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Across Spain and Portugal

With Paradores & Pousadas

From $5,374
total price from Boston, New York
$4,695 air & land inclusive plus $679 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
17 days
Tour Membership
12-24 guests
Post-Tour Extension

Overview

Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

Tour Details

Across Spain and Portugal

With Paradores & Pousadas

From $5,374

total price from Boston, New York
$4,695 air & land inclusive plus $679 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
17 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Tour Days
17 days

Tour Membership
12-24 guests

Optional Extension

Overview

Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

Small Group Highlights

  • Lisbon touring
  • Douro River cruise and port wine tasting
  • Pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela
  • Stops along religious route of Way of St. James
  • Bilbao’s Guggenheim and Fine Arts museums
  • Full-day excursion along beautiful, rugged Basque coastline
  • Two nights in Pyrenees Mountains region
  • Three-night stay in vibrant Barcelona
  • Barcelona touring
  • Unique itinerary through Northern Spain
  • Stays in distinguished historic lodgings

Day-by-Day Itinerary

B
= Breakfast Included
L
= Lunch Included
D
= Dinner Included
1
Depart U.S. for Lisbon, Portugal
Depart U.S. for Lisbon, Portugal
2
Arrive Lisbon
D
D
Arrive Lisbon

We arrive in the Portuguese capital and transfer to our hotel.  As guests’ arrival times vary, we have no group activities planned during the day.  Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner.

We arrive in the Portuguese capital and transfer to our hotel.  As guests’ arrival times vary, we have no group activities planned during the day.  Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner.

3
Lisbon
B
B
Lisbon

A morning tour introduces us to the city on the River Tagus; the afternoon is free for independent exploration.

A morning tour introduces us to the city on the River Tagus; the afternoon is free for independent exploration.

4
Lisbon/Oporto
B
D
B
D
Lisbon/Oporto

Leaving Lisbon, we head north, stopping in the small fortified town of Obidos and in the seaside village of Nazaré.  Mid-afternoon we reach our pousada in lovely Oporto, Portugal’s second largest city and a UNESCO site.

Leaving Lisbon, we head north, stopping in the small fortified town of Obidos and in the seaside village of Nazaré.  Mid-afternoon we reach our pousada in lovely Oporto, Portugal’s second largest city and a UNESCO site.

5
Oporto
B
D
B
D
Oporto

Highlights of our city tour today include the historic city center, Baroque Clerigos Church, and the sophisticated Foz oceanfront district.  Afterwards, we enjoy an hour-long cruise on the Douro River.  Our tour ends with a visit to a port lodge for a tasting of the fortified wine exclusive to the region.

Highlights of our city tour today include the historic city center, Baroque Clerigos Church, and the sophisticated Foz oceanfront district.  Afterwards, we enjoy an hour-long cruise on the Douro River.  Our tour ends with a visit to a port lodge for a tasting of the fortified wine exclusive to the region.

6
Oporto/Santiago de Compostela, Spain
B
D
B
D
Oporto/Santiago de Compostela, Spain

En route to Santiago, we stop in the old Galician town of Pontevedra.  We continue on to Santiago, capital of Spain’s northwest Galicia region, arriving mid-afternoon at our parador, where we dine tonight.

En route to Santiago, we stop in the old Galician town of Pontevedra.  We continue on to Santiago, capital of Spain’s northwest Galicia region, arriving mid-afternoon at our parador, where we dine tonight.

7
Santiago de Compostela
B
D
B
D
Santiago de Compostela

The last stop on the celebrated pilgrimage route of the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) and presumed repository of the remains of St. James the Apostle, Santiago de Comp­ostela ranks among Spain’s most beautiful and visited cities.  We discover this important cultural and educational capital on today’s tour, featuring the cathedral housing the silver crypt believed to hold the remains of St. James.  From here we enter Plaza del Obradoiro, the monumental square surrounded by Santiago’s most important buildings.  This afternoon is free for independent exploration in this eminently walkable and lovely UNESCO World Heritage city with historic buildings lining its winding, narrow streets.

