24 days
Duration
Europe
Destination
Level 2 - Moderate
Activity

Small Group Tours Spain and Portugal

Discover Iberia in this fully escorted small group tour of Spain and Portugal, perfect for the single traveller or couple.

Although divided by history and language, these close neighbours once possessed mighty empires bringing them great wealth which they then used to create many of the monuments we admire today.

The Iberian Peninsula is renowned for the spectacular views of its scenery, its red wines, and exotic food. Our Spain and Portugal tour explores the peninsula’s intricate history and incredible art and architecture as we stroll and wander through its streets.

This small group walking tour and sightseeing tour spends 24 days exploring several famous destinations. The tour commences in Spain in Barcelona a highlight of which is the colourful Park Guell. From Barcelona, the tour heads north into Rioja and Basque country before reaching the northern industrial city and home to Europe's Guggenheim museum, Bilbao in Northern Spain. We leave Bilbao heading south to spend almost 6 days in the Spanish capital, visiting the Royal Palace and other highlights. After Madrid the tour heads to Salamanca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and northwest into Portugal. We explore the Atlantic coast, and then on to Lisbon, the nation's historic capital. Leaving Portugal, the tour heads south to Seville and finally concludes in Granada.

Highlights of the Spain and Portugal tour

This tour is fully escorted but also makes great use of local guide and tour operator whose knowledge enhances the program's highlights and your travel experiences. Highlights include a visit to La Rioja, the mountain kingdom of Navarra, along with neighbouring Basque Country and the astounding Guggenheim Museum. We also take a guided tour of Braga, and wander the cobblestone streets of the capital of Portugal, Lisbon. The magnificent architecture left behind by the Moors in Seville and Granada will be another highlight.

On this tour of Spain and Portugal, you can enjoy wine tasting, food at the tapas bars, and views of the mountains and other wondrous scenery.

Odyssey offers two departures a year as well as a short version of the program.

This link takes you to all of Odyssey's tours to Spain offered each year. Odyssey recently published this article about the best places to visit in Spain which you may wish to read by clicking  on this link to take you to the page.

Frequently Asked Questions about Spain and Portugal

  • What is the best time to visit Spain and Portugal?

The best time to visit Spain and Portugal is during the spring (March to May) or autumn (September to November). Travellers flock to the Iberian Peninsula during the summer (July to August) to take advantage of the warm weather, but this will also mean that accommodation prices will be high and the tourist spots will be crowded. Odyssey Traveller always endeavour to travel during the shoulder seasons, or in between the low and high seasons, in order to ensure that you travel in comfort.

  • Do you need a visa for Spain and Portugal?

Both Spain and Portugal are members of the Schengen states, so if you are a citizen of a country that does not require a Schengen visa to enter Europe, you can travel to Spain and Portugal without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. These visa-exempt countries include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. We suggest you check with your local embassy or consulate as visa rules may change.

  • Generally how many tour leaders are allotted to a group tour?

All Odyssey Traveller tours include a Program Leader who accompanies the group for the duration of the tour. In addition, we engage local guides with regional knowledge to ensure an authentic experience during which you can learn as much as possible about the history and culture as well as the hidden gems of places you visit

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.

Tours of Spain and Portugal join the Barcelona Program

These small group guided tours of Spain and Portugal can be combined with Odyssey Traveller's in-depth 22-day program of Barcelona. These long stay tours commence prior to the guided tours of Spain and Portugal. To learn more about the Barcelona program, please follow this link to the Barcelona tour page.

Articles about Spain & Portugal 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 & Portugal when visiting;

External articles to assist you on your visit to Spain & Portugal

Other Odyssey Tours:

Small group tour of Spain & Portugal  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.

For more information on Odyssey Traveller and our educational small group tours, visit and explore our website., remember to visit these pages in particular

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Tour Notes
  • Group size is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

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1
Marvel at Madrid and the architectural splendours of Salamanca, Avila, and the Catalan Barcelona.
2
Experience La Rioja, the mountain kingdom of Navarra, and neighbouring Basque Country with its astounding Guggenheim Museum.
3
Explore Toledo and Moorish cities of Cordoba, with its awe-inspiring “Mezquita,” and Granada, with its Alhambra Palace.
4
In Portugal, stay in the charming city of Braga, visit Oporto, and explore the historical capital, Lisbon.
5
Visit the stunning coastal areas surrounding Lisbon, including Europe’s westernmost point.

