The Dalyan River runs in a southerly direction and empties into the Aegean Sea along 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 surely 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 to the bay near Eckincek to anchor. Once in this location, make sure to put 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 it is now filled with 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 from your Aegean Sea to spawn in Koycegiz Lake, located further upstream. After spawning, the fish swim back down the river towards 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 nearby restaurant found in the town of Dalyan alongside the river.
Over the mouth in the Dalyan River, is actually a long sandbar or beach. This whole area is actually a national conservation area for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, as this area has long been a nesting location for these turtles. The beach is closed during the nesting season for egg laying as well as the return of the numerous baby turtles, once hatched, over the sands and in to the surf of the Aegean Sea.
The Dalyan River continues to be the place to find centuries of civilizations along with their ruins can be seen alongside the river, building a trip up this river well really worth the time. As the mouth from the Dalyan River is extremely shallow, the river trip should 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 towards the entrance in the river mouth. The trip starts off with the spectacular attractiveness of pine trees lining the beaches all around the entrance as well as the river winding inland around tall reed banks. While you pass on 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 up further on and very soon the riverboat dock for the ancient town of Caunos makes view. This is actually the first stop on the Dalyan River Trip. Your boat driver will dock along with your guide will lead you up the path to the ruins of the ancient town of Caunos. The traditional city of Caunos once sat on the bay in the Aegean Sea, however with centuries of silting, what exactly is left of the city now sits inland on the side of the Dalyan River, having 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 emerged well and truly impressed using the sensation of history that emanates from this place; the extent from the remaining ruins still produces a strong impression from the city which had been after a lively and bustling seaport. The city was peopled through the Lycian, Greek and Roman cultures, which can be reflected in the architecture. You will find even the remains of the Romanesque church and crenellated city walls ringing the nearby mountain tops left from the later time frame. On the Caunos site, visitors can walk freely through ruins of the same buildings and streets built by these ancient civilizations. Your private guide will explain the history and ruins when you wander through 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 continue up the river to the city of Dalyan. As you cruise, check out the left, and up on the hillside, the spectacular Lycian cliff tombs will come into view. These complex carvings date from around 3rd & 4th centuries BC – this can be now most definitely a journey to the ancient world, and among the few places these hybjpl from your Lycian Civilization still exist.
The tombs are the best seen from the river boat, as they are high up in the cliff side. Centuries ago, these were ransacked, in order that all of that remains would be the incredible tomb fronts, and also the wonder of methods 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 beneath the Lycian tomb facades to get a once in a lifetime experience. After food take a quick stroll with the city of Dalyan, including the normal rug merchants hawking their wares. Then back towards the riverboat, down the Dalyan River, out to the water and back for your chartered yacht, to go on your Blue Voyage along the southern coast of Turkey.