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Corporate Incentive Experiences By Train

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If you’re looking to deliver an exceptional incentive but without the added carbon footprint of a flight, then traveling by train is a great alternative. From outdoor adventures in Scotland to fine dining in Spain, there are a whole host of incentive options that can be reached by rail. The Collective by BCD Meetings & Events has picked out their top eight experiences that are certain to reward your top performers.

A Highlands adventure

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Ideal time to visit: Spring, Summer and Autumn 

Hop aboard the Royal Scotsman for a scenic journey through the splendor of The Highlands. Opt for a gastronomic experience with a distillery whisky tasting, or choose an adrenalin-filled adventure of 4x4s and speedboats. Forage for Highland botanicals before enjoying a campfire cuisine with local produce. Round your evening off with a traditional ceilidh for a truly Scottish experience.

Train Journey: London Kings Cross > Edinburgh Waverley (4hr 23 mins)


Wine and dine in Paris and Bordeaux

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Ideal time to visit: Spring or Autumn

A twin-city incentive, perfect for a foodie group. Start the trip with two nights in Paris staying at the Four Seasons George V Hotel, before immersing guests in a French classics cookery class with a Michelin-starred chef. Hop into vintage cars and explore the city, before donning your finest outfits and heading to the catwalk for a Paris runway show. Head by train to the world capital of wine, Bordeaux, where you can experience a countryside chateau for wine tasting and a candlelit private dinner in the wine cellar.

Train Journey: London St Pancras > Paris  (2 hr 27 mins) Paris > Bordeaux (2hr 12 mins)


Christmas markets in Cologne

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Ideal time to visit: December

Wanting to sprinkle some festive spirit for your incentive? Then attending the Christmas markets in Cologne is the perfect idea for a smaller incentive group looking to stay closer to home. For grandeur at its best, then stay at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst, or for those looking to add wellness to the agenda then choose the spa hotel, The Savoy. Enjoy the lavish Christmas markets with glasses of warm gluhwein, before stopping off for a traditional German feast.

Train Journey: London St Pancras > Bruxelles Midi (2hr 6 mins) Bruxelles Midi > Cologne (1 hr 50 mins)


Venice by Orient Express

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Ideal time to visit: Spring or Autumn

Jump aboard the British Pullman train at London Victoria where you’ll be treated to a luxury brunch while traveling through the Kentish countryside. Relax in the Bar Car whilst enjoying the delicious canapés from the French chefs. Arrive in Venice and enjoy all that this magical city has to offer. Explore Venice by gondola, stopping off at the glass factory on Island du Murano before attending a traditional Venetian masked ball.

Train Journey: London > Venice (a 24 hour experience)


A wellness retreat in The Cotswolds

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Ideal time to visit: May, June, July, August

Head to this picture-perfect part of The Cotswolds and stay at the luxury country house hotel and spa, Barnsley House. Enjoy yoga on the lawn, before an aromatherapy workshop using flowers and herbs from the garden. Relax with spa treatments before a nutritious feast of seasonal menus and botanical cocktails.

Train Journey: London Paddington > Kemble (1 hr 11 mins)


Budapest to Vienna on The Golden Eagle Danube Express

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Like a luxurious hotel on wheels, The Golden Eagle Danube Express travels through some of the most beautiful parts of Europe including Vienna, Verona, Budapest and Lake Como. Made up of luxury accommodation on board and fine dining options, the Golden Eagle will easily bring that once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience for your top performers.

Train Journey: Budapest > Venice (10 day experience)


A winter ski trip in Les Gets

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Ideal month to visit: November, December, January, February

Once a farming village in the vast Portes du Soleil area, Les Gets is a stunning alpine ski resort with views of Mont Blanc. With runs suitable for advanced and beginner skiers, an array of restaurants, and beautiful chalets, it makes the perfect spot for an incentive group. Stay in a luxury boutique ski-in, ski-out chalet, or at the spa hotel, La Marmotte.

Train Journey: London > Paris (2hr 27 mins) Paris > Geneva (3hr 16 mins) Geneva > Les Gets (1 hr bus)


Gastronomy in San Sebastian

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Ideal month to visit: Spring and Autumn

San Sebastián is touted as one of the world’s top foodie destinations. And for good reason. Packed full of Michelin-star restaurants, rustic pintxos bars, and fresh seafood eateries, there’s something for everyone in your incentive group. Experience the La Rioja region with a wine-tasting experience before a traditional Basque dinner. Round the trip off with a day on a yacht sampling fresh lobster off the boats and the best in Spanish wines.

Train Journey: London > Paris (2hr 25 mins), Paris > Biarritz (4hrs), Biarritz > San Sebastián (42 min taxi)

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Originally published May 15, 2023 11:24:22 AM
Last updated on May 22, 2023 1:51:15 PM

Written by The Collective by BCD Meetings & Events


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