Derinkuyu Underground City Tours

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Of the 100 underground cities in Cappadocia, Derinkuyu is the deepest at 280 ft (85m) below the surface.
 
The city has been open to the public since 1965 but only about half of it can be visited. There are around 600 doors down into the city, leading from the courtyards of the above-ground buildings. In the underground city you’ll find the various levels of stables, cellars, storage rooms, kitchens, wineries, churches and more. The upper floors can be reached by narrow, sloping passageways, while from the 3rd and 4th floor down there are staircases. The lowest floor houses a church.
 
It’s unlikely that these underground cities were meant for full-time residency, but more likely made to withstand attacks from marauding tribes over long periods of time. Derinkuyu had everything needed for day to day life including wells and around 15,000 ventilations shafts.
 
Derinkuyu is 24 miles (40 km) or about half an hour’s drive from Göreme, the main tourist town in Cappadocia.
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Address: Cappadocia, Turkey
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Hours: May–Oct: 8am - 6pm; Nov–Apr: 8:30am - 5:30pm
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Admission: €6.50
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Small Group: Cappadocia Green Full Day City Tour

Familiarize yourself with one of Turkey’s most stunning regions during this full-day tour of Cappadocia. Your informative local guide will meet you at your hotel and take you to Göreme, where you’ll be able to see the area’s famous fairy chimneys and cave houses. Continue on to the Derinkuyu Underground City, an entirely preserved underground hamlet that has churches, wineries, stables, and wine cellars. In the Ihlara Valley you’ll see rock carved churches and visit the village of Belisirma, where you’ll feast on a delicious lunch. In the afternoon you’ll stop at the Selime Monastery and Yaprakhisar Panorama before being returned to your hotel.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$74.80 USD
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Private Cappadocia Tour: Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley and Belisirma

Explore Cappadocia’s rock-carved architecture on a full-day, private tour that can be tailored to your group. Tour the Derinkuyu Underground City, see the Byzantine churches of the Ihlara Valley, and visit the Greek village of Belisirma, while learning about local history and culture along the way. This full-day tour includes entrance fees, lunch, and round-trip transport from Cappadocia hotels, and offers the personal experience of a private guide.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Small Group: Ihlara Valley and Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

Visit a sprawling underground city, historic cave churches, and a 13th-century monastery on a full-day, small-group tour to Derinkuyu Underground City and the Ihlara Valley. Spend the day exploring the landscape, architecture, and religious traditions that make up Cappadocia's UNESCO World Heritage Center, learning about local history along the way. This 8-hour tour includes pickup and drop-off at Cappadocia hotels, entrance fees, lunch, and transport in a Wi-Fi equipped van.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$66.17 USD
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Istanbul and Cappadocia Tour Package

Maximize your limited time in Turkey on a five-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul and Cappadocia. With domestic airfare, four nights of accommodation, and all ground transportation arranged, you’re free to forget the stress and focus your holiday. A private guide is with you every step of the way to ensure you have a personalized experience. Round out the adventure with a hot air balloon flight in Cappadocia.
  • Duration: 5 days
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Cappadocia Green Tour

See more of Cappadocia on a full-day tour that visits both historical and natural attractions. Check out the views from Göreme Panorama and Yaprakhisar Panorama, enter the subterranean chambers of Derinkuyu Underground City, and see ancient rock-cut churches at Selime Monastery. Also, take a leisurely 1-hour walk through the scenic Ihlara Valley, and check out Pigeon Valley. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Derinkuyu Underground City, Narli Gol Ihlara Canyon, Belisirma Village Selime Tour From Cappadocia

Cappadocia is full of isolated landmarks which blur the boundaries between the natural landscape and man-made architecture, but it can be difficult to find them all with just a map and a rental car. On this guided tour, visit the region’s highlights without running the risk of getting lost or missing out on the rich history of all these places. Visit Derinkuyu Underground City, Narli Gol crater lake and Seline monastery with your guide on hand to answer all your questions.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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South Cappadocia Green Tour with Trekking in Ihlara Valley

Ideal for travelers with limited time in Turkey, this comprehensive 8-hour tour showcases the best of south Cappadocia’s natural landscapes. Tick off highlights such as Derinkuyu Underground City and Pigeon Valley, and discover the culturally-rich villages of the Ihlara Valley. Spectacular views of Cappadocia’s lunar landscapes abound on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people to maintain an intimate atmosphere. Lunch and round-trip transport from your Goreme hotel are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Under Ground City Tour - Half Day

Discover the underworld of Cappadocia on this 4-hour tour of the city’s underground sites. After meeting your guide at your hotel you’ll travel by way of a luxury van to the historic Uchisar Castle, then explore Cappadocia's underworld. See Kaymakli Underground City, which has a network of dozens of tunnels that locals still use to reach underground storage rooms. You’ll learn about the important role these underworlds have played in local history from a friendly, informative guide. Your guide will return you to your hotel at the end of the tour. 
  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
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Ihlara Valley Tour from Cappadocia: Derinkuyu Underground City, Selime Monastery and Yaprakhisar

Explore the magnificent landscape and cultural centers of the Ihlara Valley on this full-day tour in south Cappadocia. Enjoy your journey by air-conditioned coach as you travel through Cappadocia’s compelling ancient landscape with an expert guide. Discover the subterranean world of Derinkuyu Underground City and explore the sacred caverns at Selime Monastery. See if you recognize any scenes from Star Wars in Yaprakhisar and learn about how the Turkish people have lived in unison with the local landscape for thousands of years. 
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Discover Cappadocia Full Day Tour

This small-group tour of Cappadocia offers an introduction for first-time visitors. You’ll travel to famous sites like the Derinkuyu Underground City and Ihlara Valley. Take a guided walking tour of the Melendiz River to Belisirma, and see the largest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia. Lunch and hotel transport by minibus round out the full-day itinerary.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Private Tour: Hidden Cappadocia with Lunch

Get an overview of Cappadocia’s hidden gems and highlights on this private full-day tour. With your own art historian guide, see the fairy chimneys nicknamed the ‘Three Beauties of Ürgüp,’ the contorted rocks of the Devrent Valley, and old Çavuşin village, home to the cavernous St. John the Baptist Church. Climb Uçhisar Castle for panoramic views and descend into Derinkuyu, Cappadocia’s oldest underground city. Lunch, private transport, and Cappadocia hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Via Salt Lake Tour To Cappadocia From Istanbul

Your private guide and vehicle will be waiting for you for an early morning transfer to the airport. Following the flight to Ankara city, you will travel to Cappadocia region by car; passing by the infinite whiteness of the Salt Lake.
  • Duration: 2 days
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$480.00 USD
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  • Duration: 2 days
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Cappadocia Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

Göreme Panorama, Underground City, Ihlara Valley Hiking (one hour), lunch, Yaprakhisar Panorama, Selime Monastery, Pigeon Valley, Onxy and Stone Demonstration.
  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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  • Duration: 7 to 8 hours
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