Derinkuyu Underground City
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Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

1. Cappadocia: Small-Group Cappadocia Green Tour

Get picked up from your accommodation by your knowledgeable 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 micro climate. Afterwards, make the 1.5-hour drive to Nar Lake. Stop to take some photos before getting briefly back on the road to reach 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. Following lunch, head to Yaprakhisar Panorama (known for serving as a Star Wars movie set) to view the characteristic fairy chimneys from an incredible vantage point. 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.

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Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

2. 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, get stunning views of the conical fairy chimneys in Yaprakhisar. 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.

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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.

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Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon and Highlights Private Tour

4. Cappadocia: Hot Air Balloon and Highlights Private Tour

Start your day with a pickup from your hotel in Cappadocia at dawn and travel to the hot air balloon launch site. Once there, enjoy a light breakfast and then board your balloon. Marvel at Cappadocia’s lunar-like landscape from above. Admire the breathtaking views of the sculpted valleys illuminated by the rising sun in soft reds and pinks. After about an hour in the air, touch down, and celebrate your experience with a bubbly glass of champagne. Next, head back to your hotel for a relaxed breakfast. Meet your guide for your next Cappadocia adventure at 10 AM to discover the highlights of the region with a professional tour guide. Visit Avanos town, famous for its production of earthenware pottery, and watch a pottery demonstration using the traditional Hittite technique. Then, explore Çavusin, one of the oldest settlements in Cappadocia before heading over to Devrent Valley, also known as Imagination Valley, to see its unique animal rock formations. Continue your tour with a visit to the churches and monasteries of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Then, discover Pasabag Valley and its collection of fairy chimneys in Cappadocia before closing off your tour at the top of Uchisar Rock Castle, the highest point in the region, for a magnificent panoramic view.

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Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley Cappadocia Tour

5. Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley Cappadocia Tour

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your hotel. Your driver/guide will be waiting here to meet you. After a short meet and greet with your driver, you will hop aboard your air-conditioned, modern vehicle and set off for your first destination of the day.  Your tour begins with a ride to Derinkuyu, here you will witness an expansive 5-level complex that forms one of the deepest and most fascinating underground settlements in Cappadocia. See the courtyards, stables, churches, and wineries that lie beneath the earth, all interconnected by an extensive network of tunnels. Next, venture to Ihlara Valley for a 2.5-mile (4-km) walk along the Melendiz River. Check out the secluded cave churches and ancient structures carved out of the valley walls on your way to the village of Belisirma for lunch at a local restaurant near the river. After lunch, make a short photo stop at Yaprakhisar for an unforgettable panorama of the cave village and fairy chimneys around you. Make your final stop at the Selime Monastery, one of the biggest and most fascinating religious settlements in Cappadocia, before you are driven back to your accommodation.

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Cappadocia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

6. Cappadocia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

Drive to the Red Valley of Cappadocia for the start of this full-day tour to see some of the classic highlights of this unique landscape, formed from soft volcanic stone. Departing central Cappadocia in the morning, drive to one of the most spectacular valleys for a 3-mile (5-kilometer) hike to discover the rock-cut churches of the Gulludere Valley. Continue to the village of Cavusin on the road between Avanos and Göreme, and visit its namesake old village, which was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches. Admire the church of St. John the Baptist on the top of the hill, and the barrel-vaulted Nicephorus Phocas Church. After lunch, drive to the Pigeon Valley for a panoramic view and visit the Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. The houses here are built around the settlement's nearly 100 tunnels and are still in use today as storage areas, stables, and cellars.

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Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

7. Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

There are so many underground cities at Cappadocia area of Turkey that its not known how many there are. Today you will visit Derinkuyu underground city. The biggest and deepest is from all the underground cities. There are eight floors that extend at a depth of approximately 85 m. the underground city was discovered by cnahce and was opened to the public by the directorate of antiquities and museums in 1965. It is believed that the Hittites, the Romans, the Byzantines an deven the proto-Hittites lived in this underground city, which is considered to be the 9th wonder of ancient world by the visitors. At the end of the tour we will drop you to your hotel.

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Cappadocia: Ihlara and Underground City Tour with Lunch

8. 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. 

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Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley and Underground City Private Tour

9. Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley and Underground City Private Tour

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots in one day. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley and Selime Monastery. Benefit from round-trip transfers from your hotel. Start the tour at the ancient multi-level underground city in Derinkuyu. See the wells, kitchens, schoolrooms, oil presses, church, bathhouse, winery, and living space of this former self-contained metropolis. Marvel at the underground dwellings going eight floors down, reaching depths of 85 meters. Then, drive further south to the lush, deep canyon of Ihlara Valley. Walk alongside the Melendiz River for an hour, covering a distance of 6 kilometers. Stop for a traditional Turkish lunch in a restaurant on the river in the village of Belisirma. After lunch, move to your next destination, the Selime Monastery, the largest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia. Admire the astonishing rock-cut construction and a cathedral-sized church cut directly into the volcanic tuff. Learn about the architectural style from the 13th century AD in the Anatolia region.

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What people are saying about Derinkuyu Underground City

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We were picked up in a luxury vehicle and were the only ones on the tour. We were at the underground city early, before 10:00 which was great as we were able to do the tour before the arrival of other tourists. Ourguide was great, very informative and we had the chance to chat about life in Turkey. His Rmglish was excellent.(sorry I have forgotten his name) Best to best the crowds otherwise it could feel quite claustrophobic… climbing stairs on our way back up made us very out of breath with masks on. Definitely worth doing.Turkey had so much history..

It was an amazing experience !!!!! the guide was very attentive, he made many references to the history of each place. As a suggestion, it would be appropriate to leave a little earlier as winter is approaching and we left late in the morning, so we had to see the Goreme view point at night. thank you very much it was a cold but amazing experience

Great tour with a very nice female tour guide. It was a nice day out with a short trek in Ihlara Valley. Highly recommended! Please note that the price on GetYourGuide excludes entry fees of 115 TRY which you will be asked to pay.

I love the tour to the underground city and ihlara valley (even though it was off season). I got a really fun and knowledgable guide, Selime, who made the trip very enjoyable

The friendliness of the guide is excellent. And the places are very much worth visiting.