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 an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a lovely coastline through the remains of numerous ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for your Blue Voyage often starts inside the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are extremely close to the mouth from the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek to the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once within this location, make sure to set aside at the very least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth of the Dalyan River is a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth from the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and is now packed with fingers of shallow water through the silt and reeds. The phrase Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And indeed 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 parts 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.
Across the mouth in the Dalyan River, is really a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is really a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, since this area has long been a nesting spot for these turtles. The beach is closed during the nesting season for egg laying and the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and in to the surf of the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has become house to centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be seen alongside the river, making a trip up this river well worth the time. Since 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 the 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 for the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining the beaches around the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. As you pass over the sandbar and to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled since the river opens up further on and very soon the riverboat dock for that 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 path to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The ancient city of Caunos once sat on a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, precisely what is left of the city now sits inland on the side in the Dalyan River, having a fertile plain stretching before the ruins and in the market to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed using the sense of history that emanates out of this place; the extent of the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression from the city that was after a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, that is reflected within the architecture. You will find even the remains of any Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left from a later time frame. 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 show you the historical past and ruins as 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 towards the town of Dalyan. As you cruise, look to the left, or higher on the hillside, the amazing Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be now most definitely a journey to the ancient world, and one of many few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen from the river boat, since they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, to ensure that all of that remains are definitely the incredible tomb fronts, as well as the wonder of methods the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip using 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 eating have a quick stroll with the city of Dalyan, filled with the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the ocean and back in your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.