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“Spirit in the sky”

Pinkel Balloons - Tours
Ranked #118 of 241 Outdoor Activities in Amsterdam
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Owner description: Discover the Netherlands from above and experience the thrill of ballooning as it should be with Pinkel Balloons. Pinkel Balloons is a boutique style ballooning company (not a "hop on-hop off" balloon riding company). We fly balloons with small baskets ( 2-3 to max 4 passengers + pilot) Our flights are therefore very intimate and exclusive.You will share your balloon experience with the people that you love/family and/or friends. We understand that flying a balloon privately may be a costly experience. We are therefore determined to make your flight as personal and memorable as possible and taylor it to your needs. We will share our passion for ballooning with you. Ballooning with Pinkel Balloons is a hands on outdoor & rugged experience. All in a good way. You will spend time in nature and will be invited to assist with setting up the balloon and we will explain everything that you wish to know about the flight. Balloon flights with Pinkel Balloons typically last for about 1 to 1.5 hours. The duration of the total experience will be about 3 to 4 hours. You will enjoy the memories for a lifetime.All flights during Spring and Summer will take place in the evening hours, 2 hours before sunset. We fly balloons all year round including autumn and winterflights. The chances to fly throughout the winter do exist but they are rare until March when things normally improve. All flights include a Champagne toast and a choice of some great snacks to celebrate your experience. Special arrangement can be made for flights in the north of Holland. We will travel by car from Amsterdam via 'De Afsluitdijk' to Friesland, one of the most beautiful provinces of The Netherlands. Flights will be made in Spring and Summer only. Very beautiful ! Ask for more information via our e-mail address. Bookings with Pinkel Balloons are made through our e-mail address. We will send you further information, prices and our terms of conditions. Please make your booking at least 10 days in advance. Thank You and looking forward to meeting you.
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Dook Weidema and his Pinkel Balloon team provide the very best flight experience you can find anywhere. The sense of adventure and artistry which marks the best ballooning is the trade mark of this specialized 'boutique' company. The look is rugged and outdoor but the talk is insightful and the wrap around experience reassuring. I was one of three passengers taking off for an evening flight. The others were old friends who'd been waiting some time for the right weather. Before the flight we were invited to take part in the assembling of the balloon, having the process and our roles explained and supervised. Once in the air we were treated to a number of manoeuvres, rapid ascent, flying close to level, taking us low over water was the highlight for me. During the flight we learned about how to fly the craft, what the dangers were and how to avoid them as well as stories of competition and adventure.
Our landing was with wind but dealt with in an expert fashion and we celebrated on the ground with an impromptu picnic, joined by the ground crew in the obligatory Land Rover. The flight lasted about an hour and a half.
I've had balloon flights before with large groups and bigger balloons but the expertise and intimacy of this company and pilot give a vastly superior flying experience.
Very highly recommended.

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