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PALM DESERT, CALIFORNIA

NEAR PALM SPRINGS, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE COACHELLA VALLEY


 

Palm Desert developed as the getaway for snowbirds because of a terrific climate boasting 350 days of brilliant sunshine all year round. It is located in the middle of 13 communities that make up the Coachella valley. Palm Desert, with it’s picture-perfect vibrant bougainvillea and lush palms framed against a majestic mountain backdrop along with an array of diversions guaranteed to satisfy every whim, has become a world class resort destination. Hiking, biking, tennis, golf, swimming, shopping, gambling, racing, horseback riding, polo matches, jeep tours, hot air balloon rides or just relaxing at the spa are some of the activities available to all.

Our balloon port is just a short distance from the 10 freeway off of Washington Street in Palm Desert. For those not wanting to come to our balloon port, we offer free local ground transportation for our private flight clients.

Although the balloon ride is about one hour in the air, the entire early evening experience will last 3 hours. It includes transportation from our meeting site to our launch site (determined at check-in time), a pre-flight safety briefing while the balloon is being assembled, the balloon ride itself, a post flight celebration with champagne, juice or mimosa toast, cheese and chocolates upon landing, ground transportation back to our meeting site, a commemorative flight certificate, free digital souvenir pictures, complimentary celebratory banners and 2 for 1 wine tasting vouchers to many southern California wineries.

 

 

 

 

The Desert climate is perfect for Hot Air Balloon tours from October to April.The open ends of the valley allows us to do both early morning and early evening flights. The valley is best seen from the air! You’ll be mesmerized by the ever changing colors of the San Bernardino chocolate mountains, the San Andres fault line, shifting landscape caused by many earthquakes, snow capped Santa Rosa summit, the contrasting colors of the agricultural areas, Date Palm Orchards, polo fields, golf courses, luxury resorts and the historic Salton sea - all viewed from your magic carpet ride perspective.

 
 
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PALM DESERT, California Packages


Shared Basket Flight

A group setting with other guests to help reduce the cost of the tour. You enter the basket as strangers but leave as friends. We size the balloon and basket based on the total number of people booked for that day. The actual count in the basket will depend on the party sizes and the weight of each person booked for that flight. The space per person is always the same and everyone is along a basket rail. This early morning or early evening tour package Includes a premium champagne, juice or mimosa toast, cheese and chocolate plate, free digital souvenir pictures, complimentary celebratory banners, a commemorative flight certificate and 2 for 1 wine tasting vouchers to many southern California wineries (a $80 savings).

Shared Basket Flight Price: Normally $285 per person, on sale adult AM $189 / PM $219, children (age 5-11) $169

SEMI-PRIVATE BASKET FLIGHT

A more intimate setting for those not able to afford a private flight. We limit our SEMI-PRIVATE flights to 6 passengers or less. This early morning or early evening tour package Includes a premium champagne, juice or mimosa toast, cheese and chocolate plate, free digital souvenir pictures, complimentary celebratory banners, a commemorative flight certificate and 2 for 1 wine tasting vouchers to many southern California wineries (a $80 savings).

Semi-Private Basket Flight Price: Normally $350 per person, on sale adult $250, children (age 5-11) $225

Private Flight

This is a private basket exclusively for you, your sweetheart and guests. This early morning or early evening tour package includes a premium champagne, juice or mimosa toast, cheese and chocolate plate, free digital souvenir pictures, complimentary celebratory banners, a commemorative flight certificate and 2 for 1 wine tasting vouchers to many southern California wineries (a $80 savings).

Private Flight Price: Normally $950 for the first two passengers, on sale pricing for up to the first two passengers AM $850 / PM $900, each additional adult $189, children (age 5-11) $169

Engagement or Re-Commitment Flight

This is a private basket exclusively for you, your guests or sweetheart resulting in a more intimate experience. During the flight, our ground crew presents a customized “Will you marry or remarry me?” sign with your partner’s name as the balloon floats overhead. When we land, we present the framed sign and either a dozen roses or take home souvenir bottle of champagne to help remember this special moment. This early morning or early evening tour package includes a premium champagne, juice or mimosa toast, cheese and chocolate plate, free digital souvenir pictures, complimentary celebratory banners, a commemorative flight certificate and 2 for 1 wine tasting vouchers to many southern California wineries (a $80 savings).

