Dalyan River Cruise to the Ruins at Kaunos
A portion of this tour is conducted by boat.
Don't forget your camera for some amazing photo opportunities along your tour!
Flat, comfortable shoes are highly recommended on this tour.
Tour Participation Requirements
Special Medical Restriction
Ancient Kaunos was a mystery for centuries. Abandoned in the 1400s, it was gradually covered in sediment and lost in time. The city's story was uncovered as regular excavations began in the 1960s. Once a prospering two seaport area, its fortunes changed dramatically as silt began filling its bay. It gradually became a poor, landlocked city and, when a malaria epidemic struck in the 15th-century, its remaining citizens fled.
You might still picture a prosperous seaport in its glory days. The buildings and streets you'll explore in this impressive archeological site are from the 4th century B.C. Wandering the ruins that cascade down the slope to the former harbors, imagine the people of Kaunos strolling along stone lanes, wealthy citizens relaxing at the baths, and rapt crowds at a performance in the theater.
The most celebrated sights at Kaunos are the remarkable 4th-century riverside temple tombs. The Lycian tombs are cut into cliffs along the main approach to a former harbor. These elaborate structures are believed to be tombs of Kaunos' aristocracy. Viewed from the river, as you'll see them, they are hauntingly beautiful and among Turkey's most stunning sights.
Kaunos' ancient tombs and architecture are impressive, but this area is also known for something that's been here even longer. Daylan's iconic turtles andndash; the caretta caretta or loggerhead turtles honored on the town's statue have been roaming the world for about 65 million years. Nearby Iztuzu Beach is a refuge for this endangered species, and locals are resolved to keeping them safe. Clearly, this riverside town has both a natural and a cultural heritage to treasure.
Tales of taboo and trauma
Legend holds that King Kaunos, Apollo's grandson, founded ancient Kaunos. Kaunos' twin sister, Byblis, was in love with him and died of sorrow when her incestuous desires were rebuffed but not before she cried enough tears to create the Dalyan River. Kaunos has endured attacks by pirates, a 15th-century malaria epidemic, an earthquake, and layers of sediment that buried it for hundreds of years.
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