In order to fly, a hot air ballon needs a stable air that can only be obtained in the morning, the evening or during winter, when the sun is low. This is why hot air balloons only fly a dawn or two hours before sundown.
The Bordeaux vineyard is a remarkable area, but the proximity of Merignac airport and the size of the vineyards make it impossible for most balloons to fly. However, our two balloons, Arc En Ciel and La Ferme du Ciel, carry 2 and 4 passengers each, You will live a very intimate experience, and discover the most beautiful Châteaux, rivers, forests and vineyards of the area. If we fly over the forest, you might even be able the see and photograph the local wildlife.
If you stay nearby, your pilot will come to fetch you one hour before take-off. You will then go to the takeoff site, chosen according to the wind direction.
You will be a real crew member, and participate in the inflation of the balloon, guided by the crew, then fly over the vineyards for one hour or more, according to the weather. Your pilot knows the History of the region and will be able to answer all questions.
The retrieving crew will join you upon arrival, bringing the picnic, made with products and wine from the region! If you have chosen the “Exclusive Grand Cru flight”, our flight attendant will be delighted to help you with wine on board! You will also get a flight certificate and the crew will take you back to your hotel or your car.
La Ferme du Ciel holds an Air Operator Certificate from the French Directorate-General for Civil Aviation.
No guaranty to fly over the vineyards, meeting with the crew near the take-off site.
Coffee and croissants will be served after landing on a morning flight, a glass of wine and a small picnic will be served after an evening flight.
Flight over Saint-Emilion vineyards, crew picks you up at your residence (under 20km from Saint-Emilion), picnic with local food and Bordeaux Wine + soft drinks, and crew takes you back to your residence.
Flight over Saint-Emilion vineyards, with wine & sandwiches service on board by a flight attendant (or tea/coffee + cookies if preferred).
Crew picks you up at your residence and takes you back (under 20 km from Saint-Emilion).