SOUTHERN CAPPADOCIA TOUR ( GREEN TOUR )
Our tour starts at 9:30am in the morning from your hotel. First we visit the one of the biggest underground cities in the area called Derinkuyu underground city.There are more than one hundred underground cities in Cappadocia. Due to the soft nature of the volcanic rock, early civilizations carved entire cities underground and would retreat to this refuge in times of siege. A huge rock was rolled across the entrance to seal it from the out side.The cities comprised living quarters, cooking areas, places for worship, storage areas and on the first floor below ground were the stables. Water, fresh air and sunlight were also provided.
After visiting the underground city we continue to Ihlara Valley which is 52 kms far from the town Derinkuyu. Ihlara Valley is a canyon, approximately 14 kms length and up to100 metres deep in places. The sheer walls of the canyon make it almost invisble until you are directly upon it. Ihlara, in acient times, was the site of the first medical centre. Later, it became a refuge for the early Christians, and has many rock hewn churches. The frescos include scenes from the New Tastement, a tableu of the forty martyrs and the potraits of local religious leaders. Enjoy a trek through the Ihlara valley, and surroundings. Here we have a chance to walk 4 kms and our lunch stop will be in the valley nearby the Melendiz river in a local Turkish restaurant. Late afternoon continue to the town Selime to see the valley from another wiev. Goreme Panorama and Pigeon valley will be visited before you dropped off back in your hotel.
Professional English Speaking guide
Entrance fees to museums and historical sites
A/C minibus during tour
Traditional Turkish meal in a local restaurant