What You'll Get
Besides being one of the more entertaining ways to race dastardly 19th-century villains around the world, hot air balloon rides make for delightful first dates, anniversaries, birthdays, and Administrative Assistant's Days. Today's Groupon gets you a scenic hot air balloon ride followed by a round of celebratory champagne and either breakfast or hors d'oeuvres through Hot Air Expeditions for $99 (a $175 value). Each Groupon covers one person, and baskets hold 6, 8, 10, or 12 people.
Hot Air's scenic scenery and food-like food has earned it a Fodor's pick for ballooning in Phoenix. The experienced aeronauts will take riders on a scenic flight over the breathtaking landscapes of the Sonoran Desert. The scenery is so breathtaking that the stilled balloonist will offer of-age passengers a flute of breath-catching champagne immediately upon landing, along with a commemorative flight certificate. Each balloon experience will be made even sweeter with either a sunrise breakfast of quiche Lorraine with chocolate-filled croissants, cheeses, and fresh fruits, or sunset hors d'oeuvres of barbecue duck pizza-rounds with mini quiche, miniature lemon tartlets, and chocolate truffles. All food is prepared by renowned Phoenix chef Vincent Guerithault.
Make an unforgettable date with a special flying friend and gaze down at the earthbound as they eat their earthbound gruel, tie their earthbound shoelaces, make their earthbound photocopies, and search in vain for legal loopholes around gravity. Call ahead to reserve a flight time. Morning flights last approximately an hour, and sunset flights last approximately 45 minutes.
Not valid on the following dates: November 25–28 or December 18–January 1. You must reserve and redeem your hot air balloon ride by January 31st.
Fodor's calls Hot Air Expeditions "the best ballooning in Phoenix. Flights are long, the staff is charming, and the gourmet snacks, catered by the acclaimed Vincent restaurant, are out of this world." TripAdvisors give their experience 4.5 owl eyes:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 1, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Reservation required. Subject to availability and inclement weather. Must schedule & redeem by 1/31. Not valid 11/25-11/28 or 12/18-1/1. Each Groupon covers 1 person, and baskets hold 6, 8, 10, or 12 peop Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Hot Air Expeditions
Though a pilot mans each of Hot Air Expeditions balloon flights, the excursions are really guided by Mother Nature. The colorful balloons simply follow the wind, hovering above the cacti and coyote that call the Sonoran desert home before gently climbing breezes to give passengers a full view of the surrounding mountains and lakes. Groups can take morning flights year-round or afternoon flights from November through March, both of which offer spectacular photo opportunities, as well as time-sensitive challenges to any still-life painters on board.
The mutable nature of the flights mean they last anywhere from 45–90 minutes, after which, passengers will enjoy chilled champagne and gourmet catered cuisine from the award-winning Vincent’s on Camelback Restaurant, complete with tables linens and china in the heart of the desert. Each guest is awarded an official flight certificate as a memento of their aerial journey before boarding a courtesy van that returns them to the launch point. Though the actual flights last up to 90 minutes, groups should allow up to four hours for the entire trip.