Hot air ballooning over stunning landscapes

by | Egypt, India, Italy, New Mexico, New Zealand, Tanzania, Turkey, USA

 A hot air balloon ride is a great way to experience the world from above. They allow you to see things in a new way and are also fun! It combines the thrill of an adventure with the magic of a ride in a colorful, fragile-looking basket filled with hot air.

As a travel advisor, I have had the opportunity to explore some of the world’s most beautiful destinations. I have seen everything from the Great Wall of China, the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean and Hawaii, to the snow-capped mountains of Switzerland. 

However, the best vacation experience ever was hot air ballooning over Tuscany.  The stunning views, the peacefulness, and the thrill of soaring above the earth make it an experience not to be missed. 

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia is undoubtedly one of the best destinations in the world for a hot air balloon ride. Located in central Turkey, this region is famous for its unique rock formations and fairy chimneys, which look even more breathtaking from the sky. As you float above the rugged terrain, you will see thousands of hot air balloons rising with you, creating a magical sight. The best time to go on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is sunrise, when you can watch the sunrise over the horizon, casting a golden glow over the landscape.

Let Inspired Travel Designs through Virtuoso arrange a perfect vacation for you and have one of your life’s best hot air balloon rides!


Hot air ballooning near Uchisar Castle in Cappadocia

Hot air ballooning near Uchisar Castle in Cappadocia


Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania is famous for its wildlife, but it is also an excellent destination for hot air balloon rides. Gliding over the vast plains, you will see herds of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles running across the savannah. The park also offers stunning views of the Serengeti River and its surrounding forests, making it an incredible experience for nature lovers.


Hot air ballooning in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Hot air ballooning in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


Luxor, Egypt

The ancient city of Luxor in Egypt is home to some of the most famous historical sites in the world, including the Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple, and the Luxor Temple. A hot air balloon ride over Luxor offers a unique perspective on these incredible structures, the Nile River, and the surrounding desert. 


Hot air balloon ride in Luxor, Egypt

Hot air balloon ride in Luxor, Egypt


Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is known as the world’s adventure capital, and a hot air balloon ride over this stunning landscape is a must-do experience. Floating over the Southern Alps will see snow-capped mountains, turquoise lakes, and spectacular glaciers. The best time to visit Queenstown for a hot air balloon ride is winter when the landscape is covered in snow.

Jaipur, India

Jaipur is known as the Pink City, and a hot air balloon rides over this vibrant city provides a unique and unforgettable experience. As you soar over the historic forts and palaces, you will see the city’s rich culture and architectural marvels from a bird’s eye view. You will also see the Aravalli Range and the surrounding desert landscape, making it an incredible visual experience. 

The best time to visit Jaipur is from October to March when the weather is dry and clear.

Albuquerque, New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, New Mexico Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, New Mexico 

Each October, nearly 600 brightly colored orbs decorate Albuquerque’s skies during the city’s International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest. For a more solitary ascent, flights over the Santa Ana Pueblo afford secluded scenes of the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande Valley. “Dressing in layers will help keep you warm during the cool New Mexico mornings,” notes Virtuoso travel advisor George Keller. For the fiesta, he adds, “Be at the park at least an hour before daybreak to visit some of the many excellent food vendors. The vendor with the longest line serves the best breakfast.”

See the fiesta’s opening ceremonies, mass ascension, and “balloon glow” (a nighttime spectacle where all the balloons light up at once) on an eight-day tour of New Mexico with Globus. 


Charlie helping set up the hot air balloon in Tuscany

Charlie helping set up the hot air balloon in Tuscany

Hot Air Ballooning in Tuscany, Italy-Our all-time favorite experience!

Absolutely our all-time favorite experience on vacation was hot air ballooning. It’s impossible to describe the serenity of a balloon flight. The peacefulness of floating over Tuscany’s fields, hills, olive groves, and centuries-old hilltop villages is unlike anything you have ever experienced. I highly recommend the experience. Do you know you can even have this experience as a shore excursion from some cruise ships? 

Are you ready to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure? Look no further than Inspired Travel Designs for a bespoke luxury hot air balloon trip. Imagine soaring through the skies, taking in stunning panoramic views, and experiencing the thrill of a lifetime. I will curate a personalized itinerary to meet your every desire, ensuring that every moment of your journey is unforgettable.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to explore the world from a new perspective. Let’s chat to start planning your unforgettable journey!