6 Hot Balloon Rides With French Flavors
People say Paris is always a good idea, well, we think France, in general, is always a good idea. You cannot get tired of the beautiful cities, the picturesque countryside, the prominent mountain peaks and the fine-sand beaches.
There is always something new to explore in France and, in this article, we will talk about the best hot balloon air rides in the country. Flying over France in a hot air balloon is definitely better than enjoying a helicopter or a plane ride. You can rediscover a France region from a totally new perspective. Every flight is unique, but the landscapes are always wonderful.
There are no age or physical requirements, hot air balloon flights ca be enjoyed by everyone, individuals or groups. Take-offs are usually scheduled when weather conditions are the best and that is usually in the morning or the afternoon, from April to October or May to September. During these hours the wind is stable and it allows the balloon to float effortlessly over fantastic landscapes.
Depending on the ride and the company you choose, you can fly above fields, vineyards, rivers, forests or castles.
Loire Valley Hot-Air Balloon Ride
The France castles enchant tourists from all over the world. You can admire their beautiful architecture from above, while enjoying fantastic aerial views during an approximately 3 hour adventure that includes the preparation and inflation of the balloon, the flight and the traditional “toast des Aéronautes” at the landing.
Fontainebleau Hot Air Balloon Ride
This one hour flight, three hour experience, allows you to enjoy the countryside from the skies of Fontainebleau. Less than one hour away from Paris, this area will make you rediscover the true meaning of nature. You’ll be able to watch the wildlife and the forest drift bellow you.
Provence Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Forcalquier
Provence is a historical province located in southeastern France. The landscapes are picturesque and many hidden treasures like hilltop villages, wild sage and lavender fields can be discovered from a balloon ride.
The balloon rides in Provence only take place in the mornings since the weather conditions are not optimal during afternoon.
Burgundy Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Beaune
The east-central France region, Burgundy, is famous for its wines, vineyards and gastronomical delights. Flying over Burgundy, between Dijon and Beaune, will introduce you to “the soul of France”. You will be able to admire the rich historical and architectural heritage of Beaune, the Canal of Burgundy and the famous tile roof of the Hotel Dieu from the sky.
Burgundy Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Vézelay
If admiring the vineyards from above sounds like something you’ll enjoy, but you also want to feel the historic countryside vibe that France is known for, floating over the medieval town of Vezeley and the villages from the park of Morvan will be a dream come true for you.
Private Hot Air Balloon Tour Over Vineyards from Bordeaux
When a hot air balloon ride is combined with a wine tasting experience, you know you’ll enjoy France as its best! During this ride you’ll admire the vineyards from the sky, while learning about the history of winemaking from your private guide and then you’ll visit a prestigious winery for a wine tasting and other amazing local treats.