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Float into the skies with a hot air balloon adventure, an exhilarating experience for the adventurous and a delightful gift for your dear ones. Marvel at stunning vistas and make cherished memories. Funbooker presents a range of top hot air balloon rides across France, ensuring an unforgettable journey through the clouds.

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Hot-Air Ballooning: Everything You Need to Know

At Funbooker, we’ve put together a list of the most stunning sites in France for hot-air ballooning. Known for some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Europe, France is the perfect place to enjoy the views and experience the gentle floating sensation in a balloon high above the magnificent scenery. It's the ideal experience to enjoy or to give as a gift.

How does a hot-air balloon flight work?

Your hot-air balloon experience generally takes place in the same fashion, but it can vary depending on the weather conditions. Here's how a first flight in a hot-air balloon works:

  • On the big day, you'll meet your balloonist at the predetermined meeting point. Then, together, you’ll fold out the balloon, light the burners and wait for it to inflate!
  • And then it's off for a unique flight experience. Once the air has been fully heated by the burners, the balloon will take off. You'll drift with the wind, enjoying the beauty of the landscapes and stunning panoramas you'll be flying over.
  • The duration of the flight depends on the balloon centre. With Funbooker, you can discover the most beautiful places in France: the châteaux of the Loire valley, vineyards, lakes, volcanoes and many other spectacular landscapes.
  • At the end of the flight, the pilot will make a smooth landing, and then you’ll enjoy a glass of champagne before returning to the departure point by car.

A hot-air balloon flight is the ideal activity if you want to enjoy a romantic moment with your partner, or if you're looking for an original gift idea, especially for a couple or a wedding present.

To be able to fly, the wind speed must be relatively low and not exceed 18 km/h. If the weather is bad or the wind is too strong, the centre will contact you to reschedule the flight or offer you an alternative.

Flights always take place at dawn and dusk.This is when the temperature is moderate and the wind stable. It's also the ideal time to observe the landscape in magnificent light!

8 stunning spots for a hot-air balloon experience in France

Funbooker has selected the most beautiful spots in France to fly over on your next hot-air balloon flight. Discover them now!

The châteaux of the Loire valley

Take to the skies to discover the châteaux of the Loire valley from a whole new perspective. From their majestic architecture to their lush, verdant gardens, see the châteaux of Blois, Saumur, Chambord or Cheverny as you've never seen them before. A hot-air balloon flight over the châteaux of the Loire will give you an exceptional panoramic view of the courtyards and surroundings of each historic building.

Amboise : Book here
Saumur : 👉 Book here
Chambord from Cheverny : 👉 Book here
Chaumont-sur-Loire : 👉 Book here

Lake Annecy

Flying over Lake Annecy in a hot-air balloon is more than just flying over a vast expanse of water. It's also a chance to list peacefully in the wind, take in the unique vistas and share a magical moment with your friends or family. Depending on the time of your flight, you'll be able to observe the stunning effects of light on the water and the surrounding mountains. Depending on the weather, youl can also discover the exceptional panorama of valleys and peaks on offer around the lake.

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Fontainebleau

An ideal for a hot-air balloon flight near Paris, Fontainebleau is a world-famous site that has played an important role throughout French history . You'll enjoy a magnificent view of Napoleon's beloved Château de Fontainebleau. If the wind carries you over the forest of the same name, you’ll be enamoured by its ancient trees as you float peacefully over this perfect piece of nature. If you’re lucky, you may well cross paths with some local wildlife.

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Annonay in Ardèche

Have you ever wondered what the Montgolfier brothers actually saw during the very first unassembled flight of their hot-air balloon? That's exactly what you'll experience when you take off from Annonay in the Ardèche. It was here that Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier tested their first balloon on June 4th, 1783.

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Forcalquier in Provence

Situated in Haute-Provence, Forcalquier is a medieval town on a mountainside. As you explore, you will be able to take in the Banon and Coulon valleys. Their lavender fields, picturesque little villages and regional vineyards offer breathtaking views that you'll remember for years to come.

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Gordes in the Luberon

Fly over the Luberon Regional Natural Park and discover Gordes. Between forests, fields and scrublands, the panorama that unfolds before your eyes will remind you of some of the most beautiful masterpieces, thanks to its shimmering colours and evolve with the seasons. Depending on the wind, you're sure to spot a multitude of hilltop villages scattered across the surrounding mountains.

Lake Serre Ponçon

Take to the shores of Lac de Serre Ponçon at dawn to enjoy the largest reservoir in France. As the landscape unfolds before your eyes, you’ll have the chance to discover the chapel of Saint-Michel from above, and then enjoy an exceptional, unique, unrivalled view of the Alps. The surrounding countryside and forests of the region complete this moment of wind-swept tranquillity.

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Albi

Albi is in the Tarn department. Do you know why it's also known as the "red city"? Well, you'll find out when you see it in the calm of the morning as you float over it in your balloon. You can also take in the marvellous cathedral from your unobstructed vantage point. All around you, the Occitanie region will be showcasing its most beautiful landscapes in the gentle light of dawn.

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Frequently asked questions

💸 How much does a flight cost?

You can find baptisms from 150€ on weekdays. In France, a ride costs around €200. After that, the greater the number of people wishing to fly, the lower the price per person.

📏 How tall do you have to be ?

Some service providers require a height of minimum 1m20 or 1m30. This depends on the size of the basket. So be sure to ask before you book, to make sure that all your loved ones will be able to sit aboard!

👶 How old do you have to be ?

Legally, to take a ride in this hot-air balloon, you need to be at least 6 years old. However, there is no age limit imposed by French law. Anyone can climb aboard, provided they're in good health and can stand for a while!

🤰 Can I fly when I'm pregnant?

There are no notable contraindications for pregnant women, just the need to be able to stand for the duration of the flight. Consult the specific conditions of the centers.

💬 Who created the hot-air balloon?

The history of hot-air ballooning began on June 4, 1783, with the first official flight of the Montgolfier brothers' hot-air balloon in Annonay. On September 19, a rooster, a duck and a sheep climbed into a balloon for the first time in Versailles, in front of Louis XVI. They rose to a height of 480 meters.

🎈How does a hot-air balloon work?

This is a hot-air balloon made up of a basket that rises to altitude thanks to the aerostatic force of a heated gas that is lighter than air. It is steered by the wind, playing with air currents.

⚠️ Is it dangerous?

No, this is a supervised and safe activity, which presents no risk if the instructions are followed. The practice of this activity is subject to an operating license issued by the Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile (DGAC). All hot-air balloons carrying passengers are inspected by an approved workshop.