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 an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a beautiful coastline through the remains of several ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for the Blue Voyage often starts in the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are extremely close for the mouth of the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek to the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this particular location, be sure to put aside at the very least a morning or afternoon to accomplish the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth in the Dalyan River is a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth of the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and it is now filled with fingers of shallow water with 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 parts of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of many a restaurant found in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth of the Dalyan River, is really a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting spot for these turtles. The beach is closed throughout the nesting season for egg laying as well as the return of the many baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been the place to find centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be observed alongside the river, creating a trip up this river well really worth the time. As the mouth of the Dalyan River is very 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 towards the entrance in the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular beauty of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. As you pass over the sandbar and in to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled since the river opens up further on and very soon the riverboat dock for your ancient city of Caunos makes view. This is 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 traditional city of Caunos once sat on a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left from the city now sits inland on the side in the Dalyan River, having a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and to the sea.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed using the feeling of history that emanates from this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression from the city which was after a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected inside the architecture. There are even the remains of the Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left from a later period of time. 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 while you wander with the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, as well as the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, come back to your river boat to carry on up the river to the town of Dalyan. While you cruise, check out the left, and up on the hillside, the spectacular Lycian cliff tombs can come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be now most definitely a journey into the ancient world, and one of the few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen from the river boat, since they are high up in the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, in order that all that remains are definitely the incredible tomb fronts, and the wonder of how 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 under 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 standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the water and back in your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.