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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!
3 days
Rating (4.81)
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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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The Road to Santiago - The Pilgrims of St James
by Walter Starkie
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 Pilgrim's Guide to Santiago de Compostela
by William Melczer
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
Spain, A Traveler's Literary Companion
by Peter R. Bush (Editor)
The Basque History of the World
by Mark Kurlansky
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
The Way (Film)
by directed by Emilio Estevez
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
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4.81 Average
(5) Review left 2/26/2022

I am giving a talk to our Sunday school class in 8 days. I have read a lot of data so far, and the pics and data presented was "frosting on the cake." Another member of our class has walked the Camino, so I am giving the background history, and he is talking about his personal experiences. Should be fun.

(5) Review left 2/25/2022

I learned alot about the Camino de Santiago from this virtual program. The program offered an excellent overview that will prepare me for my upcoming in-person visit. The handouts and maps are excellent.

(2) Review left 2/18/2022

I was very disappointed with this program. It was not what i expected. It is not about the experience of traveling the Roads to Santiago, but a history of Spain. If you are interested in finding out what traveling the Camino is like, I would not recommend it. I have watched better YouTube videos for this. I had done 85 in-person Road Scholar /Elderhostel programs before this. This was my first online program. I will not do another. Online learning just doesn't do it for me.

(5) Review left 11/19/2021

I highly recommend this program to everyone, whether you are familiar with the Camino or not. You will come away with a deeper understanding of and appreciation for the beautiful complexity that is Spain. The co-hosts, Mayra and Teresa, made this one of the most energizing and engaging experiences I have ever had! At the end of each day, I felt pure joy and a profound connection to this country.

(5) Review left 11/19/2021

I enjoyed the focus on the three different routes to Santiago de Compostela. Each has its own history and the instructor made each one come alive in ways that were very interesting and informative, with details on the arts and the mix of cultures.

(5) Review left 11/11/2021

Even if you think you know a lot about the Camino, this program will surprise and enlighten you. Wonderful presentations by well-informed and personable presentors!

(5) Review left 11/11/2021

Online course was great. The presenters were very knowledgeable, and made you feel as if you were with them. Content was extremely interesting.

(5) Review left 11/10/2021

Excellent program about the myth, the symbols, the people, the culture, the history, the architecture, the art and the music about Several Ways that Christian Pilgrims travelled to Santiago de Compestilno (sp?).

(5) Review left 9/12/2021

What an excellent course this was of the Camino de Santiago. The instructors were thorough and very informed about the region and all aspects involving the Caminos. It was a wonderful way to learn about the history, culture, food,, language, ways of the camino and environment of the region. I feel very knowledgeable about the Camino de Santiago and happy that I spent the time and money to share this journey. Thank you. Karen Wachtmeister Warrenton, Virginia

(5) Review left 8/03/2021

This is an excellent overview of the history, archaeology, and art of Spain inspiring one to know more and go there soon! It was very personalized and fun interacting with the leaders and other participants as well.

(5) Review left 7/29/2021

This is a learn alot program!

(5) Review left 7/29/2021

This program focuses on the Art and History of Spain as it relates to El Camino, which is extensive and fascinating. It is not the contemporary experience of El Camino as only a few slides show what the Camino looks like. There are too many Caminos to show them all!

(5) Review left 7/15/2021

If you have any interest in Northern Spain, this is the program for you. It was a skillful blend of culture, history, and geography with many timely illustrative videos and some wonderful Spanish music. Excellent instructor and coordinator.

(5) Review left 7/14/2021

A comprehensive study of the areas "pilgrims" can travel through to reach Santiago.

(5) Review left 6/14/2021

Teresa de la Vega and Mayra Noguerales do not disappoint. Their program content and presentation were wonderful. Cannot recommend this program highly enough. Whether you've walked El Camino or have never been there, we all learned something. Outstanding.

(5) Review left 6/09/2021

This is a wonderful way to learn about Spain, it's history, art and current culture

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