Staff Rewards & Incentives
Employee value within an organisation.
1. Including time served as an employee including training, what would the cost of replacing an experienced employee be should he or she decide to leave?
2. As an employer, how do your employees see their piers?
3. Would employees within an organisation be happy with greater loyalty and profits?
Reward and recognition vouchers offer employees encouragement and job satisfaction. They also motivate individuals to see the positive sides of an organisation. The distribution of activity vouchers are often seen as a constructive way of employers showing staff appreciation, recognition and achievement. For larger group sizes, our office are happy to offer a bespoke program that is built around your corporate ethos.
Incentive programs do not need to be expensive !
Ask our office for more information, our office are only too happy to advice on incentive arrangements.
HERE’S A BESPOKE STAFF INCENTIVE IDEA FROM 2 NIGHTS
FIRST… Lets define the term incentive. – A reward bestowed on either an individual or a group of individuals (TEAM) as a sign of appreciation. This is how incentives work within corporate organisations.
STAGE 1. Always allow a minimum lead time of three months. There is a good reason for this. By introducing a three or even a six month track period, you allow individuals to digest the value of the prize being offered. (Examples of incentives shown below- scroll down). The only condition being that only the top 20 will be selected. This is called the pre-event gauntlet.
Assuming that there are over 100 employees and all had decided to compete for the reward. The reward could be a 2 night expenses paid weekend in Monaco. The only thing the individual would need to do is beat their given target in order themselves in the top 20 list to be qualified. Once an individual has been awarded a place, you would need a space between time of being notified and the actual departure date. This time difference allows that key individual to have enough time to have told everyone he or she knows.
This above is known as the build-up-excitement period. This is as important as the event itself.
STAGE 2. The itinerary. This is what the 100 had been competing for. These are designed in our office alongside head office to determine the overall cost permitted. (SEE NOTE A BELOW).
STAGE 3. The first day back in the office. The gossip, the experienced excitement shared amongst the 20. Besides, the bragging stage, often leads to envy and other employees to work harder in order to get themselves on the next corporate incentive.
NOTE A – All incentives are categorised as a business expense and go towards helping reduce the corporate tax payable. We are aware that 100 originally participated, yet only 20 were permitted.
What about the 80 that did not qualify… In fact, the actual cost for the 20 would have been subsidised by the excess profits achieved by the 80.
Additional information is available through our office.
Examples of different locations available
Please note that the following can always be adapted with add-on’s that focus on your particular brand
Guided tour of the Souks and Market, a maze of colourful
alleys and small squares which are home to a bewildering array of stalls and ateliers, devoted to specific crafts where one can watch part of the production process.
Marrakech discovery tour, including the main historical monuments.
Marrakech gardens and private museums.
Arts galleries, Antique shops and designers showrooms.
OUTSIDE THE CITY
4X4 Berber trails on the Atlas mountains slopes.
The charming Berber Valley’s of Ourika, Asni, Ouirgane, or Amizmiz.
Tamesloht and the Lalla Takerkoust Dam reservoir Lake (nautical activities and ideal location for team building!)
Plus Unitours secret itineraries and activities!
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
1001 NIGHTS WITH COSTUMES
Moroccan traditional dinner, with transfer by ‘caleches’ (horse-driven carriages), complete with costumes and a Moroccan wedding for one couple in the group.
BERBER FIESTA IN THE PALM GROVE
A Berber evening in the Palm Grove, with the decor of spa-lit palm trees and hundreds of candle lights, under the tents made with camel and goats hair, with whole roast lamb and couscous dinner, folklore dances and songs show…
BACK TO THE 30’s IN A MOROCCAN PALACE
A costumed evening in the contrasting décor of a traditional Moroccan Palace, mixing Charleston, the Quick Step and a competition in belly dancing! The best dancer and the best dressed will win prizes…
Le Palais des Congrès de Marrakech – With direct access from Movenpick Mansour Eddahbi Hotel
The MINISTERS Auditorium: 1489 seats (theatre style only – built-in projection room).
The ROYAL Room: 2000
theatre style – 1200 persons for Gala dinner with show – 2000 persons for cocktails.
The AMBASSADORS Auditorium: 432 seats (theatre style only – built-in projection room)
The FEZ Rooms (2 rooms available): 280 persons
theatre style – 150 pax school style – 150 pax conference style
The KARAM Rooms (4 rooms available): 90 persons
theatre style – 50 pax school style- 47 pax conference style
The REDA Rooms (5 rooms available): 55 persons
theatre style – 33 pax school style – 27 pax conference style
Room : 18 seats Conference style – 12 seats U shape
Rooms (3 rooms available) : 2 rooms with 18 seats
conference style and 1 with 14 seats. 2 rooms with 12 seats U style and 1 with 10 seats
The ASNI space: 120 seats Theatre – 60 seats classroom – 90 seats Conference – 87 seats U style – 78 seats Cabaret – 150 seats Banquet
The Agdal space: 110 seats Theatre – 51 seats class room- 80 seats conference – 72 seats U style – 72 seats Cabaret – 50 banquet
The Ménara Hall: 600 Reception – 400 Banquet
The Médina Hall: 500 Reception – 400 Banquet
Centre de Conférence International de la Palmeraie – On the grounds of Palmeraie Palace and Hotel du Golf
A plenary room of 1540 sqm with built in stage. It can be split up into 3 rooms of 504 sqm each : Siroua (with built in stage) Toubkal and Tichka seating each up to 500 guests.
Atlas takes 1500 theatre style, 900 classroom style, 1200 Banquet by tables of 10, 1500 in cocktail reception. Each of the split up rooms takes 500 in theatre style, 300 classroom and 400 in banquet by tables of 10. Large Foyer area for coffee breaks or exhibitions.
8 rooms of 30 sqm each seating up to 20. Plus 10 break out rooms of 20 sqm, each with space for 15 guests.
On level -1/ 4 syndicate rooms of 198 sqm each seating up to 200 participants : Palmeraie, Orangeraie, Roseraie and Oliveraie.
Mogador Agdal Palais des Congrès – In the Agdal district, 10 minutes from the airport, with over 700 5-Star rooms around.
A Plenaryroom :3800 sqm for 1600 pax in theatre style.
1 room : 400 sqm for 600 pax in theatre style.
1 room : 200 sqm for 250 pax in theatre style.
6 rooms : 150 sqm for 125 pax in theatre style.
6 rooms : 100 sqm for 110 pax in theatre style.
8 rooms : 50 sqm for 60 pax in theatre style.
An exhibition area of 800 sqm
A Few Extra Touches
A welcome rose for the ladies.
A welcome mini folklore show upon arrival at the hotel.
In room – 3 postcards already stamped to send to the UK.
Welcome typical purse with 25 Dirhams (Approx. £2) in small change to help arrival tipping.
Moroccan costume to be worn by clients at traditional dinner.
9 farewell roses for the ladies.
Moroccan sweets/nibbles on board the coach with 1 soft drink during the excursions.
Photographer and/or Video service for the gala dinner.
International Security Companies available.
SPORTS IN AND AROUND MARRAKESH
Golf, Tennis, Horse Riding, Camel Riding, Mountain Biking, Go Karting, Hunting, Fishing, Skiing, Hiking, Archery, ATV and Hot Air Ballooning.
Brass or copper plates, candles, chiselled book marks, passmentry key rings
Gourmet tagines: Tagine (earthenware cooking plate) with choice of spices and leather-bound Moroccan cook book
Traditional Berber Cosmetic or Spice Baskets
Marquetry boxes from Essaouira
Traditional Pots from Safi and Fes, modern pots from the designer’s workshops in Marrakech
Bottles of Moroccan wine
Basket of winter fresh fruits
Moroccan candies and pastries
Essential Oils, Cosmetic Argan Oil in pretty packaging
Hammam gloves / Bath towels embroidered with Company’s Logo
Beautiful coffee table books on Marrakech
Private Tours of Morocco for FIT’s or for groups, through our brand ‘MoroccoMyWay’
Upon arrival in Sydney, you will be met by a tour representative and transferred by luxury coach to your city hotel.
Outside the Hotel, Harley Davidson motorbikes with drivers will be waiting to take you on an exhilarating transfer to lunch. Explore the city center and narrow streets of the Rocks with your driver/guide en-route to the unique beachside suburb of Manly. You will travel over the Harbour Bridge, through the chic suburb of Mosman, beautiful Balmoral Beach before arriving at your lunch destination – Manly.
This evening, relax and enjoy welcome cocktails in the hotel before a sumptuous dinner at one the Harbour Foreshore restaurants whilst enjoying the stunning views of the bustling Harbour and the beautiful Opera House.
Begin the day with a continental breakfast at Taronga Zoo, along with an exciting and informative introduction to unique and fascinating wildlife, including a private viewing of some of Australia’s native animals, plus an opportunity to have your photo taken with them.
Take a short walk to the Sydney Opera House for a once in a lifetime performance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Your group will be led backstage via the dressing rooms onto the Concert Hall platform. Using the element of surprise everyone is instructed to take a seat and pick up the instrument placed in front of them [including ratchets, whistles, trumpets, castanets]. The lights go up in the auditorium, the conductor arrives and reality hits – you are seated next to Sydney Symphony musicians and have been transformed into the orchestra!
With no prior musical knowledge required the conductor divides the Toy Orchestra into sections, gives them a rhythm and leads the group through the score. The music is carried by the string quartet of Sydney Symphony musicians and in the end, they almost sound in tune!
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is tonight’s dinner venue. Enjoy pre-dinner drinks and a guided tour of the Yiribana Aboriginal Gallery.
Following your tour of Yiribana enjoy a sumptuous 3-course dinner and Aboriginal performance in the Garden Courtyard Foyer.
Transfer from your hotel to Rushcutters Bay, home to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the base for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Sailing competition.
A sailing regatta is a unique and thrilling way to experience Sydney Harbour. Each team is led by a highly qualified and experienced skipper who guides and encourages everyone to take an active part in the steering and sailing of the yacht.
The race course is strategically planned for the prevailing winds and to take the yachts close to many of Sydney Harbour’s most well-known attractions, such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, North and South Head, Taronga Zoo and Royal Botanic Gardens.
At the conclusion of the race, disembark and enjoy a picnic luncheon on Clark Island, located just off the exclusive suburb of Darling Point. A stunning island setting for a couple of refreshing beverages, a sumptuous picnic lunch and celebrations of your morning’s race!
Following lunch, a unique opportunity is available for participants to ride in a Thundercat – a 14ft inflatable surf racing boat, a 50 hp motor and capable of 90 kph.
This evening, take part in an Australian experience like no other … the infamous Aussie Pub Crawl. This type of local culture is not found in a museum or art gallery and can only be experienced in the presence of other Aussies.
Begin the evening at The Lord Nelson, the oldest licensed hotel in Sydney and then visit the Hero of Waterloo and finally, The Orient, located in the center of the historic Rocks.
This evening’s dinner will be at “Reds” – a beautifully restored contemporary restaurant, converted from a nineteenth-century wool store. Red’s menu is renowned for the distinctive flavors of native Australian Bush cuisine, complemented by a selection of fine Australian wines and beers – the atmosphere is informal and relaxed.
THE RED CENTRE
On arrival in Alice Springs, transfer directly out to Ooraminna Bush Camp. Situated between the MacDonnell Ranges and the Simpson Desert, the Ooraminna Ranges boast magnificent red sand hills, weathered rocky outcrops and a profusion of plant and wildlife.
Transfer directly to at the Bushman’s camp. Join the stockman for a typical lunch and the opportunity to experience the lifestyle of an Australian stockman. Help them to muster the cattle with horses, motorbikes, bull-catchers and a helicopter, a true Australian outback experience.
On arrival back at the homestead, you will be shown to your outback accommodation: A unique and exciting way to experience the real outback is to spend a night under the stars in a swag: a bedroll with mattress, linen, and blankets all contained in a canvas bag/envelope making a warm and cozy experience! (Wet or cold weather facilities are available.)
While relaxing before dinner, the eerie sounds of the Aboriginal didgeridoo can be heard. After his performance, the player descends from the rocks to give you a demonstration and allows you to have the opportunity to play this unique instrument. A camp oven-dinner, cooked in traditional cask iron cookers will be served tonight.
After breakfast, transfer to Alice Springs for a morning at leisure before your onward flight to Ayers Rock.
On arrival at Ayers Rock, transfer to your accommodation at Ayers Rock Resort and enjoy time to explore the resort.
This afternoon embarks on a journey to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit Kata Tjuta, the Olgas, for a guided walk into the Valley of the Winds. Enjoy an energetic walk and marvel at this magnificent natural formation. Afterward, transfer to the sunset viewing site and enjoy a glass of champagne, while watching the stunning colour display as the sun sets. Enjoy some time to practice throwing a boomerang before a superb dinner in the desert is served.
Arrive in darkness at Ayers Rock and be amongst the first to venture up the steep ascent as first light arrives. Recommendation for climbing Ayers Rock (Uluru) is only for the fit and healthy, as it is a challenging climb.
For the less active, we thoroughly recommend watching the sunrise from the viewing area. The stark contrast of the deep red of Ayers Rock (Uluru) against the blue sky of the day will leave a lasting impression. Once the sun has risen, join your guide for a leisurely stroll around part of the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru). This 5-kilometer walk takes you past many sacred Aboriginal sites, waterholes, waterfalls and unusual caves with Aboriginal art.
Re-join your fellow travelers and swap tales of the adventures over a backpack breakfast followed by a visit to the Aboriginal Culture Centre at the base of Ayers Rock (Uluru). This informative center offers a unique hands-on opportunity to learn about the history and traditions of the Anangu people living around Uluru and the area.
TROPICAL FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND
On arrival in Cairns, transfer to the peninsular town of Port Douglas via the Cook Highway, known as one of Australia’s most scenic coastal routes.
Whatever your passion, Port Douglas and its surrounds have it all. Spend the day relaxing on the beach, by the pool or participate in one of the specially organised optional tours.
Hot Air Ballooning
Aboriginal Rainforest Walk and Bike
Sea Kayak / Bike / Rainforest Walk
Wilderness Canoeing / Mulgrave River
Daintree 4WD tour
Transfer by coach to the pier to board your high-speed Wavepiercing Catamaran from Port Douglas bound for a floating pontoon in the Great Barrier Reef. We moor alongside a floating platform which has undercover tables and seating, an underwater observatory, and submerged swimming platform for easy entry into the water. On hand, there is a snorkeling safety officer to assist passengers. Afterwards, view the marine life from an underwater observatory or take a seat on the semi-submersible vessel which glides slowly for thirty minutes through the beautiful coral gardens providing a diver’s view and a commentary explaining the various coral formations and magnificent reef fish, without getting wet.
A delicious buffet lunch will be served.
Tonight you are transported to a mystery destination, where you will be met by total darkness except for a flame lit pathway. Rainforest minstrels playing medieval style music lead the way along the lit path to the pre-dinner site. As you arrive, lights go up and champagne cocktails & canapés are served.
The minstrels then beckon you further along the flame lit path, to the dinner site. This rain forest clearing is lit with tall wrought iron candelabra. Beneath the rain forest canopy, highlighted by the masses of fairy lights, are tables and chairs, themed and elegantly dressed.
Enjoy a dinner extravaganza specially designed to showcase Australian culinary creativeness and local produce. Throughout the evening, you will be serenaded by a string trio playing beautiful classical music complimenting the serenity of an evening in the rainforest.
Enjoy the facilities of your first class resort before your coach transfers you back along the scenic Cook Highway to Cairns Airport to depart for your next destination.
Sydney City sights tour of Sydney including the historic Rocks district, Mrs. Macquarie’s Chair in the Botanic Gardens, Kings Cross, China town, Darling Harbour and the renowned Bondi Beach.
Blue Mountains Scenic Coach tour including a visit to Wildlife Park and lunch at a historic mountain resort. Enroute back to the city, pass the site of the Sydney 2000 Olympics Games.
Aboriginal Cultural Tour including guided tour and opportunity to sample some native bush food (“bush tucker”) in the Royal Botanic Gardens on the foreshores of Sydney Harbour. This may be followed by a visit to The Art Gallery of New South Wales to view ‘Yiribana’, a permanent exhibition devoted to Aboriginal art.
Wine tasting Tour to the Hunter Valley, including visits to local wineries for tasting and a sumptuous lunch at a renowned and well-established winery restaurant.
Cruise on the magnificent Sydney Harbour. Delight in the hustle and bustle of this busy harbour with foreshores lined by natural parklands and stunning waterfront homes. Take in the sights of historic Fort Denison, the unique architecture of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Flora and Fauna Tour to the Australian Wildlife Park, including an opportunity to see Kangaroos, Koalas, Emu, Wombats, and Echidnas. Be treated to an Outback Woolshed Show highlighting the Bushman’s way of life and taste some of Australia’s famous Billy tea and damper.
Great Barrier Reef Cruise including an opportunity to swim and snorkel in the clear blue water, cruise through the coral gardens in an underwater semi-submersible, or glide over the reef shallows in a glass-bottomed boat.
Rainforest Eco – Tour to the south of Cairns to World Heritage listed Bellenden Ker National Park, famous for its foaming cascades, rainforest walks and crystal clear mountain water.
4WD Wilderness Safari to Cape Tribulation, where the rainforest meets the sea, with long stretches of sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Cruise on the Daintree River, explore the ancient rainforest and walk on the warm sandy beaches of this magnificently preserved region.
Kuranda / Tjapukai Tour including a journey on the Kuranda Scenic Railway, time at leisure in the market village of Kuranda, followed by a ride over the rainforest canopy and entry into the intriguing Tjapukai Aboriginal Theme Park to experience this unique ancient culture.
AYERS ROCK (Uluru)
Ayers Rock Tour to the base of Uluru where a guide will point out a number of interesting features of the monolith, including areas of Aboriginal significance and will tell of the legends of the area. There is an opportunity to walk into Kantju Gorge where a waterfall cascades over the side of Uluru or to visit the Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre.
Ayers Rock Climb is not an easy tour and visitors should be careful if taking part in this climb. The uneven surface and many steep dips offer a challenge as visitors walk across the top of Uluru to its highest point. The defined track is the easiest path to follow, with the average return time for climbers being approximately 2 hours.
The Olgas – Valley of the Winds is an afternoon/evening tour to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), immense rock domes that dominate the western skyline. Following this is an optional guided walk through the Valley of the Winds to a magnificent lookout over Kata Tjuta. This unique experience can be enhanced with an Australian barbecue dinner.
For the Adventurous
Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb: This thrilling and totally safe 3-hour adventure takes you over the catwalk to the pylon and then to the summit of the Bridge’s upper arch, 130 meters above sea level. You will be harnessed to a static line for the duration of the climb and an experienced team leader will be there to assist and encourage you to the pinnacle of the Bridge. Escorted in small groups of 10 persons, your climb leader will describe the spectacular 360-degree view across one of the greatest harbour’s in the world.
Blue Mountains Adrenalin Day: 2 hours west of Sydney a great team-building destination awaits! Start the day with Abseiling including safety briefings and full training. Unwind and enjoy an outdoor lunch in the bush before moving onto Canyoning. Wetsuits on, enthusiasm in full gear and venture along the rock pools to take the first electrifying plunge into Empress Canyon. Through narrow slots, between towering sandstone ramparts, the adventure unfolds. Swim, wade, and rock hop along the canyon bed amidst overhanging ferns and the magic of the rainforest environment.
Sailing Regatta: Start your day with some Olympic spirit! Transfer from your hotel to Rushcutters Bay, home to the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and the Year 2000 Sydney Olympic Sailing competition. On arrival at D’Albora Marina, marvel at the magnificent display of luxurious yachts and motor cruisers.
Sailing is a sport held dear to Sydneysiders. Hydrate your senses with the sea! A sailing regatta offers a unique and thrilling way to experience Sydney Harbour. Participants sail aboard high performance 10 meter Beneteau and Cavalier yachts; and each team is led by a highly qualified and experienced skipper, who guides and encourages everyone in taking an active part in the steering and sailing of the yacht.
White Water Rafting: A great introduction to white water rafting that provides enough excitement to satisfy your thirst for adventure (Grade 4 Rapids). An early morning start as you travel south past Cairns, enjoying the scenery of rainforest-covered mountains, sugar cane fields, and tropical fruit plantations. After detailed safety talks and instructions, you will tackle your first rapid for the day. During the next 5 hours, you will be rafting over more than 45 rapids and gaining a unique view of World Heritage Rainforest. A delicious BBQ is served on the riverbank followed by more exciting rapids.
Cape Tribulation Safari: Travel north to Mossman and the Daintree River. Enjoy a light morning tea, then join an informative Daintree river cruise with the opportunity to view crocodiles, snakes and other wild creatures living on the banks of the river. Continue to Cape Tribulation National Park – the oldest rainforest in the world. Covering almost 17,000 hectares of World Heritage rainforest, Cape Tribulation also boasts long stretches of sandy beaches. A tropical lunch will be served at Cow Bay, where you will have time for a swim or stroll around the headlands. Following lunch, see outstanding displays and images of the rainforest at the Daintree Environmental Centre. After crossing the Daintree River via the local river ferry, you will return to your accommodation in Cairns.
AYERS ROCK (Uluru)
Hot Air Ballooning over the Australian Outback: Rise early to transfer to the ballooning site. Feel the wind in your hair and the exhilaration as your balloon rises higher and higher into the air and enjoy the glorious view of this magnificent red country, followed by a sumptuous champagne breakfast in the bush.
Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
No of Meeting Rooms: 20
Largest Room Capacity: 3500
Cairns Convention Centre
No of Convention Halls: 4
No of Meeting Halls: 9
Largest Room Capacity: 2,330
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
No of Rooms: 17
Largest Room Capacity: 4000
National Convention Centre – Canberra
No of Rooms: 17
No of Theatres: 5
Largest Room Capacity: 2500
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
No of Conference/ Meeting Rooms 33
Largest Room Capacity: 2500
Burswood International Resort Casino – Perth
No of Rooms: 1 x 2 level auditorium
Largest Room Capacity: 1450
Adelaide Convention Centre / Exhibition Hall
No of Meeting Rooms: 19
No of Halls: 2
Largest Room Capacity: 3500
A Few Extra Touches
Treat your guests to an exclusive performance at the Sydney Opera House or even a private dinner under the sails of this iconic venue.
A unique airport transfer – Vintage Car Airport Transfers with a scenic stop en route to the hotel.
Want some VIP guests at your pre-dinner drinks? Australian animals such as Kangaroos, Koalas, wombats and baby crocodiles can be available with handlers to mingle with your guests.
What better way to see Australia than a bird’s eye view? Consider helicopter rides over, Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Great Barrier Reef, Melbourne’s 12 Apostles or Sydney Harbour.
Unique transfers – don’t settle for a coach in the land of plenty. From Harley Davidson rides around Ayers Rock at sunset, to rainforest tours by 4WD vehicles, to treasure hunts by high-performance sports cars or even city tours by double-decker red buses!
