Dalyan River Cruise with Sea Turtle Watching

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Dalyan River Cruise with Sea Turtle Watching
from AUD $70.40
Cruise down the River Dalyan on taxi boats. Look for Caretta Caretta sea turtles and taste some grilled blue crab. See the rock-hewn tombs of the ancient city of Kaunos and take a bath in the mineral mud baths. Sunbathe on famous Iztuzu Beach, a natural habitat of these huge turtles. This is a full-day river trip with lunch included.
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In Brief

Bodrum City, Turkey
14 to 15 hours
Thursday and Sunday
Important InfoInfo
This trip is just for you if you love nature, animals and beautiful views. After picking you up from your hotel at 6:30am, head through the Taurus mountains chain to the city of Mugla. Stop along the way for a breakfast in local restaurant, at your own expense.

After arriving at your destination, a water taxi will be waiting for you on the shore where you will head out on a journey of the Dalyan River.  You will have a chance to bathe in healthful mineral mud and thermal pools with medical water. Spread it all over your body, wait for it to dry then wash it off. It is guaranteed that you will have a lot of fun doing this. After burning calories, it will be time for a tasty lunch by the river. The buffet is included in the price, so you may eat as much as you like.

Continue the cruise where you will see the ancient rock-cut Lycian tombs. The trip will stop there so you can take amazing photos. This is a part of the ancient Lycian city of Kaunos. Its acropolis, theater and Roman baths will be visible during the cruise.

Cruising between bulrushes on the delta of Dalyan River is an awesome adventure making your way to the river's mouth where it empties into the sea. This is where you can most often see the huge Caretta Caretta sea turtles.  Meet other residents of Dalyan River, such as the blue crabs, that are food for the turtles. If desired, you will be able to eat a crab that will be grilled especially for you.

At the end of the day you will get off of the boat straight onto the sandy beach of Iztuzu. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea while tanning. The beach is a breeding ground for turtles, so be careful because you may meet them here.  After some free time, board the water taxi and head back to the starting point. A bus will be waiting to take you back to Bodrum.


  • All activities
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle


  • Drinks
  • Breakfast (available to purchase)
  • Grilled crabs

Departure Time

6:00 AM

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up point is always outside the hotel, close to security gate / main gate of the hotel.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • there are changing rooms both on the beach and by mud baths
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 2 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 1 recent reviews

excellent trip - would recommend to all. picked up on time at 6am and transferred to comfortable air conditioned coach for the 3 hr journey from Bodrum. plenty of stops on the way including a breakfast stop where you could purchase a range of things for breakfast at a reasonable price. on then to the mud baths which was a really good experience - several different scented mud baths to try with no hassle or extra charge. After the baths we took a short boat journey to have lunch of mixed salad buffet and soup to start and then a main of fish or chicken with rice all included in price. After lunch we had a leisurely river cruise of about 1hour to the turtle bay beach - the guides were really good and kept up a interesting commentary on anything of interest along the way. 1.5hr free time at turtle beach to swim, walk etc before heading back up the river for our coach. we saw 3 turtles swimming in the bay playing with each other which made the day complete. A good trip well worth the money paid.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2016

In Brief

Bodrum City, Turkey
14 to 15 hours
Thursday and Sunday