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Dalyan River Tours

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Dalyan River
Ancient ruins, endangered wildlife, thermal springs—a boat cruise along the Dalyan River is full of surprises. Winding its way from Lake Köyceğiz to Dalyan Village before emptying into the Mediterranean Sea, the river follows a scenic route flanked by rocky mountains, pine-clad valleys, and sandy beaches.

The Basics
Dalyan River cruises set out from Dalyan Village toward Iztuzu Beach at the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea. Stop along the way to soak in the mineral-rich Dalyan mud baths and admire the Lycian ruins of Kaunos—particularly the tombs of the kings, carved into cliffsides high above the river.

Some tours also head north of Dalyan to explore the beaches of Lake Köyceğiz, where you can take a swim, watch birds around the wetlands, or relax in the Sultaniye Hot Springs. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy spotting birds, snakes, terrapins, and loggerhead turtles along the Dalyan River. 
  • Most tours use traditional wooden boats, which may not be easily accessible to wheelchairs. Check with your tour operator in advance.

How to Get There
The Dalyan River is best experienced by boat from the village of Dalyan. Most day-trippers get to Dalyan from Fethiye to the south (about an hour’s drive away) or Marmaris to the north (about a 1.5-hour drive). Buses run from both cities, but joining a tour is often the most convenient option, as round-trip transport and a boat cruise are typically included.

When to Get There
Summer is the most popular time to visit, when attractions such as Iztuzu Beach and the Dalyan mud baths can get crowded. If you’re staying in Dalyan, an early morning or late afternoon cruise means you’ll avoid the tour groups. Turtles make their nests on Iztuzu Beach from May to August; July and August are when you can usually see the baby turtles making their way out to sea.

Iztuzu Beach 
The sand spit marking the meeting point of the Dalyan River and the Mediterranean, Iztuzu Beach (aka Turtle Beach) is named for the many endangered loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) that inhabit its shores. In summer, hundreds of turtles lay their eggs on the beach, making it one of the most important breeding grounds in the Mediterranean. Besides turtle-watching, sunbathe, swim in the ocean, or visit the turtle conservation center.  
 
Address: Dalyan, Turkey
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4 Tours and Activities to Experience Dalyan River

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Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris

Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris

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=Spend a day cruising Turkey’s famous Turquoise Coast on this full-day boat trip from Marmaris or Icmeler, including hotel transfers and lunch. Take in the highlights of the Dalyan canal, admiring the rock-cut Lycian Tombs of the Kings of Kaunos, taking a dip in the mineral-rich mud baths and viewing the protected Iztuzu Beach, famous for its large population of loggerhead turtles.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Dalyan Day Trip from Bodrum to Dalyan River Cruise, Iztuzu Beach aith Mud Baths

Dalyan Day Trip from Bodrum to Dalyan River Cruise, Iztuzu Beach aith Mud Baths

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Sail the spectacular Dalyan River on this full-day trip departing from Bodrum in an air-conditioned coach. Soak in mud baths and explore the historic tombs of Kaunos while you learn about the local history for your expert guide. Swim in the beautiful river and keep an eye out for elusive loggerhead turtles at İztuzu Beach. Admire views of the well-known Kings’ Tombs and enjoy a savory local lunch.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.57
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Dalyan Bus Trip to Caunos, Turtle Beach and Sultaniye Mud Bath from Marmaris

Dalyan Bus Trip to Caunos, Turtle Beach and Sultaniye Mud Bath from Marmaris

Combine relaxation, sightseeing, and adventure on a full-day group tour from Marmaris. Relax, as complimentary transportation takes you from your hotel to Koycegiz Waterfall.  Later, board your boat in Dalyan and set sail for Sultaniya Thermal Springs and Mud Baths. After an included Turkish lunch, unwind as the boat floats down river past rock tombs, a fish farm, and to Turtle Beach. Swim or sunbathe before returning to Marmaris.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private Dalyan Iztuzu River Boat Caunos Tour with Private Guide

Private Dalyan Iztuzu River Boat Caunos Tour with Private Guide

Maximise your time while in port in Marmaris with a private 6-hour shore excursion that explores one of the highlights of Turkey’s Turquoise Coast. Set sail on a riverboat cruise around the Dalyan Delta; stop to admire the ancient Lycian tombs of Caunos, carved high in the cliff sides; and spot loggerhead turtles on İztuzu Beach.
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  • 6 hours
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