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Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

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Get back to nature on a hike through the Ihlara Valley and marvel at the fairy chimney rock formations of Cappadocia. Visit the Derinkuyu Underground City and learn about the traditions of the locals.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick-up from your Cappadocia hotel. Ürgüp, Avanos, Ortahisar pick up 8:45 to 9:00 AM, Göreme 9:30-9:45 AM, Uçhisar 10:00-10:15 AM.

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the natural history of Cappadocia and its unusual rock formations
  • Visit the amazing Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Hike through the Ihlara Valley
  • Learn about monastic life at the Selime Monastery
  • Watch how onyx is shaped by a master craftsman
Full description

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and get a panoramic view of Göreme en route to Derinkuyu Underground City. Marvel at the subterranean city, used by the Romans to shelter against invasions by the Arabs.

Get explanations about the area's deepest underground city before moving on to the Ihlara Canyon, formed by volcanic activity from Mount Hasan and erosion by the Melendiz River.

Learn how early Christians carved churches from the rock on a 3.5-kilometer hike through the Ihlara Valley, and pause for lunch at a riverside restaurant. Next, visit the rock-carved Selime Monastery and learn about monastic life in Cappadocia.

Continue to the Pigeon Valley to learn how the locals have used pigeon eggs and droppings for different purposes and why they carved pigeon houses on the slopes of the valley.

End with a visit to an onyx factory in Uçhisar and watch a demonstration about how volcanic stone is shaped by a master craftsman.

Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Guide
  • Lunch
  • Derinkuyu Underground City entry fee
  • Selime Monastery entry fee
  • Drinks
  • Tips for the guide and driver
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 63 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Our guide Selim was amazing. His knowledge of history was more than sufficient for understanding the history of cappadocia and the places that we were visiting. Even signed up for the red tour after with same agency after the green tour. Quite a bit of walking so bring comfortable shoes for this tour.

November 18, 2022

I took this tour in September and found the places we visited weren't overcrowded so you didn't have to wait to have a look at things and take pictures. There was plenty of daylight and the group hiked quickly enough that we even got to visit some additional scenic places after we had seen the main stops of this tour. Our guide, Ali, was really tentative and friendly and was very clear about where and when to meet throughout the tour. A really enjoyable and interesting tour, would highly recommend.

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October 6, 2022

Lovely tour packed with great highlights of the region. The locations are bit further out from Goreme so you will spend some time travelling but this time was well used by our wonderful guide Merve! She is very knowledgeable about the culture and history of the region and answered everyone's questions very well. It gave much more meaning to the experience. The tour had a good pace with a reasonable amount of time to explore and take photos. Lunch was delicious and we had a great time meeting the other group members. We were so happy with this tour that we booked with them again! Thank you for the experience!

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October 4, 2022

Product ID: 81333