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Group hot air balloon ride over the Chianti hills

Group hot air balloon ride over the Chianti hills

Duration
3 hours

Difficulty
Easy

Cancellation
Flexible

Participants
From 1 to 16

Highlights

  • Thrill from the top of a hot-air balloon while admiring the picture-postcard landscapes of the Chianti hills around Florence.
  • Let yourself be carried away by the wind and enjoy the fascination of an unpredictable and unique spectacle.
  • Florence, Siena, medieval villages and the lush Tuscan countryside will provide the backdrop!

Your guide

M.
Guido M.

A pilot with international experience, I am part of the Italian national team. I have participated in 2 World and 2 European Championships. An expert in marketing and a great coordinator, I will accompany you on the wonderful experience of a balloon flight.

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Full description

Flying in a hot-air balloon is an extraordinary emotion, and doing so in Tuscany to admire the Chianti hills and art cities from above is undoubtedly a unique experience.

This region is amazing for so many reasons: the beautiful landscapes and architecture, the historic towns and medieval villages, the sea, the Maremma hills, the Apuan Alps. Admiring all this from above will be a real concentration of beauty and will give you a wonderful new perspective.

If you are about to embark on your first flight in a hot-air balloon, you should know that flying in a wicker basket is a fascinating philosophy: you rely totally on the wind and let yourself be carried in its direction, without knowing exactly where the flight will end. The only things that are certain are the professionalism of the pilots, the maximum safety of the experience, and the marvellous views you will enjoy from the basket. Everything else will be a unique and unrepeatable spectacle, which you will only discover by living it in the moment.

As with any great occasion, a final toast cannot be missed to honour a day that will surely remain in the memory.

What we will do

Hot air ballooning owes part of its charm to theunpredictability of the wind. For this reason, the exact meeting time and take-off location will be communicated the day before, when the pilots have checked the weather conditions. In any case, it will take off in thearea between Florence and Siena. Regardless of the flying area, the spectacle from above will be grandiose!

Once we arrive at the meeting place, we will be welcomed by the pilot and ground staff, and we will have a briefing during which the principles of ballooning and safety rules will be explained to us. After that, we will wait for the air in the balloon to warm up sufficiently to rise into the air.

We will fly in the direction of the wind and at its speed. From above we will admire the rolling hills of Chianti, postcard landscapes characterised by green meadows and vineyards and dotted with characteristic villages and medieval buildings. The currents of the day may push us as far as the marvellous Piazza del Campo in Siena or the Piazza del Duomo in Florence and let us admire the urban splendour of the cities from above.

Upon landing, we will find the ground crew waiting for us for a small toast and, finally, we will be escorted back to the take-off point. The activity lasts a total of about 3 hours, including 1 hour of actual balloon flight.

Who it is aimed at

Hot air ballooning is a suitable activity for all healthy people, aged 5 years and over. The only restrictions are for pregnant women, those suffering from cardiovascular diseases and those with mobility problems in their lower limbs. If you have any doubts about your fitness to fly, please consult your doctor.

Other information

Attention! Please arrive at the meeting point at least 15 minutes in advance.

Flights take place throughout the year on the dates indicated in the calendar. Schedules may vary slightly and will be confirmed after booking.

We tend to fly early in the morning to take advantage of the most favourable currents of the day. In the hot season it is forbidden to fly during the middle of the day as the higher temperatures may cause instability. Afternoon flights are only permitted from October to March.

After booking, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, but you will have to wait until the day before the flight to receive communication from the pilot regarding the exact meeting address and time. As already mentioned, balloon flights depend on the weather report and wind conditions.

You can request a shuttle service from your residence or hotel to the take-off point and back, starting from 190€ for 2-4 persons.

Recommended clothing

comfortable clothing and flat shoes

Don't forget to bring

water bottle and camera

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What is included

  • Return transfer to take-off point
  • Flight insurance coverage
  • Landing toast
  • Shuttle service to/from residence

How it works

  • Book
  • Gift
  1. 1
    Send a booking request

    We will only pre-authorise the payment

  2. 2
    Receive confirmation within 48 hours

    In case of confirmation, you will be charged the cost of the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

  1. 1
    Buy a gift voucher

    Valid 12 months from the date of purchase

  2. 2
    Choose your preferred date

    Get in touch with the guide with the contact details on the voucher and choose the day for the activity

  3. 3
    Live your experience

    Enjoy the activity and let us know how it was!

Meeting point
Florence

Exact location provided after booking

Frequently asked questions

What happens in case of bad weather?

If you have made a fixed date reservation and the weather conditions are not suitable for the safe conduct of the activity (in the expert opinion of the guide), you will be refunded the full amount paid. The guide may suggest an alternative date or time for you to conduct the activity. You can freely choose whether or not to accept these proposals. If you can’t retrieve it, we will process a full refund! If you have set the date for your Gift Voucher and bad weather did not allow the activity to take place, the Voucher remains regularly valid until the expiration date indicated on it.

If I cancel the reservation, can I get a full refund?

For this activity, the cancellation policy is flexible. You get a full refund if you cancel within 5 days from the activity start date. Within 4 and 3 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.

What measures are implemented to prevent COVID-19?

All activities on Freedome strictly follow regulations issued at national, regional and federal levels. Sports associations and freelancers commit to carry out activities in full compliance with such regulations, sanitize equipment and environments, and limit their maximum capacity.
Read the full policy

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