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 lovely coastline through the remains of many ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for your Blue Voyage often starts in the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are extremely close to the mouth from the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek for the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this particular location, make sure you set aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to accomplish 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 from the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and is now full of fingers of shallow water from 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 areas of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of several a restaurant located in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth of the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is really a national conservation place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, as this area has long been a nesting destination for these turtles. The beach is closed throughout the nesting season for egg laying and the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and to the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become the place to find centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be seen alongside the river, creating a trip up this river well worth the time. Because the mouth from the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip has to be made 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 with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining beaches all around the entrance as well as 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 shortly the riverboat dock for that ancient city of Caunos comes into view. This is actually 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 traditional town of Caunos once sat over a bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left of the city now sits inland on the side in the Dalyan River, having a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and out to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed using the feeling of history that emanates out of this place; the extent of the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression of the city which was once a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected inside the architecture. There are even the remains of any 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 the exact same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will explain the historical past 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, go back to your river boat to continue up the river for the town of Dalyan. When 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 to the ancient world, and among the few places these hybjpl from your Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen from the river boat, as they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, so 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 with a stop riverside at one of the Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish beneath the Lycian tomb facades for any once in a lifetime experience. After consuming have a quick stroll through the city of Dalyan, including the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the ocean and back in your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.