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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!
Length
3 days
Rating (4.81)
Starts at
349

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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.
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Teresa de la Vega
Teresa de la Vega studied history and geography at Complutense University of Madrid and has received degrees in American anthropology, ancient history, and art history. She has taught courses in art history throughout her career..

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Teresa de la Vega studied history and geography at Complutense University of Madrid and has received degrees in American anthropology, ancient history, and art history. She has taught courses in art history throughout her career..
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Mayra Noguerales was born on the Canary Islands and moved to mainland Spain as a teenager. At 16, she moved to the US, and after four years in several states, headed to the UK to finish her university degree. Returning home, she moved to beautiful, historic El Escorial and became an educational Group Leader. Mayra enjoys time in her workshop creating all types of arts and crafts. Her passion and most rewarding experiences come from meeting people and sharing her knowledge of Spain and Portugal.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
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 Pilgrimage
by Paulo Coelho
The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago
by David Gitlitz & Linda Kay Davidson
A Traveller's History of Spain
by Juan Lalaguna
The Road to Santiago - The Pilgrims of St James
by Walter Starkie
The Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela
by William Melczer
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
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)
The Sun Also Rises
by Ernest Hemingway
Steps Out of Time
by Katharine B. Soper
Pilgrim Stories, On and Off the Road to Santiago
by Nancy Louise Frey
Travels with My Donkey
by Tim Moore
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Peter R. Bush (Editor)
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
The Way (Film)
by directed by Emilio Estevez
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3 days
DAY
1
Orientation, Introductions, The Caminos, Via de la Plata
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Activity note: Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:25 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Welcome, Orientation, Introductions. The Group Leader will greet everyone and review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, Zoom meeting protocols, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions. We will then say hello to our fellow Road Scholars. 11:30 a.m. Lecture. It has been speculated that what became known as the Camino de Santiago — Way of St. James — actually originated in pre-Christian times. But it was during the 9th Century CE that it became associated with St. James the Apostle. We will learn about the threads of religious tradition that were woven into this tapestry of faith as well as the geography and culture of the many different pilgrimage routes. While it began as a religious journey, many people today also follow the great network of routes for reasons such as fitness, mental relaxation, and connections with nature. All those who walk the Caminos are still known as “peregrinos.” At the end of the lecture, we will have a Q&A session.

Afternoon: 12:20 p.m. Break. 12:35 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will focus on the Via de la Plata, the longest pilgrimage route to Santiago, covering the length of the country from Andalusia through Extremadura, and over Roman roads that joined Emerita Augusta (Mérida) and Asturica Augusta (Astorga). On our way, we’ll retrace the history of the Iberian Peninsula and the Roman conquest. Later we’ll view the hauntingly beautiful coastline of Cabo Finisterre. Although not actually Spain’s most westerly point, it was believed in ancient times to be “the end of the world.” Our journey will end in Santiago as we share the feelings of those who have completed their pilgrimage. With Q&A. 1:30 p.m. Break. 1:40 p.m. Lecture. We’ll have an introduction to food and wines of northern Spain. We’ll learn about the diverse and sophisticated gastronomical delights in one of the most renowned areas of the country. 2:20 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow.

DAY
2
The French Way, Three Cultures, Meet Local People
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Activity note: Today’s session will start at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:10 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:05 a.m. Lecture. We’ll start with an overview of the history of Spain during the Middle Ages and the coexistence of three literary and religious cultures— Judaism, Christianity, Islam — on Iberian soil. We’ll also get a glimpse of monastic life in medieval times, learn about the builders of cathedrals and remember literary masterpieces such as the epic poem that refers to the legend of “El Cid,” Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar (c. 1043-1099), a real life historical figure who became Spain’s national hero. 11:55 a.m. Break.

Afternoon: 12:05 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will trace the Camino Francés — the French Way —. We’ll start at the border town of Roncesvalles, proceeding through Pamplona and Castile to Santiago de Campostela, a trip of nearly 500 miles (780 km). We’ll have Q&A at the end of our virtual field trip. 1:00 p.m. Break. 1:10 p.m. Panel discussion. We will be joined by members of the local community for a discussion of life in Galicia and Spain today. With Q&A. 2:00 p.m. Wrap-up and notes for tomorrow. 2:10 p.m. Today’s session will end.

DAY
3
Camino Primitivo, Camino del Norte, Basque Country, Asturias
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Activity note: Today session will start at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time and end at 2:05 p.m.

Morning: 11:00 a.m. Review of the day. 11:05 a.m. Lecture. We will have an overview of the geography, history, art, and culture of the original and oldest pilgrimage route: the Camino Primitivo from Oviedo to Santiago, and consider the symbolism of the Way. During the 9th and 10th centuries, this was the route most frequently followed by people of Asturias and Galicia as well as other parts of northern Spain and Europe. Along with the Camino del Norte, it has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. With Q&A.

Afternoon: 12:00 p.m. Break. 12:10 p.m. Virtual field trip. We will “visit” some of Spain’s most verdant and scenic countryside in Basque Country, Asturias, and northern Galicia, all along the routes of the Camino Primitivo and Camino del Norte. With Q&A. 1:00 p.m. Break. 1:10 p.m. Interactive discussion. We will discuss the language, traditions and customs to be found in the Basque Country, and consider the unique character of this culture. 1:50 p.m. Wrap-up and farewells. 2:05 p.m. This concludes our program.






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