The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to the Aegean Sea over 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 definitely an enchanting cruise through pristine blue waters, along a lovely coastline through the remains of several ancient cultures.
A crewed yacht charter for the Blue Voyage often starts in the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are incredibly close towards the mouth from the Dalyan River. Once boarded, it is really an easy cruise from either Marmaris or Gocek to the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this location, make sure you put aside at least a morning or afternoon to accomplish 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 of the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and it is now filled with fingers of shallow water through the silt and reeds. The phrase 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 for 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 numerous a cafe or restaurant based in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Over the mouth in the Dalyan River, is a long sandbar or beach. This entire area is a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, because this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed throughout the nesting season for egg laying as well as the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, throughout the sands and to the surf in the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River has been the place to find centuries of civilizations as well as their ruins can be seen alongside the river, making a trip up this river well well worth the time. Since the mouth of the Dalyan River is very shallow, the river trip has to be manufactured 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 to get a cruise towards the entrance from the river mouth. The trip starts with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches surrounding the entrance and also the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass over the sandbar and to the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled since the river opens further on and shortly the riverboat dock for the ancient city of Caunos makes view. This is 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 town of Caunos. The ancient town of Caunos once sat on a bay of the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left of the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching in front of the ruins and in the market to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed using the sense of history that emanates using this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still results in a strong impression of the city which had been after a lively and bustling seaport. The metropolis was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected in the architecture. You can find even the remains of a Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the surrounding mountain tops left coming from a later time period. 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 a brief history and ruins while you wander with 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 to the city of Dalyan. While you cruise, turn to the left, or higher on the hillside, the incredible Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this really is now absolutely a journey in to the ancient world, and among the few places these hybjpl from your Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs would be best seen from your river boat, since they are up high inside the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, so that everything that remains are definitely the incredible tomb fronts, and the wonder of how the tombs were carved and built.
Cap the trip with a stop riverside at one of 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 with the town of Dalyan, including the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back towards the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, in the market to the ocean and back in your chartered yacht, to continue your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.