Learn about the history, art and culture of the Way of St. James, and experience walking it in extraordinary luxury
Immerse yourself in the Spanish heart of the Camino! Our educational tours run in collaboration with the International Courses department of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) are unique. You will have the chance to learn about the Spanish language and history of the Camino with University faculty, both in the classroom and around the city of Santiago.
Complete your Educational Experience by joining us on a luxury walking tour after the 4-day Educational Program. You can add 5 to 10 days of walking the Camino after your educational experience, and end up back in Santiago de Compostela. After learning the rich history of the Camino, live the authentic experience of walking part of The Way with us.
1. Educational program at the University
At the beautiful University campus, participants will attend Spanish language classes taught by specialist teachers of Spanish as a Foreign Language and Seminars on the Camino de Santiago taught by USC professors.
The general contents will be structured around three main topics:
- Historical and present day Camino
- Camino Art
- Geography of the Camino
The lectures will be supplemented with cultural activities and outdoor experiences. The art class, for example, is enriched with guided tours of the Cathedral and surrounding squares.
During the course, you will receive 12 hours of lectures and enjoy 10 hours of cultural activities in Santiago, including a culinary tour.
Spanish Language (4,5 hours)
The language classes seek to improve spoken Spanish skills and the student’s knowledge of grammar, as well as improve vocabulary.
The aim is that before students come to the practical part of the course – walking along the Camino – participants will have some key language tools, such as Camino-specific vocabulary.
Lectures on the Camino (7,5 hours)
Classes combine lectures with experiential learning. They seek the active participation of students.
- The History of Pilgrimage and the Followers of St. James: The evolution of the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage Route.
This lecture includes a historical study of the major stages of the pilgrimage to Santiago. It focuses on the origins of the followers of St. James on the Iberian Peninsula, including the analysis of some of the legends and key rites of the Camino universe.
- The Camino de Santiago Routes and St. James related Art.
View of the Culture and art surrounding the followers of St. James the Apostle both in the cathedral as well as in the city and on the Camino routes. We will study the different ways in which St. James the Apostle appears, the relationship between the city and the Pilgrimage routes, the rich art of the Cathedral from the Middle Ages to the present day and the iconography of the Apostle’s tomb and crypt.
- Geography and the Landscape of the Camino de Santiago.
We will study of the major items that make up the landscapes of Galicia, both the natural environment and the human environment. We will show the changes in the landscape along the Camino de Santiago to the seacoast.
Cultural Program (10 hours)
- Sunday: Guided tour to the Cathedral and its roofs.
Visit the historic city and the richest and most complex cathedral in Europe. Learn about the monuments, squares and streets of the historic center of Santiago, a World Heritage Site. The visit begins in the Plaza de Platerías, the Dean’s House, the House of the Cabildo, Colegio Fonseca, the plaza and façade of Obradoiro, the College of St. Jerome, Rajoy Palace, Hostel of the Catholic Monarchs, the square and façade of the Azabachería, San Martin Pinario Monastery, Plaza de la Quintana and façade as well as the interior of the Cathedral.
- Monday: St. James historical itinerary: Pilgrim’s Hidden Santiago.
Most of Santiago de Compostela was made to the measure of pilgrims, indeed they had partially built it. When arriving, they prolonged their journey through a real and emotive itinerary: pilgrims’ inns, favorite accommodation for all nationalities, hospitals, the cementery of Santo Peregrino, specialized shops, and so on.
- Tuesday: Guided visit to Museo de las Peregrinaciones and guided tour of St. James related Art.
Housed in the building known as the Gothic House, with construction features from the 14th century (important remodelling are from later dates). The exhibition is divided into the eight rooms, which highlight the importance of the pilgrimage and the worship of St. James for European culture and Hispanic America.
- Wednesday: Gastronomy tour.
This walking tour will take you to Compostela’s “tastiest” spots, from streets devoted entirely to the pleasures of dining to traditional food shops and the popular Mercado de Abastos (food market). The tour will introduce students to the keys to Atlantic gastronomy, fine restaurants along the route and their culinary specialities.
2. Walking tour
The second half of the course takes place in the Camino. After learning all about the rich history of the Camino, participants will live the experience of walking part of the The Way. The walking tour is organized and led by Duperier’s Authentic Journeys.