After becoming the first passengers to ride a rudimentary hot air balloon in France in 1783, a duck, a rooster, and a sheep were further immortalized as Alexandre Dumas’s original Three Musketeers. All for one, one for all with today’s Groupon to Arizona Balloon Safaris. Choose from the following options:
- For $129, you get a hot air balloon ride with a glass of champagne for one (a $259 value).
- For $258, you get a hot air balloon ride with glasses of champagne for two (a $518 value).
- For $459, you get a hot air balloon ride with glasses of champagne for four (a $1,036 value).<p>
FAA-certified flight instructor Randy Long pilots hot air balloons that elevate patrons up to 5,000 feet above ground, offering unhindered views of the desert below. Sessions commence with preflight briefings at Arizona Balloon Safaris’ Sonoran launch site, where patrons discover fun facts about their air vessel, such as how it flies and whether it can be twisted into animal shapes. Once the balloon fully inflates, voyagers and the pilot pile into a handcrafted wicker basket before soaring skyward toward the morning sunrise for approximately an hour. Flights 5–7 miles in distance grant champagne-sipping guests opportunities to spot jackrabbits, roadrunners, coyotes, deer, and mutant humantelopes scurrying about among the canyons and cacti. Chase-van crews follow each journeying balloon and rendezvous with travelers reuniting with terra firma before whisking them back to their starting points. All flights are shared with other guests, and flight time may vary based on weather conditions and landing site availability.
Arizona Balloon Safaris
Since he took his first flight more than 25 years ago, Arizona Balloon Safaris' CEO and FAA–certified pilot, Randy Long, has lifted more than 20,000 passengers into the sky—including celebrities such as Shakira. Though Mr. Long has flown hot air balloons across both states and parallel dimensions, he calls the Sonoran Desert his home base. As the sun paints an orange glow across the desert's rocky bluffs at dawn, Mr. Long and his passengers ascend up to 3,000 feet into the air. From here, the pilot points out the desert's plants and wildlife, such as coyotes, roadrunners, and jackrabbits. He ends each flight the same way; back on the ground, he pours his passengers some champagne, congratulates them on earning their wings, and starts thinking about the next day's adventure.