The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into the Aegean Sea along the southern coast of Turkey near 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 pleasant coastline through the remains of many ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for that Blue Voyage often starts within the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are very close towards the mouth in 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 particular location, make sure you set aside at 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 of the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and is also now full of fingers of shallow water through the silt and reeds. The term 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 towards the sea. The Dalyan River is actively fished, with nets strung across various elements of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of several a restaurant located in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth of the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is really a national conservation place 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 many baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and into the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been home to centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be observed alongside the river, making a trip up this river well really worth the time. Since the mouth from the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip must 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 to get a cruise towards the entrance in the river mouth. The trip begins with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining the beaches surrounding 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 as the river opens up further on and shortly 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 along with your guide will lead you up the road to the ruins in the ancient city of Caunos. The ancient town of Caunos once sat on a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left of the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, using a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and out to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed using the sensation of history that emanates out of this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression of the city which was after a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is 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 of the same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will explain a brief history 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 continue up the river to the town of Dalyan. While you cruise, turn 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 really is now absolutely a journey into the ancient world, and one of many few places these tombs hcdsgv the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen from your river boat, because they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, in order that all that remains are the incredible tomb fronts, and also 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 underneath the Lycian tomb facades for any once in a life time experience. After food require a quick stroll through the town of Dalyan, filled with the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the sea and back to your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.