Marmaris to Dalyan Nature and Ruins Private Shore Excursion

Shore Excursions in Dalyan

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While you’re in port in Marmaris, escape to the pretty town of Dalyan on this full-day private shore excursion. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan and take a cruise along the Dalyan River to its beautiful delta, home to loggerhead turtles. Watch for these rare creatures and other wildlife, visit the ruins of ancient Kaunos, pass its rock-cut Kings’ Tombs, and relax on İztuzu Beach, the turtles’ protected breeding ground. A mud bath, time for a riverside lunch (own expense), and the undivided attention of a private guide round things off.
When your ship moors in Marmaris, meet your private guide at the cruise port and settle into your comfortable minivan for your shore excursion. Then, enjoy the views as you travel to Dalyan. After roughly 1.5 hours, arrive at this pretty town on the Dalyan River, a waterway that winds through a protected conservation area. Board a wooden sightseeing boat and cruise the waters, passing reed beds that are havens for wildlife.Along the way, stop at Dalyan’s famous mud baths. Put on your swimwear, wade into the pools and cover yourself in the grey stuff. Dry off in the sun, shower down and then swim in the warm sulphur pools — you’ll come away feeling baby-fresh!Stop for lunch (own expense) at a riverside restaurant and continue your cruise past the stunning Kings’ Tombs of Kaunos. Carved into riverside cliffs, these royal tombs are believed to date back to the 4th century BC. Next, explore the ruins of the ancient city of Kaunos nearby. See the remnants of a Roman street, agora and baths, and gaze at the crumbled Greek-style theater and mosaics of a Byzantine basilica.Absorb the natural beauty around you as you cruise around the islets of the Dalyan delta and watch for rare loggerhead turtles as you sail closer to İztuzu Beach (also called Turtle Beach). These endangered turtles visit this protected sandbar every year to lay their eggs. Enjoy ample time to sunbathe or swim in the sea (weather permitting) at the beach before cruising back to Dalyan.Then, return to Marmaris, where your tour ends with a drop-off at the port.Please note: the order of activities as described above may be subject to change on the day of your tour.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Marmaris cruise port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

What’s included

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by private, air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified


  • All entrance fees included
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver