founding director of the Saskatoon Osteoporosis Centre and Arthritis Clinic Saskatchewan, he coordinates a multi-disciplinary centre for the evaluation and management of osteoporosis and other metabolic bone disorders. For this program, Dr. Olszynski’s topics will include Osteoporosis, Fibromyalgia, Inflammatory Arthritis, Joint Injections and Osteoarthritis. Dr. Jeff Ross is a podiatrist in Houston, Texas, specializing in Diabetic Foot Amputation Prevention and Limb Salvage. He is an associate professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ross graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine in 2003. With over three decades of experience in his field, Dr. Ross has participated in over 150 lectures and presentations and published 132 publications in various industry journals. He presents nationally and internationally on subjects ranging from sports medicine and biomechanics to wound healing and limb preservation. Dr. Ross served as past president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Ross’s presentations will include Foot and Ankle injuries, Diabetic Ulcers, Wound Debridement, Plantar Fasciitis, PRP and Lower Extremity Injuries. Dr. Olszynski and Dr. Ross are looking forward to welcoming you on this Cruise in India.

Dr. Olszynski-

  • Inflammatory Arthritis ( RA, PsA and reactive arthritis)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome / Fibromyalgia
  • Osteoporosis—Update Including Canadian Guidelines
  • Crystal Arthropathies
  • Spondyloarthropathies
  • Joint Injections

Dr. Ross-

  • Overuse Foot and Ankle Injuries in the Athlete. The Psychological Impact of the Injured Athlete
  • Predicting Preventing and Treating Overuse Lower Extremity Injuries Utilizing Computerized Gait and Pressure Analysis
  • The Multidisciplinary Approach to Limb Preservation
  • The High Risk, Dysfunctional Diabetic Foot
  • The Psychological Impact of Limb Preservation and Limb Loss
  • The Art and Advantage of Debridement of Wounds and Diabetic Ulcers
  • Amnionic Stem Cells, Platelet Rich Plasma for Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis and Overuse Tendinitis

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

Conference Tuition Price
FP $1445
Specialist $1395
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1245
Conference Tuition Book Before April 17th, 2024 Book After April 17th, 2024
FP $1295 $1445
Specialist $1295 $1445
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $1095 $1245

India’s Golden Triangle & the Sacred Ganges – February 17-March 1, 2025

On Board Ganges Voyager II

Sailing February 17th, 2025 - March 1st, 2025

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Faculty & CME Details

Dr. Jeffrey Ross

Dr. Jeffrey Ross

Specialty:

Associate Professor of Surgery

About The Speaker

Jeffrey A. Ross, M.D. is a podiatrist in Houston, Texas specializing in Diabetic Foot Amputation Prevention and Limb Salvage. He is an associate professor in the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Ross graduated with his Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree in 1979 from New York College of Podiatric Medicine. He later fulfilled a two-year residency with the Harris County Podiatric Residency Program, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery from 1979-1981. Dr. Ross pursued additional podiatric training by completing a fellowship in Ein Kerem, Israel in December of 1988, with the American College of Foot Surgeons. Seeking to expand his knowledge base even further, Dr. Ross graduated with his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Health Sciences, Antigua School of Medicine in 2003.

Since 1985, Dr. Ross has served as the podiatric attending chief for Ben Taub Hospital and the Quentin Meese Diabetic Foot Clinic. He has also served as the associate chief for the foot service at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (1995) and a clinical associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine since 2006.

With over three decades of experience in his field, he has participated in over 150 lectures and/or presentations, and published 132 publications in various industry journals. He presents nationally and internationally on subjects ranging from sports medicine and biomechanics to wound healing and limb preservation. Dr. Ross served as past president of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine and served here in Texas as the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Physical Fitness. He is a past member of Texas Department of State Health Services Council and Texas Diabetes Council. He served as past president of Texas Podiatric Medical Association.

Dr. Wojciech Olszynski

Dr. Wojciech Olszynski

Specialty:

Rheumatology

About The Speaker

Dr. Olszynski is a well-known clinician, educator, and clinical trial investigator in the field of arthritis, osteoporosis and metabolic bone diseases, as well as immune disorders, since 1989. He completed his medical training at the medical school in Warsaw, Poland and subsequently completed his internal medicine and rheumatology training at the University of Saskatchewan.

As founding director of the Saskatoon Osteoporosis Centre and Arthritis Clinic in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan he coordinates a multi-disciplinary centre for the evaluation and management of osteoporosis, and other metabolic bone disorders.

Dr. Olszynski is the author of many publications and reviews.  He actively participates on the Advisory Council for Osteoporosis Canada and as an opinion expert for the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD).

