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The Hot Air Ballooning Experience

From $799.90 Per Person

WHY IT'S DIFFERENT?

Immerse yourself in Istanbul's lively culture and tradition before a once in a lifetime balloon ride over the stunning Cappadocia landscape.

Turkey
From Apr to Oct
4 nights

From $799.90 Per Person

BOOK TODAY $279.965 DEPOSIT

Based on two people sharing, not including flights learn more

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

The Balloon Ride

The Balloon Ride

Slowly floating up high about the arid Cappadocia landscape, surrounded by other balloons watching the sun rise is most definitely a pinch yourself moment. Nicely capped off with a glass of bubbles upon landing.

Istanbul

Istanbul

Where West and East meet, Istanbul is one of our all-time favourite cities, brimming with cultural treasures including the iconic Blue Mosque, the Ottoman Topkapi Palace and the fascinating Haghia Sophia.

Turkish Food

Turkish Food

One of Turkey's biggest exports is its cuisine - baklava, turkish delight, juicy kebabs and much much more. The food is simply delicious and full of flavour so don't be shy to try as much as you can, you won't regret it.

Cappadocia Scenery

Cappadocia Scenery

Known for its distinctive fairy chimneys, tall, cone-shaped rock formations and Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by cave dwellers. Cappadocia offers the perfect backdrop for your balloon ride.

"Our Hot Air Balloon Experience was absolutely incredible! Our accommodation in Istanbul and Cappadocia was stylish, spotless, and welcoming."

Fay Short - Guest

TRIP OVERVIEW

YOUR EXPERIENCE

Experience the incredible landscape of Turkey’s Cappadocia region from a different perspective with the Hot Air Ballooning Experience. Reach new heights as you soar through the sky in a hot air balloon, with the volcanic lunar landscape of Cappadocia beneath you. Back on the ground, discover the rich cultural treasures of Cappadocia, from the incredible underground cities to the Goreme cave churches, presenting you with plenty to explore. Starting and ending your Turkish journey in Istanbul, you’ll also have the chance to experience some of the must-see attractions in this famous city.

YOUR EXPERTS

Dragos

Dragos

The Entertainer - Meet Dragos

James

James

The Brains Behind the Operation - Meet James

NEED TO KNOW

DESTINATIONTurkey
SEASONJune 19 - 24 2019
DURATION4 nights
GROUP SIZE8 people
ASSISTANCEHands on
AIRPORT(S)Istanbul
FLIGHTSFor more information on flights from the UK please refer to the Trip Details section.
VISAUK, EU & US required
VACCINATIONSYes

TRIP ITINERARY

Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul

Upon arrival in Istanbul, an airport transfer will take you to your boutique accommodation. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring the city and its cultural treasures, including the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia and Grand Bazaar.

INCLUDED

  • Airport Pick-up
Day 2 Travel to Cappadocia

A transfer will take you to Istanbul airport, where you fly to Cappadocia. After your arrival and transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia, you can spend the afternoon exploring the rock churches of Goreme, underground cities and breathtaking valleys on a walking tour of the area or get involved with some horseback riding or hiking (not included).

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Airport Drop-off (Istanbul)
  • Aiport Pick-up (Cappadocia)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Cooking Class
Day 3 Explore the Skies in a Hot Air Balloon

Pick up from your hotel before dawn and transfer to the take-off site for breakfast and to watch the preparation of the hot air balloons. Once in the balloon, you will have a one hour experience over Cappadocia’s stunning rocky landscape, caves and fairy chimneys. On landing, you will be greeted with a glass of Champagne, before being transferred back to your hotel. You have the rest of the day to spend at your leisure; so relax, explore the area or indulge in some incredible local cuisine!

INCLUDED

  • Pre-dawn buffet breakfast
  • Hot Air Balloon Experience
  • Champagne Landing and Certificate

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • A Day in Cappadocia Tour
Day 4 Travel back to Istanbul

A transfer to Cappadocia airport for your flight back to Istanbul. On arrival in Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel. Take your time to explore the city at your leisure.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Airport Drop-off (Cappadocia)
  • Airport Pick-up (Istanbul)
Day 5 Travel to the Airport

Transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight home.

