Paul's Walk From Troas To Assos

| Led by Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Meg Ramey


Over the course of Paul’s three missionary journeys, he walked approximately 10,000 miles across the eastern Roman Empire sharing the good news of Jesus Christ as he went. His very last walk of these missionary journeys took place on the Troad peninsula in the mid-60s while he was traveling back to Jerusalem. Knowing that trouble awaited him there (cf. Acts 20:22–24), Paul left his traveling companions to sail around the coast without him while Paul walked the Roman road from Alexandria Troas to Assos, presumably alone (cf. Acts 20:13–14). The thirty-mile walk and the two days that it likely took him to travel would have given him ample time for meditation as he reflected on his life and ministry thus far—the many places God had called him to go, the many churches he had helped to found, and the many new brothers and sisters in Christ whom he loved dearly. The solitude also likely gave him time for prayer as he prepared for the conflict and persecution that awaited him in Jerusalem.

For the first time ever, Tutku Tours has arranged a pilgrimage to follow in Paul’s final footsteps, literally! We will spend three days retracing Paul’s route from Alexandria Troas—walking beside the beautiful turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, following the ancient sacred way leading to the Smintheum, Apollo’s Temple, and meandering over the pastoral hills and farmland of the Troad—until we arrive at the ancient acropolis and harbor of Assos, one of the most beautiful spots in all of Anatolia. Whether you’re a lover of nature, history, or the apostle Paul or if you’re in need of time for reflecting on life and the spiritual rejuvenation that hiking and meditating can provide, we invite you to walk this sacred way with us.

- Dr. Meg Ramey


May 20 Sat Departure from USA
Turkish Airlines has non–stop direct flights from the following cities to Istanbul. Same Land & Air Tour rate is valid from one of these cities: New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto. Flight with Turkish Airlines to Izmir via Istanbul.


May 21 Sun Arrive Istanbul – Connection flight to Izmir – Kuşadası
Arrive Istanbul Airport. After the passport control, walk to the domestic terminal on your own. You will take the connection flight to Izmir. You will collect your luggage at Izmir Airport. Upon arrival to Izmir Airport, your tour guide will meet you after the baggage claim with a “BAS – TUTKU TOURS” sign. Meet and greet. Transfer to your hotel in Kuşadası for diner and overnight. (D)


May 22 Mon Ephesus – Kuşadası (Ephesus Meeting)
Morning drive to Ephesus, one of the New Testament’s most significant cities (Rev. 2:1–7). In the first century, the Apostle Paul came two times to this ancient city (Acts 18:18–21; 19:1–20:1) and wrote his famous epistle Ephesians to its inhabitants. According to tradition, the Apostles John and Luke also wrote their Gospels here. Lunch at carpet school and shopping opportunities, then visit the Ephesus Museum. (B,L,D). Early dinner at the hotel then drive back to Ephesus to join the Ephesus Meeting.

May 23 Tue Kuşadası – Pergamum – Ayvalık – Mytilene
Morning drive to Bergama. Visit Pergamum, the church that John both affirmed and chastised (Rev. 2:12–17). In addition, Pergamum was an active trade and commerce city in the early centuries, which allowed it to develop the first parchment to compete with the Egyptian papyrus. Visit the Acropolis and see the steepest Theater of the ancient world and the Temple of Trajan. Then drive to Ayvalık. Take the afternoon ferry to the Greek island of Mytilene. Overnight in Mytilene. (B)


May 24 Wed Mytilene (Lesvos) – Ayvalık – Troas
Visit Mytilene. The Museum, The Castle, Old harbour and Paul’s church. Afternoon ferry back to Ayvalık departing at 5:00 pm. Arrive to Ayvalık at 6:30 pm. Drive North to Troas. Dinner and briefing about next day’s walk at a local restaurant. Overnight at Troas Beach hotel. (B,D)

May 25 Thu Walk from Troas to Assos
Drive to Troas and visit the ancient harbor and then the excavation area and antique quarries. Start to walk from Troas direction to Assos. Dinner and overnight at Troas Beach hotel. Approx. 9 mi/14.5 km. (B,D)

