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Ancient City of Kaunos Tours

Ancient City of Kaunos
Ancient City of Kaunos near Dalyan, Turkey is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. Kaunos was an ancient city founded in the 9th century BC, and it was quite important by 400 BC. It was located on the border between Lycia and Caria, and the city's culture had characteristics of both empires. The city was once an important trading post on the sea, though today it is set back a few miles from the sea since the coastline has moved over the centuries. The receding coastline, attacks from various tribes, and a malaria epidemic led to the decline of Kaunos, and the city was abandoned by the 15th century. 

The ruins include a well preserved theater, parts of the old city walls, and an acropolis. There's also a basilica, Roman baths, two Hellenistic temples and four Roman temples. From the acropolis, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of the ancient city. The theater could hold 5,000 people and is still occasionally used for events. Nearby you can also see Lycian tombs in the rocks above the Dalyan River.

Practical Info

The Kaunos Ruins are easy to reach from Dalyan. The closest airport is the Dalaman Airport, located 17 miles away. You can get to Dalyan by public transportation from either Marmaris or Fethiye, or you can join a tour that includes the ruins on its itinerary. 
Address: Dalyan Beldesi, Fethiye Merkez/Muğla, Turkey
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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 Cruise: Iztuzu Beach, River Cruise and Mud Bath from Marmaris and Icmeler

Dalyan Cruise: Iztuzu Beach, River Cruise and Mud Bath from Marmaris and Icmeler

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Spend a day exploring the natural wonders and historic gems of the Dalyan Delta on this action-packed full-day cruise from Marmaris. Set sail for the beaches and bays of the Adaköy peninsula, where you can cool off with a dip in the Mediterranean before cruising on to the Dalyan River. Spot loggerhead turtles at İztuzu Beach, soak in the mineral-rich mud baths and view the Lycian Kings’ Tombs in Kaunos, then tuck into a delicious lunch (included) on-board.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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