Balloon Rides in Cappadocia Turkey
In the last 15 years it can be reasonably said that this region of Turkey has become home to the largest concentration of passenger balloon rides operators in the world.
The reasons for this are its stable weather with over 300 flyable mornings a year (afternoon flights are rarely made) and its eye catching geological features with "fairy chimmneys and houses caved in its rocks. These are the end result of rocks formed in lakes and streams from the eruption of ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago. The rocks of Cappadocia near Göreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. People of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out houses, churches and monasteries from the soft rocks of volcanic deposits.
For the modern day balloon flights tourist the setting is ideal and in addition to the geological views there is the spectacle of flying with perhaps as many as 120 other balloons on some mornings as they all launch from one area within a 3 kilometre strip and within 30 minutes of each other. Pilots always aim to land the balloon basket on the balloon trailer in the light wind landings which are the norm.
Access to the area is easy from Kyseri Airport and the majority of balloon ride passengers come into the area on tour groups. However direct booking with balloon flight operators is possible and there are plenty to choose from. Here are just a few who provide balloon flights in Cappadocia to choose from
Goreme Balloons, Royal Balloons, Kapadokya Kaya Balloonsand Butterfly Balloons
10 Things to do in Turkey besides Hot Air Ballooning
Visit the ancient city of Ephesus: One of the most well-preserved ancient Roman cities in the world, with impressive ruins including the Library of Celsus and the Great Theater.
Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia: This region is famous for its unique rock formations and fairy chimneys, and a hot air balloon ride offers stunning views of the landscape.
Explore the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia: Both of these iconic buildings in Istanbul are architectural masterpieces and offer a glimpse into Turkey's rich history.
Visit the ancient city of Troy: This ancient city is believed to be the location of the Trojan War, as described in Homer's epic poem, the Iliad.
Relax on a Turkish bath: Also known as a hammam, these traditional baths offer a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Visit the Topkapı Palace: The former imperial residence in Istanbul, the palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the Ottoman sultans.
Take a boat tour of the Bosphorus: This strait separates Europe and Asia, and a boat tour offers great views of both sides of Istanbul, including the city's skyline.
Visit the ancient city of Pergamon: This ancient city is home to the Pergamon Altar, one of the most impressive structures from ancient Greece.
Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis-Pamukkale: This UNESCO World Heritage Site features the remains of an ancient city and a mineral terrace with hot springs.
Take a trip to the Mediterranean coast: Turkey's Mediterranean coast is known for its beautiful beaches and clear waters, and it's a great place to relax and enjoy the sun.