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From Marmaris: Dalyan, Turtle Beach & Köyceğiz Tour w/ Lunch

1. From Marmaris: Dalyan, Turtle Beach & Köyceğiz Tour w/ Lunch

Visit some of the top destinations on the Turkish Riviera with a day trip from Marmaris or İçmeler. Make your way to Turtle Beach near Dalyan and keep an eye out for the locals, admire Köyceğiz Lake, look out at the Lycian Tombs, and enjoy lunch on this full-day tour. Set off from Marmaris or İçmeler with pickup from your hotel in the morning. Once you arrive at Köyceğiz Lake, transfer from the bus to a boat and cross the lake. Take a dip in the hot water pools at Sultaniye or have a soak in the mud baths, a popular activity with locals and tourists alike. Enjoy a lunch of salad, pasta, and barbecue chicken or meatballs served on the boat. Sail through the Iztuzu Canal and, from the boat, admire the Lycian Tombs that are built into the cliffs and date back to the 4th century BC. Try your hand at crab fishing and see if you can catch some Blue Crabs. Arrive at the Dalyan Delta and look out for the Caretta Caretta or Loggerhead Turtles at the famous Turtle Beach. These large creatures can weigh between 300 to 400 pounds and the area is monitored by Turkey’s Environment and Forestry Ministry.

From Marmaris: Dalyan Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths

2. From Marmaris: Dalyan Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths

Enjoy a relaxing full-day tour of Dalyan on Turkey’s Lycian Coast, sailing by boat across the turquoise sea to Turtle Beach (officially known as Iztuzu Beach). Departing from Marmaris, admire the remarkable rock cut tombs of the Kings of Kaunos along the coast. Founded around the 9th-century BC on the border of the Kingdom of Lycia, Kaunos became an important Carian city around 400 BC and its culture reflected aspects of both kingdoms. The tombs were designated for the kings and other powerful people of the city, and filled with food, money, jewelry and other valuable items. Marvel at the Dalyan Canal as it weaves its way from Köyceğiz Lake to the beach, a peninsula jutting out from the mainland. Famous for the endangered loggerhead turtles (Caretta Caretta) that lay their eggs in the sand, as well as blue crab, the beach is now protected to help conserve the turtles, making it out of bounds to the public from May through September. Jump into a mud bath for an indulgent and therapeutic wallow before your return transfer to Marmaris.

From Fethiye: Dalyan Day Trip with Mud Bath and Turtle Beach

3. From Fethiye: Dalyan Day Trip with Mud Bath and Turtle Beach

When joining our Dalyan Tour from Fethiye, you can expect to unfold the natural beauty of Dalyan River, and to create long lasting memories. The excursion begins in the morning, when a bus picks you up from your hotel in Fethiye. A professional driver will transfer you, for almost 40 minutes, towards the starting point of the boat trip. As the excursion is guided by a professional guide, expect to get a complete overview of the area’s history and importance. The schedule is designed in such way to offer you the best images of the area. When at the port, you will enter a spacious boat, and make yourself comfortable on the decks for an unforgettable river cruise. The boat trip is a great opportunity to unwind, snap some photos, and observe the unspoiled surroundings. At a point, you will be able to see the 4th century BC, rock-cut tombs of the ancient city of Caunos. An interesting stop takes place at the mud baths. During this time, you can enter the mud pools, and enjoy a relaxing and revitalise mud bath. The mud is known for its high concentration in minerals, and for having beneficial outcomes for the muscles and skin. The excursion’s highlight is, of course, the visit at the point where the river meets the sea. Turtle Beach is one of the most famous places in the area, as you can actually swim in both, the river, and the sea! The sandy terrain and the exceptionally tranquil setting are about to take your breath away. If you are lucky enough, you may spot some careta turtles. The tour finishes in the afternoon, when the bus drops you off back at your hotel in Fethiye.

