4.5 star rating: Recommended 153 Reviews

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  • Location: Venice, Italy
  • Duration:  9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Enjoy a relaxing day in the beautiful hills of the Veneto, visiting the towns of Asolo and Bassano del Grappa, the Palladian Villa Barbaro and a prosecco vineyard. You'll stroll around enchanting hill towns, and savor the cuisine and wines of the Veneto region. Numbers are limited to a maximum of 8 people on this small group tour, ensuring you'll receive personalized attention from your knowledgeable guide.

Highlights

  • Full-day trip from Venice to the Veneto hill towns by minivan
  • Small group tour for a more personalized experience
  • Delightful gardens and villas of Asolo
  • Guided tour and shopping in Bassano del Grappa
  • Guided tour of the Palladian Villa Barbaro
  • Optional lunch in a typical trattoria
  • Walking tour of Marostica
  • Sample prosecco at a Veneto vineyard
  • English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

Veneto Hill Towns Small Group Day Trip from Venice

Visit the hill town of Asolo!

Fist stop is the medieval village Marostica, where the famous living game of chess is played every September in even-numbered years. Your tour includes a walk through the backstreets of this charming town.

Next stop is the enchanting Asolo, known as 'the pearl of the Veneto' with its delightful gardens and palatial villas, you'll visit picturesque Bassano del Grappa. Here, you'll take a guided tour of the town and have free time to shop for grappa (the local firewater), ceramics and porcini mushrooms.

A tour of the Veneto would be incomplete without visiting a Palladian villa. The Villa Barbaro is one of the most celebrated works by the famous Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, with fine frescoes by Veronese. The price of the tour includes entrance fees and a guided tour of the Villa Barbaro with a local expert guide.

Veneto is a land of good food and wine, and for lunch (optional) a local restaurant has been selected where you can taste the regional cuisine accompanied by local wines. Saving the best till last, the tour concludes on the prosecco wine road and a visit to a local vineyard. Your day in the Veneto will come to a close with a refreshing glass of local prosecco (sparkling wine) or two.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

We could not have asked for a better tour guide.
The villages were quaint and the history was well explained along the way.
Gianni was ever so accommodating to make sure we all had a chance for photos and bio breaks.
He knew his way around every establishment we visited and was welcomed by the hosts.
We had the most amazing lunch!
The grappa tasting was out of this world and finally the proseco tasting . . . I discovered the Spritz Aperol with proseco! Mamma Mia!!! It was all worth it and the fact that it was a small group, makes it that much more fun. WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

First-Instructions from the company should be changed to make very clear that you need to take the vaporetto to the Tronchetto-Car Park stop, not Tronchetto-Mercato. And you should be aware that many vaporetti are 'express' at that time of the morning, so always ask the employee on board if the boat stops at Tronchetto-Car Park.

Daniel, our guide, was knowledgeable about the history of the area and provided information about each town that we visited. The trip took us through beautiful ancient towns and each stop was a treat. Take his recommendation for lunch. You will not be disappointedand it wasn't expensive. Grappa tasting was fun and our last stop for Prosecco tasting was at a relaxing winery with beautiful views. The transportation was in a very comfortable van. Our entire family agreed that this was our best tour of our trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

I did this tour 2 years ago and could not wait to do it again with some friends. We had the same guide, Daniel who is just wonderful. If you go to Venice or are in the area make sure you go to the beautiful Hill Top towns of the Veneto region. Marostica, Bassano del Grappa, Asolo and of course the Prosecco region for some wine tasting. It is one of the best tours I have been on and I would do it again. Thank you Daniel for the second amazing experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It was great tour. Very nice surroundings, great tour guide. Nice balance of sightseeing in small, Veneto towns balanced by time spent at grappa museum and local sparkling wine wineyard. It was very relaxing tour, with lunch at local restaurant that was affordable and good. Learned much about the region, nice balance to time spend inside Venice. I would highly recommend the trip to others.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour. Strongly recommend this tour and see the delightful countryside.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

First of all the trip was even better then described. Our driver/guide Danial was superb and rely enjoyed his work. He was passionate about the areas he took us. Even though we were touring on Italian Unification day it was great to see the Medieval and Renaissance towns , the markets and the people. The restaurant we had lunch at had a great menu and a nice serene location. It was a long day but well worth it. My wife and I would do it again .

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

It is amazing to visit these nice little old towns on the hilltops of the Prosseco region. Food and wine are cheap as compared to Venice. I had the best pasta in my life in a small restaurant in Asolo, simple but tasty. If you are tired of the crowd in Venice, give yourself a break and come here.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

We enjoyed this day trip, despite the wet weather! Marco, our guide and driver, was friendly, helpful and full of information about the areas we visited. Remember when getting to the departure point, Tronchetto vaporetto stop, to go to the second one and not the Tronchetto Mercato stop. From the Rialto vaporetto stop, give yourself about 25 minutes to get there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

This tour was excellent. We were picked up at our apartment by the tour company which saved us having to go into Venice just to turn around and come back out again. The ride between towns enjoyable and our guide was very knowledgeable. Some guides over-load on historical facts and you glaze over pretty quickly, our guide on this tour made comments on our destination, sites on the way to each location and had some general historical information salted in to keep our interest, but he did not over-do it. A thoroughly enjoyable day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Perfect tour of places not easily reached by public transportation. Our driver, Marco, was good natured, friendly and never rushed us. He was a wealth of information on everything from history, culture, local industry and geography. He was able to answer any question.

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