Hot air ballooning is something that every traveller should add to their bucket list. Though flying in a plane is an exciting way to take to the skies, there's just something about the calmness, serenity and magic of floating in a hot air balloon. It helps that tours are often held in the most stunning and scenic places in the world, too!
If you're looking for the perfect place to hop in a basket and enjoy stunning views and the experience of a lifetime, Turkey's Cappadocia region is the perfect place to do it.
The area is a historical site located within the Goreme Valley, and it's a magical landscape of naturally formed rocks, which can reach up to 40 metres in height according to the National Geographic.
These rock formations were originally caused by volcanic eruptions, which resulted in layers of ash settling across the region in a sort of ashen blanket. Mother Nature then set to work in the form of wind and water and broke down the blanket so only the toughest elements were left behind, which now stand as pillars, cones, mushrooms across the barren landscape.
Humans have also contributed to the wonders of this famous region, and have created homes and townships by digging and tunnelling into the soft rock. Now, there are homes, stables, places of worship and entire towns with as many as eight levels hidden underground, as stated by the National Geographic.
While exploring the region from the ground is inspiring, taking a glimpse from a bird's eye view is one of the most popular ways for tourists to view the stunning vistas. In fact, according to Ballooning Cappadocia Turkey, it's one of the world's top 3 balloon rides.
With this balloon tour, you can choose to take to the skies on a standard one hour flight, or upgrade to a one and a half hour or private flight, which are perfect for honeymooning couples.
Near-perfect flying conditions mean you will be able to float within close range of the landscape, past fairy chimneys, orchards and vineyards, as well as floating high into the sky to enjoy breathtaking, panoramic views of the surrounds.
Balloon sizes vary from a capacity of eight to 24 people, so even large groups of travellers can enjoy the flight of a lifetime above Cappadocia, and they are capable of floating from tree height to as high as 3,000 feet in the air – meaning you will have the opportunity to view these incredible structures from all angles.
To get the best views and the best conditions for flying, your balloon flight will generally leave at sunrise. As part of the experience, you will be treated to a buffet breakfast before takeoff and a champagne toast when you land.
Discover the magic for yourself – this is a sight you simply won't find anywhere else in the world!