The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into the Aegean Sea across 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 pleasant coastline through the remains of numerous 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 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 you put aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to perform the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth of the Dalyan River is a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth of the river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and is also now filled with fingers of shallow water with the silt and reeds. The phrase 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 to 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 many a cafe or restaurant located in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Over the mouth in the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, since this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed through the nesting season for egg laying and also the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and to the surf of the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become home to centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be seen alongside the river, making a trip up this river well well worth the time. Since the mouth from the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip has to be manufactured 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 starts off with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining beaches all around the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When you pass within the sandbar and to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled since the river opens 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 as well as your guide will lead you up the road to the ruins from the ancient town of Caunos. The original town of Caunos once sat on a bay from the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left from the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and in the market to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with all the sense of history that emanates from this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression in the city that was when a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled from 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 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 history and ruins when you wander with the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, as well as the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to go on the river to the city of Dalyan. As you cruise, turn to 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 can be now absolutely a journey in to the ancient world, and one of the few places these hybjpl from the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen out of your river boat, because they are high up inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, so that everything 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 for any once in a lifetime experience. After consuming take a quick stroll through the town of Dalyan, complete with the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the water and back for your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.