|Guided in:||English & Spanish|
|Meeting Point:||Hotel Lobby|
|Starting Time:||05:30 (approx.)|
Get ready to take flight in one of the most famous and well-known attractions in Cappadocia – an opportunity to view its breathtakingly stunning landscapes from a special vantage point . The tour begins very early in the morning, before day-break, and thus we recommend that you arrive in Cappadocia the night before, to be ready for your adventure.
After an amazing flight and a champagne celebration, there will still be plenty of time for you to explore the region with one of the many day tours available.
All balloon tours are subject to weather conditions and generally not available between December and March (of the following year).
If you are in Cappadocia, always book your balloon adventure first thing in the morning. This is for precaution, just in case the weather does not permit take-off that day and you can reschedule for the next day. (Note: Generally, Cappadocia has around 300 days a year suitable for take-off).
There are multiple companies to choose from, however, we only suggest highly experienced and qualified companies which offer the best standards and value; including pre and post flight transfers and snacks. All our companies are fully compliant with Turkish Civil Aviation rules and regulations - so you know you are in safe hands throughout your adventure.
General Information about Standard Balloon Tours (slight variations between companies may occur)
The Standard tour is the best option for those on a budget using 16-20 person capacity balloons. The duration of this tour is approx. 1 hour. All passengers are insured.
Pre-dawn pick-up (from your HOTEL/or HOSTEL) in our minibus to take you directly to the launch site.
Free tea/coffee and snacks are provided while we prepare the balloons for launch.
(Enjoy watching the balloons fill with air, readying for take-off).
At sunrise we will begin to take-off and head up to around 1000 feet to enjoy the early morning view over Cappadocia.
We will then drop to around 500 feet and float through the valleys enjoying the fairy chimneys and the magical landscape. There is plenty of time to take memorable photographs and soak in the beautiful scenery.
We will celebrate with a glass of champagne upon landing.
All passengers will receive a commemorative flight certificate.
You will then be transferred back to your HOTEL/or HOSTEL by our minibus.
Your entire balloon adventure lasts about 3 hours.
General Information about Deluxe Balloon Tours (may have minor differences between the companies)
This deluxe tour uses smaller baskets designed for between 12-16 people which allows greater comfort and better viewing and photographic options. All passengers are insured.
Why do we fly in the morning?
Weather and wind conditions are more stable during the morning, therefore guaranteeing a more pleasant and safe flight.
What to wear?
Please wear comfortable clothing. As we ascend the air will become colder, so we recommend you bring a light jacket or coat during the cooler months. We also recommend you wear flat shoes and pants or jeans.
What about my camera?
Your camera will be perfectly safe, however we recommend you bring a soft case that you can use for the landing.
Can we bring children?
Children must be over 6 years to travel with us.
I get motion sickness will this be a problem?
The balloon rides are very smooth, and due to the absence of turbulence motion sickness is not an issue.
I am pregnant is this a problem?
We advise pregnant women not to travel in case of a rough landing. Our insurance will not cover this type of medical situation.
Where Will We Land ?
Good question! The simple answer is that nobody knows exactly where! The pilot will have done flight planning before the launch to ensure that the forecast wind direction does not take the balloon towards an unsuitable area. He will use the different air currents at different altitudes to steer the balloon toward a good landing place. The pilot also closely follow agreements with local landowners. This means that the balloon will not fly too close to livestock or land with areas planted with valuable crops.
What if I'm Afraid of Heights ?
Flying in a high sided balloon basket is not like standing in a roof or a high ladder. You don't get that vertigo feeling. It is more like the ground is unfolding beneath you and because you are moving with the wind, there is no wind blowing. The basket does not rock or sway so you can't possibly fall out.
I Sometimes Get Airsick in Airplanes. Is a Balloon the Same ?
No, it is not. The turbulence which usually causes motion sickness is completely absent in a balloon ride. The flight of a balloon is almost too smooth to describe.