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Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Luxor, Egypt -
A Bucket List Experience

 

One of the must-do experiences you should not miss while in Luxor is a hot air balloon ride.

Hands down, it is a bucket list experience!

Read about it, check out these pictures and see why I loved it!

 

 

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

Honestly, there is nothing more spectacular like watching the sunrise while taking in the majestic views of the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, and floating above the glittering river Nile and splendid Karnak Temple Complex.

Trust me, you will love it! You will drift peacefully through the sky, while the sun is gradually revealing the panoramic views of the world’s most important archaeological site.

To start off, whatever balloon company you select make sure you sign up for a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Luxor. Usually, the balloons take off in two waves. The first group is before sunrise and the second group around 7 am.

 



INTREPID SCOUT’S TIP: Make sure to select a balloon company that offers sunrise hot air balloon rides over Luxor. Call them, email them and confirm that it is going to be a sunrise tour. Remind them to pick you up on time! Trust me! There is nothing like watching sunrise while floating in a hot air balloon over Luxor!

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The only negative is that you will have to wake up practically in the middle of the night. I got up at 3:30 am and I was promptly picked up at 4:30 am. Needless to say, whatever time of the year it is, make sure to layer on some clothing, because it is cold at that hour.

The journey to the sunrise hot air balloon launching pad takes time. No matter where you are staying in Luxor, it will be a few hours before you take off in a balloon flight over the largest open-air museum.

First, I was picked up from my cruise boat docked on the eastern side of the River Nile and then taken to a small boat. Once on the boat, I waited for the other passengers to gradually arrive. There was coffee, water and some snacks for everyone.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

After about 30-minute boat ride to the west bank of the River Nile, we disembarked and walked over to a parking lot where a multitude of minibuses waited to take us to the launching pad. It took about another 30 minutes to reach the launching pad.

 

 

Hot Air Balloon Launching Pad

 

Being on the hot air launching pad is exciting!

First, you get to see so many balloons spread out all around on the ground. All of them serenely waiting to be raised into the sky.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

Soon, every single balloon was at some stage of being set up.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

Hot, bright gusts of air were thrust into the canopies.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

And, soon, one by one, the balloons gently started to raise.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

When our balloon was ready, we were motioned to approach it and instructed to start climbing into the basket.

The basket has a step holes on each side. So you have to get yourself up and, then sit on the edge of the basket, and, then swing yourself inside.

By the way, our captain was great. He kept a watchful eye on all of us the entire time.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

 

Hot Air Balloon Lift-off

 

Before you know it, you are airborne.

But, first, your attention is completely drawn to all the activity going on the launching pad. You cannot stop watching all these balloons mushrooming out of the earth and gently floating into the air one by one.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

Eventually, we gently gained height and drifted in the morning breeze. I noticed how quiet it was once we were up in the air. Not only the earthly sounds faded away, but all the fellow passengers quieted down as well. All I noticed were occasional bursts of hot air, as the captain regulated the blasts of flame.

The air felt different too. It was soft and almost silky.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

I was worried that I will be freezing once we will be up in the air. However, I was toasty from the heat generated from the balloon burners.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

 

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Watching Sunrise Over Luxor from Hot Air Balloon

 

I watched the sun gradually rise.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

And, gradually bathe the Valley of the Kings in a soft rose gold color. 

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

And, as the sun got brighter, the magnificent landscape unfolded right before me. What a sight it was!

I don’t know, but at that moment, I kind of felt still and at peace with the world.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

In the morning sun, the River Nile looked like a glittering ribbon carving its way through the land.

All around the river lay a multitude of deep green fields.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

Further up, you could see the dwellings of the farmers. Sometimes, you could distinguish some movement, as they were ready to start their day.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

And finally, in the distance, you could see the Karnak Temple Complex and the desert highlighted in warm golden colors.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

 

Hot Air Balloon over Luxor Landing

 

I have to be honest and say that the captain missed the first landing spot. He tried to communicate with the ground crew, but it did not work. So off we went to another landing spot, however, the breeze was picking up and we did not make it again.

