As is the case with the Rustem Pasha Mosque, the Blue Mosque also contains striking examples of Iznik tiles. Rudy will also seek out the best of Turkish cuisine, and he will explore the Ciragan Palace Hotel, which has gorgeous views of the Bosphorus Strait.
Istanbul, formerly the ancient site of Byzantium and Constantinople, is currently the nexus of Europe and Islam. Due to its geographic location, Istanbul has always played a central role in world affairs. The Grand Bazaar is enormous, and Rudy explores its many passages and offerings.Watch Now >>
Upon visiting Sisko Carpets, Rudy learns of the stories that are weaved into each beautiful rug. Also, visit Rustem Pasha Mosque and its Iznik tiles, an art form that is thankfully being rejuvenated.Watch Now >>
Become better acquainted with the concept of public Turkish Baths, a concept that was originally inspired by Roman Baths. Rudy will also visit with the Rumi Mevlevi Ensemble and shed light in the history of the whirling dervishes, and he will tour the ancient structure of Hagia Sophia.Watch Now >>
Join Laura McKenzie, and enter the realms of ancient castles, such as Bran Castle (Dracula’s Castle) in Transylvania. Visit Sighisoara, the oldest city in Europe that is still inhabited. Soak in the warmth, hospitality, historic architecture, and classic vistas of Budapest.Watch Now >>