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Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise Over Napa Valley

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hot Air Balloon Ride

The Napa Valley Wine Country is one of the most beautiful places on earth, not only for growing premium wine grapes, but also for soaring peacefully in colorful hot air balloons. The sensation of ballooning is very gentle and its calming effect seems to put the world below into perspective. Lush vineyards and world-famous wineries drift into view, giving you the unmatched feeling of being above it all.

A sunrise Napa Valley balloon ride can create an extremely memorable vacation. Book online and save or call for assistance with reservations and group bookings.

We provide ballooning excursions par excellence over the most scenic northern Upper Valley. We limit reservations to allow personalized attention, a single magnificent flight per morning with each balloon, and quality instead of volume. A complimentary champagne brunch at the Historic Calistoga Inn follows the flight. Most excursions last 3 to 4 hours, including preflight and post-flight activities.

We offer a unique, exhilarating adventure for a few hours or more: unparalleled experiences in a legendary place, for those who are adventurous and those who simply want to relax with the world at their feet!

Flights begin at sunrise in the most scenic "Prestine northern part of the Napa Valley." Altitude, distance, and timing vary according to the weather, and every flight is always a voyage of discovery! Most flights span about an hour. You'll be spellbound as we chart a new course, together with nature and your skilled pilot. The feeling of being as free as the wind. . . that is what ballooning is about!

Our pilots are all experienced, professional, and FAA commercially rated. They are familiar with the valley and dedicated to ensuring that your ballooning experience is safe, informative, memorable and fun! Our balloons are FAA certified, beautiful, and colorful and have been featured on covers of many magazines.

Our guests may participate in the dramatic inflation if you wish, or watch and photograph! We choose to keep our groups small, usually from four to six persons per balloon or occasionally eight persons in our largest balloons. We celebrate each flight with an award and complimentary fine champagne.

More Information

What time do we meet?
-We meet about thirty minutes before sunrise. Therefore, times do vary throughout the year. Ranging from 6:00 am to 7:30 am. Please call us with the date you are inquiring about, and we will let you know the meeting time.

Why do we meet so early?
-Just before sunrise is when the weather is the coolest and the winds are the calmest. This is the best time for ballooning.

How high will we go?
-Generally between 1,000 to 3,000 feet depending on the winds.

What should we wear?
-You should wear layered comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes, hat and sunglasses. We suggest wearing light layers so that you can easily adjust to the temperature as the sun comes up. The coolest you will be is on the ground. Once you're in flight, the burners tend to keep the baskets nice and warm.

Where do we launch from?
-Typically we launch from one of the 7 sites in the Napa Valley. Winds and fog can sometimes force us to find alternate launch sites.

Why do you ask for each passenger's weight?
-Weight distribution and total weight in the basket is a critical factor on balloon flights.

Can we bring cameras and video cameras?
-Yes!

How do you get the balloon inflated?
-A fan is used to blow cool air into the balloon. Later the burners are used to heat the air as the balloon lies on the ground. Gradually the balloon will rise to an upright position.

Is it quiet in the balloon?
-When the burner is off, it is extremely quiet. Quiet is one of the most enjoyable aspects of ballooning.

What fabric is used for the balloon? -Most common is Dacron or rip-stop nylon.

Does the basket sway when flying?
-The baskets do not sway since the balloon moves with the wind.

Where do we meet?
-We will send you the departure point when we confirm your reservation.

This tour provides hotel pick-up or drop-off in the Napa Valley area; you meet the flight at the balloon launch site in the Napa Valley. Please provide each passenger's body weight in the Comments field on the order form. Please provide each passenger's body weight on the order form. Child age is 7 to 11. Tour includes sunrise balloon ride and champagne brunch. Please reserve online, or call us toll-free at 888-307-6192.

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