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 an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a pleasant coastline through the remains of several ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for your Blue Voyage often starts within the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are very 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 location, make sure to set aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to do 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 in the river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and is also now packed with 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 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 elements of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of several a cafe or restaurant located in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth in the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is really 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 through the nesting season for egg laying and the return of the many baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and into the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be the place to find centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be seen alongside the river, creating a trip up this river well worth the time. As the mouth from the Dalyan River is extremely shallow, the river trip should 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 for any cruise towards the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining beaches around the entrance and also the river winding inland around tall reed banks. As you pass within the sandbar and in 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 soon the riverboat dock for your ancient town of Caunos enters 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 path to the ruins of the ancient city of Caunos. The traditional town of Caunos once sat on the bay from the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left in the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching before the ruins and to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with all the feeling of history that emanates using this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression in the city that was after a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected inside the architecture. You can find even the remains of any Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left coming from a later time frame. On 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 from the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to go on up the river to the town of Dalyan. When you cruise, check out the left, and up on the hillside, the incredible 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 one of many few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen out of your river boat, since they are up high within the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, so that all that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and the wonder of methods 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 to get a once in a lifetime experience. After consuming require a quick stroll with the city of Dalyan, including the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the sea and back to your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.