The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to 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 surely an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a pleasant 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 for 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 in this location, make sure to put aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to do 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 in to the Aegean Sea, and is also now full of fingers of shallow water from the silt and reeds. The phrase 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 towards 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 cafe or restaurant found 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 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 during the nesting season for egg laying and also the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and in to the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be home to centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be seen alongside the river, building a trip up this river well 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 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 a cruise for the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining the beaches around the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When you pass on 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 further on and soon the riverboat dock for that ancient city of Caunos makes 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 path to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The original city of Caunos once sat over a bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, precisely what is left in the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, using 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 results in a strong impression from the city that was after a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected in the architecture. You can find even the remains of any Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left from a later period of time. 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 through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, as well as the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to carry on up the river towards the city of Dalyan. As you cruise, turn to the left, or higher on the hillside, the incredible Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this is now most definitely a journey into the ancient world, and among the few places these hybjpl from the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen from your river boat, as they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, in order that all that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and 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 beneath the Lycian tomb facades for a once in a life time experience. After eating have a quick stroll with the town of Dalyan, complete with the standard 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 along the southern coast of Turkey.