Santorini, Greece

Paul's Missionary Journey Cruise & Tour: 16 Day Package 2024, 2025

Experience early Christian history with Paul’s missionary journey cruise offered by Pilgrim Tours. Our tour traces the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul to give you a firsthand look at the religious sites that played a key role as the early church in the first century. You’ll get to visit ancient Corinth and Cenchreae, as well as the church of Pergamum and the ancient site of Ephesus. Join us as we follow the footsteps of Paul and embark on an enlightening journey through beautiful Turkey and Greece.

Many departure dates year round.

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Price Per person double occupancy

Dates Land Only
No Transfers
(6 Mo. Adv.)
2024 (Prices Include Cruise Tours)
May 17-June 1 (WAIT-LIST ONLY)
June 21-July 6 (wait-list only)
July 12-27
August 16-31
$4,399 $4,279
September 20-October 5 (WAIT-LIST ONLY)
$4,599 $4,479
October 18-November 2 (WAIT-LIST ONLY) $4,399 $4,279
2025 (Prices Include Cruise Tours)
March 28-April 12
April 25-May 10
May 16-31
June 20-July 5
July 11-26
$4,499 $4,379
August 29-September 13
September 19-October 4

$4,699 $4,579
October 17-November 1 $4,499 $4,379

Single Supplement:

Year-round 2024: $1,350* (inside cabin), $1,400 (outside cabin)
Year-round 2025: $1,425* (inside cabin), $1,475 (outside cabin)


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Price Includes: Land Portion - first class (4 Star) lodging, breakfast and dinner daily, modern transportation, sightseeing as listed.
Cruise Portion - Inside cabin (category IA), 2 port tours (Patmos & Crete), onboard gratuities, non-alcoholic beverage package, all meals.

Not Included:
Land Portion - travel/cancellation insurance, gratuities to guides and drivers.
Cruise Portion - Port taxes & service charges. ($180 will be added to your final invoice to prepay this cruise charge)
Flight Departures - Special fares are available nationwide including transfers. (transfers not included unless airfare is purchased from Pilgrim Tours)

Please Note: As of December 23, 2023, US Passport holders are no longer required to obtain a Turkey E-Visa for entry. If traveling from another country, please review entry requirements as Turkey Entry Visas must be completed prior to arrival. Visas can be obtained in advance online using this link: Click Here

Airport transfers are included only when airfare is purchased from Pilgrim Tours. Taxi service is available for those purchasing their airfare elsewhere.

Deposit Required: A $500 per person US Dollar deposit (which includes a $100 non-refundable service fee) is required to secure a reservation.

Footsteps of Paul: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Journey of Paul?

The Journey of Paul refers to the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul during the early days of Christianity. In fact, Paul took four missionary journeys over several years that played an important role in early Christian history. Paul traveled more than 10,000 miles during his journeys to spread the gospel of Christ.

Our Journeys of Paul tour and cruise allows you to retrace the steps of Paul during his journey through Turkey and Greece. The tour begins in Istanbul, taking you west to the Sea of Marmara and the church of Pergamum.

Like our tours in Jordan, there will be a dress code at times during your Journey of Paul tour. Certain regions and religious sites have specific dress codes and it is important to dress modestly while in Turkey. Following a modest dress code is an important part of respecting local standards and beliefs.

What countries will I visit during the Journey of Paul cruise?

During our Footsteps of Paul cruise, you’ll get to visit several places in Turkey and Greece that Paul visited during his journeys. Paul’s missionary journey cruise includes port stops in Patmos, Crete and Santorini.

The tour begins in Turkey where you’ll spend two nights at your hotel in Istanbul. From Istanbul, we’ll travel west to Troas, where Paul spent time during his second missionary journey. Other stops in Turkey include the church of Pergamum, Thyatira and Izmir. You’ll even get to stay in Izmir for an evening.

The next portion of the tour is where you get to experience ancient cities in Turkey that can be found in the book of Revelation, also known as the Churches of Revelation. These cities include Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Laodicea and Collossae.

