If you stay more than one night in Cappadocia, you can think you have seen enough. Don’t let your brain fool you! Because there are unexplored corners of the region. How about one more day-tour?
You could easily spend the whole day losing track of time at Esentepe with a spectacular view over Goreme Valley and Goreme Village. Next phase takes you to another city, not a regular one, the one beneath the ground. Think over before taking step into the past, especially, if you are affected with claustrophobia. Rest of the day is spent at one of the most charming strolls in the world. Ihlara Valley, which was a favourite retreat of Byzantine monks, who cut churches into cliffs. This outlandish man-made cave dwellings once used as churches and homes for monks cry out for exploration. All you need to do is to undertake this exiciting venture along with Melendiz River in the valley and just TOUCH THE EARTH.
If you want to make the most of your time in Cappadocia and see everything above and below, then Ihlara Tour is just the right trip for you.
Once picked up from your hotel the first stop is Esentepe, the most amazing panoramic view of Goreme Valley, followed by a visit to Derinkuyu Underground City. It is one of the prominent undeground cities in Cappadocia. The deepest one reaching the depth of about 85 meters. This multi-level underground city makes you confused as you make all the way to the down floors. The ventilation shafts, once provided inhabitants with the fresh air will come to your help when you reach the bottom. Look up the ventilation shaft to figure out and see how far down you are.
Underground is fantastic we know, but you have to leave for another Cappadocian gem. Graced with more than one hundred churches, as one of the first areas settled by early Christians, Ihlara Valley, was home to those Christian believers. It is 14 km long and made of the same volcanic rock spreading throughout the region. Rest of the day, you will enjoy walking through trees and visiting churches from the earliest period, and sound of flowing water of Melendiz River will relieve the tiredness of the day.
Before tour finishes and drive back to hotel, there is one more must-see place to be checked on your itinerary. Selime Monastery will dazzle you with its size and interesting structure. This monastery used to acommodate nearly 5000 people at the same time. This ecclesiastical building will be one of the first memories to come flooding back when you remember Turkey.