Walking the Prosecco Hills

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Trip code: 
TDH
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Walking & Trekking
Min age:
18
Group size:
5–16

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 converted villa, 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 an elegant historic villa with pool

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

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
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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 210.0km/6.0miles
Day 312.0km/7.0miles
Day 48.0km/5.0miles
Day 510.0km/6.0miles
Day 77.0km/4.0miles

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Itinerary

Soligo
to
Soligo
  • Day 1

    Start Soligo.

    Our trip starts in Soligo, a small village located in the heart of the Prosecco hills, approximately 60km north of Venice. The 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 by the pool (in season) or you may decide to take an optional short walk to the hill of San Gallo overlooking the hotel. (10km, 3 hrs walking )

    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 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, with free time to enjoy a drink in the outdoor terrace, a dip in the pool or a visit to the spa. (12km walking, 5 hours including stops).

    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 (10km, 3 hours walking including stops).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • 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 the hotel for dinner (10km, 4 hours walking including stops).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Free day; relax by the hotel's pool, take an optional trip to Venice or spend an afternoon in the pretty town of Conegliano.

    Free day to relax at the hotel's pool (seasonal) or spa, 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. (7km, 3 hrs walking including stops).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    End Soligo.

    Our trip ends in Soligo in the morning.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Visas

Italy

No visa required for British passport holders.
Please note in Italy it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times.

Vaccinations

Italy

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.

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Accommodation

Hotel Villa Soligo

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.

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  • Reviewed November 2018
    james heidebrecht

    Good mix of walking and wining!

    Really enjoyable trip. Great Food, wine, hotel, company. Exceptional guide, thanks Serena! Would highly recommend!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The vistas on our last hike day on the mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    5 stars out of 5
  • Reviewed November 2018
    Arthur Heidebrecht

    Enjoyed Prosecco in the Prosecco Hills

    This walking tour was very enjoyable; walks were of modest difficulty and quite scenic in terms of views of the vineyards and surrounding countryside. Guide provided excellent service, frequently going beyond the call of duty. Transportation to walks was excellent. Accommodations at Hotel Villa Soligo were very good; hotel staff were very courteous and welcoming. Meals included in package were excellent; guide also provided good advice for other dinners.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Panoramic views from Monte Cesen on the last day of walking were awe-inspiring, in spite of the somewhat hazy day. Visit and tasting of prosecco at the San Gregorio winery was also very enjoyable.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader, Serena Cassol, was excellent. She shepherded the group effectively, keeping us on time without being annoying. She gave us good advice for the dinners which were not included in the package and also for the activities which were possible on our free day. She is an enthusiast for the prosecco region and that helped a lot.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The distances noted on the trip notes are often longer than the actual distances walked. While the walking is of modest difficulty, I would recommend using walking poles because the trails are frequently uneven and have loose stones so the walking poles are very helpful for balance.
  • Reviewed October 2018

    A fairy tale.

    A very well thought program, which enabled us to have different walks every day in an area of great beauty, to see different places, such as Treviso and some smaller enchanting towns, and to enjoy some good food, wine (mostly prosecco, as in the name of the tour 😉) and local hospitality. Our guide, Vania De Paoli, was charming, knowledgeable and indefatigable – she took care of us from early in the mornings until we come back from dinners, dealt will all the problems we had and most of all kept the atmosphere relaxed and carefree. We will remember her smile and friendliness. Only one disappointment - the Hotel Villa Soligo needs some modernising – new sockets (the existing ones are obsolete from the time Alberto Sordi visited it), wifi which works and better breakfast.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Vania and the two bottles of Prosecco she surprised us with on top of Monte Cesen. It was the longest uphill walk and unfortunately the last. The views from the top were amazing - the mountains, the Prosecco hills and somewhere at the horizon the Venice lagoon. It felt as we were on top of the world. The free prosecco enhanced the experience 😉

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide, Vania De Paoli, was charming, knowledgeable and indefatigable – she took care of us from early in the mornings until we come back from dinners, dealt will all the problems we had and most of all kept the atmosphere relaxed and carefree. We will remember her smile and friendliness.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We also made some marvellous people we hope we will be able to see again somewhere, somehow.
  • Reviewed October 2018
    Margaret Dunn

    No change

    Gentle walks through beautiful scenery with lots of opportunities to sample prosecco!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Lovely walks. Good to discover such good quality prosecco.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Very good leader. Good fun and well organised. Enjoyed her music on our bus journeys.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Bring small change for the water machine,1, 5 and 10 cents. 1 litre of fizzy water 7 cents - really nice and cold.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Village not what I expected - main road going through it with constant traffic. Hotel very nice but wouldn’t recommend eating there - expensive with poor choice for vegetarians. Wasn’t keen on the restaurant we ate in on last night. Had views over the vineyards but dark so couldn’t see them. Food not great.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    susan mccartney

    excellent trip!

