If you’re deciding to go hot air ballooning in Turkey, then you should head towards the Cappadocia region. This is where nature and history form a gorgeous blend and is absolutely stunning for photography and a great place to unwind and relax. If you’re reading this article, then you’re in luck because we can’t wait to share little tips before planning your trip there!
Starting with one of (the most important) tips, SIM Card and internet connectivity (of course). There are VERY FEW places you can find a shop that sells local Turkish SIM Card. So, if you are looking to get one, you will need to look extra hard. Save time, and the extra hassle by purchasing Flexiroam’s data roaming package before you leave the country and enjoy fast data and connectivity anywhere, anytime.
Here are the 10 things you must know before going hot air ballooning in Turkey:
Hot Air Balloon Season is All Year Long!
This is what makes Cappadocia unique – these balloons fly almost 250 days of the year compared to other parts of Europe. You will get a chance to soar during summer, spring, and even winter, to experience the breath-taking view during the winter season. Though available all year round, the best time of the year to go hot air ballooning in Cappadocia is between April to November. Due to strong winds between December and March, most flights are cancelled during this period.
More than 100 Balloons Fly Every Morning
We recommend Cappadocia as it is the only place IN THE WORLD where hundreds of balloons take flight almost every single morning. This gives over 2,000 people a day the experience of a lifetime. Did you know that up to 100 balloons take off before sunrise? and another 50 are granted permission to take off half an hour shortly after sunrise? Imagine the sight of the horizon! Remember to book early as it’s almost always peak season, after all, it is an adventure of a lifetime.
THE KILLER VIEW MAY COST YOU
There are so many options when it comes to choosing a hot air balloon, yet we suggest having a rough estimate of the pricing (ideally should cost you around US$145-200 per person). Out of the many choices, we think opting for a deluxe flight to have a more comfortable hot air balloon flight experience will make your day.
THE PILOTS UNDERGO TONS OF FLIGHT TRAINING
These Hot Air Balloons are on par with airplanes as they require registration with the aviation authority to ensure airworthiness. Having said that, these Hot Air Balloon Pilots must have a prescribed number of flight hours, pass flight tests as well as medical checks. (Now you know why Hot Air Ballooning is such an expensive experience!)
You Land on your back
If this is your first time in a Hot Air Balloon, know that landing on your back is a pretty common landing position, especially if your basket tips at an angle during strong winds. That’s why it is always essential to follow your pilot’s instructions as (not to scare you), but, fatal accidents have happened during landing. Sometimes, landing can be unpredictable depending on the wind speed and direction. In most cases, people on the landing grounds known as ‘’chase crews’’ follow the balloon via radio contact with the pilot to be able to meet passengers at the landing site followed by the Hot Air Balloon trailer.
YOUR HOT AIR BALLOON CAN REACH UP TO 3,000 FEET ABOVE GROUND
If you are looking to overcome your fear of heights, then embrace yourself as your hot air balloon can fly up to 3,000 feet above ground level. You’ll get a chance to enjoy the breath-taking views from above, and capture all those Insta-worthy photos, upload them with ease using Flexiroam’s amazing customizable data plan. The balloons can also travel very fast, depending on the wind.
FLIGHTS MAY GET CANCELLED OCCASIONALLY
Remember, how we mentioned that for the Hot Air Balloon to fly, the pilots undergo tonnes of training? Well, putting your safety first, flights do get cancelled occasionally if the weather fails to cooperate. On average, the balloons can fly approximately 250 days throughout the year. The Civil Aviation Authority ( an organization that controls the operation of the air travel industry, especially by making safety rules and directing the traffic of planes) reserves the right to cancel flights for all balloons if there is rain, strong wind, snow, fog or during thunderstorms. Customers will be fully refunded if this occurs. You can try rescheduling your flight to another date if you experience this. This is why two days is never enough in Cappadocia!
CHOOSE A SAVE AND TRUSTED COMPANY
There are so many options to choose from when it comes to flying in a Hot Air Balloon and being a tourist, naturally, we would opt for the one which is most cost friendly. Let us stop you here. There have been many Hot Air Balloon accidents which occurred in Cappadocia itself in the last couple of years, so it is always better to go with companies who value safety as their utmost priority.
Based on a couple of sources and recommendations, many people recommended looking for the company ‘Royal Balloon’. Their balloons are said to be made by Lindstrand Balloons (which is one of the safest and by far best hot air balloon manufacturers).
It is very easy to identify these balloons, as they are the only company which has silver-coated balloons in Cappadocia, and it is said to have the safest and highest-quality standard above all others. Oh, and did we mention, their pilots are also among some of the most experienced pilots?
BE AWARE OF INCLUSIONS AND EXCLUSIONS BEFORE YOUR RIDE
Most Hot Air Balloon Experiences have many things. You will be provided with inclusive hotel transfers which includes pick up and drop off, a scrumptious buffet breakfast, an experienced pilot, insurance, and approximately 1-hour flight time. Most companies will reward you with a certificate at the end of the ride together with a champagne or juice toast as a souvenir. Be sure to read up the details of your balloon tour prior to booking to avoid disappointments.
IT MAY BE ONE OF THE MOST MAGICAL EXPERIENCES IN YOUR LIFE
Don’t let the prices scare you away, as many people who have visited Cappadocia have put these experiences above and beyond all their other travelling experiences. The gorgeous landscape of Cappadocia and the view of the fairy chimneys as you float amongst other hot air balloons wandering all over the sky will be enough to blow your mind away.
Let’s go hot air ballooning with FLEXIROAM!
What are you waiting for? The best time to visit Cappadocia is coming soon, don’t forget to book your tickets now and do enough research before you get on that flight there. Make the best out of your experience by purchasing your very own Flexiroam SIM and you’re all ready to pack your bags to enjoy one of the best vacations ever!
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