Day trip

Cappadocia: Ihlara and Underground City Tour with Lunch

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Activity provider: SAILNSTAY
Day trip

Cappadocia: Ihlara and Underground City Tour with Lunch

Activity provider: SAILNSTAY

From US$ 81.51 per person

Explore the highlights of south Cappadocia on this tour with lunch. Trek through Ihlara and admire the rock-cut monastery, the Christian underground city, and the valleys with surreal rock formations.

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Duration 7.5 hours
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You will be picked up at your accommodation in Göreme.


  • Travel back in time to the Middle Ages during a visit to the Selime Monastery
  • Savor a mix of Turkish and Western foods during an included lunch in Belisırma
  • Discover all the natural wonders and historic sights of Cappadocia with a guide
  • Marvel at solidified lava flows dating back to the Neocene period at Göreme
  • Walk through an ancient underground Christian city and trek in Ihlara Valley
Full description

Visit sights in Derinkuyu, the Ihlara Valley, Belisırma, and Göreme, all on this guided multi-stop trip in Cappadocia. Take in the fresh air on a hike, try Turkish cuisine during lunch, and explore the Selime Monastery. Take advantage of included entry fees and round-trip transportation.

After pickup, your first stop is Derinkuyu, the biggest underground city of Cappadocia. It goes to a depth of 85 meters and has several floors. Here, see a variety of rooms: storage rooms, cellars, stables, refectories, churches, wineries, and more.

Vertical staircases provide access to the third and fourth floors, leading to the cruciform church on the lower floor. A ventilation shaft 55-meters deep was also used as a well. Although Derinkuyu Underground City was opened to visitors in 1965, only 10% of the city can be visited to this day.

Then, trek through the scenic Ihlara Valley. The early Christians built their houses and temples carved into the rock, carving tuffs in the Ihlara Valley, along the Melendiz River.

After trekking through the Ihlara Valley, get ready for a good lunch in Belisırma, featuring a mix of Turkish and Western cuisine with a dessert. With full stomachs, stop at the outskirts of Göreme, which opens up the Pigeon Valley with age-old rock-cut dovecotes.

Next, head to the Selime Monastery to witness the huge kitchen and the high chimney. The center of the structure carved into the rock is the church, surrounded by a gallery and stables with feeders and many other remnants of the Middle Ages.

The final destination will be Göreme Esentepe. Here you will see solidified lava flows dating back to the Neocene period. It formed an incredible landscape of tuff and ash in Göreme. Thousands of years of erosion have left visitors a real miracle of nature to see. 

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Guided tour
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
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    Amazing experience

    September 27, 2022

    Our guide Reific was super awesome! Very professional and friendly. We had an amazing time and lunch was great too. Thanks to our amazing driver for getting us around safely.

    September 22, 2022

    The tour was great! Our guide was very clear, kind and open to any question. Totally recommended!!!

    September 11, 2022

    Product ID: 409237