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“Istanbul Balloons”
Review of Istanbul Balloons

Istanbul Balloons
Ranked #10 of 82 Outdoor Activities in Goreme
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

We're still coming to earth, if you'll forgive the pun, after our amazing balloon flight with Istanbul Balloons a few hours ago. While the scenery of this region breathtaking, especially when one considers how humans have lived inside these weirdly eroded pillars for centuries, I found the efficient organisation of ballooning in Goremequite reassuring!

Having booked a "comfort" flight (with fewer passengers) the day before we were picked up right on time (4:30AM) from our hotel, bussed to Istanbul Balloon's breakfast building for a quick breakfast (don't bother - your hotel breakfast is heaps better!) and then driven yo the balloon launch site where our balloon was ready and waiting.

Our pilot was in perfect control and was able to choose the best time safely rise above the dispersing mass of colourful balloons and manoeuvre our balloon first way up into the perfectly clear dawn sky for a spectacular view and then bring us accurately so low down into Love Valley (where my partner and I had walked yesterday) that we were skimming the ground or cliff faces.

The pilot was in such control of our flight he was able to organise the retrieval team to the spot he planned to land and our landing right into the retrieval trailer was very nearly as imperceptible as our takeoff!

While the retrieval team efficiently deflated folded and packed the ballon, We were give champagne and printed certificates, unnecessary given we landed just before 7am and our memories from the flight are more important than a piece of paper.

Anyway, for a whole lot of reasons, but safety and efficiency foremost, I can thoroughly recommend that you fly with Istanbul Balloons.

One final thing - I suggest that you bring along earplugs as the noise from the gas burners is quite loud!

2  Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

It was wonderful experience. We saw all walleys. I also like to Love Walley so much. Ali is so professional who is our pilot for flight. You should try to fly with Istanbul Ballons. ;)

1  Thank Ersan G
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Reviewed July 6, 2014

Vale cada centimo!
O voo não é barato, mais a deslocaçao e dormida na Capadocia, mas vale tudo o que gastamos.
A Istambul Baloons tem um staff muito divertido, mas que preza as instruções de segurança e que segundos nos dizem tem muitos anos de experiencia de voo. O voo é magico, o amanhecer, as muitas dezenas de baloes em volta (quase 100 diria!?) e a sensaçao de paz lá em cima são coisas inesqueciveis. Do it.
Comprei um pack com o Hotel Ottoman Cave Suites, que contactei directamente: transfers do aeroporto, noite com pequeno almoço, voo de balao e tour turistico durante o dia. Vale a pena!

In english...
it's worth every cent.
It's not a cheap flight, plus the flight to Capadocia and the stay there, but it's really money well spent.
The flight is safe, pilots are experienced, and you feel the greates sensation of peace of mind with that beautiful dawn and landscape, together with all the colors from the other dozens of baloons. Do it.
I bought a full pack with the Hotel Ottoman Cave suites: airport shuttles, a night sleep, a baloon flight and a touristic tour around the region. I recomend you to do the same!

1  Thank MMBrbz
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

It's 4:30am in the morning, you wake up so excited hoping that it's going to be worth it. Istanbul Balloon's car comes by your hotel, picks you up and takes you to the take-off area. There is tea, coffee and food for you to enjoy while you watch balloons getting ready.

And then... It begins. The great feeling of being up in the air! We were so lucky to have a great pilot flying us, and showing us around. We took of so smoothly and landed even smoother. It was an unforgettable moment in our lives. It was a dream come true. You have to do this for once in your life! (and it's really romantic:) )

1  Thank yapita
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Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is a must activity in Goreme. This scenery from the balloon is so beautiful. Istanbul balloon provided us breakfast and the staff was friendly. Buy ticket online is recommended because you will get a lower price.

1  Thank Lekcharu
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