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: Today, we enjoy a full day tour around Barcelona, visiting the Miró Foundation and the National Museum of Catalan Art. The evening is free to relax or to discover one of the many local restaurants for dinner. (B).

Accommodation: Amister Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today, we continue exploring this wonderful city with our local guide. We walk along the Paseo de Gracia and through the Barrio Gothic and then visit the Maritim Museum. There will be some free time for lunch at our own arrangements. Later we continue with our tour, with a guided visit of Palau de La Musica Catalana. We then enjoy a guided tour of the magnificent, though still unfinished, Sagrada Familia. Dinner tonight is at own arrangements.

(B)

Accommodation: Amister Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, we have a morning visit to the Picasso Museum. Thereafte, we head to the train station to catch the high speed AVE train to Zaragoza. The journey takes around 2 hours, and on arrival we’ll be transferred to our hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is free to explore the surrounding area. Dinner this evening is at our hotel.

(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: This morning travel to Bilbao for a tour of the city, including a visit to the magnificent Guggenheim museum. We will stop at Mercado de Ribera to get some lunch (own arrangements) before continuing on to Burgos. We arrive at our hotel in Burgos in time for dinner.

(B,D)

Accommodation: 1 night at Meson del Cid or similar.

Overview: We check out of our hotel this morning bound for the Spanish capital. Before leaving Burgos, we meet our local guide for a morning tour of the city’s highlights, including entrance to the cathedral. En route to Madrid we pause to stretch our legs and grab some lunch (at own arrangements). In Santo Domingo de la Calzada, we stop to view the spectacular Roman aqueduct. We arrive at our hotel in the late afternoon.

(B)

Accommodation: 4 nights at Quatro Puerta Del Sol or similar

Overview: This morning we meet our local guide for a full-day tour to view the highlights of the Spanish capital, including entrance to the Royal Palace and “Museo reina sofia”; which is is Spain’s national museum of 20th-century art.. In the evening, we meet up with a local guide who takes on a Tapas tour of the capital. After a post-dinner walk to Mercado San Miguel, we return to our hotel.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Quatro Puerta Del Sol or similar

Overview: Today we join our local guide again in exploring the nearby city of Toledo on a walking tour. We will visit the Synagogue de Santa Maria la Blanca, Sante Tome Church, the cathedral and view the exterior of the Alcazar, before we return to Madrid for dinner at a local restaurant.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Quatro Puerta Del Sol or similar

Overview: This morning, we explore the city some more and visit the Reina Sofia Museum with our local guide. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the city at leisure.

(B)

Accommodation: Quatro Puerta Del Sol or similar

Overview: This morning we check out of our hotel bound for Salamanca. We pause first in El Escorial, where we visit the Royal Monastery. We continue on and pause to view the medieval walls in Avila before arriving at our hotel in Salamanca. Salamanca is probably best known for having the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe. This university is still what gives a charming ambiance to the town. Hundreds of students pass through the streets and enjoy the numerous and beautifully decorated cafes until late at night. This charming town is unrivalled in its architectural purity. In central areas all recent buildings are built in Salamanca’s best tradition. The city has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.We have dinner at a local restaurant  tonight.

(B,D).

Accommodation: 2 nights at Hotel Gran Coronal Sol or similar

Overview: We meet our local guide this morning and have a field trip taking in Salamanca’s main sights. We visit the old and new Cathedrals, the House of Shells (Casa de las Conchas) and the University. We have a free afternoon to continue to explore Salamanca at our own pace.

(B)

Accommodation: Hotel Gran Coronal Sol or similar.

Overview: We check out of our hotel and depart for Portugal this morning. En route to Braga, we pause to explore Zamora. We arrive in Braga and check in to our hotel. Dinner tonight is at our hotel.

(B,D)

Accommodation: 2 nights at Mercure Braga Centro or similar.

Overview: This morning, we meet our local guide for a full-day tour introducing us to Oporto. We visit the cathedral and the Church of São Francisco. We stop in a local port lodge for a guided tour and tasting of port. En route back to Braga we pause to view the main sights of Guimarães. Dinner tonight is at leisure.

(B)

Accommodation: Mercure Braga Centro or similar.

Overview: We check out of our hotel this morning bound for the Portuguese capital. On the way we pause to explore Coimbra and arrive at our Lisbon hotel in time for dinner.