Hand-painted wooden boomerangs: Choose from a range of designs and sizes – a company logo or message can also be printed on the back.
Box of Australia: Made to order boxes that contain a ‘taste’ of Australia; choose from a wide range of contents including a miniature boomerang, vegemite, a tin of billy tea, Anzac biscuit, eucalyptus oil, macadamia nuts, witchery grub sweets and much more.
Beach towels: Printed with a company logo.
Hand-painted scarves and ties: Made from silk and fine wool and hand dyed to represent the natural aspects of the Australian Landscape.
Akubra Hats: Why not give your delegates a voucher to purchase an Akubra bush hat during their stay? This will ensure they choose the correct style and fit.
Limited edition prints of Australia: Australia has many
artists such as Ken Done, whose work depicts the very essence of Australia.
Panoramic Australiana Photographs: Choose a landscape image of your incentive destination.
Handcrafted pottery and ceramics: From contemporary designs to Aboriginal dot patterns.
Short Summary for an Incentive Trip to Rio
Arrival in Brazil – transfer from the airport to the hotel for lunch and time to relax in the afternoon.
Sunset golden cocktail at Sugar Loaf Mountain. A fantastic opportunity to admire the sunset from the summit of the Sugar Loaf and enjoy a golden Caipirinha cocktail.
Evening: Dinner at Fogo de Chão, a churrasco restaurant in Botafogo with views of Sugar Loaf and the Guanabara Bay.
Jeep tour to the Corcovado and Tijuca Forest – a day for exploring Rio’s ecological treasures! Drive by jeep to Corcovado before continuing on up to the statue of Christ the Redeemer.
Corcovado is one of the “musts” of any visit to Rio. The route passes along Rio’s beautiful beaches and around the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon to olde-worlde Cosme Velho and its historic mansions. Travel on to Tijuca Forest – the largest “city forest” in the world. Lunch at Os Esquilos, a colonial style restaurant set in the middle of the rainforest. Return to hotel mid-afternoon.
Evening: Informal dinner and dancing at Lapa district.
Day 3 – Tropical Island Schooner Cruise
Drive through the fields and plantations on the way to the fishing village of Itacuruca before boarding a “saveiro” schooning vessel for a relaxing cruise on the green waters of Sepetiba Bay on the way to the tropical Regente Feijo Island. Stop along the way for a swim before enjoying a tantalising buffet luncheon on the Island. After lunch, explore the island, take a swim or play beach soccer or volleyball before the refreshing cruise back to Itacuruca.
Return to Rio for dinner at Marius for a seafood buffet.
Day 4 – Horse racing and a visit to Maracanã Stadium
A visit to the world-famous Maracana football stadium, followed by a 3-course lunch at the Photochart Restaurant at the Jockey Club before the start of the afternoon’s racing.
Farewell gala dinner at Casa das Canoas, surrounded by luscious forest and beautifully manicured gardens – Casa das Canoas is an imposing colonial house built in Brazilian colonial style and decorated with Brazilian antique furniture and objets d’art. A cozy yet refined atmosphere. Formerly a coffee farm, Casa das Canoas is a choice venue for cultural and social events. A perfect infrastructure, excellent service, the perfect location for a private function. Party decoration will be customized creating the perfect atmosphere for your group’s farewell night.
Departure. Transfer to the airport with an English-speaking guide.
During the transfer from the airport, a mulatto girl will be asking for a ride. Once onboard, the girl surprises the group as she is really a Samba dancer complete with a sparkling bikini, serving “batida” – a typical Brazilian drink!
Whilst enjoying cocktails at the Sugar Loaf, guests can take a helicopter flight, lasting about 6 or 7 minutes – an exciting way to see astonishing panoramic views of the city.
Welcome Lambada presentation – 2 couples perform this rhythmic Brazilian dance.
Samba trio and mulatto girls playing on a schooner on the way to Regente Feijo.
In Rio de Janeiro – Famous sights and tours of the city
Sugar Loaf Mountain
Tour of the city and Botanical Garden and a visit to Sugar Loaf
Panoramic helicopter ride
Sunset cocktail at Sugar Loaf
Corcovado – the statue of Christ the Redeemer
Visit Corcovado by cogwheel train
Sugar Loaf and Corcovado flight exchange
Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon
Jeep tour to Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and a helicopter flight to Corcovado
Lunch at Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas and visit to Sugar Loaf Mountain
Jeep safari to Tijuca Forest
Jeep tour to Corcovado and bike rally through Tijuca Forest
Canopy adventure in Tijuca Forest
Maracana Football Stadium
Rio Jockey Club
Boat Trips /Tropical Island Visits
Regente Feijó Island
Lunch at Point de Grumari and sunset cruise to Regente Feijó Island
Macuco Safari Boat Ride
Sunset cruise on Guanabara Bay
Sightseeing and excursions in and around the city
Colonial tour of the city and Santa Teresa district
Full day tour to Niterói
Petropolis – a trip through time!
Burle Marx Gardens
Museums of Rio
Fly down to Buzios!
Cidade do Samba
Beach and Leisure Activities in Rio de Janeiro
Football on Copacabana beach
Jet Skiing, Windsurfing, Surfing…
Rio’s Beach Culture
Iguazu excursions and leisure activities
Brazilian side of the Falls
Argentinean side of the Falls
Devil’s Throat (Argentina)
La Gran Aventura (Argentina)
Grand Macuco Safari (Brazil)
Helicopter flight over the falls (Brazil)
A night in the Argentinean rainforest at Yacutinga Lodge (Argentina)
The Paraguayan National Park of Porto Bertoni (Paraguay)
Itaipu Dam (Brazil)
Golf at Iguazú Golf Club (Brazil)
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Carnival night in a private villa or off-site venue
Rio de Janeiro offers a number of beautiful colonial houses, perfect for a private farewell Carnival Night for groups of all different sizes. The major 5-star hotels in Rio de Janeiro can also offer suitable venues for large groups for banqueting and events. Private Carnival nights can be arranged in a private room, or as a tropical party by the swimming pool.
Carnival Night starts with a tropical drinks cocktail reception with batidas, caipirinhas, wine, fruit cocktails, fruit juice, soft drinks, and mineral water, as well as hot and cold canapés. We recommend a samba trio or band along with two mulatto girls to entertain during the cocktail hour.
A 4-course dinner will be served and a 4-piece band will play international and Brazilian music during dinner. The Carnival Show will begin right after dinner. Truly a unique opportunity to experience the best Samba sound of Brazil, with typical percussion instruments and gorgeous mulatto dancers. Over 30 Samba stars take to the floor for a breathtaking carnival show, followed by a parade of the brightest and best of this year’s costumes. The show lasts 45 minutes and everyone joins in for the Grand Finale, complete with streamers.
Casa das Canoas
Set within a beautiful and well-tended tropical garden, Casa das Canoas is a private house in colonial architectural style, decorated with typical Brazilian antique furniture and objets d’art with an intimate and refined atmosphere. Built on the land of an ancient farm in the Tijuca forest, it is the favorite venue for Rio’s cultural and social events and offers the perfect structure for all types of parties. The service is excellent, making this the perfect venue for a private function. The ideal group size at Casa das Canoas is 80 pax with a minimum of 50 pax.
For a farewell Carnival night, the house will be decorated with typical Brazilian flair using imaginative floral centerpieces and clever lighting to create just the right mood. Lit torches will light up the driveway as the group arrives.
Private Carnival Night at Villa Riso
Villa Riso (a colonial mansion), built in 1700 was the main residence of a coffee farm. Its architecture reflects the simplicity of the colonial design and to this day, this stately mansion is set on magnificent grounds in the classée São Conrado residential area.
Entrance is dramatic! A torch-lined path leads guests through its gardens as far as the main building. A stop at the terrace for cocktails under centennial palm trees, one was planted by Brazil´s last emperor himself! A Chef prepared dinner at the elegant and air-conditioned Oswaldo Riso room awaits guests. A perfect setting for a gourmet dinner!
For something a little different …
Crazy evening transfer
At the hotel entrance hall, clients will be informed by their guides that unfortunately the coach has broken down and a replacement vehicle is on its way. Just a few minutes later, coaches arrive playing a CD of lively carnival songs and completely decorated with colourful balloons and streamers.
Entertainment during the cocktail hour
Upon arrival at your chosen venue, a Samba Trio will be playing and two Mulatto Girls will greet the group dressed in enchanting and impressive carnival costumes. The girls perform the samba during the cocktail hour and there will be plenty of opportunities to take souvenir photographs and to study these fabulously intricate costumes close-up.
We will have a photographer with a digital camera and computer on the ready, shooting photos of the group during the Gala Night. As soon as the evening is over, a CD-ROM will be prepared with some 500 photos of the group to be given to your client to take home.
Each table centerpiece will be decorated with an individual Carnival doll. The dolls are miniatures of the colourfully dressed “porta-bandeira” – the samba school lead dancer dressed in lavish clothes. The dolls also make a perfect gift to be given to guests as a souvenir of the Carnival night.
An out-of-this-world, stunning carnival costume will be displayed for souvenir photographs and close-up study. For a large group, we would recommend a collection of half a dozen different costumes.
Themed Party Ideas in Iguazu
Argentinean side of the falls
Full moon champagne cocktail at Devil’s Throat
Three Frontiers Torch-lit Dinner
Brazilian side of the falls
Evening tour to a casino in Paraguay
Dinner and show at Rafain’s Churrascaria
Fiesta Gaucha gala dinner at Rancho Brazil
CONVENTION CENTRES IN RIO DE JANEIRO
Rio Convention Centre
100,000 sqm of space with full support with shopping and restaurant facilities.
Meeting space of up to 1500 sqm
10 meeting rooms and up to 2000 pax capacity for meetings
Largest meeting room in Rio with 2500m2
Other major hotels have conference and meeting space options.
CONVENTION CENTRES IN IGUAZU
Bourbon Cataratas Hotel has convention facilities with capacity for up to 6000 pax.
Rafain Palace Hotel and Convention Centre has 18,000 sqm of space
There is no “official” Convention Centre in Iguacu.
A Few Extra Touches
A plane with a banner
As the guests enjoy the views a plane will fly by displaying a banner with a message for the group.
Help for the street children of Rio’s favelas
The group will be met at the summit by a group of children giving away stamped postcards of the statue of Christ. The boys and girls will sing the famous “Girl from Ipanema” surprising the guests by forming the client’s company name with each child wearing a t-shirt corresponding to their specific letter! At the end of their song, the children will give out carnival necklaces and whistles. A small contribution can be given to each child.
A rally in the forest
Turn the jeep tour into a challenging rally! We will divide the group into teams and set a series of challenging tasks along the way through the forest. The prize for the winning team will be a bottle of Brazilian champagne.
On the way to Regente Feijó Island, samba dancers in pirate costume will “attack” the group’s schooner and take our guests’ hostage. The ransom will, of course, be to join in the samba party that follows. To add to the fun a samba trio will provide the entertainment on board and during dinner on the island.
Be mystic, you are in Brazil!
After dinner on the beach, fireworks and the sound of drums will start the Macumba presentation – an introduction to the mystic voodoo ritual from Brazil! Its origins began centuries ago in Africa when it was believed that certain individuals could communicate with the spirits. Today’s celebration is similar to our New Year’s Eve with fireworks. It also features priests dressed in bright and colorful costumes.
As a symbol of good luck to our group, flowers are scattered in the sea as an “offering” to the sea-goddess “Iemanja”. The ritual takes 20 minutes with eleven participants.
After the Macumba Show there is time to enjoy the warm rhythm of Olodum and guests will be invited to take part and dance. Olodum is a well-known rhythm played with percussion instruments and the dancing is typical from Bahia in northern Brazil. The Olodum performance lasts for 30 minutes with a total of 15 musicians and dancers.
A sunset farewell to Rio
A farewell cocktail on the way to the airport is a great way to end your stay in Rio and the timing is perfect for evening flights back to Europe. Guests will be transferred from the hotel to the marina where they will embark on a short cruise of the bay at sunset. They will disembark at Ilha do Governador and board the waiting motor coach for onward transfer to the airport. Luggage will be taken separately from the hotel direct to the airport.
In Santa Teresa
A taste of Brazilian cachaça in Santa Teresa
Cachaça is a form of sugarcane brandy and the all-important ingredient in Brazil’s Caipirinha. We will stop at the home of a Brazilian Cachaça producer in Santa Teresa. A warm welcome will start with a brief video showing how the drink is manufactured. After the video, there will be a tasting of different types served with light snacks.
Qualé Mermão! What’s up brother! A Capoeira demonstration
The group will have the opportunity to view a Capoeira demonstration. Capoeira is a typical martial art/ballet form from Salvador – it was originally the martial art used by slaves in self-defense against their masters and it has evolved into a beautiful skillful dance.
Following the tram ride, the group will arrive in the picturesque square, Largo das Neves. There is samba in the air and music coming from one of the bars. Our guide will suggest we get closer to enjoy the music… A group of men and women are playing music and having fun when suddenly a quarrel starts with the “capoeira” players. One of the men is attracted to a girl sitting in another corner – he does not know she is engaged to a capoeira player and the capoeira “fight” begins!
At the end of the “match” there is a lot of laughter as the guests discover they have been tricked into a Brazilian celebration! A great moment to remember and lovely photos to take home!
Samba surprise onboard the tram – Back 2016!
The perfect way to introduce our guests to the Carnival rhythm! On the tram ride up to Santa Teresa, some locals will ask for a ride. The guide turns to the group … and why not? All of a sudden the new arrivals begin to play the samba whilst two mulatto girls will give out a percussion instrument called a “bandeiro” as a gift to the guests.
Santa Teresa to remember…
The group arrives in Largo das Neves square where they will spot an artist painting from one of the ateliers found in Santa Teresa. On closer inspection, the painting is a lovely T-shirt with scenes of the district. Guests will be offered a T-shirt as a souvenir.
Sunset cocktails on Sugar Loaf Mountain with a helicopter ride
Jeep Rally up to Corcovado and Tijuca Forest
Visit a Samba School
Join the world’s biggest party at the Rio Carnival
A day at a Tropical Island
Jewelry – precious and semi-precious stones.
CD with Brazilian music.
Personalised Brazilian football shirt.
Brazilian flip-flops (Havaianas)
Car license plate.
Sports Tours – football, cricket, rugby, bowls, golf, sailing, rowing
Farming and Agricultural
Film production companies
Nature and bird-watching
DAY ONE – FRIDAY
Welcome of clients at the airport with a bilingual guide.
Transfer to hotel by deluxe coach. Luggage van provided.
Check-in assistance at the hotel by Metropolis hostess
Welcome drink: wine and cheese on arrival.
Afternoon visit of modern Paris, including
New Bastille Opera, George Pompidou Centre, Pyramid of the Louvre, the Defence district with its Arc de Triomphe.
Evening “Belle Epoque” transfer by vintage coach (30’s) with champagne served on board.
Personalised dinner on “Bateau Ivre”, an authentic yacht with Belle Epoque decor, one of the most beautiful boats sailing along the Seine River. The famous chef from Maxim’s restaurant has masterminded the onboard dining. Boarding is at the foot of the Eiffel Tower!
DAY TWO – SATURDAY
After a full breakfast, a great, fun way to discover Paris is by a Metro or Bus Rally ending in a fun Bistro for lunch.
Afternoon at Leisure.
Evening – transfer with vintage coaches to a dinner in an elegant restaurant followed by a show at the Moulin Rouge.
DAY THREE – SUNDAY
Discover Paris through a treasure hunt in Montmartre, visiting areas not covered on the previous days with lunch in a Kronenburg Cafe followed by a visit to the Wine Museum for the presentation of the prizes for the mornings’ winners. OR an out of town visit to the Domaine de Chantilly with lunch at the Capitainerie, located in the Château de Chantilly, under the ancestral and imposing vaulted ceilings of the former kitchens. Transfer to the Airport for the flight home.
Accommodation – Relais de Margaux
The Relais de Margaux situated in the heart of the Medoc vineyard, just 30 minutes from the airport and the center of Bordeaux, welcomes you to its 55-hectare park. The hotel has 58 renovated bedrooms and 6 suites; its banqueting suites can accommodate 10 to 400 people, and also be individually adapted for all types of events. With its lofty philosophy of ” the art of living “, the Relais de Margaux is the accomplished blend of a prestigious past and all modern facilities of a top class hotel. The Relais de Margaux honours both guest and hosts alike. For the organisation of highly efficient seminars and for gastronomic banquets, the quality of the environment, the discreet efficiency of the staff and the refined cuisine inspired by local products will give you an unforgettable moment.
Arrive at Bordeaux airport and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner at the hotel.
Full day visit and tasting in the Vineyards region of Bordeaux Departure by private deluxe coach for a visit of the most famous vineyards of France: Médoc, Saint Emilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes Margaux, Saint-Julien, Pauillac, Saint Estephe…
Wine tasting and a visit to some famous caves were you will be introduced to the secrets of Bordeaux wines.
In the afternoon you will proceed to the renowned Château Mouton Rothschild.
Dinner at Le Chapon fin restaurant Bordeaux’s oldest restaurant – gourmet cuisine and original decoration or at La Tupina, one of Bordeaux’s most talented chefs run this cozy spot with a summer terrace near Quai de la Monnaie. It’s been called “a tribute to country kitchens ad the grandmothers who cooked in them.
Morning at leisure in Margaux.
Lunch at the hotel
Bordeaux City tour with guide: The first thing that strikes visitors to Bordeaux is the elegant architecture, reflecting the city’s rich, 18th-century heritage. Aristocratic squares and avenues lined with fine stone mansions and luxury shops give a feeling of unhurried spaciousness. Then it’s fun to explore the narrower streets in the Old City, full of interesting boutiques, superb restaurants, relaxing cafés, and traditional markets. A stroll along the riverfront reminds visitors of the days when the Garonne was the lifeblood of the city, full of proud sailing ships bringing in tropical wood and spices and sending fine wines all over the world.
Farewell dinner in a Chateau nearby.
NORMANDY AND DEAUVILLE
Accommodation – Hotel Normandy
An Anglo-Norman style manor situated right on the seafront with 286 guest rooms and 27 suites.
Pastel green timbered facades, pinnacle turrets, and interior chequered stone courtyards make this hotel of singular charm. The hotel is sited at the very center of the resort and directly linked to the casino’s rooms by an enclosed gallery.
Arrival at Paris Airport. Transfer by coach.
Stop at Giverny, to see Monet’s House (according to the season)
75 kilometers Northwest of Paris, along with the Normandy highway leading to Giverny, a charming country village. From 1883 until his death in 1926, Monet lived and worked in these sublime surroundings, a setting he created largely by and for himself. Giverny provided the light, the multifaceted landscape, and the meandering Seine that the painter so loved. But Monet himself submersed himself in the study of his garden. His property inaugurated in 1980 following a large-scale restoration, has become a museum.
Arrive in Deauville late in the afternoon Dinner at the hotel.
Visit Honfleur a major defensive port in the 15th century, Honfleur has blossomed into one of Normandy’s most appealing harbours. At its heart is the Vieux Bassin (Old Dock). Constructed in the late 17th century, it is bordered on the western quayside by houses six or seven stories tall.
Honfleur became a center of artistic activity in the 19th century. Eugène Boudin, the painter of stirring seascapes was born here in 1824. Artists Courbet, Sisley, Pissarro, Renoir, and Cézanne all visited Honfleur, often meeting at the Ferme St Siméon, which is now a luxury hotel.
Lunch en route
Go back to the hotel and free visit of Deauville (shopping, ” Les Planches “, etc…)
– VILLA STRASSBURGER
The American billionaire Peter Strassburger gave his name to this extravagant Villa that dominates a magnificent park. A magical place for sumptuous private receptions.
– LA FERME SAINT-SIMEON
This charming RELAIS ET CHATEAU is a superb Norman house with exquisite furnishings. Rustic decor of the dinner room with handsome furnishings and the view of the estuary. This gastronomic restaurant has to be considered as a reference in the region.
After your dinner… Enjoy the rest of your evening at the Casino…
Deauville Casino, a white dazzling palace with the majestic decor, is quite simply Europe’s finest.
Located close to the hotel and linked directly to the hotel NORMANDY and the International Conference center by galleries, this center of elegance, entertainment, and chic reception offers a setting of unparalleled charm for conventions, special events and gala evenings.
Discover of the world of horses: By small groups of 25, assist at the training at the famous Hippodrome de La Touques-Deauville. Transfer to the Haras de Meautry, private visit of this stud farm owned by the Baron de Rothschild.
Return to the Deauville Hippodrome for lunch.
Return in coaches to Paris airport.
The “city of light”, described by Ernest Hemingway as a moveable feast” is truly the “Capital of Capitals”. Paris, a city of distinct and fascinating neighborhoods, is the home of great writers, artists, and philosophers. She enchants her guests with her many gastronomical, cultural, architectural and historic delights.
From the Palace of Versailles to the Louvre Museum, from the Eiffel Tower to a Seine River Cruise, this fashion capital of the world is bright and beautiful and waiting to welcome your guests.
Other areas to discover from Paris:-
OISE – North of Paris (50 km from Paris)
Domaine de Chantilly
Marvellous site of 19,500 acres, the Domaine of Chantilly includes the Castle with the Condé Museum (first ancient painting collection in France after the Louvre, furniture, library), the park, unique because of the diversity of its historical gardens and its varieties of trees, the Hippodrome, the 15,750 acres of forests, the agricultural grounds….
Accommodation: Château Hôtel de Mont-Royal. This magnificent castle of XVIII Century (100 rooms and suites) is located in the heart of the Chantilly forest.
YVELINES – West of Paris (30 km from Paris)
Versailles – The castle of Versailles
Originally, Château de Versailles was Louis XIII hunting lodge. Louis XIV decided to embellish it and asked Le Nôtre, Le Vaux and Le Brun to do the work. Until 1789 it was the King’s principal residence.
During two centuries, Versailles was the political center and the privileged place of art. In the XIX century, Louis Philippe made this a museum. Nowadays, Château de Versailles shows the exceptional vitality of French art of XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries through architecture and garden decor.
Accommodation: Trianon Palace hotel (67 luxury rooms and 25 suites). Located in Versailles, 45 km from Charles de Gaulle airport, set in sumptuous natural surroundings on the edge of Louis XIV’s Royal Domain, this Hotel perpetuates the tradition of refinement and service in keeping with the image of real luxury. The Trianon Palace has been the prestigious setting for major historical events. In 1919, the Peace treaty of Versailles was drawn up in its famous salon Clémenceau.
BURGUNDY (300 km from Paris)
Burgundy’s natural riches and colourful history have marked the region with some of the finest heritage of European art and architecture. It is a beautiful and fertile land whose wealth is nurtured by farmers, Winegrowers and foresters applying skills that have been refined here for over a thousand years – the reputation of the local cuisine has traveled the world over, while Burgundy’s wines are a byword for the very best.
