Prosecco Hills

Walking the Prosecco Hills

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$2,675
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4.7 / 5 from 47 reviews
Walking & Trekking
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
TDH
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
5–16
Ages:
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.

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:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
Trip Notes

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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 27.0km/4.0miles
Day 310.0km/6.0miles
Day 47.0km/4.0miles
Day 512.0km/8.0miles
Day 77.0km/4.0miles

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips which improve life for the people and places we visit and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here 

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • With a strong emphasis on the area’s delicious cuisine and authentic bubbles, culture and history this trip provides plenty of opportunities to visit various local wineries, cultural sites and museums. Our visits to these sites will benefit the locals and contributes to the preservation of their cultural assets through the money spent on entrance fees and other purchases made within the area. 
  • Our clients will have the opportunity to visit a local winery and to learn more about how the Prosecco wine is made.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste. For example, we encourage eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead encourage clients to take a refillable water bottle with them on the tour.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment. For example, we don’t just stay in busy cities during the itinerary and venture to more remote locations
  • During the trip, we visit the UNESCO Palladian Villa Barbaro. Our entrance fees directly contribute to the upkeep & conservation of this UENSCO site.

Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • This trip favours locally-owned and run accommodation.

 

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Take the train: Consider taking the train to this trip. Not only will it significantly reduce the carbon footprint of your holiday vs. flying, it also extends your adventure! Read more about which train journeys we can book, or how to book your own, here.

Itinerary

Pieve di Soligo
to
Pieve di Soligo
  • 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.

    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

    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 general introduction of the winery and its history, 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. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    Visit the UNESCO Palladian Villa 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • 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

    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).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Pieve di Soligo.

    Our trip ends in Pieve di Soligo in the morning.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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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 usually consist of a sandwich with a fruit and a 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:
1 800 267 3347
Call for private group trips:
1 800 267 3347
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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.

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1 800 267 3347
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Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed May 2022

    Great walking, excellent refreshment, star guide!

    Gillian and I had a great week enjoying the walking, spectacular views, brilliant wild flowers and varied wines (both Prosecco and some very good local red wines) in the beautiful Prosecco Hills and Pre-Alps, led by the enthusiastic and ebullient Vania de Paoli. It was hotter than expected for the second half of May, making some of the unshaded uphill sections quite taxing, but Vania timed the breaks to ensure that everyone in our varied and convivial group was able (literally!) to take the walks in their stride. A very good way to get back into the swing of foreign holidays after two difficult years.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The final day's walk in the Pre-Alps, starting at over 1000 metres, combined great views with wild narcissi, asfodel, orchids and many other spring flowers, in more comfortable temperatures than earlier in the week because of the altitude. And Vania topped it off by producing two bottles of Prosecco at the highest point! Outside the main programme, Vania also organised a wine and food tasting menu for us at the restaurant a few metres from the Hotel. Four courses and five red wines, all made within 15 km of the hotel and two of them particularly good, for Eur40 per head - exceptional value!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Fantastic! Nothing was too much trouble for Vania - and she was great fun with it!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring walking poles and make sure you know how to use them. The walks are not particularly long but they merit the Leisurely/Moderate grading because there is significant ascent and descent, some of it sustained and on steep and rather loose paths.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This was our third trip with Exodus and we certainly hope to do another one.
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Perfect trip

    Good food and wine all week, and great walking, what more can you ask for?

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It was good to learn more about the different types of prosecco.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vania is an excellent tour leader - you are safe in her hands, and will have a great time!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do this trip. Don't eat much for lunch at the airport on the way out, you will get a generous dinner in the evening! (and that theme continues all week really …). I did use mossie repellant (just the natural citronella stuff), and I didn’t get bitten, so would recommend. Would also recommend walking poles most days, as there are some steep up/down sections on all but one of the walks. I walked to San Gallo church on the “free” day, which I would recommend for a great view. If using Google maps, aim for the nearby locanda (La Candola) rather than the church, then it wont lead you down a non-existant path! Church is just after that on the same road.
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Great itinerary

