THE TOP 10 California Hot Air Balloon Rides (w/Prices) (2023)

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Temecula Shared Hot Air Balloon Ride

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Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience when you take to the skies above Temecula on this small-group hot-air balloon experience. In the early morning, make your way to the departure point, and watch as your balloon inflates to its full size. After check-in, hop aboard the basket and set off with your pilot. You’ll soar over vineyards and rolling hills, can spot local landmarks as you go, and will learn more from the pilot's commentary.

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  • 2 hours&nbsp30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

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$189.00

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$189.00

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Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville

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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.

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  • 3 to 4 hours

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$338.00

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$338.00

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Sunrise Temecula Balloon Flight

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See the sunrise from one of the most impressive vantage points—the sky—during this Temecula hot-air balloon flight. Take off from Vindemia Winery with an FAA-licensed pilot, and soar above citrus groves vineyards. Afterward, touch down on the ground and enjoy a European breakfast in a private rose garden.

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  • 3 hours&nbsp30 minutes
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$248.00

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$248.00

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Join-in Flight in Sonoma

See the verdant vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma from a new perspective with this unique hot air balloon experience. Drift high in the sky in a colorful hot air balloon as you fly over hundreds of vineyards in this renowned wine region, taking in the views of the rolling hills from above. After you touch down, toast to a successful flight with a complimentary glass of champagne as you are regaled with stories from the pilot.

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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$310.00

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$310.00

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Temecula Shared Hot Air Balloon Flight

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Temecula is a beautiful area, but its wineries and landscapes are so spread out, it can be difficult to explore on land. Take to the air to see it all in just a few hours with this Temecula Shared Hot Air Balloon Flight. This Temecula hot air balloon ride takes off at sunrise and flies over the area with a guide who fills you in on city facts you wouldn’t hear otherwise.

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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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$205.00

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$205.00

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Full-Day Iconic Sights of LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Beaches and More

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From the Hollywood sign to the sunny beaches of Santa Monica to the glitz of Beverly Hills, Los Angeles is so full of iconic sights it can be tricky to see them all. This guided tour seamlessly transports you by coach to all of the city's top attractions—from Venice Beach to the Sunset Strip to Griffith Park and more—so that you don't need to worry about missing a thing.

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  • 7 hours&nbsp30 minutes
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$99.00

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$99.00

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Shared 2 Hours Group Surf Lesson at Santa Monica

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Learn to surf at one of California’s most famous spots during this introductory surfing class at Venice Beach. This class is suitable for all levels, whether it's your first time surfing or you are advancing your skills. Spend some time training on the beach, then hop in the Pacific Ocean for instruction in the water, followed by time for practice.

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  • 2 hours
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$69.00

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$69.00

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San Francisco Bay Air Tour

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See the sights of San Francisco Bay from above on an air tour from the Hayward airport. As you fly through the sky on a 3-passenger plane with an experienced pilot, look down on attractions like Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown San Francisco.

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  • 30 to 40 minutes
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$269.00

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$269.00

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Hollywood Sightseeing and Celebrity Homes Tour by Open-Top Bus

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See the sights of Hollywood on this tour by open-top Mercedes minibus, which allows you to enjoy unobstructed views as you go. Traveling with an on-board guide, you'll pass by attractions such as the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood Sign, Rodeo Drive, and movie studios. Plus, get a look at some of the mansions where past and present stars have lived.

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  • 1 hour&nbsp30 minutes to 2 hours
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$35.00

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$35.00

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(Video) High Above Napa Valley | Hot-Air Balloon Ride

Napa Valley Wineries Tour Including Picnic Lunch

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Let a professional driver-guide chauffeur you around Napa Valley in one of our specialty vehicles. After a convenient pickup from your hotel in downtown Napa, American Canyon, you’ll be transported in style up to three premier Napa establishments, such as Madonna Estate Winery, Hagafen Cellars and Domaine Chandon.

