The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to the Aegean Sea across 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 many ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for your Blue Voyage often starts within the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are incredibly close to the mouth in the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek for the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once within 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 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 now packed with fingers of shallow water through the silt and reeds. The term Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. As well as 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 to 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 numerous a restaurant located in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth from the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, as this area has long been a nesting destination for these turtles. The beach is closed through the nesting season for egg laying and the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and into the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been house to centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be observed alongside the river, making a trip up this river well really worth the time. Since the mouth from the Dalyan River is extremely 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 any cruise towards the entrance in 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 on the sandbar and to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled because the river opens further on and shortly the riverboat dock for your ancient town of Caunos enters into view. Here 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 in the ancient city of Caunos. The traditional city of Caunos once sat over a bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left from the city now sits inland on the side in the Dalyan River, having a fertile plain stretching in front of the ruins and to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with the feeling of history that emanates out of this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression in the city which had been once a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected inside the architecture. You can find even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left from a later period of time. In the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins of the same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will show you the historical past and ruins as you wander through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to go on in the river for the town of Dalyan. As 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 absolutely a journey in to the ancient world, and among the few places these hybjpl through the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen out of your river boat, since they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, to ensure that everything that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip with a stop riverside at among 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 food take a quick stroll from the town of Dalyan, filled with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the water and back in your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.