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Walking the Prosecco Hills

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Unveil one of the world’s best yet largely undiscovered wine regions.

  • Reviews 9 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Leisurely / Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
    5 - 16
All about the Walking the Prosecco Hills.

Just an hour’s drive north of Venice, in the foothills of the Dolomites, is one of the world’s best yet largely undiscovered wine regions. Here ancient terraced vineyards clinging to the sides of every possible slope are dedicated exclusively to grapes for Italy’s most prized sparkling wine: Prosecco. Based in an elegant hotel, located in the heart of the so called ‘Prosecco Road’ – Italy’s oldest wine route – we spend a week walking through picturesque rolling hills and sampling the area’s delicious cuisine and authentic bubbles. We also visit charming mediaeval villages such as Cison, Follina, Asolo as well as the beautiful capital province of Treviso.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts, 4 lunches , 2 dinners and 2 wine tastings included
* All accommodation
* Airport transfers (at designated timings)

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Enjoy quiet trails away from the crowds
  • Taste the authentic Italian bubbles and visit local producers
  • Explore charming mediaeval villages and Treviso
  • Stay in an elegant historic villa with pool
  • 7 nights at 4-star hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking and sightseeing; 1 free day
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 18 yrs
  • Altitude maximum 1,570m; average 600m
  • Well marked trails and paths
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
  1. Day 1 Start Pieve di Soligo.

    The trip starts in Pieve di Soligo, a small village located in the heart of the Prosecco hills, approximately 60km north of Venice. The surrounding area is picturesque, with lush vineyards covering the slopes of every possible hill and old churches, abbeys, villas and ancient castles dotting the landscape. Prosecco has been produced here for centuries, but only more recently, thanks to the surge in its popularity worldwide, has the area captured the deserved spotlight. Nevertheless, still relatively few tourists visit this wine region each year, making it an ideal location for a week of walking, wine tasting and cultural discovery in a still very authentic rural part of Italy. Depending on the group arrival time, there might be some time for a quick orientation walk near our hotel.

  2. Day 2 Morning walk around the mediaeval villages of Cison di Valmarino and Follina;visit a beautiful Cistercians abbey dating back to the 12th century.

    This morning we transfer to the pretty town of Cison di Valmarino, one of the best-preserved villages in the Prosecco area, containing numerous historical monuments and buildings that reveal its past role as major feudal estate. The gentle walk follows a waterway, crossing tranquil woodlands, and passing by the ancient manor and fortress of Castelbrando, which offers panoramic views over the farmland and villages far below. The walk ends in Follina, famous for the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria, a mystical site enclosing one of Italy’s most beautiful cloisters. The monks were the first to give a boost to the development of the textile sector in this area, weaving wool here from the Middle Ages onwards. In the afternoon we return to the hotel and the remainder of the day is free to relax in the village or you may decide to take an optional short walk along the picturesque river banks in proximity of our hotel.

  3. Day 3 Circular walk in the heartland of the Prosecco region; visit one of the best local producers for wine-tasting and learn about the wine-making process.

    Today’s walk takes us to the heartland of the Prosecco hills, namely Valdobbiadene, S. Pietro di Barbozza and S.Stefano. The majority of the winemakers are based right here, amongst the picture-perfect terraced steep hills which are arguably the prettiest of the whole Veneto region. Our walk follows a mix of man-made tracks and paths twisting through the vineyards, and offers spectacular views of the fertile landscape and hamlets perched on the hillsides. During the walk we will have the opportunity to visit of one of the top local Prosecco producers, whose passion for wine making goes back for generations in the family. After a tour of the wine cellars, we will have the opportunity to sample different varieties of Prosecco during a guided wine-tasting (included). We return to the hotel in the afternoon.

  4. Day 4 Morning guided sightseeing in the elegant provincial capital of Treviso; afternoon relaxing walk through the Natural Park of the River Sile.

