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“Champagne Flight”

Napa Valley Balloons, Inc.
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Napa Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride with Sparkling Wine Brunch
Ranked #1 of 24 Outdoor Activities in Napa
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Owner description: Come join us for an exhilarating sunrise balloon flight over the beautiful Napa Valley. Enjoy a scenic and memorable flight with one of our experienced pilots and join us in celebration at our post flight champagne breakfast. Napa's Premier Hot Air Balloon Company with over thirty-five years of safety and excellence - Featured on Oprah! and Today - The Balloon Company Trusted to fly Chelsea Clinton - Comfortable State of the art Aircraft - No hidden fees.
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Champagne Flight”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

My alarm clock usually does not have an AM on it when I am on vacation, much less 5 AM. Having to get to this place at O dark thirty was the pitts!. When we arrived at the shuttle bus point we joined the crowd waiting with great expectations. One of the employees stepped in to address the crowd . . . we were told that we would be shuttled to another location about an hour away because the cloud deck was too low and we would not be able to sail over Napa to see any of the vineyards as we had planned. Just lovely!

We finally arrived at our destination and made it into the air in the middle of nowheresville with a gondola crammed full of tourists like ourselves. As we began to ascend, my scowling mood began to fade away. The view and the climbing sensation were stupendous!

The pilot, however, remarked that we were not travelling forward and would ascend further to find the right current. The pilot pulled the overhead cord and the the atomic furnace above me roared to life again. Some 4,200 feet later we were still climbing!! All the other balloons that had taken off with us were a mile in back of us.

As we drifted above the clouds I saw a Cessna flying off to the right and below us! Yikes, we were getting a little stratospheric! My sister-in-law had her head buried in her husband's chest where it remained for the rest of the flight. We were so high (how high were you . . . . !) that one could see both Sacramento and San Francisco in the hazy distance. This balloon-a-tik of a hot shot pilot, totally deviating from the normal fly low and slow tour over Napa, had made things interesting despite the change of plans.

Finally setting down in a farmer's field, the pilot asked a couple of us to jump out and help walk the balloon (through the mud) and over to the road where the chase crew was waiting. I was exhilarated by the flight and having been one of the first men to reach the stratosphere in a balloon without oxygen, but began to grumble a bit about my sod-caked Nikes and thought, "that champagne better be ice cold and waiting for us when we get back to the ranch" . . . . it was!

Visited September 2012
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“Amazing and Unforgettable”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

We were fortunate enough that we picked the one sunny and beautiful day to go ballooning and plus our pilot was Bob Swanson who not only is probably the best pilot around but he was very entertaining while at the same time keeping safety as the most important aspect of the flight. The views were breathtaking and it felt as though we were walking in the air. So calm and so beautiful. Definitely a must when you visit Napa.

Visited December 2012
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Pasadena, California
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“Remarkable Experience”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

On the one sunny day of our Napa Valley visit, we spent an extraordinary couple of hours on this adventure. Waiting in the basket for something to happen - suddenly we're in the air! The views were literally breathtaking. Bob was the perfect host/commentator. We covered an amazing 10 miles before he set us down in a CVS parking lot - perfect. Can't wait to do it again.

Visited December 2012
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Pasadena, California
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“Fabulous flight!”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

We thought this might be a very interesting experience, but we had not idea how wonderful it would be. It was a spectacularly beautiful day and an amazing flight! The landing was so amazing, in that we did so in the rear parking lost of an OSH hardware store. It was smooth and remarkably easy for our expert pilot, Bob Swanson. Bobs is a very nice and amusing man who made the entire experience one we will not forget!

Terry Knowles and Marshall Rutter

Visited December 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“It's like walking in the air!”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

Had an amazing time at Napa Valley Balloons today.

Luckily for us we had the weather on our side as a lot of other travellers weren't so lucky with the weather the days before.

Had a brief and necessary pre-morning briefing and run down before we set off. From the get go you'll be amazed at how these marvellous flying machines are set up.

The heat can be quite intense and as they have suggested, it is wise to bring along a beanie or hat to protect your precious hair follicles. :))

The view was amazing from up top and the feeling is nothing compared to a Helicopter ride or Plane ride over the valley.

The staff were all very helpful and friendly, shout out to our Pilot Mike who took some amazing shots with his GoPro and for being so personable.

Amazing breakfast right after and a couple of bubblies will definitely wrap up your experience with a mind full of memories and belly filled with goodies!

Visited December 2012
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