Beautiful views of a remarkable section of Anatolia
A visit to one of the region's largest underground cities
Hiking in one of the most attractive valleys of Cappadocia
Stunning monastic settlements at the Selime Monastery
Authentic Cappadocian lunch in a traditional restaurant
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Guided tour of the Derinkuyu underground city, Ihlara Valley, Melendiz River, Belisirma Village, Yaprakhisar Panorama, and Selime Monastery
Roundtrip transportation to and from most Urgup, Göreme, Uchisar, Avanos, Cavusin, Mustafapasa, or Nevsehir hotels
Live tour commentary provided in English
What you can expect
See the remarkable highlights of Cappadocia on this full-day tour to the region's best hidden landmarks. This tour shows you spectacular area sights like the Derinkuyu underground city, the volcanic gorge of Ihlara Valley, the cave churches along the Melendiz River.
After pickup from your hotel in the morning, your tour begins with a ride to Derinkuyu, where an expansive 5-level complex forms one of the deepest and most fascinating underground settlements in Cappadocia. See the courtyards, stables, churches, and wineries that lie beneath the earth, all interconnected by an extensive network of tunnels.
Next, venture to Ihlara Valley for a 2.5-mile (4-km) walk along the Melendiz River. Check out the secluded cave churches—ancient structures carved out of the valley walls—on your way to the village of Belisirma for lunch at a local restaurant near the river.
After lunch, make a short photo stop at Yaprakhisar for an unforgettable panorama of the cave village and fairy chimneys around you. Make your final stop at the Selime Monastery, one of the biggest and most fascinating religious settlements in Cappadocia, before you return to your hotel in the evening.