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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$124.99

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$124.99

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Temecula Hot Air Balloon Flight

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Fly over Temecula Valley wine country in a hot air balloon, and see its vineyards, citrus groves, wineries, and estates from high above. Since hot air balloons drift with the wind, every flight is different, making this a unique way to experience the scenic region. Each flight ends with a celebration toast of sparkling wine, cider, or mimosas, to mark the outing as an occasion to remember.

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  • 3 hours
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$189.00

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$189.00

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Temecula Wine Country AM Balloon Ride

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California is known to many amazing wine-growing areas, but in Temecula, the surrounding area is just as beautiful as the taste of the wines grown there. Take this Temecula Wine Country AM Balloon Ride, and go on an early morning adventure. Fly over the local wineries, vineyards, orchards, mountains, and lakes, and even see distant views of the ocean. Breakfast and alcohol is included to make your morning extra special.

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  • 2 hours&nbsp30 minutes
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$189.00

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$189.00

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Private Hot Air Balloon Ride of Temecula Valley

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Private hot air balloon rides are ideal for an intimate ballooning experience, special occasions, proposals, or a more exclusive experience. Come and join us on this amazing experience.

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  • 3 hours

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$995.00

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Temecula Private Hot Air Balloon Flight for up to 4 People

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Temecula is known for its wine country, but it can be hard to take in all the lovely views when you’re winery hopping. Take a break from the wine tasting and take to the skies with this Temecula Private Hot Air Balloon Flight. This hot air balloon flight takes off from Akash Winery & Vineyard so you can see beautiful views of the area below.

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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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$1,220.00

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$1,220.00

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enjoy the main highlights of Luxor.enjoy the main highlights of Aswan.visit the fabulous temples of abu simbel.Valley of the Kings and so much more with an Egyptology guide.Take it easy with door-to-door transfers to and from Cairo international airport.visit the most ancient temples in whole the world.touch the great Egyptian culture in luxor and Aswan.experience the great Egyptian river Nile by sailing Nile cruise.experience the hot air balloon the life trip in luxor.visit the great and famous 3 pyramids in Giza.Enjoy a worry-free excursion with all accommodation, transportation, and most meals taken care of.stop at the Abu Simbel, Komombo,Hatsheput, Karnak and Edfu temples; and learn about Egyptian history and culture.Feast on buffet lunches, dinners, and breakfasts on board a 5-star ship.open your eyes you are in Egypt the land of the great civilization.

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  • 9 days
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$893.72

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$893.72

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FAQs

How much does a hot air balloon cost near California? ›

How Much Does a Hot Air Balloon Ride Cost? Group hot air balloon rides are $275.00 per adult and $225.00 per child (under 13).

Which place is best for hot air balloon? ›

Best Hot Air Ballooning Places Around The World

Cappadocia, Sossusvlei, Albuquerque, Luxor, Monument Valley, Bagan, Queenstown, Park City, Sedona, Tuscany, Disney Springs, Loire Valley and many more.

What month is best for hot air balloon? ›

Most balloon flights take place between April and October. You can fly in winter, but the weather is likely to be worse. The best weather for hot air balloon flying is blue skies, light winds, and little or no rain. Strong winds and heavy rain make it too dangerous to fly, and pilots will not take risks.

How much do you tip for a balloon ride? ›

Like all service providers, a gratuity is always appreciated. A typical tip would be 10% of the total price. You've heard it before, “If you like the ride, tip your guide”.

How much does it cost to ride in a hot air balloon in Napa Valley? ›

RATES START AT $270 PER PERSON

Our hot air balloon shared ride will grant you access to beautiful agricultural surroundings from a bird's eye view. Join us for an experience of a lifetime.

How much do you tip a hot air balloon pilot? ›

Should we tip our balloon pilot and chase crew? Like all service providers, a gratuity is always appreciated. A typical tip would be 10-20% of the total price.

What time of day is best for hot air balloon? ›

Mornings generally offer the best conditions for hot air ballooning. Winds are generally at their lightest shortly after dawn then as the sun comes up, it warms the ground, which in turn heats the air above it causing thermals (or columns of rising air).

