Journey of St. Paul Pilgrimage

On this once in a lifetime pilgrimage, you will learn about the Journey of St. Paul as you go on a tour that starts in Athens and ends in Philippi…where Paul created the first church in Europe. Watch this video to see sites from a typical tour and read below to learn more about our pilgrimages to Greece.

Sample Itinerary

All of our Pilgrimages to Greece can be customized to the desires of your particular group. Listed below is a sample itinerary to give you a better feel for a “typical” pilgrimage.

Day 1: Travel to Athens

Day 2: Athens

On arrival, we begin our tour of Athens with the Acropolis, the Perthenon, the Temple of Wingless Victory, the Propylea and the Erechteum. We’ll also go beneath the Acropolis to see Mars Hill where St. Paul made his famous “Men of Athens” speech.

Day 3: Athens & Corinth

We’ll take a beautiful drive along the coast to Corinth with a stop at the Corinth Canal, which connects the Aegean and Ionian Seas. We’ll also visit the ruins of Corinth including the Agora, Temple of Apollo and the Bema Seat where St. Paul likely preached and where we celebrate Mass. Afterwards, we return to Athens to see the National Library, Academy, Presidential Palace, Temple of Zeus and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Day 4: Aegean Cruise

Today, we board our three-day cruise to the Greek Islands and Turkey. We arrive in the afternoon at Mykonos where we will be free to explore the winding streets filled with whitewashed houses on our own.

Day 5: Rhodes

We arrive at Rhodes where Paul stopped. We enjoy a half-day trip to Lindos, where Paul landed on his sea voyage, to see the Acropolis and the Temple of Athena, one of the most beautiful temples in Greece.

Day 6: Patmos & Ephesus

We spend the morning in Patmos where the Evangelist St. John wrote the Book of Revelation in the Grotto. We’ll also visit the Monastery of St. John, which dates back to the 11th century before we return back to the ship for lunch. We continue on to Kusadasi, Turkey to visit the ruins of ancient Ephesus where St. Paul spent two years and believed to be where Mary lived with St. John. We will celebrate Mass at the Chapel of Panaya Kapulu, which is said to be the house of the Blessed Mother.

Day 7: Meteora & Kalambaka

We return to Athens and drive to Kalambaka to visit Meteora and the monasteries built into the cliffs in the 14th century.

Day 8: Veria & Thessaloniki

We will drive through the plains of Thessaly, the legendary home of the Greek gods, and continue on to Veria where Paul visited on route to Athens. We will spend the night in Thessaloniki.

Day 9: Philippi

We follow the ancient route of St. Paul to Amphipolis before continuing to ancient Philippi where Paul established the first church in Europe. We continue to Kavala to the site of ancient Neapolis where Paul landed on the way to Philippi. We will celebrate an outdoor Mass where Paul is said to have baptized Lydia, the first European convert.

Day 10: Travel Home to USA

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