In an area nestling with thermal springs and mud baths, Sultaniye has to be the most authentic and beautiful of all. Located across the lake from Koycegiz town, it appears timeless and unspoiled by tourism. The ancient columns surrounding the thermal pool will make you feel you are in ancient Rome, and locals as well as tourists use this spa all year round!
This coupled with the boat tour through the waterways that leave Lake Koycegiz and travel down to Iztuzu or Turtle Beach, is a gentler way to explore the history of this area. Once it was ancient Caunos, back when this region of Turkey was known as ancient Greece, the city thrived here. The only real evidence of it today are the rock tombs that you see overlooking the town and river of Dalyan. That said these are over 2000 years old and appear to have been made for giants.
Iztuzu Beach is given to the preservation of the Caretta Caretta Turtles, yes, so good they named them twice. The turtles use Iztuzu beach as a breeding ground. You may find parts of the beach sectioned off as there are eggs there waiting to hatch and make their desperate scamper to the waters edge. Under no cicumstances should you interfere with the sectioned areas.
In 2023, price of Marmaris Dalyan Tour is 30 € for adults, 15 € for children between age 7 and 12, free for children under 6 years old.
Everyday between March – November from 8:30 to 18:30.
Do remove all silverware from your person before entering the spa waters at Sultaniye or using the mudbaths. The chemical properties of the water and mud can cause great discoloration and it may take some time before your silver looks like silver again. This is not harmful to humans.
In this vein please do not wear your best or whitest clothes on this tour. The mud is wonderful for the skin but will leave your best whites looking a lot less than your best whites should. Wear old clothes where you can.
Your tour starts at around 08:30 when you are picked up from your Marmaris hotel and begin your journey to Koycegiz Lake. You will be travelling by luxury coach with full air conditioning and reclining seats for your comfort. With a journey time of around 45 minutes from Marmaris, your guide will greet you on board and give you information throughout the journey.
You board your boat on the lakeside at the pretty little town of Koycegiz and travel across the lake to waiting Sultaniye where the mud baths and hot springs have held sway for centuries. It is said that even distant Sultans came here for the healing properties of the spring. See for yourself!
When you have soaked in the warm waters and covered yourself in mud you may either use the showers provided to clean up or take a dip in the freshwater lake itself. The choice is yours!
When lunch is ready on board your boat, BBQ chicken salad and pasta normally, you can take lunch in the wonderful ambience of this ancient spa, before your boat begins the journey down through the lake towards the waterways and the sea, and Iztuzu Beach itself.
Along the way you will pass by ancient rock tombs and castle remnants, evergliding the green waters that take you through the town of Dalyan and towards the beach and sea, where you will enjoy free time on the golden sands.
At the designated time you will return to your boat and travel once more through the waterways and back to the lake where your coach will be waiting to take you back to your hotel in Marmaris in time to have a siesta before your evening activities.
Cost of Marmaris Dalyan Tour is 30 € for adults, 15 € for children between age 7 and 12, free for children under 6 years old in 2023.
Your transfer to and from Koycegiz Lake.
Your boat tour for the day.
Entry to Sultaniye Springs and Mud Bath.
Insurance and Lunch.
Entry to Iztuzu Beach.
English speaking guide.
Up to the minute days and times will be issued on purchase of your ticket. Hitherto this tour has gone out everyday with a pickup time of 08:30 and return at 18:00.
This tour is for all ages and all types, from the mud to the beaches, with a chance of spotting turtles swimming in the waterways or just simply paddling in the waters of the beach, this is a lovely day with variety for everyone.
The spa waters at Sultaniye have been helping people with arthritic problems and similar for centuries. The sulphur smell seems to disappear after a few minutes by the way.Try for yourself and see how good it can leave you feeling.
It is unlikely that you will see the turtles on the beach itself, they lay their eggs at night and the babies hatch in the nighttime.
All is not lost though, if you keep your eyes open as you travel the waterways down to the beach, you are likely to see the odd turtle’s head bobbing up in the waters, especially if you have a little bread to throw for them!
Some money for drinks and optional extra expenditure.
Your camera is a must!
Your swimsuit, suncream, towl and sunglasses.
Your drinks and personal expenditure for the day.
Blue Crab can usually be ordered for the evening journey. This is an additional extra expenditure.