In The Steps of St. Paul

The important role that Greece has played in history is widely known; philosophy, the arts, medicine, democracy. But there is also a great  page in the history of Christianity that was written in Greece.

We refer to the early days of Christianity and the ministry of the Apostle Paul! This amazing man, moved by the Holy Spirit preached "good news" to Jews and Gentiles.   

Traveling along the major trade routes of the Roman empire and visiting large thriving communities of Asia Minor and Greece his mission was accomplished; Christianity became the biggest religion in the world.

Our Christian tours are not just tours; they are an inspiring journey to the actual places where the Apostle Paul lived and preached God's word.

Travel with our bible-oriented guides down timeless roads; take time to pray and rejoice in the ancient biblical sites; visit thousand-year-old churches and temples; and encounter a unique spiritual experience that will help you to  better  understand the miracle of Christianity!

Places

 

Athens

"Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are religious. For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription. "To an unknown God". What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you..."

Acts 17:22-31

Corinth

"And he argued in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded Jews and Greeks. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, "Your blood be upon your heads! I am innocent. From now on I will go to the Gentiles".

Acts 18:4-6

Macedonia

"Passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing beseeching him and saying, "Come over to Macedonia and help us". And when he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them".

Acts 16:8-10

Veria, Pella, Thessaloniki

"The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Beroea; and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue...".

Acts 17:10-14

"Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews".

Acts 17:1

"And when Paul went in, as was his custom, and for three weeks he argued with them for the scriptures, explaining and saying, "This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ".

Acts 17:24

Philippi

"And from there he went to Philippi which is the leading city of district of Macedonia and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days;".

Acts 16:12-18

Neapolis (Kavala)

"Setting sail therefore from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis".

Acts 16:11

Istanbul

Saint Sophia One of the most important Christian monuments of all time. Built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century.

Alexandria Troas

Paul visited Alexandria Troas at least twice; the first was when he and Timothy had wanted to go into Bithynia but had been prevented by the Holy Spirit. Instead they skirted Mysia and reached Troas where during the night Paul saw a vision of a Macedonian asking him to come help him.

Ephessos

"And he came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coast came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples...".

Acts 19:01

Rhodes

"We came with a strait course unto Coos, and the day following unto Rhodes, and from thence unto Patara".

Acts 21:01

Patmos

This is an island of great Christian importance. It was here that John wrote the book of "Revelations".

Steps of Paul sample itinerary

Day 1 - Athens

Arrival Athens, meet and transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight

Day 2 - Delphi

Depart for Delphi, via Thebes, Levadia and the picturesque village of Arahova. Visit the sanctuary of Apollo Pythios and the museum. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - Kalambaka

Depart for Meteores. A particularly impressive scenery: ageless monasteries containing priceless historical and religious treasures stand, suspended between earth and sky, atop huge granite rocks. Dinner and overnight in Kalambaka.

Day 4 - Veria, Pella, Thessaloniki

Drive to Thessaloniki through the beautiful countryside of Northern Greece, going through Veria (Beroea). Upon arrival tour the city. Paul preached in Thessaloniki during the winters of 49-50 AD and wrote two epistles to the ancient Thessalonians. See the ramparts of the city, the triumphal Arch of Galerius starting the Via Egnatia, once a strategic artery of the Roman Empire. Dinner and overnight in Thessaloniki.

Day 5 - Thessaloniki, Philippi, Kavala

Visit Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe, sowing the seeds of Christianity. Here Paul baptized a “certain woman named Lydia» the first Christian convert in Europe. The Roman forum, completely excavated, is from after Paul’s time. Among the ruins, located on the rocky ledge above the town’s main road is the prison where Paul and Sills were thrown. Continue into the modern port city of Kavala, ancient Neapolis, where Paul accompanied by Sills, Luke and Timothy, first set foot in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Kavala.

Day 6 - Greek/Turkish borders, Istanbul

Continue on to the Greek/Turkish borders with Istanbul as our final destination. Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city, which lies on two continents. Transfer to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 - Istanbul

After breakfast, depart for a full day tour of Istanbul. Visit the Church of St. Sophia, the oldest Christian Basilica where the ecumenical councils were held, the Hippodrome of old Constantinople and the Blue Mosque. In the afternoon, visit the Topkapi Palace, the Sultan’s former residence with its incredible collections of jewels and china. Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

Day 8 - Dardanelles, Canakkale

In the morning depart Istanbul by coach to Canakkale (Gallipoli), situated at the narrowest part of the Dardanelles Straits. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.

