Apostle Paul in Italy Tour & Cruises 2024 – Weekly

Follow Apostle Paul through his Journey in Italy & Spain

11 Days Tour & Cruise on board MSC World Europa

Follow Apostle Paul through his last Missionary Journey in Italy. Starting from Rome, Italy; Visit his Prison ( Mamertine Prison ) as well as the Tre Fontane Abbey where he was beheaded. Tour impressive monuments such as the Roman Colosseum and walk through the Roman Forum where Paul Preached Christianity. Continue to The Vatican and admire Michaelangelos Pieta in St Peter Basilica and his frescoes in Sistine Chapel.

On your cruise portion of your trip, you will be home away from home onboard the brand new MSC World Europa ( Built-in 2021). Discover beautiful port cities such as Messina, where you will have an excursion to the ancient city of Syracuse. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, there you will have the opportunity to take an excursion to Tarragona, the coastal city that is said that Paul visited during his journey to Spain.

In the book of Romans, which is believed to have been written by Paul, he expressed his desire to travel to Spain. In Romans 15:24, he wrote, “I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.” It is unclear whether Paul ever fulfilled this desire and actually traveled to Spain, as there are no definitive records of his travels to Spain.

Malta is where Paul took refuge in a cave, now known as St. Paul’s Grotto is another destination of Biblical significance.

Lastly upon your return, you will visit the Ancient City of Pompeii in Naples and pass by the old port of Pozzuoli.

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  • Destination

  • Departure

    Naples, Italy / Naples, Italy

Day 1: Arrival Rome

Welcome to Rome, Italy. Your Tour Director and Driver will pick you up from the airport and after a panoramic orientation of the city, you will continue to your hotel for Dinner and Overnight.

Day 2: Imperial Rome Tour

Paul went to Rome as a prisoner in chains; Acts 2-28 tells us the story, Arrested in Jerusalem, imprisoned at Caesarea for two years, Paul appealed to Caesar and suffered a shipwreck on his way to Rome as a prisoner. After two years, Paul was released from his imprisonment, after which he traveled and wrote two more epistles before his final Roman imprisonment in Mamertine Prison.
Today your tour begins at Colosseum. You continue with a walking tour through Roman Forum and towards the Arch of Titus; the Arch's inside relief portrays Roman soldiers carrying off treasures from Jerusalem Temple, destroyed by Titus in 70 AD. Jesus predicted this destruction (MATH 24:1-2). You end with a visit at Mamertine Prison where Paul and Peter were imprisoned. We continue to Pantheon, Piazza Navona & Trevi Fountain. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel.

Day 3: Christian Rome Tour & Embarkation

This morning you visit The Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, and St Peter's Basilica. Almost all Christians martyred in the Circus of Gaius/Nero—the site where St. Peter's Square now stands. The Egyptian obelisk in the center of the square is original to the circus, though it stood in a different spot. Here Peter was crucified, according to tradition, upside down ( John 21:18-19). He is most likely buried deep beneath the Basilica in the original burial cave.Continue to Naples for tour cruise embarkation onboard MSC Europa.

Day 4: Syracuses ( Messina )

And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux. And landing at Syracuse, we tarried there three days. (Acts 28:11-12) This morning we are docked in Sicily and we visit Syracuse, the glorious town that Paul visited. At some point around the year 59, he visited Syracuse where he preached – probably in the place where the paleo-Christian Church of Saint John was built. Whatever was said was expressed in Greek, the vernacular of Roman Sicily (where Latin was a second language). It is possible that a few Jews came to hear Paul talk, as there was a Jewish community at Syracuse. There was no subsequent “Letter of Paul to the Syracusans.” However, there is no doubt that it was Paul who brought Christianity to Sicily, even though his stay in Syracuse lasted only three days before he departed for Reggio Calabria, Pozzuoli (near Naples) and then Rome

Day 5: Valletta, Malta

Malta is an island country situated between Sicily and the African coast. This fort city has been established by the Knights of St.Jonh in the 15th Century. The city has numerous museums, Cathedrals, and Palaced to discover. Paul during his 4th Missionary Journey, while traveling from Crete to Rome he encountered bad weather. As a result, his ship was torn apart by the rough seas of the Mediterranean. Paul was shipwrecked in the island of Malta

Day 6: Day at Sea


Day 7: Tarragonna (Barcelona)

Spain of Apostle Paul Today the cruise ship is docked in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia in Spain. Our excursion today will take us to the coastal city of Tarragona. There are beliefs that Paul has visited the city and there is a chapel of St Paul as part of the “Route of the earliest Christians”. The Seminary building is located at the highest point of the city's acropolis.

Day 8: Marseille, France

Today we are docked at the picturesque city of Marseille at the coast of France. It is home to the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde. This Neo-Byzantine church stands on top of a hill and was designed by the French architect Esperandiu between 1853 and 1864

Day 9: Genova, Italy

In Genova you can explore its old town: a dense and fascinating warren of medieval alleyways home to large palazzi built in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by Genoa’s wealthy mercantile families and now transformed into museums and art galleries. You should seek out the Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, the Palazzo Ducale, and the Renaissance palaces of Via Garibaldi

Day 10: Disembarkation & Tour Pompeii

Today we are back in Naples, a dazzling city perched on a beautiful rocky coast. There you will stumble upon the port of Pozzuoli, where Paul docked on his journey from Malta to Rome. Travel inland to ancient Pompeii, dating almost to the time of Paul, where you can see the spectacular ruins that were covered by ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Continue to Rome for overnight.

Day 11: Departure