May 26 Fri Walk from Troas to Assos
From drop–off point near Kösedere walk to Roman bridge and then continue to Gulpınar village for lunch 10mi/16km. Visit Smintheion temple area and small museum. Then our bus will drive us to Babakale (Cape Lectum). Grocery store stop for next day’s lunch. Overnight at Denizhan Hotel in Babakale.. (B,D)

May 27 Sat Walk from Troas to Assos
Begin from Bademli walking on road sections at Balabanlı and Korubaşı. Enter Assos on the necropolis road through the northern gate making your way through the city to the harbor. Approx. 12 mi./19km. Dinner and overnight at the Assos harbor. (B,D)

May 28 Sun Assos
Visit Assos acropolis and the old town. Afternoon free. Dinner and overnight in Assos. (B,D)


May 29 Mon Assos – Troy – Istanbul
Morning drive to Troy. Visit the legendary site, and then continue to Istanbul. Cross the Dardanelles by car ferry. Early evening arrival to the hotel in Istanbul. Dinner and overnight. (B,D)

May 30 Tue Istanbul (old city)
Full day tour in Istanbul. Visit the Archaeological Museum, Hagia Sophia Church, Hagia Irene Church. After the tour ends, some free time at the Spice Market. Tonight, we will have a Farewell dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Istanbul. (B,D)

May 31 Wed Departure from Istanbul Ataturk Airport – END

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Meet Your Guides


Dr. Mark Wilson is the founder and director of the Asia Minor Research Center in Antalya, Turkey, a country in which he and his wife Dindy have lived since 2004. He received a D.Litt. et Phil. from the University of South Africa (Pretoria) where he serves as a Research Fellow in Biblical Archaeology. He is a Visiting Professor of Early Christianity at Regent University and also Associate Professor Extraordinary of New Testament at Stellenbosch University. Mark regularly leads study trips for the Biblical Archaeology Society to Turkey, Cyprus, and Greece. He also blogs periodically for Bible History Daily. He is the author and editor of numerous books, articles, and reviews including Biblical Turkey: A Guide to the Jewish and Christian Sites of Asia Minor (Ege Yayinlari). Mark is a member of twelve academic societies including SBL, ASOR, AIA, and the Association of Ancient Historians. His particular research interest is the ancient Jewish communities, Roman roads, and Biblical routes in Turkey. Mark has been married to Dindy for thirty-nine years; they have four adult children, four grandsons and four granddaughters.


Dr. Meg Ramey, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biblical Studies Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania

Tour Features


• International roundtrip flights from US (or Canada) with Turkish Airlines
• 10 nights hotel accommodation, as below:
• 2 nights Kuşadası Marina
• 1 night at Mytilene Blue Sea
• 2 nights at Troas Beach hotel
• 1 night at Babakale Denizhan
• 2 nights at Assos Kervansaray
• 2 nights at Istanbul Grand Haliç
• Comprehensive sightseeings as specified in the program
• Professional english speaking tour guide throughout the tour.
• Daily breakfasts (B)
• 1 Lunch in Ephesus (L)
• 9 dinners (D)
• Ephesus Meeting entrance
• Transportations with AC vehicles
• All entry fees to the sites & museums
• Local taxes & service charges


• Meals which are not listed at the itinerary
• All drinks
• All personal expenses
• Tips
• Turkish Visa Fee can be obtained from this website;


– $200 per person Deposit : At the time of booking
– Full Payment : February 20, 2017

Cancellation Penalty:

– 120–90 days prior to departure: No Penalty
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– 59–45 days prior to departure: 25%
– 44–30 days prior to departure: 50%
– 29–15 days prior to departure: 75%
– 14 days & After No refund

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Tour Price

Depost per person (full payment due February 20, 2017): $200
Double Occupancy (Due by February 20, 2017): $4,490
Single room supplement (Due by February 20, 2017): $790


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