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Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville

Yountville, United States
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  • 3 to 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

It’s difficult to appreciate the beauty of Napa Valley’s rolling vineyards from between the vines—it’s much easier from the skies. Starting just after sunrise, step into your hot-air balloon to watch the valley come alive, floating up to 2,000 feet in the air. Enjoy coffee before and sparkling wine after, celebrating your silent journey gliding along the California horizon.
  • Tour Napa Valley or Sonoma from the air, following ideal weather patterns
  • Learn about the art of ballooning from your pilot
  • Get drone-style photos from your aerial vantage point
  • A romantic experience for couples—or just a fun getaway for friends

What's Included

  • 40 min to 1 hour hot-air balloon ride (weather dependent)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Vintners Golf Club
    7901 Solano Ave, Yountville, CA 94599, USA

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 8 years and minimum height is 57 inches tall. It is at the pilots discretion who is deemed safe to fly
  • MUST provide on the road phone number at time of booking. Failure to provide this information will result in cancellation
  • Guests with weights of 260 lbs (118kg) or more will be charged an additional fee of $275
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Individuals who have done a deep scuba dive within the past few days
  • People suffering from chronic pain, have a recent injury or who have recently had major surgery, anyone who is unable to stand without assistance for more than an hour
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Someone who requires assistance walking or who cannot climb stairs.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 4 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 4 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:The Hot Air Balloon ride departs from Vintners Golf Club at 7901 Solano Ave, Yountville, CA. After being checked in and a brief orientation, guests are driven directly to the launch site.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I wear for the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:The coldest part of your morning will be on the ground! Come dressed in comfortable layered clothing. Walking shoes and a hat are also recommended and of course, don't forget your camera.

Jun 2021

Q:Are Hot Air Balloons safe?

A:Absolutely! Flying is the safest form of transportation and, statically speaking, ballooning is the safest form of flight. Believe it or not, getting in and out of the basket is the most challenging part of the whole flight!

Jun 2021

Q:Why is the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride departure so early in the morning?

A:Balloons fly best in cool, calm, stable air which in Napa is usually just after sunrise. Meeting times will vary throughout the year to reflect the change in sunrise times.

Jun 2021

Q:How high do we fly during the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:Most balloonists enjoy low-level flight. Typical hot air balloon rides in Napa average between tree-level and approximately 2,000 ft.

Jun 2021

Q:How long is the entire Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride experience?

A:You will spend approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in flight, however, please allow 3-4 hours for the entire experience.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my small child with me on the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:Children must be taller than 57 inches and at least 8 years old to participate.

Jun 2021

Q:Can i participate in the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride if I am pregnant?

A:Unfortunately, no. Expecting mothers are not permitted to fly.

Jun 2021

Q:What will we see during the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:Your experienced and knowledgeable hot air balloon pilot will act as your guide and entertainer while pointing out local highlights and welcoming questions from you and fellow adventurers.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my dog with me on the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:Pets are not allowed on the balloon for safety reasons.

