I had previously done two other hot air balloon rides (in China over mountains, and in Egypt over Valley of the Kings). I have to say, this one in Cappadocia was by far the most spectacular.
Our pilot Cemal Yildirim was polite, informative and a lot of fun. The balloon ride itself was smooth and felt safe at all times. He had everything under control, always. The views were amazing - and Cemal asked us what we wanted - to ascend and to get more of a 'bird's eye view' - or to descend a bit into the valleys. In the end our ride consisted of a mixture of both.
It was a spectacular sight seeing all the balloons simultaneously rise into the sky. And it was quite amazing descending into the valley for a closer look also.
When it came to landing, Cemal also did an excellent job - he actually managed to land us right on top of their 4WD trailer! It was the smoothest hot air balloon landing of the three I've experienced so far. It was my friend's first hot air balloon experience and it exceeded her expectations - she was so glad she did it.
It was definitely one of the highlights of our Turkey trip. We got some great photos too. Well done, Cemal! Thanks for a great ride. And if you ask Cemal nicely he will also gladly smile and pose for some photos with your group afterwards :)
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