The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into 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 surely an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a beautiful coastline through the remains of numerous ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for your Blue Voyage often starts inside the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are extremely close to the mouth of the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek towards the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this location, make sure you set aside at the very least a morning or afternoon to perform the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth from 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 it is now packed with fingers of shallow water with 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 from 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 located in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth in the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is actually a national conservation place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, since 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 the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and into the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be house to centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be seen alongside the river, building a trip up this river well well worth the time. As the mouth from the Dalyan River is extremely shallow, the river trip has to be produced 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 to get a cruise towards the entrance of the river mouth. The trip begins with the spectacular beauty of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When you pass within the sandbar and to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled because the river reveals further on and very soon the riverboat dock for that ancient city of Caunos enters into view. Here is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock as well as your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins from the ancient city of Caunos. The traditional 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, having a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and out to the sea.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed using the feeling of history that emanates from this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression in the city that was once a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected in the architecture. There are even the remains of any Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left coming from a later time frame. 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 explain the history and ruins while you wander from 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 carry on the river for the city of Dalyan. When you cruise, turn to the left, and up on the hillside, the amazing Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this really is now absolutely a journey in to the ancient world, and among the few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen out of your river boat, because they are high up inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, in order that everything that remains are definitely the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip having a stop riverside at one of the Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish underneath the Lycian tomb facades for a once in a life time experience. After consuming have a quick stroll from the town of Dalyan, including the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the ocean and back for your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.