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Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Cost & What You Need To Know Before You Ride!
Turkey is packed with must-do experiences, but without a doubt, one which features on many a Turkey bucket list is to head to the fairy-tale landscape of Cappadocia and enjoy a hot air balloon ride of the area.
It’s a sight which has been featured in many a travel magazine and website, and as a result, millions of people head to the central Turkish area every single year. The Goreme National Park is packed with beautiful rock formations that look like fairy chimneys, and even gazing over the park is enough to get your Insta-worthy pics flowing.
Now, of course, you don’t have to go in a hot air balloon when you visit Cappadocia. There are plenty of other things to keep you occupied if you would rather keep your feet on the ground. For instance, there are many walking trails, museums, and of course, staying in a cave hotel is pretty iconic on its own! Though it’s the main reason, people flock to Cappadocia.
If you do want to explore the area, it’s a good idea to purchase the Museum Pass Cappadocia. This lets you into most of the tourist hotspots around the area, including the Goreme Open Air Museum and the Derinkuyu Underground City, the Dark Church, and Zelve Archeological Site, to name a few.
There are a few things you need to know about a Cappadocia hot air balloon ride beforehand.
The Best Time to Visit Cappadocia
Cappadocia is an all-year-round kind of deal. Unlike the tourist resorts on the south coast, Cappadocia is open 12 months a year, and even when it’s snowing, between November to February, the site is stunningly beautiful.
There is no single best time to visit; it merely depends on what you want. The shoulder sessions between March and June and September to November give you plenty of dry and warm weather, without the high temperatures, though, if you like it hot, June to August is for you.
Be warned, though, the crowds are more during these times too, which could hinder your chances of a spot on one of those hot air balloons. November to the end of February signals the winter months when snow is very likely. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t visit during this time, as it can be a great way to see a different side of the country.
Do be aware that apart from the high season of summer, the mornings can be quite chilly, so a light jacket or cardigan is advisable if you’re visiting during the shoulder seasons. If you’re visiting during winter, you’ll need a thick coat, hat, and gloves.
Cappadocia Ballooning Can Occasionally be Cancelled
Safety is paramount, so there will always be times when balloons aren’t able to fly. Sometimes this can be at extremely short notice, but if this happens to you, as disappointing as it may be, you need to see it from the safety side of things.
The most reliable time to book a balloon and actually get onto the flight is between April and November, as this is when winds are less, and the weather is much more favorable for ballooning.
Nonetheless, that doesn’t mean that during the other times of the year you’re certainly going to be canceled; there’s a risk of cancellation at any time, but during the winter months, because of the risk of high winds or low visibility, your chances of cancellation are a little higher. Remember, there are plenty of other things to do around Cappadocia!
If your balloon is canceled due to the weather, you can typically opt to rebook for another day, provided there is availability, and you’re still in the area at the next available time, or you can receive a full refund.
This does depend on who you book it with, and the flight has to be canceled by the operator as a result of the weather in order for these rules to apply.
Always Book Your Cappadocia Balloon Ride As Far In Advance As Possible
Cappadocia is hugely popular, and taking a hot air balloon over the park is the most popular thing to do in the area, if not the entire country. With that in mind, you need to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. You’ll also find the best prices by doing this too.
Around 100 hot air balloons fly over Cappadocia every single day, but when you think about the sheer number of people who want to get on one of those flights, there is always the risk of disappointment.
You’ll also find that flights fill up months beforehand in some cases. You can book online, though do thoroughly check that you’re choosing a reputable website, because as with most high profile tourist spots the world over, there is always the risk of a dodgy site taking your cash.
You, Will, Have To Get Up Early To Take Flight In Cappadocia
There are no late in the day flights, so if you want to enjoy this magical experience, you have to get up early!
Most balloons take over just before the sunrises, so you’re in the air when the sun comes up. However, there is a small amount which are able to take over just after sunrise. Don’t get excited about having an extra few hours sleep, as they take off only one hour after the sun has risen!
This gives you the best chance to see the golden light filter across the magical landscape, and it’s truly a sight you’ll never forget.
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia Will Cost You
Because this is a hugely popular experience, you’re going to have to pay for it. Prices aren’t that low, and it depends who you book with as to whether you can find a bargain.
The average price is around 140 – 200 Euros per person. Baskets are quite cramped, with up to 16 people inside. If you want more space and privacy, you can upgrade to a deluxe flight. This will cost you more, but you won’t be quite so cramped.
If this is something you’ve always dreamed of doing, perhaps it’s worth paying that little bit extra to really enjoy the experience?
Overall, hot air ballooning in Cappadocia is something that is a pure bucket list experience that we hope you enjoy.