Enjoy a spectacular start to the day with a sunrise hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley, just an hour away from Melbourne. This favorite day trip destination is a gourmet paradise of lush rolling hills and vineyards and home to more than 35 wineries that produce renowned cold-climate varietals like chardonnay and pinot noir.
Make your way to the Yarra Valley’s Balgownie Estate in the early morning, or enjoy pickup at your Melbourne CBD hotel (if sparkling wine breakfast upgrade is selected). Climb aboard a sturdy basket, which holds a maximum of 16 people. Experience the thrill as your hot air–powered balloon fires up in the crisp morning air and you begin to slowly rise over the countryside.
Float with the breeze over vineyards, country roads and orchards for an unbeatable view of the gorgeous landscape. On misty mornings, watch sunbeams play on layers of wispy clouds for an otherworldly experience. An expert guide will accompany you on the ride to ensure everyone’s safety and provide narration on the passing scenery.
After your 1-hour flight, upgrade to include a hearty sparkling wine breakfast at Balgownie Estate's elegant restaurant. Toast your flight with Domaine Chandon sparkling wine and choose from a gourmet a la carte menu featuring hot and cold breakfast favorites served with orange juice, tea and coffee.