The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to the Aegean Sea along the southern coast of Turkey close to 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 beautiful coastline through the remains of numerous ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for that Blue Voyage often starts inside the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are very close for the mouth of the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek towards the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this location, be sure to set aside at least a morning or afternoon to accomplish 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 from the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and is also now full of fingers of shallow water from the silt and reeds. The word Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And indeed bass, mullet and sea bream make their way up this river through 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 areas of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of several a restaurant based in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth from the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is a national conservation area 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 as well as the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and into the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been house to centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be observed alongside the river, making a trip up this river well worth the time. Since the mouth of the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip must 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 any cruise towards the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass within the sandbar and into the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled as the river opens further on and very soon the riverboat dock for that ancient city of Caunos makes view. This is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock along with your guide will lead you up the road to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The traditional city of Caunos once sat on the bay from the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left in the city now sits inland on the side from the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and in the market to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed using the feeling of history that emanates from this place; the extent of the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression from the city that was once a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected inside the architecture. You can find even the remains of the Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left coming from a later period of time. On the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins of the same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will explain the history and ruins when you wander with the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, come back to your river boat to continue up the river for the town of Dalyan. When you cruise, turn to the left, or higher on the hillside, the incredible Lycian cliff tombs can come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this really is now most definitely a journey in to the ancient world, and one of many few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen from your river boat, as they are up high in the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, so that everything that remains are definitely the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of methods the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip with a stop riverside at one of many Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish under the Lycian tomb facades for a once in a lifetime experience. After eating require a quick stroll from the town of Dalyan, filled with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the ocean and back in your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.