Flying above the clouds in a hot air balloon

When we decided we wanted to visit Turkey, Cappadocia was high on the list of places to see.

And a balloon flight over the valley, along with staying in a cave, were the two things on our ‘MUST DO’ list.

There are a lot of balloon companies to choose from, but Cappadocia Voyager Balloons stood out from the rest.

They were the second company to start here (if I remember rightly) and they have really strict safety standards.

Considering our life was in their hands, this won me over, and so I made them my first choice.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Voyager Balloons – our balloon ‘fires up’

I was awake just after 4:30 a.m. – excited for the day ahead.  Explorason was up and dressed and we went to the hotel reception, where the driver awaited us.

I’ve been on balloon flight once before and we were the lone balloon in the Australian Wine area at the time.

So when we went to the office/shop, I was shocked to find vehicle after vehicle all coming in with fellow flyers.  Word was out as to how good Voyager Balloons are.  I also had no idea they would have more balloons than one that would go up at the same time either – in fact, if I remember rightly, they have six.

We enjoy a light breakfast and a wake-up coffee, and then we are off in the mini coach to where the baskets await us.

Our pilot gives us some instructions before we take off. Safety is always first, and we feel so good about this.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Voyager Balloons – balloons take off and light up the sky before the sun has risen

Just look at how many are flying and this is just one of four directions?  There were balloons everywhere – it was like a festival, and yet this is low tourist season. 

Below us, we can see grape vines and apricot trees in the fields between the fairy chimneys.  We also learn about the monasteries and who used to live in these weird and wonderful homes made by volcanic force and wind erosion.

There are only pigeons living there now, but it was once a home for so many.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Voyager Balloons – the valley is filled with hot air balloons

As we ascend, we learn there can be up to one hundred balloons take off at a time. Explorason says he counted over eighty, but I am not sure – but there was a lot.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Voyager Balloons – it is beyond describable beauty

We are surprised how elated and excited we feel. Our pilot is a master at flying and tells Explorason all about how the balloon works, and also about the landscape below us. The fairy chimneys are amazing.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Voyager Balloons – this is off season so cold, but exhilarating

As both the balloon and sunrises, the sky is filled with color. The snow of two days ago is visible on the mountains.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Voyager Balloons – the sun rises and the sky is filled with color

The landscape is so majestic. I could load about one hundred photographs – there was so much to see.

But what surprised us the most was when we went through the clouds.

In fact, we were …

Flying above the clouds in a hot air balloon!

How incredible.  Indescribably and breath-taking. Silence filled the basket of fellow flyers.

And our shadow caught in the sun’s rainbow circle – just for a split second.

Wow – what a feeling.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Voyager Balloons – flying above the clouds

What was nice was that we had such a great group of fellow passengers on the flight too. We really all got along well, and that really made it special too.

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Exploramum and Explorason – Voyager Balloons – a unique landscape is below us

When we land, it is so impressive that he actually lands right on the trailer. Now that is skill!

We then are given a certificate, which we will cherish and eventually when we get a home, it will go on Explorason’s wall.

After this, the 2 children are given juice, and the adults get to enjoy a glass of bubbly – and a nice drop at that!

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It was a fantastic way to start our time in the Cappadocia region.  We just had an amazing time – Thank you Voyager Balloons.

Attraction Name: Cappadocia Voyager Balloons

Location:  Muze Yolu Cad. No:36/1 Goreme, 50180 Goreme, Cappadocia Region, Turkey

Telephone:  0532 717 5050

Website: http://www.voyagerballoons.com

Date visited: November 2014

Child-friendly: Yes – please check for ages accepted

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4 comments

  1. That first picture you shared is incredible!!! I visited Cappadocia two years ago and also signed up with the same company. However, we never got to go up because they said the conditions weren’t safe. I was disappointed until I met someone else who booked with a company who took them up. It turned out someone had such a rough landing, someone in their balloon broke their foot from the impact! Glad to hear you had a good experience and no broken feet. I’m back in Turkey, so this was a good reminder to return to Cappadocia.

    1. Wow – that sure is good to hear that he never took you up. Yes I heard there were a couple of tragic accidents so I only wanted the best. In talking to the owner of the company, he really made me feel safe. Please do go and fly with them and tell them you read this and I am sure they will look after you. Also remember that they still fly in winter, and snow over the Cappadocia region would be incredible to see.

  2. Feeling the air on your skin above the clouds is the best feeling ever! I love the pictures and I can see great landscapes there. Im sure Explorason had a great time.

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