Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia

Fire from a hot air balloon ride in Turkey

After feeling the worst I’ve felt in recent memory, the food poisoning finally started to wear off. I felt like I could walk and actually eat something though I had no appetite. We cancelled our Cappadocia balloon ride the previous day and really didn’t want to do it again. I put on a brave face and marched out at 4am to catch our bus.

There are several companies that offer the aerial view of Cappadocia. It is probably the biggest and most promoted activity to do in the area. It’s not cheap. A balloon ride in Cappadocia costs 120 euros. We decided on the one partnered with our hotel just for simplicity sake.

Some morning snacks are provided for all the passengers while you wait for things to get organized. At this point I’m feeling better but nervous. Things can take a turn for the worst at any time. The balloons are already out in the fields being setup as you load in to another bus but you do get there in time for the best which is when they light the torches and get that balloon standing up.

 standing up the hot ait balloon in Cappadocia

At first they looked pretty large, that is, until you are crammed in the baskets. I do recommend waiting a little to let people in so you can score a spot on the edge. However, your arms will be tucked with just enough room to get your camera. That’s all you need though because you probably won’t stop taking pictures until you land.

 Cappadocia Hot air balloon taking off


Sky full of hot air balloons in Cappadocia Turkey


hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia Turkey


very high up in the hot air balloon ride above cappadocia

While captivated by the landscape I’m struck, wide eyed, by a thought that I can’t believe didn’t occur to me until now. What happens if I’m up here in a balloon, and I get “sick”. A quite panic flushes through my body. Then I hope I don’t worry myself in to being sick. Luckily I keep myself busy snapping pictures and start to notice our decent and while I really like heights, this time we can’t land soon enough.

a group of balloons in the capadocia sky


about to land in our hot air balloon in cappadocia turkey


landing safely from our hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia Turkey

A souvenir photo can be purchased on the spot for approx $20. Not really worth it compared to all the “selfies” you get up in the air. The price tag is hefty however you have to ask how often you’ll come back to do this. The area is stunning and unique. So I recommend dropping the dough. Remember frugal travel just mean’s you spend money on things of value. You won’t regret this one.

champagne after the hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia Turkey


9 Responses to Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia

  1. Wow, this is just amazing!! I’m really interested to do it! Do you know if it’s possible to visit Cappadocia in 1 day? I mean, arrive at 8 am at the airport, then do the balloon tour and in the evening back to Istanbul.
    Thanks for any info!

    Tom May 28, 2013 at 11:08 am Reply
    • Hey there,

      It’s not possible at that time. You leave very early in the morning, I believe close to 5am. If you spent just one night there you could do it then.

      There are so many things to see and do in Cappadocia it’s worth a little more time!

      Shaun May 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm Reply
  2. “Remember frugal travel just mean’s you spend money on things of value.”

    I love that sentiment. I’m really going to start working on doing that since I’m used to a ‘don’t spend anything!!’ mentality, haha.

    Aryn May 29, 2013 at 1:34 am Reply
  3. Thank you! And I understand as I am much the same way about spending money.

    And I can’t claim full copyright on that quote, I heard something like it somewhere before.

    Shaun May 29, 2013 at 2:36 pm Reply
  4. Beautiful photos. I have always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride. I would think it would be so amazing to float thorough the air like that!

    Brittany @ Paws for Beer June 1, 2013 at 12:09 pm Reply
    • Thank you! It was such an incredible place to see from that perspective.

      Shaun June 2, 2013 at 8:17 am Reply
  5. These photos are amazing, Shaun!

    Anny Chih June 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm Reply
    • Thank you Anny! It’s hard to stop looking through the lense while you’re up there. But I did take a nice pause to just enjoy the view and sunrise.

      Shaun June 4, 2013 at 11:18 am Reply
  6. Cappadocia Balloon ride perfect. Cappadocia number one company Göreme Balloons. Cappadocia balloon tour is göreme balloon flight.

    Cappadocia Balloon Ride February 25, 2014 at 1:40 am Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Connect with me