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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.

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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.

THE RULES – EXCITEMENT

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 location A (example: Monaco). In order to qualify, individuals would need to do is beat their own given production targets in order to compete to be within the top 20 qualified.

STAGE 1 – THE PRE-GAUNTLET. 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 above is known as the build-up-excitement period. This is as important as the event itself. 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 would know.

STAGE 2 – THE EVENT ITINERARY. This is what the 100 would be be competing for. These are designed on client guidelines to determine the rewards being provided.  (SEE NOTE A BELOW).

STAGE 3 – ENCOURAGED TO ENTER NEXT INCENTIVE PROGRAM. 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 an allowable business expense and as this goes towards helping an organisation grow. In turn will help an organisation also reduce their corporate tax bill. (YOUR ACCOUNTANTS WILL CONFIRM THIS)

We are all aware that 100 originally participated, yet only 20 were permitted.

What about the 80 that did not qualify…  In fact is that cost for the 20 would should have at the time of booking been subsidised by the excess profits achieved by the 80 participants that fell short.

 

Additional information is available through our office.

How To Motivate Teams

Success in business is rarely down to technical skills or knowledge alone. Getting the most from your team is the sign of a successful manager and can lead to a successful business. The key to this is motivating people and giving them space to develop themselves to their full potential.

Being able to motivate your team successfully starts with wanting the best for people. If you care to find out about them and their needs and ambitions, you will find what motivates them. This will keep them performing at their best.

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These are some suggestions for motivating your team:

  1. You have to be motivated yourself to motivate others.

  2. Motivation needs to be focused on clear, specific, realistic and achievable goals.

  3. Seeing progress towards those goals gives a sense of achievement and helps revive motivation.

  4. Motivation never lasts – there are always hurdles along the way that drain energy or distractions that take your eye off the ball.

  5. Everyone has different motivations – you just need to find what they are. They may well be different from yours and will give you useful insights into what drives people. Ask your people what they want from their job, and for the business as a whole. Also what do they want for themselves in life overall?

Your staff may say money is a motivator – but look closely and you will find that it is a stepping stone to another goal. For instance, a desire for power, recognition, early retirement or travel.

  1. A sense of belonging motivates – the smaller the group to which someone belongs, the stronger the loyalty, motivation and effort.

  2. Participation motivates – people feel more motivated when they feel their involvement in a project is important and valued. Often we exclude our greatest assets – the people around us, from decisions in which we could include them.

  3. Challenges motivate and people often rise to the occasion. However, it can also be demotivating if they are unobtainable, or conversely, too easy to achieve.

  4. Motivation needs recognition and reward – even something as simple as a thank you.

What causes demotivation?

  1. Constantly moving goalposts – people lose sight of goals, or feel they will never reach them and so cease to care about them anymore.

  2. Not knowing what is going on. If you do not bother to tell people what is happening, you can demotivate and possibly alienate them too. Uncertainty is a very destabilising emotion in a group.

  3. Not showing faith or trust in people.

  4. Arbitrary decisions which are not consistent for all members of staff, and humiliating people in front of their peers.

  5. Pay, work conditions or available facilities can affect motivation and often small changes can bring large differences.

Some signs of demotivation

  1. Increased absenteeism/sickness.

  2. Incomplete or careless work.

  3. Lack of concentration.

Motivate yourself

Before you can inspire others to extend themselves, you need to develop your own sense of motivation. Here are some tips to help you.

  1. Build your confidence and develop self-belief. Success doesn’t always go to the strongest person, but to the person with the greatest conviction.

  2. If you work alone, identify an understanding person with whom you can talk through business issues and who will encourage you. A mentor can help here.

  3. If you feel overwhelmed by a daunting task, such as sorting out your tax or personal finances, it tends to affect the rest of your attitude. There are three ways you could deal with a large task:

  4. Divide it up into smaller chunks and start immediately on the first chunk.

  5. Use an independent specialist who can relieve you of the anxiety of dealing with the task and will have more knowledge on the subject than yourself.

  6. Delegate the task to a member of your staff. Delegation can be a great motivator – but dumping an unwanted job on someone isn’t.

  7. Assess, plan, act. Write a plan for yourself for the next year, both in business and personal terms. Set tough, but realistic objectives with timescales. We all react positively to these.

