There are a variety of jeep safaris that you can choose from. We did our own private trip in 2003 where we travelled around the vast Koycegiz lake to reach the mountains on the other side of the river from Dalyan. Our guests learned how the African slaves were brought to the region and what happened when they gained their freedom you will see their influence enroute ie basket woven and mud brick houses. Lunch is usually served at a traditional Turkish restaurant or even a Turkish persons own home. After lunch we saw olives being pressed to obtain olive oil either by the belt driven pulleys and rollers or the more modern electric motor system. Then we continued to climb the mountains where you will can see some spectacular views of Turtle beach, the Mediterranean, Dalyan village, snow capped mountains in the distance and the surrounding towns.
The original harbour of Dalyan, which served as a major port for the Roman army. Over the last 1,500 years it has silted up creating a fresh water delta on which Dalyan now survives. There are many interesting Roman ruins here eg amphitheatre, library and church. The Rocks tombs are enroute to Caunos so if you feel you have enough energy you can climb these too, alternatively you can visit another day taking the small rowing boat across the river which costs approx 2 pounds.
SURROUNDING AREAS: OLU DENIZ, HISARONU & FETHIYE
We can hire a car to take us to this part of Turkey (approximately 1hr away), stopping to take pictures of views such as the one on the left. We will visit the lagoon at Olu Deniz, one of the most photographed beaches in Turkey, Olu Deniz means ‘dead’ or ‘calm sea’ in Turkish – there are hardly any waves in the sea but it’s even more sheltered behind the bay in the lagoon and there. We can then take you through the ‘Ghost Village’ – where the Greeks lived until they were ousted in the 1920’s – and continue meandering down the road to a beautiful bay overlooking St Nicholas Island (did you know Santa came from Turkey?). As you can see from the view of the bay (taken from the island) most visitors arrive via boat. It still looks beautiful even on a dull day