This gastronomical and wine region- can now be reached in one hour from Paris by TGV (rapid train). Stop at a wine cellar where you can taste 12 different kinds of wine.
Accommodation: Château de Chailly. In the heart of Burgundy discover the pleasures of living in a Chateau. The Chateau de Chailly is located at 30 minutes from Dijon, 30 minutes from Beaune and 2 hours from Lyon.
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Casino Evening / James Bond
Can be organised within a theme dinner or lunch at the Hotel or in a private venue.
Each guest receives, before the opening of the games, a plate of 1000 unities. The guests are invited to approach the authentic tables of roulette, boule, black-jack, and chuck-a-luck where professional croupiers will explain the essential rules of the different games.
The casino will be opened for approximately 2 hours during which your guests will live unforgettable moments. At the end of the evening, a sale by auction permits to the luckiest players to win some prizes.
Other ideas with James Bond theme:
James Bond or Moonraker’s double to appear during the evening
Posters of James Bond movies for decoration
Diffusion of James Bond movie’s scenes on a screen during dinner
Can be organised within a theme dinner or lunch at the Hotel or in a private venue. We will bring the refinement of French 18th century back to life… The costumes are magnificent and the guests can admire and participate in the following attractions.
* Description of the entertainments of the 18th century :
The Music Lounge – “La Sonade” Accompanied on the harpsichord or by the Sonade, a soprano sings short baroque pieces by Lully, Haendël or Gluck, ranging from court airs to lyric tragedies.
The Games Lounge – Playing cards. The games lounge re-creates the feverish atmosphere of night-long game parties, where one can make a fortune or lose one’s last hope.
The Exquisite Moments: – The Exquisite Moments are entertainment with a gallant tone and reserve a lot of surprises to your guests.
* Others upon request:
The fashion Parade: – The fashion parade is a one-hour show which introduces the audience to the art of costume of the 18th century.
The Ballroom: – The Ball Room acquaints the audience with the rituals of 18th century balls, full both of majesty and liveliness.
Can be organised within a theme dinner or lunch at the Hotel or in a private venue. 15 minutes show in typical costumes (8 people)
Your guests will be welcome by impressive gargoyles on stilts, and a “Charivari” of acrobats, minstrels, fire-eaters, and medieval musicians. During lunch or dinner, the actors will entertain around the tables: crossbowmen (shooting on a human target), contortionist, Esmeralda and Quasimodo, magician miracle worker who will astonish you with his various tricks amongst the tables Medieval musicians: drums, singers. It is also possible to organise a Medieval Horse Tournament inside the Conciergerie which is really spectacular.
Parc d’expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte
Our determinedly international outlook and strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and at the center of a motorway, railway and airport hub gives our trade fairs a truly global dimension.
Firmly integrated into an outstanding business environment, our influence extends from Paris to Roissy-Charles de Gaulle airport. Close to centers of excellence that are home to a number of company headquarters, at the heart of a densely populated urban area, we draw on a wide catchment area that is beneficial to consumer exhibitions.
210 000 m²
42 meeting rooms
Le Palais des Congrès de Paris
A top-notch stopover in the world’s star capital.
An exemplary setting for exceptional events, the Palais des Congrès is located at the crossroads of Parisian life. Since its creation by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1974, it has played an important role in the economic life and cultural development of the French capital.
Expanded and renovated in 1999, the Palais des Congrès is woven into the texture of Paris’ urban life, adding shadow and light, stability and movement, symmetry and asymmetry, black-and-white and colour, all balancing each other out according to the “poetry of contrasts”.
This balance gives the Palais des Congrès de Paris its identity and contributes to its international renown.
* A 41,000-sq.m building
* 19,000 sq.m of exhibition area spread throughout 10 halls and over three levels
* 4 amphitheaters (seating from 373 to 3,723 people)
* 70 meeting rooms (10-80 people)
* 18 committee rooms (100-400 people)
* “Le Club” (10-80 people)
* 2 TV studios.
* 3 digital audiovisual control rooms
* 1 teleport with 11 satellite dishes
* 2,000-sq.m banquet space (up to 4,000 people for cocktails)
* 2,000 rooms in neighboring four-star hotels
* 1,700 onsite parking spaces
* Les Boutiques du Palais, 80 outlets featuring ready-to-wear, beauty products, healthcare, cultural products, gifts, entertainment, restaurants, food products, leather goods, shoes, and services (Air France booth, foreign exchange office and more).
CNIT La Defense
Located in the heart of the first European business district, this Congress and exhibition center of 43000 square meters, with 29000 square meters of multipurpose area, you can organise all your national and international events. 3 amphitheaters, 36 meeting rooms and 4 lobbies give you many possibilities to organize all kind of events.
Paris Expo Porte de Versailles
Comprising 8 exhibition halls offering a total area of 220,000 m2, Paris Expo at Porte de Versailles ranks as the leading French exhibition center and the 4th biggest complex in Europe. This flagship venue hosts more than 200 exhibitions, congresses, and events each year, attracting 6 million visitors from around the world.
A Few Extra Touches
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR SPECIAL GROUPS SUCH AS:
A product launch for a pharmaceutical company
– Meeting at the Medical University of Paris
– Welcoming by an internationally known professor-researcher
– Visit and cocktail at the Pasteur Institute
HI-FI Manufacturers Convention
– Meeting at the Conference Centre of the City of Science at “La Villette”.
– Farewell dinner at the “Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers”, the National Technical Museum.
– Wine tasting with a wine expert
– Street Parties
– Market Tours – with a specialist
-The Paris passages
– A fun half day bus and metro Rally through Paris.
Treasure hunt on sea or on earth
Hot Air Balloon
MOULIN ROUGE NEW SHOW – FEERIE
Superb show including the well known Can-Can. Open all year round
19.00 PM: dinner show with half a bottle of Champagne
21.00 PM: show only with half a bottle of Champagne
LE LIDO NEW SHOW – BONHEUR
The Lido is acclaimed as the best entertainment in the world and features the Bluebell girls.
A little box of Macarons (18/20 pieces) from Ladurée
Bernadeau little candlelight Paris theme
Little figurines with scenes of Paris (little houses or shops or street detail etc)
Limoge object ( ashtray or little box )
Eiffel Tower key ring
Eiffel Tower Chocolates from Debauve et Gallet
Fruit Basket in the room
Bottle of Armagnac with a personalized label
2 Bottles of Bordeaux wine from the famous caves Taillevent
An assortment of fine small French pâtés
An assortment of cheeses in a wood box
Baguette shaped knife ( typical French bread )
Book of photographs of Paris
VIP PROGRAMME FOR 10 Pax / 3 Days – A truly exclusive adventure in Iceland – A three day VIP programme in the South
Day 1 – Arrival with a difference
Afternoon arrival in Iceland. A little “blast from the past” moment when a renovated coach from the 1960s welcomes the guests at the airport.
En route from the airport, we surprise the guests with a welcome at the seaside in Reykjavík, where a woman dressed in traditional Icelandic costume offers a glass of an Icelandic elixir. We continue to the exclusive boutique hotel in downtown Reykjavík; the 101 hotel, for check-in.
After some time spent at leisure, we bring the guests to the main square in Reykjavík for a dinner at the famous Borg restaurant. A stunning mix of vintage and modern brought together by an ever-changing menu filled with dazzling surprises. The kitchen is run by award-winning chef and co-owner Chef Volundur Volundarson who has worked in top restaurants all over the world. (Listed on Condé Nast Hot Table List).
By late evening, we bring in our exclusive nightlife guides, who know all the best locales in the night scene in Reykjavík. With our VIP passes, our guests are guaranteed priority entry into all the best places.
Day 2 – To the glacier in style!
When staying only 3 days in Iceland, you want to make the most of every hour. Guests will be taken from Reykjavík straight to the glaciers in a VIP helicopter. The view is amazing, while the flight takes them by the shoreline of the south, with majestic mountains on one side and the Westman Islands on the other. Black sand beaches, the roaring North Atlantic Ocean and green fields provide an amazing contrast in colour.
At the landing on the glacier, the snowmobiles await the guests. After a journey on the snowmobiles, a champagne apéritif is offered in the white wilderness of the glacier, before a delicious buffet lunch on tables carved into the glacier. We carve out seats for our guests and line them with reindeer fur for extra comfort. The lunch is accompanied with outstanding white wine, chilled by carving a natural cooler in the glacier.
After the lunch, our guests will see our Super 4X4 vehicles approach on the glacier, to bring them from the glacier to the black sand beaches for a little “sand-safari”.
Late afternoon, our guests arrive at the very exclusive country hotel; Hótel Rangá, where they can relax in one of the hotel’s hot tubs, overlooking one of Iceland’s most popular salmon rivers.
This hotel offers outstanding suites in the hotel’s “World Pavillion” where each suite represents one of the earth’s continents. The hotel boasts an excellent top quality restaurant, where Icelandic produce is turned into culinary delights.
Day 3 – Private whale watching and deep sea fishing
Since Hótel Rangá is located some 100km’s away from Reykjavík, we waste no time and fly our guests by private plane from a neighboring airfield to Reykjavík airport. Once in Reykjavík, they board a small and exclusive boat for a private whale watching and deep-sea fishing tour.
On the way, we sail to Puffin Island, where we can enjoy watching the many thousands of puffins nesting in the cliffs of this small island. These colourful birds have become the symbol of Iceland all around the world. Once out at sea, when not on the lookout for the whales, the guests can try their luck with deep-sea fishing, which usually gives ample results. A light lunch is served onboard, as well as a farewell cocktail.
Back at the port in Reykjavík, our coach awaits our guests to bring them to the airport for their departing flight.
What an amazing 3-day adventure in the land of contrasts!
PROGRAMME FOR 25 Pax / 4 Days
Hótel Borg – Four Stars
Hotel Borg combines old-time elegance with modern style in the heart of Iceland’s capital.
Built-in 1930 and restored to its original Art Deco style in 2006, 4-star Hotel Borg is a showcase of sophistication. All 56 rooms have custom-made furniture and fittings with modern amenities including flat-screen satellite TV and high-speed internet connections. For an extra touch of luxury, there are 7 suites and a two-floor Tower Suite with a magnificent 360° view.
The Borg restaurant is a stunning mix of vintage and modern brought together by an ever-changing menu filled with dazzling surprises. The kitchen is run by award-winning chef and co-owner Chef Volundur Volundarson who has worked in top restaurants all over the world.
The Golden Room offers a unique ambiance for banquets, meetings, and receptions, and other rooms are available with a full range of conference facilities.
Hotel Borg is so much more than just a 4-star hotel. It’s an experience in its own right, with character, soul, and style. The exciting blend of traditional and modern that Iceland is famous for.
ALTERNATIVE: Radisson SAS 1919 Hotel – Four Stars
Located in the very heart of Reykjavík’s downtown you find a beautiful new superior 4-star boutique hotel, in one of the city’s most beautiful historic buildings, built in the year 1919. Opened in April 2005, this beautifully decorated hotel with 70 rooms, features standard and deluxe rooms, and junior suites. As one of Reykjavík’s most exclusive downtown hotels, it is ideal for both business and leisure, with first class services for their clients.
The restaurant – Gullfoss, is a very trendy and modern restaurant, managed by one of Iceland’s favorite chefs. Transportation during the whole trip.
4×4 description – Super Jeeps
Nowhere but in Iceland will you find vehicles like those we use for our travels today. Crafted for uniquely tough conditions, even a term to describe them had to be invented. “Supertrucks” are the result of decades of insular technical innovation and evolution, from tinkering with old army Jeeps to get further up the hill, to our hand-built monsters equally at home crossing Antarctica, the wild Icelandic Highlands – or the highway.
Each vehicle is custom built with up to three separate transmissions, two separate steering systems, fully in-cab adjustable four-corner air suspension, fully lockable differentials, up to 7.3-litre turbocharged engines, an array of radio equipment, marine-type satellite navigation… Oh, and the biggest available road legal tires in the world!
A Supertruck is only ever piloted by a trained professional (usually the owner) who knows not only the extreme limits of his/her machine but that the full might of that megabuck truck is applicable only with care and knowledge of the sensitive Icelandic sub-Arctic Nature.
The vehicles we offer are the following:
Nissan Patrol seating 4-5 passengers.
Ford Excursions seating 5-6 passengers.
Land Rover Defenders seating 5-6 passengers.
Ford Econoline seating 8-9 passengers.
07:00 – Luxury Arrival Transfer in Monster trucks to the hotel in Reykjavík via Blue Lagoon and panoramic drive afterward.
Arrival in Keflavik International Airport where the guide and the drivers of super 4×4 vehicles meet the group.
The jeeps take you out into the lava field, to one of the most powerful man-made steam vents in the country. The Power Plant feeding the Blue Lagoon is connected to two geothermal boreholes that produce steam only, and to five boreholes that produce a mixture of steam and water and the extraction of geothermal fluids from the reservoir (steam and water) totals 6-7 million tons per year. Here you really get the feel of the power lurking under Iceland!
Our next stop in Iceland is the famous Blue Lagoon in its otherworldly lava surroundings, where we will reside for a couple of hours for the bathing of your lifetime, enjoying the luxurious comfort of the warm lagoon water. The Blue Lagoon will be open exclusively for the group! (It only opens at 10 o’clock for the public).
Around 09:00, a delicious breakfast will be served for the group.
A special “Blue Lagoon” cocktail can be served during the bath – a great way to get into the group spirit at the beginning of the trip.
After this amazing experience, we won’t take the easy way back to Reykjavik. We’ll take full advantage of the amazing vehicle we are in and take you for a scenic drive – winding our way amongst the spongy moss-covered lava fields, both recent & ancient, to the fishing village of Grindavík.
Onwards, to the multicolored deposits from the hot springs of Krísuvík where we stop for a short walk amongst boiling mud pools & the hissing of steam vents. We make another short stop at the photogenic Grænavatn or “green water”. As its name suggests, this explosion crater houses a lake of the most vivid green.
After that, we head towards the Blue mountains & Lake Kleifarvatn. The landscape must be seen to be believed…
The tuffstone mountains, reflected in the waters of the lake, give an eerie stillness and one can quite easily understand how folktales tell of serpent-like monsters dwelling in the depths of the blue darkness.
Then it will be time to get to Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland, to check-in at your hotel.
13:00 – Lunch in a private room:
The Seafood Grill restaurant, as you can tell by the name, The Seafood grill emphasizes fresh Icelandic sea products. The young chef, Gústav, was awarded the title, Chef of the year 2010. Gústav came up with a menu like no other, Gústav’s Interpretation of the collective grill taste of his homeland, Iceland.
Type of cuisine: Icelandic/ Mediterranean/ Healthy
Distance from Centre: 0 km
Private dining available
14:30 – Afternoon at leisure in Reykjavík or relaxing at the hotel.
The rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the numerous shops, handicraft boutiques, galleries, cafés and in the street life in general. Why not join the locals and invigorate your spirits with a visit to one of the eight geothermally heated outdoor swimming pools?
20:00 Dinner at Fish Market – walking distance from the downtown hotels.
Fish Market is Reykjavik’s most recent addition to the restaurant scene. The restaurant is located in one of Reykjavik’s oldest house, which has been renovated in a stylish manner. The restaurant features mainly Icelandic fish products, with an Asian flair, but meat is also available on the menu.
Fishmarket recommends the tasting menu that Hrefna Rósa Sætran and her team have created from the best that Fish Market has to offer.
Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, Fish Market serves dishes that are designed for sharing and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal. A culinary experience that you will remember for the rest of your life!
Type of cuisine: Icelandic with an Asian influence
Distance from Centre: 0 km
Professional nightlife guide for 3 evenings
To make sure the doors of all clubs and bars will always stand open for our group, we will hire professional ‘nightlife guides’ that will accompany the group everywhere and make sure that they get in anywhere they want without queuing. A real VIP treatment!
These guides are professional party people who know all the great places and will make sure our group will have the time of their life in Reykjavik.
09:00 4×4 – South Shore – Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
We start this day by following the south coast en route to Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. We’ll drive past Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and a bit further along the coast, driving under the famous Eyjafjöll to Skógafoss; a waterfall that tumbles over high rock escarpments. On we go to the mountain track that leads us to the edge of the magnificent glacier. An interesting option is to enjoy an open-air seafood buffet on the glacier for lunch (weather permitting.)
Once at the glacier we gear up and mount the snow scooters to drive away into the “wilderness”, enjoying both nature and the thrilling driving experience! The view from the glacier on a clear day is unforgettable.
Again, on with the jeeps, we head to the black beach facing the Atlantic Ocean where we can try out the Super Jeeps and have a black sand jeep safari.
11:30 Snowmobile Safari on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
Do not leave Iceland without experiencing a glacier!
A glacier is an astonishing thing to experience and through decades of experience we have built up the most eye-popping tours you will experience anywhere. Both geographical knowledge and expert guidance can be expected as standard with us. Take a ride to the top of the world on a snowmobile and see the amazing Sólheimajökull from above the larger Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.
We provide you with everything you need for a safe and comfortable ride to your destination – protective overalls, boots, gloves, and helmets are provided and we make sure that there is always a pot of freshly brewed mountain coffee waiting for travelers at the mountain hut, by the roots of Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
LUNCH – Great seafood buffet or BBQ served on the glacier after the snow scooter safari.
Who says you need a formal restaurant to enjoy lunch or dinner in Iceland? An excellent idea is to enjoy catering services on the glacier, in the remote valley, or in a mountain hut. A wide variety of choices at various prices:
Dinner at Við Fjöruborðið – By the Seaside – jeeps waiting for the group during dinner.
The Seashore Restaurant in the village of Stokkseyri is an enchanting and people have to tear themselves away from it!
Type of cuisine: Icelandic lobster
Distance from Reykjavík: 55 km
The Golden Circle is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a visit to Iceland. It covers the most historical sites in the country – a lake filled crater, a spouting geyser, hot springs, glacial river waterfall, greenhouse industry and beautiful scenery on the way.
After only a 15-minute drive from the hotel in Reykjavík, the tour takes place across the countryside, crossing the mountain plateau of Hellisheidi, covered by post-glacial lava fields, for a visit to the village of Hveragerdi. This community has been built around hot springs and the harnessed geothermal power has permitted a greenhouse industry in which flowers, vegetables, fruits, and exotic plants flourish under glass.
Onwards to Kerid, a lake-filled extinct volcanic crater.
From Kerid, proceeding to Geysir. Here are hot springs in abundance, and the geyser “Strokkur”, which spouts every few minutes, shooting columns of piping hot water up to 20m (60 feet).
From there we go to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe – Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). Here you will see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically cascading down into a deep gorge; a very powerful sight.
On our way to Reykjavík, we will make a short stop at Þingvellir national park – a remarkable geological phenomenon and the most important historical site in Iceland. Þingvellir, situated by the largest lake in Iceland called Þingvallavatn, is the site of the world’s oldest democratic parliament, founded in the year 930.
The beautiful canyon running through the park is actually the meeting point of two of the earth’s tectonic plates and the area’s combination of natural phenomena and historical significance make it inseparable from the fabric of Icelandic national life. In 2004 the site of Þingvellir was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
09:30 4×4 – Golden Circle (Geysir – Gullfoss – Þingvellir).
13:00 Lunch at Hotel Geysir.
The restaurant offers dining area on two floors, overlooking the famous Geysir area.
16:00 Mountain Safari is a great quad bike/ATV tour
Mountain Safari is a great quad bike/ATV tour in the vicinity of Reykjavík. Explore the peaceful, scenic outback of the capital city of Iceland on quad bikes. Mountain Safari is ideal for beginners, and those who want to try something new while enjoying the outdoors. Exploring the backcountry of Reykjavík has now been made accessible for everyone in a safe and fun matter.
20:00 Dinner at Perlan – The Pearl
Inside a huge glass dome, on top of six silvery hot-water tanks, sits the Pearl. The Pearl regularly plays host to presidential and royal dinner parties as well as catering to the public, with superb cuisine and a spectacular panoramic view of Reykjavík and beyond, as the restaurant gently completes a full rotation every two hours.
Type of cuisine: Haute cuisine.
Distance from Centre: 1,2 km.
10:00 Hangover killer! Morning at Laugar Spa.
In Laugar Spa you enter an aquatic heaven where you can indulge both body and soul. Seven different saunas and steam rooms are available, each one with a different theme, where you can experience the soul of nature, a starry night sky and inhale different aromas. Soothe tired limbs in the Thalassotherapy Jacuzzi, rejuvenate the feet in a special foot-bath, switch between hot and cold showers in a special cubicle or enjoy delicious food and drink in one of the three restaurants on the premises.
The six-meter-wide waterfall shows the unique design features of one of Iceland’s most prominent artists. His artwork and sculptures in soft granite make the whole spa experience aesthetically perfect. In between beauty and massage treatments, chill out in the relaxation room (which features a huge central fireplace), shut your eyes and forget all your worries.
The bright and spacious gym contains the best in state-of-the-art fitness equipment from the world’s leading manufacturers. All the guests can enjoy swimming, as admission to Laugardalslaug outdoor and indoor swimming pool with different whirlpools etc, is included in the fee.
13:30 – Lunch at the Laugarspa Restaurant after the spa.
Laugar Café is an excellent place for companies and other groups to come to enjoy food and drink, use the meeting facilities and second-floor function room, as well as visit the Spa and have a meal together in the Spa restaurant. The restaurant offers a varied menu of food and wine. We can also offer group menus if you so wish, and we offer tapas, which has been very popular.
Laugar Café has a café bar with a view over the Laugardalur Swimming Pools. Our guests can enjoy delicious drinks while choosing from a selection of magazines or reading a good book.
Above all, Laugar Café is an accessible café, open to everyone, and a great place to rest your bones after a nice walk in Laugardalur, a refreshing swim, sweating it out in the gym or having had a nice relaxing time in Laugar Spa.
14:30 Departure Transfer to Keflavík Airport in Super Jeeps.
The Super Jeep drivers will go and pick up your luggage at the hotel while you are relaxing at Laugarspa and will be waiting for you outside of the spa to take you to the airport for your flight back home.
4×4 Super Trucks
4×4 – Þórsmörk “Valley of Thor” & Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
We leave Reykjavík early morning with our super 4X4 vehicles, heading for Thórsmörk Valley – a beautiful nature reserve situated between three glaciers. The valley of Thórsmörk – the realm of the Thunder God Thor – is considered to be one of the pearls of the Icelandic nature. In the shelter of three glaciers, a most glorious oasis has been formed. This magnificent valley is only accessible by 4X4, due to the unbridged glacial rivers we have to pass to get there.
Many short walking/hiking tours are also available in Þórsmörk, e.g. a hike into Stakkholtsgjá.