The last stop on the celebrated pilgrimage route of the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) and presumed repository of the remains of St. James the Apostle, Santiago de Comp­ostela ranks among Spain’s most beautiful and visited cities.  We discover this important cultural and educational capital on today’s tour, featuring the cathedral housing the silver crypt believed to hold the remains of St. James.  From here we enter Plaza del Obradoiro, the monumental square surrounded by Santiago’s most important buildings.  This afternoon is free for independent exploration in this eminently walkable and lovely UNESCO World Heritage city with historic buildings lining its winding, narrow streets.

8
Santiago/León
B
D
B
D
Santiago/León

Leaving Santiago this morning, we travel east to vibrant León, another stop on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route and known for its religious festivals and Easter Week processions.  Upon arrival, we encounter the city’s impressive historical and architectural heritage as we visit the 13th-century León Cathedral, one of Spain’s most beautiful with its sculpture-covered façade and impressive stained glass windows; and Casa Botines, a Modernist structure by architect Antoni Gaudí.  We reach our hotel early this evening and dine there tonight.

Leaving Santiago this morning, we travel east to vibrant León, another stop on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route and known for its religious festivals and Easter Week processions.  Upon arrival, we encounter the city’s impressive historical and architectural heritage as we visit the 13th-century León Cathedral, one of Spain’s most beautiful with its sculpture-covered façade and impressive stained glass windows; and Casa Botines, a Modernist structure by architect Antoni Gaudí.  We reach our hotel early this evening and dine there tonight.

9
León/Bilbao
B
L
B
L
León/Bilbao

Today we stop in the elegant port city and Cantabrian capital of Santander for a tour and lunch.  Then we travel on to Bilbao, the industrial port city almost magically transformed by the construction of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997.

Today we stop in the elegant port city and Cantabrian capital of Santander for a tour and lunch.  Then we travel on to Bilbao, the industrial port city almost magically transformed by the construction of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 1997.

10
Bilbao
B
D
B
D
Bilbao

This morning’s tour begins in Bilbao’s medieval Old City, with its charming mix of narrow cobblestone streets and inviting squares.  We see the Catedral de Santiago (c. 1379), once a stop on the pilgrimage route; monumental Plaza Nueva; and busy seaside La Ribera market.  Then we take a guided tour of the Guggenheim and its contemporary art collection.  Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the jaw-dropping structure of limestone, titanium, and glass has drawn acclaim, attention, and visitors to this popular, revitalized city.  Our last stop is Bilbao’s Fine Arts Museum where we view a rich collection of Spanish and Basque artworks.

This morning’s tour begins in Bilbao’s medieval Old City, with its charming mix of narrow cobblestone streets and inviting squares.  We see the Catedral de Santiago (c. 1379), once a stop on the pilgrimage route; monumental Plaza Nueva; and busy seaside La Ribera market.  Then we take a guided tour of the Guggenheim and its contemporary art collection.  Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the jaw-dropping structure of limestone, titanium, and glass has drawn acclaim, attention, and visitors to this popular, revitalized city.  Our last stop is Bilbao’s Fine Arts Museum where we view a rich collection of Spanish and Basque artworks.

11
Bilbao/Basque Country
B
L
B
L
Bilbao/Basque Country

A day-long excursion begins with a poignant stop: Gernika (Guernica), heart of the Basque region and the town razed by Nazi bombing in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War which was immortalized in the namesake painting by Picasso.  Then we pass through countryside historically home to the Basque people of Spain’s Atlantic Coast and western Pyrenees.  At the seaside village of Bakio, we follow a coastal road of wild beauty to the islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, with its hermitage to St. John the Baptist.  We stop in the key fishing town of Bermeo then continue on to the medieval fishing village of Mundaka, where we enjoy magnificent views of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve of streams and a salt marsh surrounded by sheer cliffs.

