The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into the Aegean Sea along the southern coast of Turkey nearby the village of Eckincek. Cruising the southern coast of Turkey, called in yacht charter the Blue Voyage, is an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a pleasant coastline through the remains of numerous ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for that Blue Voyage often starts within the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are extremely close to the mouth of the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek to the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once within this location, make sure to put aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to perform the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth from the Dalyan River is actually a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth in the river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and is also now full of fingers of shallow water through the silt and reeds. The phrase Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And even bass, mullet and sea bream make their way up this river from the Aegean Sea to spawn in Koycegiz Lake, located further upstream. After spawning, the fish swim back down the river for the sea. The Dalyan River is actively fished, with nets strung across various elements of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of several a nearby restaurant located in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Over the mouth in the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is a national conservation place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, since this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed throughout the nesting season for egg laying and also the return of the many baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and into the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become the place to find centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be observed alongside the river, creating a trip up this river well really worth the time. As the mouth in the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip should be manufactured in flat bottomed river boats brightly painted, with bench seats and gay awnings.
For that Dalyan River Trip, your yacht will anchor at Eckincek. A flat bottomed river boat and guide will motor alongside your yacht for boarding for a cruise towards the entrance in the river mouth. The trip begins with the spectacular beauty of pine trees lining beaches surrounding the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass on the sandbar and in to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled as the river reveals further on and very soon the riverboat dock for the ancient city of Caunos makes view. This is actually the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock as well as your guide will lead you up the road to the ruins in the ancient town of Caunos. The traditional city of Caunos once sat over a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left in the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching before the ruins and to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed with all the feeling of history that emanates from this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression in the city that was once a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected in the architecture. There are even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left coming from a later time frame. In the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins of the identical buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will show you a brief history and ruins while you wander with the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to carry on up the river to the town of Dalyan. While you cruise, look to the left, or higher on the hillside, the amazing Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be now absolutely a journey into the ancient world, and one of many few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen from your river boat, as they are high up within the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, to ensure that everything that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, as well as the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip using a stop riverside at one of the Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish under the Lycian tomb facades for a once in a life time experience. After consuming have a quick stroll through the city of Dalyan, complete with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the water and back to your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.