The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to the Aegean Sea across 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 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 extremely close towards the mouth from the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek towards the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this location, be sure to set 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 of the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and is also now packed with fingers of shallow water from the silt and reeds. The word Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And indeed 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 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 many a restaurant based in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth of the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is a national conservation place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed during the nesting season for egg laying and also the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and in to the surf of the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been house to centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be seen alongside the river, making a trip up this river well really worth the time. As the mouth of 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 to get a cruise to the entrance from the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance and also the river winding inland around tall reed banks. As you pass over the sandbar and into 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 your ancient city of Caunos makes view. Here is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock along with your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins from the ancient town of Caunos. The traditional town of Caunos once sat over a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, precisely what is left in the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching in front of the ruins and out to the sea.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with the sensation of history that emanates using this place; the extent of the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression of the city that was after a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is reflected within the architecture. You will find even the remains of the Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left from a later period of time. On the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins of the same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will explain a brief history and ruins when 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 continue in the river to the city of Dalyan. While you cruise, look to the left, or higher on the hillside, the incredible Lycian cliff tombs will come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be now most definitely a journey in to the ancient world, and one of many few places these hybjpl from the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen out of your river boat, because they are up high in the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, so that all that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, and 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 under the Lycian tomb facades for any once in a lifetime experience. After food have a quick stroll through the city of Dalyan, complete with the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the sea and back to your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.