Exactly Istanbul must be the starting place to explore Turkey. This ancient-meets-modern city sets the tone for Turkey. There’s no way to fully understand the grandeur of the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia until you walk the halls yourself.
Afterward, you should stroll to the Grand Bazaar, where once again “grand” is an understatement. It’s a feast for the senses—the intermingling aromas of mounds of spices, the glow of antique lanterns hanging from the rafters, the velvety silk scarves in every shade. You could easily get lost among the winding halls and endless blocks, so Sightseeist can arrange for a private guide to show you around.