Begin this trip with a visit to the famous Derinkuyu underground city - the largest excavated underground city in Turkey, and the deepest one in Cappadocia. It is an eight-level underground city consists of places to shelter and meet the needs of a large community.
After Derinkuyu, we will explore Ihlara valley. The Valley starts from Selime village and ends in Ihlara village. The narrow base of the valley is lined with vineyards and gardens. There are tuff cones and fairy chimneys in Selime and Yedilhisar villages which are the beginning of the Valley. Its thickness is usually 100 m fairy chimneys and tuff cones are thin as they go north and northwest. It goes down to 5 meters near Kızılkaya village. These fairy chimneys are believed to occur at the same time as Ürgüp fairy chimneys.
Indescribable gorgeousness, pure nature and historical significance of the canyon make it one of the most popular destinations for trekking in Cappadocia. This tour includes 4 km hiking through the Ihlara Valley along the Melendiz river. Walk through the vineyards and pistachio trees, enjoy relaxing sounds of flowing water and all the way observe the rich fauna of an area. After hiking be ready for a delicious lunch at a restaurant over Melendiz river. Enjoy traditional Turkish foods cooked by the locals.
Next place to visit is Selime Monastery, amazing huge fairy chimney. It is the biggest religious building in Cappadocia dating back to the 13th century. Selime monastery is a must-see place while you are in Cappadocia because of its size and interesting structure. Inside the monastery there is a cathedral-size church with amazing paintings, also living quarters, a large kitchen, numerous storages, a stable, a missionary school, etc. Selime monastery could accommodate about 5000 people at the same time.
You will then pass through Pigeon Valley where you will see amazing examples of pale pink and cream rock formations, dotted with caves and the pigeon houses that give the valley its name.
End your day with a stop at Goreme (Esentepe) - from here you can admire the whole valley surrounding Goreme. Esentepe provides one of the most beautiful panoramic views of Cappadocia and of Göreme Valley in particular.
Finish your South Cappadocia tour with a drop-off at your hotel.