The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into the Aegean Sea across 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 beautiful coastline through the remains of several ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for the Blue Voyage often starts inside the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are very close to the mouth in the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek towards the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this location, be sure to put aside at the very least a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth from the Dalyan River is really 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 filled with fingers of shallow water with 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 for 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 based in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth of the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is a national conservation place for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting spot for these turtles. The beach is closed through the nesting season for egg laying and the return of the many baby turtles, once hatched, across the sands and into the surf in 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 well worth the time. As the mouth of the Dalyan River is quite shallow, the river trip must 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 any cruise to the entrance of the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance and also the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When 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 reveals further on and shortly the riverboat dock for your ancient city of Caunos enters 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 traditional town of Caunos once sat on a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left of the city now sits inland on the side in the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching in front of the ruins and to the sea.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks have emerged well and truly impressed with the sensation of history that emanates out of this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression from the city which had been when a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled from 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 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 show you a brief history and ruins while 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 up the river for the town of Dalyan. While you cruise, check out 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 is now most definitely a journey into the ancient world, and one of many few places these hybjpl through the Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are best seen from the river boat, since they are up high in the cliff side. Centuries ago, they were ransacked, to ensure that everything that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip having a stop riverside at one of the Dalyan fish restaurants, and dine on fresh caught Dalyan River fish beneath the Lycian tomb facades for a once in a life time experience. After consuming require a quick stroll through the town of Dalyan, complete with the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, to the sea and back to your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.