2020 Across Spain and Portugal (Canceled)

This trip has been canceled.

April 21 – May 7 
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $5,374 (airfare included)
Tour Length: 17 days
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Fortified cities and fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular 17-day journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in dynamic Barcelona.  With your small group, limited to just 24 travelers, set out for an introduction to the Portuguese capital, visiting Lisbon’s iconic tower of Belém and the National Palace of Queluz and enjoying independent exploration.  Travel to lovely Oporto, a UNESCO site, where highlights include colorful Bolhao Market and the sophisticated Foz oceanfront district.  Enjoy a Douro River cruise and visit a port lodge for a tasting of the region’s famed wine.

Crossing into Spain, visit beautiful Santiago de Compostela, UNESCO site and last stop along the celebrated Way of St. James religious pilgrimage route.  Encounter vibrant León’s impressive architectural heritage with visits to the 12th-century León Cathedral and Modernist Casa Botines.  Continuing to Bilbao, tour the acclaimed Guggenheim and Fine Arts museums.  Embark on a day-long excursion along the rugged Basque coastline, with a poignant stop in Guernica.  Travel to Bielsa for a two-night stay in the stunning Pyrenees region, stopping in fabled Pamplona, and touring the dramatic Ordesa y Monte Perdido Park, a UNESCO site.  A three-night stay in world-class Barcelona provides the journey’s finale, featuring the Barri Gòtic, Las Ramblas, and Gaudí’s world-renowned architecture along with time at leisure.  Discover more of this spirited city independently on an optional 3-day/2-night post-tour extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Lisbon
  • Day 3 : Lisbon
  • Day 4 : Lisbon | Oporto
  • Day 5 : Oporto
  • Day 6 : Oporto | Santiago de Compostela
  • Day 7 : Santiago de Compostela
  • Day 8 : Santiago | León
  • Day 9 : León | Bilbao
  • Day 10 : Bilbao
  • Day 11 : Bilbao | Basque Country
  • Day 12 : Bilbao | Pamplona | Bielsa
  • Day 13 : Bielsa
  • Day 14 : Bielsa | Barcelona
  • Day 15 : Barcelona
  • Day 16 : Barcelona
  • Day 17 : Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

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All 2020 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.