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Napa Valley Balloons, Inc.
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Napa Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride with Sparkling Wine Brunch
Ranked #1 of 23 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 Francisco, California
1 review
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“Beautiful day with beautiful people”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

Napa Valley Balloons is the company of professional and really nice people!
Unforgettable experience for my 7 years old son and for me.
Our pilot Ken Custis was very attentive and really first class!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Marina S
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Salinas, California
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“Celebrating our 25th Wedding Anniversary in Style!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014

We went on our balloon ride on April 5, 2014 and had a fabulous time. Our pilot Ken Custis was first class! It was a very early morning but everyone greeting and checking us in were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. There was a light pastry and fruit snack to get us started and then we were assigned vans and pilots to start our adventure. The drive to the launch site was short but along the way and before we were given clear instructions for safety and procedures. Watching the balloons being inflated was truly amazing. The actual ride was spectacular! We were over 1600 feet in the air and it was quite, peaceful and breathe taking. The view and the scenery were a once in a lifetime experience. Ken was informative, entertaining and an amazing pilot. We came back and had a great breakfast buffet with mimosas (yum)! Our pictures of the trip were in our email within a few hours of leaving. Overall I would go back again and I would recommend family and friends to enjoy this wonderful experience, it was well worth the price.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Tami C
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Monterrey, Mexico
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“Worth the early rising”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

Yes, you have to be in the meeting point (Domain Chandon cellars) at 6:00 o´clock, but if this is your first balloon ride, as it was for us, you´ll be amazed.
We had a hard time finding the Domain Chandon entrance, because the GPS made an unnecessary turn and it was still dark. Once you leave the main road, it will be at your right side; you have to take a long paved lane before getting to the house.
Leave in your car (or your hotel) all handbags, backpacks and unnecessary items, since the balloon basket has limited space.
You are granted by the staff, and after signing a waiver, you can have a cup of coffee, tea, and fresh bread. You´ll be introduced to the pilots and hear a short briefing. They´ll take you to the balloons in a van.
Even is the weather is cool at dawn, you´ll be standing right below a burner, so it will get hot. Tall people should wear a hat, to protect hair from heat.
Getting inside the basket might be challenging for seniors or people with mobility disadvantages; two holes function as steps in the basket, but the staff will help.
The take-off is so smooth you have to keep your eyes on the ground or you won´t notice it. For the landing you´ll have to hold on and bend your knees, but it´s still easy. I was afraid I could get air sick or suffer vertigo, but the balloon moves so gently I always felt safe. The ride can last 1 hour or 1:15, depending on the air currents to find a good landing site.
The van will be waiting for you to take you back to Domain Chandon, where you´ll have breakfast; choices are limited, but tasty, and there´s a never ending supply of Mimosas.

Visited April 2014
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Absolutely beautiful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

Napa Valley Balloons is the perfect company to balloon with. Our guide, Mike was very informative and loves doing what he does. He had a go-pro tied to a rope during our ride which he immediately shared the photos with us via email.

The ride was amazing. We woke up early and were quickly up in the air as the sun rose. Our basket wasn't too crowded and the amount of time we were up in the air was perfect.

They had a champagne breakfast ready for us when we got back which was delicious.

I wouldn't change a thing about the tour.

Visited April 2014
1 Thank JulieSchultz
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Austin, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Napa Valley Hot Air Balloon”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2014

My husband and I were in Napa celebrating our 20th anniversary and decided to do a balloon ride. It was absolutely awesome and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. Included is a light breakfast before as everyone is arriving and a full breakfast after. They even take in-flight pictures which is optional for a nominal fee...how else could you get a picture like this! This adventure was worth every penny! Thanks Bob for a wonderful ride!

Visited May 2014
2 Thank Tamara M
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