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Göreme: Full-Day Red Cappadocia Tour

1. Göreme: Full-Day Red Cappadocia Tour

Your experience begins as you are picked up from your hotel. From there, begin by visiting the Derinkuyu Underground City - the biggest underground city in the region. As you discover this vast underground region, learn how it was used as a shelter for great lengths of time during invasions. From there, explore the volcanic crater lake of Narli Gol, before advancing to Ihlara Canyon. Whilst at the canyon, enjoy a pleasant and easy 4-kilometer hike alongside a beautiful stream which runs all the way through the middle. Belisirma Village is next on your agenda, where you can appreciate the authentic unspoiled village life and enjoy lunch. Following lunch you stop by Selime - a surreal ancient monastic site which boasts great panoramic views over the Ihlara Valley. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide drops you off to your hotel.

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Cappadocia Tour: 2 Days 1 Night with Accommodation

2. Cappadocia Tour: 2 Days 1 Night with Accommodation

Spend 2 days exploring the amazing sites of Cappadocia, taking in the unusual rock formations, including the world-famous fairy chimneys. Visit an underground city, trek in a canyon, enjoy spectacular area views and more. Detailed Itinerary Day 1 (Meals: lunch) You’ll be picked up at your accommodation at 09:15AM and head out on the first day of your Cappadocia tour. See the moon-like landscape of the Devrent Valley and the fairy chimneys of Pasabaglari and watch a Hittite pottery demonstration in Avanos. Enjoy an open buffet for lunch, followed by a visit to the Uchisar rock castle. Take in the panoramic views of the Goreme Valley from Esentepe. At the Goreme Open Air Museum see the monastery and its rock-cut churches and frescoes. Stay overnight at the Asia Minor Hotel. Day 2 (Meals: breakfast, lunch) Get picked-up from your hotel at 09:30AM and start the full day South Cappadocia tour. Start the day with a hike along the Red & Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. The valleys, with their fabulous volcanic rock formations, are in the heart of Cappadocia but well away from the mainstream tourist haunts. The hike will end in Cavusin Cave Village, where you will see a rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. The Kaymakli Underground City is one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. This city is approximately 40 meters deep and contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.). End the day with a visit to the Pigeon Valley and have a spectacular view of dovecotes, old abandoned cave homes and old Greek houses of Uchisar.

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Full Day Cappadocia Green Tour

3. 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.

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Cappadocia Full-Day Sightseeing Tour

4. 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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Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley & Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

5. Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley & Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

After your guide’s introduction to Cappadocia at the Goreme panoramic viewpoint, you will drive 1 hour to discover the most spectacular gorge in Turkey, Ihlara. Take a peaceful 6km hike through the Ihlara Valley where you will see the Melendiz River. Pass Byzantine rock chapels decorated with frescoes and have lunch in a riverside restaurant in the Belisirma village. After lunch, you will see the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia, Selime Monastery and Cathedral. Then, head underground where the magnificent city of Derinkuyu lies. One of the biggest settlements in Cappadocia, this 8-story underground city is the deepest of the region. Explore the caves of this city as your guide informs you of its fascinating history. Starting at 9.30am, you will arrive back at your accommodations at around 17:00.

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What people are saying about Derinkuyu Underground City

This experience offered a completely customizable excursion with a very knowledgeable guide. I would return and spend a longer time here. We enjoyed the underground city immensely.

Our guide, Kamil was excellent. Gave great lessons in history of sites. The weather was messy, but this you do not have control. Great time!

Great agency

Very serious and professional agency. The tour was well planned and the guides prepared and very helpful.