Phoenix

Morning Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix

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From $236.52

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Take in gorgeous views of the Sonoran Desert and feel like you’re floating on a cloud during an exhilarating hot air balloon ride from Phoenix. You’ll experience the perfect start to your day followed by Champagne breakfast. Each flight lasts about an hour, with optional round-trip transport from your hotel.
  • Spectacular views over the Phoenix valley
  • Includes a champagne breakfast
  • Watch the pilot and crew prepare the hot-air balloon for flight
  • Revel in peace, calm and serenity as panoramic views unfold before you
  • Take flight with an experienced FAA licensed pilot

What's Included

  • Champagne
  • Brunch
  • Commemorative flight certificate
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (if option selected)
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 702 W Deer Valley Rd
    702 W Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85027, USA

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

After hotel pickup in Phoenix, you’re transferred to Deer Valley Airport, or make your own way there at your chosen departure time. Once the licensed pilot and experienced crew get your hot air balloon ready for flight, climb inside the basket for the approximate 1-hour ride.

You’ll feel almost motionless as your balloon gently leaves the ground, traveling at speeds of 5–6 mph (8–9.6 kph). Float with the wind on an airy ride at elevations as high as 5,000 feet (1,524 meters). During your breathtaking journey, peer out over the Phoenix valley and enjoy a panoramic vista above the impressive saguaros of the Sonoran Desert.

Exhilaration comes with the sunrise followed by a gourmet breakfast. Upon landing, take part in a ballooning tradition by toasting your aerial tour with chilled Champagne. Then enjoy cuisine catered by the award-winning French-fusion restaurant, Vincent on Camelback. (See sample menus in Itinerary below.)

You’ll receive a commemorative flight certificate and, if you opted for hotel transport, be dropped off in Phoenix to complete your tour.

Phoenix Sonoran Desert Preserve (Pass By)

Camelback Mountain (Pass By)

Downtown Phoenix (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not suitable for pregnant women
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for participants with back injuries/problems
  • Not recommended for participants with broken bones or who have had recent surgery
  • Passengers must be able to jump off the second step of a ladder onto the ground
  • Minimum age is 5 years, minimum height of 48 inches
  • Actual flight time is approximately 1 hour
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours 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.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Q:Is parking available at the departure point?

A:Yes - complimentary parking is available at the Deer Valley Airport parking area.

May 2023

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Chelsea_P
My sister and I had an amazing experience!!! Captain Grant made it memorable, safe, comfortable and totally memorable…a memory that will never be forgotten! My sister has lived here for 20 years and still had never done this…I visited her from WA State, and we took the leap! Worth every penny! Love, Chelsea and Leslie

