Sky Drifters Hot Air Ballooning

Rancho Murieta

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In a Nutshell

Pilots greet guests with coffee, captain hot air balloons over Sierra Nevada foothills and uncork bottles for champagne or cider toast

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Promotional value expires Jun 2, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 5 additional as gifts. Limit 2 per visit. 72 hour cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply at appointment. Subject to availability and weather conditions. Must sign waiver. Weekends from 6/1 to 9/1 are available on a stand-by basis only. Weight limit of 360 lbs. per couple. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Hot air balloons allow people to get a new perspective on nature, gliding high over rolling landscapes and drifting through flocks of migrating origami swans. Lazily fly the coop with this Groupon.

$195 for a Sunrise Balloon Ride for Two ($390 Value)

Sky Drifters' hot air balloon rides are captained by guides who invite four to six guests into an untethered balloon that drifts over the sloping Sierra Nevada foothills. After pilots and crew greet guests with hot coffee in the airport office, groups file out onto the tarmac and into cozy baskets. During 50- to 70-minute flights, pilots vault vibrantly striped balloons skywards, soaring high above lush green forests climbing mountainsides, gently bubbling brooks cutting through stone, and crystal-clear waters reflecting the silhouettes of clouds mimicking Rorschach blots. Wind flits through hair as the balloon returns to the patchwork landscape of amber, russet, and emerald below, before the pilot uncorks a bottle of champagne or sparkling cider for a celebratory toast among new friends and old imaginary ones.

Sky Drifters suggests calling the day before to verify favorable weather conditions, as well as showing up early dressed in cell-phone-free layers, closed-toed shoes, and sunscreen. A thorough FAQ page answers any burning questions that guests may have, such as "How could I learn to fly a balloon?" and "Where do balloons come from?"

Sky Drifters Hot Air Ballooning

If you've ever tried to beat rush-hour traffic by tethering your car with helium-filled balloons, then you know that hot-air flight should be left to the professionals. The Federal Aviation Administration–certified pilots at Sky Drifters Hot Air Ballooning embark on journeys from the Sierra Nevada foothills daily, and their company has been named one of the 10Best attractions in Sacramento. Whether piloting a small group or private flight, the balloon captains show passengers a bird’s-eye view of the rolling hills, winding rivers and finely crafted comb-overs whose majesty can only be truly appreciated from above. Their aerial transports also play host to weddings in the sky and can provide a lift to those who enjoy BASE jumping from the clouds.

Customer Reviews

It was wonderful. I could have stayed up there all day. Loved it.
Paula S. · October 19, 2013
They were great, me and my daughter had the best time
Cynthia P. · April 25, 2013
We had a great time and amazing flight. We felt safe, care for and treated to a special taste of this amazing world of ballooning. The owner was well experienced and professional. His girlfriend was a delight and certainly softened up the trip and made it all the more enjoyable. We loved hearing the history of ballooning and then the prayer/toast at the end. Perfect day! Will recommend this company for anyone looking to take a hot air balloon flight.
Kelly J. · March 18, 2013

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