The Ultimate Guide to Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia
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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Guide

Guide to Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon includes How Does a Hot Air Balloon Work?, Who Can Ride in a Hot Air Balloon?, Best Time for Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia, Fun Facts About Hot Air Balloons and many more.

On taking a look at the guide of Cappadocia Hot air balloon  to know more about one of the most popular activity of the place, you’ll know that activity one is where you will be taken on a tour of the valleys of Cappadocia aboard a hot air balloon. You will first have to know about the dos and don’ts and learn the safety instructions before you take off. This adventure is a must-include in your Turkey travel packages, offering a unique and exhilarating perspective of Cappadocia's stunning landscapes.

Once done, an experienced pilot will take you on a 45 mins to 75 mins long ride and take you over places such as the Rose Valley, Lover’s Hill,Fairy Chimneys and more. On returning back, you will receive the Flight Certificate and will get a treat of Champaign and snacks.

The hot air balloon guide of Cappadocia  will provide you with informations such as how does the hot air balloon soar up in the air. It will guide you on the best time for going for the ride and will also advice you on some tips to follow during the experience.

Here is the guide to Cappadocia hot air balloon ride:

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How Does a Hot Air Balloon Work?

The guide of Cappadocia Hot air balloon will inform you that a hot air balloon is considered to be an air aircraft that is lighter than air. There are two types of hot air balloon - those that carry passengers and the ones which are for research.

While the passenger hot air balloons use gas such as propane or a similiar gas which renders it lighter, those used for research purpose use gases such as Hydrogen and Helium that are lighter than air. Both the air balloons have envelops which are made of polyester or heat-resistant nylon and grows to over 24 meters tall when filled with gas.

It is essential for the envelop to be large enough to enable sufficient amount of air to be trust upwards.Before the flight the envelop is arranged on the ground with cold air partially filled in it. Then burners are attached below the envelop and heat starts increasing the air temperature, raising the envelop creating buoyancy.

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Who Can Ride in a Hot Air Balloon?

Anyone can ride a hot air ballon as it is considered to be safe for every age group starting from children to the elderly people. Even pets such as dogs can ride in this aircraft safely. However, the number of people a hot air balloon can carry differs.

On an average, a commercial hot air ballon can carry around seven people and a pilot. Some of the private air balloons which are smaller in size can carry only upto two passengers. Also there are larger ones that can carry a group of around thirty people.

You will come to know from the Hot air balloon guide of Cappadocia that Cameron Z-750, which is the world’s largest passenger hot air balloon has a capacity of carrying thirty two passengers.If you are planning to go on a hot balloon ride along with a bigger group of friends, it is advisable to check with the provider regarding how many people can be accommodate in their aircraft.

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Best Time for Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia

The best time to ride a hot air balloon flight, as per the Guide of Cappadocia Hot air balloon, is either in the early morning or in the evening. Balloons fly better when the surrounding air is cold and it is during morning and after sunset when it is so.

During this time, it is easy for the pilot to take off, steer the aircraft and land.  If you take a morning flight, when the earth’s surface is colder, you will be able enjoy the flight more. As the balloon flows over 200 feet in the air, the temperature will increase owing to the temperature inversion which is present in the morning. This makes it feel slightly warmer.

Another reason why morning flights are more enjoyable is the wind speed which is better predictable in the morning hours. This makes it easy for the pilot to steer the balloon during its climb up and down, managing the wind going in different directions using various techniques.While direction of the flight will be dependent on the wind, the altitude of the balloon can be controlled by the pilot.

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Fun Facts About Hot Air Balloons

- As per the guide of Cappadocia Hot air balloon, the first passengers in a hot air balloon were a duck, a sheep and a rooster. They were sent up by the Montgolfiers and the whole experiment was witnessed by the queen Marie Antoinette and king of France along with 130,000 other spectators. The hot balloon flew over Versailles and came back safely.

- In the year 1991, Swedish engineer Per Lindstrand and entrepreneur Richard Branson took off on a hot air balloon on 17th January from Japan. They sailed for 46 hours, crossed 4,700 miles to reach ice Lake Yukon in Canada. However, their flight ended with an air rescue.

- The International Hot Air Balloon Festival, which is held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA is one of the biggest events for hot air ballooners throughout the world. During the festival people come up with their own creation of hot balloons. The festivals have witnessed balloons in shape of a pair of Levi’s, puppy dogs, and others.

