Daily Steps on Our Spiritual Pilgrimage

The Roman Theater in Heiropolis, Turkey

The Roman Theater in Heiropolis, Turkey

Itinerary: 15 days, 2200 miles overland, an average of 3 hours driving time per day

Roman road Paul traveled outside of Tarsus

Roman road Paul traveled outside of Tarsus

Day Zero, Wednesday

Fly in to Hatay, Turkey

Stay in Antioch (Antakya): .5 hours

Accommodations: Liwan Hotel

Theme: Saul’s Conversion: The Adventure Begins

Day One, Thursday (1 hour of driving)

Stay in Antioch (Antakya): .5 hours

Accommodations: Liwan Hotel

Theme: Saul in Antioch: A New Community and Calling

Visit: Ancient Cave Church of Antioch, Hatay Archaeological Museum, Harbor of Seleucia Peria

Day Two, Friday (3.5 hours of driving)

Antioch to Roman Road in Cilicia: 3 hours

Roman Road to Tarsus: .5 hour

Accommodations: Elif Hatun Konagi

Theme: Saul’s Hometown: Doing It Alone

Visit: Roman Road, St. Paul’s Well, Ancient Shop Street

Day Three, Saturday (7 hours of driving)

Tarsus to Anemurium (Anamur): 4 hours

Anemurium to Side: 3 hours

Accommodations: Yali Hotel

View from our hotel on the Mediterranean in ancient port of Side

View from our hotel on the Mediterranean in ancient port of Side

Theme: First Missionary Journey: Paul’s Call to the Gentiles

Visit: Ancient ruins of Side

Day Four, Sunday (3 hours of driving)

Side to Perga (Aksu):  1 hour

Perga to Egirdir: 2 hours

Accommodations: Nis Otel

Visit: Ancient Perga

Day Five, Monday (3 hours of driving)

Walking the streets of Roman Perga

Walking the streets of Roman Perga

Egirdir to Pisidian Antioch (Yalvac): .5 hours

Visit: Ruins of ancient Pisidian Antioch

Pisidian Antioch to Iconium (Konya): 2.5 hours

Accommodations: Konya Dervish Otel

Theme: Paul and Barnabas in Galatia: Gospel Takes Root

Day Six, Tuesday (2 hours of driving)

Iconium to Lystra (Hatunsaray): 2 hour round trip

Dinner in Konya, Turkey, the site of ancient Iconium

Dinner in Konya, Turkey, the site of ancient Iconium

Accommodations: Konya Dervish Otel

Theme: Paul and Barnabas under Pressure: Overcoming Kingdom Opposition

Visit: Unexcavated ruins of Lystra, Konya Archaeological Museum, Mevlana Mosque

Day Seven, Wednesday (5.5 hours of driving)

Iconium to Laodicea: 5 hour drive

Laodicea to Hierapolis (Pamukkale):  .5 hour drive

Accommodations: Venus Suites

Walking the streets of ancient Laodicea

Walking the streets of ancient Laodicea

Theme: Paul Multiplies Leaders: Making Disciples Who Can Make Disciples

Visit: Unexcavated site of Colossae, ruins of Laodicea

Day Eight, Thursday (3 hours of driving)

Pamukkale to Ephesus (Selcuk): 3 hour drive

Theme: Third Missionary Journey: Paul Establishes a Base for Breakthrough

Accommodations: Hotel Nilya

The ancient Library of Celsus in Ephesus

The ancient Library of Celsus in Ephesus

Visit: The ancient city of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis

Day Nine, Friday (2 hours of driving)

Ephesus to Cesme: 2 hours

Accommodations: Aegean Sea Rooms

Theme: Second Missionary Journey: Paul Does What the Spirit is Doing

Visit: Ephesus Archaeological Museum, Basilica of St John the Theologian

Ferry from Cesme to Greek island of Chios (1 hr sailing)

Sailing from Cesme, Turkey to the Greek island of Chios

Sailing from Cesme, Turkey to the Greek island of Chios

Day Ten, Saturday

Ferry from Chios to Neapolis (Kavala) (12 hours sailing)

Theme: Paul’s Macedonian Call: New Territory

Stay in Philippi (Krenides)

Accommodations: Yannis Hotel

Day Eleven, Sunday (3.5 hours of driving)

Philippi to Royal Tomb (Vergina): 2.5 hours

Breakfast at our hotel by the Mediterranean in Platamon, Greece

Breakfast at our hotel by the Mediterranean in Platamon, Greece

Vergina to Platamon: 1 hour

Accommodation: Kymata Hotel

Theme: Paul & Silas in Prison: Power Perfected in Weakness

Visit: Ruins of Philippi, Lydia’s baptism site, Royal Tombs of Philip Museum

Day Twelve, Monday (4 hours of driving)

Platamon to Athens: 4 hours

Overnight in Athens

View of Athens from the ancient Acropolis

View of Athens from the ancient Acropolis

Accommodations: Sweet Home Hotel

Theme: Paul & the Philosophers: All Things to All People

Visit: Agora, Areopagus, Acropolis and Parthenon

Day Thirteen, Tuesday (1.5 hours of driving)

Visit: Athens Archaeological Museum

Athens to Corinth Canal, Cenchrea, Diolkos, Lechion

Accommodations: Enalio Suites

Theme: Paul Deploys Disciples

View from our hotel on the beach of the Corinthian isthmus

View from our hotel on the beach of the Corinthian isthmus

Day Fourteen, Wednesday (1.5 hour of driving)

Visit: ruins of Corinth, Acrocorinth

Accommodations: Enalio Suites

Theme: Paul in Corinth: Finishing the Race

Day Fifteen, Thursday (1.5 hour of driving)

Corinth to Airport: 1 hour

Depart from Athens for home!

Sunset over the Temple of Apollos in ancient Corinth, Greece

Sunset over the Temple of Apollos in ancient Corinth, Greece