- Göreme Panorama
- Derinkuyu Underground City
- Ihlara Valley Hiking (3,5 km)
- Yaprakhisar Panorama
- Selime Monastry
- Pigeon Valley
At 09:15 you will be picked up from your hotel for the tour,09:30 Your tour will start. The first stop is a panoramic view of Goreme. You get information about history, formation of Cappadocia while watching the fairy chimneys. Following the information, there is free time for photograph. After driving about 40 minutes, arrival to Derinkuyu Underground City. This underground city was firstly used by the local people as a natural deep freeze, later by the late Romans as a shelter against potential Arabian invasions. Derinkuyu is the deepest underground city in the Cappadocia region. With the clear explanations of your guide you will spend almost 1 hour here. Ihlara Canyon is 52 km away from Derinkuyu Underground City. Approximately 45 minutes later, you will be in the entrance of Ihlara Valley. Ihlara Valley was formed by the volcanic actions of Mt. Hasan, next to Ihlara Valley.
Afterwards visit the Melendiz River eroded the valley for millions of years besides the layers cracked and fell down. Eventually, 80 meter- deep canyon were composed. The whole valley is 14 km. length. In the past, generally Christians lived in the several parts of the Valley; also they carved churches and painted them. You will hike for about 3,5 km that will last for 1 hour 15 minutes. Then you will arrive to Restaurant for lunch that will be in the valley, next to the River. You will start with the soup and salad, later you will able choose one of the main dishes from the list. Lunch will be over with season fruits.
After lunch your guide will take you to a unique place, Yaprakhisar. You will see the nicest examples of conical fairy chimneys. Since the area is very similar to Star Wars Film Set, Yaprakhisar is known as “Star Wars Movie Set”.Your tour will go on with another movie- set-like place, Selime Monastery. At first look, the monastery looks like a castle, but shelters, churches, chapels, bedrooms, storages and big cathedral proves us its being a monastery. You get information about the monastic life in Cappadocia. Next up is Pigeon Valley, pigeons will meet you on the top of the valley. Pigeons have always been important for Cappadocian people. Their eggs and droppings were used for different purposes. For this reason, local people carved houses for them to the slopes of valley. You will see the reason why people call them houses, when you see them.17:30 Your tour will finish and you will be dropped to your hotel.
What is included
- Transportation in A/C non-smoking minibus – experienced driver
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Services charges and local taxes
What is not included
- Drinks, tips to guide and driver and personal expenses
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