The Green Tour- Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Selime Monastery, and Ihlara Valley, Cappadocia, Turkey

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Cappadocia is a vast region at Central Anatolia, it is filled with many historical sites and breathtaking landscapes. For travellers, particularly for those on a solo trip, the best way to see beautiful scene far beyond Göreme is to join one of the color-coded tours.
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These are easily arranged even in advance, with your hostels or hotels. Often, accommodation owners or staff upon booking confirmation will send you an email about the many to-do trips and activities in Cappadocia. Take this information, research what you wanted to do against the time you are going to spend in the region, you may also do a quick Google search to see if the prices stated are fair.

I booked all my tours in Cappadocia with the hotel where I stayed, and I find the rate and the overall experience exceptionally good.
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Do allocate a full day on your itinerary and booked the Green Tour, the best day trip that will not only take you furthest away from Göreme, but will offer you more insight and information about the region. The tour often starts at around 9 in the morning and gets back at around 6 in the evening. with Hotel pick-up and drop-off at Göreme, together with a free lunch at riverside, free entrance to all the sights and an English Speaking Guide.
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The first stop of the tour is the Göreme Panorama Viewpoint, for another magnificent Cappadocia landscape.
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Perhaps the next stop is one that many reasons why people shy away from joining tours as it goes to the usual factory, on this case an Onyx jewelry factory. Just go with the flow and see the demonstration provided on how the rocks turn into jewelry, and window shop for a while, then afterwards cross the road and made your way to the Pigeon Valley (Güvercinlik Vadisi).
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Pigeon Valley, earned its name from the many pigeons living in the area since ancient times and the presence of their homes, dovecotes carved into a soft volcanic rock formation. The area is well decorated and the most prominent is the Evil Eye Tree.
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The evil eye is made of handmade glass of teardrop shape in blue and white color combination. It is one of the most popular souvenir items in Turkey and believe to work as amulet (nazar), warding of evil and bad spirits.
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Many people go for the Green Tour due to one reason alone, to visit an underground city, for this tour, it was the ancient multi-level underground city of Derinkuyu, the third stop of the day tour.
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There are a total of 36 underground city in Capaddocia and Derinkuyu is identified as the deepest. It is interesting to know the story behind these caves created on 8th, 7th centuries BCE, on how the underground caves are able to accommodate large number of families, and how every corner, walls and levels were used for specific purpose- school, chapels, wine and oil presses, stables, and storage rooms.
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If you are a fan of Star Wars, then the fourth stop will be your favorite. Claimed to be the inspiration behind some of the film locations, the Selime Monastery is the largest religious structure in Cappadocia.
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To see the ancient, well-preserved monastery, from the parking lot, a steep climb is required. But once you made it on top, going inside the rock-cut construction of chimney, stables and churches is an astonishing to experience.
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Like the Underground city, the monastery built during the BCE period, and it is amazing to see them all intact until today.
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The last stop of the tour puts the “green” on the Green Tour, Ihlara Valley.

A lush, green, river canyon and the deepest in the region. It is a verdant oasis in the middle of endless volcanic rock formation and a favorite retreat place of Byzantine Monks, hence the presence of ancient churches carved inside the valley, with paintings dating back to 10th century BCE.
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Strolling at Ihlara Valley by the riverside is the perfect end to the tour.
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