Again, on with the jeeps to the beautiful Waterfall Seljalandsfoss, where we make a stop for a short walk behind the waterfall before continuing to Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. We drive past the waterfall – Skógafoss – and on we head to the mountain track that leads us to the edge of the magnificent glacier.
Once at the glacier, we gear up and mount the snow scooters. The view from the glacier on a clear day is unforgettable.
After the glacier experience, we head to the black beach facing the Atlantic Ocean where we can try out the super jeeps and enjoy a black sand jeep safari; a “must” experience!
Before returning towards Reykjavík in the late afternoon, we stop at the tall and gracious waterfall Skógafoss, which tumbles over high rock escarpments.
4×4 – Golden Circle (Geysir – Gullfoss – Þingvellir)
The Golden Circle is undoubtedly one of the highlights of a visit to Iceland.
During the Golden Circle visit, we can “spice up” the itinerary with a number of exciting activities, such as quad bikes (available all year), horse riding (all year), river rafting (may-sept), snowmobiles (all year) and teambuilding games (all year) etc.
After only a 15-minute drive from the hotel in Reykjavík, we find ourselves in the countryside, crossing the mountain plateau of Hellisheidi, covered by post-glacial lava fields, followed with passing by the village of Hveragerdi. This community has been built around hot springs and the harnessed geothermal power has permitted a greenhouse industry in which flowers, vegetables, fruits, and exotic plants flourish under glass.
Onwards to the Geysir area. Here are hot springs in abundance, and the geyser “Strokkur” spouts every few minutes, shooting columns of piping hot water up to 20m (60 feet). From there we go to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe; Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). Here you will see thousands of tons of icy water cascading majestically down.
On our way to Reykjavík, we will stop at Thingvellir National Park – a remarkable geological phenomenon and the most important historical site in Iceland.
Self-Drive Super 4X4 adventure on Reykjanes peninsula
The peninsula to the south-west of Reykjavík, called Reykjanes, is geologically very young. Everywhere on this peninsula, you can see signs of volcanic activity, such as huge black lava fields still barely colonized by vegetation, impressive strata volcanoes, and hot mud springs. You will experience a harsh landscape on the one hand and on the other hand, interesting and special Icelandic ways of living with this landscape and taking advantage of its power.
The event has 3 purposes; team building, discovering what makes Iceland special and some history of the Icelanders and imagination and fun.
The group will be split into teams (4-5 persons/team) and their aim is to find their way around the Reykjanes Peninsula by using the “Road Book” and a map. There will be 6-7 different locations, and at each location, the team must find answers to questions, get pictures for evidence or do some kind of a challenge.
The length of the total activity can last a full day (approx 8 hours).
A Taste of Iceland – Borgarfjörður
From Reykjavik, we drive north along the fiords of Hvalfjordur and Borgarfjordur fjords. Our first tasty stop of the day is at Deildartunguhver, one of Europe’s biggest hot springs. We boil some eggs in the boiling hot water, as it bubbles out of the ground, and eat them with the dark rye bread baked in hot springs. With this, we toast with Icelandic wine.
Then it’s time to head towards the waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water pours out from under the lava, and Barnafoss. After admiring the waterfalls we try out some edible Icelandic plants, such as Iceland moss, seaweed, angelica, and more as we get to know their medicinal properties. We even get the secret recipe of the “sorcerer’s lupine root drink”.
Next, we get back in our vehicles and the next destination is Langjokull, Iceland’s second biggest glacier. We change vehicles and glide across the glacier on snow scooters.
We then make a toast with the one and only “Mysa” Viking power drink; best enjoyed cold. On the glacier lunch is waiting on a table cut from the ice; grilled Icelandic lamb and other delicacies served with Icelandic beer.
Next, we head back to our jeeps and drive over the mountain pass of Kaldidalur to Thingvellir, the ancient site of the parliament. This is a very special place, not only for its role in Iceland’s history but also because of its geology, for this is one of few places on Earth where you can see how the earth is torn apart on the mid-Atlantic rift.
Once there we have a look at this historical site right in the middle of the mid-Atlantic rift and then it’s time for our last “tasty stop”: A buffet of different foods that have been marinated, dried or smoked. The chef serves this with Icelandic wines and spirits.
With our heads spinning from all these different tastes we now head back towards Reykjavik, arriving there late afternoon.
This full-day adventure is both fun and challenging (without requiring any prior skills or experience).
The group is picked up from the hotel by super-trucks in the early hours of the morning.
Our first stop is Thingvellir National Park. Here the teams will start to collect points by beginning their first assignment.
The teams will go into one of the big faults and choose one of the members to abseil down about 10m (with professional help). An envelope is waiting somewhere along the way. Inside the envelope, there is a puzzle that needs to be solved and they will also get a message that they will need to decode, as it is written in runes (Old Icelandic alphabet).
The next task is located nearby. The group is asked to help with a rescue mission, where they will have to organise how they will get the job done and how to search the area. When they find the wounded person they have to make a stretcher out of the material found nearby and get him/her to where the trucks are parked. Arriving there they see that four of the trucks have a flat 38” tire that has to be changed before the tour can continue.
When all the trucks are in top form again the groups are taken to Lyngdalsheidi Moor, given helmets and lights and taken into a cave. Should the exit from the cave be snowed-in they will get shovels to dig themselves out.
Lunch is an outdoor forest feast with grilled lamb, beer and wine.
After lunch, it’s time for the ultimate “Viking test”. We get wet in the North Atlantic Ocean, but to get the blood running again after this chilling experience we have a taste of cured shark with a shot of Brennivin, also called Black Death.
The group drives to Hellisheidi Heath now for some off-road action on the thousand lake route. The last task is to boil eggs in a hot spring and eat them!
By then it is time to head back to Reykjavik, arriving there late afternoon.
The winning team will get a prize during dinner in the evening.
HALF DAY TOURS / ACTIVITIES
Arctic Waters – Snorkeling & Rafting
Snorkeling in Silfra & River Rafting in Hvítá glacier river.
Trip difficulty 2 / 5
We start the day with a snorkeling exploration of the Silfra fissure. Silfra, which is situated in the heart of Thingvellir National Park, is an otherworldly scene. The crystal clear water in the deep fissure gives you a feeling of being weightless as you float down with the lazy current. It is also worth mentioning that the Silfra lies on the rift between the tectonic plates of America and Eurasia and the rugged underwater view of the lava field is something you will have to see to believe!
From the National Park, we drive to Drumbó base camp where we enjoy lunch before we gear up for rafting on the whitewater river of Hvítá.
The river has a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. We raft for 7 kilometers and at one point participants get the option to jump from a cliff into the river. For those looking for extra action, the option of white water canoeing is available.
Hot tubs and sauna after the rafting are also included.
Available: June to September (depending on weather).
Black & Blue – caving & snorkeling
Caving & snorkeling in Thingvellir National Park.
Trip difficulty 2 / 5.
We start with the black as we explore the hidden world of the lava field under the Thingvellir National Park. Walking in a cave and discovering the marvels that volcanic activity has created in the past is a trip that everyone can undertake. The Gjábakkahellir cave is a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube and is situated in one of the most active volcanic areas in the world. After the cave, we dine on a packed lunch before moving on into the blue…
Snorkeling in the Silfra is our second adventure. The Silfra fissure is one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets, an otherworldly scene that is world famous for its heavenly shades of blue.
The Black & Blue is an amazing trip, a true journey to the borders of reality and dreams.
Available: June to September (depending on weather).
Trilogy – Icelandic Workout!
The group will be picked up by their private coaches and guides and driven to the lake of Hvaleyrarvatn, situated approx. 10 km from Reykjavík. Once there the group is split up into 3 teams and each team starts with different challenges: Mountain Biking, Horseback Riding & Caving Adventure.
Group A – starts with Biking, then Caving and at last Riding.
Group B – starts with Riding, then Biking and at last Caving.
Group C – starts with Caving, then Riding and at last Biking.
Putting a competitive edge in the activities is always an option, with various ideas for prizes (valuable prizes and/or humorous options).
In the end, the whole group will meet at the riding center’s restaurant for afternoon refreshments before heading back to the hotel.
RiverFun (Rafting on Hvítá River)
An activity which gets the adrenaline running, without requiring any prior experience or extra fitness!
The Hvítá glacial river is a beautiful and fun river located in the south of Iceland. For over 20 years the RiverFun rafting trip has been Iceland´s most popular adventure activity. The river has a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. As we pass through the magnificent Brúarhlöð canyon, participants have the option of jumping from a cliff into the river. No one should leave Iceland without experiencing the power that its rivers contain and lay eyes on the scenic canyons of Hvítá River.
Note: No pre-knowledge of the sport required.
RiverRide – Canoeing on Hvítá
Canoeing is a perfect activity if you are looking for a hands-on adventure out in the Icelandic nature. The canoes are inflated and self-bailing, meaning that they do not fill with water and are easy to manoeuver. Two people sit together in the canoe and steer it, meanwhile a guide in a kayak makes sure everything is safe and sound. We paddle down the Hvítá glacial river which has a perfectly balanced mix of serene canyons and adrenaline pumping waves and rapids. We travel for 7 kilometers and at one point participants get the option of jumping from a cliff into the river. We only recommend this trip to those looking for action and who are in good physical condition. The RiverRide is a great action trip, especially for those with some experience in rafting.
Available: May to October (depending on weather). Minimum Age: 16 years. Bring with you: A warm sweater, swimwear, and a towel. No knowledge of the sport is required.
Note: Canoeing is very often booked for groups where some have never rafted before and others have rafted often, i.e. some persons want adrenaline but others a scenic ride. In those cases, a part of the group can raft and the others can canoe the same route down the Hvítá river.
Fjord Serenity – Sea Kayaking
This trip will take you kayaking on the serene and beautiful Hvalfjörður fjord. This deep fjord is framed by mountains that stretch from the sea up to more than 1000 meters. The kayaks are stable and easy to use. You do not need prior experience since your guide will teach you the technique on location. We paddle along the coast and enjoy the magnificent views. Then we take to the shore and relax in the quiet Icelandic countryside, enjoying some light refreshments and stoic vistas.
What is kayaking?
Our kayaks are Dagger Exodus, the best open water kayaks available. They are closed boats so no water gets into them.
You glide peacefully through the water, your paddle strokes. You will be wearing a lifejacket; a specially made dry jacket and wet pants that will keep you warm even in the harshest of conditions. Almost anyone can go paddling with us. Our guides will teach you everything you need to know. They will also paddle with you and are always within reach should anything happen or even if you simply have a question about the scenery!
Available: May to September (depending on weather). Minimum Age: 12 years. Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing i.e. fleece sweater and pants, change of clothing and swimwear. No knowledge of the sport required.
4×4 – Arrival in Keflavík – Blue Lagoon – Kayaking – Reykjavík
Arrival at Keflavik international airport where the guide and the drivers of the 4X4 super-trucks meet the group.
Our next stop in Iceland is the famous Blue Lagoon, where a special “Blue Lagoon” cocktail can be served – a great way to get into the group spirit at the beginning of the trip.
Applying white Silica mud on the face and body is for many an essential part of the Blue Lagoon experience. The silica is offered in specially designed wooden boxes placed by the lagoon creating an easy access to this natural ingredient.
After the refreshing bath, we follow the coastline, winding our way amongst the spongy moss-covered lava fields, both recent and ancient, to the small village of Stokkseyri – stopping for photo opportunities along the way.
In Stokkseyri we will try the skills of the group and have great fun by kayaking….(optional, see separate description). After each participant has demonstrated their natural kayaking talent we head towards the black beach facing the Atlantic Ocean and have a shortstop on the beach where often seals can be spotted and if the weather is nice….a delicious Seafood buffet on the beach. We can also choose from one of the many restaurants located next to the Atlantic Ocean.
After having enjoyed our dinner it is time to find our way to Reykjavík, to get checked in at the hotel.
The group is divided into smaller groups and each is given 8-12 projects, together with a single-use camera loaded with a 12-exposure roll of film (or digital camera if budget allows). Each group has to agree on how best to carry out the assigned projects.
For example, they may have to photograph speed, truth, youth, emotion, romance, etc. They can also photograph places, things, and natural phenomena. The time for completing the projects is limited and requires team brainstorming to come up with good ideas. Prizes can be provided for the best set of pictures, the best individual picture, and the best ideas.
INDEPENDENT ACTIVITIES AND/OR ACTIVITIES TO BE ADDED TO HALF DAY OR FULL DAY EXCURSIONS
The Lava Fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula
In only a 45 min drive from Reykjavik, adventure awaits. The Lava Fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula are the ideal area for exciting and unique quad bike tours. The ideal ending to a great quad bike tour is, of course, a visit to the wonderful Blue Lagoon.
Blue Ice Walking
Would you like to explore a glacier? And we mean really, really explore a glacier! This trip takes you to the frozen glacial tongue that is Sólheimajökull. It is an otherworldly scene, a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water. Walk on the glacier and observe the spectacular surroundings. We will provide you with all the tools you need; ice axes, crampons and safety lines.
On this trip, you get to see and do what most of the population will only ever dream about and very few will ever try. Why not be adventurous and explore the amazing crawling glacier?
As we drive back to Reykjavik we will stop at the beautiful Skógafoss Waterfall.
Available: All year (depending on weather).
The history of the Icelandic horse can be traced all the way back to the settlement of the country in the late 9th century. Vikings who settled in Iceland brought with them their horses of various origins. Due to the isolation of Iceland, this stock remained pure while it was crossbred elsewhere. The Icelandic horse is pure-bred and unique today, over a thousand years after first coming to the land of fire and ice.
The Icelandic horse has played a vital role in its home country from the beginning. In heathen times the horse was highly regarded and renowned in Norse mythology, playing a big part in Norse mythological stories. Several Norse gods and their enemies, the giants, owned them. The most famous of all these mythological horses was Sleipnir, the eight-footed pacer. The influence of the Norse myths is still visible, as many riding clubs bear names of mythical horses, as do herds of horses in modern Iceland.
The horse is often mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas as well, still playing a vital role, this time in the warfare of the Viking period. To a serious warrior, a good horse was indispensable. Great horses were treated with much respect and sometimes slain warriors would be buried alongside their mount.
And now it is your turn to get to know the Vikings best friend; the Icelandic Horse. It is small, strong, sure-footed, and extremely friendly. We will enjoy their company for 1 – 2 hours, riding in the beautiful surroundings – an experience you will late forget!
Everyone is provided with helmets, boots, and overalls if needed. A professional instructor informs and demonstrates to the group through the riding tour.
Snowmobile Safari at Langjökull glacier.
Langjökull glacier is located north of Gullfoss waterfall. It is ideal to add the snowmobile adventure to a Golden Circle excursion, thanks to the location of the glacier.
Snowmobiles are great fun and easy to operate. Our snowmobiles are two-seat touring sleds with hand warmer and high windshield. All participants are provided with all necessary gear, such as warm overalls, helmets, boots, and gloves. You can choose between a dual or single ride. A valid driving license is required to operate a snowmobile. Snowmobiles are operated on glaciers during summer and in mountains in the vicinity of the glacier during winter.
Snowmobile rides are always subject to weather conditions. We put our guests’ safety first – and reserve the right to cancel the activity in bad weather.
Whale Watching from Reykjavík
Whale watching in Iceland can be a thrilling experience since the North Atlantic Sea hosts whales in abundance!
As the voyage begins, passengers are given information about the various species that may be seen on the trip. Excitement soon grips both crew and passengers on the look-out for whales “blowing” or lifting their tails. No two trips are ever the same and consequently, there is always a feeling of great excitement and anticipation. Minke whales are seen on virtually every excursion, with some spectacular sightings over the past couple of years. On one occasion there were no fewer than fifteen minkes around the boat, some almost within touching distance, lying on their sides spy hopping and generally taking an interest in the enthralled whale watchers on board! Among the larger whales, Humpbacks are the most common, but species such as Sei Whales, Fin Whales, and even the mighty Blue Whales have been spotted. White-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises are also common in the area.
During the month of July, bird lovers will also enjoy spotting puffins, seagulls, skuas, gannets, arctic terns, fulmars, kittiwakes, and eider ducks. These can usually all be seen at this time of the year.
Duration: 3-4 hours
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Fire and Ice
Since Iceland is a land of contrasts and a number of the activities are either related to our glaciers or our volcanic mountains, what better theme than FIRE AND ICE is appropriate for the Gala Night? We can create the right atmosphere with cooperation from Production companies, experts in props, lighting, sound, and entertainment.
Water is everywhere in Iceland, in our glaciers, rivers, and waterfalls, all around our island, and of course in the snow and rain that Iceland is so famous for. We can create a water-theme in almost any venue, in its icy form or liquid. This theme is ideal for events which are aimed at cosmetic, pharmaceutical, medical and food producing industries since it accentuates purity and health.
Going back to our roots, a Viking theme can be ideal for either an entire incentive program or for an evening. We work with event specialists who bring in Viking props and costumes, and the guests are encouraged to take full part in the entertainment, with the motto that the Vikings worked hard but partied even harder…..
You might have heard of Icelanders being both superstitious, and known to believe in Trolls, Elfs, and Gnomes. Well, we do! We have a very strong tradition of beliefs, and we can bring this world to your evening. We’ll set up an evening focusing on the mystic side of Iceland and the Icelanders, with creatures from the other world, prophets, and clairvoyants, as well as fortune telling with the help of traditional runes.
Now to more contemporary and/or international themes…….
Secret Mission parties
The Gala night to focus on award ceremonies for various missions which may have been assigned to the group members, such as James Bond themes, Super 4X4 self-drive rallies, survival challenges in the rough Icelandic nature, or any team-enhancing mission we may think of. Our combined imagination is the only limit.
Harpa, New Concert And Conference Hall In Reykjavik
Main Concert/Conference Hall – 1,800 People
Conference Hall – 750 People
Rehearsal Hall – 450 People
13 Other Conference Rooms In Various Sizes
Situated In The Old Harbor Between Reykjavik City Centre And The North Atlantik, The New Icelandic National Convert And Conference Centre, Harpa, Stands Out As A Unique Landmark In Constant Interplay With Its Surroundings. The Design Is Influenced By Iceland’s Exceptional And Dramatic Nature. The Glass Facade That Covers The Entire Building Is Designed By The Renowned Visual Artist Ólafur Elíasson. Harpa Features The Best Facilities For Conferences, Conventions And Trade Shows, Promotional Events And Meetings For Large Organisations And Companies.
Laugardalshöll Sports Hall4 Conference Rooms – 75-144 PeopleLaugardalur Stadium
5 Conference Rooms – 40-700 People
Hotel conference facilities
Name of hotel No. of rooms Capacity
Hilton Reykjavík Nordica 10 10 – 644
Grand Hótel Reykjavík 15 8 – 470
Icelandair Reykjavik Natura 14 4 – 420
Radisson Blu Hótel Saga 13 12 – 400
A Few Extra Touches
Champagne flown in with a helicopter to one of our glaciers where the group is enjoying a snowmobile ride or a blue-ice hiking.
A gourmet tasting of Icelandic produce at one of our black-sand beaches, caves, or valleys. Hosts dressed in traditional Icelandic costumes.
A Jazz session on the top of the glacier. Stage carved into the glacier, amphitheater carved for the audience.
A large chunk of an Iceberg from Europe’s largest glacier flown in for “on the rocks” cocktail hour. The sound of the iceberg pieces crackling in the drinks is unlike anything you’ve heard!
Mystic Moment at any event. A sorceress appears with fortune telling for everyone with the aide of ancient Viking runes.
Internationally acclaimed children’s choir at a cocktail hour or dinner.
Kaldi Arctic mittens or hat
66°North – Outerwear – Jackets
Cintamani – Outerwear / Fleeces
Icelandic Reyka Vodka
Icelandic Brennivín in a woolen sock
Blue Lagoon beauty products
Lost in Iceland / Amazing Iceland book
Sculpture: Egg from artist Kogga
Iceland has an amazing variety of both local and migrant birds. A total of 369 species of birds have been recorded in Iceland. The months of May and June are ideal for bird watching, with a number nesting in Iceland, while others are only on a rest stop in Iceland.
Iceland is not one of the first countries that come into mind when thinking of golf, but you might be surprised at the number of golf courses you can find in Iceland, and the quality of the courses and clubhouses. Iceland can offer an amazing variety of golf courses, from courses set amidst lave formation in the inland area, to courses that have borders with the roaring North Atlantic Sea. There are 65 golf courses in Iceland, and 15 of them are 18-hole. You can play golf at midnight in summer, or in the snow in winter (with colored golf balls).
Iceland is a haven for photographers, with its fantastic nature, crisp and unpolluted air, and a contrast and variety in colour like no other. We can provide the professional experts with our network of professional photographers.
It is said that Iceland is alive textbook of geology, with its active volcanoes, the landscape still in formation, roaring glacier rivers, open fissures, and frequent earthquakes. A Geology tour in Iceland is a life-changing experience.
Design and Fashion Tour
Current trends in Icelandic architecture, interior design, music, and fashion reflect the dynamic forces that have shaped culture and industry in this country. A tour which is focused on what is happening in today’s scene of fashion, design, and art is so much more than you’d expect.
Arrival at Schipol airport and transfer to hotel with an orientation tour of the City. Welcome Cocktail party at Madame Tussauds.
Enjoy a real Dutch dinner at the authentic 17th century Five Flies. After dinner why not try one of the many superb pubs or bars in Amsterdam, or perhaps stroll through the exciting City before returning independently to your hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Amsterdam for a drive across farmland, to the fishing village of Volendam; renowned for its local colour and folk costumes. Continue to the quaint harbour of Marken, stop at a Dutch cheese farm to taste homemade products before returning to Amsterdam.
Stop at a local restaurant for lunch on return. Afternoon at leisure.
Transfer to the Boom Chicago Dinner Show by canal boat with wine and cheese served on board. Dinner will be served before the show starts. After the show, you are free to visit the largest casino on the first floor before returning to the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure.
Afternoon tour of old and new Amsterdam. See historical landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Munt Tower, the Skinny Bridge, and the Portuguese Synagogue.
Visit the Rijksmuseum with its outstanding masterpieces and a stop at one of Amsterdam’s diamond polishing factories.
Galleon evening on board ‘De Eenhoorn’ (The Unicorn), an old Dutch galleon as it sails the seven seas. A memorable and fun night for all.
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the airport via the windmill area at Zaanse Schans, this is everyone’s idea of how Holland should be but alas this is no longer the case.
Amsterdam City Tour
A most extensive drive by coach through the center and modern suburbs of Amsterdam. Visiting a diamond factory and to the Rijksmuseum. On Sunday morning the Rijksmuseum is replaced by a canal cruise.
An extensive trip through the old and new parts of Amsterdam, passing the Royal Palace, Rembrandt’s House, Portuguese Synagogue, Munt Tower etc. Along with numerous canals to the newer parts of this magnificent city, plus a visit to a diamond workshop.
