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Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix

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Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix

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icon3 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

The Sonora Desert is at its best light at sunset. See the desert beauty from above with this sunset ride in a hot air balloon under the skilled guidance of your FAA certified pilot. Be treated to views of the desert plants and wildlife as day changes into night. Following the trip, land in the desert and celebrate your adventure with champagne and hors d’oeuvres.
  • Your hot air balloon journey begins and ends at Deer Valley Airport
  • Upgrade your package to include transportation from your Phoenix hotel
  • Soar over the desert at heights of up to 5,000 feet (1,524 meters)
  • Enjoy a champagne reception following your sunset adventure
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Champagne
Snacks
Commemorative flight certificate
Hotel pickup and drop off (if option selected)
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop off (if option not selected)
702 W Deer Valley Rd , 702 W Deer Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85027, USA
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not suitable for pregnant women
  • 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
  • Actual flight time is approximately 1 hour
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Hot Air Expeditions Inc
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Phoenix.

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star-5
Fantastic and Memorable balloon ride!!
Jayne_B
, Mar 2022
We had grandchildren with us and it was so fun seeing their faces of joy!! The ballon pilot was informative and fun to be with.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Jayne, Thank you for your sharing your heartwarming experience with us all! We greatly appreciate it and can't wait to see you up, up and away soon again!
star-5
Awesome!
Susan_C
, Feb 2022
The entire experience! Your company does it in style. Our captain and crew were amazing especially Morgan and Joy!
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi there Susan! Thank you for your positive feedback! Our pilot Morghan and crew member, Joy, always strive for the best experience for you all! We're so thankful for your review & we can't wait to see you cruising the skies with us soon again!
star-2
Need a refund. You’ll have to wait
Lynn_T
, Feb 2022
My problem is lack of communication between Viator and Hot Air Balloons. The trip was cancelled by Hot Air Balloons yet Viator charged me then takes 3-7 days to refund a trip I didn’t take. Wouldn’t use them again. I’d book direct.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi Lynn_T, thank you for your feedback! When you book through a third party like Viator/TripAdvisor you are required to pay for the tour up front and it can take a few days for a refund to be processed to your account. If you book directly with our company we do not take any payment up front, just in case there is a cancellation due to weather, that way you are not waiting for a refund. The choice is yours on how you would like to book your excursions, and we appreciate your business regardless of if you book through a third party or directly with your company. Thank you for your patience with the weather and the refund process. We hope to have the opportunity to take you up, up and away in the future!
star-3
Balloon ride in the desert- one and done!
Latisha_S
, Feb 2022
Booked this trip with my adult daughters in Arizona to celebrate their birthdays. It took 30 minutes on a van to get to the balloon takeoff location. We then had to wait another 30min or so for them to inflate the balloon so that we could get in the balloon. Not sure if this is standard procedure but it would have been nice for the balloon to already be inflated and ready to go when customers arrive. Also there was only one step stool so those of us on the other side of the balloon had to throw ourselves into the balloon without the assistance of a step stool. We had Mike England as our pilot and he was pretty rude and sarcastic. Susie and the other guys on our crew were nice and friendly. The landing was pretty rocky and it felt like we were going to flip over but thank God we didn’t. The appetizers weren’t great but the desserts were really good including the birthday cake. I would also suggest providing more than one bottle of sparkling cider since everyone doesn’t drink champagne and there were 2 bottles of that. The sunset was nice. All and all it was an ok experience but not something I would do again.
star-5
It was my first time and...
Carmelita_D
, Jan 2022
It was my first time and it was incredible could not put into words the whole experience was just outstanding
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi Carmelita, We're so glad we were able to provide with such an outstanding first time experience! Thank you for your feedback and we hope that you will cruise with us again soon!
star-5
Loved the experience! It was breathtaking! ❣️
Patrice_D
, Jan 2022
The staff was very knowledgeable ! I would use this company again! Kasey was our pilot! He did a great job!!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Hi Patrice, Thank you so much for your positive feedback! Isn't Captain Kasey the best?! We cannot wait to hear from you again and see you cruising the skies again!
star-4
Pretty good but could be better
Ruth_W
, Dec 2021
This flight was fun though there were some things that could be better. The pilot, Robert England was a very good pilot though quite curmudgeonly. We were the last balloon up and the first down. The flight was about 30 (no wind - no one's fault) minutes with another 20 on the ground waiting for the chaser vans. It was definitely not enough air time. The other balloons were up much longer. Everything else was as expected and enjoyable. One suggestion is hot drinks in the winter instead of Martinellis. It was chilly! Enjoyed the hor d'oeuvres and the company!
star-5
WOW!!
Katherine_O
, Dec 2021
This was the most AMAZING experience! The staff and flight crew are absolutely THE BEST!! EVERYONE was courteus, helpful and FUN. Jonathan was our Captain who was hilarious and very knowledgeable! Definitely bucket list worthy!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi Katherine, Thank you for your feedback! Our pilot Jonathan sure is the life of the party! Our team always pours their all and it shows! Thank you once again Katherine, we hope to see you soaring the skies soon!
