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 definitely an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a beautiful coastline through the remains of many ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for that Blue Voyage often starts inside 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 to the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this particular location, be sure to set aside at least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth of the Dalyan River is actually a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth in the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and is now filled with fingers of shallow water from 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 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 parts of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of several a nearby restaurant based in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth from the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is a national conservation location for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed through the nesting season for egg laying and also the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and in to the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become the place to find centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be observed alongside the river, making a trip up this river well well worth the time. As the mouth in the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip should 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 to get a cruise for the entrance from the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining beaches surrounding the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When you pass on the sandbar and in to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled as the river opens up further on and soon the riverboat dock for the ancient town of Caunos comes into view. This is actually the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock and your guide will lead you up the road to the ruins in the ancient city of Caunos. The original town of Caunos once sat over a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, precisely what is left of the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching before the ruins and in the market to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed using the sensation of history that emanates out of this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression from the city that was when a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected inside the architecture. You will find even the remains of any Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left from the later time frame. On 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 a brief history and ruins as you wander with the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, as well as the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to go on up the river to the city of Dalyan. When you cruise, check out the left, and up on the hillside, the spectacular Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be now absolutely a journey to the ancient world, and one of many few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen from the river boat, since they are high up within the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, to ensure that all of that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, and the wonder of methods the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip with a stop riverside at one of many 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 food have a quick stroll through the town of Dalyan, complete with the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the water and back for your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.