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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon: Best Experience Ever

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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon

Cappadocia hot air balloon there’s always the fear when you finally do something that you’ve been anticipating for so long that it won’t be worth it.

Maybe it will be a letdown. Maybe it was overhyped.

This wasn’t one of those times.

To be honest, this wasn’t always on my bucket list but it was number one on my friend’s list so I went along begrudgingly, complaining about the cost and the 5:00 a.m. wake-up time. For all of my hesitancy and complaining this would end up being one of the highlights of more than two years of travel.

We were up before sunrise to meet our transport at 5:30 a.m. Half awake and rubbing sleep out of our eyes we were taken to the offices of Rainbow Balloons to pay, be assigned a balloon and have a small breakfast. We were then back in the transport van and being driven to the launch site.

Upon arrival, we found the pilots and handlers already inflating the balloons in a scene of organized chaos. Huge flames shot into the colorful balloons, which were lying scattered and limp across the field, causing the balloons to slowly start to expand. As the balloons were near fully inflated the handlers assisted the guests into the baskets before releasing them to the sky.

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Our balloon initially had trouble getting properly inflated, despite the efforts of more than a half dozen crew members. We were still on the ground fearing we would miss the sunrise even as other balloons were being launched. The pilot and handlers quickly remedied the situation and got us up into the air.

I’m not exactly afraid of heights but I don’t love them either. As we ascended, quickly leaving the ground behind, I couldn’t resist looking over the edge and suffering a bit of vertigo. Before I had time to start freaking myself out the views quickly stole all of my attention. Cappadocia hot air balloon definitely wort it!

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

The pilot had us bobbing up and down through the valley, sometimes barely skimming over the treetops and sometimes soaring higher than the balloons nearest us. I managed to keep my nerves down for most of the ride but when the pilot would have the balloons “kiss” I was sure we were going to crash.

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

We spent the next hour hardly speaking, floating above some of the most amazing landscapes I have ever seen. As the sun rose and became brighter the views became even more outstanding.

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey

It wasn’t until the pilot had safely landed us that we could fully process all that we had just seen. I’ve since been to two other destinations that offer hot air ballooning (Bagan, Myanmar, and Luxor, Egypt) and both times decided against it. The bar has been set too high, this Cappadocia hot air balloon experience was too perfect.

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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon: Practical information

We went with Rainbow Balloons and I highly recommend them as they were completely professional and the experience was safe and hassle-free. The cost was 175 euros per person, which is comparable to the other companies. There is a discount if you pay cash rather than using a debit or credit card.

We stayed with Amor Cave House in Ürgüp. Ürgup is the town that neighbors Göreme which is where the balloons launch from. The hotel was nice and included a basic breakfast but what makes me recommend this hotel to everyone planning to visit Cappadocia is the staff. From the moment we arrived until our departure the staff went out of their way to make our stay the best possible. They are friendly, knowledgeable, and truly went above and beyond.

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Michael Crawford

Sunday 13th of March 2016

This was a great story Nathan! Definitely envy your lifestyle. Can't wait to keep reading more of your blogs!


Friday 18th of March 2016

Thanks, Michael! I hope all is well with you!

Curtiss at Blissy Life

Saturday 20th of February 2016

Wow! That whole experience looks stunning and exhilarating. Though making the balloons "kiss" looks pretty freaky.

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