Incentive travel has proven to be a powerful tool for businesses looking to reward their employees, boost morale, and increase productivity.
As we mentioned in our previous blog, "Incentive travel: top tips for selecting the right destination for your next incentive trip," the opportunity to travel and experience new cultures and activities is a great way to motivate and inspire staff, as well as foster team-building and employee engagement. And with TERRAEVENTS, you have the chance to choose from four incredible European destinations: Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France. Each destination offers a unique blend of history, culture, cuisine, and wellness, making them perfect for a wellbeing incentive trip.
In this blog, we will explore all four destinations and why they make great options for corporate incentive travel.
Top 4 Incentive Travel Destinations
From the moment you set foot on Italian soil, you will know you have arrived in a truly special place. The aroma of freshly brewed espresso, the sound of vespas whizzing by, and the sight of historic architecture that has stood the test of time will greet you with open arms.
Italy is a country that exudes passion, beauty, and culture in everything it does. Whether you are exploring the bustling streets of Rome, savoring a gelato in Florence, or taking in the stunning vistas of the Amalfi Coast, Italy will capture your heart and soul as no other place can.
Italy's rich history, art, architecture, food, and wine have made it one of the most beloved travel destinations in the world. But Italy isn't just about the sights and flavors.
It is a country full of life and energy, with people known for their warmth, passion, and hospitality. Whether you are strolling through the narrow streets of Venice, dancing the night away in a Milanese nightclub, or enjoying a peaceful sunset in Tuscany, Italy will make you feel alive like no other place can.
Why choose Italy for your incentive trip
Imagine arriving in Milan, the fashion capital of Italy, and being whisked away on an exclusive exploration through the unseen elegance of the city.
Then travel down to Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance, where you will be transported back in time to an era of artistic and intellectual excellence by taking part in a unique artisan workshop that will allow you to discover the traditions and techniques of local artisans, just like a true artist.
And as you make your way to Rome, the Eternal City, you will be filled with excitement and anticipation. Explore the city from behind its secret doors and feel like a true explorer as you uncover the secrets of Rome.
If you are looking to experience the natural beauty of Italy, there is no better place than the Amalfi Coast. Embark on a sensorial journey along this famous coastline, savoring the flavors of the region's renowned cuisine and taking in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. As you wander through the picturesque towns and villages along the rugged coastline, you will feel like you are in a dream.
Finally, venture to the fascinating island of Sicily, where you can discover the island's rich history, art, and culture. Here, you will feel like you are stepping back in time as you discover the island's unique heritage, and you will be amazed at the warmth and hospitality of the Sicilian people.
And this is just a taste of what TERRAEVENTS Italy has to offer...
When to go
Late spring and early autumn are the optimal times to visit Italy to avoid crowds and enjoy sunny, warm weather. While these months are still busy, they offer a more comfortable (and more affordable) experience than peak season during the height of summer.
And now imagine stepping off the plane in Spain and feeling its warm Mediterranean breeze. The air is fragrant with the scent of oranges and olive groves, and you can hear the sounds of laughter and music in the distance. As you step onto the streets of this vibrant country, you will be captivated by the energy and passion that permeates every corner of Spain.
Spain is a country of contrasts, where ancient traditions coexist with modern innovation and the past and the present merge seamlessly. With TERRAEVENTS, you can discover the many facets of Spain, from the bustling cities to the tranquil countryside and everything in between.
A country that is famous for its beaches, festivals, and nightlife, making it an excellent destination for incentive travel. From the cosmopolitan cities of Madrid and Barcelona to the stunning beaches of the Costa del Sol, Spain has something for everyone.
Why choose Spain
Spain is a country that will capture your heart and soul and leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
In Madrid, the capital, you will be immersed in a world of culture and history. Here, after visiting some of the most world-renowned museums, like the Prado, you can stroll through the city's charming neighborhoods, enjoying the local cuisine and soaking up the town's vibrant atmosphere.
In Barcelona, you will be transported to a world of architectural wonders, where the buildings are works of art, such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, designed by the legendary architect Antoni Gaudi.
Discover the city through its finest tapas restaurants and enjoy ‘la hora del vermut’ with some delicious Spanish bites.
And if you are looking for a more laid-back experience, the countryside of Spain offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and a good wellbeing incentive trip. Explore the vineyards of La Rioja, where you can taste some of Spain's most famous wines and enjoy the stunning scenery. Or, venture to the rugged coastline of Costa Brava, where you can hike along the cliffs and soak up the beauty of the Mediterranean.
With TERRAEVENTS Spain, you can truly create an incentive trip that will leave your team feeling inspired, energized, and connected.
When to go
To bask in the sun on a beautiful beach, optimal weather conditions are a must. On the other hand, if you plan to explore cities and monuments, you will want to enjoy cooler and more pleasant weather. Therefore, generally speaking, the spring months (March to May) and fall months (September to November) are the most favorable times to visit Spain.
Picture this: the sun setting over a medieval castle atop a rolling hill, the aroma of freshly grilled sardines wafting through narrow cobblestone streets, and the sound of fado music emanating from cozy taverns. This is Portugal, a country of breathtaking beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture.
