Place Category: Ancient Sites
Kaunos, Turkey should be on your list; not just to sail past its Lycian Tombs. Go and explore it! If you don’t, this is what you are missing out on.
Kaunos: So much more than Lycian Rock Tombs
Kaunos, opposite Dalyan in Turkey, is famous for its image of the Lycian Rock Tombs that can be viewed from the famous river cruises. It is an amazing sight. The monumental and well-decorated temple tombs are carved out of the rocks dominating the Dalyan River. They are the main attraction of the many boat tours packed with tourists all summer. Unfortunately, only a few people leave the boat on the other side of the river to go and explore the ancient site of Kaunos to which the Rock Tombs belong. A shame really, as the site is painstakingly beautiful and unquestionably worth a visit. Our advice? Visit Turkey out of season. Negotiate a price with a boat owner to take you across the river and explore the area at your own pace instead of joining a packed boat tour. Private tours are less than half of the announced price if you walk away from the central pier, and negotiate a little. Your reward will be a pleasant boat trip with plenty of photo opportunities offering a far more relaxing and more personal experience.
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