Who should not ride in a hot air balloon? ›

In particular, ballooning is not appropriate for infants, young children (under the age of 8 yrs), pregnant women, individuals who have done a deep scuba dive within the past few days, and people suffering from chronic pain, have a recent injury or who have recently had a major surgery, anyone who is unable to stand ...

Where do you go to the bathroom in a hot air balloon? ›

What if I need to go to the bathroom? There are no bathroom facilities available on balloons! As flights can last over an hour, you need to make sure that you take a bathroom break before take-off.

How long do you stay up in a hot air balloon? ›

A hot air balloon flight usually lasts about an hour. In that time, the balloon can travel between two and eight miles depending on the wind speed. The whole experience from filling the balloon with hot air to landing and being driven back to the launch site can be over three hours.

How long can you stay in the air in a hot air balloon? ›

A: Hot air balloons stay in the air for as long as they can keep their air hot, so as long as they have fuel to burn. Usually, a ride in a hot air balloon can last around four hours.

How should I dress for a hot air balloon ride? ›

Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. Dress in layers with long pants preferably. Ultimately, if you dress to the ground temperature, you should be comfortable in the air as well!

Do you sit or stand in a hot air balloon? ›

Prepare to Stand

There are no seats or chairs during a hot air balloon ride. The best bet is to wear your most comfortable pair of athletic shoes or some cushy flip flops. Your can expect your balloon ride to last 3 - 4 hours. Nobody wants to be standing with uncomfortable shoes for that amount of time.

Do they weigh you before hot air balloon ride? ›

This weight is affected by the ambient temperature around the balloon and at what altitude it is flying. Before a flight, the pilot uses the passenger's weight to decide how many people can go in each basket. Weight limitations will vary from one commercial ride company to another.

Is a hot air balloon ride in Napa worth it? ›

The experience lasts a few hours, but the memories last a lifetime. Napa Valley hot air balloon rides are widely regarded as some of the finest in the world and ranking in nearly every article published about the best places to go for a balloon ride.

How much is the balloon ride at Safari Park? ›

The tour lasts between ten and fifteen minutes, and is a great break from walking around the park. The balloon entrance is located near the lions, and is also near the entrance to the tram. Sadly, the balloon ride is not included with park admission, and is an additional $18.00 for adults and $12.00 for children.

How much is a balloon ride in Arizona? ›

Arizona Current Prices
Flight Type / TimeLocationRegular Price
private sunsetphoenix/scottsdale$2500
private sunsetchandler/gilbert$2500
group sunrisephoenix/scottsdale$229
group sunrisechandler/gilbert$229
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Are hot air balloon rides bumpy? ›

Most landings are very smooth, but occasionally the winds can pickup and we can have a fast (sometimes rough and exciting) landing.

Do you tip balloon makers? ›

Tip the characters $20, more if they were excellent. Face Painter / Balloon Twister / Magician, Etc. All other kinds of entertainment follows suit with tipping - consider tipping at least $20 for each entertainer.

Can pilots accept tips? ›

Tipping on private chartered flights is welcome but not expected. In some cases, company policy is to turn down gratuity. Ultimately, it is up to you whether you wish to tip crew or pilots, and it's up to the professional to decide whether they would like to accept your gratuity, or politely decline.

Can a hot air balloon fly in rain? ›

Balloons do not fly if there is rain or a storm forecast. This is because rain and storms usually bring with them stronger, more unpredictable winds, as well as unstable conditions. You may experience a sensation similar to turbulence if flying near a storm.

How high can a hot air balloon go before it stops rising? ›

The air in Earth's atmosphere gets thinner the higher up you go. The balloon can only rise up until the atmosphere surrounding it has the same weight as the helium in the balloon. This happens at about a height of 20 miles (32 kilometers) above Earth's surface.

