Adventure Cruises in Dalyan
About Dalyan cruises
Dalyan lies on the river that gives it its name and has a rich and varied history. Dalyan cruises have something for everyone, whether exploring ancient ruins, hiking, or indulging in the odd mud bath. The town is located on the southwest coast of Turkey in the heart of the tourist area. Dalyan lies between the resorts of Marmaris and Fethiye. With so many things to do, adventure cruises to Dalyan can often be the highlight of any cruise in southwest turkey.
Top Things to do in Dalyan
There is a wide range of interesting and varied activities in Dalyan, things to do include:
When in Dalyan, you should not miss out on a visit to the ancient city of Caunus, which was also known as Kaunos. The city dates back to 3000 BC and features a wide range of interesting sites to explore, including an agora, a theatre, a couple of harbors, and four temples. The ancient city also featured churches, a cistern, and baths.
Keeping up the archaeological theme, a visit to the Lycian tombs of the Kings is also a unique experience. The tombs overlook the Dalyan river delta and are carved out of the rocky cliffs. The tombs are the final resting place of the King of Caunos. Aside from the site's history, the area is picturesque and offers some stunning views.
How better to relax after exploring history than to visit the Sultaniye Hot Springs and have a quick mud bath. The hot springs and mud are believed to have healing and rejuvenating properties and have been in use since ancient times.
Finally, a trip to turtle beach is a must for any wildlife enthusiast visiting Dalyan. Iztuzu beach is a breeding ground for the endangered and massive loggerhead turtles. Year after year, the females return to this beach to lay their eggs and hatch the next generation. Visiting the beach, you can also check out the turtle rescue center.
Top Tips for visiting Dalyan (where applicable)
If you are visiting the mud baths, a change of clothes and some swimming shorts are a must.
When exploring the tombs and archaeological sites, a good pair of trainers or walking shoes are a great choice.
Best time to cruise Dalyan
The best time to visit Dalyan is from the late spring to the late autumn. However, some visitors come for a bit of winter sun. But the temperature is not as warm as the other months. The hottest and busiest time to visit is from June to August when the weather is hottest, and the place is at its busiest. During those months, you must plan ahead to avoid getting caught up in the crowds. If you want to visit when things are quieter and the climate is not as hot, then May and September can be ideal times. The cooler weather makes exploring a breeze, especially if you want to take lots of land excursions. Fortunately, if you want to experience the turtles at the turtle beach, you can visit virtually any time. The turtle breeding season runs from May 1 through October 1 every year.
Where do Dalyan cruises depart from?
The vast majority of Dalyan cruises will set sail from either Gocek or Marmaris. Getting to either location is relatively simple, with two international airports serving the area. Getting to either city is relatively simple, and travelers can opt to fly to Dalaman airport or Bodrum Airport. Departing from Gocek Dalaman airport is about 3 minutes away, while Bodrum is a much longer two and a half hours away. While if you are departing from Marmaris, then Dalaman airport is about 90 minutes away, while Bodrum airport is 2 hours away.
Most travelers arriving from Europe can fly directly to Dalaman airport, which is closest to both cities. Or they can fly to Bodrum international. For travelers coming from further afield, they will probably have to connect in Istanbul before carrying on to either Dalaman or Bodrum airports.