In this thoroughly modern city, the architecture, cuisine, and customs reflect Istanbul’s tumultuous past and the civilizations that tried to tame it. Explore the festive Grand Bazaar, more than 4,000 shops and two mosques spread across sixty streets. Turkish rugs tell stories of love and despair that are woven in colorful wool, but before he buys one, Rudy enlists the services of a personal shopper to locate the best shops, and to demonstrate the art of haggling. In addition to some of the world’s great buildings, such as Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sofia, Rudy goes off the beaten path to get steamed and scrubbed in a 16th century hamman, or public bath, and visits a hookah bar.
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 >>
Aphrodisias was constructed in honor of the Greek Goddess Aphrodite, and was considered one of the main centers for ancient Roman art. In Pamukkale you will discover one of the natural wonders of the world, the crystal-blue travertine terraces. Finally, visit the ancient site of Sardis where money, in the form of coins, was born.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 >>