Italy : Veneto

Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Trip code: W07VN 4.8 (5 reviews)

Guided group walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

Operated by
Exodus Travels

SUMMARY

  • Operated by our sister company, Exodus
  • Stay in the riverside village of Pieve di Soligo  Explore the lesser-visited neighbourhoods of Venice with a local guide  Enjoy peace-inducing walks through one of the oldest wine regions in Italy  Visit the workshop of a Venetian artisan who creates traditional gondola oars  Sample a selection of wines and snacks at two local wineries 

WHAT'S INCLUDED?

  • All breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners and two wine tastings All accommodation

TRIP DESCRIPTION

Sheltered by the Dolomites, the Prosecco Hills are surprisingly undiscovered by mass tourism, despite the ever-growing popularity of the eponymous sparkling wine. On this culture-filled adventure, we stay in a four-star hotel on the Prosecco Road, the oldest wine route in Italy, to stroll through vineyard hills, sample regional cuisine and sip bubbly. We pair that with an alternative daytrip to Venice, visiting lesser-known neighbourhoods and the workshop of a master artisan to learn more about traditional life in the floating city.  Join us to celebrate Headwater’ 50th anniversary! Select departures of this trip feature extra inclusions to mark the occasion: a wine-pairing experience with dinner or a lakeside walk with access to a lido, a local birthday celebration and a special edition Headwater kitbag. The selected departures on this trip start in Pieve di Soligo on 13 July 2024.

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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Start Pieve di Soligo

The trip starts in Pieve di Soligo, a small village in the heart of the Prosecco Hills, approximately 37mi (60km) north of Venice. Here, lush vineyards cover the slopes of every possible hill, and old churches, abbeys, villas and ancient castles dot 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 a deserved spotlight. Nevertheless, relatively few tourists visit this wine region each year, making it an ideal location for a week of walking, wine tasting and cultural discovery. Depending on the group arrival time, there might be time for a quick orientation walk near our hotel. If you have extra days at hand and are willing to extend your adventure, consider booking additional nights in Pisa or Florence. Speak to your Sales Consultant for more information on our 'Pre-Tour', 'Post-Tour' and 'City Extension' packages.

You stay at Hotel Conta' or Hotel Villa Soligo.

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Hotel Conta', Pieve di Soligo

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This hotel is used for departures on 31st Aug and 21st Sep 2019 as well as from 2020 onwards.

Offering 48 rooms and 2 suites, the Hotel Conta' is located in the heart of Pieve di Soligo's historic centre. Set in a quiet and picturesque location, overlooking the banks of River Soligo, 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. The hotel has a restaurant, a bar and a small gym for guests to use.

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Hotel Villa Soligo, Soligo

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This hotel is used for departures in 2019 only.

The Hotel Villa Soligo is a historical converted residence dating back to the C18. Tucked away in a peaceful 15,000sqm park, it is said the Italian actors Marcello Mastroianni, Alberto Sordi and Sofia Loren have been famous past guests of the hotel.

The villa offers 30 elegantly decorated en-suite rooms, all with air-conditioning and TV. There is a lovely outdoor pool and bar terrace and access to the wellness centre is complimentary.

Day 2: Morning walk across the Soligo Hills; afternoon welcome drink

This morning, we take a short transfer to the Soligo Hills, one of the most charming parts of the Prosecco area. From the foothills, we cross woodlands until we reach a pretty hamlet with an ancient monastery, where we can enjoy panoramic views over the farmland and villages far below. Along the path, we may have the chance to taste our first glass of prosecco (optional) surrounded by lush vineyards, before a delicious lunch at a renowned osteria (an informal, rustic restaurant). 

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

Today’s walk takes us to the heartland of the Prosecco Hills, namely Valdobbiadene, San Pietro di Barbozza and Santo Stefano. Most of the local winemakers are based right here, among the steep terraced hills, which are arguably the prettiest in the Veneto region. Our walk follows a mix of human-made tracks and paths twisting through the vineyards and offers spectacular views of the fertile landscape and hillside hamlets. During the walk, we can visit the Pietrovecchio winery, one of the top local Prosecco producers. After a general introduction to the winery and its history, we can sample different varieties of sparkling wines on a guided tasting. We return to the hotel in the afternoon.

Day 4: Guided sightseeing tour of hidden Venice; learn the secrets of gondola manufacturing and drink a local Spritz

We transfer to Conegliano station and catch a train to Venice for a morning tour of the floating city. Rather than jostle through the crowded attractions, we harness our expert guide’s local knowledge and explore the neighbourhoods less visited by tourists, where the true soul of Venice is found.  Here we meet up-and-coming artisans keeping traditional crafts alive, stopping at the workshop of a master carpenter-artist who makes gondola oars using traditional methods and wood from the Dolomites.   We then have a short ferry ride across the grand canal to end the experience with a toast: a spritz, the classic Venetian drink, and cicchetti, typical local snacks.   In the afternoon, you have free time to explore the city some more and we return to the hotel in the evening.

