I highly recommend flying with Turkiye Balloons for a hot air ballooning experience of a lifetime while you are in Cappadocia. This is a company formed by a group of skilled, professional balloon pilots who absolutely make your safety their first and number 1 priority, followed by incredible first-class service and a breath-taking flight.
I was in Cappadocia for 5 days during winter, with plans to go on a hot air balloon from the start of my stay. I came to book the flight with Turkiye Balloons through the hotel I stayed at, and I was really glad I did as this is a company that genuinely cares for their customers’ safety before anything else. For 3 days while I was in Cappadocia, the Turkiye Balloon company chose not to fly due to unsuitable/unsafe weather conditions, even though on one of those days, I saw from my hotel’s rooftop that OTHER balloon companies were actually taking the risk to bring customers up in bad weather with poor visibility. I really appreciated the fact that Turkiye Balloons chose to prioritise safety over profit by choosing not to take customers at all for those 3 days of poor weather. This should always be the most important consideration!
Finally on my last day in Cappadocia, the weather was brilliant and deemed suitable to fly, and I had the chance to engage in a truly memorable experience with Turkiye Balloons. It starts by being picked up at your hotel and taken to their lovely property to start the early morning for a buffet breakfast spread, and then from there driven out to the take-off field that is further away from other balloons (which is safer and the way it should be)
The pilots are seasoned and professional: instead of simply flying very high above the fairy chimneys, Turkiye Balloon pilots start off by skilfully dipping in and out of the valleys so that you can get up close to the landscape below, then gently ascend above the rolling hills to capture amazing moments of the sunrise peeking out from behind the rocks. It ends with soaring high up to capture the full panoramic experience all around, before the final descent. We flew on a snow-capped day to breath-taking sights of wintery whiteness all around. Mind you, it is freezing and numbingly cold to take a balloon flight in winter, but the view and experience is totally worth it!! And the Turkiye Balloon crew are extremely helpful and attentive to everyone.
After an hour-long flight and immediately upon landing, champagne (or bubbly juice) is offered all around to commemorate a safe landing, plus you receive a beautifully-designed certificate from Turkiye Balloons as a souvenir of this unforgettable experience. I can’t rave enough about just how fantastic this company and the experience is – truly extraordinary from start to finish!
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