The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties in to 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 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 within the towns of Marmaris or Gocek. Either starting ports are very close to 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 within this location, make sure to set aside a minimum of a morning or afternoon to do the Dalyan River Trip.
The mouth in the Dalyan River is really a fertile delta, where, after gradually silting up over many centuries, the mouth from the river has moved south in to the Aegean Sea, and is also now packed with fingers of shallow water through 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 from your 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 parts of the river. Fresh Dalyan River fish and crabs, if in season, are prime items on the menus of numerous a cafe or restaurant found in the city of Dalyan alongside the river.
Across the mouth of the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is really a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, since 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, across the sands and to the surf from the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be house to centuries of civilizations and their ruins can be observed alongside the river, making a trip up this river well well worth the time. Since the mouth from the Dalyan River is extremely shallow, the river trip must be manufactured 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 any cruise towards the entrance in the river mouth. The trip begins with the spectacular appeal of pine trees lining the beaches surrounding the entrance and the river winding inland around tall reed banks. When you pass within the sandbar and into the narrow, reed-clad channels, it feels like the African Queen revisited! This image is quickly dispelled because the river opens further on and very soon the riverboat dock for that ancient town of Caunos comes into view. Here is the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock as well as your guide will lead you up the road to the ruins from the ancient city of Caunos. The original town of Caunos once sat over a bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what is left from the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, with a fertile plain stretching while watching ruins and to the ocean.
Even people who’ve claimed little interest in piles of old rocks emerged well and truly impressed using the sensation of history that emanates from this place; the extent in the remaining ruins still creates a strong impression in the city which had been once a lively and bustling seaport. The town was peopled from the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which is reflected in 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 period. In the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins of the same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will show you the history and ruins as you wander with the amphitheatre, the Roman Bath, Romanesque church, customs house and agora, as well as the Temple of Apollo.
After touring Caunos, come back to your river boat to carry on in the river for the town of Dalyan. As you cruise, turn to the left, or higher on the hillside, the amazing Lycian cliff tombs should come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this really is now most definitely a journey in to the ancient world, and among the few places these hybjpl from your Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen out of your river boat, since they are high up in the cliff side. Centuries ago, these people were ransacked, so that everything that remains are definitely 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 require a quick stroll through the town of Dalyan, including the standard rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back for the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the ocean and back for your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage over the southern coast of Turkey.