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Hot air ballooning - soaring high!

The world looks so different when you’re looking down on it from the clouds. A hot air balloon ride gives you the opportunity to see some of the world’s best spots from 7,000ft up! It’s a veritable adventure on a drifting journey of peace and tranquillity.

The hot air balloon is probably the oldest form of flight that has successfully allowed humans to leave the ground. The first untethered and manned flight took place in Paris in 1783 in a balloon designed by the Montgolfier brothers, foremost amongst the pioneers of aviation.

With height comes the refreshing feeling of soaring in the wide blue yonder! So, jump into a basket, fire up the gas and let the Flexicover Team show you some of the amazing places where you can indulge in this sport.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Silently floating over central Turkey allows you to soak up the serene majesty of this region; Cappadocia is widely regarded as one of the best places in the world for this sport. The stunning scenery of sandy desert and limestone rock combined with a fairytale backdrop of tall chimneys and stone dwellings makes this landscape like no other and attracts visitors from all over the world. The best flying weather is from April to October when there are clear skies and light winds - an unforgettable experience!

Masai Mara, Kenya

No trip to Kenya would be complete without a visit to the Masai Mara game reserve and it’s best experienced in a hot air balloon. You will soar above the treetops and enjoy a panoramic view of the wildlife moving around below, from scampering gazelles and prides of lions to cheetahs in full stride and mighty herds of wildebeest. Let the crispness of the African air hit you whilst the savannah scenery and all its daily drama unfolds as far as the eye can see. Just relax and shoot – some amazing footage with your camera!

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Sandstone and granite mountains of awe-inspiring beauty will greet you as you climb to an altitude of 7,000 feet; the scenery that unfolds is breath-taking, making for a really exhilarating ride with magnificent views! Inhabited since prehistoric times, the valley is possibly best known as the location of Lawrence of Arabia’s base of operations in 1917. Combine your visit with a night’s stay in a Bedouin tent for a truly authentic trip!

Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown is built along the shores of Lake Wakatipu, so you are guaranteed serene views across gorgeous terrain taking in lakes, rivers, a national park, ski resorts and mountains! And for the film buffs, much of the environs are recognisable as locations from hit movies, not least The Lord of the Rings. Flights take off at dawn to give you the best experience of the sun rising over the landscape as you float in a picturesque idyll – an awesome start to any day!

Vilnius, Lithuania

Vilnius is a beautiful European city and one of the few capitals that allows hot air balloons to drift directly above a city. Take a balloon ride and experience urban sightseeing from a different perspective! Look down on the Old Town and key landmarks across this city, a UNESCO site of cultural heritage! Whether you choose to fly over the city, the Trakai lakes and castle or the lagoon, you will not be left disappointed by this adventure, available all year round!

If you are lucky enough to take a balloon flight this year, you may need a helping hand from Flexicover Direct, the travel insurance specialist, committed to providing the highest level of service to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away. Unlike some policies, all ours include hot air ballooning as standard!

If you are travelling soon, have a great trip!