Guests onboard Nautica recently enjoyed a visit to the Turkish port of Marmaris. Once a small fishing village, Marmaris has developed into a bustling resort town that attracts thousands of visitors each year. Its picturesque natural harbor nestled amongst forested hills is a haven for yachters from around the world.

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Several guests enjoyed an excursion to the ancient city of Caunos. The excursion began with a riverboat journey along the scenic Dalyan River.

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4Along the way, guests captured photos of the famous Lycian rock-cut tombs carved into the cliffs overlooking the river. Dating back to 400 B.C., these tombs were designed to resemble the entrances of Hellenistic temples. The tombs were most likely reserved for the dignitaries and the wealthy elite of this ancient civilization.

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The excursion continued to the ruins of Caunos. Like the ancient city of Ephesus, Caunos was also once a port, but access to the sea vanished over the years due to the silting of the former bay. However, Caunos’ ultimate demise was due to a widespread malaria epidemic and the conquering of the region by Turkish tribes. Archaeologists have unearthed many areas of the city over the years with the amphitheatre taking center stage. 7

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A new friend was one of the stars of the show.

10After a day of exploring so many fascinating sites, guests relaxed by the river and enjoyed a taste of the local cuisine. The rock-cut tombs provided a scenic backdrop.

3Should your travels with Oceania Cruises take you to the port of Marmaris, consider spending the day exploring the historic sites of Caunos and the Dalyan River.