26 June Sivas to Cappadocia
Spending a long and hot day driving from Sivas to Urgip where we stayed in a cave hotel. We had dinner there as well outside under a clear and starry sky. A relaxing way to finish off a long drive.
We stayed in a delightful boutique cave hotel in Urgip. A lovely way to relax after a few days of long driving. But we were up very early (3.45am) for a 4.15am departure for our hot air balloon ride. The morning was still and calm, no clouds and surprisingly warm. The weather here in Turkey has been warming up and we are up into the high 30’s now. Nothing prepared us for the sight of 120 hot air balloons preparing to take off in the predawn. Our pilot was very experienced and skilful. He flew the balloon up to 1100mt and the view as the sun rose over the mountains was breathtaking. He flew the balloon down low over the valleys and over wineyards and rocky tuff pinnacles. We could see the different formations as we flew for an hour and half in an 8 person basket. when we landed onto of a trailer! we celebrated with cherry juice and champers!
Enjoy the photos. After breakfast we set off for a full day’s sight seeing of the Dervent valley, Pashabag or Monks valley, Pigeon Valley, Goreme Open Air museum, Esentepe,and Kaymakli Underground city.
Hot air ballooning over this fabulous region was a highlight.