11 days
Duration
Europe
Destination
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

Spain Short Tour | Small Group Tours Spain

Enjoy this short tour of Spain designed for mature travellers. This unique travel experience gives you the opportunity to discover Iberia in an escorted small group program. Experience a country with a rich history, diverse culture and delicious food. Once a formidable and mighty empire, Spain had access to great wealth and used this to create many of the monuments, structures and heritage sites we admire today.

The Iberian Peninsula in particular is renowned for its red wine, exotic cuisine and bustling street life. Starting in the vibrant beach-side city of Barcelona, we will travel through northern Spain into Rioja and Basque country before visiting the industrial city of Bilbao. After Bilbao we head back down to Spain's incredible capital Madrid, where we get a chance to see how Spain has contributed to the world of art.

Highlights of this short tour of Spain

The small group short tour to Spain is fully escorted and makes great use of local guides whose knowledge enhances the program. Some highlights you can expect from this vacation include a visit to La Rioja, an autonomous community in the north of Spain famed for its red wine and vast blue skies, the incredible Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, and the Royal Palace in Madrid. This will offer you everything you could want in a small group holiday, from the chance to sip red wine against a rugged, mountainous backdrop, to eating tapas in the bars of Barcelona, to exploring some of Madrid's amazing churches and learning of its complex religious history.

This Spain Short Tour  is limited to 14 travellers. Odyssey offers two departures a year as well as a long version of the program that includes Portugal and southern Spain.

For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

This tour is featured in our brochure as "Discovering Iberia - Short Tour"

Articles about Spain published by Odyssey Traveller.

The following list of articles published by odyssey Traveller for mature aged and senior travellers to maximise their knowledge and enjoyment of Spain when visiting;

External articles to assist you on your visit to Spain

 

Other Odyssey Tours:

Small group Short tour of Spain  is only one of many Spain and Portugal tours offered by Odyssey Traveller. For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

About Odyssey Traveller

We specialise in educational small group tours for seniors, typically groups between six to 12 people from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada  and Britain. Our maximum number of people on a tour is 18 mature aged travellers.We have some 150 tours and offer 300 scheduled departures on offer each year. Odyssey has been offering this style of adventure and educational programs since 1983.

Odyssey Traveller is committed to charitable activities that support the environment and cultural development of Australian and New Zealand communities.

Odyssey Traveller scholarship for Australia & New Zealand University students.

We are also pleased to announce that since 2012, Odyssey has been awarding $10,000 Equity & Merit Cash Scholarships each year. We award scholarships on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. We award at least one scholarship per year. We’re supported through our educational travel programs, and your participation helps Odyssey achieve its goals. Students can apply for the scholarship by clicking on this link to find out more details. 

Join our loyalty program when you join an international small group tour.

Every International small group tour taken typically contributes to your membership level in our Loyalty Program for regular travellers. Membership of the alumni starts when you choose to take your first international small group tour with Odyssey Traveller, discounts in tour pricing for direct bookings accrue from your third tour with Odyssey Traveller. To see the discounts and benefits of being a Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Diamond alumni member with us, please see this page.

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Tour Notes
  • Group size is limited to a maximum of 18 participants.

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Overview: Upon arrival in Barcelona, we will come to the hotel individually. Our tour begins with an orientation and welcome dinner.

(D)

Accommodation: 3 nights at Amister Hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning we will meet our local guide at our hotel and embark on a full day guided tour of Barcelona. Today we visit the Miro Foundation Museum.

Once part of the Aragonese Empire, Catalonia is now an autonomous Spanish province, proud of its distinctive language and culture. Stretching from the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees, it was here that the Romans first landed on the Iberian peninsula and founded a new “colonnia” on the site of a previous Carthaginian settlement, the area now forming Barcelona’s “Barri Gotic.” Catalonian heritage is a mixture of old and new as ancient churches and monuments vie for attention with the Modernist school of Gaudi and Dali. The Catalonian capital reflects this contrast with architecture ranging from its Gothic cathedral to Gaudi’s modernist Sagrada Familia.

(B)

Accommodation: Amister Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today we will continue to explore Barcelona. We will view the main sights of the city, walk along the Paseo de Gracia, and walk through the Barrio Gothic. Entrance to the Museum of Contemporary Art is included. We will have lunch individually, and afternoon touring takes us to the Pauau de La Musica Catalana, with a guided tour and entrance to Sagrada Familia cathedral.

(B)

Accommodation: Amister Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today we will check out of our hotel early and travel to the region of Calahorra. We will visit the Picasso Museum with entrance to the Design Hub Museum. We will take the high speed train from Barcelona to Zaragoza. Zaragoza, founded by the Romans in 25 BC, features some of Spain’s best examples of Mudejar architecture.

