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“"An amazing must do adventure to add to your list!"” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hot Air Expeditions

Hot Air Expeditions
704 W. Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85027
(800) 831-7610
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$175*
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Ranked #12 of 105 Activities in Phoenix
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Owner description: Hot Air Expeditions is proud to provide hot air balloon flights in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. We've been operating locally in the Valley of the Sun for over 22 years and voted the "best ballooning in Phoenix" by Fodor's Travel for 18 years in a row! We provide morning flights daily, year-round and afternoon flights are offered seasonally, November through March. All flights include gourmet catered fare from Vincents on Camelback, along with a champagne toast and flight certificate! The check in site is at The Deer Valley Airport (704 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, AZ 85027), or we can pick you up at your hotel!
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“"An amazing must do adventure to add to your list!"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Wow...during a recent visit to see my sister in Scottsdale she surprised myself and my two girls (ages 15 and 16) with this adventure of hot air ballooning...and what a surprise and an amazing experience this was. We arrived early in the morning and were taken by van to an area where the balloons were prepared for take off. The process of setting up for take off is very interesting and we eagerly watched as they layed out the balloons and baskets, filled the balloons with air with fans and then started the heating process. The captain clearly discussed safety procedures with all before take off. There were 12 of us in each basket and we were in groups of three nestled in each corner of the basket. This made for easy access for all for great views. The heat from the flames can be warm and if you stand further away from the burner it can be warm on the head so I suggest bringing a hat. (They do have hats on board in case you don't bring one.) If you stand closer in to the captain it can be cooler. Bottled water is also offered in flight!! We flew high and then we flew lower and the views were spectacular. It is a true feeling of floating and it is so peaceful and quiet. For those photo buffs this is an awesome opportunity to get some really great desert scenery photos. When we flew low we looked for wildlife and spotted and few jack rabbits. Captain Mike manned our balloon and was very informative about the mechanics of ballooning and of the desert and all its details. My teenage daughters loved it and learned a lot about the desert. We had a perfect landing and a wonderful champagne breakfast finish. This is a very organized group and I would certainly recommend Hot Air Expeditions as a great choice for fulfilling your ballooning adventures.

Visited April 2014
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HotAirExpeditions, Owner at Hot Air Expeditions, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Thank you so much for joining us up in the air! You said it perfectly - the views from up in the air are breathtaking! We are happy to hear you had a great time, and thank you for sharing this experience with others! We hope to see you up, up and away the next time you're in town!
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Early in the morning, an experience without equal, enjoying the views from above of the desert and residential properties, our pilot was very knowledgeable and professional. You finish with a breakfast and sparkling wine mimosa!

Visited May 2014
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HotAirExpeditions, Owner at Hot Air Expeditions, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
We are happy to hear you had a great time, and thank you for sharing this experience with others! We hope to see you up, up and away the next time you're in town!
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“Birthday Bliss”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

This past weekend I surprised my mom by showing up to the airport and taking her on an adventures of a lifetime. She had always wanted to go hot air ballooning and we were finally able to cross that off of her bucket list, as well as mine.
From start to finish, every employee had a smile on their face and welcomed us all with excitement and great attitudes. You can absolutely tell their passion for what they do which makes you extremely comfortable with the experience. The breakfast afterwards is also a wonderful perk and a great way to wrap up the fun. Tommy was an excellent pilot and Ryan was an amazing driver, they were very professional and definitely added to the overall experience.
I would definitely recommend Hot Air Expeditions for everyone to try....even coming from someone who is petrified of heights, this is an absolute must do!

Visited April 2014
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HotAirExpeditions, Owner at Hot Air Expeditions, responded to this review, June 10, 2014
Thank you for joining us up in the air! We are happy you enjoyed your flight with Tommy, he is an amazing pilot and great person with a breadth of knowledge on ballooning and everything Arizona!

Again, we appreciate you joining us and sharing your experience. We hope to see you up in the air again soon!
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“Wonderful experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Not only was the ride beautiful but we learned a tremendous amount from Captain Walter about ballooning and geology. A must do despite the early start.

Visited April 2014
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HotAirExpeditions, Owner at Hot Air Expeditions, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for joining us up in the air! We are happy you enjoyed your flight with Walter, he is an amazing pilot and great person with a breadth of knowledge on ballooning and everything Arizona!

Again, we appreciate you joining us and sharing your experience. We hope to see you up in the air again soon!
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“Birthday Celebration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Our week in Arizona was fabulous, but our balloon ride with Hot Air Expeditions was the highlight.
Our pilot, Walter was informative and funny, brunch afterward in the desert was delicious. Even acknowledged my husband's birthday with a banner and cake. I highly recommend this company and would go up with them again when we visit beautiful AZ.

Visited April 2014
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HotAirExpeditions, Owner at Hot Air Expeditions, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Thank you for joining us up in the air! We are happy you enjoyed your flight with Walter, he is an amazing pilot and great person with a breadth of knowledge on ballooning and everything Arizona!

Again, we appreciate you joining us and sharing your experience. We hope to see you up in the air again soon!
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