Napa & Sonoma

Wine Country Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Yountville

Napa & Sonoma, USA
  • 3 to 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


It’s difficult to appreciate the beauty of Napa Valley’s rolling vineyards from between the vines—it’s much easier from the skies. Starting just after sunrise, step into your hot-air balloon to watch the valley come alive, floating up to 2,000 feet in the air. Enjoy coffee before and sparkling wine after, celebrating your silent journey gliding along the California horizon.
  • Tour Napa Valley or Sonoma from the air, following ideal weather patterns
  • Learn about the art of ballooning from your pilot
  • Get drone-style photos from your aerial vantage point
  • A romantic experience for couples—or just a fun getaway for friends

What's Included

  • Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Tour over Napa Valley (40-minutes to 1-hour , Weather Dependent)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Gratuities

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What To Expect

As the sun rises, sip on some coffee before stepping into your hot-air balloon basket, beginning your peaceful journey into the sky. View the rolling vineyards of Napa Valley from above.

Once drifting in the clouds at a leisurely pace, capture photos from your elevated vantage point. Take the opportunity to learn about the art of ballooning from your pilot and listen to their stories, both historical and personal.

Allow your pilot to point out various highlights as you soar overhead. At the end of your journey, float back down to earth and enjoy a glass of sparkling wine after landing.

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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 8 years and minimum height is 57 inches tall. It is at the pilots discretion who is deemed safe to fly
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • MUST provide on the road phone number at time of booking. Failure to provide this information will result in cancellation
  • Guests with weights of 275 lbs (125 kg) or more will be charged an additional fee of $299
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Individuals who have done a deep scuba dive within the past few days
  • People suffering from chronic pain, have a recent injury or who have recently had major surgery, anyone who is unable to stand without assistance for more than an hour
  • Someone who requires assistance walking or who cannot climb stairs.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 3 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 3 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 3 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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Q:What is the departure point for the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:The Hot Air Balloon ride departs from Vintners Golf Club at 7901 Solano Ave, Yountville, CA. After being checked in and a brief orientation, guests are driven directly to the launch site.

Jun 2021

Q:What should I wear for the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:The coldest part of your morning will be on the ground! Come dressed in comfortable layered clothing. Walking shoes and a hat are also recommended and of course, don't forget your camera.

Jun 2021

Q:Are Hot Air Balloons safe?

A:Absolutely! Flying is the safest form of transportation and, statically speaking, ballooning is the safest form of flight. Believe it or not, getting in and out of the basket is the most challenging part of the whole flight!

Jun 2021

Q:Why is the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride departure so early in the morning?

A:Balloons fly best in cool, calm, stable air which in Napa is usually just after sunrise. Meeting times will vary throughout the year to reflect the change in sunrise times.

Jun 2021

Q:How high do we fly during the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:Most balloonists enjoy low-level flight. Typical hot air balloon rides in Napa average between tree-level and approximately 2,000 ft.

Jun 2021

Q:How long is the entire Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride experience?

A:You will spend approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour in flight, however, please allow 3-4 hours for the entire experience.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my small child with me on the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:Children must be taller than 57 inches and at least 8 years old to participate.

Jun 2021

Q:Can i participate in the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride if I am pregnant?

A:Unfortunately, no. Expecting mothers are not permitted to fly.

Jun 2021

Q:What will we see during the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:Your experienced and knowledgeable hot air balloon pilot will act as your guide and entertainer while pointing out local highlights and welcoming questions from you and fellow adventurers.

Jun 2021

Q:Can I bring my dog with me on the Wine Country Hot-Air-Balloon Ride?

A:Pets are not allowed on the balloon for safety reasons.

Jun 2021

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Featured review
The balloon ride was an amazing experience. The views were incredible, the weather was perfect, and the balloon operator(Bob) was knowledgeable, skillful, and had a great sense of humor. Would definitely recommend to add this to your bucket list. Such a beautiful and thrilling ride.