Volendam and Marken
This tour leads through the north Holland countryside to some of the old fishing villages along the former Zuiderzee. First, we visit Marken and then to Volendam, where inhabitants still wear the traditional costumes. On the way back to Amsterdam we will visit a cheese farm.
Alkmaar Cheese Market and Windmills
Drive through to Alkmaar, the scene of the picturesque cheese market, where you watch the centuries-old tradition of cheese making. From Alkmaar we return to Amsterdam via the windmill area The Zaanse Schans.
The Hague and Delft
From Amsterdam we drive directly to Delft, visiting one of the “Delft Blue” potteries. We continue to the Hague, the Royal Dutch Residence and the seat of the Dutch Government. After passing the Houses of Parliament, the Royal Palaces and the Peace Palace, where the International Court of Justice is seated, we also visit the miniature village of Madurodam.
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
he Party Company
This company is best known for Breugelhuys evenings, a choice of theme evenings that include ‘De Eenhoorn’ (The Unicorn), an old Dutch Galleon as it sails the seven seas. The party company can also supply a number of theme evenings both in their premises or in hotels or private buildings. Capacity: 180-persons max.
Madame Tussauds tells the story from the 17th century to the present day. The style is more a la ‘Disney’ than the original Madame Tussaud’s in London, making it an unusual venue for a fun cocktail reception (150 persons) and/or buffet (up to 90/100 persons, or dinner up to 60 persons) in a combination of the Dutch Room, TV Studio and Dome.
The “Night of Breugel” is a wonderful experience for groups of up to 25 guests. Welcome by troubadour, buffets, herring vendor ‘selling’ his herring, strolling magician and a baker baking bread. Hundreds of candles illuminate the hall and make you feel as if you are in former times. Capacity: 25 to 300-persons max.
Beurs van Berlage
Former Commodity and Stock Exchange of Amsterdam designed by world-famous Dutch architect Berlage. It is a lively center which now functions for parties. Capacity: 1000-persons max.
A beautifully restored castle from the 3rd century. Situated beyond the dunes, in Holland’s magnificent countryside. Capacity: 80-persons max.
Concert Hall Amsterdam
The concert hall is 1000 years old and is an exquisite location for theme parties. A musical performance can be arranged. Capacity: 2000-persons max.
Rai Congress Centre
Seating Capacity between 500 – 1,500.
Smaller rooms for meetings of up to 240 delegates.
Most of the suggested hotels can be used for conferences. Please contact us if you need any specific details.
A Few Extra Touches
Folk Square Dancers
Scheveningen Fisherwomen choir
Flowers for the
ladies / cigars
for the men
Delft blue tile
Clog with the company name
Silk shawl with tulip design
Delft blue cheese plate
Stone bottle with jenever
Arrival at Malta International Airport & welcome by FunEvents.com staff.
Corvette / Mustang transfer to Valletta Harbour (15 minutes) to board a private boat which will take the delegate directly to the hotel. Welcome glass of champagne, canapés, and check-in on board.
Departure from hotel to the Ancient Capital city of Mdina for an exclusive dinner within the walls of the City.
Before dinner, the guests will have the opportunity to visit the fortified city on foot and be served drinks & canapés on the fortifications with an amazing view of the entire island.
Dinner at the Xara Lodge (for larger events) or De Mondion Restaurant (for smaller groups)
Return to Hotel
Breakfast at the hotel.
Speedboat transfer to the Island of Gozo (20-minute high-speed ride) directly from the hotel.
Arrival in Gozo where the group will utilize 6-seater Jeeps (driven by a local driver).
During the morning the group will visit the famous Azure Window (filming location of Game of Thrones Season One) as well as having opportunities for wine tasting, olive oil tasting and visiting a traditional local bakery.
Lunch will either be served at a traditional farm (including all the ingredients sampled during the morning) or at a restaurant (depending on group size)
After lunch speedboat transfer to the Blue Lagoon (filming location of Hollywood blockbuster Troy) and free time to enjoy the location
Speedboat transfer back to the hotel
Transfer to the hilltop village of Wardija for exclusive dinner at Castello Dei Baroni, a 16th Century Castle which still belongs to one of the Knights of Malta
Transfer to Valletta, Malta’s Capital City, and European Culture Capital in 2018
iPad Challenge inside the city with the starting point at the Upper Barrakka Gardens which offer a fantastic view over the Valletta Grand Harbour.
An exclusive breakfast will be served for the group at the Barakka Gardens, during which they will be given a briefing.
The city IPAD Challenge will take them to historic locations such as Fort St Elmo, The Knights’ Old Hospital and St John’s Cathedral.
Return to Hotel & Check-Out.
Transfer to Marsaxlokk fishing village for lunch at one of the many fish-serving restaurants in this area.
After lunch, transfer directly to Malta International Airport & group departure.
Cruising, Culture, and Champagne
During this tour, the guests will get the opportunity to see one of Europe’s largest natural harbours and a grand Cathedral, as well as being treated to a glass of sparkling wine in a beautiful garden with an amazing view.
The group will depart from the hotel embarking on a typical Maltese Luzzu and cruise through the beautiful Grand Harbour and its creeks as far as the Valletta Waterfront. The guests will be greeted by a convoy of karozzini (horse-drawn carriages) that will take them into the capital city itself and after a fifteen-minute ride, a walking tour of the city will commence with a visit to St. John’s Cathedral. The guide will give a tour of the church and a visit can also be made to the Cathedral Museum, which houses Caravaggio’s ‘The Beheading of St. John’.
The guests will then walk up to Upper Barakka Gardens from where they can enjoy a breathtaking view and where they will be served some canapés and a glass of sparkling wine. At 12.00hrs there is the firing of the cannons which the guests can enjoy if they arrive on time as they sip on their wine.
Marvel in Mdina, Visit a Vineyard and Picnic in a Palace
The guests will depart from the hotel and transfer to the old capital Mdina, within which guests can observe one of Europe’s finest examples of an ancient walled city with a mix of medieval and Baroque architecture. The group will be guided through the narrow streets typical of the city and a visit will be made of St Paul’s Cathedral which is the architectural crown of the elegant, walled city of Mdina.
Afterward, the guests will transfer to the Meridiana Wine Estate, which lies scenically under the ancient capital city of Mdina. The guests are welcomed and taken to the Upper Terrace where they will have the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking view of the vineyard whilst tasting some of Meridiana’s premium wines.
The last destination for the day is the magnificent Palazzo Parisio, an 18th century Palace which was acquired by a noble family who set about embellishing it into a stately home holding various Italian and Maltese treasures. The beautifully landscaped gardens provide the perfect setting for an out of the ordinary lunch whereby the guests will be treated to a lavish picnic on the lawns.
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Cabana Beach Party
What better way to spend a warm and balmy summer evening than in a chic beach set up, where the guests can relax with light and fully flavored cocktails whilst watching the sun go down and enjoying the summer breeze.
The beach will be set up with comfortable wooden sofas (in the shape of a cross) covered in white, with brown and beige cushions. Within each sofa area a low circular wooden table, with rose and jasmine incense sticks will be placed. Beige throws and cushions will be spread around the beach for those who would like to enjoy sitting on the sand.
The beach will be decorated with flickering cabana torches and large bonfires that will cast a glow adding to the stylish set up to create the perfect atmosphere for the guests to unwind in.
The DJ will play chill out music throughout the evening (Café del Mar-style) while a masseuse/s will go round the guests massaging their heads or hands to really ensure that they are fully and totally in a state of pure relaxation.
Colours of the Mediterranean
Welcome to the heart of the Mediterranean! Experience a glowing evening of food and entertainment from the countries around this beautiful sea. Since time immemorial, the Mediterranean Basin has been the crossroads of encounters between the peoples and cultures of Africa, the Near East, and Europe and the indispensable gateway for the Middle and the Far East. A cradle of civilizations, it forms the finest melting-pot and the guests will be able to enjoy a night in a Mediterranean setting.
The overall décor of the evening will focus on warmth and bright colours in keeping with the Mediterranean region and therefore an abundance of fire torches, fire bowls, coloured candle holders & lanterns will be spread around the gardens to achieve an overall glow. The various parts of the venue will be themed according to a country or region with a landmark (or similar) of the country/countries in question together with a stall serving traditional food accompanied by some typical entertainment from the area. The perfect way to welcome your guests to the Mediterranean!
The Knights of St. John at La Valette Hall
Re-live the full glory of the Knights of Malta with a personal encounter with the Grand Master himself, whilst witnessing a Knighting Ceremony.
Dinner will be served in one of the most imposing buildings in Valletta, which was constructed as a hospital in the late 16th century by the Order of the Knights of St John of Jerusalem, subsequently also known as the Knights of Malta. The halls of the Sacra Infermeria were lined with comfortable beds for the sick and injured who were treated with the most advanced techniques and fed on silver platters irrespective of their social status.
The guests will be welcomed to the venue by an entourage of knights dressed in period costume who greet them with fanfares and drum rolls, whilst others stand with torches and lances. The master of ceremonies and his noble lady await the guests and lead them downstairs into the welcome area, whose backdrop consists of a heavy velvet curtain and two lance bearers standing guard.
After the guests have enjoyed a welcome drink and some canapés, the master of ceremonies will declare the banquet open and invite the guests through the red curtain into the stunningly decorated dining area. The walls of La Valette Hall will be lined with standing banners and candelabras, whilst the tables dressed in keeping with the Maltese colours and lit by wrought iron candelabras create the perfect setting for the dinner ahead.
During the night, the Grand Master will make an appearance and proclaim the “chosen ones” as Knights of the Order of Melitensia and depending on the client’s preferences, a wide range of entertainment options are available for during and after the meal. These may be suggested upon request.
Intercontinental Arena Conference Centre – IACC
Situated within the heart of St George’s Bay, and fully refurbished in 2015, the IACC offers the largest uninterrupted floor area, as well as a significant amount of non-core space, in this area. The size of the venue and the ability to segment areas of the floor space allows ultimate versatility for different styles of events, from trade shows and exhibitions, launches, and conferences, to receptions and large parties. With a capacity to seat 1,600 delegates in theatre style and adjacent exhibition/refreshment spaces, the IACC is now at the forefront of conference spaces on the Maltese Islands.
Hilton Malta Conference Centre
Set in the exclusive Portomaso Marina in St. Julians and with a direct internal connection to the adjacent Hilton Malta, the Hilton Conference Centre offers the combination of a Mediterranean setting and state of the art facilities.
Spread over 4 levels, the center boasts a variety of meeting rooms including the main conference room which can accommodate 1302 persons in theatre style, a range of syndicate rooms on four levels (five of which offer natural daylight) and extensive pre-function space for exhibitions and catering.
The Conference Centre also offers the support of a fully equipped business center, office space for event organisers and the latest technological facilities. In addition to this, the HMCC’s support areas include storage space and a loading bay to facilitate the transfer of goods in and out of the building.
Together with the 5-star hotels in the St. Julians area, the HMCC contributes to the smooth operation of large-scale events.
The Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre
The Malta Fairs & Conventions Centre (MFCC) is Malta’s largest international conference and exhibition venue and offers a blank canvas for creating any kind of event. The 7000 m² tension fabric structure can host any type of event ranging from large-scale conferences to gala dinners, a concert for 10,000 to motor exhibitions, fashion shows and the like.
The MFCC has 3 moveable arches that will facilitate the rigging of production and set infrastructure and furthermore a flexible decking system that can create a stage of any size. The venue also has the ability to create tailored seating configurations to suit every event. From cabaret seating and conference setups through to concert layouts and gala dinners, MFCC has both its own stock of seating as well as the resources to provide executive and luxury seating when required.
The venue’s in-house resources, expertise, and flexibility offer a complete support network that can deliver all requirements to the highest standards. Tailored menus and bar facilities are available for every occasion and the size and flexibility of the venue allows for dance floors, lighting, PA systems and staging to be incorporated with ease, providing entertainment facilities second to none.
The Mediterranean Conference Centre
Located on the periphery of the historical city of Valletta and overlooking the breathtaking Grand Harbour, the Mediterranean Conference Centre (MCC) is a 16th-century building formerly known as the ‘Sacra Infermeria’. It was constructed as a hospital by the Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, subsequently also known as the Knights of Malta, and is now one of the largest conference centers on the island.
The grand architectural style of this historic building, with its wide long halls, intricately vaulted ceilings, and rich stonework, combine to provide a rich and striking atmosphere.
The MCC features a total of 10 halls and 9 syndicate rooms over an area of 7,000 m² with a capacity ranging from 15 to 1,400 persons. Each meeting hall is equipped with its own independent sound, lighting and climate control. Conference facilities include permanent installations for simultaneous interpretation for up to six languages, ADSL, WI-FI as well as A/V equipment.
Among the many halls is the 155-meter long Exhibition Hall, which can comfortably accommodate up to 1,100 persons for seated dinners. Furthermore, the Sacra Infermeria contains another two halls namely the La Valette, a wonderful banqueting venue which seats 900 guests and also La Cassiere provides an intimate dining atmosphere for executives or small incentive groups.
The Maltese Cooking Challenge
Welcome to the Maltese Cooking Challenge! The objective of this day’s activity is to test the guest’s innovation and creativity by working together in teams of 5 to solve clues, obtain ingredients for the best possible price and create a meal fit for royalty. This should be achieved by incorporating as much humor and fun as possible. To successfully complete the Maltese Cooking Challenge, the teams need to invent and cook a typically Mediterranean / Maltese dish, find the perfect wine to accompany it, present it professionally and pass the taste test.
The challenge is divided into two parts, first solving the clues and gathering the ingredients by driving around the island in jeeps. In the meantime, the questions laid out in the clue book will lead the participants to different parts of the island and will eventually give the teams the name of the fish that they should purchase and which should be the main ingredient in their meal.
A fully fledged kitchen will be set up for the teams and they will have 45 minutes to prepare their meal after which professional chefs will judge the team’s performance according to a number of criteria used to assess professional cooking competitions.
Battle of the Seas
Voyaging through the azure Maltese sea our esteemed guests will have a unique opportunity to experience a clash of the eras which is about to occur before their eyes. The Pirates have risen from the depths to challenge the gallant Knights.
Split into two main teams – The Knights and The Pirates – each team will be given a gullet and props to wear.
As the gullets start cruising towards the battle location, the teams must perform various tasks on board the vessels. The more points they gain in their tasks, the more ammunition (water pistols, water cannons, and buckets) and targets they can purchase for their vessel and the better chance they will have of sinking the opponent’s ship before they themselves are “engulfed” by the Mediterranean Waters.
The aim of the battle at sea is to “sink” your opponent’s vessel which is achieved as the vessels crisscross each other within a few meters and the Knights and Pirates will use their cannons & water guns to destroy each other’s targets.
Mdina Glass items ranging from
to vases and small bowls. These can also be
with an engraving such as the company logo.
Maltese nougat and honey ring.
Maltese Bajtra/Lejla liqueur.
Bottle of Maltese wine gift wrapped.
Basket with jars of Maltese specialties such as sun-dried tomatoes, olives, capers.
Books about Malta ranging from paperback and
to coffee table books.
Malta scene prints and paintings.
Other gift ideas can be given on request.
On arrival into Auckland, you will be met by a tour representative and transferred by luxury coach to your city hotel. Enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland, including the white sand beaches of Okahu Bay, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St. Heliers, Waitemata Harbour, the Domain Parks & Gardens, Parnell and Westhaven Marina.
Dine at Orbit Restaurant, with its spectacular revolving view of Auckland from the top of Sky Tower and delicious New Zealand cuisine and wines. At 328 meters (more than a thousand feet) it’s the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere. On a clear day, it offers breathtaking views for more than eighty kilometers in every direction.
Auckland has been named the “City of Sails” and no visit would be complete without a sailing adventure on the harbour. With three huge harbours and a gulf full of islands, the Auckland region is as much about the sea as it is about land. Enjoy a hands-on experience sailing in the fast lane onboard a genuine America’s Cup racing yacht. Passengers become the crew and are encouraged to participate. This is the ideal activity in Auckland: ‘City of Sails’ and ‘Home of America’s Cup’.
Our harbour experience continues with a short ferry transfer to Waiheke Island. Waiheke Island has beautiful beaches, native bush, vineyards, olive groves, and laidback seaside villages. The climate of Waiheke Island, usually several degrees warmer than Auckland city, is ideal for wine production. Enjoy lunch at one of the award-winning vineyards, and spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring the islands’ vineyards and scenery.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at Hammerheads Seafood Restaurant, situated along Tamaki Drive, right on the Auckland waterfront. With stunning views from its covered deck and art deco windows, the spacious restaurant is the perfect place for dinner and drinks after a day on the water. Sample New Zealand’s world famous seafood and wines at one of Auckland’s leading restaurants.
West of Auckland, there are no limits to the untamed beaches, native bush, superb hospitality and fine wines on offer. Visit the Waimauku Valley and have lunch at The Hunting Lodge. Enjoy fine dining in a delightful 130-year-old colonial cottage, set amidst gardens and vineyards and overlooking the beautiful Waikoukou Valley in Waimauku, 35 minutes northwest of Auckland city. Experience award-winning chefs’ country fare and New Zealand cuisine; and wallow in the lovely old-time ambiance of a gracious home
Following lunch, travel to Muriwai Beach while viewing the spectacular west coast scenery and take a close-up view of the gannet colony (in residence October to April).
Queenstown is a place where history, magnificent scenery and natural attractions are accompanied by a thrilling action for adventure-seekers and leisurely relaxation for pleasure-seekers. Though the early miners struggled with the mountain ranges, winter snowfalls, raging rivers, and scorching summers, it is these attractions that provide recreation and adventure that makes Queenstown such an exciting destination today.
The town of Queenstown rests in the shelter of Queenstown Bay at the junction of the south and central arms of Lake Wakatipu. The Z-shaped lake is 77.2 kilometers long and covers an area of 293km.sq. making it New Zealand’s third largest lake after Lake Taupo in the North Island and Lake Te Anau, its neighbour. It is 4.8 kilometers across at its widest point and plunges to a depth of 379 meters – which is 68 meters below sea level.
Queenstown Hill, 900 meters high, provides a view of the lake. The “Remarkables” rise up beyond the Frankton arm, and swinging west toward Eyre Mountains, the Cecil and Walter Peaks stand out. The “Remarkables” is a sierra-like range rising steeply above the eastern side of the south arm of Lake Wakatipu.
On arrival into Queenstown, board your luxury motor coach for a brief orientation tour of the township. A colourful town with a colourful past, its clusters, down to its little square bay and its miniature wharves are still as though welcoming boatloads of gold prospectors.
Queenstown was originally established as a sheep station. It mushroomed into a township during the Wakatipu gold rush of the 1860’s. Coronet Peak above Queenstown is the country’s best known and most heavily patronised ski field in New Zealand. Ride on the Skyline Gondolas, which will carry you up the cableway to Bob’s Peak, for magnificent vistas over the stunning surrounds.
This evening we take a special cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm, located on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Here we gain a fascinating insight into New Zealand high country life. Enjoy the high country hospitality and a barbecue dinner, featuring the best of New Zealand meats and seafood, along with fresh vegetables and garden salads. You may well find the dessert specialties hard to resist!
An entertaining after-dinner show provides a glimpse into farming life. On your return, cruise to Queenstown, relax with a drink from the bar or join a lively sing-a-long.
This morning our adrenalin activities begin. This is the only way to experience Shotover River Rafting in winter, as well as summer! Climb aboard a jet-turbine-powered helicopter for a spectacular flight up Skippers Canyon, the site of one of the world’s richest gold strikes. The flight pushes your adrenaline level to the edge with a rollercoaster ride through the Canyon.
Rafting from Deep Creek over peaceful waters at first, we head toward the exhilarating rapids of the lower Canyon, experiencing the memorable rapids Rock Garden, Sharks Fin, Toilet, Pinball, Jaws, Sequel and the unforgettable 170m Oxenbridge Tunnel, followed closely by Cascade Rapid.
On arrival back in Queenstown enjoy lunch at the King George V Coronation Bathhouse. The Bathhouse Restaurant, as it’s known, is situated right on the shore of beautiful Lake Wakatipu. Originally built to commemorate the coronation of King George the Fifth, the bathhouse was renovated in 1997 and has been reformed to its former grandeur as a charming restaurant and café. Large beachfront windows now provide stunning views of the lake towards Walter Peak, and boats bob in the gentle breeze. Steamer chairs sit invitingly on the boardwalk, and inside there is a cozy conservatory feel, with the glass, metal furniture, and painted wood.
Following an action-packed morning enjoy a leisurely lunch and time to explore Queenstown.
Gibbston Valley is one of New Zealand’s leading boutique wine producers. At a latitude of 45 south, the winery is the southmost winemaking region in the world. Unique to the winery is New Zealand’s largest and most innovative wine cave. The cave’s constant humidity and temperature provide a perfect haven for the maturation of award-winning wines.
Transfer via motor coach to Gibbston Valley. Upon arrival, the Gibbston Valley Monks will invite you into the Cave! The ‘Brothers’ will meet guests as the bells toll and Gregorian Chants echo from within. Inside the cave, participate in an informative and interesting tour of the Wine Cave followed by wine tasting of some of the very fine award-winning local wines. Deep underground you will be hosted by experienced wine experts, in the candlelit surrounds, where the caves are at a constant temperature of 13 – 14 degrees. Sample a selection of wines accompanied by antipasto platters.
From the cave, move to the restaurant for a sumptuous dinner. A strong emphasis is placed on fresh local produce and ingredients with the inherent belief that good food should be enjoyed with good wine!
Join your fellow incentive travelers for a day of exhilaration and adventure! Your day begins when you board your waiting 4WD’s driven by a local experienced driver/guide. Grid Lock – A Driving Challenge with a distinct Orientation!
GridLock is a team challenge event around the Queenstown Lakes & Arrowtown area, where you are involved in cracking the clues and finding the answers. A combination of reading maps, orientation, logic, cryptic and general knowledge clues are given; and your answers are required to help find the next geographic location in the area.
Your adventure will lead you to Skippers Road, a legendary dirt road, hand carved out of solid rock during the gold rush period. It looks fit for one-way traffic only, but there is two-way traffic and its windy tracks, steep gradients and extreme drops on either side of the road, make this journey a complete thrill!
We take this route, with outstanding views at every hairpin turn, across the spectacular Skippers suspension bridge to the old township of Skippers for lunch. Results and prize giving are held prior to a relaxed BBQ luncheon, where stories will be swapped and tales told of this morning’s adventure.
Skippers Canyon never fails to amaze visitors, by both the manmade and natural features of this unusual landscape. Following lunch, we take on the speed and excitement, combined with spectacular river scenery as we jet boat down the river, returning to Queenstown.
Rotorua is one of the most famous destinations in New Zealand and has a long history of welcoming visitors. From the moment people arrive in Rotorua, they know they’re somewhere quite different. There is a scent of sulphur in the air and at nearby geothermal hotspots there are spouting geysers, acrid-smelling mud pools bubbling and belching; and warm geothermal pools & ponds that create a kaleidoscope of colour.
