Cappadocia Green Tour
Price: See our Price List page for updated prices.
Time: 9:30 am – 6 pm (available every day, year round)
Attractions: Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley hike, Selime Monastery
Photo Opps: Pigeon Valley, Göreme Panorama
Shopping: Onyx Jewelry Factory, Many tourist stalls at each stop (no obligation to buy anything anywhere)
Price includes: Transportation, Tour Guide, Lunch, Entry Fees
Price does not include: Souvenirs, Snacks, Drinks at lunch
Hidden costs: None
How to sign up: Ask at your hotel or any local travel agency. The price should be the same regardless. You can try to bargain if you like to. This tour generally does not sell out.
Goreme Panaroma, The most magnificent landscape around Göreme has been formed from its solidified lava streams, its ash and tuff stone, all dating from Neocene period. It is criss-crossed by deep valleys formed by heavy erosion. This veritable lunar landscape distinguishes itself by its extensive geological formations. The highly typical morphological structures of Cappadocia are the result of thousands of years of continual erosion, which has shaped the tuff deposits into the strangest pyramids and cones.
Derinkuyu Underground City, has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses, stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, and chapels. Unique to the Derinkuyu complex and located on the second floor is a spacious room with a barrel vaulted ceiling. It has been reported that this room was used as a religious school and the rooms to the left were studies. Between the third and fourth levels is a vertical staircase. This passage way leads to a cruciform church on the lowest level. The large 55 m ventilation shaft appears to have been used as a well. The shaft also provided water to both the villagers above and, if the outside world was not accessible, to those in hiding.
Ihlara Valley, The township is famed for the nearby valley of the same name, Ihlara Valley, which is a 16 km (10 mi) long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following several eruptions of Mount Erciyes. Through the valley flows Stream. What is unique about this valley is the ancient history of its inhabitants. The whole canyon is honeycombed with rock-cut underground dwellings and churches from the Byzantine period. Due that the richness of the watering possibility and its hidden form and easily to hide structure it was the first settlement place of the first Christians escaping from the Roman soldiers. In the Ihlara Valley there are hundreds of antic churches caved in the volcanic rocks. The most known churches are Ağaçaltı Church with cross plan, Sümbüllü Church, Pürenliseki Church, Kokar Church, Yilanli Church, Karagedik Church, Kirkdamatli Church, Direkli Church, Ala Church, Kemerli Church and Egritas Church.
Belisirma, experience the wonderful different types of Turkish foods. Make your lunch a memorable one by having lunch next to the Melendiz Stream.
Yaprakhisar, panaroma point for another view of the great Monastery.
Selime Monastery, the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia with a cathedral sized church. Selime monastery was
carved by the monks in the 13th century and apart from the church has monks quarters, a large kitchen, and stables for animals. The walls were once decorated with frescoes of which very little remains.
Pigeon Valley, thousands of pigeon houses carved into the rock. It is a surreal vision: an outrageously phallic landscape straight out of a Salvador Dali painting. The conical formations are the result of volcanic eruptions that took place millions of years ago. Eons of wind, rain and other forces of nature have eaten away at the volcanic rock creating tufa, a soft and malleable stone. Many of these cones, known as fairy chimneys, contain caves and labyrinths
Onyx Demonstration, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found (brown-veined green onyx is the highest quality, followed by brown-veined beige). Local artisans are experts at making items of jewelry as well as beautiful vases, chess sets, and numerous other attractive artifacts and knick-knacks. Watch a demonstration of how this very hard and brittle stone is cut, shaped and polished, before seeing the many beautiful onyx products. Workshops often sell other traditional and precious items such as hand-beaten copperware, meerschaum pipes, and jewelry made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold. Local specialties include Hittite-style jewelry and traditional Turkish woven silver bracelets. You will be amazed by the cheap prices!
• This tour is guaranteed departure everyday.
• This tour has a maximum of 19 people per group.
Services included in the price
• Pickup from and dropoff to your hotel in Göreme, Ürgüp or Uçhisar
• Transport in a comfortable, AC, non-smoking minivan
• Professional, experienced and licensed local guide
• Entry fees to the museums and sights listed in the itinerary
Services not included in the price
• Beverages at lunch
• Non-mandatory but customary tips
• Personal travel insurance