    In the morning we transfer to the pretty capital province of Treviso, a real hidden gem often overlooked and perhaps overshadowed by the neighbouring Venice. Rebuilt and restored after Second World War bombing, the town centre is a rambling maze of streets lined with arcaded walkways. The town is circled by a pretty wall and by waterways, which add to its very picturesque and elegant style. After a walking tour of the town’s centre accompanied by a local guide, we enjoy some free time to wander around at our own pace and have some lunch (the world-famous Tiramisu was apparently invented in this city, so it is recommended trying some in one of the best cafes in town!). In the afternoon we leave the walls of Treviso behind and follow the water flow of Sile, the longest river of resurgent waters in Europe. This tranquil route through a nature reserve offers the opportunity to explore the local flora and fauna and brings to light many evidences of the age-old relationship between men and this river. Return to the hotel in the evening.

  5. Day 5 Visit the UNESCO Palladian Villla Barbaro before ascending to Monte St. Giorgio, originally used as the front line during World War I; walk to the elegant hilltop town of Asolo.

    After a short private transfer we reach another gem of the Prosecco area and the start point of today’s walk: Villa Barbaro in Maser. The villa is one of the greatest masterpieces of the famous Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-80), and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is situated in the middle of a flourishing privately owned estate, and six of its rooms adorned by beautiful frescos are open to the public. After a short visit, we set off for our walk starting with a climb to Monte San Giorgio, overlooking the villa. The route will then veer west, following one of the original front-lines used during the First World War. The war affected most of this area as well as many other towns around the Prosecco hills. During the walk we are able to see the evidence and memorials of the epic deeds that marked the destiny of generations of people and the course of history throughout the world. Our end point is the elegant hill-top town of Asolo, known as ’the pearl of the province of Treviso’, for its beautiful setting and charming historic centre. Free time and return to Pieve di Soligo for dinner.

  6. Day 6 Free day; take an optional trip to Venice or spend an afternoon in the pretty town of Conegliano.

    Free day to visit the lovely town of Conegliano (the other major centre of Prosecco production and wine studies), or take a day-trip to the one and only Venice (only a short train ride away).

  7. Day 7 Panoramic walk through the alpine landscape of Monte Cesen (1570m): enjoy a 360 degree view of the Venetian Prealps.

    Our final walk takes us above the Prosecco hills, to Mt Cesen, a humble, rounded, grassy mountain, and the highest in its small group of Venetian Prealps. Rising just above the Piave River at an altitude of 1570 meters it offers a stunning panorama and popular walking trails which cross mountain pastures, meadows and a landscape which differs completely to the one we explored earlier in the week. On a clear day, the views can stretch as far as the Eastern Alps, Dolomites, and Venice. In the evening, there will be the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurants located in a panoramic setting in the heart of the Prosecco hills. If the weather conditions are good and the skies are clear, the group will have the option to go on a longer walk (Distance: 8 Km, Ascent: 450m, Descent: 450m, Maximum altitude: 1406m).

  8. Day 8 End Pieve di Soligo.

    Our trip ends in Pieve di Soligo in the morning.

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Where you stay

Hotel Conta

On this centre-based trip we stay at the 4-star Hotel Conta’, in the heart of Pieve di Soligo’s historic centre. It is located in a quiet and picturesque setting overlooking the banks of River Soligo and it is within walking distance to restaurants, bars and other shops. The rooms are tastefully decorated and come with en-suite facilities, air-conditioning, tv, safe and free Wi-Fi. Some overlook the river whilst others face the elegant internal patio.

Hotel Villa Soligo is a historical converted residence dating back to the 18th Century. Tucked away in a peaceful 15,000 m2 park, the villa offers elegantly decorated en suite rooms, all with TV and free Wi-Fi. There is a lovely outdoor pool and bar terrace and access to the wellness centre is complimentary. Illustrious past guests include famous Italian actors Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi and Sophia Loren.

 

Eating and Drinking

The trip includes all breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners and 2 wine tastings.

