WELCOME TO NAPA VALLEY ALOFT
Founded in 1978, Napa Valley Aloft is one of the original hot air balloon companies to offer agricultural aerial tours over the iconic Napa Valley. We are the only company launching in the charming town of Yountville, situated at the historical Yountville Estate, neighboring award-winning hotels, and restaurants. In addition, we have more hot air balloon launch site options in Napa Valley, and we provide hot air balloon baskets that carry fewer passengers than competitors, giving our passengers a more open atmosphere to enjoy the breathtaking views on their balloon ride.
Our FAA-certified hot air balloon pilots have extensive knowledge of ballooning over Napa Valley and are among the most experienced in the world. Their knowledge and passion for hot air ballooning make them the perfect captain to take your balloon adventure to great heights. Stay for brunch after your balloon ride to add an extra lift to your day! Elevate your Napa Valley balloon ride experience by choosing Napa Valley Aloft!
We invite you to browse our website for information on hot air balloons and hot air balloon flights with our experienced NVAloft staff, as well as to check out our hot air balloon partnerships to book your complete Napa Valley Experience. For hot air balloon Napa bookings, please contact us or make an online reservation. We are excited to take you on a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon journey over Napa Valley.
EXPERIENCE THE DIFFERENCE
WHY CHOOSE A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL RIDES OPERATOR?
- All PRO Operator’s safety records reflect impeccable piloting & decision-making.
- All PRO Operators are fully licensed & insured; all PRO Operator pilots are FAA certified.
ONLY FLIGHTS OVER WINE COUNTRY
Yountville’s iconic flight is our primary launch option & rural North Napa Valley is a secondary launch option. *weather dictates the location.
SMALLER BASKETS THAN COMPETITORS
We provide smaller baskets with fewer passengers than competitors. This creates a more open and safe riding experience.
YOUNTVILLE’S HOMETOWN COMFORT
Simple to locate, comfortable check-in, with all the amenities. The meeting location is at the luxurious Estate Yountville, which is close to Bouchon Bakery, world-famous restaurants, and top-rated lodging. All services are located a few steps away from our meeting location.
CATERED BRUNCH AT TOP-RATED EATERY (OPTIONAL)
Enjoy a high-quality mimosa brunch with your fellow pilots and aeronauts at a restaurant with a sit-down atmosphere close to the meeting location.
We offer a variety of flight options and packages to fit your needs. Here are some of our most popular options
Average 45 minutes – 1 hour flight time
Youth discounted pricing available
2 – 12 passengers per balloon
Average 45 minutes – 1 hour flight time
In-flight special arrangements
POST FLIGHT BRUNCH
$40 per adult includes Champagne Mimosas
$23 per child (ages 6-12)
Enjoy with fellow aeronauts and pilot
additional 1 hour to adventure
NVA IN THE NEWS
The views and reviews speak for themselves. Check out what people and the media are saying about Napa Valley Aloft.
“Even in winter, it’s well worth doing. Floating gently up in the air with Napa Valley Aloft, the landscape morphs from a gentle, fog-covered blanket to lush vineyards, Napa’s famed valley cradled by mountain ranges and rolling green hills…”
Travel + Leisure
“The Kimball Family and Napa Valley Aloft were floating people above the Napa Valley long before it became a world-famous food and wine destination…Soar over green rolling hills and small and large family vineyards.”
“They are the only balloon company allowed to ride in Pope Valley, which means when there is a weather issue, you are not headed to Davis, California, like the other competitors. Instead, you are still floating over vineyards.”
Learn more about what to expect during your hot air balloon Napa Valley adventure.
WHERE DO WE FLY AND WHAT DO WE SEE?
On most days, we launch from the historic grounds of the V Marketplace, Vintage 1870, in the heart of Yountville–a quaint rural village near the mid-point of the Napa Valley. As we rise above the valley floor, panoramic views open up of the Napa Valley Wine-growing region. To the north is the majestic Mt. St. Helena, to the west the Mayacamas Mt. Range, and to the east the sculptured terrain of the Vaca Range. With favorable winds aloft the balloons can climb to higher altitudes where we may catch a glimpse of the San Francisco skyline and even the majestic Sierras to the east. On Foggy mornings in Yountville, we have exclusive launch options located in Northern Napa Valley.
HOW LONG DOES THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE LAST?
Because there are so many variables in ballooning, we can only give you an estimate of how much time you want to plan on spending with us. Generally, not counting any shuttle service we provide from your lodging, you should count on being with us for about 3-½ to 4 hours. This includes check-in, balloon inflation, the flight, pack-up, transportation back from the landing site, and a leisurely sit-down breakfast served in a restaurant setting in Yountville. We hope that our passengers will be able to set aside enough time to fully enjoy the magnificent experience of ballooning hot air balloon flying without feeling rushed.
WHY DO YOU FLY SO EARLY?
Napa hot air balloon rides (and pretty much all of Northern California) are always an early morning sport. We launch just after dawn when the winds are at their calmest and the temperatures are the coolest. We hope that the lovely light of the early morning and the special sounds that can only be heard before the rest of the world is awake make it worth it to our passengers to join us on this early morning adventure.
WHERE DO WE FLY ON FOGGY MORNINGS?
Napa hot air balloon rides (and pretty much all of Northern California) are always an early morning sport. We launch just after dawn when the winds are at their calmest and the temperatures are the coolest. We hope that the lovely light of the early morning and the special sounds that can only be heard before the rest of the world is awake make it worth it for our passengers to join us on this early morning adventure. Napa Valley’s ground floor is the primary launch area for all hot air balloon companies. Fog (40% of mornings fog April – July months *2019) forces hot air balloon companies to launch outside of Napa Valley because of low visibility making flying unsafe. However, Napa Valley Aloft has exclusive rights to a viable alternate flight corridor in Napa Valley’s wine country region, located in Northern Valley. Pope Valley is a beautiful rural escape that experiences a low percentage of the fog because of its high elevation on the eastern base of Howell Mountain. Napa Valley Aloft Balloon Rides offers a beautiful flight launching from the Kimball Ranch.
CAN YOU TAKE A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE IN SAN FRANCISCO?
You won't be able to find hot air balloon rides directly in San Francisco due to the city's dense urban landscape, unpredictable weather conditions, and air traffic restrictions. Your best option is to drive up to Napa Valley, a part of the bay area that can provide exceptional hot air balloon tours. But you can see San Francisco during your flight on clear days.