ROML 297: Walking the Portuguese Caminho de Santiago

4 credits FDR HU and EXP
3 weeks in Portgual
Professor Matthew Bailey and Professor Cristina Pinto-Bailey

Students study the Portuguese route to Santiago (Sant Iago) and then walk the 143 miles (230 kilometers) from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, to the shrine of St. James the Greater, brother of John the Apostle. The first week is spent on campus where students study the route and its cultural history, choose individual study projects related to the towns and cities along the route, create a digital map of the route, and study the Portuguese language. The walk is divided into twelve stages, averaging a demanding 12 miles per day. The trip includes three nights in Lisbon, one night in Porto, and three nights in Santiago de Compostela.
Prerequisites: Fitness compatible with 12 consecutive days of 10-14-mile walks. 

Program Fee (paid to W&L): $3,550 This fee includes: accommodation, program fees, group meals, in-country transportation.

Estimated Additional Costs: Airfare (estimate $1,700 from DC), some meals ($420), cell phone, passport, visa (if applicable) and spending money.

For further details, please contact Professor Bailey at

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