  8. Also write down why you want to do something, even if the reasons hardly seem valid. Something as simple as ‘I want a clear desk so I don’t have to start the day in a mess’ is valid. Clean it up tonight and start tomorrow afresh.

  9. Use picture power or imagination to ‘fix’ your goals. Have you ever seen something in a shop window and longed for it? It is easier to visualise having something that you can see, so visualise the result you want. Savour the emotions you will feel when (not if) you land that order. Also, collect pictures that summarise these emotions – your dream house, boat, car or holiday – and pin these round your desk to remind yourself why you are doing it all.

  10. Tell people what you are going to do – it will make you feel more committed.

  11. Compile a record of past successes. When you feel you are achieving nothing, review your records to remind yourself what you have achieved!

  12. Finally – give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it for having the strength of character to go out and make things happen.

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Event Add-ons

Event – Add-ons

Subject to the type of event and location, we can often add add-on’s that enhance the event experience.

  1. Private Coach Transfers – From hotel/office to the event location

  2. Private Catering team – For any on-site for small groups requests

  3. Tour Guides / Event Facilitators – These help gel the groups

  4. Addition Venue Sourcing – From private boat charters on rivers to party venues and bars

  5. First Aid Response – Just to prevent any ankle sprains where grass events take place

  6. Any Other Addition As Requested By The Client

Incentives and staff rewards

We design events…

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Below are some examples without pricing

The reason you have no pricing, is that cost is subject to many variables like season, group sizes, duration, flight prices, and extras to be added to any event. Should there be any itinerary that is of interest, please don not hesitate to discuss this with our office.

AFRICA - Morocco

Suggested Sightseeing

MARRAKECH

  • 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…

Convention Centres

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

    persons

    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

  • The VOLUBILIS

    Room : 18 seats Conference style – 12 seats U shape

  • The TIDSI

    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

Atlas Room
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.

Al Borj
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.

Welcome Gifts

  • 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

  • Fresh roses

  • 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

Specialist Groups

  • Private Tours of Morocco for FIT’s or for groups, through our brand ‘MoroccoMyWay’

  • Archeology

  • Architecture (Islamic)

  • Botanics

  • Ethnology

  • Geology

  • History

  • Musical Traditions

  • Wine

FRANCE - Paris

PARIS

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.

BORDEAUX

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.

DAY 1 
Arrive at Bordeaux airport and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner at the hotel.

DAY 2 
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.

DAY 3 
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.

DAY 1
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.

DAY 2 
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…)

GALA DINNER

– 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.

or

– 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…

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.

DAY 3 
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.

Suggested Sightseeing

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

XVIIIth Century
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.

French Cancan
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)

Medieval Entertainment
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.

Convention Centres

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.

Structure
210 000 m²
8 halls
3 amphitheaters
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.

The infrastructure
* 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

Services
* 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.

TEAM BUILDING
Treasure hunt on sea or on earth
Hot Air Balloon
Karting
Olympiads

Something Different

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.

Welcome Gifts

  • 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

  • Baccarat articles

  • Hermès Tie

ICELAND

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

HOTELS

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.

DAY 1

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.

DAY 2

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

DAY 3

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.

DAY 4

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.

Suggested Sightseeing

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 activity:

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.

Iceland Extreme
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.

Photography Marathon

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).

Horseback Riding
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.

Pure Water
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.

Viking Theme
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…..

Mystic Theme
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.

Convention Centres

Reykjavík

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.

Welcome Gifts

  • Kaldi Arctic mittens or hat

  • 66°North – Outerwear – Jackets

  • Cintamani – Outerwear / Fleeces

  • Icelandic Reyka Vodka

  • Icelandic Brennivín

  • Icelandic Brennivín in a woolen sock

  • Blue Lagoon beauty products

  • Icelandic Trolls

  • Lost in Iceland / Amazing Iceland book

  • Sculpture: Egg from artist Kogga

Specialist Groups

Bird Watching
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.

Golf Tours
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).

Photography Tours
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.

Geology Tour
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.

HOLLAND

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Suggested Sightseeing

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.

Panorama Tour

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

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.

Breugel House

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.

Chateau Marquette

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.

