On a flight back to the United States on Turkish Airways, I had a 24 hour layover in Istanbul and I decided to take advantage of this layover to explore the best of Istanbul in a very short timeframe and get my first impressions of the city that bridges both Europe and Asia culture, history and even street food and cuisine from the region. Here are my favorite things to do in Istanbul in 24 hours and hopefully if you have a short layover like this, you can also take advantage of seeing the best of the city in a such time frame.
Highlight to visiting Istanbul in 24 Hours
Check in to my Istanbul hotel
When you travel with Turkish airways and have a layover, any flight longer than 6 hours allows you to stay in any of their designated hotels.