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I count my Cappadocia hot-air balloon flight as one of life's great thrills.
Your Aeronautical Adventure
You book your flight well in advance to be sure you'll have a place in the best balloon and the first flight of the day.
On the morning of your flight, the crew picks you up at your hotel before dawn and drives you to the takeoff site for the first flight of the day. After a chilly dawn launch you float silently above the Cappadocian moonscape dotted with villages, vineyards and fruit orchards for about an hour, coming down in a farmer's field.
When to Fly
The best flying weather is from April through October when the skies are clear and the winds light at dawn, but some companies fly in winter as well on days with favorable weather for flying. In 2014, conditions were good for flying on 319 days out of 365. In 2015, on 266 days. 100+ balloons made 27,775 flights carrying nearly a half-million passengers into the skies over Cappadocia.
At least half the days in a winter month will be good for flying, but they may not be spaced evenly: there may be 10 good days in a row, then 5 bad ones, or good and bad may come in 2's and 3's. The least suitable weather—when your flight is most likely to be cancelled—is in January and February.
Some balloon companies operate two or more flights in a morning. The first flight of the day is the best because of the sunrise and the climatic and wind conditions.
Tips for a Successful Flight
3. Reserve your place(s) in the balloon basket several days in advance if you can, and ask for the first flight of the day. It's best to schedule your flight for the morning after your first night in Cappadocia. If unsuitable weather prevents the balloons from flying on that first morning, you'll have a back-up possibility on your second or later morning.
4. Watch out for fake websites masquerading as reputable companies that will switch your booking to a less reputable company at the last moment, or even charge your credit card and provide nothing. Follow the links from TurkeyTravelPlanner.com. Be sure that you are actually reserving with the company you want.
5. If your balloon flight is cancelled because of unsafe conditions, don't be upset—think safety!
A balloon ascent is not cheap, but it's little enough to pay for a truly unforgettable experience in your life. And when it comes to price, you must realize that not all balloon flights are the same. Here's what makes a good hot-air balloon flight.
Bonus for TTP Travelers!
—by Tom Brosnahan
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