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Review of Bruges Ballooning

Bruges Ballooning
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The most romantic and adventurous way to discover Bruges is undoubtedly by hot air balloon. Bruges Ballooning offers, in exclusive co-operation with the city of Bruges, balloon flights over the centre of Bruges. Daily departures at sunrise and 2 hours before sunset. A one-hour balloon trip takes you over the city of Bruges, and it's wonderful surrounding castles and fields. Champagne and hotel pick-up are included.Bruges Ballooning ofrece, en cooperacion exclusiva con la ciudad de Brujas, vuelos en globo aerostatico sobre en centro de Brujas. Salidas diarios al amanecer o en la tarde. Un vuelo magico de una hora sobre la ciudad medieval y los campos y castillos de los alrededores. Champagne y servicio e transporte desde su hotel incluido.
Reviewed 1 June 2014

There were so many highlights to our Bruges trip, but this was the most special and memorable. The experience of ballooning is amazing enough, but it's the people and little extras that make up the whole package. Christophe and his partner (who somehow will find you, wherever you land!) are brilliant; super experienced and passionate about ballooning, but they are also really good with people - you'll feel relaxed and involved. You'll love every moment and i cannot recommend them more highly. Weather is a big factor in teir decision to fly, so give them as many alternative days/times as possible so that you have the best chance of getting a flight. Thanks guys! :)

Thank BrettToo
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

My husband and I just came home from a 12-day, 5-city trip to Europe, and our hot air balloon ride over Bruges was by far the highlight of our trip!

It would be unfair to just say that the flight itself was magnificent -- which it was. The ride was peaceful and the views of Bruges and the countryside of Belgium were more beautiful than we could have imagined. But it was the experience as a whole that had us glowing for hours after we got back to our hotel and saying to each other, 'Did we seriously just do that?' My husband is a helicopter pilot, and I don't think he'd ever had so much fun on a flight.

When we booked our flight (only one day ahead of time) Christophe made it simple and easy by saying he'd just pick us up at our hotel. Don't be surprised to see the deconstructed balloon in the trailer -- watching (or if you're able to, helping) Christophe and his colleague put everything together is an unexpectedly fun part of the experience. I can't quite explain why my husband and I enjoyed this aspect so much; something about it just added to the adventure and jump-started the camaraderie between us, Christophe, and the other guests on the flight.

I'll admit to being a little nervous as this was my first balloon ride, but I was quickly set at ease. Christophe is a professional with 20 years experience who clearly knows what he is doing -- and whose passion for hot air ballooning is contagious. By the end of our flight, it felt like everyone aboard were old friends, and we enjoyed a toast and a drink afterwards with no awkwardness or discomfort at all.

It would be almost pointless to try to explain why our trip with Bruges Ballooning left us so awe-struck. And by this glowing review you might think that I know Christophe personally -- I do not. But I promise you, even if you are bubbling over with excitement before your flight (which we were!!) your expectations will still be shattered, in the best possible way. This trip was worth every penny. Christophe, thank you so much for such a wonderful experience; we will never forget it!

2  Thank Aloise S
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

This is a must. Flying over the city then into the farmlands was breath taking. The view of the city from above and the farmlands was wonderful. Our pilot couldn't be more friendly and experience. Everyone in the balloon was at ease.
Landing in the farmers field in Holland and sharing champagne finished the flight nicely.
We recommend to everyone take the flight and enjoy for day!

Don & Lynda (from Canada/Mexico)

2  Thank DonLynda B
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Reviewed 18 May 2014

This was our first visit to Bruges and for something different Sue said why don't we go ballooning. I was not sure how this would go as Sue does not like heights at all. Christophe put everyone at ease though and his attention to safety helped calm the nervous. The flight was fantastic and due to the wind conditions (we went a day earlier than planned as Christophe was concerned about higher winds the next day) we had one of the furthest trips he has done as we just kept going. The whole thing is extremely well organized and a great experience whether you are a first time balloonist or a frequent flyer (one of the guests on our flight was a US helicopter pilot!). Cannot recommend more highly and it was worth every cent.

Thank Ozged
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Reviewed 15 May 2014 via mobile

Amazing overhead tour of castles, countryside, Bruges, and Damme. Floating in the balloon was surreal, and our pilot expertly directed our flight. We landed in a field, helped pack up, then enjoyed champagne and great company (including the farmer) before being returned to our hotel. This was the best part of our (overall wonderful)time in Bruges. Would go again - highly recommend!

Thank Ta11
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