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    South Cappadocia Tour (Green Tour)


    08:30 / 09:30 - You will be picked up from the hotel. Pick up time depends to location of hotel.


    South Cappadocia

    tour also known as Green tour at Lonely Planet’s recommendations. It’s a great itinerary which covers all highlights of the South Cappadocia and when combined with North Cappadocia tour at second day, two tours would cover all Cappadocia’s highlights.



    Derinkuyu is Cappadocia’s biggest underground with approximately 7 floors and 85m deep. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc). Apart from these, a large room with a barrel vaulted ceiling on the second floor was a missionary school, the rooms to the left being study rooms. From the 3rd and 4th floors onwards the descent is by way of vertical staircases, which lead to a cruciform plan church on the lowest floor. The 55m deep ventilation shaft was also used as a well. Not every floor was provided with surface access in order to protect the dwellers from poisoning during raids. Derinkuyu Underground City was opened to visitors in 1965 but so far only 10% can be visited.



    Early Christians have constructed their rock houses and temples by carving the tuffs in the valley of Ihlara, through the valley runs the Melendiz River. The waters of the river are named Ihlara as Peristrema meaning “The people of circulating waters”. To search the source of the water in Ihlara, is in fact trying to reveal the meaning of life. It takes 2 1/2hrs to walk from the Ihlara Vadisi to Belisirma and about 3hrs to walk from Belisirma to Selime.



    After walking through Ihlara Valley you will be driven to Belisirma for a smorgasbord lunch, a mixture of Turkish and Western food including dessert.



    You will stop on the outskirts of Goreme village and look down into Pigeon Valley to see the centuries old pigeon houses carved from the cliffs. Throughout the years farmers have used pigeon manure as a rich source of fertiliser for their crops.



    Selime Monastery is an astonishing rock cut structure incorporating a vast kitchen and soaring chimney. A church with a gallery all around it, stables with feeding troughs and other evidence of the troglodyte lifestyle.



    The magnificent landscape around Goreme has been formed from its solidified lava streams, its ash and tuff stone, all dating from the Neocene period. A result of thousands of years of continual erosion makes this area look like a lunar landscape. The fairy chimneys also have a great colour variety. There are light and dark colours from white to yellow, pink, grey and black.


    The tour ends around 16:30 /17:00, Drop of to hotels.


    More information & Reservation: info@rsltours.com


    RSL Tour Customers Reviews


    Clarence Coleman

    I cannot recommend RSL tours more. I have been on several tours with them now, and they have all run smoothly and have made for a highly enjoyable experience. They are a family run business that ensures that all your needs are meet.

    This was especially true, when I undertook a 2 day Cappadocia tour through them. While this was run by a sister company of theirs, RSL tours ensured that I was well looked after and made my tour extremely enjoyable and one of the highlights of my trip and at a minimal expense.

    They organised flights to and from Istanbul along with airport transfers, and put me up in a luxurious hotel, making my trip stress free and relaxing. It included Red and Green tours, taking in the different sites and all that Cappadocia had to offer. But by far the highlight of the trip was the Hot Air Balloon ride. I was devastated when on my last day in Cappadocia, the air balloon tour was cancelled due to bad weather. I quickly got in touch with Gavin at RSL tours, and he miraculous managed to get me on the last spot on a balloon ride the next day!!! (baring in mind that that day would've already been near booked out, not to mention the hundreds of people in my position who missed out and who desperately wanted to get on the next day!), and as well as managing to changed my flights to the following day (and airport transfers) for only 30euros!!

    As I said, I cannot recommend RSL tours more!! For a friendly, stress free, enjoyable tours, that do not break the bank, look no further than RSL Tours!!

    Anthony Clark
    This is an activity you have to do with no excuse if you come to Turkey. Any balloon ride in any other place in the world will cost you the same or more and that place won't be Capadoccia. At first moment all people think its a too "boutique/ luxury" thing paying for only some hour but you totally should do it, even been a young traveller like me. Ash find me a very good deal comparing other companirs and it totally worth. The feeling of flying is very smooth and funny and the views are just wonderful, like being in a Star Wars movie. I've taken tons of pictures and videos. The people of Sultan Balloons are really kind and friendly. You won't regret it, whatever your plan of traveling and badge is. Really.

    Heather Stewart

    My girlfriend and I this morning experienced the amazing hot air balloon ride across the breathtaking scenery that is Cappadocia.

    We booked online through RSL Tours, and were picked up early this morning, driven to have a light breakfast & coffee before preparing for the balloon ride.

    Our pilot, Tarik ensured a smooth take-off and landing, and the ride itself was smooth and made for great photos. Unfortunately it was a bit cloudy but it was still a great view from the height we were at.