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Walking & Trekking
Suitable for:
Age 18+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
TDP
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Hiking
Group size:
5–16
Min age:
18

Discover one of the oldest wine regions in Italy, 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.

*Please note that on this tour you will enjoy the same inclusions and activities found in our classic itinerary but you will be based in a different hotel. Please refer to the Accommodation section for more details and info.

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 a comfortable hotel set in a picturesque location

Key information

  • 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
  • Countries visited: Italy

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 4 lunches , 2 dinners and 2 wine tastings included
  • All accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers for group flights

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas and vaccinations
Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailor made trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Walking & Trekking
Pace:

Leisurely; during the day we walk for 3 to 6 hours (including lunch and photo stops).

Terrain:

The terrain and type of path will vary from man made paved tracks and tarmac to forest trails and dirt roads.

Day by day breakdown
Day 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 37.0km/4.0miles
Day 412.0km/7.0miles
Day 58.0km/5.0miles
Day 710.0km/6.0miles

Responsible Travel

Tourism can be a real help to local communities, providing income, positive cultural exchanges and a financial incentive to protect their natural environment. Ours is a 'total approach' to responsible tourism, covering everything from the way we plan and operate our trips to the practices of Exodus as a company. 

On this trip, we will spend the week in Hotel Conta' located in the small village of Pieve di Soligo, a relatively unknown area in the province. Thus, our visit is providing income to an area that does not usually benefit from tourism. The meals prepared by the hotel are homemade from locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. We will visit several agritusimi (family-run restaurants) and wineries where the money spent there goes directly to supporting and maintaining these very traditional industries. As a walking holiday, we actively encourage clients to interact with the locals, visit local cafes and bars, support local produce and craft and to experience what life is really like in this rural part of the Veneto region. Additionally, walking trips like this have very little detrimental impact on the environment and the locals as it is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support.

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Itinerary

Pieve di Soligo
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Pieve di Soligo
  • Day 1

    Start Pieve di Soligo.

    Our 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 our 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.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

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

    Our second 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 will explore later in the week. On a clear day, the views can stretch as far as the Eastern Alps, Dolomites, and Venice. We return to Pieve di Soligo in the afternoon. (7km, 3 hrs walking including stops).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    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. (12km walking, 5 hours including stops).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    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 (10km, 3 hours walking including stops).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    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.

    Today we transfer to 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 final 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. In the evening, we enjoy a fantastic farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurants located in a panoramic setting in the heart of the Prosecco hills (10km, 4 hours walking including stops).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Pieve di Soligo.

    Our trip ends in Pieve di Soligo in the morning.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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There are no specific health risks.

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!

Is this trip for you?

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.

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailor made trips:
1300 131 564
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

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.

Call for general departures:
1300 131 564
Call for tailor made trips:
1300 131 564
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