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“Great experience”
Review of Kapadokya Balloons

Kapadokya Balloons
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Owner description: Kapadokya Balloons is celebrating 25 successful year! As the people who pioneered ballooning in Cappadocia, we share your love for adventure. It's that passion, tempered with more than twenty five years of experience flying balloons that has helped us become the best ballooning operator in Turkey. Every flight is a fantastic adventure as we float intimately amongst the fairy chimneys and soar over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape. A flight with Kapadokya Balloons is truly "the experience of a lifetime!"
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Anchorage, Alaska
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“Great experience”
Reviewed June 29, 2013 via mobile

This was an expensive activity, but kapadokya balloons has the best safety record so I was willing to pay. The pilot was very skilled, the flight was great, and the views breathtaking. They provide light breakfast, champagne toast after the ride, and free transport. The only part I didn't like is when we got off the balloon and they tried to sell us shirts and DVDs. The sales pitch was a little intense after such a beautiful ride. Overall I would recommend this company.

Visited June 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Balloning with Kapadokya Balloons”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Nevsehir and Kapadokya Balloons were the preferred company for flights across Cappadocia. Hilton's are very reliable so their recommendation gave us confidence to ascend into the skies. The recommendation proved to be very satisfactory.
Kapadokya Balloons picked us up on time and transported us to the take off site. We were introduced to the pilot and ground crew and loaded aboard with a minimum of fuss. All confidence building. Our flight captain Huseyin Cingil spoke good English and quickly put everyone at ease with humour and professionalism.

The flight was amazing. Take off was so smooth and the flight uncannily quiet that it rapidly dissipated any concerns we and and a number of other passengers may have shared. Spectacular views of the world renowned fairy chimneys, churches carved in the rocks and the towns below kept all aboard enthralled. We were in flight for around 70 minutes and enjoyed it very much.

Our skilful pilot made sure that we enjoyed great views almost at ground level, all but touching the chimneys, as well as high up over the landscape. Landing was equally seamless with our pilot landing brilliantly on the back of a trailer. We were very impressed.

The end of the journey was completed with glasses of champagne and fruit juice, before being chauffeured back to our hotel. Worth every penny and Kapadokya Balloons are strongly recommended as your carrier.

Visited May 2013
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Dubai
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“you live in a new experiance with ballones”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

it is 1 hour flight fron istanbul or 4 hours drive from ankara , then you can see doffrent attraction places such as goreme with a wondurfull small hotels in the mountain a very relaxing and full of adventure you can expreiance Ballones , you can also go to a place called Avanuse with a nice river and urgop even pigeon Valy .it is really nice you can spend few days away from crowded city and relax with many many nice places to see .

Visited June 2013
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Sao Paulo, SP
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“Unforgettable experience”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

Our baloon flight with Kapadokya Balloons were amazing! they picked us up at the hotel at 4 in the morning, to a very nice breakfast before our flight, everything so professional and organized, then we went to the most unforgettable experience, our pilot, Emrah, made us the most confortable and safe flight, so calm and beautiful! All the team was so nice and humored, making jokes and making us confortable, and serving us champagne after the flight, all of them really striving to give us a good time. I tottaly recomend, very professional, safe, and beautiful.

Visited June 2013
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San Francisco, California
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“Good if you've never ridden in a Balloon, but...”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

The tour begins early, pre-dawn (4AM in the Summer), as you're whisked off to the Balloon agency's downtown headquarters. You're served a breakfast, although it's probably not as good as what you'd get in any standard Turkish hotel or Pension. It looks nice, but in the end it's just some sweet cakes and other things of that sort. We spent almost an hour at the downtown location and I really felt like it was a bit of a waste. We didn't end up leaving the center until almost 5:15 to head to the Balloons and it would have been nicer to have been picked up at 5 rather than 4.

The next stage begins with a drive out to a field where you watch the ballon be set up and inflated. Which is interesting and fun to watch. I really enjoyed walking through the field and watching the balloon slowly take shape, but I did notice that a lot of people just stayed in the coach for the half-hour or so that took.

Then you're off. The balloon ride was fantastic and quite a thrill. Coasting quietly over the fairy-chimneys and valleys was an amazing experience. The bursts from the burners at the top provided some welcome blasts of heat to keep the morning chill off.

After about an hour we gracefully touched down (the pilot was skilled enough to land directly on the back of the trailer).

Then, while packing up the Balloon they serve you a little local Champagne and Cherry juice and try to sell you DVDs, shirts, hats, etc. while you're trapped out in the field. The breakfast and after-flight snacks felt tacked on to make it feel really high-end and this company in particular is skilled at presentation, but the substance doesn't quite live up to the price point. It's the most expensive of the companies and I chose it for its safety record (I came a month or so after there had been a major crash here with a number of fatalities).

My verdict—if you've never been in a hot-air balloon it's worth the experience. However, it is quite expensive. To put the cost in local perspective, for two of us the ride was more expensive than four nights at our wonderful hotel, two scooters for a day, and all of our evening meals for four nights. So it essentially doubled the cost of our four day trip to Cappadocia. If you've never been in a hot air balloon and want to, go for it. But it's not much cheaper than what you can get the experience for elsewhere in the world and is certainly quite expensive for the location. If you've already been in a balloon, there's no compelling reason to do it here for the price point. You can get some fantastic views by hiking up through the various canyons and driving up to panoramic summits. I wouldn't go again in Cappadocia (unless it was about half the current price), but I'm glad I went this time and had a lovely first ride in a hot air balloon, which I have always wanted to do. But still, it's quite expensive when compared to the cost of the other activities in the region.

Visited June 2013
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