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Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City

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Urgup, Turkey
Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Explore the magnificent landscape and cultural centers of the Ihlara Valley on this full-day tour in south Cappadocia. Enjoy your journey by air-conditioned coach as you travel through Cappadocia’s compelling ancient landscape with an expert guide. Discover the subterranean world of Derinkuyu Underground City and explore the sacred caverns at Selime Monastery. See if you recognize any scenes from Star Wars in Yaprakhisar and learn about how the Turkish people have lived in unison with the local landscape for thousands of years. 
  • Full-day Cappadocia tour to Ihlara Valley with an expert local guide
  • Explore Derinkuyu Underground City – the deepest ancient dwelling in the region
  • Discover Selime Monastery and wander around its secret passageways
  • Head to the cave village of Yaprakhisar and see where scenes from the Star Wars movies were filmed
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from your Göreme or Ürgüp hotel
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Lunch
Professional tour guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Pickup from centrally located hotel in Cappadocia, the tour will start at 9:30

Departure Time

9:00 AM
Your guided full-day Ihlara Valley trip begins with a convenient pickup at your Cappadocia hotel by air-conditioned coach. Meet your guide and settle in and admire the scenery outside the window as you travel to your first stop, Derinkuyu Underground City. Explore the tunnels of one of the region’s deepest underground cities as they twist and drop far beneath the earth’s crust. Learn about the early Christians who carved this city, and visit their courtyards, churches and wineries. 

When you emerge into daylight again, venture to the Ihlara Valley, a 10-mile (16 km) gorge created by volcanos thousands of years ago. Today, it’s popular with hikers and other nature lovers. Trace the length of the Melendiz River as you enjoy panoramic views of the valley’s dramatic cliffs from your window. Along the way, break for a traditional Turkish lunch at a local restaurant, then continue on your journey. 

You won’t want to miss the picturesque Selime Monastery on the north section of the gorge. Explore the passageways and sacred rooms that were carved into the mountain by monks in the 13th century. Visit the stables, kitchen and church and gaze out of the ‘tunnel’ windows for views that stretch across the valley.

But for the best views of the valley, stop at the historic cave village of Yaprakhisar. This is a great stop for a photo opportunity, with the Ihlara Valley canyon sprawling behind you as far as the eye can see. Also, you may recognize a few scenes from “Star Wars” here. When you’re ready, step back into your bus and relax on the scenic ride back to your hotel.  
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Derinkuyu Yeralti Sehri
Leave your Cappadocia hotel and travel by air-conditioned coach to Derinkuyu Underground City -- the deepest of the region’s intriguing subterranean cities. Carved by Turkey’s prehistoric Troglodytes, this incredible underground world contains courtyards, stables, churches and wineries all intertwined in an extensive network of tunnels. Explore underground with your guide and see where ancient civilizations once worked, slept and worshipped. Near Derinkuyu is Ihlara Valley – a 10-mile (16km) gorge that was formed thousands of years ago from a volcanic eruption. The valley is a popular route for hikers who come to be at one with nature and see its rock-carved churches scattered along its path. Rather than walking the full length of the gorge, enjoy its beauty from the comfort of your coach as you follow it along Melendiz River. Stop for lunch on the way and relax before your tour continues. At the northern edge of the gorge is Selime Monastery, so stop here to explore. This fascinating complex was carved into the rock face by monks in the 13th century and comprises a church, kitchen and stables with feeding troughs. Wander around the secret passageways and peer out of its open ‘tunnel’ windows for panoramic views over the valley. Before returning to your hotel, enjoy a final stop at the cave village of Yaprakhisar, nested into the Ihlara Valley canyon, to see the legendary Yaprakhisar panorama. Several scenes from the Star Wars movies were filmed here and the viewpoint boasts unforgettable views of the cave village, Selime Monastery and countless fairy chimneys.
Duration: 8 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Fez Travel
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Day Tour - Ihlara Valley from Cappadocia inc. Derinkuyu Underground City.

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star-4
Amazing tour. Guide was very good...
Atif Hassan K
, Nov 2015
Amazing tour. Guide was very good. Found interesting. I generally tour myself but this is one of the tour which is very difficult to cover by public transport. I recommend it.
star-1
My guide was terrible. I can walk...
JOANNE G
, Jun 2014
My guide was terrible. I can walk and do most everything. I am just slow. On the first part when we went on a hike he tried to talk me out of going. I insisted and he let me go. He ran ahead and I heard him tell all the other group member not to help me at all. Then he refused to allow me to go the the Selime Monastery and Yaprakhisar because I was too slow. It was a waste of my money since I could not see what was advertised. Especially since the next day, I went on a tour of the Red Valley and the guide allowed me to take the walk, visit the underground city and all the other activities. I was able to do them although I was slow.
star-1
You can find better tours. Tour...
Lan Hoang T
, Jun 2014
You can find better tours. Tour guide didn't tell us much, looked like he didn't want to be there and he smoked the whole time, which I thought was unprofessional..
star-5
Excellent trip,special...
Leon P
, Feb 2015
Excellent trip,special places,professional guide.

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