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Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice Trip Notes

  • Ways to Travel: Guided Group, Private Group Adventures
  • Destination: Italy
  • Programmes: Walking & Trekking
  • Activity Level:

    2 out of 7 - Leisurely / Moderate

  • 8 Days: Flight Inclusive
  • 8 Days: Land Only
  • Ages: 18+
  • Trip Code: TDH
  • Carbon Footprint: 16kg CO2e

Trip Overview

Savour the perfect pairing: idyllic walks in the UNESCO-listed Prosecco Hills and explore Venice  beyond the guidebooks

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. 

Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Join us to celebrate Exodus’ 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 Exodus kitbag. The selected departures on this trip start in Pieve di Soligo on 13 July 2024.

At a Glance

  • Seven nights at a four-star hotel
  • Five days centre-based walking and sightseeing; one free day
  • Group normally 4 to 16, plus leader. Minimum age: 18 years old
  • Altitude maximum 4,593ft (1,400m); average 1,969ft (600m)
  • Well-marked trails and paths
  • Travel by private air-conditioned minibus
  • Option to travel by train to your adventure
  • Option to book an extension package

Highlights

  • 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 

Is This Trip for You?

This trip is graded Activity Level 2 (Leisurely/Moderate). For more on our trip gradings, visit our Activity Level Guidelines page.

Each day, we walk for three to six hours (excluding the free day).

The terrain and path type will vary from paved tracks, to forest trails and dirt roads. The walks are not technical, but a good level of fitness is required as there are steep ascents, and descents. Please be aware that the provinces of Treviso and Venice can also be very warm, possibly reaching 30C (86F) 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.

Group

A local leader will be with the group throughout the week. A local licensed guide will accompany the group in Venice.

Adult min age: 18

Min group size: 5

Max group size: 16

Itinerary

Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Land Only

  • Start City: Pieve di Soligo
  • End City: Pieve di Soligo

Land Only 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.

Meals included: Dinner

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). 

Distance covered: 5mi (8km)

Ascent: 984ft (300m); Descent: 984ft (300m); Activity hours: 4-4.30

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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
Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

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.

Distance covered: 6mi (10km)

Ascent: 1,312ft (400m); Descent: 1,312ft (400m); Activity hours: 5

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Guided sightseeing tour of hidden Venice; learn the secrets of gondola manufacturing and drink a local Spritz
Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

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.

Distance covered: 4mi (6km)

Activity hours: 3

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 5
History walk of Monte San Giorgio; relax in hilltop Asolo and admire the Unesco-listed Villa Barbaro
Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

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)

Distance covered: 6mi (10km)

Ascent: 1,247ft (380m); Descent: 984ft (300m); Activity hours: 4

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 7
Panoramic walk through the alpine landscape of Monte Cesen: enjoy a 360-degree view of the Venetian Prealps
Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

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.

Distance covered: 6mi (9km)

Ascent: 1,476ft (450m); Descent: 1,476ft (450m)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Extend Your Trip

Venice Extension

Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Extend your adventure with a pre- or post-tour exploration of Venice. Speak to your sales representative to check the availability and price of your chosen package.

1. Comfort Venice city extension

Package includes:

  • Two nights at the three-star Hotel Ca’ Dell’Arte (or similar)
  • One-hour guided city tour with an English-speaking guide

2. Deluxe Venice city extension:

Package includes:

  • Two nights at the four-star Hotel Royal San Marco (or similar)
  • One-hour guided city tour with an English-speaking guide

Please note: It is possible the order of the itinerary listed above will be changed to ensure the best possible conditions for each activity during the trip. All listed activities and services will be included. Your leader will inform you of any changes locally after assessing conditions.

Accommodation

Hotel Conta, a four-star property in Pieve di Soligo

Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Occupying a spot right next to the Soligo river, the family-run Hotel Conta provides an ideal place to stay for our adventures in the Prosecco Hills. The 49-room property sits in the historic centre of Pieve di Soligo, within walking distance of restaurants, bars and other shops.

Rooms are unfussy and stylish, some overlooking the waterway, while others face the internal patio. And if you feel like sampling more of the local produce, there’s a wine bar in the communal area selling regional food and drinks.

