If you searched ‘Cappadocia’ or ‘Kapadokia’ on Google Images, I could guarantee you that you would see at least a result of few images of hot air balloon over this lunar, moon-like landscape. Not kidding here, you would be surprised with how astonishing the image results would be.
This is something you cannot miss when you’re in Cappadocia, Turkey. I think this is going to be one of my favorite posts about Turkey.
Through my personal experience flying with Cappadocia Voyager Balloons, Cappadocia is indeed one of the best places in the world to try hot air ballooning. Hot air balloon flights are popular in great measure in Cappadocia — hundreds balloons go up each day, even in the winter, so people from all over the world can see the stellar landscape from above.
Now, I so reserve the bragging rights to say “been there, done that in Cappadocia!” when anyone asks me if I’ve done hot ballooning. I even got a certificate to prove it. You’ll get it after you land when you’re done with your flight.
I once helped out a friend to set up a hot air balloon flight back in the summer of 2014 before I left my startup. It was an epic experience for me, but flying over the Goreme Mountains was even more EPIC!
If you ever plan on getting into a hot air balloon someday, here’s a suggestion for you: do it in Cappadocia, Turkey.
On the night before the flight, I COULDN’T GET A WINK! I barely slept because I was too excited for this.
They picked me up at my hotel at the ripe hour of 4:00AM. It was so dark that it felt like it was still at night.
Upon my arrival, they were setting up and inflating the hot air balloon. The inflation took around 20-30 minutes. The sun was only beginning to rise. I could see the fine sunrise line in the sky.
I was in a group of 15 (I think) and we were instructed to get in the basket. I was absorbing the beautiful sight I had while I was hopping into the basket. It looked like something on the moon or Mars.
My jaws were dropped open the whole time. It was so beautiful even when it wasn’t bright. Everything looked dim and grey, but the rock formations with mushroom-like caps all over the land made it so beautiful. The rock formations they have are known as the fairy chimneys. Cool, huh?
I didn’t even realize that we had lifted off the ground, which shows how smooth the take-off was.
Up, up and away into the air!
At this point, the sun was illuminating the landscape, turning the gray fairy chimneys bright yellow, orange and especially gold.
I was so exhilarated with everything in my view. I almost forgot to take photos, but I wouldn’t forget you, my wonderful fans!
To see the lunatic landscape of Cappadocia from above is nothing short of spectacular. Soaring through the colored valleys, over the tip tops of the fairy chimneys, seeing the pigeon houses and caves with Goreme mountains in the distance, and watching balloons bob up and down in the sky. Nothing can beat this.
Gliding through the air was like nothing I’ve ever experienced. I couldn’t explain how stunning the view was for me. It would be the perfect photo op for anyone!
But I’ll let the rest of the pictures do the talking.
The landing was ever so smooth too! The pilot actually landed so softly and perfectly in the back of the truck. Incredible!
When I got out of the basket, I was handed some champagne for their traditional toast (this is a tradition dating back to the very first manned hot air balloon flight in France in 1783). Then I was presented with a Flight of Ascension certificate by our pilot that proves that I completed hot air ballooning in Cappadocia!
I was transferred back to my hotel afterwards. Nice!
Before I finish up, there are few reasons why I chose to fly with Cappadocia Voyager Balloons:
- They have the most reviews on TripAdvisor, and we all know how important it is to know other’s personal experiences, opinions and reviews. It helps us decide which company would be best for you. I personally love them.
- Not only that, they have certificates of excellence from TripAdvisor for three years in row plus they are recommended by the Lonely Planet. Who wouldn’t trust these sources?
- They have full passenger insurance policy.
- Safety is their number one priority. They choose the take-off site for the day’s flight according to the direction and the strength of the wind. Their company policy is solely based on your safety and providing the best flight possible.
Flying over Cappadocia, Turkey blew my mind in the best way possible. It was one of the highlights of my trip to Turkey, and I recommend it to anyone planning to come here.
Cappadocia Voyager Balloon
- Address: Muze Yolu Caddesi, No:36/1, 50180 Goreme, Turkey
- Standard Flight: 160 Euros per person
- Comfort Flight: 180 Euro per person
- Deluxe Flight: 250 Euro per person
- Exclusive Flight: contact for quote
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://voyagerballoons.com/
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