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Hot Air Balloon Rides

By Viator, December 2010

For a very different view of life on the ground, fly up, up and away in a hot-air balloon!

A unique alternative to regular sightseeing joy flights, hot-air balloon rides provide bird’s-eye views of cities like Quebec, Las Vegas, Melbourne and Phoenix.

The views are unparalleled floating above horizon-spanning countryside like the Dubai desert or Australian Outback. Balloons can also put a different perspective on ancient monuments like the Mexican pyramids or pharaohs’ temples lining the River Nile in Egypt.

Flying where the wind takes you is an unforgettable experience, giving a new meaning to the concept of smooth sailing as you soar to heights of up to 3,000 feet (900 meters) and distances of up to 18 miles (30km). When the burners are off, the sense of quiet tranquility is astounding.

The optimum time to float through the air in a hot-air balloon is sunrise, when the all-important winds are most stable and consistent. Sunset flights are possible in some locations when weather conditions are stable and the air is cool.

Hot-air balloon trips are usually followed by a celebratory champagne breakfast or supper. The tradition of serving champagne goes right back to the earliest balloon flights launched in France in the 18th century.

Pilots and their balloons are certified, registered and licensed, with regular checks ensuring airworthiness. For maximum comfort, wear warm clothing and flat shoes, and don’t forget your camera. You might also like to bring sunglasses and a hat.

Trips are weather dependent – there’s no point going up if it’s raining – and young children may not be allowed to fly. The landing site is usually dependent on the prevailing winds.

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Las Vegas Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 112 Reviews

The scenic Sunrise Hot Air Balloon ride is the most romantic way to fly over Las Vegas. Gently floating over the hustle and bustle of the Strip, travel ...  Read more

Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $199.99
$274.99 Save $75.00

Napa Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride with Sparkling Wine Brunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews

Take to the skies at sunrise on an incredible hot-air balloon ride over Napa Valley! After a pre-flight snack at Domaine Chandon Winery, hop aboard your ...  Read more

Location: Yountville, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $216.00

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

4.5 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

Glide up, up and away in a hot air balloon over Dubai Desert Conservation Revservation! After traveling from your central Dubai hotel to Margham by minibus, ...  Read more

Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $276.41

Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

Come on a magical hot air balloon flight over Melbourne - one of the few cities in the world that you can soar above in a hot air balloon! Admire Melbourne's ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $418.16

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

Greet the morning sun as you take flight over the Yarra Valley and its vineyards on a Yarra Valley hot air balloon flight. You'll fly for approximately one ...  Read more

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $346.89

Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

A hot-air balloon ride over Phoenix is an exhilarating experience, whether at sunrise or sunset (seasonal). After your flight, enjoy a champagne breakfast or ...  Read more

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $174.99

Hot Air Balloon Flight over Catalonia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 90 Reviews

Leave the hustle and bustle of Barcelona behind and join this early-morning hot-air balloon flight. A hot-air balloon ride is the best way to capture ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $238.53

Teotihuacan Pyramids Hot-Air Balloon Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Experience the Teotihuacan Pyramids from a whole new angle - looking down on them from the sky! This guided hot-air balloon adventure from Mexico City is a ...  Read more

Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 4.5 - 8 hours

From USD $254.99

Hot Air Ballooning including Champagne Breakfast from the Gold Coast or Brisbane

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 24 Reviews

View a sunrise with a difference, whilst floating in a hot air balloon over the Hinterland. Breathe in the wide-open spaces and be amazed at the colorful ...  Read more

Location: Gold Coast or Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $237.59

Orlando Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Make your childhood fantasies come true and take a sunrise flight over Orlando in a hot-air balloon! You'll fly over beautiful forests and lakes on this ...  Read more

Location: Orlando, Florida
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $185.00

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