Now a very popular activity for manned flights, the hot air balloons concept originates from Sky Lanterns. For thousands of years people have been releasing lanterns in places such as Taiwan and Thailand, believing that lanterns release good luck wishes.
The first ever manned flight was developed in 1783, by Jean-Francois pilatre de Rozier. Since then it's taken off as a hobby, and modern hot air balloons with an on board heat source have been around since the 1960's.
In 2002, Steve Fossett flew around the world solo, going around the globe in 320 hours, and 33 minutes.
What will your Hot Air Balloon adventure have in store for you?
Hot air balloon flights rely on the wind being light for the first few hours after dawn and to decrease before dusk. Both of these situations can provide the opportunity for an enjoyable and safe balloon flight. This means in the majority of cases balloon flights will be either at sunrise or sunset, which in our opinion just adds to the views to really make sure you get your monies worth and those insta-worthy photos!
Possibly the best place to go to fly in a hot air balloon is in Cappadocia. Each morning balloons come together in an amazing sunrise flight taking a look over fairy chimney pots of Cappadocia. The mountain range backdrop giving this flight a beautiful edge. The early bird catches the worm definitely has substance on this excursion.
There's much more to this place too with underground cities to explore and culture to embrace.
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The back drop of this excursion is simply incredible. Lots of balloons go up in the air together at sunrise, giving this a unique start to the day.
Looking around you can see a range of other balloons also enjoying their morning, while looking down from your balloon will see the incredible mountain ranges and chimney pots of Cappadocia.
Beneath Cappadocia’s rock formations there are underground cities. Ensure to get a guided tour here and learn about the history of the underground cities.Book Now
The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is Europe’s largest annual meeting of hot air balloons attracting over 130 Hot Air Balloons from across the globe.
The 2018 version of the event is brought to us by Bristol Energy. This festival is held over four days in August at Ashton Court Estate. There's no cost to this event, meaning you can visit the park completely free, with only parking being charged for. As well as over 100 hot air balloons taking to the sky, you are able to enjoy trade stands, fairground rides and other family friendly entertainment.learn more
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