Cappadocia is a historical region in central Anatolia. The area is not only home to amazing landscapes, but also the hot air balloon ride that lured me to Turkey in the first place. We booked our flight with Royal Balloon, the best in the area and chose the longer, 90 minute King ride. After seeing just one image online of a hot air balloon over Cappadocia, I knew I had to visit! I wasn’t disappointed when it turned out to be a truly amazing area to photograph!
We were picked up at dawn for the main event and then taken to breakfast to meet our fellow balloon passengers. With our King flight there were only three other couples in our basket in addition to us and our pilot, Nigel. We had plenty of room and were able to take in the sunrise, the amazing landscapes of Cappadocia from above and the valleys of Fairy Chimneys. It was absolutely beautiful, relaxing and not the least bit nerve-wracking even for someone who does not particularly love heights like myself.
Kelebek Cave Hotel
Aydinli Mahallesi, Yavuz Sokak No:1
50180 Goreme, Nevsehir, TURKEY
+90 (384) 271 2531
Lauren Neff is a wedding & lifestyle photographer based in South Dakota and serving the Midwest. When not working you can usually find Lauren trying to convince her husband to plan more travel adventures—hopefully with a cup of coffee or beer in hand. See more from Lauren’s trip to Turkey.