Why do we start so early?
It's very important to be on time to start very early in the morning as the winds are gentle due to a cold and stable atmosphere.
Is very cold up there?
It's recommended to have the normal outfit for the time of the year and comfortable shoes.
What happens if there is bad weather?
The meteorolgy is a very important factor, therefore we will be in contact the previous days of the activity to track the weather forecast.
If the day before the flight the forecast is not good enough, we will cancel the flight and reschedule another convenient date. It can also happen that the forecast is good and the day of the flight the conditions at the launch site are not good enough; in this case the pilot may decide not to fly and the flight will be rescheduled.
You will not get any extra cost in the activity for this change.
Is there any age limit for a balloon flight?
There is no regulation for that, but we recommend a minimum age of 5 years old for the kids and there is no maximum age, providing you are in a good health condition. It's a very quiet and safe activity, although pregnant women and people with bone problems are not allowed to fly.
The kids have a price reduction?
Yes, the kids between 5 and 12 years old have a discount on the flights on Historic Sites. Check the offers section for the special prices for kids.
How high we will fly? Can we go from one point to another?
The hot-air balloons have no control of the direction, this means we will fly with the wind. What we can control is the height, and we will use it to find the right wind to go where we want to. The maximum height is determined by the restrictions of the area and the winds during the flight.
When was the first balloon flight?
The first aerostat, built by the Mongolfière brothers, flew in December 1782 with a duck and a sheep, and landed in perfect condition. One year later, Pilatre de Rozier and Arlandes where the first to experience this kind of flight successfully, and celebrated the landing with champagne. From that time the tradition remains to toast with champagne each balloon flight.