11 days
Level 1 - Introductory to Moderate

Spain Short tour

A short Spain tour for mature travellers.  Discover Iberia in this escorted small group program to Spain for the single traveller or couple. Experience a country shaped by many centuries of cultural history, reflected in many aspects of  Spain today. Spain was once a mighty empire bringing it great wealth. This wealth was used to create many of the monuments we admire today. 

The Iberian Peninsula is renowned for its red wine exotic food and the rich texture of its street life. During our educational small group tour to Spain we explore the intricate history of the country and its measured way of life.

Short Spain tour Itinerary

Your Spain Seniors Escorted Small group tours - Short Tour spends 11 days exploring Spain. This trip to Spain commences in Barcelona. From Barcelona this tour of Spain heads north into Rioja and Basque country before reaching the northern industrial city and home to Europe’s Guggenheim museum, Bilbao. After Bilbao the tour heads south to Madrid for 4 days in the capital city. During your time in Madrid enjoy Spain's contribution to the art world. You spend time at the Prado and Reina Sofia Museums.

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 programs highlights that include a visit to La Rioja, the mountain kingdom of Navarra, along with neighbouring Basque Country with its astounding Guggenheim Museum.

This Spain Seniors Escorted Small group tours - Short Tour  is limited to 14 travellers. Odyssey offers 2 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 link takes you to a list of all the tours that Odyssey Travellers offers for people seeking to  join small group tours in Spain.  Whilst this article lists the best places to visit in Spain and may assist you in planning your trip to Spain.

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

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

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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Accommodation: Hotel Agumar or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, the tour will end.


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

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