Gloat over the world’s most beautiful landscapes, high above the hustle-bustle of a busy airport, and we promise you’ll be talking about your air adventure long after you’re back on solid ground! From Dubai’s desert to Switzerland’s Chateau d’Oex, here are 10 incredible places to soar:
1. Cappadocia, Turkey
It would be unfair to write a list about hot air balloon rides and not place Turkey’s Cappadocia on top.
Also known as “fairy chimneys”, the area’s twisted rock formations—the artisanship of about 2,000 years of erosion—has given Cappadocia an ethereal look that can be best cherished from above.
2. Napa Valley, U.S.A
California’s Napa Valley is renowned the world over for its charming vineyards, and what better way to explore its green countryside and large family vineyards than its age-old hot air balloon ride?
A year-round mild weather makes the Napa Valley an ideal hot air balloon ride location in every season.
3. Dubai, U.A.E
Licenced U.A.E’s General Civil Aviation Authority, the Balloon Adventures Emirates offers one of the most luxurious hot air balloon rides in the world.
Located at just an hour’s drive away from Dubai, you simply must grab this chance to admire giant sand dunes, green oases and wandering camels from a height of 4,000 feet above the desert.
4. Bagan, Myanmar
Myanmar’s most popular tourist destination, Bagan is known for two things – its ancient (11th century ancient to be exact) temples, and early morning hot air balloon rides over its exquisite landscape.
This aerial journey over Bagan defies awe-inspiring—especially when the sun’s golden rays light up the white surfaces of thousands of stupas, pagodas and temples in what was the capital of the first Burmese Empire!
5. Masai Mara, Kenya
Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is famous for its annual Great Migration, when over a million zebras, gazelle and wildebeest travel through the park in search of food and water.
What if we told you that you could witness this awesome phenomenon on a balloon safari ride from above? The hot-air ride may be one of the most expensive aerial experiences, but for this spectacular watching, it’s totally worth it!
6. Luxor, Egypt
Located on the east bank of Nile, opposite the four-thousand-year-old ancient city of Thebes, Luxor is often referred to as the world’s greatest open air museum.
Hot air balloon flights allow visitors to float over Egypt’s most prominent and ancient monuments, juxtaposed with rural landscapes. Not a history lesson you’re likely to ever forget!
7. Letchworth State Park, U.S.A
An hour-long balloon flight over Letchworth Gorge’s lush woods and majestic waterfalls is one New York experience you should NOT miss!
The ride takes you across the Genesee River as it rolls through the park that is lined by gigantic slate cliffs, some as much as 600 feet high.
8. Albuquerque, U.S.A
New Mexico’s Albuquerque city is home to the International Balloon Fiesta, world’s largest and most photographed such event. Each October, more than 500 colourful balloons take early morning – a gathering that is attended by ballooning enthusiasts from all over the planet.
What’s more, there is a 365-acre Balloon Fiesta Park dedicated just to provide you an unforgettable hot-air balloon ride!
9. Yara Valley, Australia
About an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is branded for being Australia’s pioneering wine region. It should also be noted for its lovely hot air balloon rides that give you an unparalleled view of Melbourne’s glistening skyline as well as the valley’s rolling hills and vineyards.
Who knows, you might even spot a kangaroo hopping about if you’re lucky!
10. Gstaad, Switzerland
Who wouldn’t want to fly over the majestic Swiss Alps and take in their imposing, sharp peaks at a leisurely pace?
Sounds astounding? Head to Gstaad and be a part of Chateau d’Oex’s annual International Balloon Festival held in January every year. We assure you won’t regret it!