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 definitely an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a lovely coastline through the remains of numerous ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for that Blue Voyage often starts within the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are incredibly close towards the mouth of 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 to put aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to perform the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth from the Dalyan River is a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth in the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and is also now full of fingers of shallow water with the silt and reeds. The word 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 for 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 restaurant located in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Over the mouth of the Dalyan River, is really 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 spot for these turtles. The beach is closed through the nesting season for egg laying and also the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and to the surf of the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been home to centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be observed alongside the river, building a trip up this river well really worth the time. As 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 that 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 of the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches around the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When you pass on the sandbar and in 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 shortly the riverboat dock for that ancient city of Caunos makes view. This is actually the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock and your guide will lead you up the road to the ruins in the ancient city of Caunos. The original town of Caunos once sat on a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left from the city now sits inland on the side from the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching in front of the 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 using the sense of history that emanates out of this place; the extent of the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression from the city which was once a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is reflected in the architecture. You can find 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 same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will show you the historical past and ruins while you wander with the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, come back to your river boat to continue the river towards the city of Dalyan. As you cruise, turn 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 really is now absolutely a journey in to the ancient world, and one of many few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen out of your river boat, because they are high up inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, in order that all of that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of how 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 underneath the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a life time experience. After eating have a quick stroll with the town of Dalyan, including the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the water and back for your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.