A day-long excursion begins with a poignant stop: Gernika (Guernica), heart of the Basque region and the town razed by Nazi bombing in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War which was immortalized in the namesake painting by Picasso.  Then we pass through countryside historically home to the Basque people of Spain’s Atlantic Coast and western Pyrenees.  At the seaside village of Bakio, we follow a coastal road of wild beauty to the islet of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, with its hermitage to St. John the Baptist.  We stop in the key fishing town of Bermeo then continue on to the medieval fishing village of Mundaka, where we enjoy magnificent views of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve of streams and a salt marsh surrounded by sheer cliffs.

12
Bilbao/Pamplona/Bielsa
B
D
B
D
Bilbao/Pamplona/Bielsa

We travel today to the Pyrenees town of Bielsa, stopping en route in fabled Pamplona, known for its annual Running of the Bulls tradition.

We travel today to the Pyrenees town of Bielsa, stopping en route in fabled Pamplona, known for its annual Running of the Bulls tradition.

13
Bielsa
B
D
B
D
Bielsa

Fresh mountain air and stunning scenery are on tap as we visit Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  Touring by coach and on foot, we see the limestone Pyrenees chain and its lush valleys, dotted with clear blue streams and beech, fir, and pine trees.

Fresh mountain air and stunning scenery are on tap as we visit Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.  Touring by coach and on foot, we see the limestone Pyrenees chain and its lush valleys, dotted with clear blue streams and beech, fir, and pine trees.

14
Bielsa/Barcelona
B
B
Bielsa/Barcelona

We travel today by coach to the world-class city of Barcelona, arriving mid-afternoon.  After a brief orientation walking tour, we are free for dinner on our own in this most gastronomic of cities.

We travel today by coach to the world-class city of Barcelona, arriving mid-afternoon.  After a brief orientation walking tour, we are free for dinner on our own in this most gastronomic of cities.

15
Barcelona
B
L
B
L
Barcelona

This morning’s city tour features Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), a maze of medieval streets, and Las Ramblas, the tree-lined pedestrian mall that attracts locals and visitors alike, day and night.  We pay homage to Barcelona’s native son, flamboyant artist Antoni Gaudí, by visiting his fanciful Parc Guell and the landmark Sagrada Familia, his surreal – and unfinished – cathedral.  Following a tapas lunch, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration.

This morning’s city tour features Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), a maze of medieval streets, and Las Ramblas, the tree-lined pedestrian mall that attracts locals and visitors alike, day and night.  We pay homage to Barcelona’s native son, flamboyant artist Antoni Gaudí, by visiting his fanciful Parc Guell and the landmark Sagrada Familia, his surreal – and unfinished – cathedral.  Following a tapas lunch, the remainder of the day is free for independent exploration.

16
Barcelona
B
D
B
D
Barcelona

Our Gaudí tour continues this morning at Casa Milà, whose curving stone face inspired the nickname “La Pedrera” (stone quarry).  A UNESCO site, Casa Milà now houses a cultural center.  This afternoon is at leisure; tonight we bid ¡adios! to Spain and our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Our Gaudí tour continues this morning at Casa Milà, whose curving stone face inspired the nickname “La Pedrera” (stone quarry).  A UNESCO site, Casa Milà now houses a cultural center.  This afternoon is at leisure; tonight we bid ¡adios! to Spain and our fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

17
Depart for U.S.
B
B
Depart for U.S.

We transfer to the airport this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.

We transfer to the airport this morning for our connecting flights to the U.S.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 15 nights’ accommodations: 8 nights in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels; 7 nights in First Class paradores and pousadas
  • 28 meals: 15 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all ­entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Mar Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Lisbon 66 68 72 78 83 80 73 65
Bilbao 58 60 62 68 78 70 65 59
Barcelona 60 65 71 78 84 77 69 62

Average Temperature (°F )

  Mar Apr May Jun Aug Sep Oct Nov
Lisbon 66 68 72 78 83 80 73 65
Bilbao 58 60 62 68 78 70 65 59
Barcelona 60 65 71 78 84 77 69 62

Dates & Prices

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Post-Tour Extension

Barcelona – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$345
+ from $245 Single Supplement

Barcelona – On Your Own

3 days, 2 nights
From
$345
+ from $245 Single Supplement

Discover more of this lively, spirited city.

