Paul at Illyricum, Titus to Dalmatia: Early Christianity in the Roman Adriatic

September 20 - October 01, 2020
- Dr. Mark Wilson

Twice in his letters Paul mentions Christian activity in the Adriatic – Illyricum (Romans 15:19) and Dalmatia (2 Timothy 4:10). Both were Roman provinces now located in Albania, Montenegro, and Croatia. We will visit numerous Roman sites in these countries as we seek to discover early Christian traditions. These traditions are kept alive through the architecture of majestic Byzantine churches. Several UNESCO World Heritage sites await us as we reach them through spectacular natural scenery. Discover this little-known biblical world as we travel the eastern Adriatic together in 2020.


September 20, Sunday
Depart New York – Fly Istanbul

September 21, Monday: Arrive Istanbul – Take connection flight to Tirana
Upon arrival at the Tirana airport you will meet a Tutku representative who will assist with the transfer to the hotel. (D)

September 22, Tueday: Durres
We will drive to ancient Apollonia, the southern terminus of the Egnatian Way; later we’ll visit the Roman way station Ad Quintum at Bradashesh, the remains of the ancient bridge (Topcias) at Elbasan, and the road section in Peqin. Dinner and overnight in Durres. (B, D)

September 23, Wednesday: Durres
We will visit Dyrrachium and its amphitheater, forum, and archaeological museum; later we will take a city tour of Tirana, Albania’s capital, with a visit to National History Museum with its amazing collection of statues, mosaics and columns from Greek and Roman times. Dinner and overnight in Durres. (B, D)

September 24, Thursday: Kotor
We will cross the border into Montenegro to visit the Roman bridge (Adzi-Pasa) at Podgorica; then we’ll visit the Roman site of Budva with its baths and necropolis; in the afternoon we will tour the old town and castle at the UNESCO world heritage site of Kotor. Dinner and overnight in Kotor. (B, D)

September 25, Friday: Dubrovnik
We will cross the border into Croatia and visit historic Dubrovnik, another UNESCO site and take a walking tour of its city walls and old town, Franciscan church and monastery and have free time for a cable car ride with a panoramic overlook. Dinner and overnight in Dubrovnik. (B, D)

September 26, Saturday: Split
We will follow Croatia’s coast to the ruins of the Roman colony of Salona near Solin; later we will tour historic Split with Diocletian’s Palace and cellars and its imperial square with a visit to the excellent archaeological museum. Dinner and overnight in Split. (B, D)

September 27, Sunday: Zadar
We will first visit Trogir founded in the Hellenistic period and see its historic castle now a UNESCO site; later we’ll stop at Burnum to see the amphitheater and Roman camp; at Zadar we’ll visit the Roman forum, archaeological museum, and some of the historic churches. Dinner and overnight in Zadar. (B, D)

September 28, Monday: Pula
Our scenic drive takes us to Porec where we will visit the Roman forum and castrum as well as the Euphrasius basilica, a UNESCO site. In Old Town we will walk on Decumanus Street. Later we drive to Pula for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

September 29, Tuesday: Pula
We will have a full day touring historic Pula with visits to the amphitheater, Augustus temple, Arch of Sergii, theaters, the Istria archaeological museum, and the Istrian site of Nesactium. Dinner and overnight in Pula. (B, D)

September 30, Wednesday: Zagreb
Our morning drive will bring us to the Archaeological Park of Roman Andautonia; later we will take a city tour of Zagreb and visit the archaeological museum. Dinner and overnight in Zagreb. (B, D)

October 1, Thursday: Departure
After breakfast transfer to the airport. Departure to IST (09:15) for connecting flight home. End of our services.

B: Breakfast
D: Dinner


Mark Wilson

Founder and Director of the Asia Minor Research Center


  • International Air Fare between USA – Tirana & Zagreb – USA
  • 3 Nights at 4 star Germany Hotel in Durres or similar
  • 1 Night at 4 star Hotel Palma in Kotor or similar
  • 1 Night at 4 star Grand Hotel Park in Dubrovnik or similar
  • 1 Night at 4 star Hotel President in Split or similar
  • 1 Night at 4 star Hotel ZaDar in Zadar or similar
  • 2 Nights at 4 star Park Plaza Histria in Pula or similar
  • 1 Night at 4 star Hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb or similar
  • Daily breakfasts and 10 dinners at hotels
  • Transportation by private A/C bus throughout the tour
  • English-speaking, Bible-oriented, professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • All Entry fees to the sites & museums
  • Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff
  • Tips to the tour guide and driver
  • Service charges & local taxes
  • Drinks and lunches
  • All personal expenses, laundry, phone calls, health and travel insurance


  • Deposit (due by January 20, 2020): $200 per person
  • Land/Air (based on double occupancy): $5,900
  • Single Room Supplement, Land/Air: $790
  • Land Only (based on double occupancy): $4,800
  • Balance due: June 22, 2020



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