Convention Centres

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

  • Music Trio

  • Clog Dancers

  • Folk Square Dancers

  • Street Organ

  • Scheveningen Fisherwomen choir

  • Indonesian Dancers

Welcome Gifts

  • Flowers for the

    ladies / cigars

    for the men

  • Delft blue tile

  • Clog with the company name

  • Silk shawl with tulip design

  • “Tulip” umbrella

  • Delft blue cheese plate

  • Cheese basket

  • Stone bottle with jenever

Specialist Groups

  • Architecture

  • Horticulture

  • Art.

MALTA

Day 1

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.

Evening

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

Day 2

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

Day 3

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.

Suggested Sightseeing

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.

Convention Centres

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.

Something Different

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.

Welcome Gifts

  • Mdina Glass items ranging from

    paperweights,

    to vases and small bowls. These can also be

    personalized

    with an engraving such as the company logo.

  • Maltese nougat and honey ring.

  • Maltese Bajtra/Lejla liqueur.

  • Playmobil Knight.

  • 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

    pocket size

    to coffee table books.

  • Malta scene prints and paintings.

Other gift ideas can be given on request.

NORWAY - Oslo

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

  • Dog sledding

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.

Evening programme:

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.

Suggested Sightseeing

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!

Convention Centres

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

Welcome Gifts

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.

Specialist Groups

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

  • Hydroelectricity

  • Waterworks and sewage

  • Forestry

  • Social security & Politics

POLAND

OPTIONS

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

Suggested Sightseeing

WARSAW

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.

KRAKOW

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.

GDANSK

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

KAMPINOS PICNIC

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

Convention Centres

WARSAW

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.
Built: 1955
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.
Built: 1833
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.
Built: 2001
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.
Built: 1901
Maximum conference capacity: 1070 pax
Maximum reception capacity: 1100 pax

KRAKOW

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.

GDANSK

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 KrakowConcert of Jewish music at the former Jewish district Kazimierz in Krakow.

Welcome Gifts

  • 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

  • Silver 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

Specialist Groups

  • Art

  • Arab Horse Stud/Farms

  • Bikes

  • Castles

  • Ethnic and religion

  • Golf

  • Music

  • National Parks

  • Ornithology

  • River Rafting

  • Ski Alpinism


SPAIN - Barcelona

DAY ONE
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

DAY TWO
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.

DAY THREE
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:

OPTION A
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.

OPTION B
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.

DAY FOUR 
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.

Suggested Sightseeing

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.

Catalan Evening
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.

Spanish Fiesta
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.

Convention Centres

CCIB

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.

Harvest
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.

Gaudi Experience
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.

Welcome Gifts

  • Gaudi Ceramic figures

  • Decorated Barcelona tiles

  • Gaudi books

  • Boxes of Catania’s local sweets

  • CD of Spanish music

Specialist Groups

  • Architecture

  • Agriculture

  • Art

  • Ornithology

  • Wine

VIETNAM - Danang & Hoi An

Danang & Hoi An Package

Hoi An 5D-4N (Excursion &Team Building)
ICTS-CHRIS

At a Glance
Day 1 Danang – Hoi An
Day 2 Hoi An
Day 3 Hoi An – Danang
Day 4 Danang
Day 5 Danang

 

DAY 1: DANANG – HOI AN (L, D)

Arrival in Danang and transfer to restaurant for lunch and then go to Hoi An (30 kms~45 minutes
driving)
Sightseeing in Hoi An (2.5 hours)
Hoi An, a picturesque riverside town, was one of South East Asia's major international ports during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This walking tour includes many of the town's highlights. Visit the Japanese Covered Bridge, constructed in 1593 by the Japanese community to link the town with the Chinese quarters across the stream. Near the bridge is Sa Huynh Museum which houses exhibitions from the earliest period of Hoi An's history. Wander into the Tran Family Chapel, a 200 year old house built for worshipping ancestors. Visit Phuoc Kien Assembly Hall, a Chinese pagoda built around 1690 and enlarged in 1900. It is typical of the Chinese clans in the Hoi An area and is dedicated to Thien Hau Thanh Mau, the Goddess of the Sea and Protector of Sailors and Fishermen. Also enter into a Lantern Making Workshop to see how the frame is made and the silk cloth put onto the lantern.

