Day trip

Cappadocia: Ilhara Valley Guided Day Trip with Local Lunch

Activity provider: TripGuru Turkey

Cappadocia: Ilhara Valley Guided Day Trip with Local Lunch

Activity provider: TripGuru Turkey
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See the best of southwestern Cappadocia on a guided day trip with hotel transfers, lunch, and entry fees included. Hike in Ihlara Valley, visit Selime Monastery, and explore Derinkuyu underground city.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Free pick-up is available in the areas of Avanos, Goreme, Uchisar, and Urgup. Look for a guide wearing a TripGuru shirt or holding a TripGuru sign. Kindly be at your meeting point/hotel lobby (please ensure your accommodation is within our free pickup areas) at least 10 minutes before the stated meeting/pick-up time. The tour guides will only wait a maximum of 10 minutes for you before proceeding to the next stop.
Small group available


  • Discover the natural beauty of Ihlara Valley
  • Marvel at the huge, ancient Selime Monastery
  • Hike 7 km through the gorgeous natural trails of the canyon
  • See hidden churches, picturesque waterfalls, and ancient houses
  • Explore the large underground city of Derinkuyu
Full description
The first stop of the day’s adventure is Selime Monastery. This 13th-century monastery was cut directly out of the volcanic mountain and is the biggest religious building in Cappadocia. Wander around the cathedral-sized structure and see the well-preserved kitchens, monks’ quarters, stables, staircases, and more. After marveling at Selime, stop by Belisirma, a popular local establishment where you can have some tea or eat some snacks before beginning the hike. You’ll then proceed to Ilhara Valley where you’ll go on a 2.5-hour or 7 km hike, exploring the immense area of natural rock formations. Stop by hidden churches, see picturesque waterfalls, and observe the breathtaking landscape of the canyon. Following the hike, you’ll have a delicious traditional Turkish lunch. After that, you’ll head to Derinkuyu underground city. At its peak, this ancient, multi-level underground city was said to have sheltered almost 20,000 people! Explore the wonders of Derinkuyu’s underground before heading back to your accommodations after a day well spent.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
  • People with heart problems
  • People with respiratory issues

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Umbrella
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash

Know before you go

  • This experience is subject to weather conditions. Some roads may be closed during the winter due to inclement weather

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