Hiking at Canyon Ihlara & Underground City Full Day

Göreme, Turkey

Experience hosted by Halil Erdin

  1. 8 hours
  2. Hosted in English and French

What you'll do

To complete your cultural visit of Cappadocia, a hiking tour of the Canyon of Ihlara & the Underground City is a necessity.
Our trip starts early in the morning (9 am) after breakfast at your accommodation where I will come to pick you up and drive us to Derinkuyu (42 km), where the famous Underground City awaits. We will visit the 8 available floors complete with stable, school, kitchen, bedrooms, dining room, church, etc. fit for a 4,000 person capacity!
To finish our excursion, we will not waste any time but continue on to Ihlara Canyon (43 km from Derinkuyu). We will enter from the southern side of Ihlara village to enter Cappadocia Canyon following the Melendiz River for 14 km. On our way, we will be sure to visit cave churches, cave houses, chapels, etc. and have a pleasant lunch at a local restaurant near the river. After lunch, we have 7 more km to finish our hike at Selime Cathedral.
It is regrettable that so many guests leave Cappadocia without seeing the Underground City and Ihlara Canyon, but this AirBNB program provides guests with the opportunity to see the most beautiful sites of the region in a manner especially prepared for them and guided by the same experienced hiking guide who lives in the heart of the region. Please note:
This is a one-day excursion.
Entrance fees belong to the guest:
Underground City ; 60 tl
Canyon lhlara 55 tl
To complete your cultural visit of Cappadocia, a hiking tour of the Canyon of Ihlara & the Underground City is a necessity.
Our trip starts early in the morning (9 am) after breakfast at your accommodation where I will come to pick you up and drive us to Derinkuyu (42 km), where the famous Underground City awaits. We will visit the 8 available floors complete with stable, school, kitchen, bedrooms, dining room, church, etc. fit for a 4,000…

What's included

  • Food
    Lunch at a restaurant along the river in the middle of the canyon
  • Transport
    minibus or car according to participating customer

Meet your host, Halil Erdin

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 11 Reviews
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I started working as a hiking guide in Cappadocia in 2010 (English and French). I have 9 years of experience in the field. I spent 5 successful years at a local travel agency, which attracts international customers to the area. After a successful service, I returned to my own company to give the best to my guests. I like my job, I like to give them maximum information about the region and have questions to answer.
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From £41/ person

£44 per person
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Where you'll be

-Deepest and most equipped underground city DERINKUYU.
Cappadocia's deepest underground city with 18 floors, but only 8 floors open to visit
-Cappadocia's most beautiful canyon IHLARA
14 kms of hiking along the Melendiz river in the canyon
-50 mins drive to Ihlara village and 50 mins comeback .

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 11 reviews.

Sergio
November 2021
Halil es un guía con bastante experiencia, buen planner y sabe mucho sobre la historia de estos lugares mágicos. Nosotros hicimos 2 hikes en Gömere National park and Ihlara Canyon. Realmente lo disfrute, fue un total de 17 millas por ambos y realizados en días diferentes. Una experiencia fascinante, recomendado
Carlos
November 2021
This was the first tour we took while in Cappadocia and it was totally worth it. Halil made the experience to feel really authentic and local. It was like having a friend showing us around. Communication was so easy and he gave us plenty of time at the places we visited. We loved the underground city (we recommend having a guide inside of the cave), we visited a Crater which it was a nice spot and finally the canyon tour is pretty good but the cherry on top is to have lunch over the river. We totally recommend this tour!
Hadley
October 2021
My sister and I had an amazing time with Halil and would definitely recommend him for hiking tours. He is extremely knowledgable about the area and a thoughtful host. He provided snacks, water, and friendly company.
Helen
September 2021
What a way to start our vacation in Cappadocia! This was far better an experience than you could show in photos or description! Halil went out of his way to make the day fun, unique and interesting by giving us information along the way as well as sharing personal stories. My husband and I loved the feeling of hanging out with a friend rather than following a schedule of other tour guides we've had. Highly recommend you book Halil. We enjoyed the experience and his company so much we're hoping to do another hike with him before we leave!
Conor
June 2021
Halil leads a wonderful hike through Ihlara valley. Very well-planned, with plenty of special sites, food, and thoughtful touches along the way. Plus Halil himself is great company — friendly, knowledgeable and down-to-earth. The underground city was also a great stop along the way. If you have a full day in Cappadocia, and enjoy hiking, this experience is a must do.
Erin
February 2021
The best guide in Cappadocia. Great value. There are no added tourists traps or shopping. This experience is about exploring nature and learning about the history of the region. This particular hike, through the Ilhara valley, made for my favorite day in Turkey. You hike alongside a river through a beautiful valley. We were one of only a few hikers there, which made for an intimate experience. Erdin was conscientious, and brought along water and snacks. We stopped at a cafe halfway through the hike, and I had one of my favorite meals of the trip there (also vegetarian!). I appreciated Erdin's company and story telling along the way. Highly recommend to all nature & hike lovers.

Choose from available dates

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  • Wed, 26 Jan
    09:00 - 17:00
    £44 per person
  • Sun, 30 Jan
    09:00 - 17:00
    £44 per person
  • Wed, 2 Feb
    09:00 - 17:00
    £44 per person
  • Sun, 6 Feb
    09:00 - 17:00
    £44 per person
  • Mon, 7 Feb
    09:00 - 17:00
    £41 per person
  • Wed, 9 Feb
    09:00 - 17:00
    £44 per person
  • Sun, 13 Feb
    09:00 - 17:00
    £44 per person
  • Mon, 14 Feb
    09:00 - 17:00
    £41 per person

Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 7 and up can attend, up to 7 guests in total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practise social distancing.
The activity level for this experience is moderate.
The skill level for this experience is intermediate.

What to bring

Hiking gear and shoes per season
backpack (20or30 lt)

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 24 hours before the start time for a full refund.