What should I know before riding a hot air balloon? ›

8 Things You Need to Know About Hot Air Balloon Rides
  • Timing -- and flexibility -- is everything. ...
  • Be ready to get up early. ...
  • Companies do a lot to make sure that you'll be safe. ...
  • You should pack lightly. ...
  • Once you're in flight, it'll be a pretty comfortable ride. ...
  • Remember: There are no seats and no bathroom breaks.
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What clothes must passenger wear in hot air balloon? ›

What To Wear On A Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Sensible Shoes are a Must. ...
  • Sport Some Headwear. ...
  • Trousers are the Way Forward. ...
  • Take an Extra Layer Just in Case. ...
  • Slide on Some Shades.

What are the disadvantages of hot air balloon? ›

The greatest weather risks to ballooning include: The possibility of being becalmed over unfavorable landing sites. The risk of injury from a high wind landing. The risk of loss of control due to sudden gusts or wind shear. Sudden loss of visibility due to fog or precipitation.

Do you wear a parachute in a hot air balloon? ›

A radio is required only in certain flying areas. DO BALLOONISTS CARRY PARACHUTES? Not usually. If the burner goes out and for some reason cannot be reignited, the balloon acts as a parachute and descends at parachute speed (about 17 feet per second).

Are you cold in a hot air balloon? ›

There are no strict conditions or safety apparel requirements for a hot air balloon ride, so you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. The temperature will be about the same as ground level, and the flame will provide some added warmth. If anything, you will be warmer in the air than on the ground.

Can you drink alcohol on a hot air balloon? ›

Can I drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes/cigars while in the balloon? Because propane generates the flame that makes the hot air for the balloons, smoking is prohibited within 100 feet of a balloon, Griswald said. Since the ride is fairly short, no food or drink is allowed.

Can you control the direction a hot air balloon goes? ›

Can You Steer A Hot Air Balloon? Yes you can steer a hot air balloon! Hot air balloons don't have steering wheels, but hot air balloon pilots use the wind direction and speed at different heights in order to steer the balloon.

How many people can ride in a hot air balloon? ›

How many persons can go up in a balloon ? The most common model can welcome 1 pilot and 2 passengers. But the ones made for group flights have a bigger capacity: between 4 and 10 passengers. More than 32 passengers can fly in the biggest hot-air balloons ever made !

What happens if a hot air balloon goes too high? ›

The higher a hot air balloon rises, the more unpredictable the weather and winds are. This makes it difficult for a pilot to control the hot air balloon. One must also account for the lack of oxygen at higher altitudes. As you ascend higher, the air becomes thinner, and the temperature becomes much colder.

What happens if a hot air balloon gets a hole? ›

What happens if a hot air balloon gets a hole? The balloon would fall to the ground. A hot air balloon stays aloft because of buoyancy; warm air is less dense than the air around it, so it rises, pushing the balloon up.

Do you get sick in a hot air balloon? ›

Unlike many forms of air travel, hot air balloons are motion sickness-free, allowing you to appreciate our world from high in the skies.

How rare are hot air balloon accidents? ›

Globally, there are approximately 3,000 hot air balloon accidents per year. In the United States, there are approximately 20 accidents per year. When these accidents occur, it is common for multiple parties to suffer injuries in the crash. However, fatalities are rare.

How long can you stay in a hot air balloon? ›

A: Hot air balloons stay in the air for as long as they can keep their air hot, so as long as they have fuel to burn. Usually, a ride in a hot air balloon can last around four hours.

Where in California can you ride in a hot air balloon? ›

Join-in Flight in Sonoma

See the verdant vineyards of Napa Valley and Sonoma from a new perspective with this unique hot air balloon experience. Drift high in the sky in a colorful hot air balloon as you fly over hundreds of vineyards in this renowned wine region, taking in the views of the rolling hills from above.

Can a couple get married in a hot air balloon? ›

With more than 20 hot air balloon proposals, plus hundreds of anniversaries, unique dates and couples enjoying romantic, once-in-a-lifetime adventures together.

How many years does a hot air balloon last? ›

How long is the balloon life ? With an appropriate and regular care, the envelope can last between 5 and 20 years, or approximately 500 hours of effective flight. The burner and the basket can last longer when well cared.

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