Day trip

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

Day trip

Cappadocia: Green Tour in the Ihlara Valley

From US$ 48.46 per person

Get back to nature on a hike through the Ihlara Valley and marvel at the fairy chimney rock formations of Cappadocia. Visit the Derinkuyu Underground City and learn about the traditions of the locals.

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Duration 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Pick-up from your Cappadocia hotel. Ürgüp, Avanos, Ortahisar pick up 8:45 to 9:00 AM, Göreme 9:30-9:45 AM, Uçhisar 10:00-10:15 AM.


  • Learn about the natural history of Cappadocia and its unusual rock formations
  • Visit the amazing Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Hike through the Ihlara Valley
  • Learn about monastic life at the Selime Monastery
  • Watch how onyx is shaped by a master craftsman
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Benefit from pick-up at your hotel and get a panoramic view of Göreme en route to Derinkuyu Underground City. Marvel at the subterranean city, used by the Romans to shelter against invasions by the Arabs.

Get explanations about the area's deepest underground city before moving on to the Ihlara Canyon, formed by volcanic activity from Mount Hasan and erosion by the Melendiz River.

Learn how early Christians carved churches from the rock on a 3.5-kilometer hike through the Ihlara Valley, and pause for lunch at a riverside restaurant. Next, visit the rock-carved Selime Monastery and learn about monastic life in Cappadocia.

Continue to the Pigeon Valley to learn how the locals have used pigeon eggs and droppings for different purposes and why they carved pigeon houses on the slopes of the valley.

End with a visit to an onyx factory in Uçhisar and watch a demonstration about how volcanic stone is shaped by a master craftsman.

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Guide
  • Lunch
  • Derinkuyu Underground City entry fee
  • Selime Monastery entry fee
  • Drinks
  • Tips for the guide and driver
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Passport
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking shoes
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 66 reviews

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Very Nice Tour, The guide Selim is wonderful, very friendly and helpful. Gave us a lot of details about the historical places and gave us enough time to visit & take pictures. The view on the ihlara valley is totally worth it. As well as view from the selim monastery. Lunch on the ihlara river was a unique experience. the hotel pickup & drop off is in a comfortable car. Totally recommend! For the price, it's value for money.

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March 21, 2023

The tour was amazing, a lot of new things discovered and learned. It was a bit of confusion with the pick up time. We got 2 different time. Also 2 persons were left behind on our first stop. We quickly returned to pick them up. I loved walks and food. I love everything!

March 21, 2023

Our guide Selim was amazing. His knowledge of history was more than sufficient for understanding the history of cappadocia and the places that we were visiting. Even signed up for the red tour after with same agency after the green tour. Quite a bit of walking so bring comfortable shoes for this tour.

March 21, 2023

Product ID: 81333