Next, our journey to Greece involves three beautiful islands that provide stunning scenery during your cruise. While in Greece, you’ll visit the Isle of Patmos, Crete and Santorini. Crete and the Isle of Patmos are a little more rugged, so you’ll love them if you enjoyed our Ireland Christian tours. Santorini, however, is a popular vacation destination with lots of stuff to see and do and many opportunities to take the perfect picture.

These islands aren’t the only places you’ll visit in Greece. Continuing our effort to retrace Paul’s journeys, we’ll visit some of the most important historical cities in Greece. We’ll disembark from the Greek islands on day 11, taking you to ancient Corinth and Cenchreae. Corinth is one of the most important cities on our tour because it inspired many of the letters that Paul wrote. You’ll also get a chance to visit Athens and see where Paul stood while preaching to the Gentile nation.

While our Journey of Paul tour is enlightening and educational, you also get a chance to relax and enjoy your vacation. Like our Costa Rica tours, our cruises are comfortable and luxurious.

Are there other tours that trace the Journey of Paul?

Pilgrim Tours offers several tour packages for people who want to see and experience the Biblical sites found in the New Testament. In addition to Paul’s missionary journey cruise, we offer several tours that trace the Journeys of Paul. Our Footsteps of Paul tours take between 8 and 11 days, allowing you to experience early Christian history in a shorter time.

You can also choose a Journey of Paul tour that includes other destinations like Italy. If you want to see and experience as much as possible while you’re in Europe, booking a comprehensive tour might be the best solution.

If you want to experience Christian history in other parts of the world, we offer several Christian tours throughout the world. Our fellowship tours in the United States highlight the history of Christianity in the United States, starting with the introduction of Christianity by the Europeans. We also offer fellowship tours in Germany and other parts of Europe.

What is the best time of year to do the Journeys of Paul tour?

We have several dates available for our Steps of Paul cruise, so you can choose a date that fits your schedule. Whether you’re booking one of our tours of Scotland or a cruise, you should consider the weather, tourism and travel costs.

While many people prefer visiting Greece and Turkey during the summer, that’s also the busiest time of year. Visiting during the spring or fall gives you the best combination of pleasant weather and smaller crowds. If weather is your biggest concern, we offer several summer cruise dates.

If you have any questions about tour dates, itineraries or when to book your Journeys of Paul cruise, you can contact us to learn more before booking a cruise.

Day 1: Departure from US

Today we embark on our Journey to the lands of ancient treasures and Christian history with an overnight flight to Turkey. Prepare yourself for a life-changing experience. Get some rest on the flight…Tomorrow you will be walking where the apostles walked!

Day 2: Arrival Istanbul

We transfer to our hotel in Istanbul, Turkey for the next two evenings.

Day 3: Bustling Istanbul, Archaeological Museum

The tour today will be an unusual combination of Greek Orthodox, Roman, Ottoman and modern day Islam including entrance into the famed Blue Mosque and St. Sophia Church. After lunch we visit the fascinating Topkapi Palace housing the many priceless treasures and colorful stories of Ottoman Sultans. This afternoon our guide will walk us through the wonderful exhibits at the Archaeological Museum. Treasures include the sarcophagus of Alexander the Great, mosaic remnants depicting the times of Nebuchadnezzar, tablets of the Treaty of Kadesh known to be between Ramses II and the Hittites during the 13th century BC and many other wonderful items. We return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4: Sea of Marmara, Ancient Troy

Departing Istanbul, we travel west across "Trace," the European portion of Turkey. The summer homes along the Sea of Marmara will provide the scenery as we travel. Our bus boards a large ferry to cross the Dardanelles Strait giving us views of the bunkers on the hillside and the ocean going vessels. During our journey, we hear the commentary of the British major losses and World War I defeat in the Dardanelles Strait. Disembarking in Canakkale, we travel a short distance south to the area known as Troas, where Paul had a vision during his second missionary journey and was called to Macedonia (Acts 16:8-13). Paul later spent a week in Troas preaching here and Eutychus was resurrected (Acts 20:6-12). We will visit ancient Troy, which was excavated in 1873 by Heinrich Schliemann. Don't forget to have your picture taken from the top of the Trojan Horse. We travel to our nearby lodging for the evening.

