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Full-Day Green Tour of Cappadocia with Lunch

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Derinkuyu, TR
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Full-Day Green Tour of Cappadocia with Lunch

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Derinkuyu, TR
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Experience the enchanting beauty of Cappadocia on the Full-Day Green Tour. Journey into the depths of the historical Derinkuyu Underground City and discover its fascinating secrets. As you explore the winding passages and hidden chambers, you'll be transported back in time. Next, immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery of Ihlara Valley, with its ancient dwellings and intricate cave churches adorned with stunning frescoes. The journey continues to Selime Monastery, a magnificent rock-cut structure that showcases the region's rich history and religious significance. Marvel at the grandeur of the cathedral-sized church and the remarkable frescoes that adorn its walls. Pigeon Valley awaits, where you'll encounter the adorable inhabitants that have long been a part of Cappadocia's heritage. The tour concludes with a visit to the onyx factory in Uchisar, where you can witness the art of shaping volcanic stones into beautiful creations. Don't miss this unforgettable adventure through the wonders of Cappadocia.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 8 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Exploring the underground city of Derinkuyu
  • Hiking through the stunning Ihlara Valley
  • Visiting the impressive Selime Monastery
  • Marveling at the unique pigeon houses in Pigeon Valley
  • Learning about onyx shaping at the Kapadokya El SanatlarI Merkezi
  • Lunch
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All fees and taxes
  • Alcohol

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Introduction

Experience the wonders of Cappadocia with the full-day Green Tour, a journey that will take you through breathtaking landscapes, ancient underground cities, and charming cave villages. Immerse yourself in the rich history and natural beauty of this unique region, known for its stunning rock formations and fascinating cultural heritage.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can expect to explore the fascinating Derinkuyu Underground City, an impressive complex carved deep into the earth that served as a natural deep freeze and a shelter against invasions throughout history. Marvel at the architectural marvels and gain insights into the region's intriguing past. Next, venture into the enchanting Ihlara Valley, a picturesque canyon adorned with cave churches and ancient dwellings. Follow the Melendiz River as you make your way through the valley, taking in the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. You'll have the opportunity to explore the stunning rock-cut monastery of Selime, known for its remarkable frescoes and historical significance. A visit to Pigeon Valley will provide you with a glimpse into the unique relationship between pigeons and the local people, as you discover the houses carved into the slopes of the valley and learn about their purpose. As a perfect way to end the tour, you will visit the Kapadokya El SanatlarI Merkezi, an onyx factory in Uchisar. Experience the artistry behind shaping this beautiful volcanic stone and admire the unique colors and minerals it contains.

Who is this for?

The full-day Green Tour of Cappadocia is perfect for curious and adventurous travelers seeking to immerse themselves in the rich history and natural wonders of this extraordinary region. Whether you are a history enthusiast, a nature lover, or simply looking to explore unique and off-the-beaten-path destinations, this tour offers something for everyone.

Why book this?

Embark on a journey that will transport you to a world of ancient civilizations and breathtaking landscapes. Discover the hidden treasures of Cappadocia as you explore underground cities, hike through stunning canyons, and marvel at rock-cut monasteries. With the guidance of professional and experienced local guides, you can delve deep into the history and fascinating stories behind these remarkable sites. By booking the full-day Green Tour, you'll have the opportunity to see some of the most iconic and awe-inspiring attractions of Cappadocia. From the ancient Derinkuyu Underground City to the picturesque Ihlara Valley and the remarkable rock-cut monastery of Selime, each stop on the tour offers a unique and unforgettable experience. Additionally, the visit to the onyx factory in Uchisar provides an insight into the local craftsmanship and the volcanic stones that are abundant in the region. This tour guarantees a maximum group size of 18 people, ensuring a personalized and intimate experience. With convenient hotel pickups, comfortable transportation, and lunch included, you can relax and fully immerse yourself in the wonders of Cappadocia.

Good to know

Please note that beverages at lunch, non-mandatory tips, and personal travel insurance are not included in the tour price. It is recommended to bring comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the day's activities. The tour lasts approximately 8 hours, providing ample time to explore each destination at a leisurely pace.

Reviews

Travelers who have experienced the full-day Green Tour of Cappadocia have been captivated by the region's beauty and the rich historical insights provided by the knowledgeable guides. They have praised the well-organized itinerary and the opportunity to visit the impressive underground city, picturesque valley, stunning rock-cut monastery, and the unique onyx factory. Overall, reviewers have expressed a high level of satisfaction with the tour, leaving them with lasting memories of Cappadocia's wonders and cultural heritage.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Your Itinerary

Derinkuyu Underground City

After driving about 40 minutes, arrival to 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. With the clear explanations of your guide you will spend almost 1 hour here.

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Ihlara

Ihlara Valley (often misspelled as Ilhara Valley), near Mount Hasan and Mount Melendiz (two of the three volcanoes of Cappadocia) is a canyon with a depth of approximately 100m and was formed by the Melendiz River thousands of years ago. It begins at Ihlara village and ends with Selime Monastery at Selime village after making 26 bends along 14 kilometers. It is believed that the valley housed more than four thousand dwellings and a hundred cave churches decorated with frescoes. Around eighty thousand people once lived in Ihlara Valley. There are 4 entrances to Ihlara valley. The first one is at the start of the valley in Ihlara Village. The second one opens to the 4th kilometer of the valley and it is the most popular entrance, and has more than 300 steps down to the valley. The third entrance is Belisirma village which allows you to enter the valley by driving. It is located in the middle (7th km) of the valley. If you will visit the valley by your car, this is the best spot to park your car. Belisirma has also some restaurants by Melendiz River to have lunch. Most of the guided tours end their walking here after lunch. The last entrance is the end of the valley at the Selime Monastery. Some of the trekking tours which walk the whole valley start from this end. The best part of the valley is the first 7km part from Ihlara Village until Belisirma Village where you can see most of the churches and natural beauty.

Selime Monastery

One of the most unexpected surprises in Cappadocia is the wonderful rock-cut monastery in Selime, at the end of Ihlara valley, 28 km from Aksarai. Selime was home to Hittite, Assyrian, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Danişment, Seljuk and Ottoman civilizations. One of the most important aspects of Selime fortress-monastery was that many leading clergymen were educated there. The military headquarters of the region was also located there. While the monastery is dated to 8th and 9th centuries, the frescoes in the structure date back to late 10th and early 11th centuries. The depictions include Ascension, Annunciation and Mother Mary. Selime monastery is the biggest religious building in Cappadocia with a cathedral-size church. Inside the cathedral there are two rows of rock columns. These columns divide the cathedral into three sections. The size of the church is astonishing. The columns and arches of the church, cut directly from the tuff within the Selime monastery, still bear the tell-tale markings of various generations that once occupied it. Rudimentary icons from the early days can be seen more clearly, but detailed frescoes, painted later, are barely visible under the years of soot that covers the surfaces from when the Turks used the room for cooking.

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Pigeon Valley

Upon arrival to 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.

Kapadokya El SanatlarI Merkezi

The Last place in the tour will be a visit to onyx factory in Uchisar. Onyx is a volcanic stone which has various colors and contains different minerals in. As being a volcanic area, Cappadocia has some onyx deposits. In the factory, a master will give you information about the steps of onyx shaping and you will watch a shaping show.

Reviews

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5 (1)

Y5442PIjeremyc

It was really fun , I and my girlfriend really had fun , it was great , I recommend everyone to visit here , I really enjoyed the tour and I think I’m going to come back here
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-04-13 16:49