GO FOR A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
Did you even visit Cappadocia if you didn't go up in a hot air balloon? This is the most iconic activity in Cappadocia and one you don't want to miss. Every morning, a kaleidoscope of 150 balloons take to the skies at dawn – that's more than most hot air balloon festivals. With the surge in popularity, a black market for balloon rides has developed so be sure you're booking through a reputable provider. Royal Balloon, Butterfly and Voyager are the top companies recommended by locals with the best pilots.
Travel guide companies like Travel Atelier might be able to work magic and get you in at the last minute, but you are best advised to book far in advance. Consider booking a balloon ride for your first morning in Cappadocia, since you'll most likely still be adjusting to the time difference so the early morning rise won't be so tough. Bring sunglasses and a camera to document the unique topography of the Göreme valley, shaped by hundreds of volcanic eruptions. Royal Balloon's expert pilots bring you gently back to earth for a Turkish champagne toast.