Istanbul is a large spread out city; it can be overwhelming trying to decide where and how to start exploring the city. Matt suggested we take a guided tour for our first day. A great idea to help us figure out the layout and learn some insider tips for the rest of the week. We booked with Neon Tours. Our guide, Gül, was fantastic. She was accommodating, had a contagious upbeat attitude and her knowledge of the city and history was impressive. Along with my below-detailed favorites, we toured the Basilica Cisterns, a Turkish carpet shop, Topkapi Palace, had lunch at the Ggrand Matbah Restaurant and were lastly escorted to the entrance of the Grand Bazaar.