star-5
Awesome!!!!!
Brandon_C
, Dec 2021
Captian Morgan is the best. Driver with the colorful hair was awesome. Would do again 100 times.!!!!!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi Brandon, We're so glad you had a wonderful flight up in the air with with our Pilot Morghan. Our crew member Ali is always a blast to ride with! Thank you Brandon for your feed!
star-5
10/10 Stars!
Charnjeet_K
, Dec 2021
We wanted to celebrate a birthday 🥳 & thought what better way than to cross an item such as riding in a hot air balloon off our bucket list ?! It was amazing!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hey there, Thank you for celebrating your birthday was us! How wonderful you were able to check an item off your bucket list! We greatly appreciate your feedback and look forward to seeing up in the air again!
star-5
Amazing experience
Margaret_W
, Nov 2021
We were so excited for this ballooning adventure and our expectations were completely blown away! This company made us feel safe and special. Morgan was the very best pilot!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi there! Our captain Morghan & crew members have a passion for ballooning and it shows! Our passengers & safety are always our number one priorities! Thank you for sharing your experience with us all!
star-5
A+ Adventure!
Stephanie_R
, Nov 2021
What an amazing experience! My husband and I booked this adventure to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. Our pilot Morghan, crew chief James and the rest of the flight crew were simply awesome, very informative, comforting and funny. The flight and landing were so smooth. The desert sunset and candlelight post-flight snacks, champagne and anniversary cake along with the history of ballooning and reading of the balloonists prayer was so special. Thank you for making this such a memorable day. Can’t wait to fly again. Cheers.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hi Stephanie, Wow! Thank you for the amazing review on our afternoon flight! Our captain Morghan is full of knowledge and jokes to share with everyone and our crew member, James, is always putting his all in making this an easy smooth trip! Thank you for celebrating your wedding anniversary with us & we sure hope you have money years to come!
star-5
Phenomenal
Judy_C
, Nov 2021
Staff and pilot were phenomenal!! A great group of passengers…overall wonderful experience! Dinner and champs was a bonus and staff also provided birthday cake for my son and we all sang happy birthday. Such a great adventure!!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hello Judy! Thank you for spending your son's birthday with us! We're thrilled to hear our staff was able to provide a phenomenal experience for you both! We sure hope this was a memorable experience & we hope to see you cruising the skies soon again!
star-5
A memorable ride worthy of five stars!
Eugene_V
, Mar 2021
Lots of interesting narrative throughout, including the making of a hot air balloon from the cork of the champagne bottle. A very entertaining guide who made the trip both fun and memorable
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hi Eugene, Thank you for your review and for flying with Hot Air Expeditions! It makes me so happy to hear that you were in such great hands with your captain and his crew. We hope to see you flying the skies with us again sometime.
star-5
Awesome Experience !
Sana_V
, Mar 2021
Me and my husband had great time!! Our pilot was amazing and funny and so was everyone on the crew. Flight was beautiful just don't forget your hats , the heat from fire makes it really hot. After the beautiful flight we had great pictures with sunset and enjoyed Champagne. It was great experience would definitely recommend it.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Hi, Thank you for your review and for flying with Hot Air Expeditions! It makes me happy to hear that our team took such great care of you during your time up, up, and away with us. We hope to see you flying the skies with us again sometime soon.
star-5
Smooth ride!
Felecia_N
, Dec 2020
Freindly driver who drove us to meet the balloon. ...Peaceful balloon ride, skillfull pilot with good communication skills. Worth it!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2020
Hi Felecia, Thank you for your review! It makes me happy to hear that our team was able to take such great care of you. We hope to see you flying the skies with Hot Air Expeditions again some time.
star-5
Sunset Over The Sonoran Desert
Jeffery_F
, Mar 2020
This is an awesome thing to do. I did the sunset ride with Jonathan. He was an excellent pilot (I guess that's what he's called). The weather was beautiful and our basket had an interesting group of people on board. Jonathan knew everything about ballooning and knew a lot about the area we were in. There were 9 or 10 balloons that lifted off within minutes of each other. It was absolutely beautiful and the visibility was near 100 miles...we could see the mountains in Flagstaff! This ride included a mini meal at the end with champagne. Tables set up in the desert as we watched the sunset over the mountains! I can't wait to get back into Phoenix and bring family the next time!
star-5
Great Date!
Margaret_L
, Feb 2020
It was totally awesome! Except it was very difficult to climb in and of the basket.... The pilot was great, the views were beautiful. I have always loved the desert.
star-4
60th Birthday Celebration
CONNIE_K
, Jan 2020
Beautiful views. Not so easy to enter and exit the basket with little explanation. We were told an address for drop off and pick up that wasn’t correct for an Uber.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Bucket List/Birthday
Global15119883562
, Nov 2019
We’ve been looking forward to the ride and we’re not disappointed! It was amazing. It was a birthday gift for our 12 year old grandson and a bucket list item for us and his parents. And, our pilot Bill was knowledgeable and entertaining!
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you for sharing about your hot air ballooning experience! We are so happy to hear you had a wonderful birthday celebration among the clouds. There is nothing quite like a bucket list check to celebrate a special occasion! Captain Bill loves what he does, and we are happy you were able to gain some hot air ballooning knowledge from your time spent with him. Thank you again for sharing about your experience, we hope to see you up, up and away again soon!

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