75 Kms from Kirikkale
Some 300 kilometres away from Cappadocia, the dynamic capital of Turkey, Ankara, is best accessed by bus. The journey should be around five hours long.
198 Kms from Kirikkale
We were flying over the rippled valleys of Cappadocia which we planned to visit later on the same day. We saw Rose valley, Pigeon valley, Open Air Goreme Museum, etc.; all from a bird’s eye view. A pilot can only guide the balloon vertically, as the horizontal path is clearly directed by the wind around. Dennis was professional and fluent in English and was properly describing about the sights we were flying over. He had years of experience in flying the balloon and we felt absolutely safe while flying with him.
250 Kms from Kirikkale
Selcuk – A quaint little town which houses the Ephesus, the Temple of Artemis (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world) and the house of Virgin Mary (it is believed that Mother Mary spent her last few days here when St John brought her to Turkey after the death of Jesus). It’s also just a few hours away from Pammukale (the cotton castle with the hot springs and travertine) and few minutes away from Kusadasi which is one of the biggest ports in Turkey where most of the cruise ships halt.
352 Kms from Kirikkale
A port city along the coast of the Black Sea, Samsun is located between two rivers, Kizilirmak (the Red River) and the Yesilirmak (the Green River), both of which were crossed during my drive through Samsun. The River Mert, which meets the sea in Samsun, was another river we crossed.