The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to the Aegean Sea over 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 lovely coastline through the remains of many ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for that Blue Voyage often starts in the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are extremely close to the mouth of the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek for the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this particular location, make sure to put aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to perform the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth from the Dalyan River is actually a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth from the river has moved south to the Aegean Sea, and it is now full of fingers of shallow water with the silt and reeds. The phrase 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 elements 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.
Across the mouth in the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is 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 the return of the many baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and in to the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been house 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. Since the mouth of the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip must be made 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 to the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass over 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 your ancient town of Caunos makes view. Here is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock and your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins from the ancient city of Caunos. The original city of Caunos once sat over a bay from 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, using a fertile plain stretching in front of the ruins and in the market to the water.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed with all the feeling of history that emanates out of this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression in the city which had been once a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled by the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected inside the architecture. You can find even the remains of the Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left coming from a later time frame. At 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 the historical past 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, come back to your river boat to go on in the river to the town of Dalyan. While you cruise, look to the left, and up on the hillside, the spectacular 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 among the few places these hybjpl through the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen from the river boat, because they are up high in the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, in order that all that remains are definitely the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip having a stop riverside at among the 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 eating take a quick stroll from the town 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 sea and back in your chartered yacht, to carry on your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.