The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to 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 surely an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a beautiful coastline through the remains of several 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 for the mouth of the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek for the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this particular location, be sure to put aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth in the Dalyan River is actually a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth of the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and is also now full of fingers of shallow water through the silt and reeds. The word Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And even 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 areas of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of several a restaurant found in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth in the Dalyan River, is really a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is really a national conservation location for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, since this area has long been a nesting destination for these turtles. The beach is closed through the nesting season for egg laying as well as the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and in to the surf of the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be the place to find centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be observed alongside the river, making a trip up this river well well worth the time. As the mouth of the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip should be made in flat bottomed river boats brightly painted, with bench seats and gay awnings.
For the Dalyan River Trip, your yacht will anchor at Eckincek. A flat bottomed river boat and guide will motor alongside your yacht for boarding to get a cruise to the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches around the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When you pass over the sandbar and in to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled since the river reveals further on and shortly the riverboat dock for the ancient town of Caunos makes view. Here is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock along with your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The original city of Caunos once sat on a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left in the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and out to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with all the sensation of history that emanates from this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression of the city which was after a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is reflected inside 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 period of time. On 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 history and ruins while you wander through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to carry on in the river towards the city of Dalyan. While you cruise, look to the left, and up on the hillside, the incredible Lycian cliff tombs will 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 the few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen out of your river boat, because they are high up inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, to ensure that all that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and 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 to get a once in a lifetime experience. After food take a quick stroll from the town of Dalyan, complete with the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the water and back for your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.