Day 9 - Troy,Pergamon, Izmir

Continue to the ancient city of Troy, with its 4000-year history, which recalls the epic struggle of the Iliad. Then on to Pergamon (Bergama) to see the site of the Homonym Church, as well as the Acropolis; the Asclepion, one of the foremost medical centers of classical times; the Red Basilica, as well as the site of the Church of Pergamon. Continue to Izmir the birthplace of Homer and the capital of the Aegean. Dinner and overnight in Izmir.

Day 10 - Pamukkale (Hierapolis)

En route to Pamukkale, visit the sites of the Churches, Theatres, Philadelphia, Sardis and Laodikia. Pamukkale, whose Turkish name means Cotton Castle, is so named for the spectacular and unique sight formed by cascades of white petrified water and Calcerous salts rushing from different levels of height for thousands of years. It is the ancient Greek city Hierapolis (Holy City). Dinner and overnight.

Day 11 - Kusadasi (Ephessos)

This morning, discover the famous city of Ephessos. First see the remains of Diana Temple which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is said that John brought Mary (mother of Jesus) to Ephessos, after the crucifixion of Christ, and this is where she spent her last days. Visit the city of Ephessos, see the town hall, baths, the Grand Theater where Paul preached.

Day 12 - (must be a Tuesday) cruise

We sail for Patmos, a lovely serene island with an awesome view of the Aegean, it was here that St. John wrote the Apocalypse while in exile, and here you can see the Monastery of St. John and the Grotto of the Apocalypse.

Day 13 - Rhodos

The ship enters the port, which was once dominated by the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Optional tour takes one to the old town of Rhodos; tour within its high walls and through the narrow, winding streets. The castle of the Grand Master of the Knights and many other gothic places are still in remarkably good condition. Tour also to Lindos where we can see the Acropolis; an exquisite site with its beautiful Temple of Athena Lindia. St. Paul is believed to have landed here in a small gulf at one side of the cliff foot.

Day 14 - Heraklion (Crete) / Santorini

Crete is the largest in size of all the Greek Islands, and famous in legend as the birthplace of Zeus, Father of the Gods. Visit Knossos, the mythical palace of King Minos and the Minotaur.

Our next stop is the island of Santorini; a sickle-shaped volcanic structure which the ancients call “calliste” the most beautiful.

Day 15 - Athens / Corinth

End of cruise, return to Piraeus and continue with our tour of Athens. We will visit the Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylae. We shall also ascend Mars Hill, view the Agora (ancient market place where Paul spoke to the Athenias. We will also see the House of Parliament, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Palace, Hadrian’s Arch and the Panathenaic Stadium.

We continue our tour to Ancient Corinth. Here under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, St. Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters to them. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of first century shops, the agora where Paul’s trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo and the Bema.

Day 16 - Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

 the port, which was once dominated by the Colossus, one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Optional tour to the old town of Rhodos; tour within its high walls and through the narrow, winding streets. The castle of the Grand Master of the Knights and many other gothic places are still in remarkably good condition. Tour also visits Lindos where we can see the Acropolis; an exquisite site with its beautiful Temple of Athena Lindia. St. Paul is believed to have landed here in a small gulf at one side of the cliff foot. 

Day 8 - Heraklion, Santorini

Crete is the largest in size of all the Greek Islands, and famous in legend as the birthplace of Zeus, Father of the Gods. Visit Knossos, the mythical palace of King Minos and the Minotaur.

Our next stop is the island of Santorini; a sickle-shaped volcanic structure which the ancients call "calliste" the most beautiful.

Day 9 - Athens city tour, Corinth tour

End of cruise, return to Piraeus and continue with our tour of Athens. We will visit the Acropolis to see the ruins of the Parthenon, Erectheum and Propylae. We shall also ascend Mars Hill, view the Agora (ancient market place where Paul spoke to the Athenias. We will also see the House of Parliament, the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Presidential Palace, Hadrian's Arch and the Panathenaic Stadium.

We continue our tour to Ancient Corinth. Here under the shadow of the towering Acropolis, St. Paul preached and lived for two years. The vigorous and mostly Gentile Church he founded here in 50 AD caused him much grief and prompted him to write at least four letters to them. Visit the ruins of the ancient city where Paul worked with Aquila and Priscilla. See the remains of first century shops, the agora where Paul's trial by Gallio took place, the Fountain of Peirene, Temple of Apollo and the Bema.

Return to Athens for dinner and overnight. 

Day 10 - Departure

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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