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Dalyan River

Dalyan River

Dalyan, Turkey

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.

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Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
$40.36 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good day out
The cruise itself was good, the guide was very hospitable. The first stop which was the mud bath was nice views but the mud bath itself wasn't got me. It looked a bit more like a dirty pool, lunch was decent, the stop at dalyan beach was amazing and the water was warm, it was a shame didn't get to see any turtles but overall it was good value for money
Tendai_M, Dec 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Marmaris

star-5
Delightful day for out
Helen_T, Oct 2020
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
Tour from start to finish was well organised and well managed. Enjoyable boat trip on a small boat with other English speaking guests. Tour guide very knowledgeable about the area. Boat captain was delightful and had many skills from driving the boat to serving drinks and cooking tasty meals for us. Thoroughly recommend booking this tour.
star-5
Great day out at a cheap price
Maria, Sep 2020
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
Thank-you to our lovely tour guide, captain and crew. Enjoyable all day excursion, great value for money.
star-5
Great day!
Alan_l, May 2019
Dalyan Day Trip from Bodrum to Dalyan River Cruise, Iztuzu Beach with Mud Baths
Fantastic trip!! The mud baths, tombs, river, beach, blue crab were all fantastic. But the two guides were what made the day. Particularly Aslan, who went above and beyond from the moment we met him! A must do!
star-4
Good but long
Danielle_H, Aug 2020
Dalyan Day Trip from Bodrum to Dalyan River Cruise, Iztuzu Beach with Mud Baths
The actual experience was lovely- the mud baths were fun, the lunch was OK and the boat and scenery were stunning. The transfer time from Bodrum was nearly 4 hours though!!! We were told it would be around 90 mins. My children get very travel sick and 8 hrs of travelling in 1 day is too much in 33° heat. We also felt that, the unexpected extra stop offs for crab "to attract the turtles" (despite only receiving the crab after we'd left turtle beach where we saw no turtles) and the stop off at a wine cellar (not child friendly after a long day) were simply ways to get us to spend more money. Having said all that, the trip was very special and I would recommend to anyone staying nearer to Dalyan.
star-4
Lazy day on beautiful river.
Austin_M, Oct 2019
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
This was a most enjoyable relaxing trip with plenty to see. The Lake and river cruise was most enjoyable with Dalyan tombs the highlight. Turtle beach was beautiful although turtle sightings are rare.
star-5
Excellent day, good price
Pierre_O, Jun 2019
Dalyan River Cruise, Turtle Beach & Mud Baths from Marmaris
We enjoyed our day thoroughly, an excellent mix of swimming in the sea, ship, food, mud baths, beautiful places, ancient spots, ecotourism (turtles)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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