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This tour worked like clockwork....amazing efficiency, punctuality, humour, wit, fun, adventure, suspense...all rolled into a 4 hour experience of a lifetime!
Captain Michael Schaefer was the perfect host...from picking us up at an unearthly (yawn!) hour of 4.30 AM to driving us to the flight take off point, piloting the balloon ride and finally dropping us back...all with a big smile. I recommend this trip to anyone and everyone who is visiting Dubai.
Thank you to Captain Michael Schaefer and the rest of the team a truly memorable experience for my fiancee and myself!
This was a fantastic experience with stunning views across the desert. Well worth the early morning rise to see the sunrise from the air. One of the best experiences ever!
My first hot air balloon trip and it was wonderful. Although an early pickup at the hotel, driver was on time and van was clean and comfortable. It was fun watching the crew inflate the balloon then lift off was incredibly smooth. We rose smoothly to about one mile high to watch the sun rise over the mountains in Oman. After that the pilot descended to around 200 feet and followed the dunes for most of the trip. It was amazing to see signs of life in the desert although we only saw a few animals. The landing was incredibly smooth and gentle.
What an awesome experience to be 4000ft above the ground!!! The sunrise and desert views were absolutely breathtaking and the ride was smooth and nothing compared to my initial worries of height anxiety. Our pilot, Captain Michael Schaefer, was absolutely amazing...comical, yet professional at all times, with safety as his number one priority. Due to our Dubai Marina residential location, we used our own transportation and took a short taxi ride to Dubai Festival City's Plug-In around 5am, so get a good nights rest!!! We were picked up, along with other adventurers, in their personalized Balloon Adventures minivans and arrived at the balloon take off site after a 30min ride. The weather was beautiful, but don't forget to bring a light jacket or sweater for the early morning draft. Also, wear something comfortable that will allow you to jump into the basket without difficulties. Bags, backpacks, pouches, etc...are not allowed onboard due to safety reasons, but a camera is allowed per person, so take lots of photos and videos!!! All personal property will be secured in the Balloon Adventures minivans. As for taking pictures and best views, I personally felt that any of the four corners were great, but your pilot will rotate the basket so everyone gets a fair share of the best views. I would also like to state that upon landing, your basket will most likely be on its side (your back) and we felt comfortable spinning around while inside the basket so our feet was sticking out the other end or opening of the basket to get out easier. At the conclusion of our epic adventure, everyone received a personalized flight certificate, along with photos with Captain Mike, and enjoyed a cool drink after landing. We were even treated to a complimentary "Dune Bashing" extravaganza enroute to the Balloon Adventures minivans. Overall, we had a wonderful and most memorable experience with Balloon Adventures and would like to thank Viator for offering this amazing excursion.
The day started perfectly with driver came to fetch from our suite punctually at 4.20am. Journey to the location took about 45minutes and since it is still dark there is nothing much to see on the road, we took the opportunity for a nap. Once we reached the destination, safety briefing was done by the comical hot air balloon pilot, Michael Schaefer. Note, wear comfortable pants and shoes since there will be a need to "jump into" the basket. The height of the basket is slightly an inch higher of my waist level (I stands at 1.58m tall!). Nevertheless, an hour's flight feels so short since not only were we entertained by the hilarious pilot, but also being welcomed by the beautiful sunrise. We were back in our suite by 9am before we knew it, and will be definitely be coming back if we visit Dubai again! :)
The day started perfectly with driver came to fetch us punctually at 4.15am. Journey to the location took about 45minutes. Once we reached, safety briefing was done by the comical balloon pilot Michael Schaefer and the flight begins! Note, please wear comfortable pants as you need to cross into the basket which is about the height of my waist (I stands at 1.58m tall). Michael was hilarious and entertaining, we had so much fun that an hour's flight feels so short! We are back in our suites before 9am; definitely will be coming back for more flights if I visit Dubai again :)
The Hot Air Ballon flight was amazing. A car picked us up at 4 o'clock in the morning and drove us out in the desert. The staff prepared the balloon for our ride. After taking off the light and colours were changing gradually while the sun was going up. The guide was informative and funny. Would love to do a hot air balloon ride again.
A must try! Enjoyed every minute. The excitement builds up till the landing!
This should be on your bucket list! I have always wanted to fly on a hot air balloon. This was an incredible experience! They pick you up at your hotel, take you to the site, fly you around in complete safety and take you home. Notables: this is the largest hot air balloon in the world! It has been used to set, and is itself a world record. The service is excellent and the staff extremely knowledgeable. My Hungarian pilot, Atilla was a riot and made me feel safe and informed. The views of the emirate desert from a hot air balloon is something you'll dine on for months. Go for it...now!
Captain Atttila is a Excellent Pilot , was very good. i will fly again.
Gerardo, and Maritza Puerto Rico
I am so happy that we took this hot air balloon ride. For me, it was a once in a lifetime experience. Everything went as scheduled, we were picked up from our hotel right on time and we were contacted the evening before by the tour company to confirm. Please be aware that there is some degree of physical strength needed to climb into the basket using notches in the side of the basket which I wasn't aware of but could be problematic for some folks who are older or have physical limitations.
It was an excellent experience and I am so glad that my daughter and I shared it together. I highly recommend this trip.