- Experience the unique experience of a private hot-air balloon flight among Italy's highest peaks.
- Celebrate a special occasion in the sky with an unforgettable experience.
- Fly in total safety accompanied by qualified operators.
A balloon pilot/instructor/examiner, five times Italian Champion of the speciality, I have been passionately organising tourist flights in Piedmont and Valle d'Aosta for over 20 years.
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Do you want to surprise someone special? Celebrate an important occasion in an original and romantic way?
Book a private hot-air balloon flight over the highest mountains in Europe, it will be an experience that will leave you breathless! With the private flight, the hot-air balloon will be all for you, and you will be able to enjoy an hour's flight in one of Italy's most picturesque locations in complete tranquillity.
A hot-air balloon flight is both an exciting and relaxing activity that offers breathtaking views and a unique feeling of freedom . In a hot-air balloon you have the impression of floating lighter than air, enjoying a 360° panorama, as if from a terrace suspended in the skies.
The silence is interrupted only by the breath of the burner that heats the balloon. You can fly slowly, close to the ground, skimming over trees, fields and small towns, or rise a few thousand metres without almost noticing, no other aircraft offers you this versatility.
When you fly in a hot air balloon you know the take-off point but you don't know where the precise landing point will be, this is the philosophy and also the principle of ballooning: flying for the pleasure of flying without a predefined destination by following the winds.
Charbonnier Balloons, a certified operator since 1982, will be delighted to welcome you aboard
What we will do
The meeting point is set at our premises at the announced time, the area has ample parking and the possibility of spending the night with a camper van in peace. Here you will meet the pilot who will accompany you throughout the activity.
After checking in and a briefing of about 10 minutes, we all climb into our minibuses and all-terrain vehicles to reach the take-off point, which is about 10 minutes' drive away. There are several take-off points all around Aosta, the pilot in charge checks the winds that morning and decides where best to take off.
It can happen that crews leave early and start inflating the balloons. For those who wish to attend all balloon inflation operations, we ask that they arrive 20 minutes before the agreed time.
The duration of the flight is about an hour, we fly over the central valley of Aosta, altitude and distance vary depending on the winds, sometimes we fly longer but climb less, on other occasions we fly less but climb higher in altitude.
At other times, there are different winds and you return close to your starting point.
In flight, you have the unique opportunity to see Europe's highest mountains (Mont Blanc, Monte Rosa, Matterhorn, Gran Paradiso) from an unusual vantage point in complete safety. The average altitude reached during each flight is 2,000-3,000 metres (the average height of flights in Italy is around 300 metres above the ground). The suggestive and unique location will allow you a 360° view, giving you the chance to admire both the valley below and the peaks in front of you.
Upon landing, together with the ground crew and pilots, we will fold up the balloon and return to the initial meeting point, where we will have the pleasure of handing you the Air Baptism Certificate.
The entire experience lasts approximately 2h30-3h00, including the actual flight time.
Who it is aimed at
Hot-air ballooning is an activity suitable for anyone in good health.
It is not possible to fly if:
- You have handicaps or disabilities, diseases or syndromes that are in conflict with ballooning or altitude. In particular: you must not suffer from any type of heart disease, bone deficiency problems, serious back problems, you must not have hearing compensation problems, you cannot fly if you are pregnant.
- You are not able to enter and exit the basket independently, i.e. take one/two steps, pass one leg at a time on the other side of the guardrail, and descend inside the basket.
- You are unable to maintain the correct support position when landing (bend your knees while holding on to the handles).
- You are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Your body weight exceeds 110 kg.
Minimum age 7 years, minimum height 120 cm. Children under 16 years of age always accompanied by an adult and with parental consent.
If you have any doubts, consult your specialist and bring us a medical certificate stating that you are fit to fly in a hot-air balloon. It is important to remove any doubts about the state of your health, otherwise it could affect your safety and that of the other passengers.
Please arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes before the time chosen for the activity.
Upon confirmation of your booking you will receive our contact details and will be able to inform us of
- the presence of any accompanying persons, who can either board our vehicles or follow us in their cars;
- optional balloon-selfie request (photo selfie, you can buy it before starting the experience at a cost of €20.00);
- any doubts about fitness to fly.
Comfortable clothing and trainers
Don't forget to bring
- water bottle
- fanny pack, backpack or small bag
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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 moderate. You get a full refund if you cancel within 8 days from the activity start date. Within 7 and 5 days from the activity start date you will get a 50% refund. You can find the full policies in the Cancellation Policy section.
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