A five-week tour or a trip to distant cities is, of course, too long and literary. But to climb into a basket under a balloon and take an hour-long walk in the air, enjoying views of nature from a bird’s eye view – this is quite real today. Who can help make this journey?
slow but high
Hot air balloons are unusual: their average speed is low, just 20 km/h. But the flight altitude is serious – 500-700 meters above ground level. And now imagine a modern heavy basket with benches, slings going up, a column of flame escaping from the burner, maintaining the desired air temperature in the ball cover. Romance!
Add emotions and flight time: before sunset or at sunrise. This is due to security, because in the morning and in the afternoon the solar activity is low. The balloons do not fly even when the wind is stronger than 5 meters per second, in the rain. Two dozen companies are dedicated to hot air balloon flights in the metropolitan area. The main place of flights is the city Dmitrovsky district. There are group and individual flights. The flight takes 60 minutes, another 2.5 hours for delivery to the launch site.
dancing under the heart
The balloon basket is one of the best viewing platforms. And on the head there can be not just a round ball, but a ball in the shape of a heart. And so the flight becomes not only great entertainment, but also a place for a declaration of love. Such unusual balloons are available from the Aerovals club, a member of the Aeronautical Federation. You can fly with their pilots in Dmitrov and Istra. After the flight, they promise a champagne buffet. If you like to fly, you can also study at the pilot school here.
Price: group flight – from 7990 rubles.
above the farms
Only the pilots of the Aeroquest club fly over the southern suburbs of Moscow. Start from the city of Serpukhov. Here you can see from a balloon not only fields and garden associations, but also, for example, the estate of the artist Polenov, the Chekhov House-Museum. This company is one of the few that rides children over 7 years old.
“The main problem is not the fear of heights, but the noise of the balloon burner. Often because of this, children refuse to sit in the basket,” says the company’s representative Alexei Ratin. Those who overcome fear will become knights of the “Order of Aeronauts”.
Price: flight for two – 25 thousand rubles.
If you want not only to enjoy the landscapes of your homeland, but also to learn a lot about the first aeronauts, about how balloons were created, then you should join the excursion tours of the Aeronaut club air park. There are ordinary multi-colored balloons, a heart-shaped balloon, and even a gift.
They ride in the area of Dmitrov and Istra. After the flight, the balloonist receives a gift – a certificate for visiting the observation deck Panorama360 in the city of Moscow.
Price: group flight – from 7.9 thousand rubles.
For the most daring
Flights in the Ruza, Mozhaisk and Volokolamsk area can be carried out with the “Wind of Freedom” club. This club offers unusual entertainment. In addition to traveling here you can take a jump from a balloon. To do this, the balloon will rise to a height of 1.5 thousand meters.
The only condition is that the daredevil has a skydiving license, since the trainers or balloon pilots will not jump with him, but will continue to control the balloon.
Price: from 24 thousand for two.
Those who want not only to ride a hot air balloon, but also to see the mass launch of balloons and other planes, should come to the Chernoye (Balashikha) airfield on the last weekend of May. Here the VI festival “Cielo: Theory and Practice” will be held. The festival will feature flying teams, including European and world champions in unusual and homemade helicopter sports.
Ticket price: from 600 rubles.