Day 5: Pergamum, Thyatira & Izmir

Our first visit of the day is Pergamum. The church of Pergamum was praised for its forbearance; (Rev. 2:12-17) it was here that the first Christians were executed by Rome. We'll visit the fabled Acropolis, pass through the Royal Gates, view the foundations of the Altar of Zeus and visit the ruins of the library (which once held 200,000 volumes). Next we travel east to Thyatira viewing the ancient roadway and period columns. Thyatira was once a busy trading center and famous as a "seller of purple," the most favored of the Seven Churches. We continue south to Izmir, which is the third largest city in Turkey and a long time center for Jews and Christians. In Paul's day, Izmir was known as Smyrna and was another of the Seven Churches (Rev. 2:8-11). Our lodging this evening will be in Izmir.

Day 6: Sardis, Philadelphia, Pamukkale

Departing our Hotel in Izmir, we'll see Polycarp's Church and visit the ancient roman agora. Then, we travel to Sardis, which was berated by John for its facade of strength when, in reality, it was weak (Rev. 3:1-6). Here coins were minted and the dyeing of wool originated. We'll visit the gymnasium and synagogue. Our next stop is nearby Philadelphia from where we are challenged to “hold fast” and look forward to the coming of the "new Jerusalem" (Rev. 3:7-13) in the Book of Revelation. Not much is left of the city except for the ancient wall and the remains of a Byzantine basilica in the modern city of Alasehir. Our lodging this evening will be in a lovely spa hotel in Pamukkale.

Day 7: Hierapolis, Laodicea & Colossae

Hierapolis, meaning "Sacred City," was an ancient center for pagan cults until it was transformed into a Christian center in the first century. According to tradition, the Apostle Philip lived and was martyred in Hierapolis. It was likely the hot springs of Hierapolis (in contrast to the cold mountain springs near Colossae) that combined to bring application to the "lukewarm" Laodiceans (Rev 3:14-22). This connection between the cities lies behind Paul’s reference to Hierapolis and Laodicea in his epistle to the Colossians (Col 4:13). Laodicea contains many acres of ruins to visit including a stadium and remnants of a sophisticated water system. Nearby Colossae is well-known throughout Christian circles as the receiver of Paul's letter to the Colossians. Today, the town has fallen into obscurity and nothing remains. We spend the remainder of the day traveling through the Turkish countryside arriving in the port city of Kusadasi where we spend two nights. The day will not be complete without a visit to a local Turkish Rug cooperative.

Day 8: Ephesus

We travel to the nearby town of Selcuk for a visit of ancient Ephesus. Ephesus was once a thriving port town of 250,000 people. Today you can still see the spectacular excavations of the major streets in this ancient city. We view the Library, Agora, theatre, colorful mosaics in the aristocratic Terrace Houses, and a panoramic outlook of the surrounding ancient port area (including a wealth of church history and cultural insight). Then we continue with a visit to the Basilica Church of St. John, which houses an immersion baptismal and is believed to be resting place of John. From here we have an excellent overview of the Ephesus harbor, the Mosque of Jesus, and see the site of the Temple of Artemis, which is listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Day 9: Isle of Patmos

This morning, we embark our cruise ship and sail for a visit to the beautiful Isle of Patmos, which is under statutory protection as a historic monument. Here we have a tour to see the fortified monastery of St. John and the cave claimed to be where John received the Revelation. Back on the ship, enjoy dinner before settling in to your cabin for the night.

Day 10: Crete, Santorini

Crete is the largest and the most rugged of the Greek islands. Take a tour to Heraklion and the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Minos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. This afternoon visit the island of Santorini which is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. You may choose to take an optional panoramic bus tour viewing some of the most spectacular scenery of the Aegean. Travel through countless villages and settlements with delicate architecture and beauties eventually arriving in Oia. During your time in Oia, visit the many narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques. Upon returning to the ship, we view the lace-like caldera, the little islands of Thirasia, Palea, & Nea Kameni. We arrive at the ship for dinner and evening entertainment.

Day 11: Disembark Cruise – Ancient Corinth & Cenchreae

We disembark the cruise this morning and travel west with a rest stop and photos at the Corinth Canal. Next, we visit ancient Corinth, the city that inspired many of Paul's most familiar letters and is a highlight for the New Testament scholar. See the Archaeological Museum, the Market Place, the Bema, and the Temples. To enjoy a devotional in the midst of the ruins of the church of Corinth and see the pillars, steps, and public worship place where Paul preached will enhance your understanding and love for the Bible. The ruins of this important cultural center are fascinating as we walk along the stone path that the Apostle Paul walked. The engineering skill and intellect of these people are evident in the water systems that still flow from ancient to modern day. Our guide will be sure to show you the room dedicated to the medical care of that period. We travel on to the top of the nearby Acropolis where our guide will speak on the worship practices and point out the bird’s eye view of what was a bustling city of around 800,000 during Paul’s stay. Another important stop is a visit to Diolkos where we view the paved trackway which enabled boats to be moved overland across the Isthmus of Corinth and served as a life line for Corinth. This shortcut allowed ancient vessels to avoid the long and dangerous circumnavigation of the Peloponnese peninsula. Before returning to Athens, we will visit Cenchreae, the ancient port region of Corinth. Acts 18:18 states the Apostle Paul stopped at Cenchreae during his second missionary journey, where he had his hair cut to fulfill a vow.

Day 12: Athens

Following breakfast this morning we tour Athens, the foundation of democracy. We visit the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and Erectheum before viewing Athens atop Mars Hill where Paul stood and preached the truth to the Gentile nation. From atop Mars Hill we view the Agora below, the ancient marketplace and center of Athenian public life. Additional sites viewed during our panoramic bus tour are, the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Olympic Stadium, and Presidential Palace. An option later this afternoon is a visit to the famous Plaka with a multitude of shops and cafes.

Day 13: Meteora Monastery

Please prepare for a dress code today. In Meteora, women are required to wear skirts below the knee and men, pants.
From Athens, our tour travels northward past Thermopylae where we learn of the famous Spartan battle of 300. We continue through the mountains to Meteora. Here we see the world famous Byzantine monasteries that are perched precariously on summits of gray rock pinnacles of varied and beautiful shapes. Their history goes back to the 14th century when the monks sought refuge in the cliffside caves then fled higher to build the original wooden shelters, later transformed into monasteries. Our lodging this evening will be in Meteora.

Day 14: Vergina, Berea, Thessalonica

Traveling northward into Macedonia we visit King Phillip's (Alexander's father) tomb in Vergina, one of the most outstanding finds in all of Greece. A stop will be made in Berea to view the ancient synagogue where Paul spoke and the Bema surrounded by mosaics of Paul and the plaque of scripture regarding the "more noble" church. The New Testament books of I & II Thessalonians will come alive to us today as we arrive in the delightful harbor city of Thessalonica. En route to the hotel we will view the old city ramparts; the newly excavated Forum, St. George Church, an ancient Roman monument which was transformed into a church and the Galerius Arch which rises over the famous Via Egnatia. We spend two nights here.

Day 15: Thessalonica/Philippi/Kavala

We begin the day by following the massive battlement Byzantine wall to the citadel for a panoramic view of the city. Next, we will visit Philippi and Kavala. Kavala is Greece's prettiest mainland port with a most elegant harbor. Paul landed here with his disciples, Timothy and Silas. Luke, the Evangelist, also came here from Troas. This ancient city of Neapolis was later renamed Christoupolis because it was the first European city to accept Christianity. Imagine walking on the same sod as these men of the Bible! We will see the Roman Aqueduct and the ruins of the Acropolis in this beautifully located city, known since the 5th century as Kavala. Continue on to Philippi where Paul preached his first evangelical sermon and baptized the first Christians on European soil. We will view the baptismal site where Lydia surrendered her life to Christ and visit a crypt dating from the Roman period that is thought to have served as a prison for Paul. See the famous Acropolis, the Market Place, Basilica, and the Theatre. We return to Thessalonica and visit St. Demetrius Basilica, dedicated to a distinguished member of the Roman army and a martyred Christian convert, before returning to the hotel for our final night.

Day 16: Homeward Bound

We transfer to the Thessalonica airport for our flight home.