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.
Rudy’s got a case of the “Blues” as he takes a Blue Cruise along the dazzling Turquoise Coast to discover enchanting Greek and Roman ruins. Step back in time to explore the ancient towns of Ephesus, Antalya, Myra, and Dalyan that dot the Turkish coast.Watch Now >>
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 >>
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 >>