While going up in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia is on a lot of peoples bucket lists, we couldn’t decide whether or not we wanted to do it. We’d both never been in a hot air balloon before, so we were tempted. But we also had our doubts. First, I’m scared of heights. Second, it’s expensive. Third, there’s a chance you might crash. Unlikely. But still.
Then on the second morning of our stay, we looked out the window of our room and saw hundreds of balloons in the air. We went outside and followed the balloons to a field nearby to watch them land. It was an amazing sight. The owner of our B&B was himself a balloon pilot with over 20 years experience, and when we found out we’d be able to go up on one of his flights – we decided to do it.
When the day came, we had an early start, as we were on a flight to see the sunrise over Cappadocia.
Despite there being a chill in the early morning air, we felt warm from watching the flames all around us, as the other balloons got ready for lift off.
Packed in the basket like sardines, we were soon drifting through the sky with the many other balloons. It was so peaceful and felt so safe, I wasn’t worried about the height at all. My favourite part of the balloon ride was just before the sun came up, when the skies and valleys below were shaded in pastels.
The colours of the morning skies changed quickly as the sun started to rise.
There was so many balloons in the sky, we wondered how they managed to avoid each other. With lots of skill and a good pilot I guess.
Our ride took us over the Rose and Red valleys.
Before we knew it, it was time for us to descend. The time in the air flew by. Literally.
We flew with Royal Balloons and one of the bonuses of flying with them is you get a medal to commemorate the occasion.
Would we do it again and would we recommend it? I’m not sure. It was a great experience and the other balloons in the sky made it even more beautiful. But all in all, there are so many other experiences we’ve had on this trip that I’d rate higher, and they didn’t cost anywhere near as much. So I’m glad we did it, but I’m not sure I need to do it again.