The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into the Aegean Sea across 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 beautiful coastline through the remains of several 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 in the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek to the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this particular location, be sure to put aside at least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth in the Dalyan River is really a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth of the river has moved south into the Aegean Sea, and it is now full of fingers of shallow water from the silt and reeds. The term Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. As well as 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 numerous a cafe or restaurant located in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Over the mouth from the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is really a national conservation location for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, since this area has long been a nesting spot for these turtles. The beach is closed throughout the nesting season for egg laying and the return of many baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and in to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be home to centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be observed alongside the river, creating a trip up this river well worth the time. As the mouth of the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip has to be manufactured 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 a cruise towards the entrance of the river mouth. The trip begins with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining beaches around the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass over the sandbar and into the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled as the river opens further on and very soon the riverboat dock for your ancient town of Caunos comes into view. This is 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 city of Caunos. The traditional town 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 from the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and in the market to the sea.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed with the feeling of history that emanates from this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression from the city that was once a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected within the architecture. There are even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left coming from a later time frame. On the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins the exact same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will show you the historical past and ruins as you wander through the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, and the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, return to your river boat to go on up the river towards the city of Dalyan. While you cruise, turn to the left, and up 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 into the ancient world, and one of the few places these hybjpl from the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen out of your river boat, as they are high up in the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, in order that all 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 under the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a life time experience. After consuming require a quick stroll through the city of Dalyan, filled with the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back to the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the water and back for your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.