The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to the Aegean Sea across the southern coast of Turkey near 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 many ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for that Blue Voyage often starts in the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are incredibly close for the mouth from the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek to the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this particular location, make sure you set aside at least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth of the Dalyan River is really a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth of the river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and is also now packed with fingers of shallow water through the silt and reeds. The phrase 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 restaurant found in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth from the Dalyan River, is really a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is actually a national conservation location for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting spot for these turtles. The beach is closed during the nesting season for egg laying as well as the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and to the surf of the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become house to centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be seen alongside the river, making a trip up this river well worth the time. Since the mouth from the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip must be made in flat bottomed river boats brightly painted, with bench seats and gay awnings.
For your 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 from the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining the beaches around the entrance and also the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass over the sandbar and into the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled since the river opens up further on and soon the riverboat dock for the ancient city of Caunos comes into view. This is 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 of the ancient town of Caunos. The traditional city of Caunos once sat on the bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, precisely what is left from the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching in front of the ruins and out to the sea.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with the sensation of history that emanates using this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression of the city which was after a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected in the architecture. You can find even the remains of the Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding 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 explain the historical past and ruins as you wander through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, as well as the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to carry on in the river for the city of Dalyan. While you cruise, look 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 is now most definitely a journey into the ancient world, and one of many few places these hybjpl from the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen from the river boat, because they are high up in the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, to ensure that everything that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip using a stop riverside at one of many Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish underneath the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a life time experience. After food have a quick stroll with the city of Dalyan, complete with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the ocean and back for your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.