Single supplement from £ 275

Accommodation - Pre Trip

Take the opportunity to ease into the trip, adjusting to the time zone and atmosphere at a more leisurely pace before the official tour begins. The following options are usually available on this trip:

  • Pre-tour night(s) at three-star Hotel Ca’ Dell’Arte  (or similar) in Venice
  • Pre-tour night(s) at four-star Hotel Royal San Marco (or similar) in Venice
  • Pre-tour night(s) at four-star Hotel Conta (or similar) in Pieve di Soligo

Speak to your sales representative for a tailor-made quote and to confirm availability of your chosen package.

Accommodation - Post Trip

A post-tour experience offers a chance to revisit your favorite spots, delve deeper into the destination’s attractions, or simply savor moments of relaxation. The following options are usually available on this trip:

  • Post-tour night(s) at three-star Hotel Ca’ Dell’Arte  (or similar) in Venice
  • Post-tour night(s) at four-star Hotel Royal San Marco (or similar) in Venice
  • Post-tour night(s) at four-star Hotel Conta (or similar) in Pieve di Soligo

Speak to your sales representative for a tailor-made quote and to confirm availability of your chosen package.

Food & Drink

The trip includes all breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners and two wine tastings.

The food in the Prosecco region has strong links to ancient traditions and uses mainly seasonal products grown in the area. It is typical country cooking and makes great use of garden vegetables, herbs, wild berries, wild mushrooms, asparagus, game and cheeses.

Breakfast consists of a good selection of cereals, fruit, homemade cakes, cheese and cold meats, along with tea and coffee. Breakfast is usually available between 8am and 9am.

Packed lunches are normally provided for the walks, and usually consist of a sandwich with a snack.

During the week, there will be opportunities to try some of the best local restaurants, which offer authentic cuisine and delicious homemade dishes such as spiedo (spit-roasted meat), wild mushroom risotto, gnocchi, cured meats and cheeses, all washed down with quality prosecco.

Transport

A private minibus will be used throughout the week.

Weather & Seasonality

During March, April and May, Treviso province and the area around the Prosecco Hills warms up quickly after the normally cold winter. Temperatures rise from 8C (46F) in March to 20C (68F) on average by the end of May, although nights are always cooler. Spring is a little rainy at times, with between five and eight days of rain a month – nothing an umbrella can’t cope with. In September and October, temperatures are still very pleasant for walking, however occasional summer storms with heavy rain and strong winds do occur. Take layered clothing to adjust to the changing temperatures, and something warm for the cooler evenings.

Joining Instructions

Key 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.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Location start: Pieve di Soligo
Location end: Pieve di Soligo

What To Take

Essential Equipment

  • Small backpack (for water bottle, camera etc)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Walking boots or walking shoes with good grip and ankle support
  • Long walking trousers (pants) as some paths may be overgrown
  • Warm clothes for April and October departures
  • Sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen for summer departures

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles (a limited amount of walking poles are available for hire at the hotel on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Small umbrella in case of unexpected showers

Practical Information

Passport

Remember to check the expiration date of your passport if travelling internationally. Many countries require your passport to be valid for at least six months after the date of your scheduled return.

Visa

Italy

Travellers from the UK, US and EU normally do not need a visa to enter Italy. Please note, visa requirements often change and it is your responsibility to obtain any required visas for this trip. Therefore, we recommend that you check with the nearest embassy or consulate of your chosen destination(s), including any countries you may be transiting or transferring through.

Some local governments provide guidance on what visas their citizens need. To help, we’ve gathered a selection of useful links below.

• Australia: www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/europe/italy
• Canada: www.travel.gc.ca/destinations/italy
• United Kingdom: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/italy/entry-requirements
• USA:  www.travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Italy.html

Please note: it is compulsory to carry ID with you at all times in Italy.

Vaccinations and Health

There are no required vaccinations for this trip.

Ticks are known to be present in this region and can carry lyme disease, tick-borne encephalitis and other diseases. Please take care to protect yourself. You can read more about ticks here.

If you’re a UK citizen, please note that your UK-issued European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) are still valid and offer the same cover as the Global Health Insurance Cards (GHIC) in the EU. This gives you medical care at a reduced cost, and in some cases for free, in many European countries, but should not be considered a substitute for adequate insurance. Once your EHIC has expired, replace it with a GHIC.