In addition to his busy practice in rheumatology, he also serves as Clinical Professor of the Department of Medicine with involvement in under-and-post-graduate teaching. Dr. Olszynski is a member of many international professional associations as well as the 2007 Gold Medal recipient of the Albert Schweitzer World Academy of Medicine Award for Humanity and Medicine.

This course is designed for family physicians, specialists, and allied health care professionals. The aim is to provide evidence-based material, as well as practical and relevant clinical pearls that will be easy to implement into one’s own medical practice. Conference attendees will be invited to complete a pre-course Needs Assessment to assist the faculty with the development of their presentations.

Conference Tuition
Conference Tuition Book Before April 17th, 2024 Book After April 17th, 2024
FP $1045 $1195
Specialist $1045 $1195
Resident, Retired, NP, RN, PA, Other $845 $995

Venue Information

Voyage down the sacred Ganges, a river teeming with the vibrant life and spirituality that invigorates India. Between dramatic temple complexes, richly spiced cuisine, and the picturesque Pink City and majestic Taj Mahal of the Golden Triangle, India has no shortage of wonders to uncover.

Additional Noteworthy Features

The ship’s spacious, high-ceiling suites are a serene sanctuary, with beautiful hand-painted murals and all the comforts of a five-star hotel. All suites have a cozy sitting area and a French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors. A bed dressed in soft linens, with a choice of pillows. Your roomy bathroom has a rain shower, comfy robes and slippers and spa-quality bath products. Other high-end amenities include a generous amount of closet space, under-bed storage, a flat-screen television with a wide selection of on-demand movies, individual climate control, bottled water replenished daily, fresh fruit and flowers upon arrival, an iPhone docking station with alarm clock, makeup mirrors and universal electrical plugs.

LAND TOUR

  • All listed excursions
  • Transfer from New Delhi Airport to The Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi
  • 2 nights at the Oberoi Hotel, New Delhi
  • Transfer from New Delhi to Agra
  • 1 night at The Oberoi Amarvilas Hotel, Agra (or similar) - every room has a view of the Taj Majal
  • One evening of live entertainment (Agra)
  • Transfer from Agra to Jaipur
  • 2 nights at The Oberoi Rajvilas Hotel, Jaipur (or similar)
  • Shuttle for shopping in Jaipur
  • Transfer from hotel in Jaipur to Jaipur Airport
  • Flight from Jaipur to Kolkata
  • Transfer from Kolkata airport to ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
  • All Gratuities

RIVER CRUISE

  • All listed excursions
  • All meals
  • Unlimited local beer, spirits and soft drinks
  • Wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entertainment and performances as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of an experienced Uniworld Cruise Manager
  • All gratuities, both on board and onshore

Itinerary & Schedule

Date Port / Location Arrival Time Departure Time Notes / Details
February 17th New Delhi
February 18th New Delhi
February 19th New Delhi / Agra
February 20th Agra / Jaipur 7:00pm-7:30pm
February 21st Jaipur
February 22nd Jaipur / Kokata /Agra 2:15pm-5:30pm
February 23rd Kalna / Matiari 10:45am-11:45am / 3:00pm-5:00pm
February 24th Matiari / Murshidabad 9:30am-11:30am / 4:00pm-5:00pm
February 25th Murshidabad / Baranagar / Murshidabad
February 26th Baranagar / Mayapur
February 27th Mayapur / Bandel / Chandannagar 10:00am-12:00pm
February 28th Kolkata 2:00pm-5:15pm
February 29th Kolkata

Detailed Port Descriptions

Day 1 | Monday, February 17, 2025 | New Delhi

Be greeted by a Uniworld representative at the airport and transfer to the beautiful Oberoi New Delhi hotel and resort, a luxurious retreat tucked away in the heart of India’s cosmopolitan capital.

Day 2 | Tuesday, February 18, 2025 | New Delhi

Featured Excursion: India’s Capital City India’s seat of power for nearly a thousand years, Delhi bridges two distinctly different worlds—Old Delhi, the former capital, with its narrow lanes and splendid mosques; and New Delhi, established by the British, with wide tree-lined boulevards and handsome buildings. Spend your first full day in India getting a panoramic overview of the city’s top sights, including Humayun’s Tomb—inspiration for the UNESCO-designated Taj Mahal—and Birla house.

Day 3 | Wednesday, February 19, 2025 | New Delhi, transfer to Agra

Featured Excursion: Majesty and Grace—Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal This morning’s destination is Agra Fort, the palatial walled city where Shah Jahan once lived, followed by lunch at the spectacular Oberoi Amarvilas. Check-in and enjoy a leisurely afternoon on the resort property, where every room offers stunning views of the Taj Mahal. As the sun sets, you’ll have your first opportunity to visit India’s most awe-inspiring and iconic monument; this “elegy in marble” commissioned by the broken-hearted Emperor Shah Jahan after his beloved wife died in childbirth., will literally take your breath away.

