A Magical Experience in Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon Flight With Butterfly Balloons

By Mary Charie / 22/09/2016

 A Magical Experience in Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon Flight With Butterfly Balloons

 

A Magical Experience in Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon With Butterfly Balloons

Sunrise is just too pretty to describe

 

Cappadocia is a magical place like no other place I have ever been. The caves and valleys across the region of Anatolia are unbelievably beautiful. It was like looking into an unnatural picture, no wonder that people from everywhere in the world are attracted to visit this fascinating place.

 

The first thing you need to know is, Cappadocia is only an area. There are five popular towns around it, these are, Nevsehir, Urgup, Uchisar, Kayseri, and Goreme. Goreme is the nearest town to Cappadocia, it is also the place where most tourist stays. Whilst there are two airports near Goreme. One in Nevsehir and one in Kayseri. Both airports are an hour drive to Goreme.

 

Riding a hot air balloon is one of the best ways to have a good overview of Cappadocia and Goreme. Though the area of Cappadocia is quite huge, the government permitted only a few balloons to be flown here.

 

My Hot Air Balloon Ride With Butterfly Balloons

 

A Magical Experience in Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon With Butterfly Balloons

The Butterfly Balloons

 

There are tonnes of companies of hot air balloon in Goreme. I flew with Butterfly Balloons as they have great reviews online. Experiencing the hot air balloon is not cheap, thus deciding who to fly with is quite a challenge. Butterfly Balloons has been flying over Goreme and Cappadocia for over 6 years now. It’s one of the most popular balloon company in the area.

 

On the day of the ride, I was picked up from my hotel at 4.50 am, then I was driven to their office to have light breakfast. We then drove off to Cappadocia, where all the balloons are permitted to take off.

 

It was thrilling to watch how they set up the balloon. We were 17 people in the balloon, included our experienced pilot Mr Gunal. The balloon was divided into five sections, four corners where guests will be standing and the pilot area in the middle. Mr Gunal speaks very good English, he explained to us the landing safety procedure. He also has a great sense of humour for the guests who might have a little bit of worry about being up in the air.

 

A Magical Experience in Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon With Butterfly Balloons

See all these valleys?

 

He took us high enough to see all the valleys around. Mr Gunal also explained which valleys are which. It was great that he rotated us fairly well, so all the guests get the chance to have a 360 view of the whole area.

 

The timing was perfect, we took off on a good time to see the sunrise. It was magical to actually watch the sun passed the horizon of our eyes. The colours were beautiful and so surreal. The caves below our feet are magnificent. It was like a view from a perfect photo.

 

A Magical Experience in Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon With Butterfly Balloons

The magical sunrise

 

Before we landed, Mr Gunal took the balloon low enough to see the cave formations few metres from us, it was amazing to see them that close. We landed smoothly, all safety measures were executed to make sure that the guests are safe to leave the basket.

 

We popped a bottle of champagne and enjoyed some fruits and cakes as a celebration of such wonderful experience. All guests also received a certificate of the flight experience. My experience with Butterfly Balloons was really great, all the crew was so friendly and professional. All of them speaks good English and easy to approach.

 

A Magical Experience in Cappadocia – Hot Air Balloon With Butterfly Balloons

Oh by the way! This is Mr. Gunal, our pilot

 

What’s included when you fly with Butterfly Balloons?

  • Hotel Pick up and Drop off service
  • Breakfast
  • 1-hour Duration of Balloon Ride
  • Full Cover Insurance during the ride
  • Snacks and drinks after the ride

 

Please note that The Civil Aviation Authority of Cappadocia gives the daily go signal to the balloon companies before taking off. The companies cannot guarantee that you will take off around sunrise.

 

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DISCLAIMER: This magical experience wouldn’t have been possible without the amazing PR team of Butterfly Balloons. Thank you!

 

 

About the author

Mary Charie

She's the person behind this blog, she has been travelling since 2013. Torn between her itchy feet and writing, Mary found herself soaking up in the world of travel blogging. She travels on her own terms and tries to build her own world whilst pushing herself into every corner of life, breaking limit beyond her capabilities.

16comments
Jessica - 01/10/2016

Wow! Truly magical. The combination of balloons and valleys feels like living in a fairytale. Wish I could see it by myself.

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Vyjay - 30/09/2016

This is really a magical experience. Slowly rising to the sky and gazing over the awesome view of Cappadocia, must rank very high on the must have experiences of a lifetime.

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Kevin Wagar - 29/09/2016

This is an absolute bucket list item for me. The shots from this balloon ride are some of the most magical I’ve seen. Thanks for sharing a great company to experience it with.

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    Mary Charie - 29/09/2016

    Do it with Butterfly when you get to Cappadocia, Kevin. You’d love it! 🙂

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Mar Pages - 29/09/2016

I absolutely love hot air balloons, I just had an amazing experience riding one in Kenya! The views are indescribable.

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    Mary Charie - 29/09/2016

    Awww!!! I’d love to do it in Kenya! <3 <3 <3

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Tracie Howe - 27/09/2016

You’ve lived my dream! I have been wanting to do this for as long as I can remember. It looks like you got some great shots from up there!

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    Mary Charie - 29/09/2016

    It was a perfect scene, Tracie. No one would get an ugly shot from this magical morning 🙂

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Subhadrika Sen - 26/09/2016

The hot air balloons of Capadoccia are very famous. i would love to photograph them but taking a ride might not be a great option for someone who is very scared of heights.

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    Mary Charie - 29/09/2016

    If you stay in the middle it wouldn’t be that bad. Especially whilst watching the sunrise, you’d forget you’re up above the ground <3

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Kristina Caetano - 26/09/2016

I’ve never ridden in a hot air balloon before, but this looks absolutely magical!

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    Mary Charie - 29/09/2016

    Oh babe, you’ll love it! It’s a great way to take mind-blowing photos! 😀

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Jordan Adkins - 24/09/2016

I like Chris’s comment / tip above and have dreamed of going here…I only managed Istanbul this year sadly due to time! Looks amazing though!

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    Mary Charie - 29/09/2016

    I love how Turkey offers so different mind blowing attractions in each cities/towns. You’ll love Pamukkale and Cappadocia when you get back! 🙂

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Chris - 24/09/2016

A hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia is a magical experience, however my hot tip would be to do it during the winter.

Flying over the landscape when there is a smattering of snow is a magical view, whilst fewer tourists mean both balloon prices are cheaper, and you are more likely to have a balloon of only 6-12 people rather than the larger groups found in the summer (without paying the cost for a smaller group)!

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    Mary Charie - 24/09/2016

    That’s a good tip Chris! I have thought of visiting Cappadocia during winter as well 🙂

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