An unrivaled sight of the Castles and forests
Maybe you're planning on visiting this amazing region or maybe on your last days of voyage? This tour will take you to enjoy the most amazing views of this vast territory rich in natural biodiversity and full of splendid castles and gardens that witnessed and hosted the opulent lifestyle of the kings of France and their courts. Afraid of flying? Do not! Hot air ballooning is very gentle and stable. You start from the ground and gently lift up: you don't feel this in your stomach. The sensation is very different from fixed wing aircraft flight and is unlikely to cause vertigo.
Pick up at your hotel in Blois or surroundings for heading to the hot air balloon company heads-quarters where we will meet the technical staff and get an introduction on the principles of this fascinating flight technology and witness how the pilot decides according to the wind and weather conditions the take-off location for our ride.
We will be asked to sign weavers of liability and then we will be taken in 4x4 luxury vehicles to the take off field along with the staff and the equipment.
We will participate in the preparation of the hot air balloon (15 minutes) and be told the last safety measures and instructions for the flight and landing.
After this, everything will be like a dream! Depending on our take off location and weather conditions we will be carried by the wind through out the most amazing views of forest and castles from an incomparable point of view.
When our pilot makes the call we will prepare to land and then enjoy a light breakfast or a nice toast with our flight certificate in hand!
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Your hotel or accommodation in Blois or the surroundings.
End location: Our meeting point or any other place in Blois or surroundings. Depending on the time you could get to visit one of the Castles of the area or get to dinner in a nice restaurant for finishing your adventurous day.
Duration: 5 hours
The duration of the tour includes, pickup, transportation to hot air balloon company headquarters', transportation to take of location, preparation of the balloon, ride, after ride breakfast or toast, return to the company headquarters and return to the hotel or pick up location. The average ride takes about 45 minutes but be open-minded as duration can change depending on the weather conditions.
We will be traveling in my own car, a mid-size minivan (Space IV-Renault) that can comfortably accommodate 7 passsenger (6 tourists plus driver-guide). When going to the take off location we will be transported in 4x4 luxury vehicles.
Pick up, drop off and transportation in tour guide vehicle from and to the agreed meeting and ending locations.
Full hot air balloon ride experience and a flight certificate
stating your courage and amazing skills as aeronaute.
I'll be with you giving you the insights of the areas, buildings and monuments we will be discovering during the flight. Otherwise the ride is still magnificent but the pilot and his assistant are not tour guides and they are not likely to talk about the sights.
At landing, light french style breakfast (if sunrise) or champagne toast and light snack (if sunset).
Once we have had either a light breakfast or a nice toast at sunset, you may wan't to continue the tour and maybe a nice lunch or dinner for tasting the regional dishes may be in order and then maybe afterwards visiting one of the castles we have seen from above or maybe if it's night time a walking tour in Blois. Don't hesitate to ask for a quote on this extra services.