The tour starts at 9.30 from our office after a cup of morning coffee or tea and finishes at about 4.30 pm in summer and 3.30 pm in winter. We pick you up from your hotel in Göreme at 9.15 - 9.20 or 9:00 from Ürgüp or Uçhisar.
The first stop is below Uçhisar castle, where you have a nice view of the castle and the fantastic cone-shaped rock formations surrounding it. The magnificent landscape of Cappadocia has been formed from solidified lava streams, ash and tuff stone from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. The landscape you can see now is the result of thousands of years of continual erosion, which has shaped the tuff deposits into the strangest pyramids and cones.
The next stop is at Kaymaklı underground city, which is one of the largest underground settlements in the region. It is accepted as the widest underground city of Cappadocia, among the explored ones. The houses in the village are built around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The tunnels are still used today as storage spaces, stables and cellars. The underground city of Kaymaklı differs from Derinkuyu in terms of its structure and layout. The tunnels are lower, narrower, and more steeply inclined. Of the four floors open to tourists, each space is organized around ventilation shafts. The big number of storage rooms in such a small area supports the idea that a lot of people resided here. Archeologists think that this could have been for up to 3500 people.
After that the tour takes you for a walk in Soğanli valley, where there are many different churches with reasonably well preserved frescoes dating from the 10th to the 13th centuries. You can also buy the most famous local souvenir, the Soğanli doll here. At the end of the valley you have lunch in a local restaurant.
Next you drive through Şahin Efendi, where you can observe typical local peasants doing their daily chores, dressed in traditional national costumes. You can also see the huge storage caves in the surrounding hills where fruit and vegetables are stored.