    If you like wine and some ‘up and down’ walking this is the trip for you. Away from crowds and brilliantly organised. Even better if you get the Vania and Sandra combo!
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Predictive tech

    Technology needs to do what it is told.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    You will see my review from the other day below is grammatically incorrect. The group leader section starts with Variously obviously..... This is totally wrong. I typed Vania who was our leader. It is Vania, Vania, Vania not Variously. Word obviously decided it didn't like Vania and made something up. With all the money I have given Microsoft a refund is obviously due.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vania is a star. Never met Variously.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Rant over
  • Reviewed May 2022

    Prosecco Hills

    Not too heavy, not too light. Like the wines.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Final walk provided excellent views of the hills, but every day gave something different. The free day we went to Venice, with all help necessary for the journey from Vania and Sandra (driver)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Various obviously loves what she does and her enthusiasm shows.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was very hot for our trip in May toping 30 on one day. Be aware and have suitable clothing for the conditions. Be prepared for some steep uphill too.
  • Reviewed October 2019
    Eve Murdock

    Another great trip with Exodus

    This trip exceeded my expectations in terms of the standard of walks, places we visited and fabulous companions.

    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 September 2019
    Shân Spencer

    Excellent holiday

    We had a very enjoyable holiday walking in the Prosecco hills with Vania who was an excellent guide

    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
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Rachel Garnett

    Prosecco Hills

    This was our second Exodus walking holiday, having walked in the Amalfi last year. We had a fabulous week exploring an area completely new to us. The Prosecco Hills are truly beautiful - rolling hills backed by the Pre Alps and the Dolomites - stunning! Our group was made up of a great bunch of people who were a lot of fun to spend the week with. A highlight was finding out that Vania was going to be our leader for the week, having first met her in the Amalfi when she was training there. Vania is a lovely leader - thoughtful, fun and was aware of everyone's needs at all times - during the walks, in the restaurants when ordering food etc. Naturally, prosecco featured strongly during the week and we almost felt like experts by the end of the week!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many inspirational moments during our trip - the walk on the last day to Mt Cesen was stunning, as was the beautiful restaurant on the final night. The walk through the vineyards on a very hot day and then finding a prosecco vending machine at our lovely lunch stop was both fun and welcome! Tasting tiramisu in Treviso was a treat. Visiting the family vineyard was great and informative and having the opportunity to revisit Venice on our free day was fantastic.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Vania was an excellent group leader. She was knowledgeable, easy going, caring, smiling and patient - lovely to be around.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take layers - although for 6 out of the 7 days we had lovely, warm weather, one day we had rain and thunder so options clothes-wise are essential. In our opinion, this level of walking is not hard-core. There are some strenuous parts, so you can feel challenged at times, but there are also plenty of breaks, so as long as you are reasonably fit you should be absolutely fine.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't hesitate to book! If you love the beautiful outdoors and enjoy other people's company, you are bound to have a great time with other like-minded people.
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Sarah Davey

    Prosecco Hills

    Vania was the most amazing guide by providing us with the most amazing walks, tailored to everyone's needs. She went above and beyond what was expected of her even on her day and week off afterwards. The only reason I didn't give excellent was because the hotel let you down. With it closing for refurbishment, a lot of facilities were not available like the restaurant and the rooms were shabby and some items were not working. IE. The safe and shower in my room.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She is the best. Warm, kind, thoughtful, very social, accommodating, and goes beyond the call if duty. I went specifically on this trip, that week to walk again with Vania. I walked with her in Amalfi last year.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Choose a trip with Vania.
  • Reviewed September 2019
    Sarah Davey

    Prosecco Hills

    Vania was the most amazing guide by providing us with the most amazing walks, tailored to everyone's needs. She went above and beyond what was expected of her even on her day and week off afterwards. The only reason I didn't give excellent was because the hotel let you down. With it closing for refurbishment, a lot of facilities were not available like the restaurant and the rooms were shabby and some items were not working. IE. The safe and shower in my room.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walks on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    She is the best. Warm, kind, thoughtful, very social, accommodating, and goes beyond the call if duty. I went specifically on this trip, that week to walk again with Vania. I walked with her in Amalfi last year.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Choose a trip with Vania.

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