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 beautiful coastline through the remains of numerous ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for the Blue Voyage often starts inside the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are incredibly close for 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 at least a morning or afternoon to accomplish 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 in the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and it is now full of 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 for 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 several a nearby restaurant based in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth of the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is actually a national conservation place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because 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 many baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be home to centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be observed alongside the river, making a trip up this river well really worth the time. Since the mouth in the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip has to be produced 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 a cruise towards the entrance from the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining beaches all around the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass within 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 very soon the riverboat dock for your ancient city of Caunos comes 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 from the ancient city of Caunos. The ancient town of Caunos once sat over a 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 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 all the feeling of history that emanates using this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression of the city which had been once a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected within the architecture. You can find even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left from the 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 through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, as well as the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to go on in the river to the town of Dalyan. As you cruise, check out the left, and up on the hillside, the incredible Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be 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 from the river boat, as they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, in order that everything that remains would be 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 among the Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish beneath the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a life time experience. After consuming take a quick stroll with the city of Dalyan, including the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the ocean and back for your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.