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Private Hot Air Balloon Ride

Hampshire, IL

Item #: AIR-CHI-0019
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Enjoy a romantic and tranquil flight over the Illinois countryside on a Private Hot Air Balloon Ride near Chicago!
  • Third generation certified professional pilots with a passion for flying
  • Float over 1,500 feet above ground for picturesque views of the landscape
  • Continue a tradition dating back to the 18th century and sip on complimentary champagne following the gentle and scenic flight
  • A perfect and unique date for you and that special someone!
Hampshire, IL
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Mid-May through October:
Daily - Sunrise & Sunset

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Essential Information
  • Participants must be at least 6 years old
  • Additional fees will incur for passengers over 250 lbs
  • Passengers must sign a liability waiver prior to boarding
  • Pilots are FAA commercially certified with an impeccable safety record
  • For health and safety reasons pregnant women are not permitted to participate

Important Note:
This experience is very weather dependent and often has to be rescheduled. It is not recommended for those visiting the Chicago area as refunds will not be given in the event of a weather cancellation. Only rescheduling is allowed.

The entire experience will last 3-4 hours total, with approximately 45-60 minutes of flight time.
Experience Provider Info
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Maximum Participants
Up to 2 passengers
Spectators may follow the chase vehicle in their own vehicle to watch the launch and landing.
Weather Dependent
This experience is very weather dependent. Due to the weather sensitivity of hot air ballooning, contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
What To Wear
Wear comfortable clothing and a jacket, sweatshirt or fleece pullover. Closed toe shoes are required. High heels are not allowed.
Can I help inflate the balloon?
Yes! You are encouraged to participate in both the inflation and deflation of the balloon.
Is this experience weather dependent?
Yes. Hot air balloon rides are weather dependent and need fair and calm conditions to fly. Inclement weather conditions may cause cancellations. Your pilot will contact you the evening before your flight to discuss the weather conditions for the next day. In the event of a cancelled flight, you will reschedule directly with the pilot.
Are there any age requirements?
Most young children get restless and are often scared of the loud noise and heat burners. Therefore, the balloon flight is not recommended for children under the age of 6.
Will I have a problem if I'm afraid of heights or experience motion sickness?

Most passengers do not have problems with their fear of heights and passengers with even the most severe cases of motion sickness do not experience problems. You will not experience rocking or swinging and the flight will be stable and smooth. The balloon rides are very gentle with a perfectly balanced balloon in the air.

Is it customary to tip?

Gratuity is not included in the price but is appreciated if the experience is enjoyed. 

Are there any weight restrictions?
Additional fees may occur for passengers over 250 lbs.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

Cancellation Policy

Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, no refunds will be given. Rescheduling is allowed up to 5 days prior to your experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to reschedule at least 5 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience. In the event your experience is canceled due to inclement weather you will reschedule directly with the experience provider via phone call only.

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