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 an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a lovely coastline through the remains of numerous ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for the Blue Voyage often starts inside 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 location, make sure to set aside at the very least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth of the Dalyan River is a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth in the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and it is now full of fingers of shallow water from the silt and reeds. The word Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. As well as bass, mullet and sea bream make their way up this river through 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 restaurant found in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth in the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is really a national conservation place 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 also the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and in to the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be house to centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be seen alongside the river, creating a trip up this river well well worth the time. Because the mouth from the Dalyan River is quite 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 to the entrance in the river mouth. The trip begins with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When 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 reveals further on and soon the riverboat dock for that ancient city of Caunos enters into view. This is actually the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock along with your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The traditional town of Caunos once sat on a bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly 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 sea.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed with the sensation of history that emanates using this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression from the city which had been when a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is reflected inside the architecture. There are even the remains of any Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left from a later time period. 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 show you a brief history and ruins as 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 continue the river to the town of Dalyan. When you cruise, look to the left, and up on the hillside, the spectacular Lycian cliff tombs will 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 hybjpl from your Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen out of your river boat, since they are high up inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, in order that all that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of methods the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip using a stop riverside at among the Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish under the Lycian tomb facades for any once in a lifetime experience. After consuming require a quick stroll with the town of Dalyan, complete with the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back towards the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the sea and back for your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.