Up, Up and Away On The World’s Most Scenic Hot Air Balloon Rides
Did you know that hot air balloons are the oldest form of human air travel? Since its invention in 1783, hot air balloons have enticed us with the lofty idea of floating amongst the clouds, with the thrill of being on top of the world. If you are hoping to catch unprecedented views of a city/country from a great vantage point, by (literally) being swept off your feet, here are 5 incredible locations to whisk you away on an adventure.
Arguably the most iconic hot-air balloon destination, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a whimsical wonderland of its own. From scorching hot summers to snow cold winters, Cappadocia is by far the most populated hot air balloon site in the world and has seen an estimated half a million riders in 2017 alone. Marvel at the spectacular panoramic views of the impressive valleys, orchards, and vineyards as you glide through the blissful sky alongside hundreds of other colourful hot air balloons.
Napa Valley, California
Home to over 400 wineries, Napa Valley is the place to be to immerse yourself in the fine wine culture. This premier wine region exhibits an extraordinary beauty of plush vineyards topped with an awe-inspiring mountain range. Hop on a hot air balloon and embark on a joyride across the San Francisco skyline while travelling through serene countrysides and enjoying a bird’s eye view of the California Faithful Geyser, Mount St. Helena and Palisade Cliffs, while sipping on a delectable glass of wine.
The ancient city of Bagan is distinctively known to house the highest concentration of Buddhist temples and pagodas. Constructed during the 11th – 13th century, this historical ground radiates a beaming brick red colour that translates beautifully in photographs. Due to weather conditions and safety measures, hot air balloon tours only operate from October to April. During this period, guests will get the best opportunities to behold the significant Bagan temples and nearby villages as they glisten in the golden hours of sunrise and sunset.
Queenstown, New Zealand
From the remarkable Southern Alps to the picturesque Lake Wakatipu, the adventure capital of New Zealand surely does not disappoint when it comes to dramatic sceneries. Elevated at a height of 6,000 ft, guests are treated to undulating terrains and textured landscapes, including sites from the filming locations of the movie, The Hobbit, world-renowned golf courses and the valleys in between Queenstown and Arrowtown.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Millions of wildebeest pound the open plains, marking the start of the annual great migration across Serengeti. And no other place on earth compares to the authentic wildlife and diverse ecosystem that Serengeti has to offer. Home to all of Africa’s Big 5—leopards, lions, elephants, rhinoceros and buffalos, a hot air balloon ride across this 5,700-square-mile UNESCO World Heritage site takes exploring the African safari to whole new level, both literally and metaphorically. An exhilarating escapade awaits guests as they can expect to spot numerous wild animals roaming about in their natural habitat.