(B,D)

Accommodation: 1 night at Parador de Calahorra or similar.

Overview: This morning we will travel to Pamplona, famed for the running of its bulls. We will meet our local guide for a tour of the city. After lunch at own arrangements, we carry on to Bilbao.

(B,D)

Accommodation: 1 night at Tryp Bilbao Arenal Hotel or similar.

Overview: We will view the main sights of the port city of Bilbao with our guide, who will show us the city’s highlights. Today’s highlight is the amazing Guggenheim Museum. We will drive to Haro and stop at La Rioja for a vineyard tour and tasting in the afternoon, before continuing to Burgos. We will return to our hotel for dinner.

(B,D)

Accommodation: 1 night at Meson del Cid or similar.

Overview: Today we will have a city tour of Burgos, with entrance to the Cathedral. We will drive to Segovia with a stop for lunch in Santo Domingo de la Calzada, and view the Roman Aqueduct before heading to Madrid where we stay for 4 nights.

(B,D)

Accommodation: 3 nights at Hotel Agumar or similar.

Overview: Madrid is the capital of Spain and Europe’s highest capital city, located close to the country’s geographical centre on the Castilian Plateau. With a population of over 3 million, it offers a rich treasure chest of Spain’s art and ancient monuments. We include entrances to the Royal Palace and the Prado Museum. We will head back to our hotel for Tapas Dinner this evening.

(B)

Accommodation: Hotel Agumar or similar.

Overview: Today we will join our local guide to explore Toledo. We will visit the Synagogue de Santa Maria la Blanca, Sante Tome Church, the cathedral, and the Alcazar. We have a free afternoon before meeting up with our local guide for an evening wining and dining in 4 of the local tapas bars.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Agumar or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, the tour will end.

(B)

1
Explore the beautiful city of Toledo.
2
Marvel at Madrid and the architectural splendours of the Catalan Barcelona.
3
Experience La Rioja, the mountain kingdom of Navarra, and neighbouring Basque Country with its astounding Guggenheim Museum.
4
Explore the history of Iberia and its measured way of life.
5
Sample the famous red wines of Spain and enjoy the rich texture of its street life.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 10 nights of hotel accommodation.
  • 9 breakfasts and 6 dinners.
  • Transport and field trips as indicated.
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local English speaking guides.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
  • Services of an Odyssey Tour Leader.
  • Detailed tour information booklet.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Comprehensive international travel insurance.
  • Return economy class international airfare and departure taxes.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.

Map of Spain tour

Short Spain tours
Small Group Guided Tours to Spain and Portugal Barcelona Park Guell
Malaga, Andalusia, Spain.
Barcelona Cathedral. Spain.
Discovering Iberia Barcelona Casa Batllo Gaudi Spain
Guggenheim, Bilbao
Sagrada Familia
San Marcos, old hospital for pilgrims of the Way of St. James, Leon, Spain
Casa Batlo, Antonio Gaudi, Barcelona
La Sagrada Familia Gaudi, Barcelona
Avila, Spain

Tour Reviews

November 6, 2019

Cannot speak too highly of our tour director, Stephan De Roeck. Stephan’s local knowledge, command of the language, care for our welfare and unfailing good humour made everyone feel special.
Participant May 2018

November 6, 2019

This tour was really wonderful in its scope of meeting Spanish culture and history. Being able to link it in with my previous European travels was very meaningful to me. I was totally impressed by every aspect of the tour.
Participant May 2018

November 6, 2019

I like Odyssey – it provides small groups where you can get to know one another.
Angela L. Sep ’18

November 6, 2019

Great small mature travellers tour. Well organised, great hotels , lovely food, local knowledgeable guides showed us around their towns. With entry included to the majority of sites. A comfortable small coach so the fourteen of us had plenty of room but we weren’t in a massive coach. It wasn’t really like the other tours following someone with a flag. We were more like a group of friends out exploring.
Lesley and Ken S. May ’19

November 6, 2019

This was a wonderful tour, crammed with experiences of Spain, and all delivered apparently with the greatest ease. Well done!
John M. May ’19

November 6, 2019

This was by far the ‘best’ Tour I’ve experienced both with Odyssey and with other companies – small, pleasant group etc.
The tour guidelines, itinerary etc were the best I’ve had in comparison to other tours. I particularly liked the graph of the expected weather in Spain (makes packing easier).
I’m a vegetarian and know that in a tour such as ours providing food for me can be fraught. Almost without exception the restaurant/hotel meals were worthy of a 5 star restaurant. My meals always met the five food group criteria and were beautifully presented – we even photographed some! The restaurants even managed vegetarian tapas!
Carol T. May ’19

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