Usually, our clients have an idea of where they’d like to go on their next incentive trip. The nice thing about this client is that they’ve let us make suggestions for years, and our suggestions are always greeted with enthusiasm. The client likes being surprised with less obvious locations, and we were successful in that this time.
An incentive trip to Naples
This time we suggested, among other destinations, Naples and Dubrovnik. It ended up being an incentive trip to Naples, and I’ve just returned from a beautiful trip.
I still love going on the trips as a guide, and it’s my passion to make sure everything is perfectly organised to the finest details both in advance and on-location, and to make sure to plan some surprises along the way.
Collaborating in order to motivate the participants
Because this incentive trip to Naples was a reward, we also accompanied the target-setting by means of teasers. We did this to motivate the potential participants as much as possible! Every month we surprised them with a gadget, card or other teaser. In the meantime we got a load of compliments for our ingenuity and originality.
We’ve been organising these trips for years, and we know exactly what kinds of elements are the most important. There need to be at least 3 ‘WOW’ factors. The hotel must be one of them. That’s why we always search for the best hotel in town, and create the itinerary around it.
In our opinion, Hotel Gran Vesuvio, with its spectacular view across the bay of Naples and the Castel dell’Ovo, is a fantastic hotel. Castel dell’Ovo is a peninsula with a castle built on it, with a number of great restaurants, including my favourite, La Scialupa.
La Scialupa is the second WOW moment, though it doesn’t accept group reservations. However, because we’ve been organising group trips to Naples for years, and I kept bugging them, we’re now allowed to book tables for groups of no larger than 60 people! That’s why you should never give up. There’s still space outside for passers-by. Naturally, we made grateful use of this again during this group trip.
Restaurant La Scialuppa in Naples (Castell dell’Ovo)
Restaurant La Scialuppa is one of the few restaurants which still serves fresh fish directly from sea, though the other dishes on the menu also deserve attention. The pasta dishes are handmade, and La Scialuppa’s kitchen is actually staffed by locals.
Climbing Mount Vesuvius
The next day, it was time to work up a sweat as we set off to climb to the top of Mount Vesuvius.
When we finally reached the top, we were rewarded with a gorgeous view, which is sometimes obstructed by mist, but we were lucky this time to have clear skies! When standing on Vesuvius and I start telling people about this ‘dangerous’ mountain, the people around me always become quite quiet.
However, the poignant silence which falls when standing in front of the Garden of the Fugitives in Pompeii is indescribable. I take the travellers on a journey back in time, and every time I tell the story of Pompeii and its demise with emotion. Everyone thinks about their parents and kids and tries to imagine what it must have been like when Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried Pompeii!
Following this, everyone needs a bit of a boost, so a visit to the Limoncello factory is always a nice conclusion.
Taking sips from this heavenly drink, the tragic story slips from everyone’s minds again, though the picture of the family remains in everyone’s thoughts for quite some time.
An incentive trip to Naples, taking the boat to Capri
It was time for a different atmosphere the following day. Time to catch a boat to Capri. Although I’ve taken many groups to Capri before, I always look forward to it. My enthusiasm seems to be contagious, because everyone is up early and is positive about the day ahead.
With time to spare, we walk to boat, which was luckily bobbing in a calm sea today. That’s not always the case! In the past, I’ve often had to hand out preventative travel sickness pills. I always have plenty on me, just in case: better safe than sorry.
The trip across the sea goes smoothly, and soon the beautiful island of Capri appears before us. Spectacular!
On arrival, the group is split up into smaller groups, and we board a number of smaller boats to visit the Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto can only be visited when the sea is calm, and the conditions were in our favour this time.
A lovely meal in a relatively unknown restaurant
Naples and Capri offer plenty of restaurants where you can eat a delicious meal. However, you’ll always find one better. A few years ago I discovered a fantastic restaurant on Capri, which had not yet been discovered by the tourists. The restaurant is really a must, and we couldn’t pass on it this time either. We were greeted by the proprietor, Gianni, who has become a friend of mine.
I can really recommend the ‘Insalata Caprese’. I’ve never had a better meal than I had in the Villa Verde restaurant.
The conclusion of this incentive trip to Naples, a surprise
This restaurant was the perfect conclusion to what was once again a fantastic trip. That evening we returned to the Netherlands, and I distributed a booklet with beautiful photos. I’d had them made at a print shop in Capri, while everyone was shopping. That’s the greatest thing there is: the surprised look on everyone’s faces! Priceless.
Once I stepped into my car at Schiphol, satisfied after having waved goodbye to everyone, the first Whatsapp messages started to appear on my mobile. These moments give you goosebumps. Everyone praised the trip, in his or her own way. Everyone said the moment in Pompeii had been very powerful.
What our client said: What a fantastic trip, I’m so grateful I get to go every year. Your story in Pompeii, at the Garden of the Fugitives…I won’t forget that any time soon! Thank you for this experience.
Would you like us to organise your next trip? We can take you to Naples, or we can surprise you with a different destination. Please get in touch with us without obligations.