The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to the Aegean Sea over the southern coast of Turkey near the village of Eckincek. Cruising the southern coast of Turkey, called in yacht charter the Blue Voyage, is definitely 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 within the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are very close for the mouth in 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 put aside at least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth in the Dalyan River is really a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth of the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and is also now filled with fingers of shallow water with 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 towards the sea. The Dalyan River is actively fished, with nets strung across various parts of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of many a cafe or restaurant based in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Over the mouth of the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is really a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because 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 many baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and in to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been home to centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be seen alongside the river, creating a trip up this river well really worth the time. Since the mouth of the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip has to 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 to the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining the beaches surrounding the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. As you pass within the sandbar and into the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled because the river opens further on and very soon the riverboat dock for the ancient city of Caunos enters into view. This is actually the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock and your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins in the ancient town of Caunos. The original town of Caunos once sat on the bay from the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, precisely what is left in the city now sits inland on the side from the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching before the ruins and to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed using the sense of history that emanates from this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression of the city which was when a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected inside the architecture. You can find even the remains of the Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left from a later time period. In the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins the exact same 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 also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to go on in the river to the city of Dalyan. While you cruise, turn to the left, and up on the hillside, the incredible Lycian cliff tombs can come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be now most definitely a journey to the ancient world, and one of the few places these hybjpl from your Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen out of your river boat, since they are high up inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, to ensure that everything that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and the wonder of methods the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip having a stop riverside at one of many Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish under the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a lifetime experience. After consuming have a quick stroll through the town of Dalyan, complete with the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the ocean and back for your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.