Local Time

Italy's time zone: Europe/Rome (UTC +02:00)

Electricity

Italy's electricity: Plug types C (two round pins, European standard), F (two round pins), and L (three round pins in a row) – 230V, 50Hz

Walk The Prosecco Hills & Hidden Venice

Money

Italy's currency: Euros (EUR)

ATM Availability

The nearest ATM and bank is a five-minute walk from our hotel in Soligo. Credit cards are accepted in most shops and restaurants although cash is generally easier. Therefore we recommend obtaining some cash (in euros) before travelling or on arrival at Venice airport.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

For lunches not included, you should budget €15-€25 depending on whether you choose a set menu in a cafe or restaurant. Approximately €40-€50 should be enough for an evening meal including drinks.

Local taxes: many Italian cities have introduced a tourist tax for non-residents. The local administration is in charge of the tax but the amount will be collected by the accommodation provider at check-in or check-out. This fee varies depending on the hotel category, the season and number of days of stay. For this trip, please allow approximately €10 per person for the week, although small variations are possible depending on the season.

Tipping

Our local staff are paid well and fairly for their work with Exodus. Most of our clients wish to give a tip to their guides in appreciation of their help and friendliness. This, of course, is not compulsory and depends on the service received. Although optional, it is also customary and greatly appreciated to leave a tip for the drivers and the local staff. For this trip we recommend to allow approximately €15-€20 per person for the leader and €20 per person for the local staff. Tips are usually handed in the local currency to your leader at the end of the trip.

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips that improve life for the people and places we visit and look after the planet we explore. Find out more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice here, and find out about the work of the Exodus Travels Foundation here 

Some sustainable travel highlights of this trip include:

People

How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • With a strong emphasis on the area’s delicious cuisine and authentic bubbles, culture and history this trip provides plenty of opportunities to visit various local wineries, cultural sites and museums. Our visits to these sites will benefit the locals and contributes to the preservation of their cultural assets through the money spent on entrance fees and other purchases made within the area.
  • Our clients will have the opportunity to visit a local winery and to learn more about how the Prosecco wine is made.

Places

How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste. For example, we encourage eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead encourage clients to take a refillable water bottle with them on the tour.
  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimise our impact on local resources and the environment. For example, we don’t just stay in busy cities during the itinerary and venture to more remote locations
  • During the trip, we visit the UNESCO Palladian Villa Barbaro. Our entrance fees directly contribute to the upkeep & conservation of this UENSCO site.
  • Some departures of this trip provide the opportunity for you to collect water samples for the International eBioAtlas initiative which collects vital DNA information to assist in essential conservation initiatives.
  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who travels with us and the eBioAtlas.

Planet

How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • This trip favours locally-owned and run accommodation.

 

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Take the train: Consider taking the train to this trip. Not only will it significantly reduce the carbon footprint of your holiday vs. flying, it also extends your adventure! Read more about which train journeys we can book, or how to book your own, here.

Important Information

Your safe participation 

When booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described in these Trip Notes. If you have any doubt about your suitability, please call the Exodus office and ask to speak to one of the experts on this itinerary. 

Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely take part in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. 

By booking this trip you agree to our Booking Conditions which clearly state that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these rare instances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred. 

How to Book

  1. Check availability: Go online to check availability, or contact us by phone or email.
  2. Secure your place: You can provisionally hold a place on this trip, usually for between three and seven days.
  3. Complete your booking and payment

When you’re ready to book, go to our website for online bookings, book over the phone or you can complete a booking form (available online or on request by calling us). We accept all major credit and debit cards, or you can pay be cheque.

After booking

You will receive your booking confirmation letter and invoice, which includes extra information and guidance about your travel arrangements.

Full joining instructions, including local emergency numbers and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately two to three weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier, please contact our office or your travel agent.

Trip Note validity

These Trip Notes are valid from the “Current as” date on page one. They will occasionally be updated after booking and before departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary, customers will be written to separately. They will also receive a link to the most up-to-date Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions before travelling.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons – climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best-possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

Licensing

Exodus is fully licensed and bonded as a tour operator. We hold Air Traffic Organisers Licence (ATOL) number 2582, issued and bonded with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We are also bonded to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and we are members of the Federation of Tour Operators (FTO) and ABTA – The Travel Association. This means you can book your Exodus holiday with confidence, as all money paid to us for your trip is fully protected.