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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 16 July 2014

We went ballooning with Napa Valley Aloft in July and it was a good experience overall. Our pilot was very experienced and it was a smooth ride and landing. The scenery is breathtaking and we had a clear day but not much wind so we flew only a few hundred yards away from our takeoff point. Unfortunately, due to the early morning fog, we had to be driven to a remote site for take off and the van ride left most of us feeling sick. It's hard to plan perhaps but best if you can manage to pick a day when they will take off from Yountville. Breakfast afterward was a pleasant surprise and we were on our way to our wine tasting by 9:45am. Would recommend to do this once in a lifetime as it's quite pricey!

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Reviewed 5 July 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately the skies turned overcast on our way to the meeting place. That coupled with the fires in a nearby valley made us unable to fly over Napa. We were offered a choice of changing our reservation or going over farmland from a different launch site. We were glad to have the option of continuing or canceling. We had never flown before and I was great! Smooth sailing and landing. Jim was our pilot and interesting to talk with at the brunch. (For $20 you get breakfast, I didn't know it was with the pilot. The food was not worth $20, but the conversation was!). I was amazed at how many people are involved in a flight! Note - the "ballon crew" works HARD, my husband tipped them and they were so happy and surprised. (Tip them and get a great smile!!!).

Thank GWA83
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

If you are going to fly, fly with Napa Valley Aloft! They are amazing! Everything thing from start to finish was handled professional and kindly. We flew with Jayson, he was SUPER knowledgeable about flying and its history, he was also extremely knowledgeable about the Napa area and its history. We flew for an hour and a half, the whole flight was smooth, from take off to landing. What a memory, I received the perfect proposal! And everything about the day was wonderful! Don't look any further, if you are going to fly. Fly with this wonderful crew, from the sweet gal that answers the phone to the pilots and the ground crew! THANK YOU for making our minutes, Moments to remember and treasure always!

Thank Heather M
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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!

Thank Edward L
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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!

Thank Lizand30
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