Turkish Bath

Turkish Bath

Before you can decide whether you hate or love going to a Turkish bath or hamam, you need to experience it at least once. If you want to feel that relaxation and lightness of being which only a Turkish bath can give you, then take time out after sightseeing for a few hours and head for the nearest Turkish bath.

The Turkish bath or hamam is an atmospheric world all of its own in the middle of the modern bustling city. Everyone who sets foot there surrenders to the water in a voluntary form of captivity, for the process of purification of not just the body but also the soul. After entering the door you find yourself in the camekan, a hall lined with changing cubicles. In a traditional hamam this is the most impressive part, with a drinking fountain in the centre or sometimes a marble pool with a water jet. Before your encounter with water can start, you have to undress in one of the cubicles and wrap your body in a cotton or silk bathing cloth known as a pestimal. Then you are ready to go into the bath, where you get through an antechamber called the soğukluk where there is a room for shaving, lavatories and a stall selling beverages.

When the door to the bath proper, known as the sıcaklık or harrare, opens you find yourself in a high room filled with the sound of splashing water, the scent of soap, and wafting steam which your daily concerns and worries cannot penetrate. In the gentle moist heat your body relaxes, and your nerves are soothed. You sit down at one of the marble wash basins which line the walls, and adjusting the temperature of the water to a delicious warmth, dip the copper bathing bowl into the basin and tip the water over your head and body. Waves of relaxation seem to pour right through you as the water slowly pours down.

When you have finished washing, stretch out on the platform, which is heated from beneath. Soon the heat will have opened the pores in your skin, and the bath attendant (known as a natır in a women’s bath and a tellak in the men’s part) will come along carrying a bath glove made of coarse raw silk. Entrust your body to their skilled hands as they vigorously rub away the layer of dead skin, then soap and rinse you well. If requested they go on to give you a massage. After being kneaded from top to toe, on top of the relaxing effect of all that hot water, you naturally begin to feel delightfully sleepy. The Spanish writer Juan Goytisolo describes this as a state of unimaginable bliss, and says that when he came out of the hamam, his body which had been ‘taken to pieces and put together again, soaped from head to foot, rinsed, dried, and relieved of tension’ felt like wearing a new suit of clothes.

Price : 25 - 35 €

Standard Balloon Flight

Standard balloon flights offer the minimum of one hour’s flight time. You are picked up from the hotel early in the morning, before sunrise, and driven to the take-off site. After you have had a light breakfast, you can also see the inflation of the balloon and you get a brief instruction about the basic rules of balloon flights. After that you smoothly take off in your balloon. Having glided over the beautiful valleys of Cappadocia and taken hundreds of pictures, you land and celebrate your flight with champagne. After getting your flight certificates you are taken back to your hotel by 08:30 am, having still a full day for other activities ahead of you.

Price : 130-160€

Comfort Balloon Flight

Comfort flights are our new option for people who do not want to take a longer flight but would still like to enjoy the comfort of having fewer people and more space in the basket. The comfort flight lasts the minimum of one hour with a maximum capacity of 16 people in the basket, making it especially suitable for people who like taking a lot of pictures, as there are fewer people in the basket blocking the view.

Price : 160-170€

Deluxe Balloon Flight

For people who are professionally interested in photography or aviation, the deluxe balloon flight is the perfect choice. The main difference between the standard and deluxe flights is the longer flight time, 1.5 hours, but also the size of the basket, which is usually 8-12 people.

Price : 230-250€

VIP Balloon Flight

What a better way to celebrate a special occasion, be it an anniversary, birthday, wedding, honeymoon or any other important event, than taking a balloon flight just for two in a small basket. We have a special basket for you which only has room for the pilot and two passengers in it, so your flight is a very personal experience which can be tailored especially for you and your partner.

VIP flight offers all services VIP, like a private transfer from your hotel to the launch site, special beverages and refreshments on the launch site while the balloon is being inflated, an unforgetable balloon flight for two people lasting about 1 hour 15 minutes, champagne celebration and refreshments after landing and transfer from the landing site back to your hotel in your private transport. You also receive souvenirs of the flight and your personal flight certificate.

Price : 1250€