The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into 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 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 towards the mouth in 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 particular location, make sure you set aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to accomplish the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth from the Dalyan River is really a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth of the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and it is now packed with fingers of shallow water with the silt and reeds. The phrase 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 for 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 found in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Over the mouth in the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is actually a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed during the nesting season for egg laying and the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and in to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be home to centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be observed alongside the river, creating a trip up this river well really worth the time. Because the mouth in the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip must 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 for any cruise to the entrance from the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance and also the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While 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 reveals further on and shortly the riverboat dock for the ancient city of Caunos makes 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 path to the ruins in the ancient city of Caunos. The traditional city of Caunos once sat on the bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left of the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and in the market to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed with all the feeling of history that emanates using this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression of the city which had been after a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is reflected within the architecture. There are even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left from a later time period. 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 show you the history and ruins when you wander through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to carry on in the river towards the town of Dalyan. As you cruise, turn to the left, or higher on the hillside, the spectacular Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this is now most definitely a journey in to the ancient world, and one of the few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen from your river boat, since they are high up within the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, to ensure that all of that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip using a stop riverside at one of many Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish underneath the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a lifetime experience. After eating take a quick stroll through the city of Dalyan, complete with the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the ocean and back for your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.