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“Absolutely brilliant!”
Review of Istanbul Balloons

Istanbul Balloons
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Owner description: Hot air ballooning is the best way of exploring Cappadocia. Our pilots so called " wind talkers " will take you off smoothly and fly you alone the spectacular rock formations known as " fairy chimneys ". You will feel Cappadocia at your fingertips and see feats of color of the sun rise with your eyes. All Istanbul Balloon Flight Crew are trained to the highest standard and all our pilots hold full TR commercial ballooning pilot licences, so you are in the safest hands. You will feel the art of flying.
Coolangatta, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Absolutely brilliant!”
Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

We were very disappointed to have our flight cancelled one day due to very strictly enforced rules regarding balloon flights which we recognise. However next day, conditions perfect which also describes how Istanbul balloons conducted proceedings. From 4:30am pickup to return the experience was fantastic. Our pilot Yasar Acan is very skilled and did things with our balloon that I didn't know could be done. He was informative as much as he was skilled. The thrill of ballooning with 70+ other balloons was unforgettable. Brilliant!

Visited June 2014
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New York, New York, United States
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Magical!”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

We organized our tour through our hotel in Goreme. We were picked up around 4am to have a small breakfast (sandwich, tea/coffee with wafers) in their office (not in town). As the sun was starting to rise, we drove to the launching site and climbed into our balloon baskets. The basket was divided in two sections, and we fit 6 in each. It was a bit crowded, but we were set in lines of 2 so everyone had a great view. We had Ali as a pilot and he was excellent. He would vary with flying low to the ground and soaring above the rest of the balloons. He provided some explanations to describe where we were. Cake was available for those who got hungry. We landed in a picturesque spot and celebrated the flight with champagne and cake. They also sold copies of video and photos taken by the company's GoPro if anyone was interested. Highly recommend.

Visited May 2014
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Taipei, Taiwan
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“5-Star Pilot!”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Hot balloon was definitely the highlight of our stay in Cappadocia. The pilot was funny and the landing was perfectly on the trailer. It was a great experience!

Visited May 2014
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Istanbul, Turkey
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“average service_good view_worth to try out”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

generally the tour was ok..there are numerous nos. of balloon tour services in town..and they're most probably more or less alright..the price/service rate is good. even it seems high at beginning, after you see the organization,you understand the reasons..

so i will only mention the negative impressions.
1-The balloon guide during tour would have been more informative. Both Turkish and english about where we're passing by.
2- the breakfast sandwich would have been a better selection (you need to wake up around 4am!!)
3-after tour champagne would have been tastier
4-Safety information would have been done even there's not much to do (to show some professionalism)

Visited May 2014
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Istanbul Balloons”
Reviewed May 18, 2014

Experience of a lifetime, made all the better by our pilot Vural Gul. Great sense of humour and excellent English. Was worth the delay in the hangar waiting for the weather to turn. Fantastic views in a fairytale setting.

Visited May 2014
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