- It has been recorded that the highest a hot air balloon has been able to climb is 21,000 kilometres and the passengers onboard the basket had to wear oxygen mask during the climb.

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Things to Know Before Going Hot Air Ballooning Ride Experience

1. Use Your Camera Strap: As you soar up in the air during your hot air balloon ride, do take care to strap your camera. It will prevent your camera from falling down and ruining your amazing experience. By strapping your camera, you will be able to enjoy the view without a worry and your hands will be free. 

2. You Should Book Your Hot Air Balloon Ride in Advance: Booking your Cappadocia hot air balloon ride beforehand has its advantages. Not only will you be able to plan your ride for the early morning, you will also be able to skip waiting for your turn to come. Remember, even if you book in advance, you will still need to reach half an hour earlier to receive instructions. In case the weather conditions are not favourable, your ride will be postponed by a day.

3. Be Prepared for Cold Weather: You must be well prepared for little chilly weather during your balloon flight, especially during the shoulder months of Turkey. It will be advisable to carry warm clothes or hoodie during your ride in Cappadocia, even during the summer season. Keep some extra layer of clothes as weather may get cold up in the sky.

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Best Viewing Spots in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is well known for its breathtakingly beautiful cliffs, and rocky formations. The hot air balloons flying above them enhances the beauty of the place further. Even if you are not flying on the hot balloons yourself, looking at them passing over the cliffs and view points will make you feel as if you are in it. There are several vantage points mentioned in the hot air balloon guide of Cappadocia where you will be able to watch the balloons the best. 

- Love Valley :Set outside of Goreme, Love Valley is an off-beat spot which is full of rock formations. Follow the trail within this amazing valley and reach the spot where you can wait to get the view of the hot air balloons flying between the rock formations of the valley. 

- Red Valley : A unique landscape in cappadocia is the Red Valley with its sharp sandstone ridges. The name of the valley is due to the deep vibrant red color of the ridge which could be witnessed at the end of the day during sun set. Take on the trail loop or drive to reach the sunset viewpoint where there is a cafe if you want to take a break. You can also hike to the top of the flag viewpoint to enjoy a better view.

- Rose Valley: Another unique area of Cappadocia which has sharp ridges is Rose Valley. The beautiful places is tinted in pink at the sunset and has earned its name for this. You can take a walk from the Goreme Town or take a short drive to reach the valley. As you reach the place, you will be able to sit on the cave and enjoy watching balloons.

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How to Get to Cappadocia?

If you take a look at any guide of Cappadocia Hot air balloon, you will come to know that you can take both a plane or a bus to reach.

By Plane: You will need to fly to either Nevsehir or to Kayseri to reach Cappadocia. Both cities have airports with domestic, European and international flights landing there. However, you find find it more convenient if you get down at the Erkilet International Airport in Kayseri, which is located at a distance of an hour’s drive North of Göreme. The Kayseri airport also has more number of flights making it a more popular choice. The other airport, Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport in Nevsehir, is located at a distance of 40 minutes from the  Göreme town centre. From the airport, you will need to reach Cappadocia by shared airport transfer service, air-conditioned private airport transfer, or shuttles offered by hotels.

By Bus: If you are travelling from Istanbul or Izmir, you can travel by bus for 12 hours and reach Nevsehir or Göreme. If you are coming from Ankara, it will take you 5 hours to reach.

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Where to Stay in Cappadocia?

1. Emre’s Stone House: Enjoy your stay at Emre’s Stone House, the accommodation known for its epic rooftop during your trip to Cappadocia. The property is located centrally in Goreme, and has a sun terrace where you can spend time relaxing on sunloungers. The accommodation comes with parquet floors and heating and has free wifi on offer for its guests. 

2. Sultan Cave Suites: The Sultan Cave Suites is popular for its vantage point on the rooftop for sunrise viewing. During your stay here, you will be able to lay down on carpets and put your head on traditional pillow and watch the hot-air balloons flying above. The rooms of the cave suits are furnished with antiques from all over Turkey and has a private terrace or balcony. 

3. Local Cave House Hotel: You will want to stay in this accommodation which comes with an amazing pool with classic Cappadocia rock formations in the background. The traditional cave rooms comes with a spacious balcony along with a seating area. You will be able to access free wifi in the public areas of the hotel and would love the Turkish breakfast which will be served to you in the morning. 

