You can take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia year-round, but the spring and autumn months are often an excellent time to go. The summers in Cappadocia are typically hot and dry, while the winters can be very cold, which isn’t an ideal time to fly through the crisp air at the crack of dawn.
More than 100 balloons rise in Cappadocia every morning, filling the skies with a rainbow of colour. To ensure you get to experience this wonder, it’s a good idea to book your hot air balloon ride well ahead of your trip.
Most flights depart from the historical town of Göreme and tour operators typically include a transfer to and from your hotel in air-conditioned transport in the cost.
Be aware that hot air balloon flights are weather-dependent and may be cancelled. Many companies will help you reschedule or offer you a full refund if this happens. If you can, it’s a good idea to book a few days in Cappadocia in case this happens.
How high you’ll soar depends on the balloon company. Some balloons may reach up to 3,000 feet, while others can rise to 8,000 feet.
Balloons typically take off in the morning from around 5:00 to 7:00 am, depending on the season. This is because the wind conditions are best around sunrise.
It’s cooler in the air than on the ground so be sure to wear layers and bring a light jacket, even in summer. You’ll be on your feet for a while, so wear comfortable shoes.
Once you’re up in the air, marvel at panoramic views of the Mars-like landscape below, featuring centuries-old troglodyte caves and the pink-hued rocks of Göreme National Park.
No matter which tour you decide to book, enjoy the tradition of a champagne toast when you land again. Most companies also hand out certificates or medallions after the journey to commemorate the event.