    This was my 2nd trip with Exodus. My friend and I did this trip the first week of Sept 2018 and what a wonderful week we had. The weather was hot and sunny, countryside beautiful, the prosecco good and the food excellent. Serena was our guide and we couldn't have asked for anyone better. She is wise, caring and efficient beyond her years. We had an excellent group of companions and by the end of the week were sorry to say good-bye to our new friends. Thanks for an outstanding trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    every day was great

    What did you think of your group leader?

    excellent
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Chris Nixon

    Wonderful mix of walking and wine.

    As the itinerary shows, this a varied week of walks, from some steeper walks through the forest and meadows of the hills with excellent views to calmer river walks. The visit to Treviso was interesting and an excellent opportunity to try tiramisu classico, unlike the tiramisu usually served in the UK, and much better. Plus the Prosecco wine tastings. Not just a tasting, but an education on the various types of Prosecco. The free day allows you to travel to Venice, although we decided to relax with a gentle walk into the centre of Soligo and have a swim in the excellent hotel pool.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting the other walkers. All very friendly. Plus the Prosecco tasting. And talking English to the young waiters and waitresses who enjoyed practising their English.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Serena is brilliant. Probably the best walking guide we have ever had on a trip like this. Great sense of humour and able to communicate with any age group, and deal with any walking ability.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you like walking, wine and good food, go!! Take walking boots and trainers. Use poles if you usually use poles.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is a very enjoyable trip, with a very good mix of different walks and visits to vineyards, historic villas and also interesting history of area during WW1.
  • Reviewed September 2018
    Donna MacMenigall

    A magical week in a beautiful part of Italy

    Five days walking, every day different and every day interesting, beautiful and just the right amount of challenge. Authentic Italian meals in a variety of different restaurants. Wine tasting. Visits to cultural sights and a few little thoughtful extras that I won’t tell you about so as not to spoil the surprise. A great young leader, who went above and beyond to give us a fabulous experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Having been nervous about my level of fitness not being good enough it was great to do each day’s walk and feel my confidence grow. Definitely the feeling of standing on top of the world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Serena was amazing. Younger that the group by at least 20 years she looked after us all with skill and tact and went above and beyond to ensure we had a great experience.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You can do it . The pace is perfect with plenty of stops along the way to give time to re energise. I would definitely recommend bringing a collapsible walking pole and if you can one of those rucksacks that keeps the sweat off your back.
  • Reviewed June 2018
    Janette Cook

    We came for the prosecco

    I travelled with my 2 sisters. We'd never done a walking holiday before but we had drank plenty of prosecco! My sister chose the holiday to coincide with a significant birthday. It was a truly memorable holiday, for lots of reasons: It was different (for us anyway); it was an active holiday, contrary to my usual holiday trips; we met some lovely, inspirational people; I got to know a bit more of lovely Italy; I now know all there is to know about prosecco; I can walk uphill; the whole experience was delightful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Meeting people I'd never met before who had clearly done this kind of holiday before but didn't mind (on the whole) that we hadn't. Thank you for allowing us into your world. Can't wait to be part of it again!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Serena was young, beautiful, fit, knowledgeable, informative, friendly, caring, patient and just plain fantastic! Thank you. For every single moment!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    DO IT. GO. YOU WON'T REGRET A MOMENT!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Everything about the holiday was good. The booking, the flight, the transport to the hotel and beyond, the planning, the hotel, the place, the people, the food but especially the prosecco. Thank you.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Pat Fielden

    A varied holiday

    This was one of the most enjoyable holidays I have had. The accommodation, the leader, the walks, wine tasting, food and weather were superb.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The walk on our last day to the highest level of the week followed by an excellent dinner.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader was very caring and concerned about her party. Although she was quite new to the role she was very well informed and led the walks with great confidence.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Several people in the group went to Venice on our day off and my impression was that those who enjoyed it most had planned in advance where they wanted to go and how to avoid the worst of the crowds. I and another lady went by bus to Connegliano and had a really good day. It is a lovely town so we shopped and then climbed up to the Castle which was very interesting. We had an excellent lunch at the restaurant up there with magnificent views.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I look forward to having another Exodus holiday as soon as I can.
  • Reviewed May 2018
    Neal Scott

    Great trip; great walks; great guide; great scenery; great food and wine

    Late April/early May weather made for great walking without heat and humidity. Fantastic walks, food, and scenery plus Prosecco...what's not to love!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Traveling the Prosecco Road. Love stepping back into history.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our guide grew up in the area and lives there now. She was beyond terrific.

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