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Advice for overnight Istanbul layover?

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Hi - my husband and I have an overnight layover in Istanbul on Turkish Airlines in mid-Sept. We arrive IST a little after 5PM and depart the next morning around 9AM. I know that we will have a somewhat random hotel assignment from Turkish Airlines for the night. So we are trying to figure out how to make the most of our time. I already know that we won't be able to go inside the Blue Mosque, etc as everything will have closed by the time we get out of the airport and will not have opened by the next morning when we have to go back to the airport. I am thinking of trying to book a private evening tour as we will be coming off a long flight from LAX (though business class on miles-yay!) and not sure if we will have energy to figure things out on the fly. I was kind of thinking it would go like this:

deplane, get the visa (should we do that in advance?), get the hotel voucher from Turkish Airlines.
Then the question is should we just have a guide meet us at the airport and help us figure out how to get to the hotel later, or take whatever shuttle is offered and check in to the hotel and then just look around ourselves? We travel light-usually with just carry-on even for 2 wk long international trips - so we have to decide about how to handle those bags also. My husband (and honestly, me too) would kind of like to have a guide to maximize our time (we will return for a full fledged trip to Turkey - definitely on our bucket list!)

so any opinions/recs for tour guides would be much appreciated. Normally I can figure this out just by reading all the great advice on these forums but the added part of getting the hotel assignment from Turkish Airlines sounds kind of chaotic and I don't know how to factor that in to my planning.

so hoping that this kind of weird post gets some replies!

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