5 Romantic Places to Ride Hot Air Balloons Around the World

Cappadocia Turkey

There are few things more romantic than a sunset or sunrise balloon ride. You’ll never forget watching the world go by from high above with your honey.

Wherever you choose to enjoy such, be sure to book your flight early, and don’t let price be the only consideration. Look for an experienced pilot who speaks your language. Consider what time of year the weather’s best and try to choose a smaller balloon. A small balloon carries fewer people, and is inherently safer.

Here are some of the best ballooning spots in the world:

1. Cappadocia, Turkey

ot Air Balloons Cappadocia

Seeing the sunrise over the Cappadocia moonscape may well be one of the most memorable moments of your life together. The flight over the “fairy chimneys” or pinnacles that characterise the Goreme valley (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), will take your breath away. Upon landing, you and your honey will be treated to a champagne toast – so you can sip your bubbly while revelling in the moment.   

Related: The Ultimate Travel Guide to Turkey for Couples

2. Queenstown, NZ

Enjoy stunning views of sunrise on the Southern Alps, rivers and lakes of Queenstown as you float at altitudes of 1,829 metres or more. Enjoy a champagne toast and light breakfast when you land. 

3. Luberon, France

A sunrise flight over the little hilltop villages, lavender fields, lush forests and rushing rivers of Luberon will have you and your partner spellbound. The balloon can dip low, barely above the river, or high above the treetops.

4. Glen Falls, US

Image: Warren County Tourism

A sunrise or sunset balloon trip in Glen Falls radiates romance. Sign up for an unforgettably beautiful experience: drift over the Adirondacks hand-in-hand, take in the “Queen of American Lakes,” Lake George, Saratoga Springs and the Green Mountains in Vermont. The region is so famous for hot air ballooning that Lake George even holds an annual balloon festival!

5. Barossa Valley, Australia

Barossa Valley Balloon
Image: South Australia Tourism

Revel in the romance as you soar over the vineyards, verdant hills, forests, rivers and farms that make up the Barossa Valley. Enjoy a champagne breakfast after the flight and then wander off for a day of wine tasting.

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