(B,D)

Accommodation: 3 nights at Turrim Terreiro do Paco or similar.

Overview: This morning we meet our local guide for a half-day tour of Lisbon including entrance to the Royal Carriage Museum. The afternoon and evening are free for you to explore the city at leisure.

(B)

Accommodation: Turrim Terreiro do Paco or similar.

Overview: Today we explore the coastal areas surrounding Lisbon. We travel first to Estoril and then on to Cascais. We pause in Cabo de Roca, to view Europe’s westernmost point, and also stop in Sintra where we pause for lunch (own arrangements). We carry on to Queluz to visit the Royal Palace and gardens before returning to Lisbon. Tonight we have dinner at a local restaurant where we are exposed to the traditional Portuguese art-form of the fado in an evening performance.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Turrim Terreiro do Paco or similar.

Overview: We leave the Portuguese capital today as we travel to Mérida. En route we pause in Badajoz. Upon our arrival in Mérida, we meet our local guide and have a city tour during which we visit the Roman theatre, the amphitheatre, the Casa del Mitreo, and the National Museum of Roman Art. We have dinner at our hotel  tonight.

(B,D)

Accommodation: 1 night at Hotel Velada Merida or similar.

Overview: We depart Mérida for Seville this morning. We pause in Aracena with time to explore the town at our own pace and get some lunch (own arrangements). We arrive in Seville late afternoon.

(B)

Accommodation: 3 nights at Hotel Fernando or similar.

Overview: This morning, we meet our local guide for a guided tour that takes in the highlights of Seville. On our tour, we will visit the Alcazar, the cathedral, the Treasury and Giralda. We will also walk through the Barrio de Santa Cruz. This afternoon is free for us to explore at leisure, and this evening we will attend a flamenco show with included tapas dinner.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Hotel Fernando or similar.

Overview: Today we explore Jerez de la Fronterra on foot. We will visit a sherry bodega for a tour and tasting and explore the main sites of the city. We then continue to Cadiz to view the city on our own, before returning to Seville.

(B)

Accommodation: Hotel Fernando 3 or similar.

Overview: We check out of our hotel this morning bound for Granada. En route we meet a local guide in Cordoba where we are introduced to the highlights of the city. Our guide will take us to the Mezquita and Tower, the beautiful Mosque of Córdoba, before we continue on to Granada.

(B)

Accommodation: 2 nights at Carmen Hotel or similar.

Overview: We meet our local guide this morning and begin our exploration of Granada. We view the main sights of the city and visit the Royal Chapel (Capilla Real). We then enter the magnificent Alhambra Palace and the Generalife Gardens. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to explore Granada at leisure. We come together this evening for our farewell dinner in a local restaurant.

(B,D)

Accommodation: Carmen Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast, the tour will end today in Granada. (B)

What’s included in our Tour

  • 23 nights of hotel accommodation.
  • 23 breakfasts and 13 dinners.
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach.
  • Field trips as indicated.
  • Gratuities and necessary tips.
  • Services of an Odyssey program leader.
  • Detailed tour information booklet.

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Return international airfare and departure taxes.
  • Comprehensive international travel insurance.
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.

Map Spain and Portugal - Iberia tour

Small Group Guided Tours to Spain and Portugal Barcelona Park Guell
Small Group Guided Tours to Spain and Portugal Barcelona Park Guell
Malaga, Andalusia, Spain.
Barcelona Cathedral. Spain.
Discovering Iberia Barcelona Casa Batllo Gaudi Spain
Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain,
house in Andalusia, Spain
City of Sevilla, Spain.
Almundena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain
Short Spain tours
Granada Spain, Iberia
Guggenheim Museum Frank Gehry, Bilbao Spain
Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Plaza Mayor, Salamanca Spain
Barcelona Ramblas Spain
Lisbon, Portugal
Alfama, Lisbon Portugal

Tour Reviews

June 7, 2018

A wonderful experience. learnt a lot and enjoyed everything. The trip covered the places that i have wanted to see in Spain and Portugal.

Participant May 2018

June 7, 2018

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

June 13, 2018

This tour was really wonderful in its scope of meeting Spanish and Portuguese 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 15, 2018

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

June 13, 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

June 13, 2019

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

June 20, 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 and Portugal (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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