The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into the Aegean Sea along the southern coast of Turkey near 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 lovely coastline through the remains of several 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 in the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek for the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once within this location, make sure you put aside a minimum of 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 into the Aegean Sea, and it is now packed with 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 from your 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 many a nearby restaurant located in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth from the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is a national conservation place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting destination for these turtles. The beach is closed throughout the nesting season for egg laying as well as 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 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. Since the mouth of the Dalyan River is extremely shallow, the river trip must be produced 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 for the entrance from the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular beauty of pine trees lining the beaches surrounding the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass over the sandbar and 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 your ancient town of Caunos enters into view. This is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock as well as your guide will lead you up the road to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The ancient city of Caunos once sat on the bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left of the city now sits inland on the side from the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching before the ruins and in the market 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 in the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression from the city that was once a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is reflected in the architecture. There are even the remains of any Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left from the later time frame. In 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 historical past and ruins when you wander from the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, come back to your river boat to carry on the river for the town of Dalyan. While 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 can be now absolutely a journey into the ancient world, and one of the few places these hybjpl through the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen out of your river boat, as they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, so that all that remains are definitely the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of methods the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip using a stop riverside at one of the Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish underneath the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a life time experience. After consuming take a quick stroll from the city of Dalyan, filled with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back towards 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.