08:30 / 09:30 - You will be picked up from the hotel. Pick up time
depends to location of hotel.
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 UNDERGROUND CITY
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.
IHLARA VALLEY – TREK
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.
BELISIRMA AND LUNCH
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
GOREME ESENTEPE (PANAROMIC VIEW)
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.