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Göreme: South Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

1. Göreme: South Cappadocia Highlights Tour with Lunch

Discover Cappadocia's Southern region on a full-day guided tour that includes lunch. Travel through the fairy chimneys of Ortahisar, explore the rock-cut churches of Rose and Red Valley, marvel at the cave houses of Çavuşin, and visit an ancient multi-level underground city. Start the tour with Ortahisar, an old Cappadocian town famous for its rock warehouses carved into the valley slopes, also called citrus warehouses in Southern Anatolia. See the Ortahisar castle, the largest fairy chimney in the region, and learn about its history from your guide. Next, visit the Rose and Red Valley to see hidden rock-cut churches and unique rock formations. These valleys are isolated behind Urgup and full of little villages, fruit gardens and vineyards, tied together by a charming set of trails. Make your way to one of the oldest villages in the area, Çavuşin, famous for its cave houses that stretch out like a maze of ruins carved in rock. See the Church of John the Baptist, the biggest cave church in all of Cappadocia, dating back to the 5th century. Then, follow your guide to the Underground City. Built by Christians in Middle Ages to escape persecution, it has several levels with an impressive collection of kitchens, wineries, storage areas, and living areas. Unwind over a traditional lunch before continuing the tour. For the final stop, be driven to Love Valley. Look out in awe at its huge rock formations, formed naturally millions of years ago by erosion of volcanic rock. Some of the formations reach 40 meters in height. Admire a surreal landscape consisting of pinnacles, pillars, cones, and fairy chimneys.

Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

2. Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Begin your full-day tour with spectacular views over Göreme from Esentepe. Admire the panorama of the Göreme Valley and village with its fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses. Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and explore unique rooms including stables, cellars, storage areas, refectories, churches and wineries. On the second floor see the missionary school and study rooms. Travel to the Ihlara Valley, where you’ll see more than 100 rock-carved churches and houses lining the gorge. Walk along the river. Discover hidden churches. Relax by the river at Belisirma village and enjoy lunch. After lunch continue on to the Selime Monastery, which was featured in Star Wars.

Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

3. Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

Start with a 09:00AM pick-up from your Cappadocia hotel and your first stop will be Saratli Underground City. This city has many similarities with the Özlüce and Mazı Underground Cities. The underground city has spread to large areas but a small part has been cleaned. Underground cities date back to the Hittite period, mainly carved to protect themselves from the attacks in an emergency. They were used by the Christians during early Christianity from the slaughter of the Roman Empire. After visiting the underground city, drive to Tepesi Delik Han Caravanserai, one of Cappadocia's most important historical locations. Have lunch at 01:00PM and then drive to Lake Tuz, a saline lake occupying a huge area in the arid central plateau of Turkey. See the crystal white salt and spend an unforgettable time at the salt lake. Afterwards, drive back to your hotel at 04:00PM.

Cappadocia: Ihlara and Underground City Tour with Lunch

4. Cappadocia: Ihlara and Underground City Tour with Lunch

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. 

Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

5. Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

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 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.

Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

6. Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your guide and head out on a small-group tour through Cappadocia. Start with a stop at Goreme Panorama, a scenic viewpoint that presents you with the expansive vista formed by the city below and the stunning rocky hills that back it. Then, drive to Kaymaklı Underground City to learn firsthand how early Christians protected and defended themselves from persecutions and invasions for centuries. Hike through Turkey's largest canyon, which features over 2,670 different plants that thrive in the valley's microclimate. Afterward, make the 1.5-hour drive to Ihlara Canyon for a 3.8 km hike along the river and through the area's beautiful nature. After the hike, satisfy your appetite with lunch at a local restaurant in Belisırma. Then visit Selime Monastery, the biggest religious building in Cappadocia with a cathedral-size church. Before returning you to your hotel, your guide will stop at Pigeon Valley, the best photo spot in all of Cappadocia.

