Once in A Lifetime Flying Adventure! - Voyager Balloons

By Expedicionario76 | Nov 13, 2020
Middle East > Turkey > Cappadocia

It is 5:30 am; it is dark and cold, around five degrees.

I'm in the vehicle that picked me up from my hotel, heading to an exciting adventure; to fly over Cappadocia in a Hot Air Balloon.

Voyager Balloons

Voyager Balloons

Voyager Balloons

Voyager Balloons

We arrive at the Cappadocia Voyager Balloons office, where we are welcomed with excellent coffee and pastries (due to new health regulations, open buffet breakfast is not allowed).

We are divided into groups according to our flight type.

Cappadocia Voyager Balloons offers four types of flights:

  • Standard: a basket for up to 16 people
  • Ultra Comfort: a basket for up to 8 people
  • Deluxe: a basket for up to 4 people
  • Private flights

Once everything is ready, we are back in the vans heading to the take-off area.

Take-Off Area

Take-Off Area

It is still dark, the stars and the moon looking at all this incredible spectacle.
The only lights are the ones from the vehicles and the fire heating the air inside the balloons.
It is a surreal moment; it feels just like a dream. When my eyes get used to the darkness, I realized that balloons surround us; I can see them all over the valley, behind the rocks formations, upon a hill. Wherever I look, I see balloons lying down or rapidly standing up, ready to fly.

Preparing the balloons

Preparing the balloons

Inside the balloon

Inside the balloon

Everything is perfectly organized; the teams work efficiently; the event happens very quickly.

It is impressive the coordination to put together such an incredible operation, and just before sunset, to have all balloons up in the sky: teamwork at its best.
From the people who receive the bookings, who coordinate the flights, ground crew, pilots and many other working behind the scenes.

Warming up!!

Warming up!!

Warming up!!

Warming up!!

The best is that as passengers, we witness the whole story and realize that it is a complete display that preceded the main attraction: to take a ride in a hot air balloon!!

Preparing the balloons

Preparing the balloons

Once the balloon is inflated and secured, the pilot already in the basket, the operations team and ground crew invited us to jump into the basket.

In this opportunity, Cappadocia Voyager Balloons upgraded to all customers who had booked a Standard Flight to an Ultra Comfort Flight: 8 people in a basket with four compartments, two people in each one, WONDERFUL!!

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Final Touches!

Final Touches!

The balloons start taking-off from everywhere; they appear behind the hills, behind the stunning rocks formations, suddenly flying all over the valley, the show has begun.

Surrounded by Colors!!

Surrounded by Colors!!

VOYAGER BALLOONS

VOYAGER BALLOONS

The Show Begins

The Show Begins

As the balloon gains height, the sky clears, and the landscape is astonishing. Ahead 75 minutes of pure magic.

Sword Valley

Sword Valley

Before Sunrise

Before Sunrise

The pilot introduces himself before the balloon takes off and then goes over the landing and safety instructions.
In this opportunity, the pilot is Mr. Halis Aydogan, who happens to be one the founder of Cappadocia Voyager Balloons.
His passion is ballooning and his beloved homeland Cappadocia.
He is a storyteller, full of enthusiasm that is transmitted to all passengers during the journey.

Mr. Halis Aydogan

Mr. Halis Aydogan

His pilot skills are evident when smoothly he takes us from Sword Valley to Baglidere Valley (known as Love Valley), and in the midway, he rises the balloon high enough to enjoy the magical sunrise.

Sunrise in Cappadocia

Sunrise in Cappadocia

Sunrise in Cappadocia

Sunrise in Cappadocia

As the ride continues, Mr. Halis Aydogan patiently answers all our questions and tells us about Cappadocia and more details about his life.
He started introducing the region to tourists in 1996 as a licensed tour guide, and in 1998 he established his first ballooning company.
He is also a pilot instructor in his Pilot Academy (in Cappadocia).
This year, his manufacturer company Pasha Balloons Inc. was the first to design and produce a hot air balloon in Turkey.
As you can read, he is a busy man, but he always has time to do what he is most passionate about, show Cappadocia to travelers from all around the world on board of a Hot Air Balloon.

It is remarkable how he controls the balloon to take it exactly where he has planned (before the flight) to go.

Sunrise

Sunrise

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine

Heading to Love Valley

Heading to Love Valley

Passion and skills

Passion and skills

Down below, we can see the Love Valley welcoming the balloons, but only the more experienced pilots can take the balloon inside the Valley and ride it along; the others can only go in and out just to have a closer look at the formidable rock formations.

Love Valley

Love Valley

Exploring the Valley

Exploring the Valley

It is our lucky day!! Mr. Halis Aydogan is an expert in the Valley; he has taken many travellers along this one.
We enter the Valley and enjoy the ride inside, close to the trees' top and close to the rock formations until the incredible place's landmark.

Exploring the Valley

Exploring the Valley

Love Valley

Love Valley

Love Valley

Love Valley

We can see the other balloons flying over the Valley and just a few ventures to come inside and join this incredible exploration inside of it. I have chosen well!

After the long flight inside the Love Valley, we rise to 1.000m to have an extraordinary view of Cappadocia and its magical landscape.

Exploring inside the Valley

Exploring inside the Valley

Love Valley

Love Valley

1.000 m

1.000 m

While going up, I realized that most of the balloons start landing; it is interesting to see how soft they land and how the air leaves the envelope, and the balloon became a drawing in the ground.

Ultra Comfort flights last 75 minutes, and those extra 15 minutes makes a huge difference in the whole experience.

Going up!!

Going up!!

Cappadocia

Cappadocia

1.000m

1.000m

End of the Journey!

End of the Journey!

Our flight ended in a smooth land just on the truck that carries the basket; it is just unbelievable the coordination between the pilot, ground crew and the truck driver; this maneuver took only seconds, admirable!!

Landing time!

Landing time!

Landing!!!

Landing!!!

We are not allowed off the basket until the ground crew have fastened and secure the balloon on the ground.
While some of them assist the passengers off the basket, the others quickly finish to deflate the balloon, fold it and put it back in the bag.

The champagne celebration is not possible due to the new health restrictions, but everyone looks very optimistic for 2021 when all these restrictions are lifted.

Ground Crew

Ground Crew

Ground Crew

Ground Crew

Ground Crew

Ground Crew

My big advice here is: This is going to be one of your Lifetime Adventures; do your research and choose wisely, read the reviews, get in contact with the companies you are interested in, ask as many questions as you can. Cappadocia has a large offer of Balloons Companies, and all of them are different.

I will be glad to answer any question you may have; feel free to drop me a line!

Cappadocia Voyager Balloons

Cappadocia Voyager Balloons

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Written by Expedicionario76
I have been traveling most of my life, and reading other travelers' blogs helps reach those hidden magical places, where you meet the locals, an ancient site, something delicious to eat, or an incredible landscape. I like to discover the world independently, on foot in my way, and at my own pace. I hope these tips help you enhance your experience if you visit the same places, or maybe, you would like to include these places in your bucket list. Thank you for reading until here, let's the journey begins!

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