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Napa Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Yountville, CA

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Soar over Napa Valley for spectacular California views on a calm, peaceful and beautiful hot air balloon ride.
  • Your balloon operator is Federal Aviation Administration certified
  • Founded in 1980, your ride provider has been featured on the Today Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Glide above the treetops and beyond for breathtaking views of the land below
  • Capture the lasting memory with an in-flight photo
  • Upon landing enjoy a traditional champagne toast and breakfast at Domaine Chandon's Etoile restaurant!

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Summary
Soar over Napa Valley for spectacular California views on a calm, peaceful and beautiful hot air balloon ride.
  • Your balloon operator is Federal Aviation Administration certified
  • Founded in 1980, your ride provider has been featured on the Today Show and the Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Glide above the treetops and beyond for breathtaking views of the land below
  • Capture the lasting memory with an in-flight photo
  • Upon landing enjoy a traditional champagne toast and breakfast at Domaine Chandon's Etoile restaurant!
Location
Napa Valley, CA
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Year-Round:
Daily - Sunrise

Booking Information
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.

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    Your experience begins at dawn with complimentary tea, coffee, and pastries and a brief pilot orientation. You'll then be taken to the day's launch site where you'll be greeted by a bustle of activity - the hum of inflator fans, the lively colors of state-of-the-art balloons, and the roar of the burners.
    Then it's time for lift off!

    Gently, the balloon lifts into the early morning breeze that ushers you above corridors of grapes and between the mountains of one of the most magnificent valleys on earth. Aloft and floating on a sea of tranquility, you will experience the spirit of balloon flight.

    Above it all, your experienced and knowledgeable pilot will welcome questions and serve as your guide for points of local interest and the Valley's extraordinary beauty.  Once you're back on the ground, your flight will be celebrated with Napa Valley's finest sparkling wines at Domaine Chandon's Etoile restaurant where you'll also enjoy a delicious breakfast.

    The memories from this experience will last a lifetime!

    Essential Information
    • Participants must be at least 8 years of age and be at least 48 inches tall
    • Children must be accompanied by a legal guardian
    • There is a weight limit of 275 lbs per individual
    • Because the basket is designed for a limited number of passengers, individuals weighing more than 250 lbs must contact Cloud 9 Living for specific details; additional charges may apply
    • Expecting mothers are not permitted to fly
    • In-flight photo is included
    Duration
    This experience will be about 4-5 hours total with approximately 1 hour of flight time.
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    The balloon baskets are certified to carry 6, 12 or 16 passengers, but they are rarely filled to capacity in order to leave space for added comfort.
    Spectators
    Spectators are allowed but arrangements must be made with your experience provider prior to your flight.
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Wear comfortable clothing appropriate for weather conditions and shoes you can wear in a field or vineyard. We also recommend dressing in layers and bringing sunglasses and/or a brimmed hat, and don't forget your camera!
    Booking Information
    For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 14 days in advance.
    Cancellation Policy
    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, you may cancel or reschedule with your experience provider a minimum of 72 hours prior to your scheduled flight. In the event your flight is cancelled due to inclement weather, you will have the option of rescheduling your flight or exchanging for another experience through Cloud 9 Living.
    Why do you fly so early in the morning?
    Balloons fly best in cool, calm, stable air which in Napa is usually just after sunrise.
    What are hot air balloons made of?
    The envelope is typically constructed with fire-treated nylon or dacron that meet specific manufacturer requirements.  This material is lightweight but very strong.  The baskets are made of rattan, each one individually woven by hand onto a rigid frame.
    How high do balloons fly?
    Most balloonists enjoy low-level flight.  The typical balloon flight would be anywhere from tree level to approximately 2,000 ft.
    How is the balloon steered?
    The balloon is not "steered" in the conventional sense.  The balloon moves with the direction of the wind.  However, winds tend to stratify in differing directions and altitudes.  A balloonist uses these varying currents to guide the balloon to an appropriate landing site.
    Does it get cold in the balloon? What should I wear?
    The coldest part of your morning will be on the ground! Come dressed in comfortable layered clothing.  Walking shoes and a hat are also recommended and of course don't forget your camera.
    Is ballooning safe?
    Yes, statistically flight is the safest form of transportation and ballooning is statistically the safest form of flight.  Our experience provider has skilled and experienced pilots with impeccable safety records so you are in good hands.
    Do passengers ever get sick?
    No, becuase the balloon moves at the same speed and direction as the wind, passengers experience no sense of motion.
    Is breakfast served?
    At check-in a light breakfast of coffee, tea, pastries, fruit and juice is provided before leaving for the launch site. After your flight you'll enjoy a traditional champagne toast at Domaine Chandon's Etoile restaurant followed by a delicious american style breakfast that will fill you up for the rest of your day's adventure!
    What is included in the American Style breakfast?

