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What to do during a 9 hour layover in Istanbul?

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Arriving at about 4 PM and leaving at 1AM for onward flight to JNB.

Seems like too long to sit in the lounge, but too short to check into a hotel, especially since I will have one whole evening to see something of the city.

Should I do a private car tour of the city, stopping for dinner somewhere picturesque, and then getting back to the airport by 10:30 pm or so? Is this feasible and/or a good idea? I am a solo female traveler and this will be my first time in IST.

If so, any names for a reliable car/driver/tour company that would do an evening tour like this?

If not, any other suggestions at all?

Thanks so much for helping me out with this. Worst case, I'll check into that airport hotel to stretch out a bit after the long flight in from the US, but it seems like such a shame to do that...

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