Within the District itself, most attractions are based around its two greatest assets – geothermal features and the lakes. Both are directly attributable to continuing volcanic activity, which has formed and reformed the landscape. At around 300 meters above sea level, the District is located on the Volcanic Plateau, and geological records show that there has been ceaseless activity in this area for millennia, ranging from minor hot springs, through to huge prehistoric ignimbrite flows, which smothered the entire landscape.
Rotorua is also the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture. Enveloping warmth, a proud spirit, a deep sense of history and a quick humour – you’ll find all these qualities in your experiences with Maori culture.
New Zealand relies heavily on its sheep as a major source of income. Visit the world famous Agrodome where you can watch a sheep shearing display and sheep dog trials, feed baby lambs or try your hand at milking a cow.
Enjoy lunch at Rainbow Springs, before exploring Rainbow Springs crystal clear pools, aviaries, and New Zealand’s native &introduced flora and fauna.
In the afternoon explore Rotorua’s geothermal attractions. View towering geysers erupting majestically to huge heights. Experience the power of violently boiling pools of mud and be amazed at the huge steamy volcanic craters. Colours unimaginable of every tint and hue abound pools, volcanic lakes, and even the paths you walk on, like nature’s own ever-changing artists’ palette.
An evening Maori Concert and Hangi dinner is a unique insight into this fascinating culture. You are taken back in time to experience pre-European NZ. Walk through the forest village before its spiritual melody is broken by the blood-curdling cry of the challenge. Walk through the re-created village as it comes to life. Enjoy a traditional Maori performance before our hangi dinner. The Hangi is a mixture of lamb, kumara (sweet potato) chicken, wild game, potato, pork, and beef. A deep hole dug in the ground, is lined with red-hot stones and covered with vegetation. The food is then placed on top. The whole oven is sprinkled with water and sealed with more vegetation. The hole is then filled with earth and left to steam for several hours. The end result is succulent and juicy with a subtle smoky flavour – delicious!
Mt Tarawera is New Zealand’s largest volcanic eruption in living memory. Share this tribal landmark with the Ngati Rangitihi tribe, guardians of this sacred volcano. Erupting on June 10, 1886, it killed over 150 people & destroyed the 8th Wonder of the World, the famous Pink & White Silica Terraces.
Today we visit the volcano and witness firsthand the devastation of this eruption. There are now nine craters, which span seven kilometers across the volcano top. Enjoy a 4WD trip to the top of the craters and a hike around the summit, taking in the spectacular views of the craters and surrounding mountains & lakes.
City Sights tour of Auckland: Enjoy an orientation tour of Auckland, including the white sand beaches of Okahu Bay, Mission Bay, Kohimarama, St. Heliers, Waitemata Harbour, the Domain Parks & Gardens, Parnell and Westhaven Marina.
Sailing on Auckland Harbour: Sailing on Auckland Harbour is a “must do” activity” when visiting this city, which is known as the ‘City of Sails’ and ‘Home of America’s Cup’. With three huge harbours and a gulf full of islands, the Auckland region is as much about the sea as it is about land. Passengers are encouraged to participate or sit back and take in the wonderful views of Auckland Harbour.
Waiheke Island: Just a 35-minute cruise from Auckland, Waiheke Island has beautiful beaches, native bush, vineyards, olive groves, and laidback seaside villages. The climate of Waiheke Island, usually several degrees warmer than Auckland city, is ideal for wine production. After spending the morning exploring some of the island, visit one of the vineyards for lunch.
Waitakere Ranges & Waimauku Valley: The Waitakere Ranges are a half-hour drive from the central city. Travel along the scenic drive to Piha and visit the Arataki Visitor Centre, in the heart of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. Learn about the local history and experience the spectacular coastal views of Auckland’s twin harbours. Continue to the Cascade Kauri Regional Park. Walk amongst ancient Kauri trees along the newly upgraded Montana Heritage Trail, complete with unique signage telling the intriguing heritage stories of the area.
Continue to the Waimauku Valley and have lunch at The Hunting Lodge before embarking on an idyllic afternoon of wine tasting at four top vineyards. Matua Valley, Kumeu River, Coopers Creek, and West Brook are four wineries that offer a unique range of award-winning wines and visiting experiences. Enjoy the picturesque gardens, sit by a tranquil lake, peruse sculpture and above all, enjoy the fine wines these wineries produce.
Maori Arts & Crafts: Rotorua is the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture. Discover the essence of Rotorua: its people, culture and volcanic landscape. Visit Rotorua Museum and hear the great stories, which have shaped the past and present of this unique region. Located in the world famous Bath House building, an architectural icon in itself, Rotorua Museum is the ideal start to your Rotorua adventure. Be thrilled by the cinema experience ‘Rotorua Stories’ and enjoy a range of dynamic exhibitions. Enter the spiritual world of the Arawa people and trace the story of the devastating 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera. Be awed by the legendary exploits of B Company of 28 Maori Battalion during World War II. Investigate the remarkable part of the Rotorua Spa. Discover why people came from all over the world to visit the ‘Great South Seas Spa’, as this building was once known.
At the New Zealand Maori Arts & Crafts Institute, visit the Carving School, which nurtures specially chosen individuals to begin a lifetime of learning the treasured art that preserves tribal history & genealogy through tribal carvings. The School of Weaving also ensures this ancient craft survives for future generations. Harness the energy offered by geothermal waters for bathing, cooking & therapeutic use by local Maori to create a one-of-a-kind lifestyle. Silica terraces, bubbling mud pools & unique vegetation set an awesome backdrop to the world famous Pohutu Geyser.
Geothermal Wonders Of Rotorua: From the moment you enter Rotorua you know you’re somewhere quite different. Sneaky threads of the steam issue from parks, pathways, and streets, and the occasional scent of sulphur wafts through the air. Here in Rotorua, you’ll find some of the world’s most incredible earth forces on display.
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland is a geothermal experience not to be missed. Nowhere else in the world can you experience the sheer beauty and awesome earth power that Wai-O-Tapu has to offer. View towering geysers erupting majestically to huge heights. Experience the power of violently boiling pools of mud and be amazed at the huge steamy volcanic craters. Colours unimaginable of every tint and hue abound pools, volcanic lakes, and even the paths you walk on. See the Lady Knox geyser erupt.
Continue to Waimangu, the world’s only hydrothermal system. To access this area we take a one and half hour cruise on Lake Rotomahana to the Waimangu Volcanic Valley. Witness volcanic activity seen only from the boat, on the shores of this young lake. Follow the crater walkways and inspect awe-inspiring volcanic activity & thermally adapted plants. Learn the explosive history of Waimangu. Up close there’s stunning detail and phenomenal vantage points give dramatic panoramas.
White Water Rafting on the Kaituna River: Pass through steep narrow canyons, over 14 awesome drops in 55 minutes, including the world-renowned 7-meter high Tutea Falls. This trip offers it all for both first-timers and the rafting enthusiasts.
Milford Sound Day Tour: The road to Milford Sound is one of the worlds finest alpine drives. From Queenstown, the road follows Lake Wakatipu and crosses rolling farmlands to Te Anau and winds through the dramatic alpine scenery. Milford Sound is the most famous and accessible of Fiordland’s magnificent glacier-carved fiords. Cruise Milford Sound and explore the deep blue waters, cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs, dense rainforest, towering mountains, and fascinating wildlife.
Queenstown’s Awesome Foursome: This is the adrenalin capital of the world and you can experience it all in the Awesome Foursome. The ever-popular adventure combo! Includes a high-speed jet boat ride down the Shotover River, the ultimate 134-meter bungee jump from The Nevis Highwire, a spectacular helicopter flight and Whitewater rafting down the Shotover River.
4WD Adventure to Skippers Canyon: Visitors to this area never fail to be amazed by both the manmade and natural features of this unusual landscape. Following the Shotover River valley, the Skippers Road was hacked by hand through solid rock and clings to sheer cliffsides with breathtaking drops into the river gorge below. We take this route, with outstanding views at every hairpin turn, across the spectacular Skippers suspension bridge built in the 1900’s, to the old township of Skippers.
Jetboating on the Dart River: This is a true wilderness experience. A journey of discovery, ancient forests, cascading waterfalls, New Zealand wilderness at it’s best. Jetboat both ways on the upper reaches of the Dart River and one way on the lower reaches. 4WD coach one-way between Glenorchy & Paradise, and enjoy a short, guided forest walk.
For the Adventurous
BridgeClimb is a small group adventure offering the ultimate experience of Auckland with a two and a half hour guided climb to the summit of the Auckland Bridge. Join the professional tour leaders for a 65m fun-filled climb and take in the 360 views from the summit. This is one of Auckland’s “must do” activities.
Down at Westhaven, the halyards slap musically against hundreds of eager masts. Here the yachts and launches wait, hoping they’ll get to stretch their legs on Auckland’s extraordinary marine playground. Auckland is known as the city of sails and has the highest level of boat ownership of any city in the world. Cruising grounds of the Hauraki Gulf are vast and the islands dotted around make for some beautiful sailing.
Canyoning Journey down steep mountain streams set amongst the stunning and unique landscape of the Waitakere Ranges. As part of your canyoning experience, you will abseil under waterfalls, water slide into hidden pools and cave into mysterious water sculptured gorges.
White Water Rafting
Traveling down the rapids of the Shotover or Kawarau Rivers is not for the faint-hearted, but the adrenaline-pumping thrill of paddling through and over the turbulent white waters is incomparable.
Discover the magic and majesty of Milford Sound. Few who discover its magic and majesty fail to be inspired. It is the northernmost of Fiordland’s ice formed fiords and is undoubtedly the most dramatic, with its cascading waterfalls, luxuriant forest and the noble heights of Mitre Peak rising one full mile out of the water.
Fishing in this region is excellent, for salmon and huge brown and rainbow trout. Cast your hook from a boat on Lake Wakatipu, from the banks of the Kawarau River, in Mike Lake or Lake Hayes, not to mention the fly and spinner fishing available. Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Arrowtown’s History Alive is an experience like no other – take your guests a step back in time to the magic of the gold rush era. Enjoy gourmet cuisine and interactive entertainment set against the stunning backdrop of an enchanting township, rich in both history and natural beauty. This is a unique entertainment experience where groups join the locals and ‘experience a gold mining town’ for a truly memorable evening.
Themed Dinner at the Moonlight Country Barn: Moonlight Country Barn is nestled on a beautiful 320 hectare (800 acres) working farm and can be transformed into any dining theme that you can imagine! Rural, Lord of the Rings (Middle Earth), M.A.S.H, Night of a Thousand Stars, Gold Rush, Golden Awards Evenings, Mid Winter Wonderland, New Zealand Culture, Sophistication & Elegance, Decadence & tête-à-tête. The farm’s animals can be used if suitable and a truly memorable evening can be created!
Dinner at Auckland Museum: Standing in the heart of Auckland Domain and occupying one of New Zealand’s finest heritage buildings, the Museum provides an elegant backdrop for events. The Grand Foyer with dramatic columns and the ornate stained glass ceiling is a stylish location for seated dinners. Inside the Museum, lighting and entertainment can be used to create a contemporary New Zealand theme.
Dinner at Sky Tower: At 328 meters high, Sky Tower is the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, offering unrivaled views of Auckland city and the surrounding harbour. The group can relax and enjoy the spectacular views of Auckland while dining.
Maori Dinner Experience: The guests are lead into a rustic, exclusive themed setting and welcomed by an entire cast of Traditional Maori dancers and Warriors – all performing a Haka Powhiri for the group as they enter the building. Once seated inside, the cultural group can perform a selection of war dances and cultural songs for guests before their meal of either a traditional Hangi meal (Maori BBQ cooked in the earth) or an indigenously inspired, three-course plated meal.
Dinner at a Vineyard: New Zealand produces a full range of favoured wine styles from full-bodied reds and deep fruity whites through to sparkling, dessert and fortified styles. The combination of gourmet food, sophisticated event decoration, entertainment and wine from the surrounding fields, together with fantastic views can make a memorable night for your group.
Eden Park Convention Centre – Auckland
No of Function Rooms: 7
Largest Room Capacity: 1,000
Sky City Auckland Convention Centre
No of Meeting Rooms: 18
Largest Room Capacity: 1,500
Christchurch Convention Centre
No. of Convention Halls: 2
No. of Meeting Rooms: 7
Largest Room Capacity: 2,200
Maori wood carvings: These carvings represent traditional Maori culture and Maori legends. Choose from a range of designs and products.
Icebreaker jackets: New Zealand made and designed, these sleek, lightweight jackets ensure warmth and all-weather protection in New Zealand and any cold climate.
Framed photographic images: Have a beautiful photo of your incentive destination beautifully framed. Business logos can be included in the framing also.
New Zealand wine packs: Now an internationally renowned wine region, treat your guests to a New Zealand wine pack to take home and share with friends and family. Postage can be arranged.
Day 1- Akkurat!
Start the day with a private tour exploring Oslo by private bus. Have a welcome drink on the bus, served together with delicious canapés while listening to the professional guide telling all about the mesmerizing history of Oslo.
The world’s two best-preserved Viking ships from the 9th century are on display at the Viking Ship Museum on the Bygdøy peninsula, which also shows Viking tools, sleds, a horse cart, and wooden carvings
After a little bit of cultural insight, it’s now time to explore what Oslo has to offer in shopping. If you want a little bit of everything you must go to the city center around Karl Johans gate. In this district, you’ll find numerous large shopping centers and department stores, such as Oslo City, Byporten, Glasmagasinet, Steen & Strøm, Paléet, Eger Karl Johan and Aker Brygge.
End your fantastic day in Oslo with a dinner at the famous restaurant Maaemo. This is the first restaurant in Scandinavia that received two stars in the Michelin guide just 14 months after opening.
Day 2 “ikke så verst”
Today it’s time for some activity. In the summer season, we recommend beginning the morning with one of Oslo’s most delightful, romantic two-wheel rides. The perfect way to get your energy back is to stop in one of the beautiful parks that Oslo has to offer and have a picnic in the sun!
Frogner Park has Norway’s biggest collection of roses; a total of 14,000 plants of 150 different species. The park has a café (open in summer) and a restaurant for those who want to dine more comfortably.
If the group are in Oslo during the winter season you should start the day with some skiing, as Norway is famous for it. Here you’ll find skiing of world-class quality; it’s perfect for beginners, as well as the advanced skier. Lillehammer is the perfect place for activities if you want a unique experience for your group. The winter Olympic Games were hosted here in 1994. We can offer a variety of different activities. We can customize the event subject to your needs.
Examples of activities to do in Lillehammer;
Biathlon/cross-country skiing/snowshoes at the Olympic arena Birkebeineren Ski Stadium
Olympic Quiz in Norwegian Olympic Museum, Håkons Hall Sledge
Hockey in Kristins Hall
Alpine team competition in the Olympic arena Hafjell/Kvitfjell
After a morning full of activities have a stop for a lunch in a lavvo or restaurant. After lunch, you might arrange a business meeting at the hotel or just enjoy a couple of hours off.
Take the chairlift to the top of the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Hill. For groups of up to 20 people, it is possible to arrange an exclusive dinner in the Jumping Hill Tower with a magnificent view over Lillehammer.
Day 3 – Kjempegreit
Visit the exciting silver mines in Kongsberg. The train takes you 2.3 kilometers (1.4 miles) into The King’s Mine, the largest of the silver mines, which is 1070 meters below the ground and 560 meters below sea level.
Does Kon Tiki sound familiar? Maybe it’s because you’ve read or seen the movie Kon-tiki in 2012 which been nominated for an Oscar. The story is about a man name called Thor Heyerdahl, who crossed the Pacific Ocean in 1947. Heyerdahl followed this up with spectacular expeditions on the reed boats Ra and Tigris. His recreations of prehistoric voyages showed that early man had mastered sailing before the saddle and the wheel was invented. Now you get the chance to see and experience it for real. Go and visit the Kon-tiki museum and prepared to be mesmerized.
End your fantastic day and evening with an opera or ballet concert in Oslo’s spectacular opera house. If you want to learn more about the opera house we can arrange a behind the scenes tour before the curtain rises.
Visit Kirkenes i Finnmark where you can take part in a king crab safari! Fish for your own dinner and while your meal is being prepared, just relax and listen to the guides’ fantastic stories about the king crabs. Enjoy your own caught king crab together with some bread, aioli and superb wine. (You can easily get to Kirkenes from Oslo by airplane.) For further information please contact us.
One thing that is especially famous in Norway is the spectacular boat cruise Hurtigruten. The classic round voyage with Hurtigruten is a breathtaking summer journey. Enjoy the changing landscape of over 2,400kms of coastline. Hurtigruten’s Classic Voyages offer 12, 11, 7 and 6-day options. In the larger towns and cities, you will have plenty of time to go ashore or join our varied excursions.
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Nobel Peace Gala Dinner
Looking for a unique, authentic themed dinner event? December is a good month for Oslo as it becomes the center stage of the world’s attention when the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded on the 10th December every year.
The Laureates always stay at the famous Grand Hotel which always hosts the Official Gala Dinner on the eve of the 10th. We will invite the group to experience an Authentic Nobel Peace Prize Gala Dinner. Here the group will be served the genuine Nobel Peace Prize Menu in the same function room that is used for the Official Gala Dinner – The Mirror Room.
Unique kinds of gimmicks can be incorporated here, for example, ‘Nobel Prizes’ to participants that have done something unique during their stay in Norway. Or the company can have some sort of gifts handed out to all participants. It can also be arranged to have a lecturer from the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo to give a talk on the history and importance of the Nobel Awards. Afterward, there will be an opportunity to dance to a live band. This event can be served to your clients every day of the year!
Oslofjord Convention Centre
Oslofjord Convention Centre’s is Norway’s largest concert and conference hall and the largest conference resort in Europe. The Oslofjord conference hall provides seating for over 6,000 people. Through a few simple steps, the hall can be reconfigured as a banquet hall seating 2,500. The hall provides concert acoustics, as well as superior technical capacity including a sound system of 100,000 watts and wireless simultaneous translation equipment for up to 20 languages. Oslofjord is an ideal choice for a wide range of events.
Norway Convention Centre
Norway Convention Centre is only 11 minutes by train or 15 minutes by car from Oslo Central Station. It has 55 meeting rooms of different sizes. 12,000 delegates can participate and the venue has, together with a 355-rooms on-site hotel, very flexible facilities. The center offers an international arena for exhibitions, congresses, and events. A new setting provides increased opportunities, and modern facilities reinforce the experience for events large and small.
Oslo Concert Hall
Oslo Concert Hall is located in the middle of Oslo. It contains two halls that are suitable for seminars, conferences, and larger meetings. 1,404 delegates can participate in the larger hall and in the smaller one, 266. The large foyers at Oslo Concert Hall are suitable for exhibitions and receptions. The restaurant can offer a variety of menus and concepts and can serve gala banquets for several hundred people.
A Few Extra Touches
A unique Spa boat experience in an authentic Whaling boat
Dine at a tiny lighthouse island in the Oslo Fjord
Be a Viking on a Viking ship replica in the Oslo fjord
Get a taste of authentic World Rally Championship Driving in the woodlands outside of Oslo
Find the diamond hidden in your champagne glass during a Hanseatic Walking tour in Bergen and make your own jewelry together with a professional
Norwegian ornaments: These handmade paper decorations are often decorated in the Norwegian’s Christmas tree. These decorations can be perfect as a winter present for your clients.
Rosemaling design: This design is from the 17th century. It’s colourful and has flowing lines, scrolls, flowers, scripts, and scenes. Rosemaling can decorate a number of wonderful gifts, including plates, tiles, clocks, shoes, and plaques.
Pewter Viking ship: Viking ships are an important part of Norway’s history. Models of Viking ships are made out of pewter and are terrific gifts for tabletops, desktops, or fireplace mantle.
Food delicacies: what is better than a gift made of love? Give your client a taste of Norway’s best local delicacies. Some examples of deliciousness are: Kavli Flatbread, Lefse, King Oscar and Husmor Fish Cakes, Milles Norwegian Kaviar, Primula Assorted Cheese Spreads, NOKKELOST Cheer, Jarlsberg Cheese, Norwegian Goat Cheese, Norwegian Smoked Salmon, Joika Reindeer Meatballs, Herring, Freia Chocolate Bars, Marzipan, Kong Haakon Chocolates, Gode Onsker Chocolates.
Gnomes: Garden gnomes are especially a nice welcome gift. A prominent fairytale creature in Norwegian folklore is the trolls. They can either be giants or dwarves. These trolls are sometimes carved out of wood or stone.
We organise and coordinate B2B interactions, meetings and study tours for groups; originating from both the public and the private sector and tailored to specific requests.
Most technical visits to Norway focus on the following industries/areas:
Aquaculture Research & Salmon farm visits
Oil & Gas
Waterworks and sewage
Social security & Politics
2 nights in Warsaw
2 nights in Krakow
3 nights in Warsaw & Krakow
2 nights in Wroclaw
2 nights in Tricity
2 nights in Poznan
2 nights in Lodz
1 night in Zakopane
SIGHTSEEING OF WARSAW – Half Day
Enjoy this great opportunity to get acquainted with the history of Poland’s capital. See the Old Town, intricately reconstructed after World War II. The Old Town is an excellent example of the compromise between historic values and modern needs – art, galleries, shops, charming restaurants, cafes, and craftsmen’s workshops. Take pleasure in a drive along the Royal Route with its beautiful palaces, aristocratic residences, famous statues, and historic churches. See the historic sights of Warsaw – the Ghetto Memorial, the Monument of the Warsaw Uprising, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Chopin’s Monument and the Belvedere Palace.
SIGHTSEEING OF WARSAW BY AN OLD TRAM – 1 hour
Seven old-timers; trams made in 1907, 1925, 1939 and 1952 are at group’s disposal. Wooden seats, tram driver dressed in a historical uniform and a glass of chilled vodka at the beginning of the tour give this sightseeing an exceptional charm. The route includes all major attractions of the city as well as the most prestigious streets including Marszałkowska and Jerozolimskie Avenue and a short visit to Praga, a district of the city located at the opposite side of the Vistula River.
WARSAW UNDER COMMUNISM – Half Day
This tour brings its participants back to the most infamous years of Polish history; the age of communism. Transportation is provided by a Polish made coach from this period – commonly called ‘cucumber’ – which has been used for regular bus services in Warsaw. Special attention is to be paid to architectural monuments designed in social-realism style. The tour also includes a visit to some typical residential quarters from 60’s, 70’s and 80’s in order to show how Poles lived during that age. The tour ends with the visit to the most characteristic building of the city – the Palace of Culture and Science – which was built as a gift from the nations of the Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin personally to the Polish nation. A cocktail on the terrace located on the 30th floor of the building will be held. The most typical drinks and food of the poor communist era are to be served there.
