Spotlight on... San Francisco Incentive Travel

22 January 2018

San Francisco is a beautiful, vibrant incentive travel destination that fizzes with its own unique energy. The City by the Bay, on the legendary, laid-back west coast of California, is almost as famous for its colourful nightlife and relaxed vibe as it is for the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and spectacular views over San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco incentive travel offers a wealth of unique experiences, from a private reception on Alcatraz Island to bike tours with unforgettable rides across the Golden Gate Bridge, a balloon flight out to Napa Valley, or drinks and dinner aboard one of San Francisco’s historic cable cars.

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San Francisco flights take around 11 hrs. Direct flights are available from Heathrow, with carriers including United Airlines, BA, Delta and Virgin Atlantic.

San Francisco International Airport is located just south of the city. Car hire and taxis are available at the airport, or pre-book cars from your hotel. Ride the cable car while you’re in town for one of the quintessential San Francisco incentive travel experiences.

Where to Go & What to Do

From soaking up the buzz (and the sealions!) of Fisherman’s Wharf, to jumping into the push and pace of Chinatown or sailing the still waters of the Bay, San Francisco incentive travel offers a huge range of experiences.

Our top experiences for San Francisco incentive travel visitors include:

  • Visit the Rock: Alcatraz sits on an Island in San Francisco Bay. The boat ride out is great, and the now-decommissioned prison offers exclusive tours of prison blocks, underground bunkers and more.  
  • Hoist the Mainsails: For a truly unforgettable San Francisco incentive, charter a boat and sail the bay. Toast your group with champagne as you pass under the Golden Gate Bridge, then anchor up and watch the sunset with canapes.  
  • Hike the Land’s End Trail: Head to Land’s End, a picturesque area of cliff-edge forest at San Francisco’s north-west edge, for an incentive experience to remember. Hike the trail for unreal views over secluded beaches, spectacular coast and the Golden Gate Bridge in the misty distance.
  • Wine Country: Head out of the city and into San Francisco’s world-famous wine country. Arrive by car, helicopter or hot air balloon, and then tour Napa and Sonoma tasting regional wines . Enjoy guided tours of barrel rooms and vineyards, and finish with dinner in the sun.           

Restaurants & Bars

1World-class destination restaurants in San Francisco include the exclusive Saison and the small but perfectly formed Atelier Crenn, both featured in 2017’s ‘50 Best Restaurants in the World’ list.

For more informal, buzzy and ‘San Fran’ dining, try newcomer Barvale for tapas and Spanish wine. New cocktail bar True Laurel, from Lazy Bear’s David Barzelay, is a stylish choice for a drinks reception, or try Trick Dog for cocktails in a converted warehouse.


The hotel is a big part of a San Francisco incentive travel, and the city’s hotels range from compact, comfortable rooms to legendary properties that conjure the city’s gold-rush past. Our picks include:

  •  The Marker: A sizzling, glamorous boutique hotel, the Marker is set in a dramatic building in the heart of the city’s theatre district. In-house Italian restaurant, Tratto, is great, and the service is like the rooms – polished, welcoming and just the right side of formal.
  • The Palace Hotel: San Francisco’s most historic hotel is exceptionally located (downtown, steps from public transport including streetcars to Fisherman’s Wharf and BART trains to the airport). Its centrepieces are its glass-roofed swimming pool and the outstanding Garden Court, where guests enjoy cocktails and dinner under a stained-glass dome.
  • Axiom Hotel: All clean lines, marble and soft leather, Axiom is a sleek contemporary hotel close to Union Square. Set in a historic property built just after San Francisco’s 1906 earthquake, the hotel has 152 future-facing, tech-enabled rooms. Steps from the nearest cable car stop, its Turn Café is ideal for a nightcap.

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