Full Day Cappadocia Green Tour

7. Full Day Cappadocia Green Tour

Your first stop of the tour is Kerinkuyu Underground Village where dwellings with stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, and wineries were used as refuges for the Christian communities. You will then continue your tour by driving to Ihlara Canyon also known as Grand Canyon created from the ashes of the volcanic Mt. Hasan. You will hike through the canyon, which is watered with Melendiz River and see rock-cut churches spread across the area.  After exploring the canyon you will have your lunch in a local restaurant in Belisirma by the river followed by a visit to Selime with hollowed out citadel and churches where fairy chimneys rest on the steep hillside.

Cappadocia: Green Tour With Lunch

8. Cappadocia: Green Tour With Lunch

After pick–up from your hotel at around 9:30 AM, start your full day Cappadocia tour. Your first stop will be the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the deepest and most fascinating multilevel underground settlements of Cappadocia. This incredible underground world contains courtyards, stables, churches and wineries all intertwined in an extensive network of tunnels. From here, drive to Ihlara Valley and walk about 4 kilometers along the Melendiz River in the valley exploring the hidden cave churches. At the end of the hike, reach Belisirma Village and sit down for lunch at a local restaurant nearby the river. After lunch, make a short photo stop at Yaprakhisar Panorama and see the viewpoint with unforgettable views of the cave village and countless fairy chimneys.  End the tour with a visit to the Selime Monastery, one of the biggest and most fascinating religious settlements in Cappadocia. This complex was carved into the rock face by monks in the 13th century. At the end of a spectacular day’s sightseeing, head back to your hotel at around 5:00 PM.

From Istanbul: 10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey

9. From Istanbul: 10-Day Small Group Tour of Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer from the airport to Evsen Hotel. The next day, you will have a tour of the old city of Istanbul including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul at Evsen Hotel. On day 3, embark on a Bosphorus boat trip and see the city walls, Dolmabahce Palace or Chora Church and tour the Spice Market. After your tour, you will transfer back to the airport and fly to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer from your airport to a hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Ilayda Avantgarde. Visit Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House and the Temple of Artemis. Overnight in Kusadasi Ilayda Avantgarde. On day 5, tour Pamukkale and Hierapolis with an overnight stay at the same location. The next day, tour the Pergamon and Asklepion or Priene, Miletos and Didyma.  Transfer to Izmir Airport and fly to Cappadocia. Arrive in Cappadocia and transfer from the airport to your hotel and overnight stay in Elysee Cave House. Your tour of Cappadocia over the span of 2-days will include the following sights: Dervent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Göreme Open Air Museum, Derinkuyu Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Ihlara Valley and Selime Monastry. After the tour, transfer to the airport to fly to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer from the airport to your hotel with an overnight stay at Evsen Hotel. Finally, transfer the to airport for your return flight.

Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

10. Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

Begin the day with a pick-up from your hotel and head over to the incredible Goreme Valley. Resembling a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church, Goreme is understandably the star attraction of any visit to the region. Continue the tour to Devrent Valley, also known as Imaginary Valley or Pink Valley, this area does not have cave churches like the other valleys of Cappadocia. Next, make your way to Uchisar for a walk through the beautiful valley, often called Valley of the Pigeon Lofts due to the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the soft tufa since ancient times. Enjoy the magnificent panorama of the surrounding land at Mount Erciyes in the distance from the Uchisar Castle and then continue the tour to Pasabag. Pasabag, meaning general's vineyard, is located on the road to Zelve and filled with remarkable earth pillars and mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. There are plenty of opportunities for shopping for the duration of the tour. Buy local products at the Carpet Handicraft Center and Cappadocia Stone Shop as well as ceramic, pottery, and other textiles.

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What people are saying about Derinkuyu Underground City

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 201 reviews

We had the best guide ever :) He was super friendly and explained a lot :). He has incredible knowledge. The tour can only be recommended to everyone, because with Yulic you are in the best hands. We had a lot of fun and many funny and informative moments. Thumbs up :) ☺️

It was so good, the instructor really made the experience because he was so passionate about telling you the history and did everything to make it the best experience.

We had a wonderful day seeing the sights with a very knowledgeable guide. The skort hike was beautiful and the underground city is a must see!

Excellent activity. Our guide Mustafa, very professional and willing to help. The landscapes, wonderful. The delicious food

Onur the tour guide was great. Very informative. Amazing tour.