- Over 30 years experience flying Hot Air Balloons
- 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 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 do not forget your camera!
You will travel over the mountains and through the valleys while the earth quietly awakes from its slumber below.
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.
You'll fly so high, and so well, on your hot air balloon ride that you will laugh along with Mother Nature, returning to Earth somewhere in the scenic Temecula Valley.
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. For participants over 5'9 please be sure to bring a baseball cap (because of the heat). Also, due to safety precautions, this experience is not available if you are pregnant.
3-4 hours total with approx. 1 hour of flight time.
6-14 per balloon depending on overall weight and balloon type
This experience is weather dependent. 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'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 14 days prior to your experience, failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 14 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.
What about Safety?
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.
What should I wear?
Recommended attire is casual outdoor active wear, and a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Comfortable shoes are suggested (no high heels). Because the balloon burners radiate heat, we recommend that if you are over six feet tall that you wear a hat or a cap. In the cooler months you can bring some gloves to wear.
What can I 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 we have "mandatory" phone calls prior to each flight, for that final "weather confirmation". If we do have to cancel the flight because of weather conditions, of course, there is no charge to our passengers. We usually will be able to fly the following day, either Sunrise or Sunset Flights. It is highly recommended that you keep a couple of "optional" days in mind when making your balloon ride reservation, just in case there is a weather cancellation.
How long will my adventure last?
From the time you leave your car until the time you return to your car, the time involved is usually three to three and a half hours. This includes driving you to the launch site in one of our Club Vans, watching the inflation of the balloon (perfect opportunity to use those cameras), the balloon ride itself, and having the celebration after landing. We also give you a "photo flight certificate" signed by your pilot that commemorates your ballooning adventure! And of course for our Sunrise Flight, you will also enjoy the breakfast at La Vindemia. Of course, we drive you back to the meeting location.
How many people will fit and are there any size or weight restrictions?
That depends on the number of reservations we have for that ride. We have a variety of colorful balloons, the smallest accommodates six to eight passengers, and the largest accommodates fourteen passengers! All of our baskets are large, European design, and partitioned to give each passenger maximum comfort and visibility.
How high will we go?
When you are aloft in the balloon you will be around fifteen hundred feet above the earth, and that's what makes those views so fantastic!
How far will we travel?
The average distance that you will travel in the balloon is three to seven 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.
Can I steer?
A balloon moves with the wind, at the same speed and in the same direction. So no you can not steer in the traditional sense however "steering" is done by ascending or descending into the wind "layers" to move your course from one heading or direction to another heading maybe to the right or left based on the winds available on a giving day.
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"We loved every minute of our flight. I have already recommended this company to numerous friends. I am looking forward to returning for another."