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“We were blown away!”

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!
Austin, Texas
1 review
“We were blown away!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We had the privilege of taking the sunrise balloon ride with Jay, the owner, and we couldn't be happier with the experience we had! While the balloon ride itself was phenomenal as we soared high above the vineyards through trees, and on top of a lake at one point, we were most impressed by the professionalism and amiability of J, his family who are the pilots, and his fun-loving crew. We were blown away by this company! One tip: make sure you eat breakfast after with Jay and the fam. You don't want to miss good conversation, good food, and mimosas!

Visited May 2014
Thank Edward L
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Leyland, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
164 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“If I could give it a 6 I would!”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

We took the balloon flight with Napa Valley Aloft based upon the Trip Advisor ratings and were absolutely bowled over by their professionalism and the experience overall. I had done a flight before but this was my wife's first balloon flight and she was a bit nervous. However, we had J the owner as our pilot and he put everyone at ease with his good natured banter. We flew for nearly 1 1/2 hours as the wind was not kind in getting us to our intended landing spot but that turned out to our advantage as we had longer in the air. J's experience had us flying high then low, sometimes just 30 feet, above the vineyards and that was just brilliant. Truthfully, we cannot have had a better experience and I would mark it a 6 but 5 is the most I can do. Thanks!

Visited May 2014
Thank Lizand30
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
Level 6 Contributor
212 reviews
73 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“No better way to see and experience Napa Valley”
Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

Napa Valley Aloft has balloons for couples, and large baskets for groups of fourteen. Glen and I, piloted by Gretchen, had an hour-long magical flight from Yountville to Napa last Sunday. What an incredible experience and fantastic way to see the vineyards, farms and ranches while gently soaring over the valley! This company is extremely professional - from their reservation staff, pilots and ground crew. Everything was safe and fun. We were especially pleased that this company also provides discounts at local hotels to make the whole weekend perfect (we stayed at the Andaz Hotel in Napa). Couldn't have asked for a nicer, more unforgettable ballooning experience!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Greg B
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Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“up over and down”
Reviewed 22 May 2014

This balloon company is organized, professional and good at what they do. However, I had really different expectations so was slightly disappointed. Basically you go up from Yountville over the valley - over top mobile home parks and basic urban sprawl and then down.

I had envisioned ballooning over bucolic country side with wineries in sight. So get that vision out of your head. It felt like this is a very routine route for them.

It still was worth the trip and enjoyable, but just not what I'd expected. Goes by fast and be warned - its hot and noisy with those burners.

The breakfast was delicious and well worth the add-on.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Family_o_fun
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Highlight of our trip!”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

This was such a bucket list thing to do, and it was well worth it. We stayed at the Vintage Inn which was walking distance to the balloon takeoff site and we even got a discount because of staying at that hotel! We opted for the exclusive trip for 4 adults and had the best experience. I felt very safe up in the air. Our balloonist was very personable, willing to answer our questions and did a great job overall. He even joined us for our champagne breakfast and shared his passion for the job. We even got our "wings" to remember our trip by.

Visited May 2014
Thank sunnygirl3320
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