INCLUDED

  • Breakfast
  • Airport Drop-off

TRIP ACCOMMODATION

A selection of our accommodation, which is subject to availability, however alternatives are always of a similar price, grade and location.

Istanbul

Istanbul
Turkey

With all our accommodation well located in the center of the city near the sights, you'll be able to explore at your leisure.
Typical Accommodation: Astan Hotel Taksim, Peyk Hotel or similar

Cappadocia

Cappadocia
Turkey

Our accommodation gives you the opportunity to stay in your very own cave hotel room.
Typical Accommodation: Serinn House, Selcuklu Evi Cave House or similar

TRIP LOCATION

WHERE YOU'RE GOING

Towering fairy chimneys, rock-cut caves, and rocky valleys that undulate as far as the eye can see—the distinctive landscape of Cappadocia is a result of ancient volcanic eruptions that layered the terrain with soft, porous rock. Nature has artfully eroded the rock into a series of intriguing and comical shapes, most famously the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys that are scattered throughout the rocky valleys. But man, along with nature, has played a role in shaping the region into the fascinating place it is today. Age-old civilisations carved entire underground cities into the soft rock where they lived for hundreds of years. While these rock-cut dwellings are no longer inhabited, they've been transformed into chic cave hotels that give insight into troglodyte life with a luxury twist.

DID YOU KNOW
  • Istanbul is the only city that lies on two continents: Europe and Asia
  • Cappadocia is a large grape producer, with wine-making production having a long history here
  • There are at least 600 underground churches in Cappadocia
  • There are 3,113 mosques in Istanbul

FAST FACTS

CAPITAL
POPULATION
CURRENCY
TIME DIFFERENCE

"Airport transfers require a little bit of patience as taxis have to wait away from the airport terminal so once you are met by the transfer company then you need to wait until your car reaches the terminal"

Dragos Pavel - Untravelled Paths

Host Tips

TRIP TIPS

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Drinking Water

While Turkish tap water is heavily chlorinated and considered safe to drink, we always recommend sticking to bottled water to avoid any stomach upsets! Far from ideal when exploring.

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Mosque Etiquette

If you are visiting local mosques, including the Blue Mosque, you need to cover your shoulders, upper arms, legs, take off your shoes and women need to wear a scarf over their heads.

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Consider an Extra Night

With so much to discover in Istanbul you may wish to consider an extra night so you can fit it all in. It's worth noting that a visit to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia takes at least half a day.

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E-Visa

UK passport holders can apply for an e-visa via the Turkish immigration website for $20. Other nationalities will need to confirm the requirements but it's always prudent to do this.

TRIP DETAILS

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • ALL TRANSFERS
  • ALL ACCOMMODATION
  • 2 nights in Istanbul
  • 2 nights in Cappadocia
  • MEALS
  • All breakfasts
  • ACTIVITIES
  • Hot Air Ballooning Experience with pre-dawn buffet, champagne landing and certificate
  • THE SERVICES OF A BI-LINGUAL GUIDE
  • UNTRAVELLED PATHS EXPERIENCE EBOOKLET
GETTING THERE

As a tour operator we are not able to offer inclusive flights as part of our experiences however we are more than happy to help you find the most appropriate incoming and outgoing flights for you. All the listed airports fly directly in and out of Istanbul with multiple different airlines to choose from. We highly recommend using Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.

It is worth noting that Istanbul has two airports – Istanbul Airport (IST) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), the former is about 40 minutes and the latter is 70 minutes from the centre of Istanbul. We can organise your airport pick ups from either but it’s worth noting there is a £25 premium per leg from Sabiha Gokcen Airport as it is further away.

