Tour Style : Outdoor Budget Holiday
Duration : 8 Days / 7 Nights
Day 1 – Arrival
Transfer from Dalaman Airport to Dalyan. Welcome tour of Dalyan with local guide giving information about the local history and culture. Settle in to a local hotel.
Day 2 – *!trekking!*
The next day we walk over a hill to the bay of Ekincik and its unspoilt beach. It is difficult to access by road and so most visitors arrive by yacht. The route we take allows us to explore the ancient ruins of Kaunos, with its Roman Baths, Acropolis, harbour and many other ruins including a Medieval castle. We walk through pine forests which hug the dramatic coastline and arrive in *!Ekincik!* for a special picnic lunch followed by relaxing swimming in the azure crystal waters of the Mediterranean. The journey back is by local wooden boat, which takes one and a half hours along the rugged coastline, around Iztuzu beach and winding along the river under the ancient rock tombs to Dalyan.
Day 3 Jeep Safari
In our jeep safari we make stops for a walk around an old ruined village with a mosque, a short canyon trek in the clear waters of the spring which is the source of a local river, a four course lunch in a restaurant built out of wood on top of a river, a typical Turkish familys house for tea, a secluded beach, a mountain peak overlooking Dalyan, the delta and the surrounding seas, just to mention a few. In between your stops you crash through numerous fords and judder down some seemingly impossible tracks.
Day 4 – Koycegiz Market Boat Tour
Cruise upstream from Dalyan into the 12km long lake and swim in the calm warm volcanic waters. Arrive in Koycegiz at a busy traditional village market and buy ridiculously cheap clothes and jewelry. Have lunch by the lake and cruise down to the hot springs where you can bathe in the healing waters. Overnight in Dalyan.
Day 5 – *!Mountain Biking!*
At 9:00 a.m. we meet in our offices. After you have tested out the bike and had a briefing on the day, it is time to hit the road. During this trip you will make several stops such as in the amber forest, in small villages and at the river. Lunch will be in a small restaurant built on top of a river. In the afternoon we will make a fast downhill run of 8 km along a mixture of dirt and tarmac roads to Dalyan. On the small village roads back we will stop for tea with some locals. We arrive back in Dalyan around 5:00 p.m.
Day 6 – Sunrise Boat Tour
Wake up at 6:30 am and cruise down the river and out to sea. The early morning sea is flat and calm and abundant with fish. While cruising through the delta you can enjoy the fresh home made cake and hot tea and coffee. After anchoring in the quiet Bacardi Bay you can snorkel underwater before enjoying the rich Turkish breakfast on the boat. In the early afternoon we cruise back to Dalyan making stops at the 4km long sandy beach for another refreshing dive in the sea.
Day 7 – Shopping in the Local Market
The local market has many stalls selling (genuine-fake) brand name watches, clothes, leather goods, shoes and spices, all at extremely cheap prices. In the afternoon we go to a Hamam, or Turkish Bath, where we have a sauna, skin exfoliation and massage, leaving us feeling completely revitalised and fresh.
Day 8 – Departure
Reluctantly, we say good-bye and transfer back to the airport.