The balloon tour was amazing. I did the one hour tour, and you do wake up at the crack of dawn, but it is worth it. (I figure if I traveled all the way out here, waking up a little early and spending a little on this tour was only something I can do and see here, I shouldn't miss the opportunity to have this experience.) We were picked up from our hotel, had breakfast at the meeting point in town, and shuttled to the balloon site. It is a wonderful experience. The balloon pilot had a good sense of humor, and the scenery....oh the scenery was breathtaking. Don't forget a camera. You fly over Rose valley, over the cave houses, pigeon houses, and the pilot takes you pretty close to the ground in some areas (makes for good pictures) and then back up. A great way to see the valleys from a different perspective. I don't know if they do this on every tour, but they popped a bottle of sparkling wine for us upon landing. Anyway, would definitely recommend.