Dalyan: Full–Day Mud Bath & Turtle Beach Tour from Fethiye

4. Dalyan: Full–Day Mud Bath & Turtle Beach Tour from Fethiye

Enjoy a relaxing full-day tour of Dalyan on Turkey’s Lycian Coast, sailing by boat across the turquoise sea to Turtle Beach, officially known as Iztuzu Beach. Departing from Fethiye, admire the remarkable rock cut tombs of the Kings of Kaunos along the coast. Founded around the 9th century B.C. on the border of the Kingdom of Lycia, Kaunos became an important Carian city around 400 B.C. and its culture reflected aspects of both kingdoms. The tombs were designated for the kings and other powerful people of the city, and filled with food, money, jewelry and other valuable items. Marvel at the Dalyan Canal as it weaves its way from Köyceğiz Lake to the beach, a peninsula jutting out from the mainland. Famous for the endangered loggerhead turtles that lay their eggs in the sand, as well as blue crab, the beach is now protected to help conserve the turtles, making it out of bounds to the public from May through September. Jump into a mud bath for an indulgent and therapeutic wallow before your return transfer to Fethiye.

Bodrum: Dalyan Mud Baths & Iztuzu Beach Day Trip with Lunch

5. Bodrum: Dalyan Mud Baths & Iztuzu Beach Day Trip with Lunch

Soak in the mud baths of Dalyan, see the ancient rock-cut tombs of Caunos, and watch out for turtles at Iztuzu Beach on a tour from Bodrum. Have a lunch made of local dishes by the riverside and enjoy boat rides between attractions as well. Your tour begins in the morning with a pickup from your hotel in Bodrum. Hop on the bus and sit back as you pass by beautiful landscapes during your drive. Stop for a breakfast break (which is at your own expense) on the way. Arrive in the quaint town of Dalyan and board a boat to reach the mud baths and spa with thermal pools. Revitalize in a mud bath that contains sulfur and other elements said to be beneficial for your skin and help you to loosen up. Relax at the spa before having lunch by the riverside. After lunch, make your way to the former city of Caunos, founded around the 9th century BC. Once a Mediterranean port, Caunos is now known for its rock-cut tombs of kings and important people. Visit the tombs and hear about the grieving rituals of pagans and unfortunate grave robbing. From Caunos head to the sea by boat and arrive at Iztuzu Beach, otherwise known as Turtle Beach. See the over 4 miles of sandy beach stretch and go to the turtle rehabilitation station to learn how the loggerhead sea turtles nest and care for their eggs at the beach and see them if you are lucky. Take an hour and a half to spend at Iztuzu Beach before boarding your boat back to Dalyan to catch your return bus to Bodrum. On the way back to your hotel, have a short refreshment break (at your own expense) at a restaurant.

Sarigerme: Dalyan, Turtle Beach, Mud Bath, & King Tombs Tour

6. Sarigerme: Dalyan, Turtle Beach, Mud Bath, & King Tombs Tour

Arrive in Dalyan and board a charming river boat. Set-off and start your tour as you glide across the beautiful Koycegiz Lake. Marvel at this remarkable body of water that provides gorgeous views. Enjoy a rejuvenating dip in a mud bath amongst hot springs known for their high-quality minerals. Finish your relaxing bath and take a refreshing fresh-water shower afterwards as you clean up. Stop for lunch and indulge in an open buffet in a cute restaurant as your guide entertains you with knowledge about the scenery around you. Finish your lunch and take a break near the ancient rock tombs of Caunos. Be amazed by these impressive tombs that are said to be built high up into the mountain so that angels could reach the deceased with ease. Listen as your guide informs you about the history of this incredible site. See the gorgeous Turtle beach and take a swim nearby. Relax in the waters along a 4.5-kilometer stretch of coast that consists of the salt water of the Mediterranean and the fresh waters of the Dalyan River. Try your luck and potentially spot the protected species, the Loggerhead Turtles. Finish your activities at Turtle Beach and return to Sarigerme at around 6:00 PM.

From Marmaris: Day Trip to Dalyan with Lunch

7. From Marmaris: Day Trip to Dalyan with Lunch

Be collected from your accommodation in Marmaris at 8:30 AM and travel 45 minutes to Koycegiz. When you arrive, board your riverboat and enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Koycegiz Lake. Visit the thermal springs and mud baths, which provide secret health benefits. The waters are rich in blue-hydrogen and radon, which relieve joint pain and aid the musculoskeletal system. In the vicinity of the village of Dalyan, there are 12 springs with different chemical compositions of water. Continue your tour and sail through the narrow ducts of the river. See rock tombs built between the 5th and 4th centuries BC during the oligarchy of the ancient city of Kaunos. They are the best examples of Lycian graves in the territory of Turkey. Return to your boat and be served a mouth-watering meal. The final stop will be at Turtle Beach. The unique sandy Iztuzu beach is where Caretta-Caretta turtles lay their eggs. The beach is a natural reserve and is under state protection but you can swim in the freshwater lake beside the beach. If you are lucky, you will see turtles on the beach. In the evening, from May to October, the beach is closed. Be dropped off at your accommodation around 7:30 PM. 

