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Review of Dream Balloons

Dream Balloons
Ranked #15 of 39 Outdoor Activities in Luxor
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Reviewed 27 January 2013

We flew with Dream Baloons in October 2012, booked via a local guy moored at the Iberotel. He charged half what Thompson were asking, and I believe all the money went to the right place (later visited his house in central Luxor, lovely bloke, works hard and deserves your cash).

The price included a minibus from the hotel down to the waterfront, tea/coffee and a twinkie on board a boat, transfer across the river, another minibus to the launch site, and all the same transfers to bring you back once you land. Minibuses were clean and air conditioned, all the staff were great. You sign to say you agree to take responsibility for your own actions on the Balloon and then you're off!
The ride itself lasted about half an hour, with a slow cruise down to land. Kafim flew our balloon, an experienced pilot, he explained before we left that the ride is entirely dependent on the weather (something a lot of people seem to forget) Where the wind blows, you go!
We were very lucky, the wind held us over some of the temples near the Valley of the Kings and we got great views of the farms and fields leading down to the Nile and finally, on descent, we cruised almost silently over a town just in front of the Nile, waking up the odd resident (and chicken) with blasts from the canisters. Kids waved, animals honked, mooed and barked and we finally came down in the marshy flood plains of the river itself.
Out there, getting transfer back requires the ground crew to first locate the balloon, and then get people out to you in a bus, so if you land long, sit tight. We had some help from a local man who jumped into his steel boat and using only a wooden pole, ferried every person on the balloon back and forth across an irrigation channel to dry land.

A great experience, despite some fairly persistent moaning from other passengers about everything from the landing site, to Ox poo and even the temporary seating that was offered up when we found ourselves in a farming village (the crew turned over a day bed for the ladies to sit on). If you're thinking about going, take extra memory cards, wear shoes you don't care about and don't gripe, they're doing their best!

Have fun!

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Reviewed 23 January 2013

We booked this tour through Aladin Tours, who promised more than what was delivered so I'm not sure if it's the false advertising of Dream Balloons or of Aladin Tours that promises a free t-shirt, which never materialises!

The trip itself was a lovely experience; seeing the sunrise whilst in the air floating over Egyptian ruins. The tour rep picked us up at our hotel as arranged, transported us to a small boat which had tea, coffee and a small cake for our breakfast, and arranged transport back to the hotel afterwards. The small boat took us over the Nile and we were taken to the balloons. Everything ran smoothly and we are certainly glad we had this experience, even tho it was pretty cold at such an early hour of the morning!

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Reviewed 9 January 2013

My trip was provided by my tour operator and am unsure how much this ride costs. The experience was worth the early awaken so that we were in time to catch sunrise. My ballon was the second to rise that day. However, the ballon did not travel far instead it simply owe up and down above the launch site.

Being in the second balloon, it was fortunate for me as I did see some other balloons from above only rising after the sun was well above the horizon. My balloon was packed with 32 people, 8 in each corner of the basket.

The landing was interesting to see about 10 men dragging the balloon and weighing it down to ground. We landed in the middle of someone's farm! After landing, we were told to literally jump off onto the farm before being quickly whisked away to the waiting van 30 metres walk away.

The ride ended with a commeration certificate and a boat ride back to Luxor. Note: the launch site is located on the west bank, you will need to ride a boat across which will be provided by Dream Balloons.

1  Thank neo2122
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

I had the same experience as Gypsy. The Dream Balloon Company in Luxor, Egypt is not to be trusted with people like Adel. It is not a cheap balloon ride, so make sure you get your money's worth with another company.

Thank Solo P
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Reviewed 28 December 2012

On Christmas Day 2012, we went up in a hot air balloon in Luxor. We paid for first flight, sunrise, 45 minutes. We were almost the last balloon up, after sunrise, 25 minutes in the air with a rude flight attendant. Our balloon was the smallest and held 8 in a small tight basket. The others held about 20 people and moved across the valley and NIle. We hovered over the Valley of Kings. After 20 minutes our Attendant made a fake landing that he thought was funny. After 10 more minutes, despite our protests, he made a harsh landing on the road steps away from where we took off. We complained and he challenged us. He folded our evaluations into his pocket. Our Certificate is signed by Adel and says we flew for 45 minutes. The balloon experience is great and felt safe however, I'd stay away from Adel and Dream Balloons.

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