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Derinkuyu Underground City Tours

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Derinkuyu Underground City
The most thoroughly excavated of Cappadocia’s many underground cities, Derinkuyu spans an impressive eight floors, reaching depths of over 280 feet (85 meters). The subterranean labyrinth of cave rooms and tunnels is fed by a remarkable ventilation system and provides fascinating insight into Cappadocia’s troglodyte history.

The Basics
A guided walking tour of Derinkuyu takes visitors underground to explore the excavated ruins, including the remains of stables, cellars, storage rooms, kitchens, wineries, and wells. The upper floors are reached by narrow, sloping passageways, while staircases lead down to the third and fourth floors, and the lowest floor houses a church. In addition to peeking into the gigantic ventilation shafts, visitors can see the defense systems and learn how food, wine, and even livestock were stored. 

Derinkuyu is a popular inclusion on day tours of Cappadocia, often combined with a hike through the nearby Ihlara Valley or a stop in Pigeon Valley to admire the region’s famous fairy chimneys. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an admission charge for Derinkuyu, and visiting with a guide is recommended, as very little information is provided on-site. 
  • Plan at least an hour to visit Derinkuyu.
  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes to explore the underground city.
  • The narrow tunnels and small underground chambers can make navigating Derinkuyu tricky for those who suffer from claustrophobia. 
  • Due to the stairs, low passageways, and uneven terrain, Derinkuyu is not wheelchair-accessible. Some areas may be difficult to access for tall or large people or those with mobility issues. 

How to Get There
Derinkuyu is located about 24 miles (40 kilometers) south of Göreme in south Cappadocia. It’s about a 40-minute drive from Göreme, and regular buses that run from nearby Nevşehir also take around 40 minutes.

When to Get There
Derinkuyu is open all year round, although opening times vary throughout the year. It can get extremely busy during peak season, when the quietest times to visit are early morning and late afternoon just before closing. 

Cappadocia’s Underground Cities
It’s estimated that there are more than 40 underground cities dotted around the Cappadocia region, which vary in size from small ‘villages’ to vast ‘cities’ like Derinkuyu, which could hold up to 20,000 people. Many underground dwellings date back to Hittite times, but the most elaborate were constructed or enlarged during the Byzantine era and used as hideouts by the early Christian communities during the Arab–Byzantine Wars. 
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Cappadocia Underground City and Ihlara Valley Tour

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Cappadocia Green Tour

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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. 
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Cappadocia Green Tour Including Ihlara Valley & Derinkuyu Underground City

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Cappadocia Red Tour & Green Tour - Combined Deal Package

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Derinkuyu Underground City, Narli Gol Ihlara Canyon, Belisirma Village Selime Tour From Cappadocia

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Southern Cappadocia Tour Including Ihlara Valley & Derinkuyu Underground City

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Private Cappadocia Tour: Derinkuyu Underground City, Ihlara Valley and Belisirma

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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.
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Small Group: Ihlara Valley and Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

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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.
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Green Tour : Derinkuyu Underground City Ihlara Valley Selime Monastery Belisirma

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On your Cappadocia Green (South) Tour, you will explore the Derinkuyu underground city, the deepest one in Cappadocia and allows you to admire the beauty of the less often visited places in Cappadocia like the beautiful Ihlara valley and the Selime Monastery, the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia with a cathedral sized church.
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Cappadocia Green Tour (Ihlara Valley and Underground City)

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Cappadocia Green Tour (Ihlara Valley and Underground City)

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First of all, you will be picked up by our tour guide from your hotel. The first place that you will is Goreme Panaroma, the most magnificient landscape around Goreme. Derinkuyu Underground City, has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses. Ihlara Valley, which is a long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following severeal eruptions of Mount Erciyes. Belisirma, experience the wonderful different types of Turkish foods. Yaprakhisar, panaroma point for another view of the great Monastery. Selime Monastery, the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia with a cathedral sized church. Pigeon Valley, thousands of pigeon houses carved into the rock. The conical formations are the result of volcanic eruptions that took place million years ago. In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. NOTE ***: Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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Cappadocia Green Tour (Ihlara Valley and Underground City)

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Cappadocia Green Tour (Ihlara Valley and Underground City)

First, you will be picked up by our tour guide from your hotel. The first place that you will is Goreme Panaroma, the most magnificient landscape around Goreme. Derinkuyu Underground City, has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses. Ihlara Valley, which is a long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following severeal eruptions of Mount Erciyes. Belisirma, experience the wonderful different types of Turkish foods. Yaprakhisar, panaroma point for another view of the great Monastery. Selime Monastery, the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia with a cathedral sized church. Pigeon Valley, thousands of pigeon houses carved into the rock. The conical formations are the result of volcanic eruptions that took place million years ago. In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. NOTE ***: Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Cappadocia Green Tour (Ihlara Valley and Underground City)

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Cappadocia Green Tour (Ihlara Valley and Underground City)

First of all, you will be picked up by our tour guide from your hotel. The first place that you will is Goreme Panaroma, the most magnificient landscape around Goreme. Derinkuyu Underground City, has all the usual amenities found in other underground complexes across Cappadocia, such as wine and oil presses. Ihlara Valley, which is a long gorge cut into volcanic rock in the southern part of Cappadocia, following severeal eruptions of Mount Erciyes. Belisirma, experience the wonderful different types of Turkish foods. Yaprakhisar, panaroma point for another view of the great Monastery. Selime Monastery, the biggest rock-cut monastery of Cappadocia with a cathedral sized church. Pigeon Valley, thousands of pigeon houses carved into the rock. The conical formations are the result of volcanic eruptions that took place million years ago. In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel. NOTE ***: Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Underground City and Ihlara Valley Group Tour With Lunch

Underground City and Ihlara Valley Group Tour With Lunch

Experience the wonders of Cappadocia's Underground City and Ihlara Valley with a guided tour. See Derinkuyu Underground City and take a hike to the fascinating Ihlara Valley. Your tour will start with breathtaking panoramic views over Goreme. Listen to information about the history, the formation of Cappadocia while looking at the fairy chimneys. Following the information, you will have free time for photographs.
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Underground Cities of Cappadocia Walking Tour

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Planning a trip to Turkey? Looking for Off-the-Beaten-Path Tour in Cappadocia? Which are the top sightseeing places in Cappadocia? The Underground Cities in Cappadocia were excavated as early as Hittite times and expanded over the centuries. Which are the Cappadocia’s best Underground Cities? Derinkuyu and Kaymakli are the most representative. The region offers a chance to discover the Anatolian-Turkish heritage. Get stunned with one of the most interesting historical deepest sites on Earth. Get ready to experience Turkey from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal the secrets and interesting facts about Cappadocia’s Underground Cities and it’s history.
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Discover Cappadocia Full Day Tour

Discover Cappadocia Full Day Tour

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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.
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  • 8 hours
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