April 21 - May 3, 2018
From $2,595 per person*
Santiago de Compostela
Benedictine monastery of Samos along the Camino de Santiago
Astorga, Spain - Episcopal Palace of Astorga
Templarium castle, Ponferrada, Santiago Road, Spain
Leon Cathedral Castilla - Leon, Spain
Las Medulas ancient Roman mines, UNESCO
Journey along the route of one of the most important Christian pilgrimages of the Middle Ages during a combined walking and coach tour of the Way of St. James from Madrid to Santiago de Compostela with Professor George D. Greenia, Professor of Modern Languages at the College of William & Mary. On this fascinating walk through history, you will visit the Cathedral of Léon, known as the "House of Light", and the Baslica of San Isidro and its funeral chapel of the Kings of Léon, picturesque Astorga with its Episcopal Palace designed by renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, Ponferrada with its Templar Castle, the former Roman Gold Mine of Las Médulas, and the 6th-century Benedictine Monastery of San Xulián of Samos. You will hike and travel by air-conditioned motor coach through the beautiful countryside of northwestern Spain across fertile fields, lush forests and rolling mountains. To complete this special journey, you will tour the city of Santiago de Compostela and visit its cathedral, built on the spot where the remains of St. James the Apostle were found, and have free time to explore this UNESCO World Heritage City which has attracted countless pilgrims for over one thousand years.
Hosted by George Greenia, W&M Professor Emeritus.
Greenia's pilgrimage: The lure of the Camino
Estevez, Greenia and Sheen: Conversation about "The Way"