Akkaya Valley trip from Dalyan is one of our guest’s favourite tours. The valley and Indus River are a nature lovers dream. As you board the boat and pull away from the jetty you pass the dam, up to 30 herons often perch on the edge, taking off like huge pterodactyls in the sky. Then we sweep around the corner to the vision of steep mountains and hundreds of water birds. It will take your breath away.
The valley will be privately reserved for our tours, therefore our guests have the privilege to enjoy their day to fullest.
Akkaya Secret Gardens
Akkaya Valley and Akkaya Secret Gardens are in an idyllic location just a short drive from Dalyan. Once we have collected you from your accommodation we will take the 40 minute drive to the start point of our trip. During the journey you can appreciate beautiful scenery and stunning mountains. First stop is the divine “Birds Nest Restaurant”, situated in botanical gardens called Akkaya Secret Gardens. Take a short walk through the botanical gardens to reach the restaurant where there are ample opportunities for stunning photographs to be taken. You will find lush greenery, ponds, streams, the sound of a waterfall and the breeze rushing through the dense treetops. The walk through the gardens is optional so those who would prefer to abstain will be dropped at the restaurant by the minibus to meet the rest of the group. Spend time enjoying your welcome drink while admiring the beauty of the gardens from your birds nest table in the trees.
There are stables nearby to the restaurant where our guests can visit the Shetland ponies and even ride the horses around the paddock if they wish.
Akkaya Valley and Indus River
We then take a boat up the historic Indus River, to travel deep into Akkaya Valley. During this 30 minutes long boat trip you will be looking out for wild boar, storks, white tailed eagles and other amazing creatures that inhabit the truly unspoilt nature surrounding us. Whilst enjoying the dramatic scenery your tour guide will tell you about the incredible history and geography of the river and the valley.
TIP: IF you enjoy being up close and immersed in nature and wildlife, why not join us on our Reflections of Taurus trip which incoporates the famous wildlife rehabilitation centre the Lisinia Project.
Our destination is a secluded camp area in the heart of the valley surrounded with Liquidambar and Pine trees. Enjoy a freshly prepared lunch, then spend time relaxing and swimming in the cool waters of the river. Lunch will be basic, but filling and freshly prepared, due to being in the heart of the valley. You will have main course options of meatballs, chicken, wild trout or vegetarian option served with salad and chips.
There will be the opportunity to fish for rainbow trout and explore the river further by taking a paddle out in one of the canoes for a small extra fee (30 tl per person / per activity). Akkaya Valley trip from Dalyan is a real nature lover’s dream, and a peaceful, relaxing day that you won’t forget. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
TIP: If you would like to visit the valley later on in the day, enjoy a walk through the forest and a delicious evening meal at the Birds Nest Restaurant, then our Akkaya Sunset Delight trip will be perfect for you.