Rise and shine! We have a big day ahead of us jam packed with the very best of cultural and natural assets that Cappadocai has to offer! Imagine if you will, the lives of early Christians intent on maintaining and growing their faith and religion, building their churches in caves and escaping Roman persecution by building complete cities underground! Its all here.
After breakfast at your hotel we will drive to either Kaymaklı or Derinkuyu underground cities that lie in the southern part of the Cappadocian region. All of the Cappadocian region was subjet to frequent raids by many and varied conquering tribes and nations throughtout the ages and for the most part it was the Christians who were subject to persecution so they went underground because the terrain was so easy to tunnel through. Here they built complete cities that sheltered the people and their animals for centuries. Derinkuyu is the largest of these cities with at 8 floors and at a depth of 85metres.
Following the underground ciites we drive approximately 45 minutes to arrive in Ihlara Valley, the largest, deepest and longest canyon in Cappadocia. Its beauty is breathtaking and you will be amazed as we hike approximately 4 km along the river into the valley, visit several cave churches and arrive in Belisirma for a well earned lunch on a floating terrace on the Melendiz River.
After lunch we make our way at Yaprakhisar where you will see many connical formations that are commonly known as the fairy chimneys. The other rock formations may remind you of the “Sand People” from “StarWars” movie in 1977.
With that fabulous memory behind us we get back into the bus and head on to Yaprakhisar to the biggest cathedral of Cappadocia at Selime. Selime Cathedral or monastery, which is carved 8 floor in to the volcanic rock is the largest complex of its kind that you can see in Cappadocia.
As the day comes to a close we will visit Pigeon Valley where you will gain a birds eye view of these 3-4 floor pigeon houses and importantly why they are so prolific and the value and purpose they have served the inhabitants of Cappadocia to this very day. 17:30 Return to your hotel End of our service