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Online Program

Adventures Online: Art & History on the Roads to Santiago, Spain

Program No. 24318RJ
Journey through Spain along the caminos — or roads — that lead to Santiago de Compostela and learn about Spanish culture along the way during this live, online learning adventure!

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At a Glance

Santiago de Compostela has long been revered as a site for pilgrimages — but how does one get there? Join a local historian and anthropologist for a three-day, virtual journey through Spain along some of the “caminos” that lead to this important city. Each day, follow a different route and along the way, discover spectacular views, castles perched on rocks, amazing works of art, prehistoric caves, medieval monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites and much more. Follow the most popular Camino Frances that stretches from the French border through Pamplona and Castile, the stunning Camino del Norte which winds along the scenic northern coast, and the lesser known Via de la Plata, the longest route from Andalusia to Galicia. Get to know your fellow Road Scholars as you engage in a panel discussion on life in Spain today and take in a lecture on Spanish wines and gastronomy.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Discover the Camino Frances — the French Way that stretches from the French border at Roncesvalles through Pamplona and Castile — on a virtual field trip.
  • Join your expert for a virtual field trip through the regions of Basque Country, Asturias and northern Galicia as you explore the Northern and Primitive Ways.
  • Enjoy a virtual exploration of the longest pilgrimage route to Santiago — the Mozarabic Way— and the coastline of Cape Finisterre.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
A Traveller's History of Spain
by Juan Lalaguna
The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago
by David Gitlitz & Linda Kay Davidson
The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela
by William Melczer
The Pilgrimage
by Paulo Coelho
The Camino Made Easy: Reflections of a Parador Pilgrim, Three Walking Tours on the Way of St. James through Spain and Portugal to Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre
by Olivia Pittet
The Road to Santiago - The Pilgrims of St James
by Walter Starkie
The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
Back to Compostela
by Edith Wharton
The Camino, A Journey of the Spirit
by Shirley MacLaine
The Miracles of St. James, Translations from the Liber Sancti Jacobi
by Thomas Coffey (Editor)
Pilgrim Stories, On and Off the Road to Santiago
by Nancy Louise Frey
Travels with My Donkey
by Tim Moore
Steps Out of Time
by Katharine B. Soper
The Way (Film)
by directed by Emilio Estevez
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Peter R. Bush (Editor)
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
Off the Road, A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim's Route Into Spain
by Jack Hitt
Roads to Santiago, A Modern-Day Pilgrimage Through Spain
by Cees Nooteboom
Pilgrimage to the End of the World, The Road to Santiago de Compostela
by Conrad Rudolph

Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.