My wife and I knew before going to Turkey that our day in Cappadocia would be one of the greatest. We also knew it would start early(5:15 am), getting picked up at our hotel by the Voyager Balloon bus so we could get any early morning trip on the balloon when winds are lightest. There was an quick stop at a restaurant for breakfast followed by arrival at the launch site, where dozens of balloons were being prepared for their flights. I can only speak for our experience on Voyager Balloons where our pilot Hazim Yaman gave us all some good introductory advice, made sure we all got into our gondola in one piece and then very skillfully and gently lifted us off to one of the great experiences of our life, floating over the strange natural formations of Cappadocia, where it was evident everywhere that people in the past had carved rooms to live in or in some cases escape their enemies. Hazim was very professional as a pilot but also quite funny at times which helped to relax this first-time balloon passenger. He also gave us two special highlights that a number of balloons that we saw--and we saw lots of them(as many as 60 giant hot balloon surrounded us)didn't seem to share. For a number of magical moments, he took our balloon above the cloud layer where the sun was sparkling and the giant volcanoes of Cappadocia were looming in the distance. He also gave us a close, but safe, view of Ushisar Castle, an especially large rock pockmarked with human-made cave openings. When we finally landed after an unforgettable hour in the air, we were so glad we had chosen to go on this experience with Voyager Balloons and lucky to have Hazim as our pilot.
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