Cycling the Prosecco Hills

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Trip code: 
MEP
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Cycle through the picturesque vine-covered hills of Italy's Prosecco region

Treviso, located just a short drive north of Venice in the foothills of the Dolomites, is thought to be the most cycled province in Italy thanks to the great variety of scenic roads and picturesque rolling hills. Many professional cyclists train on these routes and there are countless events, including the famous Giro d’Italia, taking place here each year. Added to this, this hilly land also happens to be the home of Italy’s most prized sparkling wine: Prosecco! For this exciting, new trip we have designed and hand-picked five circular and point-to-point routes to showcase the very best this wine-growing region has to offer. You will be pedalling on peaceful back country roads and through breathtaking vine-covered hills, extending as far as the eye can see and exploring several fascinating historic towns along the way, including elegant Treviso, Bassano and mediaeval Asolo. At the end of each day your efforts will be rewarded by tasting the best of local gastronomy, obviously along with a crisp glass of delicious Prosecco!

Highlights

  • Quiet routes through rural country lanes and picturesque hills
  • Visit local producers and sample the original Prosecco
  • Charming historic towns including Treviso, Asolo and Bassano
  • End your trip with a full day in enchanting Venice

Key information

  • 5 days cycling with partial vehicle support (limited seats)
  • 95% tarmac roads, 5% gravel or tracks
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • 7 nights 3 and 4-star hotels, all en suite

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner and 1 wine tasting
  • All accommodation
  • London flights (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers for group flights
  • Local bike hire (excluding E-bikes)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance 
  • Visa and vaccinations 
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Electric bike hire (available for a supplement)
  • Local city taxes (approx. €15)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

5

Days of Cycling
Pace:

Moderate: 13-16km/8-10miles an hour

Terrain:

Low altitude; 95% tarmac and 5% gravel/unpaved

Day by day breakdown
Day 254.0km/33.0miles
Day 343.0km/26.0miles
Day 440.0km/24.0miles
Day 540.0km/24.0miles
Day 641.0km/25.0miles

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Itinerary

Treviso
to
Venice (Mestre)
  • Day 1

    Start in charming Treviso.

    This trip starts in the charming capital province 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. Those of us who have arranged our own flights should rendezvous at the central start hotel, although the more convenient option is to meet the group at the airport for the transfer. Land only clients can join at any time, but we do recommend arriving in the afternoon to meet the rest of the group and enjoy an orientation tour and first dinner together.

  • Day 2

    Cycle past cultivated fields and along the historic Montello hill, to the mediaeval town of Asolo, known as “the pearl of the province of Treviso".

    After breakfast we cycle directly from our hotel, through the old town centre of Treviso and out of the city walls following a northwesterly route. For the first 20km we warm up by pedalling on some flat and easy back roads, past scenic cultivated fields, until reaching the town of Nervesa della Battaglia. From here we take a short climb to the Montello hill, one of the most popular cycling spots of the whole province and a place of great historic importance for being a key battlefield during the First World War. The landscape changes from here onwards becoming more verdant and picturesque. Most of the Montello is still covered by the luxuriant wood and oak forest, which was once the exclusive reserve for replenishing the wood supplies of the Venetian Republic’s Arsenal. After a deserved lunch break we continue cycling west along a gentle undulating route called the ‘Panoramica’ offering magnificent views of the valley of the River Piave and a first glimpse of the Prosecco Hills in the distance. Upon reaching Asolo, one of Italy's most beautiful hilltop mediaeval towns, we check in at our welcoming hotel located at the foothills of the town. A free shuttle is included to visit the village in the evening for dinner. Dominated by the Rocca, the symbol and pride of the town, we will walk through the historic centre, flanked by 15th century frescoed palaces and elegant archways.

     

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 3

    Ride along quiet roads and picture-perfect hills to Bassano, famous for its excellent grappa and 13th century bridge.

