Hot air ballooning holidays, weekend flights & short breaks

BALLOONING DIRECTORY

 

uk flagAirborne Adventures
based:
North Yorkshire, UK

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Hot air balloon operators offering multi-activity ballooning adventures in a number of areas of outstanding natural beauty in Catalonia, in the northeast of Spain. Also offering balloon flight training courses in the Yorkshire Dales.

| ballooning | Spain | England |

 

usa flagBalloon Rides Across America
based:
USA

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Three and five tour packages in scenic areas of Pennsylvania and Indianapolis, with daily hot air balloon flights, supported by fine accommodations and great cuisine.

| ballooning | USA |

 

Hot Skies
based:
Pays-de-la-Loire, France

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Winter ballooning holidays in the Pays de Loire, with accommodation at a French town house in the beautiful village of Mouilleron-en-Pareds. There are lots of relaxed flying opportunities, or how about learning to fly yourself? Offering fully-tailored packages to suit any budget.

| ballooning | France |

 

Irish Balloon Flights
based:
Co. Meath, Ireland

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Balloon flights in Ireland including the 'Luxurious Sleepover Balloon Flight' which combines a night at the award-winning, 4-star Trim Castle Hotel (B&B with dinner) with an evening midweek champagne balloon ride.

| ballooning | Ireland |

 

Wine Country Ballooning
based:
NSW, Australia

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Weekend and weekday 'Stay & Fly' ballooning packages, staying in an on-site single bedroom cottage which sleeps up to 4 people and is well equipped and self contained; combine with a Wine Country balloon flight in the Hunter Valley.

| ballooning | Australia |

 

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

based: New Mexico, USA

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One of the biggest international ballooning events in the world (for entry and hotel packages see the second link above).

| ballooning | USA |

 

uk flagBallooning Access

based: Gloucestershire, UK

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Accessible ballooning for people with a disability, offering wheelchair accessible flights in Gloucestershire, suitable local accommodation list provided.

| ballooning | England |

 

Balloon the Rockies

based: Utah, USA

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Hot air balloon training facility specializing in fast efficient training of prospective pilots.

| ballooning | USA |

 

Floating Images Hot Air Balloon Flights

based: Queensland, Australia

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Various packages that include balloon flights, accommodation and dinner.

| ballooning | Australia |

 

Smoky Mountain Balloon Adventures

based: Tennessee, USA

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Ballooning trips, including romantic getaway packages of accommodation plus private flight.

| ballooning | USA |

 

Sunrise Balloons

based: California, USA

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Balloon flight and overnight accommodation packages in Temecula Valley Wine Country, California.

| ballooning | USA |

 

 

HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES: DAY FLIGHTS

 

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Things to consider when booking a hot air ballooning holiday or day flight:

Cappadocia ballooningWatch the weather – remember that balloon flights are very weather dependent and flights will not take place if the weather conditions are not suitable. Most trips will state what will happen if a flight does not take place, they will often offer flight vouchers that can be used at another time, although some may offer a refund on the flight element. Be sure you're happy with the alternative and will be able to use any vouchers.

Follow the sun – if the flight is the all important element of your break then consider taking the trip in warmer climes where the weather is less likely to thwart your chances of a flight.

Dressing for altitude? While air does get colder as you get higher, remember you'll have an in-built hot air heater! In general its no colder in the balloon than on the ground. But also remember that early mornings (often the best time to fly) can be chilly, particularly in the UK. The usual recommendation is to dress like you would on a hike in the hills, layers are a good idea so you can adjust as required. Closed footwear is also advised as landing spots are often on rough ground.

Don't panic! It's not uncommon to land with the basket on its side – according to the BBAC (British Balloon and Airship Club) around 80% of flights end like this and it's perfectly normal!