Incentive trips are a fantastic way to motivate and reward your teams. Often incentive trips will only last a few days making European destinations a popular option due to the diversity of cultures, good climates and shorter flight times. We have pulled together 3 fantastic (our favourites!) European city destinations that will guarantee your group a memorable time away.
The picturesque Portuguese capital is the perfect destination for a fun filled incentive trip. With its mild and sunny climate, it makes for an ideal year-round location. Whether you are looking for culture, the water, a vibrant nightlife; Lisbon has it all.
Activities – There is so much for groups to do, on land take a guided Segway tour through the 7 hills of Lisbon, jump in some ‘Go Cars’ for an exciting way to see the historic city or take a trip to Sintra for some buggy karting or Cascais for a beach day. Alternatively, make use of the beautiful Tagus River by hiring a private catamaran for a party on the water or join a regatta with personal skippers for a different river experience.
Cuisine – A must when in Lisbon is a visit to the Time Out Market, housing over 30 food and drink outlets as well as a cooking academy, this is a perfect place for a group for lunch or dinner to experience the best of Portuguese cuisine. Restaurant choices are endless with converted warehouses like Kais Restaurant to lovely seafood restaurants, there will be something to suit the group.
Nightlife – The evenings are always lively in Lisbon; starting early with a sundowner at one of the many rooftop bars with panoramic views of the city. Why not take the group on a bar crawl down the famous Pink Street. Or for those looking to party until sunrise there are plenty of clubs to try such as the infamous Lux club and K Urban Beach Club.
Budapest is a great city for an incentive due to its mix of history and contemporary lifestyle all whilst being one of the most affordable European destinations. Famous for its diversity; on one side of the River Danube the hilly, old historic, Buda; compared to the other side the flat, buzzier, Pest. This perfect mix makes for an interesting incentive.
Activities – A must when visiting Budapest is a trip to the famous thermal baths a time to relax and unwind in the natural hot springs. A private boat cruise down the River Danube is a great way to admire the views of the city whilst learning and seeing the main attractions. Attendees can also take a tour of the spectacular parliament building and view the Hungarian Crown Jewels, something not to be missed.
Cuisine – Budapest has a massive foodie scene. The Great Market Hall is the largest and most beautiful food hall in Budapest and would be perfect for a guided tour with tastings for lunch. With four Michelin star restaurants in the city and plenty of traditional Hungarian cafes, fine food to the local cuisine isn’t hard to come by.
Nightlife – It’s well known that Budapest has a great nightlife. Groups can head to the Ruin Bars which offer a hybrid of bars, cafes, beer gardens and nightclubs, something to suit everyone. There are also lots of wine bars like Doblo, in Budapest that play live music and jazz for those more laid-back nights.
Dubrovnik is rising in popularity especially since the filming of ‘Game of Thrones’ took place in the city. Nestled below green foothills, surrounded by crystal clear waters and full of medieval architecture, this city has a lovely mild Mediterranean climate making it a popular destination throughout the year for groups.
Activities – With the sea and the historic city there is lots to do in Dubrovnik. If attendees are feeling adventurous why not abseil down its famous city walls, explore the traditional Dalmatian lifestyle in a colourful Renault 4 or after taking the cable car get involved in a buggy safari experience. Take to the sea for a kayaking experience looking back at the beautiful views of the city or hiring a private yacht for a more luxurious experience. For those Game of Thrones fans they can become stars of their own and film their own movie in its famous film locations.
Cuisine – Dubrovnik has excellent gastronomy and there are plenty of places to indulge in Dalmatian cuisine and take culinary tours down its narrow streets. Attendees can sample local Dalmatian delicacies by the city’s most celebrated chefs, against the backdrop of the stunning views, at restaurants like Panorama restaurant and Dubravaka 1836 Restaurant. Wine is also an important part of Dubrovnik life, best explored through a tasting experience in a local vineyard or wine bar.
Nightlife – Although maybe not known for its nightlife there is still plenty around. Wine and cocktails bars to start the evening like Nonenina and Bar Azur or why not head to Banje beach club to watch the sunset and stay for the whole evening. If you want more of a party scene Culture Club Revelin is the place to be.
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