Transfer to/from restaurant
Lunch at Waterfront Restaurant & Bar
https://waterfrontdanang.com/

Dinner at Fullmoon Towns Restaurant
http://www.hoianfullmoontown.com/

Overnight in Hoi An

 

DAY 2: HOI AN (B, L, D)

Full day Hoi An Countryside by Jeep with Kayaking on the river
Journey through rice paddies in the countryside, you will have an opportunity to relax, take photos, explore local villages, feel the wind in your hair and soak up the scenery as local people tend their fields and livestock before arriving at your first destination, a very old pagoda where the sounds of charming bells can recharge you, reduce your stress and pressure from daily life. Then, gliding across the warm, tropical water, enjoying the unique landscape, local lifestyle, historical sights and delicacies of Hoi An by Kayak. After your exploration with kayak, you will come back to our floating bar where you can enjoy your favourite beverages with specialty seafood such as Crispy Roasted Shrimp, and BBQ Skewers including Grilled fish, and Pork skewer. When it's sunset time, you can enjoy a breathtaking view on the river.

Dinner at Home Restaurant Hoi An or similar
https://hoian.homevietnameserestaurant.com/
Overnight in Hoi An

 

 

DAY 3: HOI AN – DANANG (B, L, D)

Check out and transfer to Danang

Full day Marble Mountain Descent (Abseiling/ Rappelling the Cliffs and Caves)
Sightseeing of the Marble Mountains which consist of 5 stone hillocks, once islands, made of marble.
Each is said to represent one of the five elements of the universe. The largest and most famous, Thuy
Son, has a number of natural caves in which Buddhist sanctuaries have been built over the centuries.
When the Champas ruled this area, these same caves were used as Hindu shrines.

Walk up into the rappelling area takes another 10 to 15 minutes At the practice slope you’ll learn the basics of knot tying, harness wearing, hardware, and proper rappelling technique. After the guides are satisfied that you’ve got it down, you’ll head down the first of 3 possible rappels.

The first rappel is a short walk from the practice area and boasts a fantastic view of the ocean. This 22 meter line has great exposure, fantastic scenery and makes you feel like you are much higher than you actually are. Our second rappel is down into one of the caves at Marble Mountain that was used as both a place of worship and a hideout for VC during the war. Get ready for a full on Indiana Jones experience. This rappel is about 15 meter down. The final rappel is a 25 meter drop along a cliff, which is quite similar to the first rappel.

We have a picnic style lunch after all rappels have been done. Sandwich fixings, fruits, vegetables and some cakes are on the menu. After this we have some free time to explore the other caves and temples in the area. Ancient mythology says that this was an eggshell of the dragon king left behind after the birth of a beautiful princess.

Dinner at Madame Lan Restaurant Danang or similar
https://www.madamelan.vn/

Overnight in Danang

 

DAY 4: DANANG (B, L, D)

Full day Surviving one day on Cham Island

Cham Islands consists of eight small islands off the coast of Hoi An, one of which is a recognized UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. While on Hon Lao Island you can find fishing villages and pristine beaches that are great for sunbathing and water sports.

Living on the island is a team building skill training, experience the wilderness life, where there is no support of technological civilisation (no cooker/ no electric/ no pot and pan, etc). The program also provides participants with the skills needed to cope with the challenges of life.

Dinner at Ngon Villa Restaurant Danang or similar
https://danang.ngonvilla.com/

Overnight in Danang

 

DAY 5: DANANG (B, L)

Check out

Excursion to Ba Na Hills
Pick up at your hotel then transfer to Ba Na Hills Station. Take a cable to Ba Na Mountain, you will have chance to get a bird-eye view, very miraculous and attractive while enjoying a feeling of flying in the blue sky amidst the clouds and wind. Walk around to visit Old villas, and experience return funicular to Linh Ung Pagoda and Mountain Goddess Temple.

Transfer to Danang Airport

VIETNAM - Saigon

Saigon Package

Saigon 5D-4N (Excursion + Team Building)
ICSTG-CHRIS

 

 

 

DAY 1: SAIGON (D)

Meet on arrival and transfer to city

Sightseeing in Saigon (3 hours)
A vibrant metropolis, Saigon teems with energy, activity and motion. Everywhere you look, you see the convergence of traditional and modern life. Begin the trip into modern history with a tour of the Reunification Palace. Formerly the Independence Palace of the South Vietnamese president, this 60s style building was famously stormed by tanks on April 30, 1975 signifying the fall of South Vietnam. It has been preserved in its original state, and the original tanks remain on display near the entrance gates.

