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Walking the Prosecco Hills

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  • Holiday code
    W07VN
  • Holiday type
    Guided walking
  • Duration
    7 nights
  • Accommodation
    single-centre
  • Activity level
  • From $2349per person, tour only
  • Departures
    Selected Saturdays from 8 Apr to 7 Oct 2023 and from 6 Apr to 5 Oct 2024
  • 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 authentic Italian prosecco and visit local producers Explore medieval villages and Treviso Stay in a comfortable hotel set in a picturesque location Citizen Science departures available on this trip

Just an hour’s drive north of Venice, in the foothills of the Dolomites, is one of the best, though largely undiscovered, wine regions in the world. 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 – the oldest wine route in Italy – we spend a week walking through rolling hills and sampling regional cuisine and sipping bubbly. We also visit charming medieval villages such as Cison, Follina, Asolo, plus the beautiful capital province of Treviso. This trip includes a few of our Citizen Science Departures. These special departures offer you the opportunity to be involved in the collection of freshwater samples during the trip. The environmental DNA information derived from this sample will contribute directly to the eBioAtlas; the world’s largest repository of flora and fauna species data, contributing to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity both locally and globally. To book onto one of these special departures, see the Dates & Prices tab. For more information on these departures and the eBioAtlas, click here.



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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 in the heart of the Prosecco Hills, approximately 37mi (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 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 some time for a quick orientation walk near our hotel.

Day 2: Morning walk around the medieval villages of Cison di Valmarino and Follina; visit a beautiful Cistercians abbey dating 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 historic monuments and buildings that reveal its past role as a 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, best-known for the Cistercian monastery of Santa Maria, a mystical site enclosing one of most beautiful cloisters in Italy. 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 near our hotel. Ascent: 971ft (296m); descent: 853ft (260m)

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, San Pietro di Barbozza and San Stefano. The majority of the 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 will have the opportunity to visit one of the top local prosecco producers, whose wine-making expertise goes back for generations in the family. After a general introduction to the winery and its history, we can sample different varieties of prosecco during a guided wine-tasting (included). We return to the hotel in the afternoon. Ascent: 1,312ft (400m); descent: 1,312ft (400m)

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 hidden gem often overlooked and perhaps overshadowed by neighbouring Venice. Rebuilt and restored after being bombed during the second world war, the town centre is a maze of streets lined with arcaded walkways. The town is circled by a pretty wall and by waterways, which add to its picturesque and elegant style. After a walking tour of the town centre accompanied by a local guide, we enjoy free time to wander at our own pace and have lunch (tiramisu was apparently invented in this city). In the afternoon, we leave the walls of Treviso behind and follow the water flow of the 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 humans 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 the first world war; 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 Unesco-protected villa is one of the masterpieces of the Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508-80). 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 frontlines used during the first world war. The war affected most of this area and many other towns around the Prosecco Hills. During the walk we see the evidence and memorials to epic deeds. Our end point is the elegant hill-top town of Asolo, known as the Pearl of the Treviso Province, for its beautiful setting and charming historic centre. Enjoy free time and return to Pieve di Soligo for dinner. Ascent: 1,804ft (550m); descent: 1,378ft (420m)

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: enjoy a 360-degree view of the Venetian Prealps

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 5,151ft (1,570m), it offers a stunning panorama; popular walking trails that cross mountain pastures; meadows; and a landscape that 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, we tuck into a farewell dinner in one of the best local restaurants, enjoying a panorama of the Prosecco Hills as we eat. If the weather conditions are good, and the skies are clear, the group will have the option to go on a longer walk (distance: 4.8mi/8km; ascent: 1,476ft/450m; descent: 1,476ft/450m, maximum altitude: 4,613ft/1,406m). Ascent: 951ft (290m); descent: 951ft (290m)

Day 8: End Pieve di Soligo.

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

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 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 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 click on the 'check availability' links below to 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 click on the 'Check availability' links below to complete our holiday enquiry form.

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The prices quoted for each individual departure supercede those published in our current brochures. Air prices are subject to change and we advise early booking to obtain the best prices. Please see our Planning your holiday and What's included in the price? pages for additional information.

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.