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The hot air ballon and...
Claudia_L, Mar 2024
The hot air ballon and the views were spectacular. However, we arrived earlier as per instructions given on confirmation email, where it stated that it would start exactly at 6:00 am and whomever wasn’t there would be left behind. It was passed 6:30 am when we got on the van to go to the take off place. The take off experience and the trip were amazing. The landing, not so much. We crashed land onto a high school small football field. It was quite scary experience.
Hot air balloon experience
Randy_A, Nov 2023
Our most memorable experience was the smooth onboarding hot air balloon ride and magnificent Napa Valley aerial views.
Highlight of our Napa trip
Deb_W, Nov 2023
Our pilot Bob was terrific. This was my first balloon flight and I was a bit apprehensive at first, but from the minute we took off, I was very comfortable. Landing was great!
One and Done.
Jennifer_E, Nov 2023
Terrible experience. Crash landed in to a chain link fence next to a school. Pilot was very arrogant and didn't ask any of us if we were ok only scolded us that we didn't listen that we needed to be prepared for possible hard landing. I don't think this is what we signed up for.
Entertaining ballon ride
was1bs, Oct 2023
A little crowded in the basket. Would be difficult to get in for older folks or limited mobility individuals. Also, can be a bit unnerving as the ballon rises and falls in altitude after life off. We came very close to a tree stand on take off, which caused some concern among other travelers as well.
rafael_s, Oct 2023
The most beautiful trip i had! Highly recomended. The view was spectacular. And the breakfast and champagne.
A must do
Georgette_B, Oct 2023
Bob, our pilot was simply amazing. So informative and personable. Also, Hayden the hostess was the best!!! She answered so many questions for us and was a joy to talk with!!!
Australia couple
Jill_M, Oct 2023
We absolutely loved it, first time in a balloon amazing. So beautiful our driver was brilliant we got close over the vines yards you felt like you could almost grab the grapes! Everyone was so nice and very welcoming. Happy to help you with anything. Definitely a must on your list.
Robert_C, Oct 2023
My wife and thought it was incredible ride! We are so glad we booked this! We recommend this trip for everyone!
A Must!!!
Debra_G, Oct 2023
From beginning to end it was a great experience. Everything was super organized and very helpful and friendly staff!!!
John_S, Sep 2023
great fun. beautiful views. super pilot and crew what more can I say. a wonderful start to the day. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Yes
Enjoying Napa from above
Rene_M, Aug 2023
The hot air balloon ride was an amazing experience. Bob was our pilot and he did a great job narrating during the flight. I would definitely recommend Napa Valley Balloons Inc on our next visit to Napa Valley
My Mom and I went on the...
Hannah_M, Aug 2023
My Mom and I went on the Hot air balloon ride on our Mother/Daughter trip and it was easily our favorite memory/experience while in Napa!!!! The people were so nice and experienced! We are so glad that we splurged and bought the tickets!!!! An memory we will never forget for sure!
Antonietta_H, Aug 2023
Absolutely incredible experience! The staff helps you get over any fears you may have. As soon as the ballon takes off, all fears were forgotten! It didn’t feel like we were almost 3000 feet up. The ride was so peaceful and relaxing. The views were breathtaking! Got so many amazing photos and video. BEST EXPERIENCE EVER! Our pilot Nacho was amazing! If you are thinking about this tour DO IT! You won’t be sorry! Best thing we did in Napa. The views of the vineyards were incredible and it was cool to see the other balloons flying too. Honestly we loved it so much we were considering doing it again before we leave. Thank you!
Absolutely the best crew!...
Bonnie_K, Aug 2023
Absolutely the best crew! It was my first ride and was worried about the landing but nothing to worry about with the team! I 100% would recommend and I will return.
Don’t miss this
John_M, Aug 2023
Truly beautiful and memorable and our pilot Bob was GREAT. And Napa, of course provides the best views you can imagine
Enjoyable experience
My_B, Aug 2023
Enjoyable experience! Our pilot Chris and the team were wonderful folks overall. Due to the weather, we could not launch at the Napa valley site and had to go to Winters. Nevertheless, it was still beautiful views.
Amazing Experience!
Maria_O, Jul 2023
Amazing Experience! The best way to see Napa Valley and the Vineyards. This Company is very professional; they take care of every detail. Once you finish the Balloon Experience, they take you en a small van to the Golf Course of Napa Valley were there’s already personnel to receive you with a glass of Champagne or Mimosa as you wish. The Champagne is unlimited, they treat you like a queen and prince. Great company, great service and memorable Experience. Recommended 100%😃❤️
Unforgettable Experience
Catherine_P, Jul 2023
Great view and great pilot. We enjoyed it immensely; it was an unforgettable experience! Would highly recommend to friends and family.
Wonderful experience
Ieda_N, Jul 2023
We had a great time! Everything was on time and perfectly organized. It’s an experience I recommend.

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