- Pilots have over 30 years of experience flying hot air balloons
- Enjoy stunning views of the Temecula wine country
- Embrace the serenity as you float effortlessly 1,500 feet above the ground
- Gourmet continental breakfast and champagne toast upon landing
Combine the excitement of flight with the magnificent beauty of a Southern California sunrise as you enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.
Your hot air ballooning adventure begins at La Vindemia, a private vineyard in the middle of the Temecula Wine Country - centrally located between San Diego and Los Angeles, and just inland from Orange County. You will arrive shortly before sunrise to a cup of piping hot coffee, cocoa or hot tea.
Your pilot, armed with years of experience, will gauge the wind direction and speed and pick the perfect launch site.
You'll be amazed as your balloon transforms from a canvas bag into a vibrant, colorful, teardrop-shaped life form with the help of cold air fans and millions of BTUs of heat. The inflation process is an excellent photo opportunity so don't forget your camera!
Enjoy the splendor of a mountain sunrise as you leisurely float over rolling hills, impeccably planted rows of lush vineyards and the angular lines of red tile roofs of country estates and ranches.
Once you have set down, you can reminisce during the traditional champagne celebration and gourmet continental breakfast.
You will never forget this skyward adventure!
- Participants must be at least 7 years of age and be able to climb in and out of the balloon
- Participants must weigh less than 300 pounds
- For participants over 5'9" please be sure to bring a baseball cap (because of the heat)
- Due to safety precautions, this experience is not available if you are pregnant
3-4 hours total with approximately 1 hour of flight time.
Share the balloon with between 6-14 other flyers and your certified pilot.
Spectators are welcome to watch the launch.
This experience is weather dependent. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What to Wear:
Wear casual outdoor active wear, and a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Closed toed shoes are required. Because the balloon burners radiate heat, we recommend that if you are over six feet tall that you wear a hat or a cap.
For this experience, it is recommended to request bookings at least 7 days in advance. However, last minute requests will be taken based on availability.
Prior to scheduling/booking a date for this experience, Cloud 9 Living's standard return and exchange policy shall apply. Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 5 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 5 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule your experience directly with your experience provider.
Is it a safe experience?
This balloon company has built their entire reputation on providing you with the adventure of your life. Since 1977 their pilots, staff, and crew have been extensively trained by employing rigid company practices that go beyond those required by law. Safety is the top priority.
What should I wear?
Casual outdoor active wear is recommended, along with a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Comfortable shoes are suggested, high heels are not allowed. The balloon burners radiate heat, therefore, it is recommend that if you are over 6 feet tall that you wear a hat or a cap. In the cooler months you can bring some gloves to wear.
What do I need to bring?
A camera! A video camera! It is recommended you leave all other personal possessions safely locked in your car.
What about bad weather?
Weather is obviously an important factor in ballooning. That is why there is a "mandatory" phone call prior to each flight, for that final "weather confirmation". If the flight is canceled because of weather conditions, you will be able to reschedule your flight for another date.
How many passengers will be in the balloon?
The number of passengers depends on the balloon. The smallest balloon can accommodate 6 passengers and the largest can accommodate up to 14 passengers! All of the baskets are large, European design, and partitioned to give each passenger maximum comfort and visibility.
How high does the balloon fly?
When you are aloft in the balloon you may travel up to 1,500 feet above the earth, which is what makes those views so fantastic!
How far will the balloon travel?
The average distance that you will travel in the balloon is 3-7 miles, depending on winds.
What if I have motion sickness?
There is no turbulence sway or keel in a hot air balloon. However, if you are especially sensitive to motion, medication should be effective.
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"My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. The weather was incredible, we had a fun group with us, and the guide was fun and informative. We would definitely like to come back for the sunset ride!"
" I had a wonderful time and the drivers did a great job --- so careful, checking winds, etc. all the time. They were super friendly, answered questions, and explained things. All the staff was great, including the breakfast folks too. Thanks again, and I will for sure recommend you to friends."
"I took my boyfriend up for the hot air balloon trip at dawn, and it was worth every penny and so much more. The team absolutely went above and beyond to make this experience one of the most memorable Saturday mornings we will ever have. They were professional, friendly, and so hard-working. The trip itself was amazing --- breathtaking and definitely a once in a lifetime experience. I would most definitely recommend this to everyone!"