Engagement or Re-Commitment Flight Price: Normally $1,050 per couple, on sale for the first couple AM $900 / PM $950, each additional adult $189, children (age 5-11) $169

DARK INTO DAYLIGHT FLIGHT

This is a private basket adventure exclusively for thrill seekers. We meet before daybreak when normal people are still sleeping. We inflate the balloon in the dark and launch before the sun comes up. The balloon looks like a giant lantern in the sky. Special lighting is attached to the balloon until the sun comes up and we land at sunrise. This Dawn Patrol tour package includes a premium champagne, juice or mimosa toast, cheese and chocolate plate, free digital souvenir pictures, complimentary celebratory banners, a commemorative flight certificate and 2 for 1 wine tasting vouchers to many southern California wineries (a $80 savings). 

Dark Into Daylight Flight Price: Normally $1,250 for the first two passengers, on sale pricing for up to the first two passengers $1000, each additional Adult $189, Children (5-11) $169

Mile High Flight

It is exactly what you are thinking naughty one! It is also for less imaginative guests who want to go much higher than our usual tours, flying at 1 mile above the ground in an open basket. This is a private basket exclusively for your party. It is the ultimate aviation experience. We provide a portable bluetooth speaker or you may bring your own. You provide the music and any bedding. We separate the pilot compartment from the passenger cabin with a privacy screen. Other than for take off and just prior to landing, our discreet pilot will wear protective hearing gear and focus solely on flying the balloon. Our pilot will ascend the balloon to 5,280 feet to reach the 1 Mile mark above the earth. This early evening tour package includes a premium champagne, juice or mimosa toast, cheese and chocolate plate, free digital souvenir pictures, complimentary celebratory banners, a special Mile High Club Member commemorative flight certificate and 2 for 1 wine tasting vouchers to many southern California wineries (a $80 savings).

Mile High Flight Price: Normally $1500 for up to the first two passengers, on sale pricing for up to the first two passengers AM $1250 / PM $1300, each additioanl adult $189

Wedding Flight

Since the days of the first wooden vessels, all shipmasters have had one happy privilege. That of uniting two people in the bonds of matrimony. Several of our pilots are ordained officiants and can perform your wedding in flight. Our pilot officiant will complete your marriage license paperwork and mail it to the county clerk recorder where issued. Couple must obtain the marriage license less than 90 days before the flight. A hot air balloon wedding is an experience your invited guests will remember forever. Wedding flights are an affordable alternative to traditional venues. If your wedding party exceeds the capacity of one balloon, we will fly multiple balloons alongside, using our aircraft radios to broadcast the ceremony to all guests. This early evening tour package includes a premium champagne, juice or mimosa toast, cheese and chocolate plate, free digital souvenir pictures, complimentary celebratory banners, a commemorative flight certificate and 2 for 1 wine tasting vouchers to many southern California wineries (a $80 savings).  

Wedding Flight Price: Normally $1000 for the wedding couple, on sale pricing for the wedding couple AM $850 / PM $925, each additional adult $189, children (age 5-11) $169, pilot officiating services $450

Meeting Time & Location:

Our meeting location is the Swiss Donut Shop parking lot, a strip mall before Country Club Dr. The address is 40205 Washington Street, Palm Desert, CA 92211

 

Due to favorable wind conditions and unique geography, Palm Desert is among the few places in the world where a balloon can fly at both sunrise and sunset. Unfortunately the summer heat limits our season to six months, from October through April. We may soft open in late September and extend our season through Mother’s day in May, depending on the daily temperature at that time.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS & ADD-ON'S

Group Discounts: Special discounts for groups of 8 or more. Please call for a quote.

Theme Rides: Turn your balloon ride into a themed costume party! Pirates, Harry Potter, Belly Dancers, Magicians, Cowboys, Steampunk, Marvel, Disney, Zombies and Au Naturel are some of the past theme rides we’ve hosted. We are only limited by your imagination. Must be reserved in advance and a private charters only. Just like Fantasy Island or WestWorld, our staff will get into character to make the experience entertaining.

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Custom Banners: Order a custom paper banner with 35 character personalized message for $20. The banner is yours to keep after the flight. We always provide complementary generic Happy Birthday, Happy Anniversary and Congratulation Banners.

Cakes: Marie-Antoinette is rumored to have said, A“Qu'ils mangent de la brioche”—“Let them eat cake.” Order an individual cake for $25 in advance and we will present it to the celebrated guest during our ceremonial champagne toast.

Pins: We offer unique collectible balloon pins starting at $15. Collect our entire set of 6 pins with a multi-purchase discount.

Extra Champagne: Some guests want the champagne cork, but real Aeronauts take home a souvenir bottle of champagne for $25.