For more than a millennium, pilgrims have walked the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St. James, to the Shrine of the Apostle at Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain. On this moderately active program, hike the most interesting sections of the Camino, enjoying exquisite cuisine, regional wines, breathtaking architecture, and splendid hotels en route. Explore awe-inspiring cathedrals and monasteries in Nájera, León, and other pilgrimage cities; tour the 15th-century Cartuja de Miraflores monastery in Burgos, and hear Gregorian chants performed by the world-famous monks of Silos. This journey on the classic Camino concludes with Mass at the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the traditional incense-burning ceremony will be performed specially for our group. Daily walks average 3.5 miles.
- Begin a series of walks along the Camino in Roncevalles, one of the main entrances to the famous pilgrimage trail, and end in Santiago de Compostela, the capital of Galicia and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as has been done for centuries
- Admire awe-inspiring cathedrals and monasteries in Nájera, Burgos, León, and other pilgrimage cities along the way, and enjoy leisure time to explore Spain’s lovely Galicia region
- Savor regional wines and cuisine including a special lunch at Bodegas Baigorri, where Rioja Alavesa wine is produced, and stay in historic Paradores
- See the artistic treasures of the 15th-century Cartuja de Miraflores monastery in Burgos, which is still occupied by a cloistered group of monks who observe silence, on an after-hours visit
- Hear Gregorian chants performed by the world-famous monks of the monastery of Santo Domingo de Silos, whose two-story cloister is considered a masterpiece of Romanesque art
- Experience midday Mass at the magnificent Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important religious structures in Spain, where a highlight will be the Botafumeiro ceremony
- Watch the sunset over Cape Finisterre, a rock-bound peninsula once thought to be “the end of the Earth,” where some pilgrims now come to burn their boots or clothes at the conclusion of their journeys
Day 1: Depart on an overnight flight to Pamplona via Madrid
Day 2: Madrid, Spain / Pamplona
Day 3: Pamplona
Day 4: Pamplona / Laguardia
Day 5: Laguardia
Day 6: Laguardia / Burgos
Day 7: Burgos
Day 8: Burgos / León
Day 9: León
Day 10: León / Villafranca del Bierzo
Day 11: Villafranca del Bierzo / Santiago de Compostela
Day 12: Santiago de Compostela
Day 13: Santiago de Compostela / Return
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately active. Participants must be in good health and able to keep pace with an active group. They must be able to walk for up to six miles a day on uneven terrain; walk and stand for periods of two hours at a time; climb stairs at monuments (some without handrails) and other locations not handicapped accessible; and board a motorcoach unassisted.
Jane Carroll is a senior lecturer in art history at Dartmouth College, specializing in the art of Northern Europe from late medieval times to the Early Modern period. Her courses range from Introduction to Art History to Gothic Art and Architecture to Northern Renaissance Art. She has researched and written on Dutch and German art, focusing on how artworks argue for selected religious ideology, both during the reform of the religious Orders and in the Reformation. Her other academic interests include early prints, the role of women in the arts, and depictions of marriage. Jane has led nearly a dozen alumni travel trips over more than two decades, and she frequently lectures at Dartmouth on Location events, where she most recently captivated audiences at the MET during a special exhibition of the drawings and prints by Leonardo da Vinci. Jane is an alumnae of Smith College (BA) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (PhD).