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“The Highlight of Our Trip to Wine Country”

Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides is a family owned and operated business. Our family has been hot air ballooning over Napa Valley for more than 30 years, offering smaller, private-party hot air balloon flights. Situated in the heart Yountville, Napa Valley inside V-Marketplace, Vintage 1870, we offer exclusive hot air balloon rides and personal flights to celebrate your special occasion. Our hot air balloon pilots are among the most experienced in the world with extensive knowledge of Napa Valley, combined with their passion for hot air ballooning makes them perfectly suited to be your special hosts and guides during your morning with us. Kid friendly and fun for the entire family. Join us for a most unforgettable experience!
Reviewed October 23, 2013

My husband has had Hot Air Ballooning on his bucket list for a long time and had talked me into doing it in Napa Valley. We had friends who had gone with Napa Valley Aloft in February and had a wonderful time so it made us feel comfortable to choose them for our trip in May. Both of us were excited but a little nervous about our balloon ride. The whole process couldn't have been easier or more perfect!

We called to make reservations ahead of time and were told to call the morning of the flight to make sure that it was good day for a flight. The weather was perfect and we were headed off on our adventure! We had a bit of a drive in from our hotel in American Canyon but it was an easy drive and there were lots of places to park. The hardest part was actually finding where we were to meet. There is an area of shops and the desk is just inside the door to the shopping area. We checked in and paid for our trip. There was a pre-flight briefing with some drinks and snacks if you wanted anything. During the briefing we were told what to expect during our ride. The tips and information were very good and made the trip enjoyable. We were then called with our group and headed out to the balloon. Getting into the basket is not an easy task for someone who is short like me! The pilot was very nice and told me that there is no graceful way to do it and we just laughed. There are holes for your feet on the side of the basket and you actually climb into and out of the basket! Once in there are compartments where you stand. It all works out well! Just a tip....We had some people in our basket who wore dresses and heels..I would suggest that it is a little difficult to climb into the basket with either of those things on and it also is a little difficult to walk back to the van for the return trip depending on how far you land from it.

Once you are in the basket you take off and smile at the photographers and before you know it you are in the air. It honestly feels like riding a bubble! There is no wind (unless you turn). It feels like you are standing on the floor in your house but with a great view! The views were amazing. It was a great day for flying and being Memorial Day weekend it was busy. What a gorgeous sight to see all the balloons in the blue sky. We went for a little over an hour and then landed in the park and walked back to our van for our return for our champagne breakfast. Those 60 plus minutes were some of the best of my life! Our pilot, Jason, was informative and told us stories and did a great job piloting us that morning.

We came back to the starting point for a nice breakfast. We were able to talk to others in our balloon as well as our pilot. The breakfast was optional but was very good and a very nice way to end the adventure.

I can't say enough about the professionalism and excellence of Napa Valley Aloft. If you have a chance to go...don't hesitate...call them up and book the adventure of a lifetime!

Thank Melody B
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

We picked Napa Valley Aloft, frankly, for convenience....but we're so glad we did. For one thing, they put fewer people in their baskets than other outfits, so everyone gets a great view. We went up on a gorgeous morning. I counted 15 other balloons in the air around us. Our pilot maneuvered in and out of the balloon traffic expertly and it was a special treat to see the others up close. We went in late September, crush time in Napa. You could smell the grapes in the air and the vines were starting to turn autumn colors.....beautiful! We were up for over an hour. Our pilot really showed his expertise when we had to pass up on his first landing choice and go down in a neighborhood cul de sac. There were cars parked in the street and a dog running around barking at us and he put down square in the middle of the road clear of all obstacles. All the neighbors rushed out with their cameras. We all loved it.....a memorable end to a spectacular flight. And, don't miss having breakfast after with the pilot. His stories were great and so was our breakfast.

2  Thank dhavery
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

This was our first balloon ride and it was even more amazing than we expected. We took off from the V Marketplace car park in the middle of Yountville and were in the air less than 40 mins after we arrived. We had a pre-flight briefing - drinks and small snacks were available - then went out to watch the balloons being inflated. The ride lasted just over an hour and we had beautiful views over Yountville and Napa as the sun rose. Jay our pilot has loads of experience so we felt we were in safe hands, plus his enjoyment of ballooning was evident too! There were 8 of us in the basket - quite a nice number, some of the others we saw had a lot more people in them. There were about 10 other balloons in the valley too which made for some lovely pictures. We loved the whole experience - it was so peaceful and such a beautiful way to see the valley - and wouldn't hesitate to do it again. We would definitely use Aloft if we were in the area again.

1  Thank tandmtravels
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

From the moment we called, we knew this was the balloon company we were going to use! They were great start to finish. As an added plus they leave from yountville which gave us an extra hour to sleep in. Everyone needs to try this experience at least once....

1  Thank DAS48
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

After going to many balloon festivals over the yrs. we couldn't have picked a better place or company for our first ride. The entire experience was great...from the views to the obviously experienced pilot I don't think it could have been better. I especially appreciated the smaller capacity baskets . it was well worth the early rise!

Thank tjay s
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