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Norma M
Norma M
2015-03-18
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Hot air balloon trip over Luxor Our hot air balloon trip over Luxor, Egypt was fantastic! Sunrise was glorious just before liftoff. We made friends with some of the other riders, taking lots of photos of each other with the valley of the kings, the valley of the queens, or one of several temples in the background. We cruised over fields of grain and sugar cane and got a very good photo of a fox! We went up and down a little a few times, but my son would like to have gone higher and varied more, of course. The pilot was great and we landed safely and smoothly. The weather was very cooperative, so the ride was about an hour and we crossed the whole west side of the Nile, landing a little ways into the desert.
lvwei1123
lvwei1123
2015-01-15
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Amazing, safe and not-to-be-missed in Luxor You might be hesitating whether to do the hot air balloon in Luxor as we did before we came to Luxor. I am so pleased that we finally did it. The entire trip was well organized. The balloon is in good condition and our pilot is very experienced. We felt 100% safe all the time. Moreover, the price is a bargain comparing to ballon rides you can get in elsewhere in the world. We paid only Eur35/person. Some tips: 1. Make sure you choose a flight on which you can see the sunrise. I think taking off 20 minute before the sunrise is about the right time; 2. Ask your hotel to prepare breakfast box for you so that you can have breakfast after the balloon ride; 3. You can combine the balloon ride with your day tour in Luxor west bank so that you don't have to come to west bank twice. You can ask your driver/guide to meet you at Colossi of Memnon after the balloon ride.
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wvzjxq
2014-12-18
Verified
Good for the price. With hot air balloon rides all around the world averaging 200usd nowadays, Luxor is an excellent deal, especially if you book direct from the balloon companies. But even if you end up paying the full price of about 90usd, it's still a lot cheaper than anywhere else. Also, the weather conditions in Luxor is extremely calm so it's good for those who are nervous about going up in the air in a basket. The caveat is that ballooning in Luxor starts earlier when the sky is still dark, so there's not enough light to take photos, and if the flight is short, then you may only get a couple minutes of light after sunrise. Also, the terrain in Luxor simply doesn't have that much to see, but at least until the tourists numbers go back to normal you won't have to pay much for it. They are starving for business. As for the balloon company itself, I don't have much to say about them except they were no-frills and efficient. However, the one annoying thing is that they hand you comment cards while you're still in the basket after landing and won't let you off until you fill it out. Then they proceed to read the cards right away and if they see anything that they deem to be negative, they will seek you out right away and ask why you're not completely satisfied with them, right in full view of everyone else. Also, they can't seem to differentiate between a suggestion and a complaint. Suggestions are taken as complaints, and they are over sensitive to everything you write down. I've noticed this behavior in restaurants also, where you're handed comment cards and if you fill it out they will read it on the spot and talk to you about it in full view of everyone. I think it may be a common practice in Egypt. They need to learn some subtlety and stop reacting so dramatically to everything.
Zahirah RLB E
Zahirah RLB E
2014-12-01
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Wonderful flight The flight and ground crew were very professional and friendly. This was my first hot air balloon ride and I would definitely recommend Sindbad Balloons to everyone. The views were beautiful and breath taking. Thank you so much for making my first ride such a wonderful experience!
Christopher B
Christopher B
2014-10-18
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Excellent experience! We had a really good time with Sindbad. It was our first hot air balloon ride and we're ready to go again! Our pilot, Khaled, picked us up at our hotel and gave us a bit of special treatment (the other group on the balloon was a group of 9). Although we were given the safety briefing for rough landings, it definitely wasn't needed, as we touched down very softly. We stayed low for the first part of the flight, gliding a hundred feet or so above the farms of the West Bank, Colussus of Memnon, and Medinet Habu. While that was nice, I was relieved that Khaled then took us up to around 2,000 feet for some amazing views. Pick-up and drop-off service was easy enough, my only gripe was that the company called the hotel a few times the day before to remind me to pay online. While I should've done that earlier, one reminder would have been sufficient. Also, thank you to Hany for the recommendation to go to Om Hashem for lunch. Really, really good!
GILLIAN H
GILLIAN H
2014-10-14
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Luxor hot air balloon experience We had a brilliant flight , our captain Ahmed was excellent .We never felt in any danger and the ride was very smoothy ....with Amed landing perfectly . We left at 4 15 am and were driven to the take off point . We were even able to see our balloon inflated and 'fired' up ready for take off .The views over the west bank .....and Howard Carters'a residence were spectacular . The early flight enabled us to see the sun rise over the Valley of the Kings and the river Nile. Cost at this time was £75 per person and worth every penny ! Sindad Hot Air Balloon rides are also going to be located in Dubai ....again a sight that should not be missed.
beth
beth
2014-09-29
Verified
Excellent Trip We did the Hot Air Balloon ride as part of a 2 day trip to Cairo and then Luxor through Sharm Tours Club and it was absolutely amazing. The staff were very professional and we felt safe and secure throughout the tour. The captain was very knowledgeable of the area and very professional. Would definitely recommend this Company!
Amna S
Amna S
2014-09-20
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Totally AWESOME!!! I made an impromptu decision to go on the Sindbad Hot Air Balloon ride, and I am so glad that I did! The whole thing was very well organised, and was perfect in terms of timing and arrangement of transportation from the Nile cruise to the site where we were to depart on the hot air balloon from (very close to the Valley of the Kings) etc. Although I had some concerns in terms of safety, our Captain Mahmoud Badawy gave clear instructions on safety (do's and dont's, and landing position etc) before we entered the basket which gave me some assurance. There was also a video recorder on site, who recorded our whole journey for those who wanted to purchase a DVD of the experience. On the ride, Captain Mahmoud pointed out the various sites that we were passing over and our altitude whilst he was still controlling the balloon, which helped so that we knew what we were looking at rather than just trying to guess what we were looking at amongst each other, and also informed us when we should look out for the sunrise (we started our ride at dusk). Mahmoud also gladly answered questions from all the passengers (including one very inquisitive guy, who was quickly becoming the guy whose mouth I wanted to tape shut). The whole ride took approximately 45 mins from take off to landing (which was very smooth), which gave me just enough time to take tonnes of photos of the breathtaking views of the Valley of the Kings on one side and the Nile on the other. As we were approaching the ground, all the ground personnel (some 15 men or so) were already waiting to help weigh the balloon down as soon as we touched down (to avoid drag). The whole experience (from the Nile cruise to the ride and back to the cruise) took approximately 2 hours and 40 mins, which was convenient, as I had an early start at 8:30 am to visit the Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temple with my tour company. All in all, would recommend it, and would definitely do it again. Thank you Sindbad Hot Air Balloons!!!
Mollusclove
Mollusclove
2014-09-17
Verified
Amazing, but so quick! We went on a Sindbad hot air balloon ride on the West Bank, while visiting Luxor in August 2014. A Sindbad bus picked us up from our hotel at 5am and took us to the banks of the Nile, where we crossed over in a small boat and were picked up by another bus on the West Bank that drove us to the launching site. We went up smoothly, and the views with the sun coming up were absolutely breathtaking. We hovered over/around Hatshepsut temple and the Ramesseum and got some beautiful photos. You can also see the division of the green from the nile and the desert really well from so high up. My only two complaints - it was very quick, and it wasn't really a 'ride over the valley of the kings' as advertised, we just hovered around the same place. I thought we'd tmove a bit and see different things. I would recommend contacting Sindbad directly and getting a good price - we booked through our tour guide and got massively ripped off. We paid 700LE each when other people on the same balloon told us they had paid 400LE each.
liliaussie
liliaussie
2014-09-08
Verified
Beautiful Experience Went on my first Hot Air Balloon ride at sunrise with Sinbads in Luxor. The team at Sinbads are incredible. They explained all of the safety information to us clearly and answered all the questions that were being asked of them. The ride itself was incredible, they picked us up early enough so that we would actually see the sunrise. the view from up there is incredible. we were also lucky enough to have the wind change and take us past the valley of the kings over the village and right over the Nile River. The sun rising over the Nile is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.
Excellent
Based on 59 reviews
Sivakumar Panneerselvam
Sivakumar Panneerselvam
2024-03-30
It's was nice experience.. And everyone should have and must try activity experience at least once in their life time. Even though it's expensive, good to have some beautiful memories..
waqas awan
waqas awan
2024-03-21
Excellent experience, An beautiful hot air balloon journey above the Dubai desert during a memorable sunrise.
Ayman Baker
Ayman Baker
2023-12-31
The trip was amazing, especially captain Mohammed, he is soo professional and even was helpful in teaching us new techniques for taking photos and videos 😁, all the respect and appreciation to such a crew..
Shaw Mohanish
Shaw Mohanish
2023-12-30
Just spectacular and belive worth a experience .
Iuliana Ailincai
Iuliana Ailincai
2023-12-25
Amazing experience!! The pilot was really good and kept us entertained. Special thanks to our driver Adnan! He was on time for the pick up and really fun throughout the experience. The safari was great and he really made it fun and in control. Also, he showed patience and very helpful when he found out I have back to back activities. I will definitely do it again and I highly recommend Hot Air Ballone Dubai. Many thanks
Nasibeh Sargazi, MD
Nasibeh Sargazi, MD
2023-12-15
A lifetime experience, Totally worth the price.
Simon-Philippe Allard
Simon-Philippe Allard
2023-12-10
Amazing experience! I totally recommend this. Mohammed the pilot was funny and witty. We all had such a good time. Was completely worth the 4am wake up call. The landing was also super fun but hang on tight.
Rachel van der Tang
Rachel van der Tang
2023-12-07
Our trip was absolutely wonderful. A really magical experience…. The team was professional and safety taken seriously. Hiighly recommended!
Imogen East
Imogen East
2023-12-06
Amazing experience highly recommended. Only one slight unhappiness, The driver who picked us up from the hotel, spent much of the journey texting on his phone which felt very unsafe. This was the only fault in the whole experience.
Joy Boole
Joy Boole
2023-12-06
Absolutely incredible. The experience was worth every penny and our balloon pilot Mohammed was just fantastic. If you visit or live in Dubai then you simply MUST do this!

