When setting off on a hot air balloon ride, location is the most important criteria. While the experience in itself is awesome, the views are as good as the land beneath you. Cappadocia in Turkey is considered one of the best destinations for hot air ballooning. Here, you get stunning views of the landscape with beautiful valleys, vineyards , fruit orchards and fairy chimneys. This combined with excellent flying conditions make it a lifetime experience. Turkey is particularly famous for its sunrise cruises. During sunrise, there are more than a hundred of other hot air balloons too cruising along with you which make it a breathtaking colourful sight against the backdrop of the rising sun. The flight lasts for around an hour and you can photograph the scenic aerial views.
There are options available for private VIP ballooning too in Turkey which are for just two people. These VIP balloons are so made as to accommodate the pilot and the two of you thereby making it a very personal experience. You may even get the chance to try your hand at flying a balloon yourself under the supervision of your trained pilot. It could be a great way to celebrate special occasions or to propose to the love of your life.
Other things to do in Cappadocia
Cappadocia has a lot to offer in terms of historic, regional and cultural tourism. To explore Cappadocia besides Hot Air Balloon, you can opt for the full day tours offered here.
One of these tours takes you around the religious sites including Goreme Open Air Museum located in the photogenic Goreme village, the religiously significant Pasabag Valley, the provincial town of Avanos famous for pottery and Uchisar Rock Castle which is the highest point in the region.
For those who love to hear the sound of running stream and enjoy natural scenery, you may opt for the other full day trip which covers the Ihlara Valley. Melendiz River flows through the valley now which was earlier formed after the volcanic erosions and eroded by rain. Ihlara Valley is the most famous valley in Turkey for hiking and you can even go on hiking tours to witness majestic mountain views. Also covered in this tour are the visits to the underground city of Derinkuyu to see old cave churches, caravanserais that take you back in time to the 13th century. The air conditioned chimneys and defence systems used in that era will surely make you speechless. Amazing sights of the Pigeon Valley and Selime Monastery too are a treat for the eyes.
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