LONDON TO ISTANBUL
  • Turkish Airlines (Gatwick, Heathrow)
  • British Airways (Heathrow)
  • Pegasus Airlines (Stansted)
  • Atlas Global (Stansted)
BIRMINGHAM TO ISTANBUL
  • Turkish Airlines (to IST)
EDINBURGH TO ISTANBUL
  • Turkish Airlines (to IST)
MANCHESTER TO ISTANBUL
  • Turkish Airlines (to IST)
  • Pegasus Airlines (to SAW)

You will also need to book the domestic flights between Istanbul and Cappadocia. There are two airports in the region of Cappadocia, Nevsehir Airport (NAV) and Kayseri Airport (ASR), the former being the closer (40 minutes) to Cappadocia but more expensive to fly to and the latter being further away (1 hour) and cheaper to fly to. There is no additional charge for flying to Kayseri, however there is a £25 premium if you are flying from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) in Istanbul (per leg). 

ISTANBUL TO NEVESHIR AIRPORT
  • Turkish Airlines (IST, SAW)
ISTANBUL TO KAYSERI AIRPORT
  • Turkish Airlines (IST, SAW)
  • Pegasus Airlines (SAW)
DATES & PRICES

SOLO TRAVELLERS

Our prices are based on people sharing, for solo travellers who would prefer a private room the price per person will include a solo occupancy fee.

EXTRA NIGHTS

If you wish we can also organise extra nights at either end of your trip for you. For the extra nights organised through us, the airport transfer will still be included.

AVAILABILITY

April 2020
April 8 - 12 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 PP
April 15 - 19 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp
April 22 - 26 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp
April 29 - May 3 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp
May 2020
May 6 - 10 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp
May 13 - 17 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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May 20 - 24 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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May 27 - 31 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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June 2020
June 3 - 7 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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June 10 - 14 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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June 17 - 21 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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June 24 - 28 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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July 2020
July 1 - 5 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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July 8 - 12 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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July 15 - 19 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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July 22 - 26 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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July 29 - August 2 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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August 2020
August 5 - 9 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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August 12 - 16 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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August 19 - 23 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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August 26 - 30 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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September 2020
September 2 - 6 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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September 9 - 13 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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September 16 - 20 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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September 23 - 27 2020 Early release From $797 PP
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September 30 - October 4 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp
October 2020
October 7 - 11 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp
October 14 - 18 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp
October 21 - 25 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp
October 28 - November 1 2020 Early release From $797 PP
$997 pp

HOW IT WORKS

Book your trip in five easy steps.

1

ENQUIRE ONLINE

Once you’ve chosen the dates you’d like to travel on using our availability calendar all you need to do is head over to the booking page and fill in the enquiry form.

2

BOOK YOUR FLIGHTS

We will get back to you answering any questions you might have and confirming availability. If all is good, we can hold the places for you for 48 hours while you book your flights. Please note that this stage does not represent a guarantee of the booking.

3

BOOKING FORM

Once you have booked your flights, we will send you a booking form you will need to fill in with your details, flights and other relevant information.

4

PAY FOR YOUR TRIP

As you fill in the booking form, you will also be asked to make the payment through a secure link; if you are travelling in less than 8 weeks, the payment will be paid in full, otherwise only a 35% deposit will be taken.

5

FINAL CONFIRMATION

Shortly after you pay, you will receive a confirmation invoice, followed by a personalised itinerary and digital booklet. All you need to do now is write the dates in your diary, prepare your packing list and look forward to your next adventure!

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NOTES

Please note deposit is non-refundable. The balance will only be refundable if you cancel with more than 8 weeks in advance. More information about the cancellation policy can be found in our Terms & Conditions

FAQ

What is the currency?

Turkey's currency is the Turkish Lira (TL). Banknotes exist in denominations TL1, TL5, TL10, TL20, TL50 and TL100, and coins from 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 cents to TL1.

Where can I get a hold of the currency?

Our preferred method for getting access of holiday cash is to withdraw money from a local cash machine on arrival, which are ubiquitous particularly in Istanbul. It’s safest to use ATMs that are connected to banks during working hours just in case you have any issues, and ensure that
you are not overlooked whilst keying in your pin number.

You can also buy TL before your trip from most banks and post offices.

Can I pay by debit/credit card?

Most major credit and debit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are accepted throughout Turkey (chip-and-pin), however it can be a good idea to have cash on you just in case particularly for smaller purchases in the bazaars, a quick kebap, or drinks in cafes. It is always advisable to inform your bank that you’re travelling abroad in order to avoid the frustration of having your card blocked.

