Try ballooning - it's an exhilarating experience for everyone - from the neophyte adventurer to the seasoned veteran, from the young to the more mature. "A magic carpet ride" and "riding on a cloud" are two phrases that have been used to describe the beauty, exhilaration and gentleness of ballooning. Even though you travel at speeds of five to six miles per hour, there is virtually no sensation of motion because you are flying with the wind. Should you light a candle aloft, the flame would remain motionless - there is no breeze since you match its speed exactly.
Your adventure begins upon arrival at the desert launch site. You will receive a "pre-flight briefing" where you'll learn more about the hot-air balloon and how it flies, plus other facts you should know to make your flight as enjoyable as possible. As you gently leave the earth, you'll be amazed at how light the balloon feels. During the flight you have an unobstructed 360-degree view to take excellent photographs.
The balloons generally fly close to the ground, usually under 400 feet. At this altitude you are able to see the sights and sounds of desert life. Commonly seen are jack-rabbit, quail, roadrunner and coyote. From time to time, you may encounter deer, javalina and other desert animals. Your pilot will point out exotic desert plant life below and descend to within inches of trees and cacti, much to everyone's delight.
Daily at sunrise
Time shown on availability calendar is approximate only and will change with the sunrise time.
Hotel pick ups (if ordered) take place 30 to 45 minutes before the tour departure time.
Ballooning is an exhilarating experience for everyone - from the neophyte adventurer to the seasoned veteran, from the young to the more mature. "A magic carpet ride" and "riding on a cloud" are two phrases that have been used to describe the beauty, exhilaration and gentleness of ballooning.
Hotel Pickup Option
Pickups are available from hotels in Phoenix or Scottsdale only - if you order the Add-On for the pickup. You will be asked on the Order Form to specify the specific name and street address of your hotel if you have ordered the pickup Add-On, or to note "No Pickup" if you choose to provide your own transportation to the departure location (which will be specified on your E-Ticket). When your order is confirmed, you will need to call a number on your E-Ticket to reconfirm your hotel pickup time - which will generally be 30 to 45 minutes before the flight time.
More Flight Details
Throughout your flight, ground crews follow along over desert lanes and roads so that they can be ready and waiting for you upon your landing, always a gala occasion. You are greeted in the traditional manner with flutes of champagne and scrumptiously prepared gourmet food:
First-time riders will be treated to the legendary ceremony that balloonists all over the world have been sharing for more than a century. Then, almost magically, carpeting appears on the desert floor beneath your feet along with a lovely table complete with linens and china, a clue to what you are about to enjoy!
And finally, to prove your difference from ordinary mortals, you will be inducted into the ballooning society and awarded the Certificate d'Ascension En Machine Aerostatique. There is nothing finer.
Hot-air ballooning is one of the safest forms of flight known to man. All pilots have many hundreds of hours of flying experience and each is certified with a Federal Aviation Administration Pilot's license. The balloons are of the highest quality and are inspected regularly by a Federal Aviation Administration approved facility to insure they remain in perfect working order.
"This has truly been a highlight in our life. We wish all companies would treat us as well." - Bryan & Patricia J.
"We would like to thank you for such a nice time. It was the high-light of our trip to Arizona." - John & Vicky S.
"...the best ballooning in Phoenix. Flights are long, the staff is charming, and the gourmet treats are out of this world." - Fodor's Arizona Travel Guide
Important Note: Children under 5 are not permitted on this tour.
Please Note: 48 Hours Minimum Advance Booking Required.
Tour only includes hotel pick-up if you have ordered the Add-On for pickup. Child rate applies to ages 5 to 12.
There are no refunds. All sales are final.
If changes are allowed on a tour or activity, a $20.00 per reservation change fee will be applied for any change to a reservation. Please note that some tours and activities do not allow any changes. Date changes can only be made only if we can confirm availability on the new date. While we cannot guarantee any changes can be made, all change requests must be submitted a minimum of 24 hours prior to the tour departure and must be handled on an individual basis through our Reservations Center.
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