The local food of the Prosecco has strong links to ancient traditions and uses mainly seasonal products grown in the area. It is typical country cooking, with plenty of delicious, genuine flavours, and makes great use of garden vegetables, herbs, wild berries, wild mushrooms, asparagus, game and cheeses. For breakfast, the hotel offers a large selection of cereals, fruit, homemade cakes, cheese and cold meats, along with tea and coffee of course. Packed lunches are normally provided for the walks, and consist of sandwiches with a fruit and snack. During the week there will be also opportunities to try some of the best local restaurants in the area which offer authentic cuisine and delicious homemade dishes such as ‘spiedo’ (spit roasted meat), wild mushroom risotto, gnocchi, mouth-watering handmade cured meats and cheeses, all washed down with prime quality Prosecco!

Grade: 2 (Leisurely/ Moderate) Each day, we walk for 3 to 6 hours (excluding the free day).

The terrain and type of path will vary from manmade paved tracks and tarmac, to forest trails and dirt roads. The walks are easy, although some ascents, occasionally steep, and descents should be expected: a reasonable amount of fitness is required. Please be aware that the province of Treviso can also be very warm, possibly reaching 30 degrees in the summer months between June and September. Walking hours stated in the itinerary are given as approximates only. Timings stated include lunch and photo stops and will vary depending on the pace of your group. Some of the drives, although short, follow twisty mountain roads.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

All it says on the bottle !

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Enjoying good Prosecco with the group in a wonderful bar in Asolo after a very satisfying day's ridge walk and visit to a Palladian villa in Moser.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Serena was excellent. She looked after the group very well, spoke good English and has a good sense of humour as well as being knowledgeable and organised.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring some soap and make sure you have good rain wear !!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    No

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

Get there as soon as you can!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Triumphantly reaching the end of our incredibly long and mostly uphill trek in the heart of the Prosecco Hills, dealing with the driving rain, fighting the streams of water flowing down the hill underfoot...our destination? The Bar with no Host and the holy grail, the Prosecco vending machines!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Vania De Paoli is an absolute credit to Exodus! She is a pleasure to spend time with, helped everyone (with grace and a can-do attitude) as much as she could with anything they needed, looked after us all and was sad to leave us a bit early to head off and lead the Chianti Walking tour. She inspired and encouraged us all to keep going when things got tough and she was the social glue that helped our whole group get along so well and enjoy our week together. Can't wait to go on another 'Vania' tour soon!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go, as soon as you can! This area is still undiscovered, stunningly beautiful and the prosecco and food of the whole region is just divine!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Not many Australians know about Exodus tours, especially the great value and fun they represent! I'm trying to get the word out though!

Reviewed On 12/12/2019
5/5

An excellent Spring break

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Drinking prosecco purchased form the prosecco dispensing machine, after a very steep climb to reach it.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Serena was an excellent group leader. Her local knowledge gave us chance to explore the area's beauty spots and culture thoroughly.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Some of the walks are up steep terraces in the vineyards, but are worth the effort, once the top is reached. Walking poles can be useful on some of the rocky and steep paths.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A thoroughly enjoyable holiday.

Reviewed On 11/11/2019
5/5

Another great trip with Exodus

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I loved all the walking but the most inspirational was the trip to Treviso. The city was very clean fascinating and interesting. I loved the walled centre and the great guide who showed us around with lots of enthusiasm. In addition, the food stop near the fish market provided delicious lunch and tiramisu.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    What can I say about Vania that hasn’t already been said! I chose this trip because I wanted to travel with Vania again having previously walked the Amalfi coast with a group led by her in March 2018. She is a delightful, professional, friendly and calm person with a great sense of humour, and I joked with her that she was our Mummy and we were her chicks following closely behind. Nothing seemed to phase her and she always had a smile for everyone. She is a credit to Exodus.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Definitely take insect repellent, even in October, as the little blighters can inflict nasty bites.

Reviewed On 07/10/2019
5/5

Excellent holiday

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Difficult to choose one moment - we enjoyed the whole trip . There was a varied itinerary with spectacular scenery
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Vania de Proli was excellent . She had very good local knowledge , was very well organised and looked after the group in a very thoughtful manner throughout the week making sure everyone was comfortable with the walks
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nothing further . I would thoroughly recommend the holiday

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