PAUL’S MISSIONARY JOURNEYS
If you’re thinking of a tailor made tour, we can arrange an itinerary for a group or individual, encompassing many places from Paul’s journeys. Please bear in mind that the distances between some of the locations are long, meaning it is likely that some domestic flights will be required, especially in Turkey. Whilst it’s not logistically easy to cover all the ground that Paul did, we will endeavour to tailor make a tour to take in the places you want to see. Just let us know your requirements and we can take it from there!
Have a look at our outline of all the places Paul visited on his missionary journeys.
The Apostle Paul undertook four missionary journeys. These encompassed a massive geographical area. Let’s break it down by listing the places he visited on each of his journeys.
The first missionary journey:
Paul and Barnabas set off from Antioch and travelled to the port of Seleucia in Eastern Turkey. From there they sailed to Salamis in Cyprus, before making their way on foot to Paphos at the Southern end of the island. Then they sailed to Perga, Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra and Derbe, all in Turkey. They then went back through Lystra, Iconium, and Pisidian Antioch to encourage the believers. After this, they went to Perga and then to Attalia in Turkey from where they sailed back to their starting point in Antioch.
This journey took place between late Spring 44 AD and late Summer 49 AD.
The second missionary journey:
Paul took Silas with him from Antioch to Tarsus in Turkey. After travelling to Derbe and Lystra, they took Timothy to Iconium and Pisidian Antioch. Then the group travelled to Troas on the Aegean Sea where Luke joined them. They were then called by God to minister to a man in Greece and immediately sailed to Neapolis. From there the group travelled to Philippi, Amphipolis, Apollonia and Thessalonica, also in Greece. Paul and Silas preached in Berea. Paul then set sail for Athens and later Silas and Timothy joined him in Corinth, his next port of call. Paul then visited Cenchrea, before boarding a ship to travel to Ephesus in Turkey. After this he sailed to Caesarea, then travelled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles. Finally he returned to Antioch.
This journey took place between late Summer 49 AD and Autumn 52 AD.
The third missionary journey:
Again, Paul set off from Antioch and made his way through Tarsus, Derbe, Lystra, and Iconium to visit believers in the Phrygia province. From there he travelled to Ephesus where he wrote 1 and 2 Corinthians. After three or so years there, he moved on to Corinth in Macedonia where he wrote the book of Romans. Paul and the group with him then went to Troas. From there Paul walked to Assos and then took a ship to Mitylene, continuing on to Miletus in Greece. En route to Patara, he docked briefly at Cos and Rhodes. From Patara he sailed to Tyre in Phoenicia (modern day Lebanon). He then sailed to Ptolemais and Caesarea on the coast of Israel. This journey ended in Jerusalem.
This journey took place between Autumn 52 AD and late Spring 58 AD.
The final missionary journey:
It’s thought that Paul arrived in Jerusalem around the time of the Feast of Pentecost in late Spring 58 AD. He was accused of wrongdoing by Asian Jews and a riot started. He was dragged out of the temple and beaten until Roman soldiers intervened and escorted him to nearby barracks. The following night, after questioning by the Romans and the Sanhedrin, he was taken by 200 Roman soldiers to Caesarea where his case was heard. He was kept in the Praetorium of Herod in Caesarea as a Roman prisoner for over two years. He requested his case be heard by Caesar in Rome. Along with several other prisoners he boarded a boat from Caesarea and soon arrived at Sidon. They sailed along the coastline of Antioch and the Roman provinces of Cilicia and Pamphylia and then arrived at Myra where they boarded a ship bound for Italy. Due to the stormy weather they were unable to sail directly to Italy, so the ship stayed close to the coast until it reached the Cnidus area where it headed south towards Crete. The ship eventually stopped at Fair Havens after a difficult voyage. They then set sail for the harbour of Phoenix. However, a fierce storm began and drove the ship out to sea where it lost control and was tossed about for around two weeks. Finally the ship drifted towards Malta and ran aground there. All the passengers survived by floating on parts of the wrecked vessel and arrived safely onto Malta. After three months on the island, Paul boarded a ship making for Syracuse and Rhegium, eventually arriving at Puteoli in Italy. After a week there, he was taken to Rome via the Appian Way road.
This journey took place between late Spring 58 AD and early Spring 63 AD.