Dalaman: Jeep Safari from Sarigerme

8. Dalaman: Jeep Safari from Sarigerme

Be collected from your accommodation in Sarigerme. The first stage of your journey takes you through a typical Turkish village and a beautiful liquid amber forest. Travel through the magnificent scenery of the environment and continue to the cold clear waters of the Yuvarlakcay River. Take your first break close to the Yuvarlakcay Spring. Go on a ten-minute walk through the canyon to the sources of the spring, where you will have a chance to cool off in the icy water. After lunch at a fresh trout restaurant, head into the more remote region which are only accessible by jeep. Explore little-known areas and deserted places of unsurpassed beauty. After having a break to sunbathe and swim at Asi Bay Beach, drive up to Bozburun Hill, 600 meters above sea level, where you can photograph the spectacular views of Dalyan, Koycegiz Lake, and Iztuzu Turtle Beach.

Dalyan Mud Bath and Beach Tour

9. Dalyan Mud Bath and Beach Tour

Arrive at Turtle Beach, ana amazing beach to explore and provide you with a unique experience. Surrounded by salt water on one side and fresh water on the other, is one of the last breeding grounds of the Sea Turtles and therefore delightfully undeveloped.  You will then take a riverboat cruise through the maze-like passages of Dalyan Delta on your way to the mud baths. The riverboat will stop at the magnificent rock tombs. The tombs belong to the Kings of ancient Lycia and date back to the 4th-century B.C. You will then continue onto the rejuvenating mud baths and thermal springs of Dalyan. The thermal springs and mud baths have drawn in a legion of famous people over the years like Dustin Hoffman, Sting and David Bowie to name a few. Apparently it has worked for them, so why not let it work for you?!

Didim: Dalyan Tour with Turtle Beach, Mud Bath & Lunch

10. Didim: Dalyan Tour with Turtle Beach, Mud Bath & Lunch

Discover the beauty of the area of Dalyan on a guided riverboat trip. Relax at a picturesque location for lunch, and admire the sights and sounds of the tranquil river delta, with some time to explore. Start with pickup from your hotel in Didim. Meet your guide and travel by air-conditioned bus to Dalyan. After a journey through picturesque villages and charming locations, arrive at the departure point of the boat trip. Cruise down the river and admire the sights of the shoreline, including the mud baths of the area. See the imposing cliffs where the Lycian tombs are carved into rocks, and learn more about their history with live onboard commentary. Stop at a charming riverside restaurant for a delicious lunch. Afterwards, head to the river delta and visit the nearby Turtle Beach. Relax on the sands before boarding the bus back to Didim, arriving back in the late afternoon.

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We went as a family of 4 and it was a really lovely day trip. everything ran smoothly and our host Dmitry was everything you would want in a host, very informative, chilled vibes which made the trip so relaxing. we loved the mud baths as it's something we have never experienced and found it funny. we ordered crabs for dinner and as first timers,we really did not know how to eat it lol, step forward Dmitry, who sat down with us and showed us how to crack it. overall great day out and great value. Turtle beach was beautiful and the kids had a great time there, not to forget the stunning landscapes on sides of the lakes.

Excellent trip and value for money. Our guide, Dimitri, was excellent and the food good too. We opted to pay for the extra fish and crab, it did not disappoint. Although there was lots of travelling, there was plenty to admire. Thank you, we had a great day ☺️

Everything was well arranged, we were picked up on time and driven quietly to the boat. Our guide Dimitri was great and gave nice, funny and interesting explanations. This tour is definitely recommended!!

Brilliant day saw turtles close up and mud baths was a fantastic experience ….recommended to anyone wanting a great day out

Unbelievable value a must do had a great experience