4. Design Cave Suites Cappadocia: The Design Cave Suites Cappadocia is well known for its excellent location in close vicinity to several attractions.The property has an amazing rooftop garden that is apt for sunrise balloon watching. Located in Goreme, the accommodation offers a ski pass sales point and has cave style room fitted with air-conditioning, flat-screen TV and safety box.

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Best Viewing Spots in Cappadocia

Cappadocia is well known for its breathtakingly beautiful cliffs, and rocky formations. The hot air balloons flying above them enhances the beauty of the place further. Even if you are not flying on the hot balloons yourself, looking at them passing over the cliffs and view points will make you feel as if you are in it. There are several vantage points mentioned in the hot air balloon guide of Cappadocia where you will be able to watch the balloons the best.

- Love Valley: 
Set outside of Goreme, Love Valley is an off-beat spot which is full of rock formations. Follow the trail within this amazing valley and reach the spot where you can wait to get the view of the hot air balloons flying between the rock formations of the valley.

- Red Valley: A unique landscape in cappadocia is the Red Valley with its sharp sandstone ridges. The name of the valley is due to the deep vibrant red color of the ridge which could be witnessed at the end of the day during sun set. Take on the trail loop or drive to reach the sunset viewpoint where there is a cafe if you want to take a break. You can also hike to the top of the flag viewpoint to enjoy a better view.

- Rose Valley: Another unique area of Cappadocia which has sharp ridges is Rose Valley. The beautiful places is tinted in pink at the sunset and has earned its name for this. You can take a walk from the Goreme Town or take a short drive to reach the valley. As you reach the place, you will be able to sit on the cave and enjoy watching balloons.

- Lover’s Hill: If you want to enjoy the view of a sky full of hot air balloons as the sun is about to set, filling the sky with different hues of pastel colors, then you must visit Lover’s Hill. Also known as Asiklar Tepesi, the hill will mesmerise you with its sunset views.

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People Also Ask About Cappadocia

  1. What time do the balloons fly in Cappodocia?

    The balloons in Cappodocia usually flies in the earlier hours of the morning, during the sun rise starting from 5 to 5:30 am in the morning, depending on the season.

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  2. How long is the hot air balloon tour in Cappadocia?

    The actual flight time of the hot air balloon tour as per the hot air balloon guide of Cappadocia, is between 45 to 75 minutes, depending on landing space and weather conditions, But the complete experience along with instructions before take off, the flight, receiving a flight certificate after the the hot air balloon landed and celebratory glass of champagne with a little snack totally would take 2.5 to 3 hours.

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  3. How to dress to take a hot air balloon in Cappadocia?

    The guide of Cappadocia Hot air balloon states that it is better to avoid wearing skirts ans dresses during your hot air balloon ride. Wear comfortable dress and carry some light jacket or other layer as it might be cold up in the sky. Wear comfortable and practical shoes and carry a hat or head cover to protect your head from glare of sun. Wear a sunglass to protect your eyes from the sun.

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  4. Which are the points to keep in mind while going for hot air ballooning in Cappadocia?

    1. Before you embark on the hot balloon ride, you must listen to the safety instructions and follow the dos and donts during the ride.

     2. Carry extra layers of clothing with you as you might find the weather in the high up in the sky to be cold.

     3. Strap your camera properly to avoid it from falling and getting damaged.

     4. Keep in mind your ride can be postponed to the next day if weather conditions are not good.

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  5. How many days do we need in Cappadocia for the hot air ballooning ride ?

    To ensure you go on a hot air balloon flight, you must be in Cappadocia for at least three days. One of the reason to stay three days is the weather condition, which may not be suitable for the balloon ride and your flight may be shifted to the next day. Moreover, as hot air balloon flight is one of the most popular activity to do in Cappadocia, you may not find their availability if you are visiting only for a day.

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  6. Which are the best places to visit hot air balloons in Cappadocia?

    Red Valley: This unique valley with its deep vibrant red color of the ridge is an excellent place to visit to witness hot air balloons, specially during the sunset.

    Rose Valley: This valley where the ridges gets a tint of pink during sunset is another place you can visit to watch the balloons pass the valley during its ride. The valley is characterised with rock formations and cave dwellings.

    Lover’s Hill: An amazing place where you can get the breathtaking view of the hot air balloons with a backdrop of the sunset is the Lover’s Hill, also known as Asiklar Tepesi.

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