Day trip

Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

4.9 / 5

8 reviews

Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

From US$ 34.93 per person

Get back to nature on a hike through the Ihlara Valley and marvel at the fairy chimney rock formations of Cappadocia. Visit the Derinkuyu Underground City, learn about the traditions of the locals and more.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Pick-up from your Cappadocia hotel.

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn about the natural history of Cappadocia and its unusual rock formations
  • Visit the amazing Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Hike through the Ihlara Valley
  • Watch how onyx is shaped by a master craftsman
Full description
Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and get a panoramic view of Göreme en route to Derinkuyu Underground City. Marvel at the subterranean city, used by the Romans to shelter against invasions by the Arabs. Get explanations about the area's deepest underground city before moving on to the Ihlara Canyon, formed by volcanic activity from Mount Hasan and erosion by the Melendiz River. Learn how early Christians carved churches from the rock on a 3.5-kilometer hike through the Ihlara Valley, and pause for lunch at a riverside restaurant. Next, get stunning views of the conical fairy chimneys in Yaprakhisar. Visit the rock-carved Selime Monastery and learn about monastic life in Cappadocia. Continue to Pigeon Valley to learn how the locals have used pigeon eggs and droppings for different purposes and why they carved pigeon houses on the slopes of the valley. End with a visit to an onyx factory in Uçhisar and watch a demonstration about how volcanic stone is shaped by a master craftsman.
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • International flights
  • Museum entrance ticket
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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interesting history and amazing views, with an awkward stop

The guide Selim was friendly, helpful, entertaining and informative! The underground city was very interesting to visit! The hike in the Ihlara canyon was easy and very nice! The food was better than expected. The return drive was long and we stopped at a jewellery shop (more like a shopping trap) for 30 minutes. In general it was a good tour!

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May 31, 2018

Excellent guide

Selim was an excellent guide .. despite speaking in English all of us in the group understood his explanations. Very prepared he answered our questions exhaustively. The path along the valley was exciting. The monastery of Selirme intriguing and mysterious. The wonderful underground city. I advise

May 20, 2019

Incredible day.

June 30, 2021

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