The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to 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 an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a pleasant coastline through the remains of several 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 to 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 in this particular location, be sure to put aside at the very least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth of the Dalyan River is actually 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 now packed with fingers of shallow water from the silt and reeds. The term 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 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 numerous a nearby restaurant located in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth in the Dalyan River, is really a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is actually a national conservation location for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed throughout the nesting season for egg laying and also the return of the many baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and into the surf of the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become home to centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be seen alongside the river, making a trip up this river well really worth the time. Since the mouth in the Dalyan River is extremely shallow, the river trip should be produced in flat bottomed river boats brightly painted, with bench seats and gay awnings.
For that Dalyan River Trip, your yacht will anchor at Eckincek. A flat bottomed river boat and guide will motor alongside your yacht for boarding to get a cruise to the entrance in the river mouth. The trip begins with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining beaches surrounding the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When you pass within the sandbar and in to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled because the river opens further on and soon the riverboat dock for the ancient town of Caunos enters into view. This is actually the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock as well as your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins from the ancient city of Caunos. The traditional town of Caunos once sat on the bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left in the city now sits inland on the side in the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching while watching 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 all the sense of history that emanates from this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression of the city which had been once a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is reflected within the architecture. You can find even the remains of any Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left from the later time period. 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 as you wander from the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to carry on the river to the town of Dalyan. As you cruise, look to the left, and up on the hillside, the amazing Lycian cliff tombs will come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this is now absolutely a journey into the ancient world, and one of the few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen from the river boat, because they are up high in the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, to ensure that all that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, as well as the wonder of methods the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip having a stop riverside at one of many 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 food 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, to the sea and back in your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.