How can I apply for a ride?
Send us a message HERE if you want to take part in such a program. If you have any plans about the exact time, write to us which day and which part of the day you would like to fly. In the winter please let us know a few days earlier, in the Summer 1 to 2 weeks earlier if possible. (In the Winter, it is possible to balloon all day, but in the Summer ballooning is possible only at sunrise and before sunset due to the atmospheric conditions.) Let us also know how many of you wish to come. You are free to call us, but we would rather you sent us a MESSAGE because we will respond to your e-mail either in writing or over the phone very fast. At that point, we can even tell you whether the day of your planned flight is free and if the weather is expected to be appropriate on that particular day.
A balloon ride as a gift?
Many people do give give balloon rides as a gift to others, since this is a really unforgettable experience. If you want to purchase it for a gift (for example for a birthday or wedding) you don’t have to worry about making arrangements with the passengers concerning when they have free time for the ride. If you give it as a gift, then we provide you with a beautiful, personalized balloon ride ticket, which can be used any time within one year after purchase. The card has our contact data so those receiving the cards can contact us and they can make the arrangements with us.
How much does such a ride cost?
The price for the balloon ride is 35.000 HUF / PERSON + 27 % VAT. (44.450 HUF alltogether)
Where can the ride take place?
Near Budapest, the Lake Velence area is one of the most ideal place for taking off and having the ride. The atmospheric conditions are good there; no matter where the balloon flies, there is always a proper landing site. We should also mention the sight of the beautiful landscape with the fascinating lake. If you wish to choose another location, please let us know in your e-mail message and we will try to find the best solution. (It is not permitted to fly over Budapest unfortunately.)
Can I choose a location far from Budapest?
Yes, you can. We can go to the countryside. In this case, we either charge you an extra fee for having to travel further or we will help you find local ballooning companies in that area who can fulfill your request. You can then save this extra fee.
How many people can participate in a ride at the same time?
The balloons that we own are for four – six, seven people. This means three – five, or six passengers and one pilot per balloon. If there is a bigger group, we will bring more balloons. We have had cases where 28 passengers were flown.
What if the weather is rainy or stormy on the chosen day?
In spite of the fact that people specializing in balloon rides including us have a special meteorological support service, it can happen that we have to cancel a ride once in a while due to bad weather. (Strong winds and rain make it impossible to do this sport.) Sometimes, we are forced to cancel 2 to 3 days before a ride, and rarely on the day of the ride or the previous day. In this case, we make a new appointment, it goes without saying. So yes, rain or strong winds can ruin our plans but this is normally known days earlier.
How long is a ride?
A ride takes usually 40 to 70 minutes but the whole process is much longer. Preparations in themselves are quite exciting, not to mention the special ceremony at the end. 🙂
What kind of preparations are needed?
Setting up the balloon is a unique experience and an adventure in itself. Setting the balloon involves unpacking the envelope (the balloon), putting together the wicker basket, then filling the envelope with air and, finally heating that air. It’s done much like in the video below.www.holegballon.com