Between the towns of Dalyan and Ortaca, a little way across beautiful pine forests and villages, you will arrive at Sultaniye Hot Springs. Here you can indulge in the mud baths and the hot springs, relaxing in the healing waters. The baths are located alongside Koycegiz Lake, a freshwater lake where the waters head down towards the sea via many river paths.
You can journey through the town of Dalyan itself, where the ancient rock tombs of kings still guard the area. A little further and the fresh water and the sea water meet on stunning Dalyan Beach, where the Caretta Caretta turtles lay their eggs. From the ancient Sultaniye Springs to the nature reserve of Iztuzu Beach, this may be the most unforgettable journey you ever undertake.
The waters of the hot springs are said to have healing properties. You will be able to read the compound of minerals and elements for yourself on site and they are said to heal skin complaints as well as some liver and stomach ailments. Once you forgive the sulphurous smell, you may find the waters (an outdoor pool from ancient times) help. It is said that 10 minutes in the healing waters (approximately 36 degrees in temperature) and you begin to feel invigorated. Many people come to the Spa for several days at a time to maximise this feeling. Interestingly Sultaniye village is said to be home to people who have lived and are living to a very great age. Coincidence? The mud pool also has similar invigorating effects. In fact it is great fun to cover yourself from head to toe and then bake ‘lizard style’ on the side before you jump into the lake or take a shower to wash it off.
A BBQ lunch served on a boat alongside the lake is an awesome experience in itself, followed by the tour of the waterways, across what once was an ancient Lycian city, now engulfed beneath the waters, you will catch glimpses of the higher walls along the shore, that once dominated that ancient place. You will float down through the waterways that appear like rivers and your final destination of Iztuzu Beach which is a 3 kilometre stretch of glorious white sand, flanked by an open coastline. It is maybe one of the most romantic of beaches ever!
Some areas will be roped off in order to protect the Caretta Caretta’s eggs. This is after all a nature reserve and must be treated respectfully at all times. But with 3 kilometres of beach there is plenty of room for swimming and sunbathing too.
In 2023, price of Fethiye Dalyan Tour is 30 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 7 and 12, free for children under 6 years old.
Everyday between March – November from 8:30 to 19:00.
Firstly you will be picked up from your hotel in Fethiye, by air conditioned, comfortable coach, and driven to Koycegiz Lake, where a boat will be waiting to take you across the waters to the Springs in Sultaniye. Pick up times are between 08:15 and 08:55 depending upon your location and will be confirmed upon booking.
On arrival at the Springs you may partake of the mud baths or the thermal springs, there is even an undercover spa for the wet or cold weather in winter, indicating how popular the spa is among local people. When you have rinsed off the mud, enjoyed your spa time or even had a dip in the lake, a light lunch will be served to you on a boat moored at the lakeside.
From there you will cross the lake sailing along the waters of ancient Caunos, through the town of Dalyan and down to the waterways and Iztuzu beach for some free time. As you pass through Dalyan town your guide will inform you about the ancient rock tombs dominating the river and town, the burial places of Lycian kings, from a time 2000 years ago, when this part of Turkey was once ancient Greece.
At the designated time you will rejoin your boat and return through the waterways back to Koycegiz Lake and your waiting coach. You will arrive back at your hotel at approximately 18:15 feeling younger and healthier and ready to enjoy the rest of your holiday.
Cost of Dalyan Tour & Mud Baths from Fethiye is 30 € for adults, 20 € for children between age 7 and 12, free for children under 6 years old in 2023.
With such a variety throughout the day, even families with small children enjoy this tour. The mud is a particular source of entertainment. If you like boats, lakes and ancient history, this is definitely for you. This value for money experience sees you end your day on the famous Iztuzu Beach.
It is unlikely that you will see the turtles as they lay their eggs at night, however they swim the waterways down to the beach regularly and if you keep an eye out, you are likely to see them swim alongside your boat, a truly wonderful experience. Be prepared to marvel at the size of these lovely creatures. The older ones can be noted since they have grown up to several feet in length!
Normally this tour goes out two or three times per week. Pick up times and dates will be issued to you on request of your ticket. The tour usually lasts from 08:00 to 18:30.
Your insurance for the tour is included plus your pick up from hotel in Fethiye and transport, taking you down to the lakeside. Your boat for the day is also included. You will be served a complementary lunch on board and entries into Sultaniye and use of mud bath and spa are covered by your ticket.
Professional guide service with you through to Iztuzu Beach is also included.
Entry to Iztuzu Beach is not included in your ticket and the small fee is payable locally. You will need to budget for any drinks or food you might choose further to your lunch on board. There is a Cafe on Iztuzu Beach where you can purchase either.
Blue Crab is available to buy on board your boat and can be cooked ready for your return journey to Koycegiz, as a payable extra!
Your swimsuit, towel, sunglasses and sun cream first and foremost. Outer clothing should be loose and able to protect you from exposure to the sun if necessary.
Sensible footwear for use around the thermal spa. The sand on the beach can get very hot, you will need footwear.
Some money for drinks and any extras you may wish to purchase throughout the day.
Your camera or mobile phone. This tour has many properties, the extraordinary sightseeing aspect being but one, a camera of your own is practically essential.