Known as Saul, St. Paul was born in Tarsus, in what is modern-day Turkey. After his conversion on the road to Damascus, he became one of the most notable Christian missionaries. He first converted Jews, then Gentiles on three journeys throughout Turkey and Greece between about AD 47 and 57. The apostle’s letters to the Ephesians, Corinthians, and others are a prominent source of information about the early Christian church and a significant influence on Christian thinking to this day.
Nawas is pleased to honor the legacy of St. Paul as we bring his story to life on our Steps of St. Paul Pilgrimages. We invite you to lead your pilgrims on a wonderful journey of faith. As with all our pilgrimages, Nawas will arrange Mass throughout your trip.
Greece & Turkey: Living Bible Museums
Walk the marble Acadian Way in Ephesus and picture life the way it was when St. Paul lived and taught there 2000 years ago.
- Visit Izmir, Ancient Smyrna, Pisidian Antioch … Pergamum, Patmos, plus Istanbul, whose ecumenical councils played an important role in the first thousand years of the Christian Church.
- In Greece you can visit Corinth, where Paul lived for three years, Philippi, where he first preached the Gospel in Europe, and Thessaloniki where his visit caused a riot.
- In Athens see the Acropolis and Mars Hill where Paul delivered his famous sermon about the “Unknown God,” and more.
Many Catholic leaders offer a series of lectures on St. Paul’s journeys in conjunction with their trip. In addition to teaching their parishioners about Paul’s messages, it’s a great way to promote their pilgrimage.
St. Paul’s story outlined in the book of Acts and his letters prominently featured in the New Testament are a testimony to the influence he still has today as his wisdom guides young and old alike in following the teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
I am thrilled to celebrate the legacy of St. Paul with the Holy Father and all Catholics as we bring his story to life on our special tours. I invite all leaders to seriously consider leading pilgrims on this wonderful journey of faith.
–Sami Nawas, Vice President
11 Days Greece & Greek Isles
Travel in the footsteps of St. Paul to Greece. See the Acropolis in Athens … view the ruins of Corinth where he lived and worked with Priscilla and Aquila … take a three-day Greek Isles cruise with a chance to walk the streets of ancient Ephesus … visit Thessaloniki and Philippi where Paul preached the Gospel.
11 Days Athens plus Greek Isles Cruise
Visit Athens and Corinth…take an exciting seven-day cruise to the Greek Isles of Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos, and Patmos, where St. John wrote the Book of Revelation … stop in Kusadasi with a chance to see fascinating Ephesus, plus mysterious Istanbul.
12 Days Biblical Turkey
Start in Istanbul where you tour Topkapi Palace … visit Ankara, capital of Turkey … see the amazing rock churches in Cappadocia … visit the limestone terraced hot springs at Pamukkale … Laodicea and Thyatira … walk the streets of ancient Ephesus, where St. Paul lived and preached … see Troy and the archaeological wonders at Pergamum.
12 Days Wonders of Turkey & the Greek Isles
Tour exotic Istanbul, where the Greeks, Romans, Hittites and Ottomans all left their cultural marks … cross the Dardanelles and visit the ruins of Troy, Pergamum, and Ephesus … enjoy a three-night Greek Isles cruise to Patmos, where St. John was exiled, Rhodes with its Crusader-era Grand Masters Palace, Heraklion, Crete and beautiful Santorini … end with two nights in Athens and an excursion to ancient Corinth.
12 Days Steps of St. Paul in Turkey
Spend two nights in Istanbul…tour Antioch, site of St. Peter’s Grotto … visit Tarsus, St. Paul’s birthplace…see the unique landscape of Biblical Cappadocia … the dazzling white limestone hot springs at Pamukkale … Pisidian Antioch, where St. Paul was expelled for preaching … the archaeological sites of Colossae, Travertine, and the ancient health spa of Hierapolis … visit the sites of the Seven Churches of Revelation including Philadelphia, Sardis, Thyatira, Laodicea, amazing Ephesus and Pergamum … and see the ruins of the legendary city of Troy.