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Guided Derinkuyu Underground City Tour & Ihlara Valley Hike

by Castle Travel
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Highlights

Visit to the deepest underground city in the area, Derinkuyu

Vast network of caves extending 279 feet (85 metre) deep

Relaxing & scenic walk along the river in Ihlara Valley

Byzantine-period churches cut from jagged cliff faces

Chance to explore the enormous rock Selime Monastery

Highlights

Visit to the deepest underground city in the area, Derinkuyu

Vast network of caves extending 279 feet (85 metre) deep

Relaxing & scenic walk along the river in Ihlara Valley

Byzantine-period churches cut from jagged cliff faces

Chance to explore the enormous rock Selime Monastery

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Guided Derinkuyu Underground City Tour & Ihlara Valley Hike

Activity Location

Ihlara

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Hotel Pickup

    Cappadocia


Description

Venture deep into the earth and stroll through some of the most scenic surface landscapes on this eye-opening tour in Cappadocia. A guide takes you through the amazing Derinkuyu Underground City, then on a hike in the gorgeous Ihlara Valley, known for its stubbly fields and lofty, jagged cliffs.

After getting picked up from your hotel, drive to the town of Derinkuyu and head below the earth's surface. Approximately 279 feet (85 metre) deep, Derinkuyu Underground City is the deepest subterranean city in the region. Your knowledgeable guide shows you to well-preserved rooms, including churches, wineries, and stables, and relates the history of the vast cave network, which was once used by ancient peoples.

Emerge on the surface once more and depart from Derinkuyu, heading next for the Ihlara Valley. A spectacular 10-mile (16-km) gorge cut from volcanic rock, the valley is unique for its varied history of inhabitants and diverse wilderness. As you step through scenic, stubbly fields, your guide points out a number of Byzantine-era churches cut into the base of the towering cliffs on either side.

Take a break for lunch on the greenery-laden shores of the Melendiz River, then head to your final stop of Selime Monastery. Hollow out of an enormous rock formation, the monastery is one of Cappadocia's largest religious buildings. Get the chance to explore the massive cathedral's fairy chimney and learn about its history before heading back to your hotel and concluding your tour.


Inclusions

  • Guided tour of Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley

  • Admission fees

  • Lunch

  • Roundtrip transport to and from most Cappadocia hotels

  • Live tour commentary provided in English


Exclusions

  • Drinks


Know Before You Book

  • Children aged 5 and younger are complimentary.

  • Children aged 12 and younger must be accompanied by a paying adult.

  • At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Infant car seats are available. Please notify the tour operator in advance if you will be accompanied by a child requiring a car seat.

  • Hotel pick-up is available from most Cappadocia hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.


Guided Derinkuyu Underground City Tour & Ihlara Valley Hike ratings based on 1 Verified Review

Verified reviews

4 out of 5

4/5 3 Jul 2018

The guide Gigi was excellent, she was extremely helpful and friendly, and also very knowledgeable. Ihlara Valley is so beautiful and the underground city is just amazing. I totally recommend the tour.

Patricia C

United States