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From start to finish it...
Joseph_G, Feb 2024
From start to finish it was amazing🎉. The staff was professional, but fun…. The weather was picture perfect
Peaceful and smooth
Vishal_Y, Feb 2024
Mike Johnson is an amazing pilot. It was a very peaceful and smooth ride. Mike managed to land the balloon pretty smooth even on the rocky terrain. The champagne toast was a very nice traditional touch.
Hot air balloon was amazing
Barbara_M, Feb 2024
Amazing experience and a excellent pilot! A lot of fun! 5 stars!!!! Highly recommended the sunrise balloon experience, it was beautiful! And we learned all about hot air balloons. The breakfast was delicious after the ride too. Such wonderful and kind people!
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you so much for flying with us Barbara and thank you for sharing about your experience with others! We are super happy to hear that you had a great time soaring the skies with our pilot and crew, and that you were able to enjoy the wonderful sunrise and breakfast after the flight as well! We're also glad that you were able to learn about hot air ballooning, and that you were able to discover a brand new love for ballooning! Thank you again for flying with us, we hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Awesome trip however...
Susanne_M, Jan 2024
Awesome trip however price viator charges is much higher than other offers I found out during the trip
Great 21st birthday surprise for my daughter.
Joanne_S, Jan 2024
Crew were amazing! Excellent experience. Bucket list tick! Saw the sunrise over the mountains. Nice breakfast.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for flying with us Joanne and thank you for sharing about your experience with others! We are so happy to hear that our crew were able to make your daughter's 21st birthday celebration special. We're also glad that you were able to enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the mountains as well as the celebratory breakfast after the flight. Thank you again for checking off your bucket list with us, we hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Breathtaking
Rhonda_G, Jan 2024
Both the pilot and our driver were great! I am so glad I was able to have this experience the first day of the New Year!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for joining us among the clouds Rhonda and thank you for sharing about your experience with others. We are so happy to hear that our Captain and crew were able to make your hot air balloon experience an awesome one, and that you were able to enjoy the first beautiful sunrise of the year from high in the sky. Thank you again for flying with us and for sharing your kind words, we hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Spectacular!!!
Marianne_G, Dec 2023
When the chase crew said “you’re flying!” And then when the capitan did a 360 at 5000 feet. It is very serene up there.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for flying with us and thank you for sharing about your experience! We are so happy to hear that you had a spectacular time soaring the skies with us, and that you were able to discover just how peaceful ballooning can be. The quiet serenity at 5000 feet can't be beat! Thank you again for sharing about your experience and for joining us in the air, we hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
The pilot Jonathan was...
brij_j, Dec 2023
The pilot Jonathan was great. Definitely something worth doing if you haven't tried it yet. The breakfast at the end was very nice.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you so much for flying with us Brij and thank you for sharing about your experience with others! We are so happy to hear that Captain Jonathan and his crew took great care of you from beginning to end. We're also happy that you enjoyed the celebratory breakfast after the flight, it's a great way to finish an exciting experience! Thank you again for sharing your kind words and for soaring the skies with us, we hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Great team of people, great business. Thanks!
Mel_C, Dec 2023
What a beautiful way to start the day! I would do this time and time again. It was smooth and lovely
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for flying with us Mel and thank you for sharing about your experience with others! We are so happy to hear that you had an awesome time soaring the morning skies with us and that you were able to discover a new love for ballooning! Thank you again for sharing your kind words and for joining us in the sky, we hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Amazing Experience, could be executed better
Joshua_S, Dec 2023
Balloon ride was absolutely amazing. The ride from the airport was not fun. Showing up there are dozens of people waiting in line to sign waivers. It’s busy people are yelling and everyone is cranky since it’s early. We were there at 6:15am and got loaded once we signed our forms. One of the twelve people in our group was late so we were the last ones to leave and did not get up in the air until after sunrise. Not sure why we could not park closer and be assigned based on when we show up
Sunrise in Phoenix
Michael_M, Nov 2023
A great experience overall. Flight was safe and well organized. John was our pilot and joy was the driver of the shuttle. The clearly have a passion for what they do. Definitely recommend. The views of the dessert are great, just note that as suburban sprawl swallows the Phoenix area, you’ll see less open spaces and more rooftops. If you’ve wanted to do a hot air balloon ride, go with them. You’ll not regret it.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you so much for flying with us Michael and thank you for sharing about your experience with others. We truly appreciate it! We are happy to hear that you had a great time with Captain John and Joy, they have a lot of love for ballooning, and it shows in their hard work. We're also glad that you enjoyed the wonderful views that the early morning desert has to offer. Thank you again for soaring the skies with us and thank you for sharing about your experience, we hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Good Time
Cassey_L, Nov 2023
Smooth Sailing - Great Tour Guide who was personable with an awesome sense of humor, experiences, & knowledge
Disappointed
Heung_L, Oct 2023
