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Dental Conference at a Glance:

Dates: May 19-30, 2024, Paris Pre-Tour: May 16-19,

  Riviera Extension: May 30 - June 2

Speaker: Dr. John Minichetti

Topic: Implants

Total CDE Credits: 12

Conference Price: USD$995/pp + tx

Trip Price: USD$9695/pp based on dbl occ.

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Tour of Provence & the Côte D’Azur: Join Mindware Seminars next May for a tour of the legendary cities of Provence and the Côte d’Azur.  A playground for movie stars today, Provence was once a Roman province that proudly retains its ancient history and happily flaunts its foodie and regional specialities. Think olives and almonds, flaky salt, candied fruit and wine as well as regional products such as Savon de Marseille, ochre pigments and fragrance for all the top perfume makers; there is no shortage of sensory experiences to be had in this part of the world!

We’ll begin our stay in Avignon at the Hotel d’Europe, whose illustrious guest list includes Napoleon Bonaparte, Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin and Pablo Picasso to name a select few!  Seat of the Popes in the 14th Century, Avignon is a perfect jumping off point for day trips to the region.  The magnificent Palais des Papes dominates the old city with its twin spires and imposing façade, nearby is the famous Pont d’Avignon (of childhood rhyme fame) and scattered across the city’s winding streets is a maze of shops and restaurants to please every palate.

The wineries of Chateauneuf-du-Pape and the Cotes du Rhône beckon for wine tastings and lunch at a domaine and then it’s off to the ancient city of Carpentras with the oldest synagogue in continuous use in Europe, since 1327.  A Chef Day at the indoor market of Les Halles will provide a hands-on lesson in Provençal cooking and its aromatic spices.  Market day in Saint-Remy-de-Provence is not to be missed and as the tour winds its way through the Alpilles region, the medieval stronghold of Les Baux de Provence next comes into view, a windswept hilltop town, now home to artists and a second home to the Grimaldi family of Monaco.  Finally, Les Carrières de Lumières, an old limestone quarry exhibits spectacular images on its walls allowing visitors to walk through the scenes painted by different artists each year such as Monet, Cézanne and Van Gogh.

                Next it is off for a day in the Camargue region,                 known for its white horses, black bulls and pink                 flamingoes, its fleur-de-sel picked in the salt                 marshes off the Mediterranean coast and a                 local specialty called Gardiane de Boeuf.                 Visits will include a stop at the Orinthological                 Park of the Pont du Gau as well as in Aigues                 Mortes, a fortified town that once saw troops off                 to the Crusades; and Les-Saintes-Maries-de-la-                 Mer, said to be where the three Marys landed                 after the resurrection.  Finally,the last stop of                 the day will be in Arles and its Roman arena                 and views of the landscapes painted by Van                 Gogh.

               We will then bid adieu to Avignon and head to                            Aix-en-Provence, where the Counts of Provence                            once reigned and where we’ll stay at the Grand                             Hotel du Roi René, named for the last count to                              rule the region, known as the Good King René.                           On the way over we will stop in Salon-de-

Provence whose most famous son was Nostradamus and then we’ll visit the Marius Fabre soap factory.  Over 100 years old, the family-owned company is one of only a handful of purveyors that still make this all natural soap that is prized the world over.  Over the weekend in Aix, there will be a chance to visit the daily markets, the Cours Mirabeau and the Atelier Cézanne among other highlights.

On Sunday, we will have a true foodie day, starting off with a visit to the Musée du Calisson du Roy René, and its more than 30 varieties of almond trees where they make Calissons d’Aix, an almond paste specialty of the region.  Next it is off to the Luberon region and to Lourmarin for a taste of the Appelation Ventoux.  Desert will be found at the Maison du Fruit Confit and no, these are not your grandmothers’ candied cherries!  A “savoir-faire” that dates back more than 2000 years to Roman times, all manner of fruit is treated to sugary baths for a week or more at a time until all the water in the fruit is replaced by sugar that both preserves the fruit, but also provides a delicacy that can be eaten as is or used in all kinds of pastry.  We will walk off all of those calories in the small town of Roussillon that sits on a ridge of ochre cliffs and its Sentiers des Ocres that takes visitors through the former quarries.  Finally, we will make a small detour for a photo-stop of Gordes, an all white city seemingly dropped onto a hillside overlooking one of the many beautiful valleys of olive trees.

