Funded by one of Cappadocia's most prominent tourism companies, Royal Balloon is the deluxe Cappadocia hot air balloon company, boasting the best equipment, experienced pilots, and a higher level of service than normal.
Royal Balloon's new base facility features a cafeteria serving full breakfast at no additional charge, so you can get ready for your flight with a hot meal, coffee and tea.
Royal's pilots and ground crews are among the most experienced in Cappadocia, which is an important factor both for safety and a satisfying flight experience.
Chief Pilot Suat Ulusoy, Pilots David Stanley Parkes, Seniz Tuzcu, İbrahim Özertuğral, Nigel Tovey, Murat Özertuğral and Göksel Öner make up one of the most experienced captains' teams in Cappadocia ballooning, having worked with other prominent balloon companies before the foundation of Royal Balloon.
You are met at your hotel before dawn, driven to the headquarters building for a hearty breakfast, a hot beverage and a chance to meet your fellow aeronauts. Then it's off to the launch site, which varies according to the weather and the winds so as to take best advantage of both.
A check of the safety procedures and it's off you go, soaring above Cappadocia's moonscape valleys and plateaus, villages and vineyards, with your pilot pointing out natural features andwildlife, and keeping up a lively, sometimes humorous commentary. It's a totally satisfying experience.
|Pilot David Parkes pours some bubbly for the post-flight toast.|
After landing, it's time for the traditional champagne toast, prepared by your pilot and ground crew. Then it's back to your hotel in time for your tour or other daily activities.
It's easy to reserve your flight directly with Royal Balloon:
Avcılar Mahallesi, Eski Bağ Yolu Sokak No: 2-2
Göreme, Nevşehir, Turkey
Tel: +90 (384) 271 3300
Fax: +90 (384) 271 3303
Mobile: +90 (549) 271 3300
—by Tom Brosnahan
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