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There's nothing quite like a hot-air balloon ride to add a little bucket-list luxury to a trip. Although National Balloon Ascension Day—celebrated every January 9 in honor of the first balloon flight in the US, way back in 1793—has been and gone, there's no time like the present to book that hot-air balloon experience you’ve always dreamed of. Here are 15 of the best, no matter where in the world you are.
Admire the majesty of the Atlas Mountains without the hassle of, well, climbing them. Instead, soar high above the Moroccan landscape during a sunrise hot-air balloon ride, before enjoying a Berber breakfast on board.
Admire one of the country’s best-known and most impressive archaeological sites within easy driving distance of Mexico City at Teotihuacán. Coffee and breakfast are included to get your day off to a great start.
Hop in a hot-air balloon for an early-morning flight over the famed Napa Valley in California, before having the rest of the day free to sample the wines which make this region so sought after.
Dubai isn’t all high-rise buildings, swanky stores, and desert dunes … although you can admire all of the above and more from the comfort of a hot-air balloon. And an included falcon demonstration is just the icing on the cake.
Enjoy a relaxing hot-air balloon ride over the magnificent Sonoran Desert before touching back down to earth and tucking into a Champagne breakfast in Phoenix with this bucket list–worthy experience.
Get a different perspective on Australia’s Yarra Valley vineyards during a scenic hot-air balloon ride over the rolling hills and lush scenery of this popular winemaking region. And you can upgrade the experience with a sparkling wine breakfast.
Cappadocia is well-known for its hot-air balloon displays and what better way to take in the lunar landscape than from the air? From the famed fairy chimneys to other striking rock formations, this is a must for travelers in Turkey.
Soak up the beauty of the Tuscan countryside during a gentle hot-air balloon flight, during which you can admire Italian olive groves, charming villages, and majestic castles all while covering more ground than you could by other modes of transportation.
Pagodas and temples—of which there are more than 8,000—are best seen from the air. With that in mind, take off on a hot-air balloon ride in Bagan, Myanmar, and marvel at sites which are almost impossible to see by land.
UNESCO-listed landscapes are the order of the day in the Loire Valley and seeing them from the air puts a fun twist on your trip. Upon landing, a glass of Champagne (or alcohol-free alternative) will round out the experience.
Breakfast, Champagne, and onboard commentary come as standard during this 3-hour hot-air balloon experience over the Magaliesbergs and the Cradle of Humankind in South Africa.
Make the most of your visit to the Australian Outback with a hot-air balloon ride, high above the striking scenery that makes up this spectacular part of the world. Look out for elusive red kangaroos and then enjoy sparkling wine on landing.
Montserrat and the Pyrenees are just two of the landmarks you can expect to see from the comfort of your hot-air balloon basket. Upgrade for a longer, private flight but know that a sparkling wine brunch is included for all flights as standard.