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 surely 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 incredibly close towards 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 particular location, be sure to put aside at least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth of the Dalyan River is really a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth from the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and is also now filled with fingers of shallow water from the silt and reeds. The phrase Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And even bass, mullet and sea bream make their way up this river from your 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 areas of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of several a restaurant based in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth from the Dalyan River, is really a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is actually a national conservation location 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 the 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 along with their ruins can be observed alongside the river, making a trip up this river well worth the time. As the mouth in the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip has to be made 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 a cruise to the entrance from the river mouth. The trip begins with the spectacular beauty of pine trees lining the beaches around the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When 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 reveals further on and shortly the riverboat dock for the ancient town of Caunos comes into view. This is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock and your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The traditional city of Caunos once sat on a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left of the city now sits inland on the side from the Dalyan River, having a fertile plain stretching before the ruins and to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with all the sensation 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 from 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 the later time frame. At the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins of the same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will show you the historical past and ruins while you wander through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to go on up the river to the town of Dalyan. When you cruise, turn to 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 really is now absolutely a journey to the ancient world, and one of the few places these hybjpl from the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen from the river boat, because they are high up inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, to ensure that all that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, as well as the wonder of how 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 beneath the Lycian tomb facades for a once in a lifetime experience. After eating require a quick stroll through the town of Dalyan, complete with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the water and back for your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.