1. What does the service look like?
At the launch site your pilot and his team are preaparing the balloon. The pilot gives you a safety briefing in English and answers all of your questions.
Then the inflation of the balloon takes place. During the 10 minutes you are welcome to have a little snack, take photos, wander around the balloon and enjoy the show.
You will be then invited on board. After take off you are welcome to take pictures, wave at locals on the ground, talk to your pilot and enjoy the scenery. After 1 hour the pilot searches a landing site (we are not landing where we took off from).
Once landed, we toast to the brave aviators with a bottle of champagne, everybody receives a flight certificate and our car takes you back to your hotel.
Within the next days you will receive pictures from your flight.
2. How can I book a flight?
3. How can I pay?
4. What is your cancelation policy?
5. Why should I provide alternative dates & times?
6. Where do you fly?
In case the weather conditions are unsuitable for ballooning there, we head for the Natural reservation of Bohemian Paradise.
From the basket of our balloon you can see: castle gardens, sandrock towers, river meanders, castle ruins, wild animals, and much more...
7. Are the Classic flights crowded?
Our balloons have names. Each balloon has a different capacity and we always use those we need:
- Cameron: ....... 2-4 passengers
- EWR: ................ 5-8 passengers
- Carrington: .... 6-12 passengers
- Bristol: ............ 10-16 passengers
Most importantly, the balloon gondolas, or baskets, have compartments. Don't expect to stand in the middle or with 16 people around you! Each compartment fits 2-3 passengers, so that everyone has comfortable space, great view and handles to hold onto.
With Balloon Adventures everyone has a window seat! 🙂
8. When do you fly?
Timing of everyday's flights depend on the time of sunrise and sunset. Generally, the hotel departures are:
- Sunrise flights depart between 4:30 - 7:00 am
- Sunset flights depart between 4:00 - 6:00 pm
See more specific time schedule at our instructions page.
Each flight takes around 1 hour, you will spend around 3-4 hours with us (incl. transfers).
9. What is the dress code?
10. Are there any passenger conditions?
We cannot fly any passenger who has had a recent surgery, injuries, hip, back or knee problems, has any health concerns, physical limitations, is/or may be pregnant or has severe auditory restrictions.Passengers under the influence of alcohol or other substances may not fly. Children must be a minimum of 100 cm tall and accompanied by an adult.
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Château Konopiste & Franz Ferdinand
Our flight area is located about 40 minutes southeast of Prague, near Château Konopiste.
Château Konopiste is famous for being the last residence of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, whose assasination in Sarajevo triggered World War I.
Besides the castle, the entire area is in the heart of Central Bohemia offering beatiful views of the river meanders of Sazava, little lakes, meadows and much more... It is the closest gateway for Prague residents, offering a relaxing scenery and the feel of a countryside.
- 1BookingFill out our booking form and tell us the date for your balloon flight. Our flights are scheduled between April 30 - October 31.
We will get back to you and confirm your booking. As ballooning is weather-dependant, you should choose the very first option you are available to fly and provide a few alternatives. We will do our best to re-schedule you for the next slot if the weather is not OK. However, if we cancel your booking and cannot have you re-scheduled, we will refund any deposit / payment made.
- 2Flight status updateYour flight status is updated according to this schedule:
• 14:00 o’clock on the day of your sunset flight, or
• 22:00 o’clock on the day before your sunrise flight.
With the flight status update, you will also receive the exact pickup time at your hotel. This is dependant on pickups of our other passengers and on the final take-off time, which is decided by your pilot during his flight planning.
- 3Hotel pickup and transfer to the launch siteAt the time stated in your Flight status update, our car will await you in front of your hotel / accommodation. It is labeled with a "Balloon Adventures Prague Balloon Shuttle" sign. Greet the driver, hop in and rest for about 40-60 minutes, until you reach our balloon launch site.
- 4Welcome to the launch site!Your pilot and his team are getting your balloon ready. Did you know it only takes around 20 minutes to get the entire balloon ready to fly?!
Once you arrive, you are welcome to bite on prepared snacks, have water, or sip on a cold beer / coffee. At this time, your pilot gives you instructions for boarding, the flight itself, and landing. He also checks on your current overall condition to make sure everyone is ready for the flight. He has the responsibility over you - he has the last word! Make sure to read our pre-flight instructions so that you are ready!
- 5BALLOON FLIGHTAfter the briefing by your pilot, our team starts the balloon inflation process. It takes around 10 minutes to stand the balloon up. You are welcome to watch, take pictures and enjoy thee scenery.
Once the balloons are up, you will be invited to jump on board.
In the sky we go! The pilot ignites the burners and lifts the balloon off the ground. Hot-air ballooning belongs to the most peaceful and romantic activities one could ever experience. Once airborne you'll be amazed by the silence and infinite space around you. The flight level ranges from the tree-tops all the way up to 5 000 feet above ground. Spot wild animals, wave at locals and take millions of pictures!
- 6Landing timeAfter about 1 hour the pilot searches for the best place to land. You will be instructed to get into a "landing position" and to await further instructions.
The landing is usually soft as if you landed into a blanket. However, it also very much depends on the wind speed. If the wind is stronger, you might experience a little bump, or in rare cases, a short drag-landing. All of the landings are safe, the more wind we have the more fun our passengers actually have at the landing. So no worries!
- 7Champagne toast & Aviators' certificatesOnce landed, your pilot will pull out a bottle of wine, glasses and aviators' certificates. He is also going to tell you a bit about the history of ballooning and why we do toast. You are then welcome to take more pics, watch our team pack the balloon and get ready for the way back.
- 8Transfer back to PragueTime to go. Our drivers will take you back to your hotel, in the opposite order they picked everybody up.
- 9Pictures and memoriesBalloon is spectacular! We are aware of that and so are our pilots. During the flight your pilot takes a few pictures and lets you use the camera to take some for, and of, yourself. He will then download them and send them out to the passengers.
- 10Thank you for flying with us!