9. Green Tour with Expert Local Guide (With Derinkuyu-NarLake)
☑️ The first stop in this tour is goreme Panoramic View point, located at the highest point of Goreme, from where a stunning view of the village itself, rock hotels, nearby valleys and Uchisar castle opens up. The guide will give you detailed information about the region, its geological and historical past. ☑️ Derinkuyu Under Ground City: Underground cities are a unique feature of Cappadocia, they appeared due to the fact that the layer of soft tuff sometimes reaches a thickness of several tens of meters. It was easy enough for people to expand and deepen their buildings. Underground cities saved people from raids. In total, 36 underground cities have been discovered in Cappadocia. At first, these were more underground villages with a small number of rooms, but gradually, especially in the Byzantine period, they grew to the size of cities, accommodating up to thirty thousand people. The underground city of Derinkuyu, which translated from Turkish means "deep well", has eight underground floors and goes 55,5 meters deep. There are rooms for pets, warehouses, a dining room, a kitchen, wine cellars, a church and even a missionary school, a confessional and a font. The ventilation shafts of that time still function here, and the tunnels and halls are quite well lit. ☑️ Ihlara is a stone canyon that divided the plain into two "banks" like a deep ravine. Its length is about 14 kilometers, and its depth in some places is up to 150 meters. The canyon stretches from the village of Ihlara to the village of Selime. The small river Melendiz flows along the bottom. Ihlara served as a refuge for Christian monks, and therefore dozens of rock-cut churches and hundreds of residential caves were found here. The walking tour through the valley lasts 3.5 km. ☑️ Ihlara Valley Hiking: The murmur of the river, birdsong, delicious local cuisine - what you need to relax, gain strength and continue your journey! ☑️ Selime Monastery is located on the northern edge of the Ykhlara Canyon and is the highest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia. The views from it are amazing! It is also notable for the fact that in one composition you can see all the components of the monastery ☑️ Pigeon Valley: The pigeons are very important in Cappadocia. Because if you need to grow herbs, vegetables, grapes etc. you need to fertalise the soil. otherwise the harvest will be inefficient and unhealthy. So you can see here lots of pigeon houses with lots of flying pigeons around. ☑️ Sweet Stop: the local sweets, nuts, delights whatever local here in Cappadocia you will have chance to try and buy.