FREDERIC CHOPIN TOUR – Half Day
It was the genius of Frederic Chopin that made Poland famous in the music world. While staying in Warsaw get acquainted with the collections of relics of his life and with the headquarters of the Chopin Society. See the last original piano of the great composer. Next, go to the Chopin family apartment, now the home of the Academy of Fine Arts. Very close is the Baroque church where Chopin used to play. Enjoy a private piano concert at one of these places.
WARSAW PALACES – Full Day
Warsaw has been the capital of Poland for the last four hundred years. For centuries monarchs constructed the beautiful castles and palaces you can admire today. You have a great choice! Begin with the Royal Castle; the early Baroque, five-wing building with a courtyard and a clock tower. For many centuries it housed both the Royal Court and the Government. Continue with the Wilanów Palace; the summer residence of Jan III Sobieski, the king who defeated the Turks in the Battle of Vienna in 1683, or see the Palace on the Water in the Łazienki Park – the magnificent palace and garden complex inspired by Poland’s last king, Stanisław August Poniatowski, at the end of the 18th century.
SIGHTSEEING OF KRACOW – Half Day
For the Polish people, Krakow is a very special city; the capital of kings, the place where kings were crowned and buried. Today, Krakow is the key to understanding Poland and Poland’s place in Europe. Come and see the Old Town area within the Planty greenbelt – an excellently preserved medieval city. We begin the walk next to the old defense walls. The vast Old Town Market Square is considered to be one of the largest town squares in Europe. The surroundings of the square have remained unchanged for almost 700 years and contain buildings of historic value such as St. Mary’s Church, with the famous Gothic wooden altar, the Town Hall Tower, the Renaissance Cloth Hall, the ‘Wierzynek’ restaurant and the burgher’s houses. Every full hour, you can hear the bugle call to the four corners of the world from the tower of St. Mary’s Church.
THE WAWEL CASTLE TOUR – Half Day
Wawel Castle is the most popular and the richest museum in Poland. In its 71 magnificent rooms with 7,040 sq meters of floor space, several thousand works of art of great value are on display. Through a tall vaulted gate, we enter the Renaissance arcades of the castle courtyard. This is where colorful pageants, knights’ tournaments, and entertainments were held. Today, open-air performances and concerts are given in the courtyard. The most valuable of all the works of art in the Wawel collection is the Arras tapestries. This great art legacy is due to king Sigismund Augustus, who commissioned the work with the best Flemish weavers and supervised its progress over twenty years. Wawel Cathedral used to be the scene of coronations and is the eternal resting place of the kings of Poland. Wawel Hill is dominated by the Cathedral, the Castle and the defense towers. In the Sigismund Tower hangs the largest bell in Poland, called ‘Zygmunt’. The Renaissance Sigismund Chapel by the Cathedral, roofed with pure gold, is an absolutely unique architectural monument.
THE KAZIMIERZ DISTRICT AND ‘SCHINDLER’S LIST’ TOUR – Half Day
You only need to go a short distance from the city center to enter the maze of narrow streets of the former Jewish district of Kazimierz, to plunge into the culture of the different world. Until 1939, the district’s life resembled that described by Isaac Bashevis Singers in his books. The dramatic history of the Jewish community, exterminated by the Nazis, was presented by Steven Spielberg who directed the movie Schindler’s List in the actual setting. In the past, Kazimierz was a distinct town with its own Market Square and Town Hall, as well as thriving culture, which blossomed in the 16th century. That period witnessed the foundation of Poland’s oldest Judaic shrine, the Old Synagogue now with the exhibition that shows the history and culture of the Jewish community of Krakow, and then the Remu’h Synagogue with the adjoining Renaissance cemetery.
THE MUSEUMS OF KRACOW – Half Day
Without a doubt, the Czartoryski Collection remains a gem among the objects held by the National Museum. The museum displays collections gathered by some of the most eminent Polish families. The most important treasures of this collection are ‘The Lady with an Ermine’ by Leonardo da Vinci and ‘The Landscape with a Good Samaritan’ by Rembrandt. The Szołajski Museum has a collection of Polish crafts (from the middle ages until the 18thcentury) and the most precious collection of Gothic paintings and sculptures in Poland. The manuscript of Copernicus’ main work ‘De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium’, which shattered the medieval vision of the universe, is a real ornament of the Jagiellonian Library. There are more traces of striking discoveries in the Krakow’s collections. The Jagiellonian-period globe (at the Jagiellonian University Museum) carries the first depiction of America.
WIELICZKA SALT MINE – Half Day
A visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine – a world-class tourist attraction. Over 700 years, many generations of Polish miners created the underground world, exceptional in its beauty, with the rich interior decoration of the chapels – including the most beautiful of Saint Kinga, the original linings of the galleries and workings and the underground salt lakes. We can see up to 20 excavated chambers on 3 levels, of those the main one is located 130 meters below the ground level. The chambers are decorated with beautiful statues sculpted in salt. What is also important is that the temperature down there all the year round is the same – 17-18 degrees Celsius. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is on the UNESCO List of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
AUSCHWITZ – Half Day
The death camp at Oświęcim, known as Konzetrationslager Auschwitz, was, in fact, a complex of camps, the largest Nazi death factory where more than two million people, mostly Jews, perished. The Auschwitz camp consisted of several units, including the largest one at Brzezinka (Birkenau). Of the millions of people brought there in the period between 1940 and 1944, only 60 to 70 thousand utterly emaciated victims were alive at the time of the liberation of the camp – at present, the National Museum of Oświęcim is situated on the site of the former camp.
RAFT RUN DOWN THE DUNAJEC RIVER AND ZAKOPANE – Full Day
A unique mountain range stretches north-east of the Tatras: the limestone rocks, the microclimate, the wide variety of flora and fauna, and the characteristic features of these mountains. Rafting down the Dunajec River through the Pieniny Gorge on Highlanders’ raft is believed to be one of the greatest attractions of Poland. While on a raft navigated by two Highlanders, you admire one of the most beautiful river gorges in Europe. After the raft run tour ends we go to Zakopane – the mountain capital of Poland – located at the foot of the Tatras, the highest mountain range in Poland. A lunch is served in the famous regional restaurant ‘Bąkowo Zohylina’; a typical highlanders specialty, including famous ‘oscypek’, a sheep cheese, is on the menu. The last point of the program is a ride by a cable car to the top of Gubałówka Mountain to admire the splendid panorama of the Tatras.
SIGHTSEEING OF GDAŃSK – Half Day
We start the tour from the Upland Gate – a fragment of the city’s fortifications and one of its main gates. Just behind, we pass by a brick construction consisting of the Prison Tower and the Torture House – relics of the Gothic defense walls from the 15th century. The Golden Gate, situated next to the Prison Tower, opens onto the Long Market – a magnificent street, with Patrician mansions decorated with late Renaissance and Baroque facades – a real feast for the eyes! It is here that the richest burghers of Gdańsk used to live. Next, we can see the Main Town Hall, with a size-life gilded figure of king Sigismund Augustus on the top. Beyond the Main Town Hall, we admire the Artus Court – a building used for Hanseatic League meetings, the most beautiful court in all the Hanseatic cities. Just behind it rises the tower of St. Mary’s Basilica, a part of the most precious and largest red-brick Gothic church. On our way back we pass by Mariacka Street, with its gabled terraced houses and elegant boutiques, leading to the Long Wharf on the Motława River. At the river’s edge stands the characteristic Gdańsk Crane, where the tour ends.
EXCURSION TO MALBORK, FROMBORK, AND KADYNY – Full Day
This tour consists of the most attractive places around Gdańsk. We start at Malbork, visiting the famous fortress of the Teutonic Knights. The magnificent castle is located on the bank of the Nogat River. Protected with drawbridges, moats and mounds, the complex consists of 3 parts; the Lower, Middle and Upper Castles. Note the remarkable and original palm vaulting in the Knight’s Hall. Next, Frombork; a fortified town by the Vistula Lagoon. The town, with its 2 thousand inhabitants, is closely linked with the life and work of Nicolaus Copernicus, who revolutionized the medieval view of the universe here. He spent the latter half of his life in the tower of the Frombork Cathedral – the seat of the Warmian Bishops since the 14thcentury. We continue to Kadyny, a small village between the Vistula Lagoon and a major national park. In the past, this forested area was a favorite hunting place of the Hohenzollerns – the last dynasty of German emperors. In Kadyny is an eclectic Imperial Palace and a horse stud farm, where we can rest a while before taking a coach ride around the area, a great way to see the wonderful coastal landscapes.
BOAT TRIP ACROSS THE BAY OF GDAŃSK – Half Day
During this trip, we will admire the most picturesque spots in the area. The private ship stops at Westerplatte, Sopot, Gdynia and finally at the Hel Peninsula. On board, our guests have a chance to try local fish specialties that can satisfy even the most discerning taste.
AMBER – GOLD OF THE BALTIC SEA – Half Day
Gdańsk has long been famous for the art of processing amber. The beauty and abundance of artifacts and jewelry paved them the way to princely and royal courts all around Europe spreading the legend of amber. Contemporary Gdańsk continues centuries of its traditional status of the world’s amber capital. This tour includes a visit to one of the oldest factories producing amber jewelry, as well as a visit to the late Gothic St Brygida Church, where the biggest altar made of amber is located. This will be followed by a tour of the amber art gallery, where our guests could also buy some of the amber masterpieces.
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
A short ride by motorcoach to the Kampinos National Park. Continue your journey on board a narrow-gauge train that was used to serve small villages. The steam engine will make the trip much more fascinating. Entertainment is provided by a music band with drinks served. A campfire welcomes the guest to a meadow surrounded by forest. Roasted sausage, ‘bigos’; a stew of sausage, meat, and cabbage, military-style pea soup are included in the menu.
A local folk band plays during the picnic.
Maximum capacity: 280 pax
POLISH PEASANT WEDDING
This ceremony, which takes place in a small village next to Łowicz, is a real ‘Polish folklore pill’. In this program, our guests may find everything that is important in the Polish folk culture; impressive dances, beautiful songs, colourful costumes, typical ceremonies and the charm of the Polish village. This ceremony, given in a very traditional way, is an interactive one. All participants are real guests of the bride. After the wedding ceremony, our guests have a chance to make their own cutouts, after a short instruction from the local master of that kind of art. Maximum capacity: 100 pax
POLISH VODKA TASTING
Just as France is famous for its champagne, so vodka has been Poland’s most important drink for centuries. Produced in a thousand different ways for the last thousand years, this drink holds an important place in the Polish tradition. It is difficult to imagine Poland without this kind of alcohol, and a visitor coming to Poland should experience at least a small shot of its pleasure. We, therefore, suggest an evening in the historic interiors in Warsaw. A presentation of twenty different vodka brands with additional information about the way of producing and the customs of serving as well as a brief lecture about Polish cuisine is a great opportunity to get acquainted with this very special aspect of the country’s culture. Maximum capacity: 500 pax
MILITARY EXPERIENCE – SHOW AND COMPETITION
This event is organized with the participation of the former soldiers of the Polish Army Special Forces – a glorious GROM military unit. GROM / in English – ‘thunderbolt’ / has the same position and prestige as, for example, Marines in the US Army or the SAS in Great Britain.
A military training ground is exclusively rented. Our guests dress up in military uniforms with the Warsaw Pact insignia and can enjoy a varied range of activities. The most fascinating is a ride on the famous Russian made T-55 or T-72 tanks as well as on the Armored Infantry Transporter – BWP. A shooting training course and competition using the most popular and probably the best machine gun of the world; the AK 47 (commonly called a Kalashnikov) is followed by a typical soldier’s meal, prepared in a field kitchen. At the end of the event certificates of participation and special prizes are to be given to our guests in a very ceremonial, military way. Maximum capacity: 200 pax
THE NIGHT WITH JOSEPH STALIN’S GHOST
This is an invitation for a very special evening – for an exclusive tour of the biggest building from the Soviet era in Warsaw; the Palace of the Culture and Science. This 150 meters high tower is a replica of buildings of its kind in Moscow and was completed in 1955 as a gift from the nations of the Soviet Union and Joseph Stalin personally to the Polish nation.
During the tour, we will see the most prestigious interiors of the Palace…..and the most mysterious ones. Some of those which were built especially for the members of Politburo of the Polish Communist Party. And finally a surprise – Joseph Stalin will join the group and the guests will have the privilege to ask some questions to the most powerful dictator in the world’s history. The tour is followed by a cocktail on the top terrace of the Palace. Maximum capacity: 50 pax
DEKADA – STEP BACK TO WARSAW OF THE 60’S AND 70’S OF THE 20TH CENTURY
Probably the most original and extraordinary interior of a music club in Warsaw. We may find there, for example, a tramway made in 1960, typical furniture from the same period and even original beer bottles (unfortunately empty!) from that time. The music is also from that period. On the menu, the guests find some typical and simple dishes of the communist era in Poland. The only chance to see some of the poor reality of Poland during that age.
Maximum seating capacity: 250 pax
Maximum reception capacity: 500 pax
JAZZ AND PUB NIGHT IN KRAKÓW
The evening starts with a visit to the Jazz club ‘U Muniaka’ for a nice concert of contemporary Jazz music. The club was named after Janusz Muniak – one of the most famous Polish Jazz composers who live in the city. After such a feast for the soul something for the body. During the evening at least three among the best pubs in Kracow is to be visited and up to 6 different kinds of beer are to be tasted. The guide will give the guests all the necessary explanations. The highlight of the evening will be a visit to the only mini brewery of the city – CK BROWAR – where a typical beer dinner, including their famous different beer casseroles / topped with cheese, meat, fish, black pudding, scrambled eggs etc will be served. Maximum capacity: 70 pax
TEUTONIC NIGHT IN MALBORK
Have you ever experienced a true knight’s tournament followed by a feast at the largest castle of the Teutonic Order? The Malbork fortress was the seat of the Grand Master of the Order in the years 1309-1457. It consists of 3 parts: the Lower, Middle and Upper Castles. The Middle Castle was mainly used for entertainment purposes. Here are the guest chambers, the cavernous chambers for the sick and the Main Refectory. The core of the architectural scheme of the entire construction is the High Castle. Allow knights to invite you to a delicious, medieval dinner in the mysterious interiors of this magnificent castle. The period music completes the truly medieval atmosphere. The ‘light and sound’ show is available as well. Maximum capacity: 220 pax
THE WARSAW CONGRESS CENTRE
Located in the Palace of Culture and Science – in the very center of the city – is a frequently and readily used venue for major international conventions, congresses, symposia, and smaller meetings. The interior of the building – the real pearl of ‘soviet style social realism’ – full of marbles and crystals and with its outstanding scale, afford a unique ‘palace’ ambiance to the events taking place here. Excellent hotels like Marriott, ideal for the accommodation of participants of events organized in the Palace, are located within a walking distance from this venue.
Maximum conference capacity: 3000 pax
Maximum banquet capacity: 1000 pax
Maximum reception capacity: 2000 pax
THE NATIONAL OPERA THEATRE AND THE NATIONAL THEATRE
Located in the same building, both are ideal venues for a conference for two reasons. First, this monumental complex is probably the most prestigious place of its kind in Warsaw with the giant facade and very richly decorated interior. The second reason is the multiplicity of adjacent rooms to the main auditorium, which could be used for other sessions, receptions etc. The Byzantine luxury of the interiors is a good advantage over other such locations in the city.
Maximum conference capacity: 1800 pax
Maximum reception capacity: 1800 pax
WARSAW INTERNATIONAL EXPOCENTRE – EXPO XXI
This new center is one of the most modern and definitely the biggest venue in the Polish capital that can easily accommodate international congresses, conferences, and seminars with the biggest exhibition space of 9000 square meters and height of halls – up to 8 meters. The center in very conveniently located, approximately 2 kilometers from the heart of the city and is equipped with the latest IT and telecommunication systems. The other advantage of this place is its flexible space arrangement.
Maximum conference capacity: 4300 pax
Maximum banquet capacity: 3000 pax
Maximum reception capacity: 5500 pax
THE WARSAW PHILHARMONIC HALL
Right after construction, this eclectic building was commonly described as ‘the most impressive temple of music in Eastern Europe’. Completely destroyed during the Warsaw Uprising in August 1944, it was rebuilt and now houses the most famous Philharmonic Hall in Poland. The Hall is a venue for many international classical and contemporary music competitions and festivals. For example; The Frederic Chopin Piano International Competition or The Warsaw Autumn. The main hall interior is decorated with marble and dark wood. Also, the foyer surrounding the hall is richly decorated and is an ideal venue for a reception or a buffet lunch during the conference. And last, but not least is the location; right in the heart of the city, just a few steps from the Palace of Culture and Science.
Maximum conference capacity: 1070 pax
Maximum reception capacity: 1100 pax
CONFERENCE VENUES IN KRAKOW
The old Polish capital provides a great many options for good convention or conference venues. Let us introduce to you a few among the best.
1. Conference Center ‘Pod Kruki’. The most prestigious location was in the 18th century carefully reconstructed and adapted. Maximum capacity: 200 seats.
2. Villa Decius. Located in a quiet area of the Kracow suburbs, this elegant Renaissance villa is an ideal venue for a smaller convention. Maximum capacity: 100 seats.
3. The Krakow Philharmonic Hall. Conveniently situated next to the Old Town area, this venue offers a maximum capacity of 800 seats so would be an ideal option for a larger convention.
4. The Juliusz Słowacki Theater – the most prestigious conference venue in the town. This Eclectic building with an exterior and interior of exceptional beauty has 520 seats in the most remarkable auditorium in Kracow.
A few possibilities for holding a conference or a convention in the Tri-City Conurbation (Gdańsk, Sopot & Gdynia) are worth consideration:
1. The Olivia Hall, located in the northern district of Gdańsk, Oliva, is approximately 5 kilometers from the city center. A huge multifunctional hall used for sports activities, concerts, conventions, theater and opera performances with a maximum capacity of 3800 seats.
2. The Gdańsk Opera House, located in the same district as Olivia, a modern building with auditorium housing 552 seats, famous for its exceptional acoustics.
3. The Musical Theater in Gdynia – an elegant, massive construction situated just next to the beaches and the marina. This venue has a maximum capacity of 680 seats.
4. And the last, but definitely not the least option for the warm period of the year (May – October) is the worlds famous Forest Opera consisting of an auditorium and a covered stage, located in a forest valley in Sopot. In this place of outstanding beauty and peace more than 2000 people can be seated.
A Few Extra Touches
Communist, Medieval, Slavonic Decadence, Country Club, Highlander’s Wedding, Polish manor house theme evenings, each accompanied with characteristic music, food, and costumes.
Exclusive classical concert and champagne in Lazienki Royal Palace in Warsaw.
Visit and dinner at Wieliczka Salt Mine – exclusive sightseeing with many or exclusive dinner in one of the underground ballrooms.
Exclusive Ball in Villa Decius, near Krakow; Concert of Jewish music at the former Jewish district Kazimierz in Krakow.
CD with music by F Chopin / Mazowsze Folklore Group / Jewish music
Sweet with logo – wafer cake, made by the old polish chocolate company “E.Wedel” Handmade amber Jewellery
Goldwasser” Gdansk’s Vodka (contains 22-carat gold flakes). The liqueur made according to the traditional recipes of Old Gdansk vodkas from the 17th century
Polish “Bison” Vodka (‘ubrówka’), prepared with pure grain vodka with bison grass added
A photographic album about Poland / Warsaw / Krakow / Gdansk / Tatra Mountains
Glass Paintings from Tatra Mountains Region
Arab Horse Stud/Farms
Ethnic and religion
Arrival in Barcelona. Meet & greet by our local guide and start of a short Orientation Tour.
This tour will give you a basic overview of the city of Barcelona. You will pass some of the most important sights of the city such as Plaza España, National Museum of Catalan Art, Spanish Village and Olympic Stadium. Here we make the first photo stop. Afterward, we continue to the terraces of the Mirador del Alcalde from where you have spectacular views of the port and city center. Then onto the Columbus Monument at the end of the famous Ramblas and to the hotel.
The luggage is transported separately to the hotel.
Lunch at the Tapas Restaurant La Tramoia, situated at Rambla Catalunya, nearby to the Plaza Catalunya. The restaurant looks like an old wharf with lots of old items adorning the restaurant, such as coffee pots, sacks, etc. and wooden paneling. The cuisine is based on all types of “tapas” – small assorted dishes in excellent sauces.
Afterward, a transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Free time at leisure.
Evening transfer by coach to the Old Port and dinner at the restaurant La Barceloneta, located at the Old Port. It has the privilege of overlooking both the old yachting harbour and the city of Barcelona. They are specialized in fish, although they also have good meat specialties.
Upon arrival and after dinner, entertainment by a Tuna Band. This is one of the most typical types of Spanish bands and it is composed by a group of university students. Every faculty of every university in Spain has its own Tuna Band. The origin of this comes from the middle ages and it was a way for students without much incomes to eat, by performing in taverns in exchange for food. That’s why their emblem is a fork and a spoon crossed.
Nowadays these musicians do not go without food, but in this way, they make some money for their expenses. Our Tuna Band is quite experienced and more than performers they are entertainers, encouraging guests to participate in their performance. They wear their characteristic costumes from the XVIIth century and play guitars and tambourines (although they can also use an accordion, a mandoline, or even a clarinet or saxophone). They play typical Spanish songs, Latin music and also some international music, creating a very funny and lively ambiance.
Return transfer to the hotel and overnight
Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Departure by private bus and local guide to Sant Sadurni d´Anoia, at about 45 km south of Barcelona. This village is the capital of winemaking, famous for Cava – our version of the French Champagne. We will visit an important Cava cellar (depending on availability, usually Codorniu or Freixenet) where cava tasting is included.
After the visit, departure for Sitges – a beautiful coastal town located at about 30 minutes drives from Sant Sadurni.
Upon arrival a short walk through the Maritime Promenade and visit to the Cau Ferrat Museu. It used to be the house of an important local impressionist painter and theatre writer – Mr. Santiago Rusiñol. He was friends with contemporary artists of his era like Picasso, Zuloaga and Ramón Casas. Samples of these painters’ art can be seen there, as well as his glassware collection and forged iron from the Middle age till the present times. All this inside a beautiful house decorated in Modern Art style, placed on top of a small cliff and facing the sea.
After the visit, we will have a very short walking tour through the main streets of the old town ending up at the Restaurant El Vivero for lunch. This Restaurant is situated on the cliff top overlooking the beaches of Sitges, with splendid views over the sea. The decoration is traditional Maritime style and the Restaurant specializes in fish and shellfish dishes.
Free time at leisure and late afternoon return transfer to the hotel.
Evening transfer by coach to the restaurant Casa Leopoldo, which is situated in the heart of the Gothic Quarter and is a must among locals. Their menu is based on what the market provides every day. Decorated with Spanish ceramics, the owner is the former widow of a bullfighter, so paintings of bullfighters and posters of bullfights adorn the walls.
