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 beautiful coastline through the remains of several ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for the Blue Voyage often starts within the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are extremely close towards the mouth from the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek towards the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once within this location, make sure you set aside at the very least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth in the Dalyan River is 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 filled with fingers of shallow water with 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 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 several a nearby restaurant based in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth of the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is actually a national conservation place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, as 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 the many baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become the place to find centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be seen alongside the river, making a trip up this river well well worth the time. Because the mouth from the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip should be manufactured in flat bottomed river boats brightly painted, with bench seats and gay awnings.
For the 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 for 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. While you pass on 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 up further on and shortly the riverboat dock for that ancient city of Caunos comes 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 road to the ruins in the ancient town of Caunos. The original city of Caunos once sat on the bay from the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, precisely what is left from the city now sits inland on the side of 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 with the feeling of history that emanates out of this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression of the city which was when a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected inside the architecture. You will find even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left from the later time frame. At 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 as you wander through 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 continue in the river towards the city of Dalyan. When you cruise, look to the left, or higher on the hillside, the amazing Lycian cliff tombs can 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 one of the few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen out of your river boat, because they are high up within the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, so that everything that remains would be 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 to get a once in a lifetime experience. After eating take a quick stroll through the city of Dalyan, filled with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back towards the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the sea and back for your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.