The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to the Aegean Sea along the southern coast of Turkey nearby 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 several ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for your Blue Voyage often starts in the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are extremely close to the mouth in the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek for the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once within this location, make sure you set aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to perform 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 in the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and is also now packed with fingers of shallow water from the silt and reeds. The word Dalyan, in Turkish, means fishing weir. And even 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 many a restaurant located in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Throughout the mouth in the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is actually a national conservation location for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, as this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed through the nesting season for egg laying and also the return of the many baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and in to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be the place to find centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be seen alongside the river, building a trip up this river well worth the time. As the mouth in the Dalyan River is extremely 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 for the entrance in the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches surrounding the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. As you pass within the sandbar and in to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled because the river opens further on and shortly the riverboat dock for the ancient city of Caunos comes into view. Here 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 from the ancient town of Caunos. The original city of Caunos once sat over 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 while watching ruins and out to the sea.
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 creates a strong impression in the city which had been after a lively and bustling seaport. The city 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 surrounding mountain tops left coming from a later period of time. On the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins of the identical 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 also the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, go back to your river boat to go on up the river towards the city of Dalyan. As you cruise, turn to the left, and up on the hillside, the amazing Lycian cliff tombs will come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this is now most definitely a journey into 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, as they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, to ensure that all of that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip using a stop riverside at one of many Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish under the Lycian tomb facades for a once in a life time experience. After food have a quick stroll from the town of Dalyan, filled with the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back towards the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the sea and back for your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage across the southern coast of Turkey.