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Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia, Turkey

 

Our day started at 4:40am. We peeled ourselves out of bed and into the chilled rainy darkness to wait for our ride.

The van arrived at 5:15am. We hopped in and were taken to the Voyager Balloon’s office in GΓΆreme.
When we arrived, the office was busy and buzzing with excitement.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
We were offered a lovely typical turkish breakfast, and invited to sit for a while.

Once it was time, we were alerted to hop into a van and we were on our way to Cappadocia.

We could see the many hot air balloons in the distance being prepped for their flights.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Voyager Balloons

Suddenly we were prompted to board the basket as we were ready for take off. The burner was ignited blasting fire and hot air into the balloon and propelling it up in the air.

Twelve of us plus the pilots hopped in and we were quickly taught what to do when ready to land…….

…….And then we were off!

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Such an amazing experience

Gently floating higher and higher in the air, as the people on the ground became smaller and smaller.

It was magical watching all of the other hot air balloons hover up and down and all around at their own pace and at different levels.

Hot Air Balloon Ride
We softly soared over land and roads, almost brushing the fairy chimneys below. We were happy to hear that Voyager Balloons is very serious about safety.

 

Most companies change the envelope (balloon) every five years, but voyager balloons prefers to change theirs every three years. Their basket is also a few inches higher than all the rest, as they want customers heads to be on the inside of the basket when landing.

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And good thing for that, because due to the wind, our landing was a little rough, but a lot of fun! Everyone faced the same way, held on to the handles attached to the basket, and squatted down during landing. We hit the ground a few times, and then went back in the air before landing for good.

 

 

It was a blast! Everyone was laughing and full of excitement. Once everyone deboarded the balloon, the staff set up a small table with glasses and we all enjoyed some champagne (except for Cody)
Hot Air Balloon Ride

Huge thanks to Voyager Balloons for the incredible time

Taking a hot air balloon ride is a must if you are visiting Cappadocia and we highly recommend Voyager Balloons. It was one of the most memorable experiences during all of our travels.

A special thanks to M. Halis Aydogan of Voyager Balloons for hosting us on a hot air balloon ride.

Comments To This Entry.
  1. Elena April 1, 2014 Reply

    That should be on everyone’s bucket list!!!
    The views I image were in incredible πŸ™‚

  2. Alex April 1, 2014 Reply

    Hot air ballooning in Laos was one of my coolest travel experiences! I’m bummed I missed this when I was in Turkey but it’s now just another reason to return.

    • Giselle and Cody April 4, 2014 Reply

      Alex, where did you take a hot air balloon in Laos?
      I would imagine it would be stunning there as well. I think taking a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is a great reason to return.

  3. Elizabeth Medeiros April 1, 2014 Reply

    That looks amazing! Good to hear that Voyager Balloons makes safety first..
    When I visit Turkey, I will take a Voyager Balloons ride.. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lucia April 1, 2014 Reply

    FANTASTIC!!!!!!! I wish I was there….Oh, wait a minute I was there….no I wasn’t….maybe one day….Good job Cody on the video….looks like a whole
    lot of fun….WOOHOO!!!

    • Giselle and Cody April 4, 2014 Reply

      Huh mom? Are you drunk? You were there. You’re in the video, remember? LOL…..

  5. Diana Edelman April 1, 2014 Reply

    I had an opportunity to do this when I was in Cappadocia a few years ago, but after taking a bus there from Olympos overnight, I was exhausted. I’ve heard horror stories about some companies who don’t take the safety as seriously as they should, so glad Voyager Balloons does! This experience looks amazing!

    • Giselle and Cody April 4, 2014 Reply

      Hey Diana,

      yes we have read about the horror stories as well. It must have been terrifying for those poor people in the balloon that crashed. Safety first always! Voyager Balloons are big on safety!

