Hot-Air Balloon has started to carry people after five months in central Turkey’s Cappadocia for two weeks. And so, the area is mostly famous for its unique geographical landscape. And so and more, the area often offers sunrise balloon rides among “fairy chimneys.” (Peri Bacaları in Turkish)
Hot-Air Balloon Are Back in Service for Fans
Hot air balloon flights re-began in central Turkey’s Cappadocia on Aug. 23. Flights recommenced after a five-month of pause as part of COVID-19 precautions. So, the Civil Aviation Directorate General mandated a brief training session, masks, and safe distancing for visitors on the hot air balloons. Known for its unique geographic landscape of valleys, caves, and “fairy chimneys,” hot air balloons at sunrise Cappadocia are a popular tourist attraction.
What Does “The Package” Offer?
The hot-air balloon package deals for hot air balloon rides. Furthermore, it also includes an hour-long ride and concessions at the point of landing. According to hot-air balloon tourism operator Special’s Director Abdullah İnal, approximately 35 balloons were in the air on the morning of Aug. 23. Local tourism operators are hoping for increased business from the hot-air balloon rides. It is because the use of a hot-air balloon is an important and quite valuable source for local people.
How Much Hot-Air Balloon Tour Cost?
Let’s be clear, there is no doubt that regardless of how expensive a balloon tour is, it will worth every penny you pay. A journey in the sky above Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys will look like a section of a fairy tale! Further, it will be a one-time experience anyway! So consider to experience it whenever you get the chance. The price to ride a hot air balloon is in the price range between $140 and $250 (€125 – €220) per person. The cost depends on the duration of the flight, the moment of the day, and whether is peak season or not. Usually, the minimum duration is a 1-hour flight and it can go up to 3 hours. Very often, the price is lower if you are in a group and you want to book a private flight.
Is A Hot-Air Balloon Journey Safe?
Some people can find a hot air balloon journey a bit scary. So, this is completely understandable. However, there is no need to worry. You always get a brief explanation of the basic rules and safety measures. Apart from that, the take-off is so gentle that you won’t even notice it. What’s more, soon you would like to take pictures from up there! Anyhow, it’s advised not to go on a hot air balloon when there is a strong wind. This can be perilous and anyways the companies will advise you when it’s safe or not.
What is the Best Time for a Tour?
Make sure you choose the correct moment to visit Cappadocia in order to avoid the crowds. The best times to visit Cappadocia are spring and autumn. The temperatures, on the other hand, are generally moderate and there are fewer crowds. From July to September, the weather can be very hot and the tours can get expensive. As for the best time of the day for the hot air balloon is either sunrise or sunset. You will never forget how fascinating the views are from up there!
How to Get to Cappadocia?
Due to Cappadocia’s location, trying to get there can be tiresome via bus or expensive by plane. What’s more, the low population density of the area leads to limited public transportation. Therefore, this doesn’t exactly help either. But nothing is impossible! The region of Cappadocia is worthy to explore, so one may want to consider hiring a car or booking a tour. However, if you’re wondering how to get to Cappadocia by bus, note that most of the bus companies have connections to Nevsehir and Göreme. Traveling from Istanbul or Izmir would take the longest (12 hours) or if you’re in Ankara it would take 5 hours.
The fastest and most expensive way of traveling to Cappadocia is by plane. There are two main airports to which you can fly to Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR), one hour drive to the center of the Cappadocia region (it’s easy to arrange a shuttle bus from Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia). The other airport is Nevsehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV), which is located in Gülsehir town of Nevsehir Province. Turkish Airlines operates a direct flight from Istanbul to Nevsehir twice a day.