    This morning we set off on our bikes to explore the picturesque hilly area surrounding Asolo. Cycling from our hotel, we follow a picturesque northeasterly route which crosses pleasant rolling hills, with a constant view of the Prealps. This is one of the key local certified production areas of Prosecco and along the route we will get a view of some of the finest vineyard sites. They are interspersed with orchards, vegetable crops and wooded areas which we pedal through, with a constant alternating of ups and downs and a couple of short more demanding climbs, until reaching Possagno, birthplace of the sculptor Antonio Canova. The town is home to the temple he designed, which was completed in 1830. From this point onwards the route becomes easier as we descend towards the valley and cycle all the way to Bassano del Grappa, in the neighbouring province of Vicenza, across the plains, on quiet back roads passing through small villages and cultivated fields. Bassano takes its name from the nearby Monte Grappa, scene of epic battles during World War I. The historic centre is very pretty and compact therefore perfect to explore on foot. After leaving out bikes we will enjoy some free time to walk on the 13th century wooden covered bridge over the Brenta River, sample the famous local grappa liqueur, learn of the town's military history in the Museo degli Alpini or perhaps purchase some of the locally-produced ceramics. We return to Asolo in the afternoon by public bus (approx. 30 mins journey).

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Ride though vine-covered hills along the panoramic Prosecco wine route, to Soligo; visit local producer for wine tasting.

    After breakfast we leave Asolo to cycle one of the most beautiful routes of the trip and of the whole region. This first 15km are mostly flat and therefore perfect for warming up. When we get to Vidor we cross the River Piave via a scenic bridge and pedal towards the much quieter roads that wind around the heart of the Prosecco hills. The route gradually rises from here onwards, taking us through magnificent vineyards, the grapes of which produce Prosecco and Prosecco Superiore di Cartizze wines which have made this area famous throughout the world. Most of the winemakers are based right here, amongst the picture-perfect terraced steep hills which are arguably the prettiest of the whole Veneto region. A short but tough climb that takes us to Santo Stefano, a village standing at 305m above sea level and the highest point of the route. Here we stop for a pic-nic lunch in one of the most scenic spots surrounded by vineyards. We continue cycling through the breathtaking panorama and rolling hills for approx. 15km until we reach Soligo, our base for the next three nights. Later in the day, we will visit a local Prosecco producer where we will have the opportunity to sample different varieties of Prosecco during a guided wine-tasting (included). 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Circular ride along the picturesque shores of Revine Lakes; visit pretty villages en route.

    Leaving the hotel on our bikes, we cycle on quiet back roads to Molinetto della Croda. Situated in a delightful spot, this old mill is a lovely example of 16th-century rustic architecture, partially built out of the rock. From here start a steady 4km climb to the enchanting village of Rolle, perched on a hill situated along the historic Prosecco wine route. The ascent is steep in places but we tackle it at our own pace with a the needed rest stops along the way. It was actually along these roads in the past few years that the Gran Fondo Pinarello took place, one of the most important and popular races of Italian amateur cycling. Continuing up for another 3km, we pedal surrounded by lush hills that, in some places, open up to offer panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and vineyards. From the village of Resera starts a rewarding descent all the way to the romantic shores of the Revine Lakes, where we stop for a picnic. The rest of ride is leisurely, as we cycle on flat cycle paths and roads back to Soligo, stopping en route for a visit to the charming villages of Cison di Valmarino and Follina, famous for its ancient Cistercian abbey.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 6

    Circular ride to Conegliano through lush vineyards, peaceful country lanes and historic castles.

    Today's circular starts with an undulating route all the way to Conegliano, where we pedal along the historic Prosecco wine route surrounded by an explosion of natural colours, especially dramatic during the autumn season, and vast expanses of vine rows. The initial part of the route is full of ups and downs but also includes a spectacular 2km descent on a scenic hairpinned road, soon followed by a steep 1.3 km long ascent with an average gradient of 15% with peaks of 19%. Those not keen to face this challenge may opt to get off their bikes and walk it! We reach Conegliano in time for lunch and we take a well-deserved break to explore the town on foot. Overlooked by a castle, Conegliano’s historic centre is intact, boasting wonderful 16th-century architecture with frescoed facades. This afternoon we continue cycling along a panoramic castle route west of Conegliano. After a short but steep climb we reach the fortified castle of San Salvatore, which was built in the 13th century but is still well preserved and inhabited to this day. Continuing up and then through a shaded forest trail we reach the castle of Collalto, built in the 1100s and badly damaged during the First World War. We take a final descent to Pieve di Soligo and get back to our hotel. This evening we celebrate this week's achievements with a group dinner in one of the best local restaurants in the area!