Day 4 | Thursday, February 20, 2025 | Agra, Transfer to Jaipur

Featured Excursion: Early morning at the Taj Majal Venture back to the Taj Majal early in the morning, when the pristine white marble monument is aglow with the soft pink lustre of dawn, and learn more about the mausoleum’s fascinating history, perfect proportions, precious building materials and intricate craftmanship. After a scenic drive to Jaipur, the magnificent capital of the Indian state of Rajasthan, check in at the regal Oberoi Rajvilas and relax at the hotel.

Day 5 | Friday, February 21, 2025 | Jaipur

Featured Excursion: Jaipur—Rajasthan’s Princely City Your tour of romantic Jaipur includes City Palace—a sprawling complex with lovely courtyards and gardens where the former royal family still lives—and the UNESCO-designated Jantar Mantar, a centuries-old observatory housing the world’s largest sundial and a superb collection of astronomical instruments. Relax during the afternoon or take a complimentary shuttle into town to explore the city’s bazaar, which overflows with high-quality textiles, jewellery and gemstones.

Day 6 | Saturday, February 22, 2025 | Jaipur, fly to Kolkata

(Embark) Transfer to Jaipur International Airport and fly to Kolkata, India’s second-largest city, a clamorous yet captivating metropolis situated on the Lower Ganges. Cap off the day with a cultural performance on board the Ganges Voyager II.

Day 7 | Sunday, February 23, 2025 | Kolkata

Featured Excursion: Mother Teresa’s home and tomb and the enduring legacy of the British Raj The former capital of the Raj, Kolkata offers intriguing glimpses of the British colonial period, including grand architecture such as the Writers’ Building, High Court and General Post Office. Visit Mother Teresa’s former home, where the late Roman Catholic nun established the Missionaries of charity in 1950, and her tomb, her final resting place.

Day 8 | Monday, February 24, 2025 | Kalna

Featured Excursion: India’s “Temple City” There is no better way to see the sights of Kalna than via an exhilarating rickshaw ride through the heart of the city. Kalna’s Rajbari complex has the region’s densest concentration of temples, including 108 intricately carved, slope-roofed structures devoted to Shiva.

Day 9 | Tuesday, February 25, 2025 | Matiari

Observe master craftmen at work in Matiari, an artisans’ village revered for its finely wrought brassware. There will also be time to shop for village-made goods. Back on board, roll up your sleeves for a mehndi demonstration — intricate henna designs—and learn how to tie a sari and a turban.

Day 10 | Wednesday, February 26, 2025 | Murshidabad, Baranagar

Today you’ll experience two Bengali towns, Murshidabad and Baranagar, both of which boast architectural monuments closely linked to the ruling families of the area. Approaching Murshidabad, a most unexpected sight unfolds before you—the massive Hazarduari Palace, famous for its thousand doors, both real and false, and its fine collection of antiques and British colonial artwork. Climb aboard a horse cart for a lively ride to Katra Mosque, one of the region’s largest and most interesting.

Day 11 | Thursday, February 27, 2025 | Mayapur

Featured Excursion: Hare Krishna complex and Temple of the Vedic Planetarium After a scenic morning cruise, the wildly colourful village of Mayapur, birthplace of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and it’s colossal Vedic temple await you. Millions of scholars and devout followers visit here every year. The village is also home to hundreds of second-generation Hare Krishnas born to North Americas and Europeans who relocated to India back in the 1960’s.

Day 12 | Friday, February 28, 2025 | Bandel, Chandannagar, Kolkata

Featured Excursion: Discovering India’s fascinating dualities Travel by sampan to Bandel for a visit to the Hooghly Imambara, one of the most famous pilgrimage centers in West Bengal. The structure was designed to serve two functions—a mosque as well as an Imambara, a congregation hall for special religious ceremonies. Admire the site’s faded grandeur on a stroll around its vast courtyard, or ascend one of the tall twin towers for a marvelous view. Later, join an excursion to Chandannagar, which was a French colony for about 275 years and thus has a very different cultural heritage and character from the rest of India (most of which fell under British rule). Take a leisurely walk along the Strand, Chandannagar’ s waterfront promenade, lined with lovely colonial-ere buildings that have stood the test of time—including the former French governor’s residence and the Roman Catholic Sacred Heart Church. Chandannagar’ s intriguing dual nature is evident elsewhere in the city, such as the schools that still teach both English and French, generations after the colonial rulers departed. Spend your last evening on board enjoying a Farewell Dinner.

Day 13 | Saturday, March 1, 2025 | Kolkata (Disembark), Transfer to the airport

Disembark the ship and transfer to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport for your return flight home.

Pre-And-Post Trip Information

There are no pre or post tours created for this itinerary. To build your own or simply add hotel nights, please talk to your Advisor!
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