Finally, we landed in a sugar cane field

It is not easy to make the hot air balloon stop. The captain regulated the hot air and tried to release it as much a possible. However, the balloon kept floating on and dragging the basket through the field.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

Eventually, most of the air was out and the balloon gently laid to rest and the bumping basket with all of us inside finally settled down before reaching another field.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

However, I have to say that it is very important to listen to the captain and follow his instructions. You will be asked to get into a landing position. You will have to grab a handle and lower yourself into the basket and position yourself in the opposite way of landing. Needless to say, the captain will remind you of this landing configuration several times.

Eventually, we got out of the basket and walked through the fields to the closest road.

 

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

Balloon Ride Over Luxor

 

Soon enough, we were surrounded by numerous kids who came running to see the balloon and to see us.

And, finally, the owner of the sugar cane field came in. He was evidently upset about his damaged crop. I do hope that the balloon company compensates him.

 

The bottom line, there are always the risks that we take. However, if you want an epic adventure of a lifetime, then take this trip! I loved it!

 

In no time, the minibuses came to pick us up and I was back on the cruise boat in about 30 minutes.

By the way, when I was sharing my landing experience with my tour guide, he said that the balloons rarely make it to the landing pad and always end up landing in the fields. I admit, it was a bit scary landing. But, it was a 10 out of 10 kind of experience.

 

 

How to Select the Hot Air Balloon Company in Luxor?

 

I selected Royal Air Balloons Company in Luxor. They were recommended by my Egypt tour company.

Check them out on Tripadvisor. In addition, check out their Facebook page.

I paid $90 and I stressed several times that I want to see the sunrise. They were prompt picking me up. The flight was superb. The landing was bumpy and adventerous.

By the way, I am not getting compensated for mentioning them here.

 

 

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Are you planning a trip to Egypt? Will you try the hot air balloon ride over Luxor?

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Comments:

22 thoughts on “Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Luxor – A Bucket List Experience


2020-01-29

I actually am looking at going to Egypt this year, so this is perfect!

    2020-01-29

    Great!

2020-01-29

A hot air balloon at sunrise is on my bucketlist but I’ll be doing it in canada. In glad you mentioned the issues with your landing. Now I know and wont panic lol.

    2020-01-30

    You will love it!

Going on a hot air balloon is on bucket-list! Doing this activity in Luxor, Egypt would be such a dream. The views look so magical!

    2020-01-30

    Thank you!

2020-01-30

Wow! The photos look amazing and what a dream come true. I have to say that hot air balloons kind of scare me – there is nothing anyone can do in case something goes wrong. But good for you for doing it.

    2020-01-30

    It was fun. You should try it.

      Kavita K
      2020-09-21

      Hi Anna…me and my friend were with you on this ride….perfectly quoted….it was indeed a 10/10 ride 😀

        2020-09-22

        So cool!
        We had so much fun and the views were breathtaking!

2020-01-30

A hot air balloon ride is definitely on my bucket list! I had no idea you could do it in Egypt. I’m not sure about getting up that early for the sunrise one, lol, but your pictures are amazing.

    2020-01-30

    It is all worth it.

Marina
2020-01-30

This definitely looks like a bucket list experience! Thanks for sharing, I’d love to do this!

    2020-01-30

    You should plan it. You will love it!

2020-01-31

I cannot help it, the picture with the fire looked a little bit dangerous to me but I’m sure that they know what they are doing. Otherwise, I’m planning to go to Egypt for the longest time and I cannot wait for trying something like this

    2020-01-31

    It was all worth it.

2020-01-31

When I was in Egypt, the hot air balloons weren’t flying because of an accident like three days before I left. This was (and still is!) on my bucket list. Your pictures are breathtaking!

    2020-01-31

    Thank you

2020-01-31

Wow! That is an early wake-up time! Do you think this would be hard to do for those of us afraid of heights?

    2020-01-31

    Nope, you will love it!

2020-04-27

Thanks, Anna for sharing this excellent article. We are traveling to Egypt next and your travel guide is really helpful.

Hope to see you in Morocco in the future. A dream destination for many bloggers!

    2020-04-27

    I hope so too.

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