From the charming alleys of Lisbon to the rugged coastline of the Algarve, Portugal offers an alluring blend of old-world charm and contemporary flair. This is a land where picturesque fishing villages coexist with bustling cities, and traditional customs blend with modern trends.
Whether you are looking to indulge in delectable seafood dishes, soak up the sun on pristine beaches, or immerse yourself in the country's fascinating history and traditions, Portugal is a destination that promises to leave you captivated and enchanted.
Why choose Portugal
Portugal is an excellent destination for incentive travel because it offers a diverse range of activities and experiences.
As you wander through the winding streets of Lisbon, your senses are awash with the city's sights, sounds, and smells, brimming with character and charm. Cobblestone alleys lined with pastel-colored buildings lead to bustling squares, where the clatter of streetcars mixes with the chatter of locals sipping espresso at outdoor cafes. But there is more to this city than meets the eye.
Hidden amidst the nooks and crannies of Lisbon's vibrant neighborhoods are some of the world's most beautiful urban art pieces. From towering murals to intricate mosaics, these works of art not only add to the city's beauty but also tell a story of its rich history and culture. Take a guided tour and let a local street artist lead you to the most stunning and significant pieces scattered throughout the city.
But Lisbon is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the wonders of Portugal.
Take to the skies on a helicopter tour above Porto and marvel at the breathtaking views of the city's famous bridges, historic center, and the Douro River as it flows towards the sea. Or embark on a journey to the heart of the Douro Valley, where vineyards and rolling hills stretch as far as the eye can see, and taste some of the world's best wine.
And let's not forget about the Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region, with its dramatic cliffs, golden beaches, and crystal-clear waters. Explore the caves and grottos that dot the coastline by boat or kayak, and take a dip in the refreshing waters of the Atlantic.
Whether you are seeking adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, TERRAEVENTS Portugal has something for everyone.
When to go
Portugal blooms to life in the spring (March to May) as the country shakes off the winter and the landscape comes alive with vibrant colors. However, if you want to soak up some sun on the beaches, the high season from June to August is the optimal time.
In 2022, France was crowned as the world's most visited country, and it is not hard to see why.
From the picturesque countryside dotted with quaint villages and vineyards to the glamour of the Riviera and the historical landmarks of Paris, France is an excellent destination for incentive travel.
The mere mention of France conjures up images of croissants, the Eiffel Tower, and the sparkling waters of the French Riviera. From the bustling streets of Paris to the picturesque vineyards of the Bordeaux region, France boasts a diverse landscape and culture that is hard to resist.
Additionally, France has a rich and fascinating history that spans centuries, making it a perfect destination for incentive travel with a cultural focus. As the site of some of the most significant moments in European history, France is a place where the past is palpable and still very much alive. From the grandeur of the Palace of Versailles to the somber memorials of World War II, there is a wealth of historical sites and experiences to explore in this remarkable country.
Why choose France
France is a land of romanticism and wonder, and there is no shortage of unique and memorable experiences throughout the country.
In Paris, explore the city's charming neighborhoods and historic landmarks in a most exhilarating way: aboard a vintage sidecar. Wind through the winding streets and around the iconic Eiffel Tower in style, and feel the rush of the open air as you discover the magic of the City of Light.
For those seeking a more aerial view of France, a helicopter tour from the Paris heliport to the Champagne region is an adventure not to be missed. Take in the stunning views from above as you travel to the heart of France's famous wine country. Sip on champagne and learn about the history and techniques of this world-renowned wine.
As you venture further south, you will find yourself basking in the sunny French Riviera. Here, you can live like a celebrity on a yacht, exploring the sparkling waters and stunning coastline. From the glamour of Saint-Tropez to the charming hillside village of Eze, there is no shortage of picturesque destinations to visit.
In the Bordeaux region, one can become a winemaker for the day and experience the art and science behind winemaking. Learn about the soil, the climate, and the grape varieties that make Bordeaux wines so special, and discover the steps of the winemaking process, from picking the grapes to blending and bottling the final product.
In addition to these unique experiences, France is known for its world-class cuisine, ranging from haute cuisine in Michelin-starred restaurants to humble yet delicious local specialities like cheese and charcuterie.
TERRAEVENTS France will leave you breathless with its charming, elegant and exclusive experiences.
When to go
The best time to visit France is Spring (April – May) or Autumn (September – October). July and August, the high season, are the best months for hot sunny weather.
With TERRAEVENTS, you have the opportunity to explore four of Europe's most captivating destinations: Italy, Spain, Portugal, and France. Each destination has its own unique charm, from the ancient history and stunning landscapes of Italy to the vibrant cities and rich cultural heritage of Spain, Portugal's idyllic coastlines and charming towns, and the elegant sophistication of France.
Whether you are looking to explore a new city, relax on a beach, indulge in delicious cuisine, or embark on an adventure, there is something for everyone in these incredible destinations. With our expertise in creating personalized incentive travel experiences, we can help you craft an unforgettable trip that will leave a lasting impression on your employees.
So why wait? Start planning your next incentive travel trip with TERRAEVENTS and give your employees the gift of a lifetime.