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 surely an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a pleasant coastline through the remains of many ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for your Blue Voyage often starts in the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are incredibly close for the mouth in the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek towards the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this location, make sure you put aside at the very least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth from the Dalyan River is a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth from the river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and is now packed with fingers of shallow water with the silt and reeds. The term Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And even 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 towards the sea. The Dalyan River is actively fished, with nets strung across various areas of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of many a nearby restaurant found in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth from the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is actually 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 as well as the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and in to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become home to centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be seen 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 should 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 to the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular beauty of pine trees lining beaches all around the entrance and 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 up further on and very soon the riverboat dock for the 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 in the ancient town of Caunos. The original city of Caunos once sat on the bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left from the city now sits inland on the side in the Dalyan River, having a fertile plain stretching in front of the ruins and in the market to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed with the sense of history that emanates from this place; the extent of the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression of the city which had been once a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected inside the architecture. There are even the remains of the Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left coming from a later time period. In 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 historical past and ruins when you wander from the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to carry on the river to the town of Dalyan. While you cruise, turn to the left, or higher on the hillside, the spectacular Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be now absolutely a journey to the ancient world, and among the few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen from the river boat, because they are high up within the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, in order that everything that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip with 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 lifetime experience. After eating require a quick stroll through the city of Dalyan, filled with the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back towards the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the sea and back to your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.