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 visits the Eyup Mosque, the fourth most important Islamic site, and the sacred gravesite of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari. Following Ramadan is the three-day festival known as Seker Bayrami (aka Sugar Feast), and the streets come alive with celebration. Topkapi Palace was built on the original site of the Acropolis of Byzantium, and the BosphorusWatch Now >>
The specular light sparkling off the waters of the Aegean Sea from the Kusadasian shore will captivate you. In Ephesus, visit the sacred Home of Virgin Mary where tradition has it that Mary, Mother of Jesus, lived the last years of her life. Finally, explore the fabled city of Troy, where ancient ruins abound.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 >>
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 >>