Afterwards, drive to the historic centre to visit the Emperor of Jade Pagoda, one of Saigon's most interesting pagodas. Proceed to pay a quick visit to the neo-Romanesque Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office. Pass by the classic European-style landmarks such as the ornate City Hall (Hotel De Ville), the old Opera House (both may only be viewed from the outside). Finally, end up at the central Ben Thanh Market, where vendors display a vast array of goods and handicrafts, appealing to every taste.

Cyclo ride for transfer to/from restaurant

Dinner at Home Finest Restaurant or similar
https://saigonfinest.homevietnameserestaurant.com/

Overnight in Saigon.

 

DAY 2: SAIGON (B, L, D)

Full day Experience Cu Chi Tunnels by speedboat and biking through village
Take a fun trip up the Saigon River on a comfortable speedboat, biking through villages and plantations and exploring the Cu Chi Tunnels which is a sample of the immense network of tunnels used by the Viet Cong as an unbeatable advantage during the US-Vietnam conflict. Using a luxurious speedboat to reach the Cu Chi area, we avoid time in the car and allow you to see the activity along the banks of the Saigon River. Distance cycling approx. 30km-35km.

Lunch at a local restaurant en rounte (name TBA)

Evening: Saigon Craft Beer

Experience the booming craft beer scene of Saigon riding pillion on our vintage Vespas as we visit an eclectic array of breweries and bars across the city. Our guides will take you on a journey to sample an extensive range of craft beer with locally inspired flavours such as jasmine, passion fruit and vanilla, as well as the more traditional tastes. At each vibrant location, your chosen brews will be perfectly paired with delicious and elaborate gourmet tapas and tasty Vietnamese inspired bites. Learn about the brewing process and challenge your tastebuds, sampling over 15 different brews, ranging from IPA’s, golden ales and blonde beers to stouts and ciders. From original to the unexpected, the master brewers are always experimenting with seasonal specials, so take our night time adventure and explore the city’s new and lively hotspots with free flowing craft beer and inspired food pairings

DAY 3: SAIGON (B, L, D)

Full day Amazing race with photo hunt+ cooking game and traditional calligraphy learning
Depart from your hotel to Saigon Zoo and start the photo hunting game. Continue to the next place for a cooking class after finishing a task (buying food ingredients to cook your lunch)

During the race, teams must use public bus and cyclo riding at least once. Tickets and photos will be requested as a proof.

Attend cooking class and then compete between teams to make 3 dishes. Chef at cooking class will be the judge. Lunch time. Teams enjoy lunch, included your own-made dishes.

Continue the race with clue for next station with one of the beautiful pagoda in town. Learning calligraphy from the artist in 1 hour and then write a requested sentence in calligraphy in 15 minutes. Calligraphy artist will be the judge.

After all games, we will find the team who win the race today.

Dinner at Mandarin Restaurant or similar
https://mandarine.com.vn/

 

DAY 4: SAIGON (B, L, D)

Excursion to Ben Tre with boat trip and visit local village [Full day]
Arrive at Ben Tre, a quiet area of the Mekong famous for lush coconut islands, and take a boat cruise on the Ham Luong River. Visit a local brick kiln and a workshop where coconut is processed in the age-old way to separate the oil, flesh and husk. Stroll through a village and see how a local familymakes mats from coconut and reed fibre. Have a chat with some of the villagers over local fruits and a cup of tea. Venture further through villages, gardens and rice paddies by bicycle or motorised rickshaw. Then explore the narrow winding palm-shaded arroyos by a small hand-rowed sampan.

Return to the boat quay by motorboat.

Lunch at local restaurant en route (TBA) and then transfer back to Saigon

Dinner at the Chopsticks Saigon Restaurant or similar
https://www.thechopsticksaigon.com/

Overnight in Saigon

 

DAY 5: SAIGON (B)

Morning course learning Sand art painting
Depart for course to lean about Sand art painting. The artist will introduce some products which made by sand and the journey to found out how to make the Sand art painting of Ms. Y Lan the person who first brought about this art into the world. She is a famous Vietnamese artist who uses multicoloured sand to create beautiful paintings. Her works are famous all over Asia, as well as in Europe and North America. Visiting Sand art works shop and after that you will have the chance to learn how to create a masterpiece sand painting. Welcome drink is served during the class. After the course, you can bring to home your product or chose a nice sand art picture as the gift. Return to hotel

Check-out at 12.00PM and transfer to airport for flight onto home

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