How is tipping like?

Tipping is a part of Turkish culture. Round up fares in taxis and a 10% tip in restaurants in considered the norm.

How is the weather like?

Spring: Early April can play host to some windy days and unpredictable weather but by the end of the month and throughout May the weather is idyllic with sunny blue skies and warm daytime temperatures ranging from a very comfortable 20 to 25°C.
Summer: Temperatures average 25-30°C, and most days are sunny with blue skies. Rainfall is rare, and humidity makes it feel much hotter, especially in August. Cappadocia, in particular, can get extremely hot for a few weeks between the end of July and the end of August with daytime temperatures easily reaching 40°C!
Autumn: With warm sunny days, cool evenings and beautiful sunsets, weather in the autumn is pleasant and temperate. As with the beginning of the spring, however, the closer to the end of October you travel the more likelihood of bad weather.

Who should I contact in case of an emergency?

You can always contact the UTP team on +44 207 101 4061 or info@untravelledpaths.com. Before you travel, you will also receive a personalised itinerary with the contact details of the local manager in Romania should there be any problems. Your guide will be on hand throughout the trip as well, so you're in safe hands.

How do I go about booking extra activities?

Our digital booklet, which you will receive before travel, contains all the information you need about optional activities. Simply drop us an email letting us know what you'd like to do during your trip, and we'll take care of the rest. Please note that the payment for the optional activities will be taken locally in cash.

Is tap water safe?

While Turkish tap water is heavily chlorinated and considered safe to drink, we always recommend sticking to bottled water to avoid any stomach upsets!

Is Turkey safe?

Turkey is currently in a fragile state having experienced a fair amount of political unrest. With that in mind, please be aware that there may be more police checks than usual, particularly across Istanbul so do keep a copy of your passport and e-visa on you at all times in order to prove your identity to authorities should you be required to. Stick to touristy areas and avoid any rallies or demonstrations that take place. Be extra vigilant and patient at airports, and if you have any concerns about your safety please do not hesitate to contact us.

What do I need to pack?

Hat, sun cream, sun glasses, comfortable layers made of cotton, a couple of long-sleeved tops and loose, long trousers/skirts, trainers or lightweight walking shoes, swim suit in case you want to visit a hamam, a shawl to cover up in mosques; a daypack, a jumper for evenings, sandals, some warm clothing for pre-dawn ballooning excursion.

Do I need a visa?

British citizens will need to obtain an electronic visa before arrival. The evisa costs $20 and can be purchased Simply visit https://www.evisa.gov.tr/en/ and follow the simple and quick application and payment instructions. The evisa costs $20, is valid for up to 90 days and can be obtained up to 3 months prior to the start of your trip. Citizens of other countries will need to check the entry requirements for Turkey with their respective consulates. Regardless, your passport will also need to be valid for 6 months beyond your stay. Please note it is your responsibility to ensure your documents are in order and your visa is obtained in advance.

Is Hot Air Ballooning safe?

Hot air ballooning is extremely safe! The company we use is commercially insured for flight, ground transportation, and chase crew operations. Their balloons are fully insured by Euroko, fully covered at international standard and insured for third party and passenger liability. Experienced and friendly pilots who practice wise weather ballooning, and a fleet of modern hot air balloons that pass FAA inspections.

Where does the balloon take off?

There are about 18 different launch and landing sites in Cappadocia. Each day is different. The launch and landing sites used on any given day will be determined by the speed and direction of the wind that day.

Why are the flights scheduled so early in the morning?

Hot air balloons are completely dependent on the wind and as the sun heats the earth the air begins to boil just like a pot of water. Early morning air and the first hour of flight is the safest time of day to fly.

How long is the flight?

About an hour depending on prevailing weather conditions and suitability of landing sites, but the whole experience lasts at least three hours.

How high does the balloon fly?

The balloons will fly from ground level to three thousand feet above ground level, depending on wind direction and speed. The maximum altitude is 6000 feet and is limited by Turkish Civil Aviation.