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Walking the Prosecco Hills

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  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $2079per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 16 Apr '22 to 8 Oct '22
  • 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
  • Key Information
  • This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 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
      from 5 reviews

Ms Nicholls says...
The holiday featured some truly beautiful walks among the Prosecco vineyards and fantastic scenery in the foothills of the mountains below the Dolomites. ...
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Italy: Veneto

Walking the Prosecco Hills

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • 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

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.



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Typical holiday itinerary



We're here to help

If you've any questions about this holiday call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 , or email usa@exodustravels.com

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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).

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).

Day 8: End Pieve di Soligo.

Our trip ends in Pieve di Soligo in the morning.

Where you stay

This single-centre holiday is based at the following hotel. If you'd like to extend your stay here, or upgrade your room, just let us know at the time of booking.

To find out more call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

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.


Meals

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!

Travel

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347, use our live webchat or email usa@exodustravels.com

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

If you are planning to make your own way from Venice airport to Pieve di Soligo by public transport please follow the instructions below:

Once arrived in Venice, take either the ACTV bus line 15 or the ATVO FLY BUS shuttle to Mestre Railway Station (both services run every 30 minutes and depart from outside the Arrivals hall ). Tickets can be purchased at the the Public Transport ticket office in the Arrivals hall or directly on the bus. From Mestre station, catch a direct train to Conegliano. The train journey is approx. 45 minutes and the price for a onw way single ticket should range from €5-10 (timetables availble on http://www.trenitalia.com/). From Conegliano station, you will need to continue to Pieve di Soligo by public bus or taxi. Metered taxis are availble outside the station and they charge approximately €40 for the journey. The bus n.132 connects Conegliano to Pieve di Soligo in 20 minutes, however services are limited.

If you wish to travel in more comfort, we recommend to pre-book a private arrival transfer payable to Headwater before departure. The price for this service is approx.£120 per vehicle.

Transportation

A private minibus will be used throughout the week

Joining Instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Pieve di Soligo and ending in Pieve di Soligo

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Pieve di Soligo in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.

 

Reviews

Everyone who goes on a Headwater holiday will be emailed a link to our post-holiday questionnaire where they can give us an honest assessment of all aspects of their holiday - everything from how quickly we answer the phone to how clean the hotels were - plus an overall rating and comments about their holiday.

Any feedback collected is posted to our website, so that people can make an informed decision based on past experiences before heading off on holiday. We don’t edit the reviews, the only thing we do is proofread them and alter any typos, where necessary, to ensure they are easy to read for everyone. All reviews will be published (except in certain extreme circumstances), and a member of the Headwater team will respond to any constructive criticisms/comments under the reviews, at their discretion. So, for the real tales, twists and turns of our holidays, look no further than the reviews from our previous travellers.


Ms Nicholls, 25/09/2019

The holiday featured some truly beautiful walks among the Prosecco vineyards and fantastic scenery in the foothills of the mountains below the Dolomites. The walks were well chosen and varied. Our local guide, Serena, was excellent, unflappable and well organised. The food provided at local restaurants was delicious and plentiful. Sadly, the hotel accommodation ( bedrooms especially) was below par and left much to be desired in terms of decor and functionality. The hotel is to be refurbished at the end of the season but there is no excuse for dodgy power supply, tired bathrooms and pool areas which were green and slimy.


Ms Desmond, 14/08/2019

Best holiday I've had in years, so well organised and our Guide, Vania, was fantastic - she really made the holiday for all of us. Great group, all ages and professions. The hotel was lovely, staff very friendly. The walking routes were well planned and varied. The food and prosecco were fantastic. I can't wait to book my next holiday!


Mr Newell, 03/07/2019

Enjoyable group experience in a beautiful country.


Ms Ashby, 01/11/2018

My first time with Headwater / Exodus and the trip was beyond my expectations. The area was beautiful, the people helpful and friendly. The expertise of the Tour Guide in managing our walks and planning our events meant all we had to do was relax and enjoy our trip.


Mr Chandler, 24/10/2018

Good balance of walking and exploring the area.



Dates and prices

You can be confident that our pricing includes all the standard requirements of your holiday and many additional extras. Always ensure that you are comparing like for like when booking your holiday.

This 7 night guided walking holiday includes:

All breakfasts, 4 lunches , 2 dinners and 2 wine tastings included

All accommodation

London flights (if booking incl. flights)

Airport transfers for group flights


How to book:

For further details, or to check availability, speak to our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form (we'll contact you at a time that's most convenient for you).

To enquire about this holiday, or for further information, call our sales team on 1-800-267-3347 or complete our holiday enquiry form.

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Key information

This holiday is operated by our sister company, Exodus

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

Transfers

Airport transfers are included for those on the group flights. 

If you require airport transfers, you may (by prior arrangement only) be able to join the group transfer. Transfers are arranged to coincide with the arrival time of the group flight - please check the group flight details 2 weeks before departure. If you do not take this transfer, or miss it, you must make your own way to the joining point at your own expense.

If you are planning to make your own way from Venice airport to Pieve di Soligo by public transport please follow the instructions below:

Once arrived in Venice, take either the ACTV bus line 15 or the ATVO FLY BUS shuttle to Mestre Railway Station (both services run every 30 minutes and depart from outside the Arrivals hall ). Tickets can be purchased at the the Public Transport ticket office in the Arrivals hall or directly on the bus. From Mestre station, catch a direct train to Conegliano. The train journey is approx. 45 minutes and the price for a onw way single ticket should range from €5-10 (timetables availble on http://www.trenitalia.com/). From Conegliano station, you will need to continue to Pieve di Soligo by public bus or taxi. Metered taxis are availble outside the station and they charge approximately €40 for the journey. The bus n.132 connects Conegliano to Pieve di Soligo in 20 minutes, however services are limited.

If you wish to travel in more comfort, we recommend to pre-book a private arrival transfer payable to Headwater before departure. The price for this service is approx.£120 per vehicle.

Transportation

A private minibus will be used throughout the week

Joining instructions

Travelling flight inclusive from London: 8 days

The group flight from London is a daytime flight departing on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Flights from London

We normally use the scheduled services of British Airways (depending on availability). As flight timings and schedules change regularly we recommend you call one of our specialist sales staff or your agent to confirm up‐to‐date timings. Please note timings may change at a later date and cannot be confirmed until approximately two weeks before departure.

Travelling land only: 8 days starting in Pieve di Soligo and ending in Pieve di Soligo

Your trip normally starts at our accommodation in Pieve di Soligo in the afternoon of Day 1 of the itinerary. Details of how to reach the start point are provided in the Final Joining Instructions ‐ sent approximately two weeks before departure.