Follow St. Paul’s Journeys in Greece and Turkey

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 AntiochPergamum, 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.

The life of St. Paul is a wonderful example of early evangelism, beginning from his humbling meeting with Our Lord Jesus on the road to Damascus, which lead to his conversion as a prosecutor of Christians to one of its most devout followers, and ending in his martyrdom in Rome.

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

Our Featured Pilgrimages in the Steps of St. Paul in Greece & Turkey

Greece & Greek Isles Pilgrimage

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.

Athens, Greece & Greek Isles Pilgrimage

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.

Biblical Turkey

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.

Wonders of Turkey & the Greek Isles

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.

Steps of St. Paul in Greece & Turkey

12 Days Steps of St. Paul in Greece & Turkey

Paul’s journeys will come alive as you follow his path in Athens and ancient Corinth … see the archaeological treasures at Delphi … Thessaloniki where he spread the Gospel … Philippi where Paul delivered his first sermon in Europe … Pergamum, Izmir, Sardis, and Laodicea, part of the Seven Churches of Revelation … Ephesus where Paul lived and preached, plus exotic Istanbul.