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Prosecco Vineyards

Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

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Duration

8 days

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£1,195 P.P.
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Discover the place that produces one of the world’s best-loved celebratory drinks and experience a relatively unexplored part of Italy, bursting with charm! The Prosecco hills really are a paradise for foodies and lovers of Italy alike. Recently awarded UNESCO World Heritage site status – the lush, vineyard-terraced landscapes are a beautiful sight to behold by bike. Where better to enjoy a cheeky aperitivo after a day in the saddle?
This gentle journey starts and finishes in the bike-friendly city of Treviso, home to medieval fortified walls and a network of canals. From here, you'll head out into the foothills of the pre-Alps to explore the idyllic rolling countryside - home to endless vineyards and a vast network of passionate Prosecco producers. Small and local is part of what these winemakers do – a truly special place to taste the now world-famous drink and unearth its humble origins. Whilst Prosecco is the region’s main claim to fame, those who prefer a red will also not be disappointed here.
In addition to a soundtrack of popping Prosecco corks, you’ll also enjoy great cycling and culture. From three delightful bases in the foothills of the Alps, explore the region's unique location which separates the fertile plains leading to Venice from the dramatic peaks of the Dolomites.
It’s a place with a fascinating past and each day you’ll encounter traces of this through its many architectural gems, from ancient abbeys and castles to Renaissance palaces and impressive bridges, not to mention those charming medieval villages perched atop a hill. So saddle up and join us on an enchanting adventure in Prosecco! Saluti!

Holiday Highlights

  • Scenic cycling in the UNESCO vineyards of Prosecco
  • Plenty of opportunities for wine tasting at the end of a day’s ride
  • Superb regional cuisine served on terraces overlooking vineyards
  • Three nights in the same lovely hotel provides ultimate ease of exploring the Prosecco area
  • Pretty medieval towns and historic castles
  • Taking a stroll over the famous Bassano del Grappa bridge

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Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival Treviso (or Venice) - Transfer to Treviso

Following your arrival, we will transfer you (Approx. 30 mins) to the charming town of Treviso. With its meandering waterways and tranquil atmosphere, it’s an ideal starting point for your tour.

We’ll provide you with your road book and all of the information you will need for the duration of your trip, before we leave you to start your self-guided tour of Veneto. Depending on your arrival time, there should also be some time to explore the town before your evening meal in one of the town’s great restaurants.

Day 2
Treviso to Asolo
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 300 Metres Approx.

A gentle start to your journey, leaving Treviso behind you’ll ride past fertile cultivated countryside towards the Montello hills that sit below the Piave River. This area was home to the deadly battles in 1918 during the Austria-Hungarian war, and a Majestic Military Memorial erected below the hill commemorates the event.

A detour will take you to the ruins of Sant’Eustachio Abbey before you embark on a great route in the foothills of the Montello. This is a classic ride for the locals, and you may find yourself enjoying the route with fellow Italian cyclists. The route follows a water course lined with trees which makes the cycling very enjoyable! On route to Asolo, you will admire the imposing Palladian Villa of Maser. Now part of UNESCO World Heritage, it’s one of the most admired works by Venetian architect Palladio.

Following a quick refuel, you’ll be ready for the only real climb of the day, the ride up to Asolo. Designated as one of the most beautiful towns in Italy due to its position on the top of the hill, Asolo has always attracted artists and writers from all over the world, including Robert Browning. Enjoying a drink in the main piazza and a walk around the town, the last section of your ride is a sweeping descent to your hotel.

Day 3
Bassano del Grappa Loop (via Castelfranco Veneto)
Short Option: 25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx. / Long Option: 38 Miles / 60 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 200 Metres Approx.

Setting off from the foothills of Asolo, today’s ride will follow the cycle route of the Ezzelini to Castelfranco di Veneto, a lovely town rich with history, art and culture.

Medieval walls surround the castle and once through the walls, cycling through its streets, you can admire important squares, wonderful frescoes on the façades of the palaces, churches and antique cloisters.

From here, you can take the longer option and ride along country lanes to Bassano del Grappa, or for more time in both towns, you can choose to take the train between Castelfranco di Veneto to Bassano del Grappa.

Arriving in Bassano del Grappa, you can’t miss a stroll over the famous Ponte degli Alpini, before heading back towards Asolo on a meandering route through a lush green hilly region, with a castle or two to stop and visit on the way.

Day 4
Asolo to Follina
25 Miles / 40 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 250 Metres Approx.

The route today heads towards the Piave River, cycling through the rolling hills of Ezzelini and the Colli Asolani. Once you’ve crossed the Piave River the intensity of the vineyards will become obvious, and you will know you have entered the heart of the Prosecco region.

The route to Follina will follow the higher road from Valdobbiadene, with Prosecco vineyards extending on the steep hills below you. On arrival at your accommodation, a prosecco is well-deserved before dinner, nothing like having a glass of white sparkling wine knowing that it’s been produced within 20 kms of your accommodation!

Day 5
Classic Prosecco Loop
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 600 Metres Approx.

Today’s ride is classic Prosecco, taking in the best riding and best scenery the region has to offer. Leaving your accommodation, the riding starts along the fertile lower valley separated by the high Monti dei Visentini and the lush rolling hills of Prosecco.

Heading south, you’ll start climbing, with woods giving way to vineyard after vineyard of rolling hills. Meandering up and down through valleys, the photo opportunities will be many! Stopping at the Molinetto della Croda is a must, with a water mill set below a picturesque waterfall.

