Things to do in Ihlara

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Cappadocia: Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch

1. Cappadocia: Highlights Private Day Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a private day trip to all of the main sites in Cappadocia. Explore the region’s jagged valleys and rock formations, with endless photo opportunities. Stop for a buffet lunch beside a river in the lush Ihlara valley. Admire views of the Fairy Chimneys from a lookout in Love Valley. After pickup in the morning, drive to Devrent valley, known for its surreal rock formations, and stop for a tour of the nearby town of Avanos. Continue to Ihlara valley and descend the 394 stairs into its verdant gorge. Walk beside a tranquil river here and stop to enjoy a buffet lunch. As you go, listen to stories about the region from your guide. Reach the Güvercinlik valley in the afternoon and explore the thousands of tiny pigeon holes carved into the soft rock.  The final stop is at Love Valley, where you can look out of the famous pillars of rock known as the Fairy Chimneys and capture some stunning photos of the landscape. Following this, you will be dropped off back at your accommodation.

Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley and Underground City Private Tour

2. Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley and Underground City Private Tour

Get an insider’s view of Cappadocia’s most iconic spots in one day. Hear commentary from your guide along the way about fascinating sites like Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley and Selime Monastery. Benefit from round-trip transfers from your hotel. Start the tour at the ancient multi-level underground city in Derinkuyu. See the wells, kitchens, schoolrooms, oil presses, church, bathhouse, winery, and living space of this former self-contained metropolis. Marvel at the underground dwellings going eight floors down, reaching depths of 85 meters. Then, drive further south to the lush, deep canyon of Ihlara Valley. Walk alongside the Melendiz River for an hour, covering a distance of 6 kilometers. Stop for a traditional Turkish lunch in a restaurant on the river in the village of Belisirma. After lunch, move to your next destination, the Selime Monastery, the largest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia. Admire the astonishing rock-cut construction and a cathedral-sized church cut directly into the volcanic tuff. Learn about the architectural style from the 13th century AD in the Anatolia region.

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