count my Cappadocia hot-air
of life's great thrills.
Your Aeronautical Adventure
You book your flight well in advance to be sure you'll have a place in the best balloon and the first flight of the day.
On the morning of your flight, the
crew picks you up at your hotel before
dawn and drives you to the takeoff
site for the first flight of the day. After a chilly dawn launch
you float silently above the
Cappadocian moonscape dotted with
villages, vineyards and fruit orchards
for about an hour, coming down in
a farmer's field.
crew retrieves you and the aircraft,
then breaks out the bubbly for a
traditional champagne toast to
a successful aeronautical adventure. This
photo gallery has more
best flying weather is from April through October when
the skies are clear and the winds
light at dawn, but some
in winter as well on days with favorable
weather for flying. In 2014, conditions were good for flying on 319 days out of 365. In 2015, on 266 days. 100+ balloons made 27,775 flights carrying nearly a half-million passengers into the skies over Cappadocia.
At least half the days in a winter month will be good for flying, but they may not be spaced evenly: there may be 10 good days in a row, then 5 bad ones, or good and bad may come in 2's and 3's. The least suitable weather—when your flight is most likely to be cancelled—is in January and February.
Above, 40 hot-air balloons float over Cappadocia.
On most days it's 100 balloons!
Some balloon companies operate two or more flights in a morning. The first flight of the day is the best because of the sunrise and the climatic and wind conditions.
Tips for a Successful Flight
Read these tips on hot-air
Choose a company. Here
are some tips on how to do it. More...
your place(s) in the balloon
basket several days in advance
if you can, and ask for the first flight of the day. It's best to schedule
your flight for the morning after
your first night in Cappadocia.
If unsuitable weather prevents the
balloons from flying on that first
have a back-up possibility on your
second or later morning.
4. Watch out for fake websites masquerading as reputable companies that will switch your booking to a less reputable company at the last moment, or even charge your credit card and provide nothing. Follow the links from TurkeyTravelPlanner.com. Be sure that you are actually reserving with the company you want.
5. If your balloon flight is cancelled because of unsafe conditions, don't be upset—think safety!
balloon ascent is not cheap, but
it's little enough to pay for a truly unforgettable
experience in your life. And
when it comes to price, you must
realize that not all balloon
flights are the same. Here's what makes a good hot-air balloon flight.
Bonus for TTP Travelers!
TTP travelers like you can receive a free upgrade from Standard to Comfort flight, and guaranteed placement on the first flight of the day, with Voyager Balloons. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan