A two-week pilgrimage sounds expensive…
Camino Fully Alive is a 501(c)(3). As the Camino has had a deep effect on our own lives, we are intent on sharing that experience with others. We are working on the details for the 2024 pilgrimage with lessons learned from our inaugural 2022 Camino. Once again, we will strive to keep costs in check.
Typical 9 day Camino excluding airfare
Travel Company: $1,949 – $3,950
Our pilgrimage: $950*
(Plus, we will have a priest!)
*This estimate includes funds that will be spent on food, lodging, train travel, travel health insurance and other costs of traveling with our group. The main cost outside of this estimate is the cost of airfare to get to and from Spain.
So what is my angle? I am passionate about Catholicism and about walking. My first Camino in 2021 with my boys was truly life-enhancing. I want to bring others to that kind of experience as well. God has blessed me with many things in life and my passion for this pilgrimage is one of those things. I want to share that gift with you. Let’s just consider it part of my stewardship.
I plan to have an enjoyable trip, but I’m not made of money. The estimates that I have placed above are similar to the experience that we took in 2021. The Camino has many travelers and there are certainly options if you want to be a little more pampered. No judgment!
We plan to stay in pilgrim accommodations called Albergues. They cost between $10-$15 per night per person. There are nicer options to stay that will cost more. Usually Albergues are pretty spartan, but immaculate. At most locations we will be able to pair off into rooms for 4 to 8 men. It’s a good idea to have ear plugs just in case we get stuck in a larger sleeping dorm.
Food & Drink
Food is pretty affordable everywhere you go. We started the day off with a Cappuccino and pastry. Most times they throw in a little biscuit or egg dish for free. Welcome to the land of tapas! The big meal (Comedia or Pilgrim’s Meal) in the afternoon goes for about $12-$15 (that includes automatic tip and tax). We didn’t eat a whole lot for supper and we would often go to the grocery store to keep costs low. It is easy to get satisfied with bread, cheese, and sausage.
Wine is super cheap (about $1 / glass), but if you have a more refined pallet you can find more expensive options.