It’s quite normal for visitors to Cappadocia to spend some time deciding whether or not to take a balloon flight. After all, it costs quite a lot, you have to get up early and then there’s the possibility of acrophobia, globophobia or aviophobia. But although it’s quite usual to spend some time deciding, once a visitor has flown it’s most unusual for them to spend one moment regretting it.
There’s much more to it than just a balloon ride. The experience begins when you are picked up from ShoeString before dawn and taken for a light breakfast while you watch the balloons being inflated.
Then you climb into the basket, watch your pilot adjust the burner and send the flames shooting up, hold your breath, widen your eyes and feel the thrill as you take off into the dawn sky.
Your pilot will use the vertical control (the burner) to move the balloon through the horizontal layers of air currents and so change the direction of flight. No two flights are exactly the same but wherever you fly the views are simply unforgettable.
After an hour or so you will land and the ground crew will deflate and pack away the balloon while you toast yourselves and your pilot with champagne and receive your flight certificate. Then you’ll be taken back to ShoeString, already storing away memories of a truly special experience.
By the way acrophobia is the fear of heights, globophobia is the fear of balloons and aviophobia is the fear of flying. But the only thing you really have to fear is that you’ll spend too long making up your mind and find that there is no room for you in the balloon!
GO FOR IT