A balloon ride was certainly on mine. But not any balloon ride… I wanted to fly over Cappadocia! After seeing so many photos and videos, how could I help it? It was a dream, eager to come true.
Two years ago I was planning my 30’s birthday. The idea was to celebrate with a trip, so I asked my closest friends and travel partners for their thoughts. It was easy, one of them said Greece, and automatically everyone agreed. Truth to be told, since we know each other, we have been talking about going to Greece one summer and never really planning it. So, it was set. Decided. Agreed. We would go to Greece!
But, wait… just Greece? Don’t get me wrong, Greece is so worthy, but I wanted to take as much days off as possible and travel as many places I could!
As I usually do when planning my trips… we went to Google Maps. We opened it on Greece and then started going further and seeing which places we had around. I normally do this so I don’t miss any options out there.
And there it was… Turkey. And Turkey meant Cappadocia, the number one thing on my bucket list.
If you have already read my post on Istanbul, you know I didn’t spend much time in the city. I do admit it was a pity… but this was a MUST for me.
Planning the Cappadocia bound turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. I was recommended to contact a turkish travel agency, RoadRunner that works with different destinations inside Turkey. The travel agent that took care of us went beyond our expectations and helped us a lot, so if you are planning a trip to Turkey I would totally advise you on contacting her (you can follow the link to their website).
The day started early (too early for me), we took a flight to Kayseri and from there a bus to Goreme. All this took us like 3 hours, arriving at 9 am in Goreme, just in time for our first set of tours.
During our first day in Cappadocia we visit all north, including the famous fairy chimneys (rock formations) that give Cappadocia her unique look and surroundings.
That night we stayed in a cave hotel. Yes, cave! Cappadocia’s soft volcanic stone has been carved since the medieval ages, so it’s not a surprise that they would use it now for beautiful hotels and apartments. The experience was beyond my expectations!
At 3 am my alarm clock went on. And for my first time ever, I was so excited of hearing that sound. It could only mean one thing… Balloon time!
Because images speak more than a 1000 words, I will only say that it was the most amazing experience ever! The place, the flight, the sunrise, everything was just perfect… And I will let my photos tell you the rest…
After this incredible morning, we went back to the hotel for a little breakfast before our pick up for the second set of tours around the south of Cappadocia. Again, we had guided tours scheduled to visit the ancient underground city and the red valley before continuing our trip to Kusadasi, last stop of our Turkey Trip.