Tour description provided by Viator
Experience beautiful Sonoma Valley in a totally unique way – from the air! Enjoy an exhilarating 1-hour hot air balloon ride from Santa Rosa over gorgeous vineyards and rolling hills, offering views of the Pacific Ocean, Napa Valley and sometimes even San Francisco! Then, head to a nearby winery for a lovely gourmet brunch and toast to this unique experience with a glass of bubbly.
Head to the Sonoma County Airport, just outside of Santa Rosa. Depending on the season, your flight will depart between 5:30am and 7:30am. From here, you’ll be driven to the best launch site available to ensure a scenic and safe flight.
When you arrive, you’ll receive a safety orientation from your expert pilot as your crew fills up your brightly colored hot air balloons, which fits up to 12-14 people. Then, hop aboard and savor the excitement as you rise up into the sky.
Enjoy views of the gorgeous vineyards and rolling hills of Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. At lower altitudes, you may spot rabbits, deer and other wildlife; you may even briefly skim a lake or pond! Back up at high altitudes, look into the distance to see the Pacific Ocean and, on a clear day, even the skyscrapers of San Francisco!
Your pilot will ensure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience. The flight will last approximately one hour and can range from 3 to 10 miles (5 to 16 km), depending on the wind currents.
Your flight is followed by a wonderful brunch. After landing, you’ll be taken to Kendall-Jackson Winery, where you’ll sit down to a gourmet meal served on beautiful hand-painted plates. Toast to your unique hot air balloon experience with a glass of Champagne or juice and then chat with your travel companions over warm homemade quiche, chocolate-covered strawberries, fresh fruit, local cheeses, coffee cake, creamy spreads, coffee and more.