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“Great service, experienced company”

Hot Air Expeditions
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Phoenix Hot Air Balloon Ride
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Owner description: At Hot Air Expeditions we pride ourselves on providing hot air ballooning experiences in the Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona. We've been operating locally in the Valley of the Sun for over 26 years and rated the "Best Ballooning in Phoenix" by Fodor's Travel for 22 years in a row! We provide morning flights daily, year-round and sunset 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. Come check this off of your bucket list with us!
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great service, experienced company”
Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We had a really great time on the hot air ballon trip and the customer service was great. John was our driver and Frank was our pilot. There was an assistant but I never got his name. All of them were friendly and clearly knew what they were doing. Part of the experience is watching the ballon inflate. We had 7 or 8 other balloons in the same dirt plot so we could see lots setting up together and taking off. The view was spectacular once we were up in the air. It was a very gentle and gradual climb, so there was no anxiety about being so high up. It was tight with 12 people in the basket so beware of that. If we had any heavier people it would have been uncomfortable. It was also very hot with the propane burning so you might want a cap if you have very short hair. Our van was magically there to meet us in the middle of nowhere within a few minutes of landing. It got cold quick, so bring an extra layer like they suggest. We called in advance to request vegetarian plates and they had them all ready to go. Overall it was a great experience, even though it was expensive. I highly recommend it!

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San Luis Obispo, California
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“Great crew and trip!”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

This was our first hot air balloon ride and wanted to share what a wonderful experience we had. We also had a Groupon (as did other customers) and we were treated to a very nice post landing bistro breakfast, as well! (though we would've all preferred having hot coffee POURED on us...) It was C-O-L-D during our a.m. fligh...38degrees!? , but the feeling of floating and the stillness of the ride was far better than I could have imagined! I have been on sailboats, gliders, and stunt planes and this was as awesome a trip and getting up to 6500' and seeing the valleys below us - fantastic!
Capt. Tom, and support crews, Kim and Cole were great! Good job, guys! Totally recommend this company to all my friends on Facebook and beyond :-)
FYI - You do have to be able to climb into the basket, so wear comfortable shoes. The winter months, they have 2 flights a day, the summer only a.m. The bathrooms are available in the Deer Valley Airport terminal (where you are parked and shuttled up to the launch site).

Visited December 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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4 reviews
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“Christmas Eve Adventure!”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

This was the best surprise for our grandchildren, ages 11 and 14, also their parents. The team was so amazing and the ride of a lifetime. Our pilot, Patrick, was the best! We were at 7000 feet and then brushing tree tops, so peaceful. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves life, no problem with height fears, you didn't have that sensation, Breakfast from Vincent's wonderful, too.Thanks for a great Christmas ride.

Visited December 2012
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Oakville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Wonderfull experience”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

We were picked up by Jeremy at our resort at Camel Back mountain and took us 30 minutes to get to the departure site. We witnessed the whole operation of getting the balloons ready and we were in the air in less than 30 minutes after we arrived.

Our pilot's name was Cameron who was very cool, casual and attentive. We had a wonderful flight and we had the perfect weather for a magnificent sunset.

The landing was very good and we felt very safe all the time. The different balloons were in radio contact all the time and were tracked from the ground with the chasers who were also in contact by radio.

The picnic in the ground after the flight was delicious including the glass of champagne. It gave a good opportunity to unwind a little bit with the crew and make friends with our fellow passengers. We were back to our hotel by 7 pm, 4 hours after our pickup time.

I would definitively recommend this company and would repeat the experience any time

Visited December 2012
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience!!”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

I arranged a private hot air balloon ride and champagne brunch for my family as we were on birthday vacation. We arrived at the airport and were swiftly taken to the desert site and watched the balloon fill. From the van driver to our pilot, Walter, the service and experience could not have been better. Our favorite champagne was available and the brunch food, delicious, Walter brought a special birthday cake and his knowledge of Arizona and ballooning blew us all away. It was a first flight for us and our children, but will definitely not be the last! Many, many thanks for our wonderful experience.

Visited October 2012
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