Saturday, January 3, 2015

Hot Air Balloon Ride - Cappadocia (Turkey)


The main highlight in Cappadocia (Century Sultanhani Caravanserai) can't be anything else except this hot air balloon ride, reputed as one of the most popular spots in the world. This ride was included in our tour but it is optional and you have to pay around RM900.00. Rather expensive actually, should you opt out of it, then, you can do as you like for the few hours in the morning while the rest are taken for this ride. Nevertheless, if you can afford, you shouldn't miss out because it is such a waste coming this far and not experiencing it. Unless of course, if you don't mind returning to Cappadocia again. For me, I didn't mind paying because after this Turkey tour, I am apt for travelling to other parts of the world. So, there is no logic if I don't pay for the package, which included transport from hotel, breakfast at a nearby cafe, the drive to the location and the ride itself.

A truly early kick start, by 5.30am we left the hotel with 8 people to a van. First stop as said, breakfast and then to the huge open area where the ride takes off.
Climbing into the basket was not as simple as I thought. No worries or concern. The guys will help you out, and as soon as balloon is released up in the air, it will slowly and surely drift over the fairy chimneys, valleys, orchards, wine-yards and limestone tips. Absolutely trilling and exiting looking down, up above, across or right in front, worth every dollar for this once in a life time experience. Having said that, it was quite uncomfortable. packed like sardines in the basket, standing back to back and almost rubbing each other. Also, with hardly any space to move around, you just have to stand still, admire the high up view and taking pictures is quite a thing actually.


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Within the next 40 minutes, I think so, I can't really remember how long since I didn't bother asking, neither did I note, we were slowly drifted down at another area. Thereafter, we were practically lifted out of the basket, followed by a small time "you have made it" party with champagne, a certificate is given and off you go with fond memories of this Hot Air Balloon Ride.

More on Cappadocia in the next post.  




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19 comments:

  1. Oh wow, that sounds like fun! Never been on a balloon before and not sure if I'm brave enough too!

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  2. what a beauty place! There are so many hot air balloons!!

    ps: Happy New Year!

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  3. Nava, I wanna be up there too! Tried to go on one couple of times in Aust but were cancelled due to weather. Sigh!

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  4. Guess you enojyed a lot in the balloon.Fantastic pictures as well.

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  5. Wow ,I can't take my eyes of hot air balloon,hope u enjoyed it happily,lovely pictures of birds

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  6. I can see you had so much fun in balloon ride...I also liked nature's beauty

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  7. That's adventurous! What a fascinating scene/landscape from the top! Glad you included the birds too! You are one brave girl! Heights scare me!

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  8. OMG such a beautiful place and loved your clicks Navs :)

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  9. wow!exciting experience! A worth memory for the life....
    Happy New Year for you and your family!

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  10. the view form balloon is amazing, I have never been in one.

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  11. that's so cool! and that must be so much of a fun. you're so lucky!

    sincerely,
    Najlaa 'Aqilah

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  12. I have been in a hot air balloon above the deserts of Dubai. But this view was breathtaking and awesome. Have been to Turkey before but never tried ballooning there. You inspired me to definitely include it in my itinerary in my next visit there.

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  13. A hot air balloon ride wud be so amazing.. glad u enjoyed & had a great time :)

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  14. Great pics, Hope U enjoyed every part of ur ride . Really amazing and exciting. Thanks for sharing..

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  15. O my God Nava.. i hope you really enjoyed the ride :) i am wishing to be there.. awesome clicks .. look at the natural beauty on earth too <3

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  16. spectacular views captured very well. what an exciting day you must have had !

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  17. Wow being in hot air balloon is flying like a bird. I just loved the experience unlike small planes and helicopter this one has no noise.

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  18. Beautiful pics captured........ U had a lot of fun right.... :) I feel like I too wanna have a balloon ride .....but I'm scared . U r so lucky to get that.... :)

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