Jun 2021

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alison_h
This was one of the greatist things I have ever done! Our pilot, Bob, was entertaining as well as knowledgeable and made us all feel completely safe the whole ride. I highly recommend this tour!!!
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Ballon Expirience....WONDEFULL!!!!!!
Ramon_C, Nov 2022
One of the Things that are removed from My Bucket List, I really enjoy all the Trip, Captain BOB its a Great Experienced Pilot,He enjoys and carefully manage the Trip and his Personnel, you feel safely all the Trip, and also after the Champaign Bubbles... I can Do It again...
Excellent trip!
Gretchen_B, Nov 2022
It was awesome! I was a little worried as I get car sick, but it was easy and great. Felt like we were in a room watching a video. Landing was good too! Highly recommend!!!!
Birthday Trip
Nicole_P, Nov 2022
This is my first time in a hot air balloon and I brought my best friend along with me. She's actually terrified of heights but she was able to really enjoy the ride so it made the experience great for both of us
Ride in the sky
Michelle_H, Oct 2022
We had a wonderful ride yesterday that was beyond what we expected. From beginning to end the staff was great and the experience was so fun. The ride was smooth and breathtaking. The pilot was experienced and professional. We would definitely do it again!
Beautiful BUT…
Breezy_C, Oct 2022
Let me first say this was a bucket list item for me. I honestly was so excited to get on the balloon. Although I had been on a helicopter before I was not sure if there would be a difference but there truly was a difference in the two- it was amazing. The views were priceless. However, there was a bit that I’d like to mention that could’ve made my experience top notch. But before i mention that i would like to say they had an amazing crew that helped assist with getting in and out of the basket- I’m slightly disabled if i might mention and their assistance made it possible for me to even take the ride - getting in to & out of the basket is not easy especially if you are older or have a slight ailment. They communicated well between everyone & the crew was there waiting for us when we landed which was awesome. To make things better for others who decide to take this balloon ride, i think the landing should be better explained. It was “not” explained very well & gave us all about 30 seconds before we landed, he yelled a quick “bend your legs.” None of us that were on the balloon had ever been on a balloon before and had no idea what to expect. Explaining this prior to the landing would’ve been much better so that we all understood what we would be experiencing during the landing. this would’ve made things go a lot smoother. Also, one other gripe I had was… that i noticed that everyone else that attended the balloon ride that day was invited back for champagne (accept for me & my best friend) instead of offering us to come for champagne, the driver said, “what are you doing after here?” i chuckled to myself & thought to myself, obviously not drinking champagne with you all. *** we were the ONLY blacks there if i might add. I was offended by that but NOT surprised at this, because it is quite “usual” behavior towards people of color in this country. So i’m giving this trip 3 stars because of that.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hi Breezy, Thank you for your review. I'll review with our pilots when and what they say for landing to make sure we add where we can. Standard practice for them is to give a briefing before leaving the ground. I'm not sure specifically what happened the morning you flew but obviously for whatever reason, that did not occur or if a more detailed briefing was given, they did not have your attention while doing so. As for post-flight, "what are you doing after here?" or a variation thereof is a conversation starter for us. We ask that or a variation there of to most of our guests as a way to try and connect with them and it gives us something specific to talk to them about, an opportunity to make recommendations of things to do in our backyard and so on based on their response. The sparkling wine toast post-flight is automatic and included. While it's not required that people join us for the post-flight toast, it's kind just assumed that everyone will. It's not something you need an invitation. Because of that, it's mentioned on our confirmation emails, the package description in Viator, our website, etc.. I sorry there was a misunderstanding and that you missed the post-flight toast because we would have loved to have had you join us for that. I was pleased to read that our crew were kind, helpful and courteous helping you into our basket and delighted to hear we helped you check hot air balloon ride off your bucket list! Thanks again for joining us! Sincerely, -Gabe
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worthwhile excursion!
Debbie_V, Oct 2022
A very tranquil and calming experience. A beautiful way to start the day! Our guide was quite knowledgeable and a great pilot
Well worth the hype
Judeen_C, Oct 2022
Chris, our pilot, was amazing. When we arrived at the early morning checkin, he notified us that the fog was too heavy and we could not depart. He suggested an area an hour away. He quickly drove us there to try and get sunrise. My pictures would not upload, but they were amazing. Must do experience if you’re in the area. Chris was informative, engaging, friendly.
The area and this was was beautiful unfortunately we were not told of the physical limitations my husband was unable to
Eleanora_T, Oct 2022
Unfortunately we were not able to participate in the balloon ride due to physical limitations which we were not told ahead of time
