Cappadocia is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot air balloons. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards – through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features – and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region.

Ballooning is the most popular activity in Cappadocia region, and there are many companies to choose from.  Balloon flights range between 100 Euro up to 250 Euro in Cappadocia for non-private group flights.  We do not recommend the cheapest companies for such an activity, but also you do not need to pay for the most expensive ones to enjoy this experience.  Please see below for types of balloon flights.  For the flights explained below, you would be picked up from our hotel about 40 minutes before the sunrise and get served a light breakfast before going to the balloon launch site. At the end of all flights, there will be a champagne celebration and all passengers will get a certificate for completing a balloon flight.  Lastly, you will be brought back to your hotel around 8-9 a.m. which gives you enough time to join daily tours or do other activities. 

Standard flights range between 100 Euro up to 175 Euro per person, and the number of passengers in one basket ranges from 8 up to 36 people in these flights.  The flights last 45 minutes to 1 hour for standard flights.  As prices for such flights get lower, the number of passengers per basket will get higher.  Although the basket size is important for a pleasant flight, it is not the only aspect that effects the pricing for a balloon flight; the pilot operating the flight also effects the flight cost as better and more experienced pilots do get paid more compared to new and inexperienced pilots.  Also the equipment used in balloon flights affect the pricing of this activity as companies which renew and use most up-to-date ballooning equipment will have more overhead costs to cover, and the entire flight experience is really determined by combination of all these factors.  We recommend flights with companies who take all these factors seriosly and professionally.

Our Recommended Balloon Companies

Butterfly Balloons  
Butterfly Balloons' baskets are for 12 or 16 people so everybody gets an edge on the basket, the other companies have baskets up to 36 people and it is not as pleasant.The pilots are very important, and Butterfly has the best pilots and their head pilot is Mike Green (known as the best pilot in the region, and one of the best in the world). Butterfly Balloons fly time is 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, while the other companies fly 45 minutes to 1 hour.You should let us know early if you want to join the flight with Butterfly Balloons because they are very popular and they get booked up quick as they are recommended highly by travel guides such as the Lonely Planet, Tripadvisor and Rick Steves. The rate for the balloon ride with them will be 175 Euro per person on credit card payment and 165 Euro per person with cash payment. The rate includes transfer to / from your hotel, 1 hour flight, light breakfast, commemorative flight certifacate and champagne celebration.

Royal Balloons  
Royal Balloons offer to our guests standard flights with a capacity of 16-20 passenger baskets.  The details are same as described above under standard balloon flights, and they have a professional team operating these flights. Each pilot has at least 1500 hours of flight experience and are instructor pilots. Royal Balloons flight time is 1 hour to 1hour 15 minutes, By booking through Metis Travel, you would get this flight for 150 Euro per person with cash and 160 Euro’s by credit card instead of 175 Euro normally offered by Royal Balloons.

Since both of the above companies – Butterfly Balloons and Royal Balloons – are highly recommended by Lonely Planet and other major travel planners like Tripadvisor, we recommend early booking as they are usually booked up during high season (April to October).


We will pick you up early in the morning around 05:30am - 06:00am depending on the season and drive to our office to have your light breakfast with some coffee, cakes and fruits. Then, we will drive to the take-off site which changes every day depending on the wind. While you are watching the inflation of the balloon, our pilot will give you brief information about the basic rules and safety measures. After getting on the basket, you will have 1 hour flight and you will be able to see the best valleys, villages and wineyards in Cappadocia. The landing is usually quite gentle and then you will have a small celebration with champagne and fruit juices. After getting your flight certicates from our agents, we will drive you back to your hotel around 08:30am.

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1,5 Hours Flight (total of 3,5 hours time with pick-up, breakfast and drop-off)


Everyday between 01st April and 30th November (depending on weather conditions)


Max.12 people in one basket


Transfer to/from your hotel, 1,5 hours flight, light breakfast, commemorative flight certifacate and champagne celebration


250 Euro per person and 125 Euro per person between 7-12 years

230 Euro per person with cash payment and half price between 7-12 years

Especially for people who are interested in photography and geology, the deluxe balloon flight is the best. The main differences between the standard and deluxe balloon ride is the duration of the flight and number of people on the basket. By flying 1,5 hours, you will be able to get the best shots of Cappadocia valleys and villages. There will also be maximum 12 people on the basket. The flight will end around 09:00am which gives you enough time to join daily tours as well.


