This tour offers an opportunity to watch the magnificent display of the setting sun decorating Istanbul's skyline. The tour starts from the meeting point in the morning if it is a full day tour, first seeing some of the major landmarks then late in the afternoon watching sunset from one of the most favored places. Generally speaking the tour visits the places in order as listed below.
Istanbul is one of the best places in the world to watch the setting sun. People may have their favorite places, for Istanbul the most favored place is Salacak, a neighborhood of Uskudar, which is one of the districts of Istanbul. In the view you have Hagia Sophia, Topkapi palace and the minarets of the Blue Mosque all magnificently displayed. To get to Salacak you just take a ferry from Eminonu to Uskudar then walk along the water front to Marmara side. The Galata Tower is another favored place for the spectacular phenomenon. You have the full view of the splendor of the Suleymaniye, the mosque of Suleiman the Magnificent on the third Hill. Towards far right you have other landmarks in the view, the mosque of Yavuz Selim, father of Suleiman, and the mosque of Mihrimah, daughter of Suleiman. To get to Galata Tower just take the funicular, locally known as Tunel, from the Karakoy end of the Galata Bridge.
Suleymaniye Mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul and one of the best-known sights in the city. It was built between 1550-1557 AD during the reign of Sultan Suleyman I, The Magnificent, who ordered the great architect of Ottoman empire, Koca Mimar Sinan Aga, (April 15,1489 -July 17,1588) to built a mosque appropriate to his title, whereupon the construction of the present mosque was begun on third of the seven hills. You will enjoy a comanding view of the Golden Horn. The visitors can visit at any time of the day outside prayers hours.
After Suleymaniye the tour takes the narrow street through the numerous shops down to Galata Bridge and continues across the bridge to the fanicular 'Tunnel'. A short ride will get you to Galata Tower for the sunset watch.
Galata Tower, One of the most striking landmarks of Istanbul located in the Pera area in the neighborhood of the district of Beyoglu. The tower was constructed from stone in 1348 by the Genoese colonists. It is approximately 67 m high and has 9 levels. There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors together with a club for night performances. Climbing up the tower is by means of an elevator which is short of two levels for the viewing deck so stairways have been installed instead. From the watching deck there is an excellent view commanding the whole horizon to the west the old city and the east Bosphorus
Uskudar, old historic Scutari on the Asian side with a good view of the Europian side of Bosphorus, forinstance Dolmabahce Palace. Uskudar has a long shoreline of Bosphorus which is very convenient for sea traffic with the Europian side.The ferry docks are many all along the shore of Bosphorus, the SH (Sehir Hatları) ferries, the TurYol ferries and the Dentur Avrasya ferries going to Eminönü, Karaköy, Kabatas and Besiktas, Ortakoy, and more.
Salacak, the hills of Uskudar facing the sea of Marmara across from the Maiden Tower is known as Salacak. This is an excellent place to watch the sunset.
The name Uskudar is probably derived from its antique name 'skutarion', Romans had an army stationed here who had thick leather shields 'skutari'
Ortakoy, a charming neighborhood at the mouth of Bosphorus in Besiktas District in Europe Istanbul. In the Ottoman years it had a cosmopolitan character as it was inhabited by Greeks, Turks, Jews and Armenians Today it is still cosmopolitan to a certain extend as it is a lovely place on the bank of the Bosphorus facing Asia. Throughout the year Ortakoy attracts locals and tourists alike of all ages due to its unique location and the social dynamism. The royal imperial mosque is worth not to miss out and also there is a synagogue nearby.