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Hello Eleanora, I'm sorry we were unable to fly you. We'll explore more ways to communicate what the physical limitation for ballooning are and we'll see how we can add more specific detail to our Viator profile. In addition to the information currently on Viator, we send out confirmation emails. Our reservation system shows that we sent you a confirmation email on 9/21, 9/26 and that we sent you a link to your confirmation by text message on 9/21, 9/26 and 10/6. Our confirmation specifically states the following: Everyone in your party must be able to: Climb into and out of the basket Stand without assistance for an hour or more Walk through tall grass or uneven terrain back to the shuttle vehicles, etc. Bend their knees, hang on and absorb shock under your own strength. A safe bet is if you cannot jump from a kitchen chair, a hot air balloon ride may not be appropriate or safe for you. Ballooning is not appropriate for: Infants or young children (under the age of 8 yrs/57 inches tall) Pregnant women Individuals who have done a deep scuba dive within the past few days People suffering from chronic pain, have a recent injury or who have recently had major surgery, anyone who is unable to stand without assistance for more than an hour Someone who requires assistance walking or who cannot climb stairs. IMPORTANT! - Children must be at least 8 years old and 57 inches in height to participate. We are very sorry if your child does not meet these parameters but they exist for the safety and wellbeing of your child. Our minimum age and height are firm. Please be aware falsification of your child’s age for the purpose of taking this trip is illegal. If your child (or children) is disqualified from participation for not meeting the minimum height and age you will still be charged in full for them. Please understand that we will always err on the side of caution and in some cases may ask a guest to refrain from flying. If you have a medical problem that could cause discomfort or be aggravated during flight, please consult your physician in advance. If you are unsure if ballooning is appropriate for you, please call us at 707-944-0228 or visit https://bit.ly/2W2VdR2 for more information. Again, sorry you were unable to join us. Sincerely, -Gabe
Weather gods smiled for fantastic flight.
Jonathan_A, Oct 2022
Wonderful flight! Only day of our trip in the valley where the morning wasn’t socked in by fog - clear, cool, and gorgeous. Great to be part of our pilot’s 10,000th piloting hour.
A lift up to beautiful scenery and peaceful country 😇
Debbie_M, Oct 2022
It was a bit foggy and windy so our team drove us to another take off spot an hour away. Our pilot Bob, did a fantastic job explaining to us how the weather would affect our takeoff and landing so they came up with a quick plan to get us in the air and not have to cancel. I felt safe the entire time and it was a great experience. It was a very beautiful day and there was just a little bit of coolness in the beginning of the fall air. I would recommend this company to anyone that wants to experience a beautiful and safe ride. We celebrated with champagne and the team and Learned a bit more about the pilots and their team and how they love to do this.
Early bird gets the worm!
Neha_M, Sep 2022
Alot of people dont choose this excursion bc it starts so early. Well im here to tell u its worth it! To see the sunrise from the sky with amazing views will leave you speechless…you can thank me later. 🙂
All ready to go, but mother nature had other plans...
Ken_G, Sep 2022
Unfortunately our ride was canceled due to heavy fog. We didn't get to have a ride. It was my wife's birthday so we were looking forward to it and was one of those bucket list items, but it just wasn't meant to be. The team was highly organized and the check in was very smooth. Everyone was very friendly and would try again on a later date!
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Bucket List Must!!!
Carol_M, Sep 2022
The ride was amazing! The views were incredible and the staff were great! Loved it and would highly recommend!
Canceled due to weather
Mary_E, Sep 2022
Canceled due to weather. Now to get my money back. No the pilot and crews problem. But we stayed in Napa just for the balloon ride.
Amazing
Anushka_A, Sep 2022
Amazing experience! Highly recommend this for your visit to Napa! Pilots were very knowledgeable about the area and of course the views were unbelievable!
They could careless
Arden_A, Aug 2022
Booked through Viator and wasn’t in the schedule for that day. Had to cancel since they didn’t even have our info to take flight. Fortunately, we got a refund. The weather was bad and they planned out a different route for those who paid. You wouldn’t have seen the grapes of Napa Valley. Felt bad for people who drove out and wanted to see wine country. Saw a couple of people opt out, including us. Wished they would have compensated us for our time or give us notice. We drove for an hour to get their and an hour back. Plus, it was at 5am in the morning. Customer service wasn’t very accommodating. Wouldn’t recommend.
Amazing Experience
John_B, Aug 2022
Chris was our pilot and he demonstrated tremendous skill. Taking off just before sunrise was a thrill and the views of wine country were amazing!
Such a disappointment
Derrick_W, Aug 2022
Biggest let down we have had in a long time. It was supposed to be an amazing trip over napa valley. Fog came in and we were told that we were changing locations due to weather. We asked what the experience would be like at this new location and were told it would be different than napa valley but great view of diverse agriculture. Sun flowers and almonds and lots of other forms of agriculture. It took so long to get there that we missed going up at sunrise. The first 15 Min was over a housing development. Followed by about 10 min of agriculture (a walnut plantation) then a bout 10 min over someone's plant nursery, which was all netted over the top so you could not see plants. The rest of the trip was barran dirt until landing. Our operator was the most unpersonable guide I've ever had. I would ask questions and he would give 1 word answers if he even answered them. So beyond disappointed
Chris and staff were...
Kenneth_R, Jul 2022
Chris and staff were great. A little disappointed that we were not able to do Napa. I wasn’t aware that was a possibility.
Breathtaking views and a lifetime experience
Prasad_S, Jul 2022
This is definitely a lifetime experience! You can be assured to get breathtaking views of the valley from the air balloon with description of various orchards (vineyard, almonds, sunflower) by the experienced crew. We were taken to the balloon take-off location (about an hour ride) from the meeting point, were on an hour tour on the air balloon followed by landing and return back to the meeting point. Completely worth the money!
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