The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to 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 surely 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 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 for the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this location, make sure to put aside at least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth in the Dalyan River is actually a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth from the river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and is now filled with fingers of shallow water through the silt and reeds. The phrase 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 towards 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 nearby restaurant found in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth of the Dalyan River, is really a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is a national conservation location for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, as this area has long been a nesting destination for these turtles. The beach is closed through the nesting season for egg laying and the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and into the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been 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 from the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip must be made in flat bottomed river boats brightly painted, with bench seats and gay awnings.
For your 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 begins with the spectacular beauty of pine trees lining the beaches surrounding the entrance as well as 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 as the river opens up further on and soon the riverboat dock for the ancient city of Caunos enters 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 road to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The traditional town of Caunos once sat on a bay from the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left in the city now sits inland on the side from the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching before the ruins and out to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed with the feeling of history that emanates using this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression in the city which had been when a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected inside the architecture. There are even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left from the later time frame. 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 explain the history and ruins while you wander from the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to carry on in the river to the city of Dalyan. As you cruise, check out 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 in to the ancient world, and among the few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen from the river boat, since they are high up within the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, to ensure that all of that remains are 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 beneath the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a lifetime experience. After eating have a quick stroll through the city of Dalyan, complete with the typical rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the sea and back for your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.