    The Post American Style breakfast includes egg frittata with vegetable, country style potatoes, bacon and sausage, fruit salad, and muffins. They can also make a special order for oatmeal as long as a note is made at the time of booking.

    This experience has a customer rating of 5
    based on 19 reviews.
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    Exhilarating is the word I kept using to describe the experience! Such beautiful views in the air and of the ground below us! Mike, our hot air balloon pilot was experienced (35 yrs) and entertaining. The crew was courteous and helpful getting us into and out of the basket. The weather in Yountville was not good for ballooning that morning, so they whisked us into vans and drove us to Winters, where we took to the air. Extraordinary!
    Had a great time with the Napa Valley Balloons team! Day starts with a nice coffee and pastry bar while everyone arrives and mingles. The balloon flight is amazing! The experience ends with a delicious breakfast and mimosas back at the winery.
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Josh! Thanks for sharing this day with us and we're so happy that you had such an amazing balloon ride! We hope to see you back again soon for another great time. Regards, Cloud 9 Living Team
    This was an incredible experience. The staff and crew were all amazing. The pilot, Bob, was very experienced, and I felt completely comfortable. They really do a great job at providing a great experience from beginning to end. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone! Not only do you get amazing views early before the rest of Napa Valley is up, but you have a yummy breakfast filled with mimosas before the winery opens as well!
    It was truly a wonderful experience. If I had to give any feedback it would be to give more time between check-in and take-off. The email said to arrive at 5:30, and we arrived exactly on time but there was no more coffee or pastries. We found a cup of tea but as soon as we poured it, it was time to take off and we had to throw it out. A very small complaint for an otherwise fantastic service!
    I had the best experience using Cloud 9 Living to enjoy a hot air balloon ride and will recommend this company to anyone! Customer service was amazing and the experience was top notch. Thanks so much!
    This is one of the best experiences that I've had. My husband and I went on the Napa Valley hot air balloon ride. It was just such an amazing experience. The conductor was super-friendly. The experience overall from balloon flight to mimosas and breakfast at Chandons ...incredible!!!
    Beautifully executed from start to finish! Great experience. Thank you!
    Wonderful experience -- first class!! Definitely recommend. Started the day with coffee and danish, and then met the pilot, Ken. He had 29+ years of experience so we felt very safe. He proved it with his knowledge of balloons, flying, and the area, and he ended with a perfect landing. Then back to the winery for a delicious brunch. October is a perfect time of year to go -- not too cold. Great time!
    The staff was super-polite and knowledgeable. The balloon pilot was quite friendly and informative. The logistics were handled well. The food service could have been better in my opinion. I could have used little more to eat before the ride, and at breakfast there should have been more condiments. But the meal was good.
    More fabulous than we expected!
    Fabulous experience from start to finish!
    Breathtaking! Amazing experience!
    Everything from the start was flawless. We were well prepped and then taken to the balloon take-off zone. Took off and stayed in the air for approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Back on the ground and back for brunch with champagne ! Awesome from start to finish.
    It was great! So beautiful. One thing that I wish people told me (or that the service itself told me) was that the best times to fly are outside of July&August (because of the fog in Napa). So we flew over near Vacaville, which was still gorgeous but we were looking forward to flying above the scenery in Napa. Oh well, now we know!
    Due to the loss of the balloon company that Cloud Nine had previously used, there were some issues that took some time to resolve regarding initial dates for the trip. The young lady who took care of us was very nice and kept in touch, but we were not quite sure that our chosen dates would be accepted until a short time had passed. Once the dates were scheduled, everything went perfectly. Our only other complaint was beyond anyone's control. We, unfortunately, could not fly out of Napa due to weather conditions. We were offered a reschedule, or a change of location. We, as everyone else, chose the change of location. The company bused us to the new location, and we flew over mostly yellow fields, with some walnut trees and ponds. The fly was still spectacular, and we were not at all disappointed in having made the decision to fly that day. I highly recommend that Cloud Nine continues to use this same company, Napa Valley Balloons. Our Pilot, and the complete crew, including the dog on the chase crew were all friendly, polite, and punctual. The brunch was also fantastic. Missed seeing the vineyards from the air, but everything else was beyond our expectations. Thanks for a great time.
    Wonderful experience! Our pilot Mike was a comedian! I was originally nervous about the heights but it was totally fine!
    We had an excellent balloon trip! Cloud9 made booking and checking in very easy and Napa Valley Balloons was wonderful!
    Awesome experience! The weather was perfect (with scattered cloud coverage which added to the experience). From beginning to the very end the staff was the best! Very pleased with the whole experience!
    Everything ran so smoothly and we had a great experience. This is a professional group and they were uber friendly. Even helped with taking photos from our phones. Highly recommend!

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