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 7

    Train to Venice and free time for sightseeing.

    Today we leave the bikes behind and conclude the trip with a full day of free sightseeing in the enchanting city of Venice. After a short 20mins transfer by private bus and a 1hr train journey from Conegliano, we reach the heart of the 'Floating City', and start exploring the labyrinth of narrow streets, bridges and waterways the city is famous for. We will see famous sights including Doge’s Palace, the Rialto Bridge and of course Piazza San Marco. After a day in the city we can enjoy a relaxed evening and perhaps a gondola ride before returning to our hotel in Mestre by train. We spend the last night in a hotel located within easy reach of Venice Mestre station.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    End Venice

    This trip ends in the morning of day 8.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Visas

UK passport holders do not need visas for this trip. Other nationalities should check with the relevant embassies.

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are obligatory.

Eating and Drinking

The trip includes all breakfasts, 2 pic-nic lunches, 1 dinner and 1 wine tasting.

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 hotels usually offer a large selection of cereals, fruit, homemade cakes, cheese and cold meats, along with tea and coffee of course.

The two packed lunches usually consist of sandwiches with a fruit and snack.

When meals are not included, the leader will recommend some local cafes or traditional restaurants serving some authentic dishes from the area such as 'spiedo' (spit roasted meat), wild mushroom risotto, gnocchi, mouth-watering cured meats and cheeses, all washed down with prime quality Prosecco!

Weather

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road

Average daily distance: 44km (27 miles) with 5 days cycling

Terrain and route: 95% tarmac roads, 5% gravel/unpaved roads

This region is famous for its rolling hills, so be prepared for some climbing in places. This trip will require a moderate to good level of fitness as all the rides are on undulating roads with occasional steep but short ascents in places varying from 1 to 4km on some days. 

The distance covered on each day is relatively short with an average of 44km cycled. This means the pace will be leisurely with plenty of breaks and time to enjoy the surroundings and villages en route.

We aim to use mainly quiet roads where possible, but at times we need to cross busy road sections in order to reach the quieter routes on the other side. 

A support vehicle (with limited seats) is available throughout the trip. It will not be able to follow the group at all times but it will meet you at the end of cycle paths and at junctions to give route directions and allow access to any items you don’t wish to carry on the bike.

Cycling in the province of Treviso

Those joining this trip will realise how much the area is suited to cycling. This sport is part of the daily life of many locals, professional and cycling enthusiasts. The Treviso province regularly hosts major cycling events and races such as the Giro d'Italia, the Cycling World Cup and many others. During the week you are likely to see professional cyclists, juniors, youth and under-12s training on the routes. On Sunday mornings, especially, going out for a bike ride is something of a ritual. Whilst the area is a mecca for training professionals, it is also perfect for more leisurely riding and for those who want to take in also the scenery and culture along the way! 

 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

3 and 4-star hotels

You will spend 7 nights in comfortable 3 and 4-star hotels. All accommodation have been carefully selected for their convenient location, elegant style and welcoming atmosphere. All rooms have en suite facilities and they all offer free WiFi. Hotel Villa Soligo where we spend 3-nights has a swimming pool (usually open, depending on weather, from April to October) as well as a small indoor spa where we can relax after the cycling days.

We can arrange single rooms throughout the trip (subject to availability). Please check with your sales consultant for availability and prices.

List of hotels normally used:

Treviso: Hotel Continental 
Asolo: Hotel Asolo 
Soligo: Hotel Villa Soligo
Venice (Mestre): Hotel Venezia

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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