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Cappadocia Tour: Derinkuyu, Ihlara Valley, Belisirma and Selime

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Key facts

Where: Cappadocia , Turkey Duration: 8 hours

Highlights

  • Explore the surreal lunar landscapes of Cappadocia
  • Discover hidden cities and painted rock-cut churches

Overview

Discover the secrets of incredible Cappadocia on this spell-binding day tour.

Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu, used in times of war or invasion. Marvel at the sophistication of the complex with its living rooms, storehouses, wine presses, stables and beautiful churches.

Visit Ihlara valley and see the rock-cut refuges of early Christians fleeing persecution. Take a walk along the valley floor enjoying the murmuring stream and the dappled shade of poplar and olive trees.

Check out the spectacular view from Selime – like a scene from a “Star Wars” movie. Admire the strange lunar landscape with its rock cones. And notice the colors of the rocks – gray, pink, white and tawny gold – and the way they change with the light.

Itinerary

You will be picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned mini-bus for your Cappadocia Tour. With your English-speaking guide you will travel through the extraordinary landscape of Cappadocia. See how nature has carved the soft local rock (tufa), formed from solidified volcanic ash, into fantastic chimneys columns, cones, mushrooms and pinnacles.

The tufa of Cappadocia can be easily excavated and the area is full of rock-cut dwellings, storehouses and churches. Your first stop, after a drive of about 15 minutes, is at Derinkuyu Underground City. It is said that this huge complex was discovered when a cave-dweller knocked down a wall of his house and discovered a rabbit-warren of rooms and tunnels.

At Derinkuyu you will see underground cellars, chapels, refectories, stables, storage rooms, and wine and oil presses, plus a huge room that may have housed a religious school.

After Derinkuyu, you will drive to the Ihlara Valley, a steep-walled gorge 14km (8.5 miles) in length, with a tranquil stream at the base.

Take a short walk (3km, 1.8 miles) along the stream. See how the rock walls of the gorge are honeycombed with cave dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period. The canyon contains an estimated 150 churches and several monasteries. Availability of water and the seclusion made this place a perfect hiding place for Christians escaping Roman persecution.

Your next stop is at the troglodyte village of Belisirma, where you will have lunch at Tandir Restaurant. Lunch will be an open buffet of delicious Turkish dishes. There will be plenty of choice, including vegetarian options.

After lunch you will go on to Selime, which has the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia and a cathedral-sized rock church. From Selime you can enjoy panoramic views over the fantastic lunar landscape with its incredible rock cones.

The last stop of the tour is Agzikarahan Caravansarai. Agzikarahan Caravansarai is important and well known monument since Seljuk period which built on the Silk Road.

At the end of a fabulous day's sightseeing you will be dropped back at your hotel.

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Activity Schedule

When does it run?

Daily

Duration

8 hours

Start time

Start time: 0900h (09:00am)
Duration: 8 hours

Meeting point

Your hotel from Avanos, Goreme or Urgup areain Cappadocia.
(We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)

Ending point

Tour ends at your hotels.

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Inclusions

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned mini-bus
  • English-speaking guide
  • Buffet lunch: Choice of Turkish dishes including vegetarian

Do/Dont's

Wear casual clothes and comfortable shoes for walking. In summer, take a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water and don't forget the camera! Long pants are recommended if you want to explore the caves. To avoid unwanted attention women should avoid revealing clothing such as (shorts, short skirts, tank tops, tight-fitting clothes)

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Please note

Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

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Additional info

  • The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.
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