Cappadocia Green Tour Ihlara Valley
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Price: € 0 - € 0 per person
Available: March - October
Description

Highlights

Derinkuyu underground city 

Ihlara valley 

Belisırma ( Lunch )

Selime monastery 

Pigeon valley viewpoint

Tour itinerary

The tour starts at 9.30 from our office after a cup of morning coffee or tea and finishes at about 6 pm in summer and 5 pm in winter.

We pick you up from your hotel in Ürgüp at 09:00 am, in Göreme at 09.30 and in Uçhisar at 09:45 am.

Firstly you visit Derinkuyu, the deepest underground city in the area, which is approximately 85 meters deep and has 16 floors, 8 of which you can see during your guided tour. It was used to hide Christians during enemy attacks in the 5th to 10th centuries. The city was built around 8th century BC, it could accommodate about 20 000 people and had all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels.

Then you go to Ihlara valley, a 14 km long gorge formed in the volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following several eruptions of Mount Erciyes. The Melendiz stream flows through the valley. What makes the valley unique is the ancient history of its inhabitants. The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period. In Ihlara valley you take a 3.5 km walk in the Melendiz river canyon and you can also visit the Ağaçaltı (under the tree) church. After the walk you have lunch in a local restaurant in Belisırma village.

The next stop is at Selime, the biggest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia with a cathedral-size church. Selime monastery was carved by monks in the 13th century and in addition to the church, it also has monks’ quarters, a large kitchen and stables for animals. You can also see the village of Yaprakhisar, which is famous for its lunar landscape resembling that of the Star Wars.

Last you stop at Pigeon valley viewpoint, which has hundreds of old pigeon houses cut into the rock in the past. Throughout centuries farmers have used pigeon droppings as a fertilizer for their crops.

 

Including
Museum entrance fees,English speaking licensed guide,Lunch,Airconditioned transportaion

Excluding
Drinks


Availability
March - October
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