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How long is the hot air balloon ride in Dubai?
The duration of a hot air balloon ride in Dubai can vary depending on the specific tour and package selected, as well as weather conditions. Typically, hot air balloon rides in Dubai last between 45 minutes to 1 hour. However, the total experience, including pickup from your hotel, transportation to the launch site, and post-flight activities, can take up to 4 hours.
Is there anyone who can't take a hot air balloon ride?
Although ballooning is considered extremely safe, certain passengers unfortunately won't be able to join us:
- pregnant ladies more than three months along
- Children younger than 5 years old
- Anyone that has had major surgery in the last 6 months
- Anyone suffering from broken leg/arm in the past six months and those experiencing chronic back or neck pain.
What if there is fog or strong wind on the morning of my flight?
Safety of our guests is always of top importance, which means at times we may need to postpone takeoff due to fog or increased winds over Dubai desert. In such an instance, Instead of waiting around at the take-off site while we wait for the fog to lift or the winds to calm down, we will drive you to our Bedouin camp so you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast before the flight. As we can reverse the sequence of events, we can ensure that you can enjoy the experience without increasing the overall trip duration. When this happens, the sun would already be up, but the views are just as beautiful.
Where does the hot air balloon land?
Hot Air Balloon flights depend on wind currents to determine direction and distance; thus creating unique experiences and views during each ride.
When do you fly the hot air balloons?
As the sun begins its journey across the Arabian desert and fills the sky with light, we set off early to experience it firsthand. Early morning flights offer optimal flying conditions with calm winds that highlight breathtaking vistas and incredible desert landscapes.

