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 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 in the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are very 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 set aside at 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 in the river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and is now packed with fingers of shallow water from 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 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 elements of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of many a cafe or restaurant located in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth of the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is really a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting spot for these turtles. The beach is closed during the nesting season for egg laying as well as the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and into the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be the place to find centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be seen alongside the river, building a trip up this river well well worth the time. As the mouth from the Dalyan River is extremely shallow, the river trip has to be made 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 from the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining beaches surrounding 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 as the river reveals further on and soon the riverboat dock for your 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 road to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The original town of Caunos once sat over a bay in 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 before the ruins and out to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with all the sense of history that emanates out of this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression of the city which was once a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is 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 a later time frame. 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 history and ruins while you wander from 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 carry on in the river for the city of Dalyan. As you cruise, look to the left, or higher on the hillside, the incredible Lycian cliff tombs can come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this really is now absolutely a journey into the ancient world, and one of many few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen out of your river boat, as they are up high within the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, to ensure that everything that remains are definitely the incredible tomb fronts, as well as the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip with a stop riverside at one of the Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish underneath the Lycian tomb facades for any once in a life time experience. After eating have a quick stroll with the city of Dalyan, including the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the water and back to your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.