Cappadocia has unreal amazing landscape which makes Balloon flights one of worlds the top 3. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region. Flight include hotel transfers, tea coffee, snacks before the take off, insurance and commemorative flight certificate.
When: We have 2 flights around sunrise, first takes off before sunrise, second takes off 30 minutes after the first flight so just after the sunrise. The perfect time of the day to get some great snaps of the valleys and other balloons in the air. Sometimes, we might have to wait due weather conditions.
Season: Everyday, all year as weather permits
Tour time: 1 Hour on air, Total tour time: 2.5 to 3 hours
- Summer (April to October): 4:00 am to 5:00 am depending on your hotel location.
- Winter (November to March): 5:00 am to 6 am depending on hotel location.
How will you know your pick up time: We will give you an estimated pick up at time of booking. Our crew will email your final pick up time one day before the flight, between 17.00 to 19.00 pm.
PICK UP AND PRE FLIGHT
- You will be picked up from your cave hotel/hostel and take you our launch site in the early morning.
- While you have your open buffet breakfast which includes coffee/tea and snacks, we prepare the balloons on the ground. You will have an opportunity to watch and take photos. The preparations take just 15min.
Due to popularity with locals, as well as visitors we suggest booking in advance, especially if you want a particular flight date.
If the weather does not permit, the flight may be cancelled and we will refund your deposit payment. Our crew will also check if you are available the next day, if you are available and there is a space free, we will change your Booking to the following day. We suggest you book your flight for your first morning available so you have more chances to join.
We will pick you up from your hotel about 30 minutes to 1 hour before your flight depending on your hotel’s location and the drive to our office for check-in and breakfast snacks. You will receive an email or we will advise your hotel of the pick up time prior to the flight day.
We will email you or advise your hotel the pickup time for your balloon flight one day prior to your flight.
Balloon flight Pick up locations / towns:
Free pick up regions include: Goreme town, Cavusin village, Avanos town, Uchisar village, Urgup town, Nevsehir city, Mustafapasa village, Ortahisar village, Ayvali. Pick up regions not available: Other locations outside of the above mentioned suh as Kayseri city, Kayseri airport, Nevsehir airport. Pick up can be arranged from these locations with additional cost. You can book airport transfers online on our website saperately for additional costs.Day tour pick up locations / towns:
Free pick up regions include: Goreme town, Cavusin village, Avanos town, Uchisar village, Urgup town, Nevsehir city, Mustafapaşa. Pick up regions not available: (Kayseri city, Kayseri airport, Nevsehir airport, Mustafapasa village, Ortahisar village and Ayvali. Pick up can be arranged from these locations with additional cost. You can book airport transfers online on our website saperately with additional cost.
Standard flights can vary from 18 to 24 people capacity balloons and 10 to 16 for Deluxe flights. Passengers are seperated into different compartments within the balloon so everyone can enjoy the spectacular views from the side of the basket. Balloon volume, outside temperature, altitude above sea level, and other variables all factor in how many can fly each day.
From start to finish, your adventure will last about 3 hours. The inflation and preparation of the balloon normally takes about 30 minutes and is quite incredible to see. The flight itself normally takes around 1 hour for standard flights and 1.5 hour for deluxe flights. After the flight, the post-flight celebration takes about 30 minutes and travel back to your hotel will take roughly another 30 minutes. The balloons always carry sufficient fuel for more than 2 hours flight time plus a 30 minute reserve capacity.
We change our take-off site everyday according to wind speeds and direction so we can show you the most charming valleys and peaks of Cappadocia.
Balloons can travel anywhere between 4 and 20 km depending on the speed of the wind on your flight day.
Most balloonists enjoy low level flight over the Cappadocia region to witness the spectacular fairy chimneys and rock formations. The typical balloon flight can be anywhere from tree level to about 3,000 feet above the ground.
We have 2 flights around sunrise, first take off before sunrise, second take off 30 minutes after the first flight so just after the sunrise. The perfect time of day to get some great snaps of the valleys and other balloons in the air. Sometimes, we might have to wait due weather conditions.
The basket usually touches the ground or slides a few feet and stops. Our very experienced pilots can even land a balloon on the trailer it needs to be packed away on. In faster winds the basket may bounce or tip at an angle.
Our balloons will land in any large easy accessible area including large yards, parks, fields, school grounds or even alongside roads. No airport is required and the ground crew will meet your ballloon at the landing site.
The balloon is followed by a chase vehicle and the ground crew. They are in constant contact with the balloon pilot by radio and should be at the landing site at the same time as the balloon. Once the balloon is packed away, and we have enjoyed a champagne toast, one of the chase vehicles will take you back to your hotel. We have you back in time for any additional tours you may have booked for that day.
As it can get a little cold up in the balloon it is advised that you wear long trousers and tops with long sleeves or take a jacket with you. It is important you are comfortable as you will be standing in the balloon for at least an hour so suitable footwear is highly recommended. For passengers blessed with height, wearing a hat is useful because of the radiant heat from the balloon's burners.
Bring your camera, video cam or phone to capture the best views of the Cappadocian region. Our crew will be happy to take pictures of you in the balloon.
A balloon flies better in cooler weather since the hot air gets a better "lift." Balloonists usually fly just after dawn or before dusk, because there is less wind at these times.
No. If you are pregnant or think that you might be pregnant, you shouldn’t fly with balloons due to possible bumpy landings.
Children aged 0-5 are not allowed to fly. For maximum safety and enjoyment, our pilots will only fly with children who are old enough to understand a preflight briefing and tall enough to see over the side of the basket unaided by a parent or guardian (typically at least 6 years old). Parents/guardians should be mindful of flight times with small children as well, as many can get bored and restless standing in the balloon for an hour.
Balloons are registered like any other aircraft and are subject to regular air safety checks. The FAA will not allow a balloon to be certified as airworthy unless these inspections and checks are done by authorised maintenance personnel and certified. All pilots are licensed by the FAA and have to pass regular flight checks.