What is Dalyan?
Dalyan is a large town in the southwest of Turkey which is known for being one of the prettiest places in the country. It’s lush dark green landscape draws millions of foreign and national tourists alike to the area every year. It is also a place popular for having holiday homes.
The reason for it’s lush landscape it it’s multiple water sources. The area is scattered with canals and rivers, the most popular river being Caunos river. Dalyan is one of the only places in Turkey where a river unites with the sea.
Iztuzu beach (turtle beach) is a protected site and is home to the famous turtles who use the beach to lay their eggs.
We aim to provide you below with all the information you need on this trip. However if you have unanswered questions you can contact us on the WhatsApp link below. Alternately, you can book using the form on the right.
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BODRUM TO DALYAN TOUR DETAILS
|Tour Days:||Thursdays & Sundays|
|Start Time:||approx 06:30|
|Return Time:||approx 19:30|
|Concession Prices:||7 to 12 years old – HALF PRICE. 0 to 6 years old – FREE.|
|Things You Need To Bring:||Comfortable shoes, Sun Glasses, Sun Cream, Swim Suit, Camera|
Iztuzu beach – is a 4.5 km long white sandy beach in Dalyan at which between May and September Caretta Turtles come and lay their eggs. Tourists visiting in summer won’t see this extraordinary sight, because the turtles lay their eggs at night and the site is closed and protected at these times. But tourists can still take advantage of it’s beautiful sand and sea. The beach is a thin strip of land which separates the Dalyan Kaunos river and the Mediteranian sea. The beach is a protected site and is patrolled 24 hours a day so as to stop poachers stealing Turtle eggs. This beach is worth taking the trip from Bodrum to Dalyan for.
Caretta turtles – have been laying their eggs on the thin strip of land named Iztuzu beach for 3 million years. The turtles return at approximately 20 to 25 years of age to the same beach they were born on to lay their own eggs. How they do this remains a mystery. They lay their eggs after nightfall in a nest they dig in the sand, then return to the sea. The babies then hatch 2 months later and make a run for the sea in the dark. The beach is closed to visitors after dark for this reason. The Dalyan tour from Bodrum gives you a unique experience to see one of the only sites in the world that these turtles return to time and time again.
Lycian tombs – carved into the rock-face overlooking the Dalyan river are believed to belong to Kings and they date between from 200 BD and 200 AD. The kings made tombs like this for a religious reason. They believed that the higher they were from the ground, the closer they were to God.
After about 1 hour of travelling, you will stop at a restaurant. You may buy breakfast here if you wish. There are toilet facilities at this stop.
Once you’ve arrived in the area of Dalyan, your first stop will be the mud baths. There are shower and changing facilities and you will spend 1-2 hours here.
A short distance from the mud baths is the restaurant where you will eat lunch, which is included in the price. Drinks aren’t included. After lunch you will board a riverboat and take a 1 hours cruise down Caunos river.
At the mouth of the river lies Turtle beach. It is here that you are like to see the giant turtles swimming the river close to the sea. You’ll spend about 2 hours on the beautiful white sands of turtle beach. There are toilet facilities here and you can buy drinks, snacks and ice cream.
After your time on turtle beach you’ll make the return journey on the riverboat back to main land, This concludes your tour of Dalyan and you’ll start your return to Bodrum.
On your return to Bodrum, you will make 1 scheduled stops at gold centre or similar where there are toilet facilities.
You’ll be back in Bodrum at around 8pm providing there are no unforeseen road closures, heavy traffic, or mechanical vehicle problems on the day.
Money – to buy breakfast, drinks and souvenirs.
Bathing suit – you will need this for the mud baths and turtle beach.
A sunhat and sun cream – the sun is hot in the summer months.
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