Weather permitting, our balloon flights typically last about an hour. Weather permitting, we operate 7-days-a-week from September until the end of May.
What are the criteria for the passenger for flying?
Age limit for any passenger will be above 5 years to less than 80 years (less than 5 years and more than 80 years’ passenger will not be allowed to fly). Passenger need to sign a declaration form declaring that he/she doesn’t have any serious medical problems such as – Heart problem – Knee & back bone Surgery in last 6 months – Phobia of height – Pregnant lady. – Physical & Mental disabilities. Child age group (5-12 years) above 12years of age is considered an adult.
Do you have Balloon Flights all year round?
The Balloon flight is generally from September to May with annual variations. Weather in Dubai can be tricky and unpredictable, especially in early spring: but the months of the winter are regularly good for ballooning. Winter flights offer crystal clear views of desert dunes, sun rise, mountains on the south east and the skyline of Dubai on the north – west side.
Do the passengers need to carry/provide any documents before flight?
Yes. It is a mandatory requirement that all passengers submit a copy of their ID’s (Passport copy/Emirates ID/any Government-issued ID) when making their reservation.
How long is the tour and where do we land?
Balloon flying time is around 1 Hour, slightly less or more depends on different flying criteria. Generally, the balloon landing depends on the direction of the wind. Our ground crew continuously follow the balloon and once we land they will bring us back to the breakfast area.
How can we get a refund if our flight gets cancelled due to bad weather or any other reason?
If the weather does not permit your flight, we recommend you reschedule your flight for the next available day to avoid missing out on this unforgettable experience. If it’s not possible, we can validate your ticket for one year or in full, subject to our cancellation policy.
Who controls the safety standard of the balloon flight?
All our Pilots hold a GCAA – UAE valid License and have several hours of balloon flying experience with a very good record. We strictly maintain the Safety and Quality standards set by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority.
When are passengers notified about their pick up time/point?
We will email you the evening one day prior before 8pm to confirm the pick-up time, pick-up point and details of the flight.
How can we book this experience/flight?
Book the flight through our website or travel agent. For online booking you can do the payment through net banking or through credit card.

