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Traveller Articles should NOT be adverts for any one particular company. This one therefore even has the company names on the balloons cut off.
It is a GENERIC balloon article. Any company posting their details here will have them removed.
To soar over the sites of the West Bank and to see below, the wonderful sites is breathtaking.
Prices change every year (if not day) so it is best to put this question or any thing else not covered in this article on the Luxor Forum nearer the time of travel.
It is an early morning start...........................
The companies will pick you up from your hotel and take you over to the West Bank by motor boat. Usually you get a cuppa and a snack before you move off. The staff will ask your weight, to check the balloon loading. You may even experience several 'take-offs' and 'landings' (about a foot high!) as they check balance and move people around to get the weight distribution correct.
staff will help you into and out of the basket. SOME companies even have little
steps for this purpose as seen in the back of this support vehicle . If you think you may need help - CHECK with YOUR balloon company, otherwise you will be using footholes in the sides of the basket walls as shown in another picture below
It is advisable to wear a hat and
something to cover your shoulders - remember you are under a - VERY HOT - burner. The balloons generally have large flat shiny metal plates either side of the pilot. If you can get yourself under one, it shields you from the heat of the flame. It can NOT BE STRESSED ENOUGH! - The flame is VERY HOT! - Unsuitably dressed women have been seen cowering down in the bottom of the basket, trying to hide from heat.
Please see pictures below.Hopefully they will give an insight what to expect.
You will normally land in some farmers field and suffer the standard 'Pantomime of the Irate Farmer'. This is purely to help his compensation claim. It is rumoured that some farmers make more from balloons than they do from farming.
If you land in a field with crops like sugar cane, the balloon may take off again, to a meter or so and 'hover-taxi' out the field, guided by the ground crew to reduce the further crop damage if the passengers were let loose in the fields - also to protect the passengers
3 things then happen-
After the balloon ride they bring you back to the motor boat, cross the Nile and return you to your Hotel with a certificate of your flight.