I was very excited for this experience so this should have been easy win. Unfortunately, it was not. We arrived at the airport at 5:30am as outlined in the itinerary. The company quotes a strict time policy but will still wait for people who are late. We watched 2-3 other groups/vans leave on time while 7 of us, waited over 30 minutes for 5 late arrivals. When we finally left, the van had a flat tire. I understand this is a circumstance that was out of anyone’s control. We were told the driver had to fix the flat tire and the only reason a back up vehicle picked us up was because the driver couldn’t retrieve the tools from the trunk. Once we finally arrived at the hot air ballon, we felt rushed since our van was late. Of course, we missed the sunrise which the other groups/vans that left on time got to experience. What completely ruined the experience for me was, we were there to celebrate my sister’s milestone birthday. We showed up early as outlined in the itinerary. But, when loading into the basket, the 2 parties that were late (a couple and a party of 3) were able to secure a section for themselves. My sister, daughter and I had to split up into 3 different sections, away from each other. We showed up on time, waited for the late comers and they were able to enjoy the flight together and we did not. The company should have let those who arrived first/on time, load into the basket first. Or, the company should book in size/capacity where parties could be together (2-3 person of the same party per basket). There was no warning saying you may be separated from your party. On this milestone moment, we did not get one picture of us 3 together. The views are not great (flight seemed low, views of houses, the highway). Breakfast was mediocre. Captain was not pleasant. However, I would have overlooked all of this and the tardiness, IF I got to experienced this with my sister and daughter together, instead of each of us being squished between strange couples.
Air and breakfast balloon ride
Alina_H, Oct 2023
Pickup and time were on time, well organized. Grant was very nice and friendly. After the flight, they set up the tables in matter of minutes and enjoyed a nice breakfast with champagne. The view is breathtaking and would definitely do it again.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for flying with us Alina and thank you for sharing about your experience! We are so happy to hear that you had a great time with Captain Grant and his crew. We are also happy that you enjoyed the champagne breakfast after the flight while out in the desert. Thank you again for seeing the Sonoran Desert views from high above with us, and we appreciate you sharing about your flight experience! We hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Unforgettable Experience
Angela_M, Oct 2023
Took my parents and son for his 13th birthday. What a great experience. Pilot was professional and hilarious. Great sights. Great pics. Great champagne breakfast. This will be an unforgettable time for my family.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you so much for soaring the skies with us Angela and thank you for sharing about your experience! We are so happy that you and your family were able to have a great time celebrating your son's birthday with laughter and breathtaking views. We are very appreciative of your kind words and thank you again for choosing us to celebrate and make some special memories with. We hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Professional. Breathtaking. 100% worth it
Maritza_C, Oct 2023
Everything was organized and professional. Our hosts were super kind- it felt very safe and the views were breathtaking. When i read breakfast- i thought of bagels and oj. This was not that- i was pleasantly surprised. Having breakfast in the desert is an experience in and of itself!
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you for flying with us Maritza and thank you for sharing about your experience! We are so happy to hear that you had a great time with us, we take pride in working hard to keep everyone safe and comfortable both while soaring through the skies and once you return to Earth. We're also glad that you enjoyed the champagne breakfast in the desert, even if the menu itself was a pleasant surprise! Thank you again for joining us up in the air and thank you for sharing about your flight. We hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
The perfect start to our day
Sally_S, Oct 2023
This was an absolutely wonderful experience! Our pilot, Jonathan, was very skilled and knowledgeable. I loved his informative stories. Marcus and his crew did an amazing job with the set-up and take-down. All of them were witty, personable, and engaging. We loved the champagne breakfast! The scenery surpassed my expectations. I HIGHLY recommend this excursion.
Response from Host, Oct 2023
Thank you so much for flying with us Sally and thank you for sharing about your experience! We are so happy to hear that you had an amazing morning with Captain Jonathan, Marcus, and the rest of the crew! We agree that watching them do their job efficiently with an upbeat attitude is really impressive, especially so early in the morning! We're also happy to hear that you enjoyed the beautiful desert scenery along with a champagne breakfast. Thank you again for joining us among the clouds, we hope to see you up, up, and away again soon!
Pleasant Morning
Carolyn_E, Oct 2023
Loved watching the baloons inflate. The take off was cool and so quick. Didn't really go anywhere, not the operators fault, there was no wind so just hovered over I-17 for most of the ride. Wasn't the prettiest area or interesting. Landing was a nail biter!
Nice people, crowded basket
Ritesh_D, Oct 2023
Great communication leading up to the trip. Really nice people who tried to make sure it was a good experience Ride from Hotel to site was good (its out in the desert understandably) Wait at the site for inflation was about 10-15 minutes - which was good. The basket was too crowded - about 20 people. There was barely any room to move your feet even. The basket was divided in 4 sections, with each section supposed to have about 5 people. We had 6 (4 of us plus 2 others) in our section. The folks in section next to us were also tall so blocking the view. The ride was smooth, the landing too was smooth in my mind - just a couple small bumps. The crew made good effort for breakfast. Nice chinaware and utensils used. If you don’t mind crowded basket then - 5 stars.
Streaming in the Sky Without Wings
Thomas_T, Oct 2023
Overall it was just a good experience that I never thought that I would actually do. I would like to do it again.
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