Day 5: History walk of Monte San Giorgio; relax in hilltop Asolo and admire the Unesco-listed Villa Barbaro

After a short transfer, we reach the start point of today’s walk: Maser, a village on the Prosecco Road. the wine-producing village of Maser. We set off with a climb to Monte San Giorgio; the route then veers west, following one of the original frontlines used during the First World War. The conflict affected most of this area (and many other towns around the Prosecco Hills) and we see evidence and memorials to epic deeds during our walk. Our end point is the hilltop town of Asolo, known as the Pearl of the Treviso province for its beautiful setting and historic centre. On a clear day, we might be able to see the Belluno Dolomites and the Venetian Lagoon, the Adriatic bay in which Venice is situated. Enjoy free time and, on our return, we stop to admire the architecture of the Unesco-listed Villa Barbaro, a masterpiece of Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-80). It is situated in the middle of a flourishing privately owned estate; we have time for an optional visit if you’d like to see inside, before returning to Pieve di Soligo for a wine-tasting at a local enoteca (wine bar). 

Day 6: Free day; take an optional trip to Treviso, Padua or Conegliano

We have a free day, allowing you to choose your own adventure. One option is to visit the lovely town of Conegliano, the other major centre of prosecco production and wine studies. Alternatively, take a daytrip to the pretty provincial capital of Treviso, restored after Second World War bombing and considered the birthplace of tiramisu. The town centre, encircled by a wall and waterways, is a maze of streets lined with arcaded walkways. Your final option is Pauda, only a short train ride away, where you can visit the Cappella degli Scrovegni, a simple chapel housing an astounding series of frescoes by Renaissance master Giotto (visits must be prebooked at least a day in advance, so please speak to your tour leader as soon as possible if you would like to take this option). 

Day 7: Panoramic walk through the alpine landscape of Monte Cesen: enjoy a 360-degree view of the Venetian Prealps

Join us to celebrate Exodus’ 50th anniversary! Selected departures of this trip feature extra inclusions to mark the occasion: a wine-pairing experience with dinner or a lakeside walk with access to a lido, a local birthday celebration and a special edition Exodus kitbag. For departure dates, see the Dates & Prices tab. Our final walk takes us above the Prosecco Hills to Mount Cesen, a rounded, grassy mountain, and the highest in the Venetian Prealps. Rising just above the Piave River, at an altitude of 4,593ft (1,400m), it offers a stunning panorama, plus popular walking trails that cross mountain pastures and meadows, and a landscape that differs completely to the one we explored earlier in the week. On a clear day, views can stretch as far as the eastern Alps, Dolomites and Venice. In the evening, we tuck into a farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurants, enjoying a panorama of the Prosecco Hills as we eat.

Day 8: End Pieve di Soligo

You’ve walked through one of the most picturesque wine regions in Italy. Now, however, it’s time for a final breakfast, before beginning your journey home. If you’d like to explore a little more, speak to your sales representative and arrange a longer stay in the hotel, which may feel a little like home by now.

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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £275.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £275.

OPTIONAL UPGRADES
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TRAVEL DETAILS

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 01606 720199 or email sales@headwater.com

Transportation

A private minibus will be used throughout the week.

Joining Instructions

nKey information Start hotel: Hotel Conta, Via Borgo Stolfi, 25, 31053 Pieve di Soligo TV Phone: +39 0438 980435 Recommended arrival time: You’re welcome to arrive any time, though rooms are typically ready in the early afternoon and there’s a welcome briefing in the evening Airport: Venice (VCE) Getting to the start hotel The start hotel is approximately a one-hour drive from the airport. Your options for this journey are: Take an Exodus transfer Exodus provides one group arrival transfer from the airport, which is timed to coincide with the arrival of a chosen flight from London, UK. You may join this transfer at no extra cost, provided you can be at the airport before the transfer leaves. Speak to your sales representative for the group arrival transfer times. Make your own way It’s possible to reach the start hotel by public transport, but the journey is complicated. We therefore recommend joining the group transfer where possible. If not, you can book a private arrival transfer through your sales representative before departure. The price for this service from Venice Airport to the hotel is approximately €170 per vehicle. If you would like further information on joining this trip, please speak to your sales representative. Catching your return flight There’s a group departure transfer to the airport that's scheduled to align with a flight to London, UK. Please speak to your sales representative if you wish to join. If the group departure transfer does not suit your flight time, speak to your sales representative to arrange an alternative transfer. n

REVIEWS

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 Nicholls, 14 Sep 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!

Ms Desmond, 20 Jul 2019

 

Enjoyable group experience in a beautiful country.

Mr Newell, 22 Jun 2019

 

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.

Ms Ashby, 20 Oct 2018

 

Good balance of walking and exploring the area.

Mr Chandler, 13 Oct 2018

 


Guided group walking

7 nights,
single centre

Level: 2
Moderate

Operated by
Exodus Travels

7 nights from £1309

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