Private Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Padua
- Balloon ride: Hop aboard a hot air balloon for a bird's eye view of Padua and its landmarks. While you enjoy the quiet bliss of gliding through the air, your pilot has the ability to rotate the balloon to help you capture the shot you want.
- Food and drink: After you get your fill of the beautiful panoramic views from above, you'll get to sample fine local salami complemented by regional wine.
- Small group = more personal: Share your experience with only people you know; enjoy the luxury of deeper interaction with your guide and a more flexible itinerary.
About This Padua Tour
The basket you're in begins to rise gently into the sky, and with every second that passes your heart races faster in anticipation of the thrill that lies ahead. As your vantage point keeps rising, the view gets steadily broader and wider.
Soon you're about 2,000 feet up, with the Paduan countryside spread below like a lush carpet patterned in farms, villas, and the occasional castle. The balloon glides softly in the wind toward the city of Padua, and from where you stand you can get a sense of the city not discernible from the ground.
A network of arcaded streets comes together at Palazzo della Ragione, the central square, where fresh fruit and vegetable markets are surrounded by impressive secular and religious buildings. You can see Padua's patchwork of parks, gardens, and waterways, homes, business districts, and plazas, finding points of reference that will help guide your way later. Like Prato della Valle, the second-largest square in all of Europe. At this level, you can appreciate its vast scale in a way the people milling about below can't.
The opportunities for amazing aerial photography are endless on an adventure like this, and raising a glass of wine afterward is the perfect ending; but knowing you're sharing the moment privately, with people you care for, takes the experience to a whole new level.
Much ado about geography
Any Shakespeare scholars in your group will tell you that much of The Taming of the Shrew is set in Padua, referred to in the play as "nursery of arts." (A main character attends the university.) But the Bard was relying on an erroneous 1570 map, so the character says he arrives in "fruitful Lombardy." Wrong region – Padua is in Veneto. In fact, you should be able to see Venice (as in The Merchant of) from the air, 20 miles east.
Please meet in the lobby of your local-area hotel or a nearby central location. Let us know the name of your hotel/preferred meeting location when you reserve this tour so we know where to meet you. Your driver waits with a GoBe sign with your name.
There are some great views seen along your flight. If taking pictures from the balloon, turn your flash off, set your camera on manual focus, use the fastest shutter speed possible, and zoom as far as you can.
A minimal amount of walking is required. Landing conditions may be rough. You will land in a field. You may be involved in the flight/ balloon preparation. You may be asked to help with Balloon inflation. Travelers must be physically fit.
Private Tour, Adventure Activity, Scenic, Air Tour
4-Passenger Hot Air Balloon
Glass of regional wine
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
You must be at least 8 years of age to participate in this tour.
Maximum participant weight is 200 lbs. You are expected to provide your weight information to confirm your tour booking.
Special Medical Restriction
As this is an active excursion, all participants must be physically fit. If you have a fear of heights or breathing or heart problems, this tour may not be suitable for you.
Non-refundable if canceled within 7 days of requested services.
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