By Dian Hasan | May 28, 2009
Very few travel experiences can match a ride in a hot-air balloon. Soaring just high enough to cherish the majestic vistas below. It’s the perfect way to understand why a bird’s eye view is the best vantage point. And travelers can enjoy the same adventure around the world. Here’s a look at some of the most unforgettable hot-air balloon rides out there.
Experience the unforgettable feeling of flight in the basket of an amazing hot air balloon. Spirits will soar as you softly drift over the beautiful countryside. Get carried away with an exhilarating hot air balloon adventure as you discover the serenity and simplicity of one of the oldest forms of aviation. Then climb inside for a bird’s eye view of the region’s stunning vistas.
Hover over history! Admire the contrasting landscapes of dessert, lush faming land, the River Nile, and the highlight – the ruins of ancient Karnak and Hathepsut Temples. Simply spectacular! For more information: Viator
Loire Valley, France
The Châteaux of the Loire Valley never fail to enchant visitors from around the world. The experience of drifting slowly over the architectural masterpieces in a hot air balloon guided by the winds, is truly indescribable! For more information: Loire Valley Tours
Kruger National Park, South Africa
The feeling of defying gravity, crispness of the African air, chill in the wind that hits your face as your hot air balloon gradually rises, smoothness in the exhale of your breath, and the excitement to see and learn more. For more information: Kurger2Canyons
Wine Country, Napa Valley, California
Awaken your adventurous side for a memorable Hot-Air Balloon ride. The experience is like none other as you majestically rise above the morning mist, over the lush vineyards of Napa Valley, Northern America’s premier wine producing region. For more information: Dragon Fly Adventure Cruise
Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa
Soar over the majestic national wildlife preserve and admire the population of game and the annual migration of zebra, Thomson’s gazelle and the wildebeest from the Serengeti every year from July to October, a migration so immense it is called the Great Migration. These trips depart around sunrise and offer spectacular views over the wildlife. For more information: Continental Safaris
Tropical Rainforest, Costa Rica
The lush rainforest in Costa Rica contains a canopy layer of wildlife that can’t be accessed on foot. All of which can be enjoyed from a hot-air balloon ride, courtesy of a full-service adventure tour company. For more information: Serendipity Adventure.
Göreme National Park, Cappadocia, Turkey
The lunar landscape of Cappadocia can only truly be appreciated from a high vantage point, from aboard a balloon. During the long tour you can see the sunrise; the colors of the sun mixing with the colors of the rocks make this an unforgettable moment. For more information: Göreme Balloons
Sunrise over Melbourne
Enjoy one of the world’s most livable cities from a different vantage point. It’s also one of the few cities in the world where you can soar above in a hot air balloon! Admire the city skyline at early dawn. For more information: Viator
Arabian Desert, Dubai
For an unforgettable sunrise in Dubai, take to the skies in a hot air balloon flight over the desert. Prepare for an exhilarating flight with unrivaled views as you gently float above the sand dunes, mountains and desert, far from the hustle and bustle and dizzying skyscrapers of Dubai City. For more information: Viator