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Unveiling the Magic of Dubai from the Skies: A Hot Air Balloon Adventure

Dubai, a city that never ceases to amaze with its blend of modern marvels and timeless deserts, offers an exceptional experience that goes beyond the ordinary—hot air balloon rides. This journey is not just about floating in the air; it’s an immersive experience that connects you with the vastness of nature and the ingenuity of human creation. Let’s embark on a narrative that uncovers the essence of this adventure, revealing the intricate beauty of Dubai from a perspective that few have the privilege to witness.

Embracing the Sky: The Unique Thrill of Hot Air Balloon Rides in Dubai

Imagine the thrill of ascending into the dawn sky, the world below awakening to the first light of day. Hot air balloon rides in Dubai are not just an activity; they are an invitation to experience freedom and tranquility, all while being gently carried by the breeze. It’s an opportunity to witness the harmony between the city’s architectural feats and the natural landscapes that surround it, all from a vantage point that offers an uninterrupted panorama of beauty.

A Symphony of Landscapes

From the serene vastness of the Arabian Desert to the architectural prowess of the Burj Khalifa and the unique geography of the Palm Jumeirah, hot air ballooning in Dubai presents a symphony of landscapes. Each glance offers a new discovery—a dance of colors, shapes, and textures that tells the story of a city that dreams big. The contrast between the natural and the man-made, seen from the sky, adds a layer of depth to the Dubai experience that ground-level exploration alone cannot provide.

Iconic Views: The Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah

Soaring above, the sight of Burj Khalifa piercing the sky or the Palm Jumeirah sprawling into the sea provides not just a visual treat but a moment of reflection on human ambition and creativity. These are not just landmarks; they are beacons of what humanity can achieve. Witnessing them from a hot air balloon adds a layer of awe to their grandeur, enriched by the soft glow of sunrise or sunset that paints these marvels in hues of gold and amber.

The Desert’s Endless Beauty

The desert, with its timeless allure, unfolds beneath you as a tapestry of golden sands and undulating dunes. It’s a landscape that tells tales of the past and whispers secrets of the earth’s raw beauty. Flying over this vastness, one cannot help but feel a profound connection to the natural world, a reminder of the earth’s magnificence that stretches beyond the horizon.

Crafting Unforgettable Memories

A hot air balloon ride in Dubai is a tapestry of unforgettable moments—each sunrise a unique painting in the sky, each champagne breakfast a celebration of adventure. It’s an experience that offers not just sights, but sensations and emotions that linger long after the journey concludes. The opportunity to capture these moments through photography or simply to etch them in memory is a gift for the soul, a reminder of the beauty that exists when we dare to look at the world from a different perspective.

Engaging with this extraordinary experience requires some planning. The ideal time for a hot air balloon ride in Dubai spans from September to May, offering clear skies and favorable weather. While the flight itself lasts about an hour, the entire experience—from preparation to the post-flight celebration—can extend up to four hours, making it a journey worth every minute. Safety, comfort, and accessibility are paramount, with experienced operators ensuring a smooth and memorable adventure for all participants.

Conclusion: A Journey Beyond the Horizon

A hot air balloon ride in Dubai is more than an item on a bucket list; it’s a journey that transforms perspectives and enriches the soul. It offers a blend of thrill, tranquility, and awe-inspiring views that celebrate the essence of exploration. Whether you’re marking a special occasion or seeking to discover the world from a new vantage point, the skies of Dubai call for your attention, promising an adventure that transcends the ordinary and ventures into the extraordinary.