Cappadocia Underground City and Ihlara Valley Group Tour
Experience the wonders of Cappadocia Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour with a guided tour of the fascinating Derinkuyu Underground City and a short hiking tour of Ihlara Valley.
Also included in this tour is a visit to Goreme Panorama, Yaprakhisar Panorama for amazing views, see Selime Monastery which has the appearance of a castle and a trip to Pigeon Valley where you learn the importance of Pigeons to the locals and see the houses they carved into the slopes for the pigeons.
The final stop is a visit to an Onyx Factory where you will see a demonstration on shaping Onyx by a Master craftsman.
Tour starts at 09.15 with pick up from your hotel in Cappadocia and ends approximately 17.30 with a drop off back to your hotel.
- Göreme Panoroma
- Underground City
- Onxy Demostations
- Explore the Pigeon Valley
- Visit the Selime Monastry
- Delicious Lunch
- Scheduling: Shared Tour
- Languages offered on the Activity / Tour: English
- Duration: 8 hours
- Printed or Mobile Voucher Accepted
- Pick-up servicePick up service available for all Cappadocia hotels.
- Easy CancellationThere is no cancellation fee once Customers Cancel at least 7 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 50% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 3 and 6 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
There is 100% cancellation fee for Customers to Cancel 2 day(s) prior to the date of the activity or tour.
- Instant Confirmation
- English professional guide
- Hotel Pickup and drop-off included
- Delicious Lunch
- Private Local English Speaking Licensed Guide
- All Entrance Fees
- Drink in Luch
- Gratuities (optional)
09:15 You will be picked up from your hotel for the tour. Your tour will start out GÖREME PANORAMA First place in the tour is the Panoramic view of Goreme.
You get information about the history, the formation of Cappadocia while watching the fairy chimneys. Following the information, free time for a photograph. UNDERGROUND CITY After driving about 40 minutes, arrival to Derinkuyu Underground City.
This underground city was firstly used by the local people as a natural deep freeze, later by the late Romans as a shelter against potential Arabian invasions.
Derinkuyu is the deepest underground city in the Cappadocia region. With clear explanations of your guide, you will spend almost 1 hour here.
IHLARA VALLEY Ihlara Canyon is 52 km. away from Derinkuyu Underground City. Approximately 45 minutes later, you will be at the entrance of Ihlara Valley. Ihlara Valley was formed by the volcanic actions of Mt. Hasan, next to Ihlara Valley.
Afterwards, Melendiz River eroded the valley for millions of years besides the layers cracked and fell down. Eventually, 80 meter- deep canyon was composed. Whole Valley is 14 km. length. In the past, generally, Christians lived in the several parts of the Valley; also they carved churches and painted them. You will hike about 3,5 km. Hiking will last 1hour 15m.
Then you will arrive at the Restaurant for Lunch LUNCH for 1 hour for the lunch in the valley, next to the River. You will start with the soup and salad, later you will able to choose one of the main dishes from the list. Lunch will be over with seasonal fruits.
YAPRAKHISAR PANORAMA After lunch our guide will take you to a unique place, Yaprakhisar. You will see the nicest examples of conical fairy chimneys. Since the area is very similar to Star Wars Film Set, Yaprakhisar is known as “Star Wars Movie Set”. SELIME MONASTERY Our tour will go on with another movie- set-like place, Selime Monastery.
At first look, the monastery looks like a castle, but shelters, churches, chapels, bedrooms, storages and big cathedral proves us it's being a monastery. You get information about the monastic life in Cappadocia.
PIGEON VALLEY Climbing to Selime monastery will exhaust you, probably. But till you arrive in Pigeon Valley, you will have about 1 hour to rest. Also, our guide will mention about some traditions, cultures and stories about Anatolia on the way. Upon arrival at Pigeon Valley, pigeons will meet you at the top of the valley. Pigeons have always been important for Cappadocian people. Their eggs and droppings were used for different purposes. For this reason, local people carved houses for them to the slopes of the valley. You will see the reason why people call them “houses” when you see them.
ONYX FACTORY The Last place in the tour will be a visit to an onyx factory in Uchisar. Onyx is a volcanic stone which has various colours and contains different minerals in. As being a volcanic area, Cappadocia has some onyx deposits. In the factory, a master will give you information about the steps of onyx shaping and you will watch a shaping show.
17:30 Your tour will finish and you will be dropped to your hotel.
- We recommend customers wear hiking shoes/shoes appropriate for hiking.
- Customers with claustrophobia are not recommend to enter the Underground City part of the tour.
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