Post-Tour Extension Price Includes

  • 2 nights’ accommodations at El Avenida Palace Hotel (Superior First Class)
  • 2 meals: 2 breakfasts
  • Transfer to airport

Pricing: $345 in 2024; $395 in 2025. Single Supplement: $245 in 2024; $295 in 2025

Accommodations

Tour Directors

Blaz Bostjancic

“Blaz did an excellent job. His talks on the history of the different areas were outstanding…He had a way of making it interesting."

Carol Pudlin
Culver City, CA

Manuel Alberca

“Manuel was impressive! His knowledge of the culture and locations provided considerable insight to our traveling.”

Jeffery Beaulieu & Connie Campbell
Palatine, IL

Diana Herbosa Albuquerque

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Juan Kratzmaier

"Juan...won our hearts! Very pleasant."

Lisa Smirz
Indianapolis, IN

Marco Ceglia

“Marco is beyond extraordinary. His knowledge of everything was beyond compare…We loved him and we all want to do another trip with him.”

Susan Wolff
Great Falls, MT

Samuel Padilla

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Jesus Ruiz

“Jesus was fabulous – always went above and beyond. You are lucky to have him. I would travel with him anytime.”

Jayce Schomer
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Emma Bonthorne

“Emma was the best! She was incredibly knowledgeable and resourceful, with warmth and charm to spare. Thanks for finding her.”

Susan Crews Bailey
Austin, TX

Beatriz Garcia Alvarez

“Delightful personality and smart! A treasure for your company.”

Patti Crowley
South Bend, IN

Africa Palacios

“Africa is an amazing, funny woman and a great asset to Odysseys.”

Linda LaBella
Bohemia, NY

José Ramón Holgado

"Besides his knowledge, he was likeable, calm, and kept everything moving…If I ever take another tour to Spain/Portugal, we would hope we could have him again. A really excellent tour director."

John Elder
Washington, D.C.

Elena Gonzalez

“Elena is terrific! Very cooperative, very knowledgeable, and informative. She is always upbeat and professional.”

Richard & Maureen Wright
Fort Myers, FL

Ana Ramos

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Sergio Porras

“Sergio was exceptional in every way. He was attentive, helpful, knowledgeable, ever-so-pleasant, professional, courteous, and did it all with a beautiful smile.”

Felicia Phoenix
Newtown Square, PA

Vanesa Soto

“Vanessa Soto was terrific: cheerful, patient, friendly, capable, informative, adaptable, helpful, and always here when needed.”

Adam Lewis
Oakland, CA

Rikardo Elduayen

“Rikardo stepped in and did an excellent job. He was helpful and went the extra mile when needed. His sense of humor made the time with him so enjoyable.”

Mary MacKenzie
Camarillo, CA

Janine Lustosa

"The tour guide Janine was wonderful. Knowledgeable, warm, and kind. She made sure everything went smoothly…We were so glad she was our guide."

Susan Weiner
Monroe Township, NJ

Francisco Valle

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Silvia Alonso

“Silvia was a delight! … Knows her countries and enjoys her work. We would take another tour with Silvia any time.”

Sharon & Steve Wheeler
Phoenix, MD

Fernando Derqui

"Fernando was EXCELLENT! Very personable, knowledgeable of all cities, culture, food, [and] had great travel suggestions. Odysseys is lucky to have Fernando."

Andrew O'Brien
West Hartford, CT

Iris Bravo

“Probably the best guide on our four trips with Odysseys.”

Dr. Jerry Sullivan
Atlanta, GA

Albert Planas

“Albert was a pleasure to be with, always giving individual attention and helping with details while being very effective leading the group.”