  6. Linda Pacienza April 1, 2014 Reply

    This looks like soo much fun ! The views are stunning

    • Giselle and Cody April 4, 2014 Reply

      πŸ™‚ Loved every second of it.
      It goes by so fast though πŸ™

  7. Franca April 2, 2014 Reply

    What an incredible ride! I loved the landing, that was the best πŸ™‚

    • Giselle and Cody April 4, 2014 Reply

      We had no idea what to expect when it came to the landing. We read a few blogs that said the landing was awesome.
      It was so much fun. Hopefully you and Dale will get to do this sometime…..so much fun!!!

  8. Ayngelina April 2, 2014 Reply

    This is definitely on my bucket list, I’m keeping Voyager Balloons in mind when I finally pull the trigger.

    • Giselle and Cody April 4, 2014 Reply

      They were a great choice. It’s always good to hear about a company that takes safety very serious.
      We loved it and if we end up going back at some point I am sure we will do it again πŸ™‚

  9. Adam Richardson April 3, 2014 Reply

    I just started coming to your page but you are doing everything that I want to do. Hot air balloon ride in Turkey, Chill with elephants in Thailand, The Pyramids,travelling to Bhutan. It’s incredible everything you have done. You are such an inspiration and I can’t wait to see where you go next. Keep living the ultimate dream.

  10. Laura April 3, 2014 Reply

    We did this a couple of years ago. Such a fun, different experience.

    • Giselle and Cody April 4, 2014 Reply

      It was such an incredible experience. So glad we got to cross it off the bucketlist πŸ™‚

  11. Mindy & Ligeia April 4, 2014 Reply

    Again, we’re extremely envious of you! This has been on our bucket list since we visited Turkey, but we didn’t have enough time to get to Cappadocia. One day, though… one day!

    • Giselle and Cody April 8, 2014 Reply

      We can’t say enough about how amazing this experience was.
      It is something everyone should. The view was incredible and the company we booked with was so great.
      It’s always nice to find a company that cares so much about safety and hoping you have an amazing time.

  12. Lauren April 4, 2014 Reply

    This looks like an AMAZING experience! But…what if we’re both a little bit afraid of heights? Is this something that you can overcome when you’re up there? (Justin is more afraid of heights than me, haha!)

    • Giselle and Cody April 4, 2014 Reply

      Hey Lauren,

      I (Giselle) too am not too fond of heights, but I felt very safe in the balloon. Even when you look over the edge you don’t get that sense of fear. It’s a MUST DO πŸ™‚

  13. Chad Metz April 7, 2014 Reply

    You guys have the best life!! Thanks for sharing.

  14. ben April 12, 2014 Reply

    That was so much fun! πŸ˜€

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  16. travel srilanka May 4, 2014 Reply

    It was such an incredible experience.. wow nice places

  17. Michael May 7, 2014 Reply

    My friend has been to Cappadocia twice to do hot air ballooning and she backed out both times! Has a big fear of heights.

    • Giselle and Cody May 9, 2014 Reply

      Michael, yeah we could see how someone with a fear of heights would not want to do this.
      We felt completely safe while up in the air and it didn’t even feel like we were that high.
      Your friend has to do it someday because it is incredible πŸ™‚

  18. Claire May 25, 2014 Reply

    Hi

    Thanks for sharing your amazing experience? May I ask if you had to set up your own hot air balloon, or was it prepared by others and you could board once it’s ready?

    Claire

    • Giselle and Cody May 29, 2014 Reply

      Hey Claire,
      We did not have to set up our own Balloon. Thankfully….If we had to set our own balloon up I don’t think I would trust it.
      We arrived at the launch site and boarded very quickly. They have amazing workers who make sure everything is safe before we got on.

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    • Giselle and Cody November 2, 2014 Reply

      This is a must do while in Cappadocia. We were very lucky to have taken this and even though it wasn’t the best day for flying, it was still a great experience. Hopefully next time, you will get to go on a hot air balloon ride.

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