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Study Abroad Opportunities

The Pilgrimage to Santiago: History, Art, Economics, and Religion in Spain

This course takes students to Spain to study the ancient pilgrimage route called the Camino de Santiago. We consider the religious, historical, artistic, culinary, and economic aspects of the Camino and visit Madrid, Burgos, Leon, and Santiago de Compostela and the great cathedrals, monasteries, museums, restaurants, and landscape along the way. This experiential learning opportunity gets us on the road, hiking the final 100 kilometers of the Camino through the lush landscape of Galicia, Spain's northwest province. We stay in hotels and hostels and meet pilgrims from the around the world on their journeys of self-discovery.

Tentative Daily Schedule:

May 15: Board plane for Madrid.
May 16: Arrive in Madrid. Check into Hotel. Meet for evening stroll in Madrid and Dinner
May 17: Tour of Madrid in the Morning. Afternoon visit to the Prado with a local guide. Evening visit to Flamenco performance. Late Dinner.
May 18: Bus ride to Santo Domingo de la Calzada. Tour of Cathedral. Bus ride to Burgos. Evening Meal in plaza of Cathedral.
May 19: Morning visit to Atapuerca archaeological site. Lunch. Afternoon visit to Burgos Cathedral, Santa Maria La Real de las Huelgas monastery, and Old City District. Dinner.
May 20: Bus trip to Sahagun. Visits to Santuario de la Pelegrina and San Tirso's Church. Tour Templar Castle. Lunch. Bus trip to Leon. Check into hotel. Talk and eat dinner. Walk around the old city.
May 21: Tour of Leon Cathedral and Casco Antiguo. Bus trip to Ponferrada, Templar Castle tour. Bus trip to Ocebreiro, evening dinner and lodging in Ocebreiro/Triacastela.
May 22: Bus trip to Triacastela. Walk Camino from Triacastela to Samos (9km). Walk Camino into Samos. Lunch. Visit Monastery and attend evening Mass.
May 23: Walk from Samos-Sarria to Portomarin. Bus to Sarria. Walk from Sarria to Portomarin. Bus to Palas de Rey.
May 24: Walk from Palas de Rey to Melide. Lunch in Melide at famous octopus restaurant. Tour Cathedral. Free Evening.
May 25: Walk from Melide to Ribadiso-Arzua. Dinner. Spend night at hostel in Ribadiso-Arzua.
May 26: Walk from Ribadiso-Arzua to Arca. Dinner.
May 27: Walk from Arca to Santiago. Check into Hotel. Lunch. Free Evening.
May 28: Visit Cathedral, attend Pilgrim’s Mass, witness incensing. Lunch. Afternoon tour of Cathedral rooftop and surrounding sites in Old City.
May 29: Bus ride to Finistere. Lunch in Finistere. Visit to Megaliths in Afternoon. Closing dinner.
May 30: Begin return journey from Santiago to Orlando.


The Pilgrimage to Santiago, Spain poster

For more information contact WORLD at World@stetson.edu or Dr. Phillip Lucas at plucas@stetson.edu .

Travel Dates
: May 16-30, 2017

Program Price: $4600 (includes 4 credits, 2 meals per day, housing, in-country transportation, entrance fees, and guides). International airfare to Spain (about $1400), passport costs ($147), and one meal per day (about $210) are not included in this price.

  • A $500 deposit (check or money order written out to Stetson University) will be due with your application. This deposit goes toward the price of the program
  • The balance will be due by March 15. Balance payments paid after first of the year.
  • Program costs listed here are estimates that may change slightly based on international economic circumstances beyond our control (i.e. currency fluctuations or price hikes by our overseas vendors). Participants will be given notice if the price is raised and given a chance to withdraw if necessary.