Betty Wing
Missoula, MI

Tour Directors

Emma Bonthorne

“Emma was the best! She was incredibly knowledgeable and resourceful, with warmth and charm to spare. Thanks for finding her.”

Susan Crews Bailey
Austin, TX

Diana Herbosa Albuquerque

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Albert Planas

“Albert was a pleasure to be with, always giving individual attention and helping with details while being very effective leading the group.”

Betty Wing
Missoula, MI

Juan Kratzmaier

"Juan...won our hearts! Very pleasant."

Lisa Smirz
Indianapolis, IN

Janine Lustosa

"The tour guide Janine was wonderful. Knowledgeable, warm, and kind. She made sure everything went smoothly…We were so glad she was our guide."

Susan Weiner
Monroe Township, NJ

Blaz Bostjancic

“Blaz did an excellent job. His talks on the history of the different areas were outstanding…He had a way of making it interesting."

Carol Pudlin
Culver City, CA

Francisco Valle

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Ana Ramos

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

Rikardo Elduayen

“Rikardo stepped in and did an excellent job. He was helpful and went the extra mile when needed. His sense of humor made the time with him so enjoyable.”

Mary MacKenzie
Camarillo, CA

Manuel Alberca

“Manuel was impressive! His knowledge of the culture and locations provided considerable insight to our traveling.”

Jeffery Beaulieu & Connie Campbell
Palatine, IL

Iris Bravo

“Probably the best guide on our four trips with Odysseys.”

Dr. Jerry Sullivan
Atlanta, GA

Marco Ceglia

“Marco is beyond extraordinary. His knowledge of everything was beyond compare…We loved him and we all want to do another trip with him.”

Susan Wolff
Great Falls, MT

Beatriz Garcia Alvarez

“Delightful personality and smart! A treasure for your company.”

Patti Crowley
South Bend, IN

Sergio Porras

“Sergio was exceptional in every way. He was attentive, helpful, knowledgeable, ever-so-pleasant, professional, courteous, and did it all with a beautiful smile.”

Felicia Phoenix
Newtown Square, PA

Silvia Alonso

“Silvia was a delight! … Knows her countries and enjoys her work. We would take another tour with Silvia any time.”

Sharon & Steve Wheeler
Phoenix, MD

Jesus Ruiz

“Jesus was fabulous – always went above and beyond. You are lucky to have him. I would travel with him anytime.”

Jayce Schomer
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Samuel Padilla

Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director

José Ramón Holgado

"Besides his knowledge, he was likeable, calm, and kept everything moving…If I ever take another tour to Spain/Portugal, we would hope we could have him again. A really excellent tour director."

John Elder
Washington, D.C.

Africa Palacios

“Africa is an amazing, funny woman and a great asset to Odysseys.”

Linda LaBella
Bohemia, NY

Fernando Derqui

"Fernando was EXCELLENT! Very personable, knowledgeable of all cities, culture, food, [and] had great travel suggestions. Odysseys is lucky to have Fernando."

Andrew O'Brien
West Hartford, CT

Vanesa Soto

“Vanessa Soto was terrific: cheerful, patient, friendly, capable, informative, adaptable, helpful, and always here when needed.”

Adam Lewis
Oakland, CA

Elena Gonzalez

“Elena is terrific! Very cooperative, very knowledgeable, and informative. She is always upbeat and professional.”

Richard & Maureen Wright
Fort Myers, FL

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

Great itinerary, great tour group, great tour director, great scenery, good food.
Gerard & Elizabeth Ward
Richmond, VA
Loved Porto, Bilbao, and Barcelona!…[Our tour director] was wonderful and very attentive. Great meals and accommodations.
Rosemary & Martin McCarthy
Aurora, CO
Great itinerary, great tour group, great tour director, great scenery, good food.
Gerard & Elizabeth Ward
Richmond, VA
Loved Porto, Bilbao, and Barcelona!…[Our tour director] was wonderful and very attentive. Great meals and accommodations.
Rosemary & Martin McCarthy
Aurora, CO
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