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Deluxe Balloon Flight

Created with Sketch. Cappadocia, TURKEY
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Duration

90 Minutes

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

12 people

Languages

English, Turkish

Overview

What a fabulously exciting start to your day! You will be picked up from your hotel about an hour before sunrise to begin your Hot Air Balloon experience and take you to the welcoming breakfast area for a light buffet breakfast.

While you enjoy your breakfast, the pilots will check the weather conditions and decide on the best launch site for their preferred flight path.  You will be taken to the launch site where there will be a full safety briefing and you will witness the inflation of the balloon.

The crew will help you to climb into the basket and when everyone is happy and comfortable, the moment of your dreams of is here! An amazing panoramic view will unfold below you as you soar peacefully above the tranquil valleys of Cappadocia with its vineyards, and fabulous natural rock formations. Your balloon will reach a maximum of 300 meters (1000 feet) during the 90-minute flight.

As the dawn sky slowly fills with balloons, all at varying heights and with different colors, it is the true Cappadocia experience, a magnificent sight to see and be part of. Hot air balloons go with the wind direction and you will float wherever the wind takes you… but wherever it takes you in Cappadocia, the view will be amazing, the unique landscape with its fairy chimneys will open up beneath you and enchant you.

Your Pilot will take you to the most interesting points that he can reach, going as close as possible to give you the very best experience. Upon landing, there will be a Champagne Toast, in keeping with ballooning tradition that goes back to the first flight in 1783!

You will be presented with your commemorative Flight Certificate just before you transfer back to your hotel with your heart full of wonderful memories.

We aim to return you to your hotel at around 9.00am allowing you plenty of time to join a full day activity if you wish.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amazing sunrise over the valleys of Cappadocia
  • Admire Cappadocia's magical fairy chimneys from above
  • Experience magnificent views from a hot-air balloon

Included/Excluded

  • Full insurance
  • Hotel transfers
  • Light breakfast
  • Champagne toasting after landing
  • Flight certificate
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Know Before You Go

  • Children under the age of 6 years are not permitted on hot air balloon flights.
  • Children cost is the same cost of adult cost.
  • Pregnant women can not participate on a hot air balloon flights.
  • An upgrade to smaller basket available subject to availability.

Booking Conditions

  • Please check availibility of activity for your date(s) before you complete the booking.
  • 30% deposit is required at the time of booking. The balance is required in cash on the same day of the activity.
  • If you wish to pay the balance by card / bank transfer, there will be an extra 10 € per person charge.
  • Balance payment accepted in EUR, TRY or USD. Payment will be charged at the current exchange rate on the day of payment.
  • If hot air balloon flights are canceled due to bad weather, you will be given a full refund or you can choose to reschedule your flight to the next day (Subject to availability).

Tour Length

90 minutes

Tour Type

Hot Air Balloon Flight

Languages

English
Turkish

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Cappadocia, TURKEY

FAQs

When does balloon flights operate?
Hot air balloon flights scheduled each morning during sunrise all year round.
Who decides cancellation of the balloon flights?
Balloon flights are depending on weather conditions. Turkish Civil Aviation Authority has a Representation Office in Cappadocia that gives approval of balloon flights if the weather conditions are within limits. This applies to all hot air balloon companies in Cappadocia.
What happens if my balloon flight is cancelled due to bad weather?
If there is a cancellation made by the Turkish Civil Aviation Authority (due to bad weather conditions), you can choose to be rescheduled to next morning subject to availability or get 100% payment refund.
Is there any age limit for hot air balloon flights?
As Hot Air Balloon Göreme we unfortunately do not accept children below age of 5. Because of the height of the basket, they will have difficult time to see anything and enjoy the hot air balloon tour. Children below age of 5 may also have difficulties to proceed with the landing position.
Why Do Flights Take Place So Early In the Morning?
Balloons need stable winds to operate effectively and the hours just following sunrise are the best for finding these winds. Since balloons move with the air, the weather is very important in deciding to whether or not to fly. The pilot chooses a launch site to use the wind currents to fly towards a suitable landing site.
How High Do Balloons Fly?
Most balloonists enjoy low level flight. The typical balloon flight would be anywhere from tree level to about 900 meters (3,000 feet) above the ground. For Cappadocia Balloon flights, it is not really necessary climbing to high altitudes. For a short time, its good to have panoramic view of Cappadocia then it might be boring. Also most of the time, there are strong air currents in higher altitudes to carry the balloon way far from the most significant areas.
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.
Is it cold in the balloon ?
At high altitude, it is colder than at ground level, generally 3.5°C degrees colder for each 300 meters (1,000 feet) of altitude. But during the flight, the pilot constantly uses burners which spreads heat around itself will make you feel warmer. Especially for winter flights we highly recommended to wear 2 layers of socks and thermal underwears.
Where Will Do We Land?
Good question! The simple answer is that nobody knows, exactly! 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 follows agreements with local landowners. This means that the balloon won't fly too close to livestock or land in areas planted with valuable crops.
How is the Balloon Inflated?
When the time comes to put the balloon up, the envelope is removed from the bag and laid out in a long line. The burners are attached to the uprights, and the basket is attached to the cables on the bottom of the envelope. An engine driven fan is used to inflate the envelope with cold air. When partially inflated, the air is heated by a burner and the envelope rises above the basket. With further heating, there is sufficient “lift” for the balloon to fly.

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