visit the Selime Church, Ihlara Valley with a private guide
The green valley of the dam lake Mamasin and the Melendiz stream ends up at the village of Selime where one finds oneself faced with the church which bears the name of the village and which looks like an apartment house. This church and the fairy chimneys, as they are called scattered all around bewilder us and take us to an entirely different world. The Selime Church is a three-aisled basilica. It has an apse covered with a semi-spherical dome and two lateral apses.
The naves are separated from each other by two columns and a pillar. On the northern wall is a chapel with a trough vault. In the barrel- vaulted lateral naves the black and orange frescoes date from the Byzantine times illustrate scenes from the life of Jesus Christ. The tomb of Selime to which the village owes its name is here. The Ihlara Valley is on the left of the road of 36 km coming from Selime and passing through Yaprakhisar amongst other villages.
This place formerly called 'peristrema' cut in hard rock reaching some 80-90 m of height.
Pick up from hotel at 09:30 AM. The tour begins with a visit to Pigeon Valley which is large panorama valley continuing to Uchisar. Still pigeons live in the hole of cave. And then visit the Underground City of Derinkuyu, the largest and the deepest Underground City in
Cappadocia. We go down untill 8 levels. Then to the Ihlara Valley which is the largest, deepest and the longest canyon in Cappadocia. The valley is like a paradise with its beautiful nature and rocks. Some animals like sheep to belong to local people can be observed. We hike about 3km beside the river in Ihlara Valley. After hiking Lunch in Belisirma. And continue to Selime for taking pictures by the pinnacles where some of the filming of "Star wars" was located. Then drive back to hotel.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Any Hotel or Kayseri and Nevsehir Aiport in Cappadocia.(But I have to add airport transfer to my tour rate)
End location: Any Hotel or Kayseri and Nevsehir Aiport in Cappadocia.(But I have to add airport transfer to my tour rate)
Duration: 8 hours 30 min.
Especially winter time, if there is more snow, difficult to go to Ihlara Valley and to do walking.
I will use small vehicle. I can arrage this tour less than or more than 4 people doesn't matter, you can contact with me.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
100 Turkish Lira - 35 TL Derinkuyu Underground City Entrance Fee
30 TL Ihlara Valley Entrance Fee
35 TL Lunch in the valley
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Excellent day out! Ihlara Valley absolutely made our entire trip to Turkey worthwhile!! We would not hesitate to recommend Hasan (& driver) for this fabulous tour 10/10!!!