After dinner, return transfer to the hotel and overnight.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel.
Transfer by coach and guide from the hotel to Plaza Catalunya where the group will find bicycles for a funny and interesting Bike Treasure Hunt. At the hotel, before departing we split the group into teams. Each team selects a team captain and once we start the tour, every team gets a map, a questionnaire, and a Polaroid camera.
The idea is to combine a treasure hunt whilst experiencing some of the most typical and well-known examples of local history and food.
During the tour, the teams have to complete the questionnaire properly. They are accompanied by a guide and a local whose knowledge may help them with some of the questions.
The Rally passes the most picturesque parts of downtown, like the Old Port, such as the Barceloneta fishermen quarter, the beachfront, the Olympic Marina, Olympic Village, and an itinerary through the Gothic Quarter – the most characteristic part of Barcelona. The areas are flat, so the journey is not exhausting at all. There will be several stops at different points during the tour, where different activities can take place, i.e: –
· The teams will find an actor dressed as a typical Catalan farmer, who will offer them some typical Catalan sausages, bread, and wine. There they will have to drink the wine using the ‘porrón’ – a typical Catalan drink glass, which is not so easy to do.
· At another station, they will find a fisherman who will teach them how to tie difficult fishermen’s knots before they prove their ability with the ropes.
· At the Ciutadella Park, the participants must paint using oil the cascade fountain, whilst getting a little help from some students from the Art Academy of Barcelona.
. Next, they’ll have to show their expertise at Flamenco dancing, wine tasting, art crafts etc.
During these activities, the teams have to take funny photos with the Polaroid camera provided. There will be also 2 stops for drinking, i.e. at the famous and oldest food market of the town situated at the Ramblas.
The tour ends either of the following ways:
The tour ends at a small, nice square in the Gothic Quarter to drop off the bikes. Then a short walk to the Basque Tapas Tavern Txakolin for lunch and transfer back to the hotel.
The tour ends at the Old Port, dropping off the bikes, then a short walk to the restaurant TraviI Mar.
Upon arrival, a Welcome Drink and aperitif is served. Then we start a Paella Cooking Competition.
Each team has to cook their own Paella with the aid of the restaurant chef. Then a set meal with the cooked paella as the main course will be offered for lunch.
Afterward, return transfer to the hotel and time for leisure and shopping.
Evening transfer with Vintage Cars to the Restaurant Can Travi Nou. This is a countryside manor house built at the end of the 17th century. It is located inside the city limits, within in the residential area of Horta. The house has been completely restored maintaining its original charm. The restaurant has many different sized dining rooms on its 3 floors, rustically decorated in Catalan style and featuring a beautiful terrace for hot summer evenings. They specialize in Catalan cuisine and our recommendation is to have the first course with tapas, some with fish, others with meat and vegetables, as this will please the majority of dietary requirements. Follow this with the main course like a roasted lamb (their specialty) or steak, or poultry. They also have a nice garden where cocktails could be served.
Upon arrival and after dinner, entertainment is provided by a Rumberos Band. This band comprises of 4 musicians and 4 girls dressed in colourful Andalusian costumes, dancing to the music. The band plays music similar to the Gypsy Kings and creates a special atmosphere filled with fun. The girls usually invite the guests to dance with them, which always starts a big “Spanish Fiesta”.
After dinner return transfer to the hotel and overnight.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check out from the rooms.
Morning Gaudi Tour. Antoni Gaudí is the most famous of the Modernist architects and his heavy use of bright ceramics and unusual shapes brought the word “gaudy” into the English language. Amongst his leading patrons were the Güell who wanted Park Güell designed as a suburb for 60 new houses. Only two were ever completed but what is in place is a spectacular insight into the mind of this most individual of architects. Sinuous lines, natural forms, broken marble, spiral-shaped towers, giant lizards, bright ceramic decoration etc, all combine to create a surreal setting in which one can relax and enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
The Sagrada Familia is Gaudi´s unfinished masterpiece – a Cathedral that consumed all his time and money in his later years until his death in 1926, but whose construction has inched forward amidst controversy and debate until the present day. Dominating the skyline, this is a Barcelona attraction that should not be missed.
The tour ends at the restaurant Cangrejo Loco for lunch. Overlooking the yachting harbour and beaches of Barcelona, it has several interior dining rooms and large terraces, all decorated in a modern naval style. Specialties are fish and shellfish.
After lunch, transfer to the airport for departure flight.
From the coach, we’ll visit the most important sights in town, like the Olympic Mountain, the Old and Olympic Harbour, the Gothic Quarter, the Paseo de Gracia, and even the facade of the Sagrada Familia. Two stops are included; one at the Mirador del Alcalde (featuring impressive views over the city) and another at the Old Town, including a walk through the picturesque narrow streets.
Walking Tour of the Gothic Quarter (Half day)
This is a guided tour primarily on foot through the oldest areas of the city. Considering this area was walled until the expansion of the mid-XIXth century, many of the buildings date from the XIIIth and XIVth centuries. The tour includes a stroll down the Rambles Boulevard, a visit of the Gothic Cathedral, Plaça del Rei, Call Street (medieval Jewish Quarter), Argenteria Street and Montcada Street.
Picasso Museum and Ribera Quarter
The tour starts with the visit to the Picasso Museum, located in an ancient Gothic palace. The museum contents include works donated by Picasso to the city before the Civil War, an extremely important collection of works from the blue to the pink period. After leaving the museum, you tour the Ribera Quarter on foot and visit the Santa Maria del Mar gothic church.
Miró Museum and Spanish Village
The first stop in this tour is the Miró Foundation in the Montjuic Hill. This museum contains most of the paintings of this famous artist born in Barcelona, complemented by extensive collections of works by contemporary artists. Following the visit to the museum, proceed down the hill to Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village). Built for the 1929 International Exhibition as a permanent example of Spanish popular architecture and handicrafts, it entered a new phase in 1988 when cultural, gastronomic, leisure and entertainment features were added to its traditional attractions.
Sitges and wine tour (Full day)
Depart Barcelona to the Penedes region where the largest producers of Spanish Cava are to be found. Visit one of the cava cellars where wine tasting and appetizers will be served. Continue on to Sitges, a small fishing village that nowadays is one of the most popular tourist resorts, for lunch followed by time at leisure for shopping, or visiting one of the cafes, before return to Barcelona.
Rally tour of Barcelona (Half day)
This is a teambuilding activity in which we will try to encourage guests to discover Barcelona by visiting various points of the city where they will be able to experience many aspects of the Spanish & Catalan culture and folklore from Flamenco to wine tasting. The group will be divided into teams and the participants will have to fill in a questionnaire based on all the exciting things that they will have to do – to ask locals, to taste, to see and possibly even to sing.
Montserrat and cava cellars visit (Half or Full day)
This tour includes a visit to Montserrat Monastery, home of the world-famous Black Madonna, patron of Catalonia. Afterward, visit the town of Sant Sadurni D’Anoia where the majority of Cava products in Spain are produced and stored in vast underground cellars. The tour includes a visit to one of the cellars to enjoy Cava tasting.
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Classical Spanish Evening
A cocktail reception with a concert of classical music is followed by a banquet with waiters in XVIIth century costume. The evening can be staged in a choice of venues the Royal Palace of Pedralbes, the Old Stock Exchange and the National Palace of Montjuic.
We will use a private manor or a restaurant exclusively and we will create areas with different types of food and drinks. There will be different types of Catalan folklorist entertainers strolling around like Castellers (human towers), Giants and Big Heads, Bastoners (stick dancers), Sardanas dances, mixed with a Tuna Band; all creating a very lively atmosphere. As a Grand Finale, a Diables Band (devils band) will perform, composed of men dressed like devils holding long sticks with fireworks on the top. They dance under their sparks with their own music in a very spectacular way.
A celebration of the best of Spanish food and entertainment, buffets from various regions offer cheese, seafood, fruits, barbecued meats, sausages, paellas, and tapas. During the evening Flamenco and Catalan folklore are provided and an orchestra plays varied dance music.
Space – 100.000 m²
No of Rooms – 43
People capacity – 15.000 pax
Centro de Convenciones Gran Via
Space – 14.000 m²
No of Rooms – 20
People capacity – 5.600 pax
Palacio de Congresos de Barcelona
Space – 5.800 m²
No of Rooms – 11
People capacity – 1.650 pax
Palacio de Congresos de Catalunya
Space – 4000 m²
No of Rooms – 35
People capacity – 2000 pax
A Few Extra Touches
Gastro TourDiscover Barcelona with your eyes and also with your mouth, tasting in different strategic areas the best of the local gastronomy.
Experience the wine country in the outskirts of Barcelona beyond the video and the train ride… harvest your own grapes, make your own wine and soak into the art of good wine.
95% of the Gaudi works in the world are located in Barcelona. Have a complete Gaudi experience from visiting producing your own masterpieces in the unique settings of the Gaudi buildings.
Gaudi Ceramic figures
Decorated Barcelona tiles
Boxes of Catania’s local sweets
CD of Spanish music
Created for a group of 20:
Day 1 – San Francisco
Meet & Greet outside the customs area at SF International Terminal. Transfer by limousine to the St Regis Hotel. Each limousine will fly a ‘logo flag’.
Check-in and Welcome Reception at the hotel.
Short orientation walk around Union Square, considered the Center Point of the city, and on to dinner at Michael Mina Restaurant (one of the best in the city). Return to hotel (6 minutes walking distance.)
Day 2 – Wine Country
American breakfast at the hotel before departing by coach to the Airport where you will board helicopters.
Helicopter flight over San Francisco – around Alcatraz Island and under the Golden Gate Bridge continuing north towards the Napa Valley Wine Country. Landing at Infineon Race Way for Hot Laps around the race track with professional race car drivers.
Transfer with hummer limousines through the lush Carneros Wine Region to Napa for visit, tasting and dinner on the terrace at famous race cars driver Mario Andretti’s Winery.
Optional: Mario Andretti’s appearance during dinner with an autograph session.
After Dinner return by Hummer to SF.
Day 3 – Pacific Coast
American breakfast at Ventana Inn before leaving San Francisco on Harley Davidsons.
A leisurely ride along the Pacific Ocean on Highway 1- considered one of the most scenic roads, “The Dream Road of the World” to the Monterey Peninsula. A support vehicle follows with the luggage.
The first stop is Point Lobos which inspired Robert Louis Stevenson in his novel Treasure Island. Often called the Crown Jewel of the California Coast, (its name means Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland.)
“Walk gently. Breathe deeply. Reflect. Discover its spirit for yourself”.
Catered picnic luncheon in the park, then south via Big Sur Waterfall to the Ventana Inn. A most popular wilderness outpost located on 243 mountainous oceanfront acres of land; the rustic Ventana Inn is about unpretentious elegance and quiet sophistication and has seen many illustrious guests since its opening in 1975.
Day 4 – Yosemite
Wawona Lodge Yosemite.
American breakfast at the hotel.
After riding through the ” California Central Valley” (richest farmland in the country), arrival in Yosemite Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States.
Best known for its waterfalls Yosemite is also about the strength of granite, the power of glaciers and the persistence of life. Time to explore the wilderness with a hike through the century-old Redwood Trees.
Day 5 -Yosemite Valley
American breakfast at the Ahwahnee hotel.
Early this morning guided hike to Glacier Point / Taft Point. This will be an unforgettable adventure with incredible views of the Valley formed by the last ice age.
Day 6 – Yosemite Valley
American breakfast at the Ahwahnee hotel.
Today the group will be picked up by a professional Rock climbing team. This is an all-day adventure.
Yosemite with its massive Granite walls is a climber’s paradise. The guides are very experienced and will supply all the equipment needed.
Day 7 – California Gold Country
River Rafting – Camping.
American breakfast at the hotel.
Fun Harley ride through the Gold Country to the American River campsite and on the water for an 11 mile long white-water rafting trip.
Evening dinner at the nearby café / saloon, with typical California Country atmosphere. Bands playing on weekends.
Day 8 – Lake Tahoe Area
Adventure Hike – Camping
Breakfast can be at the campsite or at the nearby café before moving on. Today will be the CROWN POINT of this Californian adventure.
A leisurely ride to Echo Lake, just south of Lake Tahoe and a 30-min boat ride in a small aluminum boat to reach across the two Echo Lakes, where the adventure hike into the Desolation Wilderness will begin.
Each guest will be handed a backpack with a first quality sleeping bag (given to each guest as a gift), sleeping mat, cooking utensils, tent, all food and water, and firewood/coals.
Desolation Wilderness is a 63,475-acre wilderness area located just south and west of Lake Tahoe. It is a little-known secret of the Tahoe area – with great views of South Lake Tahoe, excellent hiking trails (the Pacific Crest Trail runs through it), beautiful secluded lakes, some of the highest peaks in the Tahoe area (Pyramid Peak at 9,983′), rock climbing, fishing; and awesome glacier-carved granite formations.
Dinner around the campfire – prepared and served by the group. (Group will receive a bear warning with the permit!!)
Sunny Side Resort
Morning breakfast at the campfire – all-day hike.
Late afternoon – return boat ride on Echo Lake – descend to Lake Tahoe and re-enter civilization.
Overnight in South Lake Tahoe (Nevada). Evening show in one of the casinos.
Day 10 – San Francisco
American breakfast at the St. Regis Hotel.
Ride over Donner Pass (2160 m) towards San Francisco with stops along the way at discount outlet stores in Vacaville if desired.
Welcome reception at the hotel on arrival with hors-d’oeuvres & welcome drinks. Then, transfer with a minibus to the shimmering San Francisco Bay for a Grand Finale –
A Full Moon Kayaking excursion with Dinner & “Champagne Toast” served at moonrise on the San Francisco Bay (7h30 – 23h) Sparkling wine – from Francis Coppola (!) is served with dinner.
Day 11 – Departure
American breakfast at the hotel.
Departure transfer to SFO for a flight to Europe; guide assistance provided… Good Bye!
Grand Canyon is just minutes away by air and flights all include spectacular views. Helicopters go to the West Rim of the Canyon, where tours can include the “Skywalk”.
El Dorado Canyon offering privatized events in the near-wilderness: ATV off-roading, kayaking, tomahawking, horse-back riding and a tour of a gold mine.
Red Rock Canyon / Bonnie Springs, only 25 minutes from the Strip, a half-day visit with beautiful geological and natural attractions, as well as a genuine Old West mining town, now restored.
Excursion to Hoover Dam with technical tour and lunch aboard a Mississippi River boat on Lake Mead.
Mount Charleston, 56 kilometers from Las Vegas with its highest elevation at 3,615 meters, a sharp contrast from the desert heat of the city, an average of 10 to 20ºC degrees cooler. Pine forests, skiing in winter etc.
Las Vegas city tour, most impressive when starting at dusk when the lights come on, includes many of the fantasy, themed hotel-resorts. Downtown LAS has a pedestrian zone domed over with millions of lights which offer evening light shows.
The High Roller – opened in April, is 550 feet (168 meters) high and the world’s largest observation wheel.
Passengers can enjoy breathtaking Las Vegas views in a 30-minute ride, the time it takes for the entire wheel to rotate.
Valley of Fire, 40 minutes drive from the Strip, this State Park is famous for its striking red-colored rock formations and 3000-year-old petroglyphs. Perfect for hiking, rappelling and relaxed outdoor picnics.
Visit Malibu (beach houses of the stars) and the Getty Villa Museum with its antiquities.
Full day excursion (from Long Beach) to Catalina Island.
Universal Studios, part productive Hollywood studio, part theme park, welcoming visitors to back lots and sound stages.
Los Angeles city tour, depending on the infamous traffic, might include: Olvera Street, Disney Concert Hall, L.A. Music Center, Griffith Park, Hollywood Blvd. and Kodac Theatre (site of annual Academy Awards presentation), Grauman’s Chinese Theatre (stars footprints and handprints embedded in cement of the courtyard), Farmers Market, Sunset Blvd., parts of Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica Beach.
Muir Woods National Monument, just minutes from the city bustle, an unspoiled natural grove of magnificent Coast Redwood trees, some of which are over 80 meters tall and over 800 years old.
Wine Country of Napa and Sonoma Valleys, famed regions for the production of world-class wines, elegant countryside reminiscent of Provence, extraordinary light. Sonoma, historic small town, as it is the site of the last of the California missions established in the Spanish colonial period; also the site of Bear Flag Revolt in 1846 which declared California an independent republic for a few weeks; also the site of the oldest commercial winery in the state (founded 1856.)
Sausalito, with a hint of Porto Fino, former 19th Century fishing village, a bootleg center during Prohibition, now an artists’ colony with distinctive shops and spectacular views of the Bay and City.
Monterey / Carmel, a full day excursion to Monterey (early capital of California) with its exemplary Aquarium of Monterey Bay and Carmel, a town of enduring charm with art galleries and boutiques and (debatably) the most beautiful of the California missions.
San Francisco city tour normally includes: Civic Centre, Twin Peaks views, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Cliff House, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard (crooked) Street, North Beach, Chinatown, Financial District, Union Square.
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Caribbean night at Margaritaville Restaurant.
Playboy Party at one of the city’s scenic view sky villas with go-go dancers, shadow boxes and band.
The Rat Pack – An evening with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, and Dean Martin, who all made entertainment history.
Private Poker Evening.
Wild West Party – possible at various outdoor spaces or in a local saloon, with cowboy hats & bandanas, square dance lessons & live Country Music
Hollywood Cruise – A boat from of Marina del Rey with red carpet, paparazzi, live music, centerpieces made from film reels, and of course, look-a-likes.
Private VIP Party at Warner Brothers – Imaginative Hollywood themes, studio tour, dinner in the executive dining room.
Great Gatsby Party – Private Villa or Art Deco Style Venue, red carpet, jazz music, and flapper girls.
60’s summer of Love – Hippie party in a private venue with colour, sounds, and that 60’s music that everyone is still fond of 40 years on.
Halloween Party – Complete with an array of autumnal flowers and masks.
Prohibition Style Party – Set in a historic Speakeasy – guests need a password to get in, classic cocktails, feather boas, fedoras, and roaring 20s music.
Moscone Centre (San Francisco) – 20-minute shuttle ride from the airport.
700,000 square feet of exhibit space, 106 meeting rooms, nearly 123,000 square feet of pre-function lobbies.
San Diego Convention Centre (San Diego) – 5-minute ride from the airport.
615,701 sq. ft. of exhibit space; 204,114 square feet of meeting space including two 40,000 square feet ballrooms; and 284,494 square feet. of pre-function, lobby and registration areas.
Los Angeles Convention Centre (Los Angeles)
720,000 square feet of exhibition and 147,000 square feet of meeting room space.
A Few Extra Touches
Cheerleaders – At San Francisco International Terminal
Logo Flags – On each limousine on arrival
The appearance of Mario Andretti during dinner in Napa Valley
The appearance of John Steinbeck’s son – Thomas Steinbeck as the guest speaker in Point Lobos Reserve, to read excerpts from his dad’s novels and answer questions.
Horseback Riding – In Yosemite Park
Shows – Shows à la carte in the many casinos around Lake Tahoe
Chocolate cable cars
Illustrated book on San Francisco or California
Bottle of Californian Wine
Giant Sequoia Seedling (suitable for export)
Keychain with Compass and Miniature Torch
Hat and Sunscreen
Arrive at the Airport. Meet, greet and transfer to the hotel of your choice to refresh and relax before a stroll to your chosen restaurant for dinner.
The day begins with “Wall Street Breakfast” at historic Fraunces Tavern, near the Stock Exchange. The rest of your tour of Mid and Downtown with a guide(s) can be undertaken with small groups using taxies, buses, and subways. We suggest ending the tour at South Street Seaport where your group is free to enjoy one of the many excellent fast-food outlets for lunch and an afternoon at leisure exploring this fascinating insight into New York’s past.
Dinner cruise around the tip of Manhattan, with views of the magnificent skyline and the Statue of Liberty aboard a 1930’s vintage yacht, or, dancing on one of World Yacht’s luxury dinner cruises.
Day Free for shopping and exploring the ‘Big Apple’.
Tonight’s entertainment is at the Broadway Theatre followed by dinner, then maybe on to enjoy the city’s nightlife at many of the great clubs and bars covering a musical range from Jazz, Blues, and Rock.
Breakfast at hotel followed by a visit to Harlem for a Gospel and Spiritual Tour giving a fascinating glimpse of ‘the other side’ of life in New York, including the experience of a real ‘Gospel Mass’, then on to lunch at Central Park South for a last taste of superb all American food before transferring to the airport for the flight home.
Midtown and Downtown
Beginning with a trip to the Financial District, a stop at New York Stock Exchange (if desired), SoHo, Chinatown, Greenwich Village, the Garment District, Broadway, Rockefeller Centre, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A group can divide into 10, each with a guide for a tour around town on subways and city buses.
Central Park South, Lincoln Centre, Central Park, including Strawberry Fields, Harlem, Upper Fifth Avenue (Museum Mile).
Circle Line Cruise
In addition to the traditional 3-hour cruise, the new semi-circle cruise makes an ideal short ride around the tip of Manhattan. Departing from South Street Seaport, it is possible to take an excellent box lunch aboard & arrange an open bar during the 60-minute trip.
Absolutely breathtaking, circle the head of the Statue of Liberty, swoop over New York Harbour and the canyons of Wall Street, Chrysler, and Empire State buildings. Liberty is priced slightly higher than the competition, but in our opinion more exhilarating. They now use new five or six-passenger equipment with earphones for the pilot’s commentary.
In addition to standard and luxury coaches, 33 passenger trolleys and 71 passenger double-deckers are also available for transfer and tours.
Theme Party Ideas For Incentives
Silicon Alley (Virtual Party)
Denim & Diamonds (Barbecue)
Hoe-down (Square Dance)
Academy Awards Night (Everyone is a star)
Black & White (Art deco) food, swing band, dancing lessons.
Chinese New Year (Firecrackers, dragons)
Fifties Sock Hop (Rock ‘n’ Roll)
Great Gatsby Bash (Prohibition: Liquor in cups, police raid)
Ports of Call (International cuisine, entertainment).
Phantom of the Opera (Masks, Operatic interludes)
USO Show (WWII show for the troops)
Broadway Stars (with Broadway casts)
Times Square (Glitz and sleaze)
A Few Extra Touches
Look-a-likes: Marilyn, Cher, Madonna, Woody and other celebrities, heroes, both current and fallen.
Vintage Car Motorcade: Model T’s, Packard, Caddies
Centerpieces – composed of fruits and vegetables to be donated after the function for food for the homeless.
Helicopter transfers – to the airport from various areas of the city.
Pre-stamped Post Cards
New York Monopoly
Apples: Crystal, Pewter, Chocolate
New York Yankees / Mets cap
Rhinestone New York Pin
American Flag Towel