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1,5 Hours Flight (total of 3,5 hours time with pick-up, breakfast and drop-off)


Everyday (depending on weather conditions)


Private Basket for 2 people


Transfer to/from your hotel, 1,5 hours flight, light breakfast, commemorative flight certifacate and champagne celebration


1200 Euro for two people

For your very special occasions, there is nothing more romantic than a private balloon flight in a basket just for 2 people. All the services will be private only for 2 of you.


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Frequently Asked Questions About Ballooning

How safe is a balloon? 
Hot air ballooning is considered as one of the safest forms of flying. It is much safer than flying with a plane.

How high do balloons fly?
We will fly quite low for a while to show you the rock formations from touching level and also fly around 2000 feet to taste the feeling of being a bird around the entire Cappadocia. You will be able to see more than 80-90 km (40-50 miles) in diameter in a sunny day with the balloon. 
Why do we fly in the early morning?
We prefer to fly during the first hours after the sunrise because it is the calmest, coolest part of the day. This makes things easier for soft landings and maximum lifting capacity of the balloon. In addition, there is the splendor of a beautiful sunrise.
What do I wear and bring? 
You should wear jeans or casual trousers and flat heeled shoes in summer. You should definitely wear some warm clothing in winter time. Although we usually land close to a road, you may be walking through fields. It is no colder in the balloon than on the ground, yet you may wish to bring a light jacket. Layered clothing will be the best as sometimes the weather might be different in the air than the ground. It is a must to bring your camera fully charged as you will take many lovely pictures of incredible Cappadocia.
Where do we go?
We change our take-off site everyday according to wind speed and direction so that you can see the best valleys of Cappadocia. The sky is layered with air currents, so the pilot heats the air inside the balloon with the burner to rise into currents with different directions. 
Where do we land? 
We land at different locations every day as everything is depending on the weather. Your pilot will begin the gentle descent when he finds an appropriate landing site where we are met by our experienced ground crew who are following us all the time on the ground. 
Do you have Insurance?
Yes. All passengers are insured up to 1,000,000 EURO.
Can we fly with our children?

Children between 7-12 years old can fly with a responsible adult. However, we are not able to fly children under 7 years.
When do you cancel the flight?

When the wind is faster than 10 miles per hour, during heavy rain or snow or in a very foggy day, the flight will be canceled. You will receive a full refund if we have to cancel your flight.
Can pregnant women fly?

Unfortunately, we are not able to fly with pregnant women incase of a bumpy landing even though it occasionaly happens.

Do we see sunrise from the balloon?

We usually take-off with the sunrise and fly during the Golden Hour for photography. Sometimes, we might have to take-off later due to weather conditions.


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How to Complete The Booking with Our Agency

When you email us regarding the balloon flight, we will send you an itinerary based on the actual “real-time” availability. Until your deposit is received through our secure form, the availability of the balloon flight might change. When we confirm your reservation; all rates are guaranteed.

When you agreed the itinerary with our travel agent, we will request a 30% deposit to confirm all your reservations. We have 128bit SSL secure form that you can safely send your credit card details at 

Once we receive your deposit , we will confirm your reservation and email you the travel voucher within 1 business day.  The balance due can be paid at any time before to arrival – or you can pay after the balloon flight in our balloon office.


To confirm this itinerary, we will also need your hotel information in Cappadocia to arrange the pick-up / drop-off service. We offer free pick-up / drop-off service for all the hotels in Cappadocia.

General Guideline for Cancellation

Here is the general guideline for our cancellation policy if your agent does not mention otherwise:


Cancellation Policy for Hot Air Balloon Flights:

If you cancel 48 hours before the balloon flight, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 48 hours to 24 hours before the ride, we will charge 50% cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 24 hours of the flight , we will charge the full amount as cancellation fee.

We cannot give any refund on no-shows for the flights.

*for large groups, please ask to your agent for the cancellation policy and booking requirements