Follow the path of St. Paul
a journey to the most spiritually significant sites
in Greece and Turkey
Join us for our Pilgrimage Voyage and follow the path of St. Paul. Enjoy the finest in religious tourism in the lands where the “Apostle of the Nations” preached. Let us take you on a true journey to some of the most spiritually significant sites in Greece and Turkey. We have a deep reverence for these places, and we want to share them with you.
We depart from Lavrion or Thessaloniki and return to Lavrion, one of the major ports of Athens, one of the world’s oldest cities, and prior to your departure or upon your return you can avail yourself of everything this vibrant, cosmopolitan, historically rich city has to offer. It is dense with ancient monuments, chic cafes and unique shops. Wander through Plaka to the Acropolis and the new Acropolis Museum, perhaps the world’s greatest archaeological museums and the pride of the city.
60 kilometers from Athens, the port of Lavrion is an ancient silver mining center and a bustling port for ferries and cruise ships. While in Lavrion, visit the Temple of Poseidon, with its incredible view of the Saronic Gulf, and Cape Sounion.The giant columns at the Temple of Poseidon were “excavated” in Lavrion, which is also home to the oldest and largest ancient amphitheater in Greece. The city’s silver mines date back to prehistory.
We sail from Lavrion to Thessaloniki, Greece’s “second city” and the “Bride of the Thermaic Gulf.” Here, the Apostle John preached during the winter of 49-50; he wrote two Epistles for the ancient Thessalonians and founded the area’s first church. The ruins of this ancient church lie near the Arch of Galerius and Rotunda; nearby are the city’s ancient walls, the house of Jason and the ancient forum. We will next visit Veroia, a small city southwest of Thessaloniki, whose patron saint is Saint Paul. Here you may “touch” the Tribune of Saint Paul, the site where it is believed Paul preached the gospel to the inhabitants of Veroia, which is also home to the Church of the Resurrection of Christ the Savior (Anastasis), also known as the Church of Christ.
We leave Thessaloniki in the evening to sail overnight to the port of Kavala, the biblical Neapolis, which is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of Mt. Symvolo: it is one of the most picturesque cities in Greece. It was here, just outside the city, at Philippi, that Saint Paul conducted his first sermon in all of Europe!
Philippi is also where the Saint baptized the first Christian in Europe, the “woman by the name of Lydia.” We will also visit the prison where Saints Paul and Silas were held.
Our next stop is magical Istanbul, one of the world’s great cities, home to Byzantine and jewels such as Hagia Sofia, the Greek Patriarchate and the Blue Mosque. From Istanbul we depart for Dikili, a stone’s throw from ancient Ephesus and the Terrace Houses, the House of the Virgin Mary. Ephesus, one of the seven cities of Roman Asia, is an archeological marvel, one of the best-preserved, most extensive ancient sites in the Mediterranean. During the Apostolic Age and the Ante-Nicene Period it was the most important Christian city between Rome and Antioch.
The path of St. Paul ends at the blessed island of Patmos. Many believe John the Apostle wrote the Book of Revelations in a mountainside grotto on Patmos. Further up the mountain, within the white walls of Hora, the monastery founded in his honor in 1088 stands sentinel above the island. You’ll feel your spirit rise as you ascend the mountain beyond the port, Skala, to these holy sites.
Our last call before we return to Athens is Syros, the Cycladic Princess. The port of Ermoupoli is the capital of the Cyclades and a UNESCO World Heritage site. You’ll want to tour the Vaporia district to see the mansions built by the island’s bankers, merchants and ship owners. We’ll show you the island’s neoclassical side and give you a real taste of its local color. Expect the warmest of welcomes.
Athens awaits you the following morning. We hope you’ll disembark with a renewed sense of your faith and its history.