Looping west through Compea, you’ll find 117 hectares of vineyards, with over 100 wine producers – Including Conegliano Valdobbiadene producing Prosecco Superiore DOCG, and the exclusive DOCG Cartizze sparkling wine. Today’s lunch can be taken in an osteria, with terraces overlooking the vineyards, the options are many! Riding on you’ll arrive in Follina, where a visit to the Abbey with its stunning cloister is a must.

Day 6
Lakes of Ravine Loop
18 Miles / 30 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 250 Metres Approx.

A leisurely day ahead following cycle routes and paths along the valley to the small lakes near Revine, Lago di St Maria and Lago di Lago.

A cycle path loops around the lakes allowing for many stops for a swim or a sunbathe.

Traditional small villages surround the lake, where you can pack up a nice picnic for the day – bread, cheese and local produce bought at a local shop. This is the perfect day to find a cool spot and enjoy a peaceful lunch.

Day 7
Follina to Treviso
31 Miles / 50 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Ascent: 280 Metres Approx.

Time to say goodbye to this amazing area and ride back to Treviso. As you ride south, you’ll take a route that leads you past medieval castles – the castle of Collalto di Susegana whose tower and bastions remain after first world war bombardments and the Castello di San Salvatore’s imposing walls and towers tell a tale of great imposing dominance in the region (privately owned).

As you head back to Nevalesa della Battaglia, the route heads south through the countryside back to Treviso. This is your final opportunity to explore this town of water shadowed by nearby Venice before enjoying your last evening and sumptuous Italian dinner.

Day 8
Departure Treviso - Transfer to Treviso (or Venice)
  • Meals: Breakfast

Time to say arrivederci to this delicious region of Italy and head to the airport for flights home (transfer approx. 30 mins).

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The Cycling

Terrain

The route uses a mixture of different types of roads (including single lanes and quiet double roads) and cycle paths (some paved, some gravel). Approx. 70% of the route is on roads shared with vehicle traffic (some with a separated cycle lane), with 30% on mixed use paths (cyclists, pedestrians, but no motor traffic). Most roads are quiet, however there will be some busier roads, especially when cycling through built up areas and bigger towns such as Treviso, Bassano del Grappa and Castelfranco Veneto.

Prosecco is a hilly region, so short climbs and descents can be expected. Day 5 will pose the biggest challenge with its undulations throughout the day.

Hybrid bikes are recommended for this tour (not suitable for road bikes).

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Leisure Cycling Grade

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Grade 2: Gentle

Distances generally between 15-30 miles / 24-48 kms per day

For those looking for an easy-going route

Mainly on the flat

Some undulations and the odd cheeky challenge

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Maybe you have recently got into cycling and would like to do more over consecutive days, or maybe you‘re looking for a more energetic alternative to your usual holiday? If you‘re looking for an opportunity to try some quiet roads, cycle paths or some accessible, cycle friendly routes these holidays might be for you. You’ll come across some gently undulating terrain and the odd cheeky challenge, so we’d generally expect those on a Grade 2 holiday to ride their bikes relatively frequently at home, perhaps commuting to work or heading out for some leisurely rides at the weekend.

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Dates & Prices

Daily departures available. The season prices below are per person, and are applicable for all start dates between and inclusive of the stated dates.

2022 15 Apr – 30 Oct

Season 1 – £1195 – 02 May – 29 Jul and 02 Oct – 30 Oct

Season 2 – £1255 – 15 Apr – 01 May and 30 Jul – 01 Oct

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Duration
8 days
Price
£1,195.00

Whats Included Tick

A) Accommodation (shared twin / double en suite rooms) in 3 and 4* hotels

B) Meals as per the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

C) Local representative (with welcome meeting)

D) Detailed route notes and maps

E) Luggage transfers

F) Prosecco wine tasting

G) Airport transfer on scheduled arrival day from Treviso (TSF) airport

H) Airport transfer on scheduled departure day to Treviso (TSF) airport

What's not Included Cross

A) Bike rental (available if required)

B) Flights and charges for travelling with your bike (if applicable)

C) Meals not stated in the itinerary

D) Single room (available if required)

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Personal expenditure (souvenirs, bar bills, hotel facilities etc)

H) Entrance fees to museums and other attractions en route

I) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival / departure day

I) Airport transfers from/ back to Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) (available for a supplement of £50 per transfer)

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The Essentials

Travel Options

This tour starts and finishes in Treviso.

Airport transfers are included in the cost of your holiday. We ask that you fly into and back from Treviso airport (TSF). Please aim to arrive between 09.00 and 16.00 and depart between 12.00 and 19.00.

Ryanair offer direct flights from numerous regional airports in the UK (Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh) to Treviso.

If you’d prefer to fly into or back from Venice Marco Polo (VCE), we can arrange a transfer for £50 (per transfer / each way). BA and easyJet offer flights from various London and regional airports to Venice Marco Polo.

Other airlines and / or non-direct options may also be available, please chat to our team.

Please check with Skedaddle before making any travel arrangements. Please note – If you make travel arrangements that fall outside of the above time windows there may be an additional charge for your transfers.

Accommodation

As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting such places.

For this tour in particular we use a range of 3 and 4* hotels. You’ll be able to make yourself at home without having to pack up and move on right away, as you’ll spend multiple nights in both Asolo (2 nights) and Follina (3 nights).

If you’d like to upgrade we have this option available, just choose the ‘Hotel Upgrade’ supplement when booking. This will see you upgraded to a 5* hotel for your three nights in Follina, and your rooms upgraded to suites in Treviso and Asolo.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a suitable bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available to rent.

Rental bikes will be provided with a pannier rack and 1 bag, a tool kit, a spare inner tube, a bike lock, a bike pump, a KM counter and a map holder.

We can provide a helmet locally on request. If you would like us to organise this please request a helmet at the time of booking.

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