This time, we were organising a group trip to Lisbon for our client. They agreed on the destination of Lisbon fairly quickly. It was to be a group trip for two groups.
We were looking forward to once again be organising these two great group trips. One group always consists of 70 petrol station employees, along with some managers from the head office, and the other of 50 dealers (independent entrepreneurs), together with managers and board members from the head office.
For the actual trip we carried out a preliminary inspection. You can read the blog on this here:Preliminary inspection in Lisbon: How do we sort things out?
Two group trips to Lisbon
The first group always goes on a 3-day trip, while the second goes for 4 days. We also include a day ‘outside’ of the city for the second group.
The fun always starts at Schiphol, where we welcome everyone in one place and wish them a pleasant journey. We recognised a lot of faces, and it’s great when people are happy to see us again.
“At Schiphol, we ensure that absolutely everything is perfectly organised.”
Once everyone has been checked in, we meet up again on the other side of security. First, everyone grabs a sandwich and coffee with the vouchers we provide. The vouchers can be used at various counters in the departures hall.
Soon, it’s time to board. Answering a few questions here and there, and calming a few people with a fear of flying, we take our seats.
Group trip to Lisbon
On arrival, we soon see our colleague standing there, and the three of us make sure that everyone finds their way to the buses, so that we can get on our way into town as quickly as possible. First stop: Belem. On the way, we make sure that everyone gets a bit of an impression of the town.
Belem is known as one of the oldest parts of the town, and is actually a village within the city. Belem is known for its pasteis, sweet tart-like pastries filled with baker’s custard. Naturally, we made a stop at the only real pasteis bakery, Pastéis de Belém. Since 1837, this has been one of the most well-known sweets in Portuguese cuisine, and the original recipe is a secret. It’s always really busy there, especially during the weekend. They make around 10,000 a day! There are always long queues, but we’d booked in advance, which meant we could skip ahead.
After this welcome stop, everyone was ready to go back in the direction of the hotel. As always, the Tivoli Lisboa hotel was a real ‘wow’ factor. The travellers were really curious to see the rooftop bar, because I had told them that I had often met celebrities up there, most recently Cristiano Ronaldo. We had planned a welcome party on the rooftop.
The best 5-star hotel in Lisbon
We think that the Tivoli Lisboa hotel is the best 5-star hotel in Lisbon, right in the heart of the city. All the restaurants chosen by us were at a walking distance from the hotel, which makes a trip like this logistically attractive. A stroll along the Avenida Liberdade is also not to be missed.
Group trip to Lisbon, restaurants selected by us
For the restaurants, we’d once again found some true gems, including Leao D’Ouro (authentic and heavenly dishes), Zambeze (fantastic food with a beautiful view) and Petit Palais, which had recently opened, a little palace just around the corner from the hotel with cabaret shows. You’d almost think you’d stepped into Moulin Rouge. The food is of 7-star standard, and that’s where we’d planned to spend the final night..
Palais, which had recently opened, a little palace just around the corner from the hotel with cabaret shows. You’d almost think you’d stepped into Moulin Rouge. The food is of 7-star standard, and that’s where we’d planned to spend the final night..
Activities during the group trip to Lisbon
During a group trip to Lisbon, it’s important to put on an impressive range of activities. We organised the following activities:
- A ride in the old trams, of course
- A bicycle trip
- A tapas making contest
- A tour of the city in the speaking Gocars
The city tour in the speaking Gocars was the most sensational of all the activities.
After 4 lovely days, everyone once again concluded that it had been a fantastic group trip, and the managers and board members were unanimous: they wouldn’t carry out an evaluation this time, because in their opinion everything was excellent. That made me so happy, because all my efforts had been rewarded, and a compliment like that was the cherry on top!