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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.

Tours & Tickets

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Napa Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride with Sparkling Wine Brunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 87 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

Hot Air Balloon Flight over Catalonia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 118 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 $190.05

Las Vegas Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 174 Reviews

This scenic sunrise hot air balloon ride is the most romantic way to fly over Las Vegas. Soar over Las Vegas neighborhoods, see gorgeous views of Red Rock ...  Read more

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

From USD $199.99
$274.99 Save $75.00

Atlas Mountains Hot Air Balloon Ride from Marrakech with Berber Breakfast and Desert Camel Experience

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 45 Reviews

A must for Marrakech visitors, this morning tour takes you soaring over the foothills of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. Touch ...  Read more

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $223.59

Orlando Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 54 Reviews

Make your childhood fantasies come true with a sunrise flight over Orlando in a hot-air balloon. You’ll float effortlessly over the forests, orchards and ...  Read more

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

From USD $164.99

Cappadocia Balloon Ride and Champagne Breakfast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Discover the stunning landscape of the Cappadocia region of Turkey from a hot-air balloon! Admire Cappadocia's beautiful scenery of tall, volcanic rock spires  ...  Read more

Location: Cappadocia, Turkey
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $195.64

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 57 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 $271.57

Tuscany Hot Air Balloon Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

See for miles over the beautiful Tuscan countryside on a 1-hour hot air balloon flight, taking place from the village of San Casciano in Val di Pesa. Soaring ...  Read more

Location: Florence, Italy
Duration: 1-3 hours

From USD $279.48

Dubai Hot Air Balloon Flight

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 90 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 $273.00

Melbourne Balloon Flight at Sunrise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 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 $327.38

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