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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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Cappadocia Highlights: Private Full-Day Tour with Lunch

2. 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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Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

3. Cappadocia 2-Day Tour with Hot Air Balloon from Istanbul

Start at 5.30AM with a pick-up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to Istanbul airport. Take a flight to Cappadocia where you will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel to check-in. At 9.30AM, begin your tour of Cappadocia and visit sites including the Uçhisar Castle viewpoint, Göreme Open Air Museum, and Cavusin old village. Enjoy a lunch in Avanos and watch a pottery demonstration. See the Paşabağı Fairy Chimneys, Devrent Valley (magic valley), Urgup fairy chimneys and Urgup Carpet Factory. After the first day, spend the night in a boutique-style hotel. After breakfast, you will be picked up at 5.30AM for a hot air balloon tour. Take a chance to stop back at the hotel afterward before beginning the tour again at 9.30AM to see the Göreme panaromic view. Here, learn about the geological and historical background of the city, then visit Derinkuyu Underground City which was constructed as a temporary shelter against invasions and raids. Take a small hike in the Ihlara Valley, followed by a lunch break in Belisirma village. At Yaprakhisar Panorama, visit Selime Monastry, and marvel at all the different sections of a monastry in one composition. Finally, end your with a pigeon valley and onyx demonstration. Fly from Kayseri to Istanbul at 8.25PM and arrive in Istanbul at 9.55PM where you be transferred back to your hotel to end the program.

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Cappadocia Tour: Underground City, Caravanserai & Salt Lake

4. 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

5. 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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Full-Day Small Group Cappadocia Green Tour

6. 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.

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Private Full-Day Real Cappadocia Tour

7. Private Full-Day Real Cappadocia Tour

The tour begins with a visit to Ortahisar with good photo opportunities of Ortahisar Rock Castle.  Venture to Mustafapasa which was an old Greek Village once called Sinasos. Here you will find and marvel at old Greek churches in this town. Next head to Taskinpasa Medresesi, an Ottoman theological school. Drive through Sahinefendi and visit the Roman ruins of Sobesos which was recently excavated and that has beautiful mosaic floors. Explore Keslik Monastery, churches from 8th and 12th centuries, refectory and other complexes, used by monks.  Admire the Soganli Valley, walk 2 km in the valley and visit famous cave churches. Short break in Soganli Village and take some time for yourself for lunch at a local restaurant. Then continue to Derinkuyu Underground City which is the deepest underground city in Cappadocia. 

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Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley and Underground City Private Tour

8. 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

4.7 / 5

based on 53 reviews

We visited the Kaymaklı underground city, which has five levels opened to visitors. It was impressive and well worth visiting. Ihlara Canyon was an amazing experience. We took the stairs down to the canyon and walked alongside the river/ stream, with trees in most places as cover from the sun. We had lunch at a very authentic restaurant on the river itself. The tour ended with a visit at crater lake, which was a geyser in the past (very nice view).

We enjoyed the tour a lot. Our guide was great, very knowledgeable and with outstanding English, he gave us a lot of information during the tour and made it more interesting. The tour itself is amazing as well, we enjoyed the breathtaking views as well as a lunch in a very authentic floating restaurant.

It was only two of us and we were picked up by a new and clean spacious van. Our guide Nihat was very very helpful. It was a great experience, we got to see all main sites, along with an underground city visit in one day. Highly recommended to everybody.

The best tour guide. Made us feel comfortable and gave us a full experience with traditional food. Excellent tour! Would highly recommend

Wonderful trip and the guide has a very big knowledge about places we visited. Definitely worth to book this trip!