Get a taste for the hill towns near Venice with this small-group tour of Veneto. Wander the charming medieval streets and gardens of Asolo and Bassano del Grappa, and visit the well-preserved Villa Barbaro, designed by the famous Renaissance architect Palladio. Savor Veneto cuisine at a local restaurant, and toast your trip with a bubbly glass of prosecco at a vineyard tasting. Numbers are limited to 8 people to ensure an intimate, personalized experience.

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
  • Visit Palladian Villa Barbaro
  • Optional lunch in a typical trattoria
  • Walking tour of Marostica
  • Sample prosecco at a Veneto vineyard
  • English-speaking driver/guide

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What You Can Expect

Veneto Hill Towns Small Group Day Trip from Venice

Visit the hill town of Asolo!

Escape the crowds of Venice for a full day of sightseeing in the enchanting hill towns of Veneto. Meet your guide in central Venice in the morning, and hop aboard a comfortable minivan for the approximately 1-hour drive north. Stop in the village of Marostica for a stroll through the charming medieval streets and see the square where the town’s famous ‘living chess’ game is played. 

Continue on to Asolo, where you can wander around lovely gardens and historic villas in this town known as the ‘pearl of Veneto.’ At nearby Bassano del Grappa, take a guided tour and then enjoy leisure time to shop for local artisan goods. Perhaps even pick up a bottle of the potent grappa liqueur for which the town is known. 

In Maser, explore the historic grandeur of Villa Barbaro — a wonderfully preserved estate designed by renowned Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Stroll through well-manicured gardens and admire frescoes by Veronese that adorn the grand hallways and public rooms of the villa. 

When it’s time for lunch, savor delicious Veneto cuisine at a local restaurant (own expense). Opt to include regional wine pairings with your meal if you like. Finally, drive through rolling vineyards on the way to a prosecco winery, where you’ll raise a glass of the beloved sparkling wine and toast your day in the country.

Customer Reviews

Jennafer A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a wonderful day. Would highly recommend this tour.

leaskb1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Marco, our driver and guide, was fantastic - very knowledgeable, humorous, accommodating! It was great to see so many interesting and beautiful places in the Veneto countryside. The grappa and protect tastings were a bonus.

MICHAEL M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

This was a great trip! Our guide was very personable and extremely informative. The town's you visit are amazing and we enjoyed the Prosecco. This tour gave us the opportunity to get outside of Venice and see the countryside.

Bennett B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Best way to see the country side, Marco was a great guide, shared a lot of information about the villages we visited. Grappa and Prosecco part of the tour was outstanding. Lunch at a rustic restaurant in a small village was truly a foodie experience.

Antonio S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing tour and amazing towns

barrymahar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Excellent Itinerary.Surprised at the beauty, helped by excellent weather.
Marco is a very friendly and helpful tour driver

tom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Service is on a shared water taxi. This was our second time around, and wait time averaged 15 minutes, not bad. The ride itself is quite an exciting entry into Venice and we were dropped off directly at our hotel's landing.

Cynthia D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I would do this trip a million times! Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a great personality! Thumbs, up to Anaatonelli, for the great job! I loved all the Medievil Towns, the Chiani Lunch at the Farmers vineyards and SanGiamigiana. It was nice to see the leaning tower of Pisa, was still standing! Mille Grazie!

christypurser

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing - AMAZING tour!! The guide was wonderful and really personalized the trip to the 8 of us in the group. I was not familiar with this part of Italy, but I like it more than Tuscany. The restaurant we went to was also great. - The private Presco tasting was the very educational the setting was beautiful. .

Judith L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The trip went through lovely towns and I liked that there were only 8 people, which allowed some flexibility. It was a pleasure to get out of the crowds in Venice and see something of the countryside. Of course, tasting wine is always a pleasure, and there were affordable bottles to purchase also at the vineyard.

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