Our next destination is the glittering shores of the Cote d’Azur, the center of France’s “Art-de-Vivre” where we will stay at the Hotel Boscolo Exedra Nice.  We’ll break up the journey with a beach stop in Saint-Tropez and continue on to Grasse, headquarters for all things perfume and flowers.  We’ll participate in a hands-on workshop at Fragonard where each person will make a personalized perfume of their choosing, perhaps to be worn at dinner in Nice later that night!  While the Cote d’Azur needs little introduction, it’s incarnation as the place to see and be seen is little more than 150 years old.  Made chic by the likes of Queen Victoria in the late 1800’s, it then became a magnet for artists like Matisse and Chagall who painted the soft light into so many of their pieces before catching on as a mecca for today’s movie stars.  

The next day, we’ll take a walking tour of Nice and its Promenade des Anglais, the ancient Greek and Roman sites, the Lympia harbor and the Russian Cathedral.  Finally, we’ve saved the best for last with a full day tour of the French Riviera starting in the peninsula of Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat and its most famous “folie,” the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.  Then, we’ll head to the hilltop village of Eze known for having some of the best views on the coast before heading to the tiny principality of Monaco, one of the wealthiest and most expensive locations on earth.  

Our tour will include a stop at the Prince’s Palace, the cathedral and the famous Oceanographic Museum. Of course, a visit to Monaco wouldn’t be complete without a tour of the Monaco Grand Prix Formula 1 race track, a tour of the capital, Monte Carlo, a chance to stroll among the fancy cars and yachts, to visit the Casino or the world-renowned Café de Paris and we’ll end the day with a farewell dinner to remember!

Dental Conference: Earn 12 AGD credits learning about “Implant Surgery for the General Dentist.”  This course is designed to give a thorough understanding of diagnostic treatment modalities necessary to properly treat patients with dental implants in the general practice setting.

Learning Objectives:  To Understand Clinical Evaluation of a Patient for Implant Cases; To Learn Treatment Planning and Basic Implant Surgery; Learn How to Use Diagnostic Imaging to Treatment Plan Implant Cases; To Learn Prosthetic Restoration Techniques; To Understand Implant Complications and How to Manage Implant Failures

Speaker: Dr. John Minichetti is the Director of the Center for Implants and Aesthetics at Englewood Dental in New Jersey, Director of The Dental Implant Learning Center, Director of the Las Vegas AAID Maxicourse® held at UNLV School of Dental Medicine and the New York AAID Maxicourse® held at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York.  He also serves as Chief of the Department of Dentistry, at Englewood Hospital and Program Director of the Englewood Hospital GPR Program.  He has been practicing and teaching implant dentistry for over 30 years.  Dr. Minichetti is a fellow of The International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI), The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), The International Academy of Dental Facial Esthetics, and The American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID).  He is past- president of the AAID, the ABOI, President of the AAID-Bergen County Dental Implant Study Group, has published numerous scientific articles and has lectured and instructed worldwide.  Dr. Minichetti graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (now the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine) and completed

a GPR program at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York, New York.  He is also board certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantology/Implant Dentistry. 

Paris Pre-Tour and Riviera Extension:  For those that wish

to extend their trip, join us for a weekend pre-tour in Paris

kicking it into high gear at the Moulin Rouge, a full day tour

of Paris including skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower,

a stroll down the Champs-Elysée and Versailles, the favored

home of Marie-Antoinette, a day for shopping and then a

transfer to the TGV station before heading south.  

After the main tour of Provence, extend your stay for a few

days and really get to know the Riviera.  We’ll visit the Italian

Riviera towns of San Remo, Bordighera and Dolceaqua, the

seaside and mountain resorts known for their markets,

picturesque streets and more gourmet delights!  The next day,

it’s off for a half day tour to Cannes, home of the Film Festival

and a walk along the Croisette.  Then we head to the peninsula

of Antibes, Juan-les-Pins and Cap d’Antibes, with its square fort and 16th Century ramparts, grand villas and the home away from home for the stars, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc.  Enjoy some free time on the second to last day so you can start to plan your next visit to the South of France and the many stops we didn’t have a chance to see!

Tour Pricing: USD $9,695/pp based on double occupancy.  Pricing includes: 4 & 5-star hotel accommodations for 11 nights, all meals as indicated in itinerary, all internal transfers, English-speaking guides, air-conditioned tour buses for all touring and transfers, all entrances for activities indicated as well as tips for guides and drivers.

Please note: OPC tax and cancellation,

medical, travel and lost luggage insurance

are not included.  

GAM-SPS – Que. Lic.

Dr. John Minichetti