A stay in Istanbul is not complete without a traditional unforgettable boat excursion up the Bosphorus, that winding strait that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores offer a delightful mixture of past and present, grand splendor and simple beauty.
Yildiz Palace and park covered an area of 500,000 square metres on the hillside overlooking the Bosphorus between Besiktas, Ortaköy and Balmumcu. It consists of several pavilions (köşk), palace buildings (kasr), and other service and management buildings. Yildiz Palace is one of the most interesting examples of 19th century Ottoman architecture.