Provence Hot-Air Balloon Ride from Forcalquier

Forcalquier, France
Haute Provence Hot Air Balloon Ride

From USD 279.79

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a panoramic peek at stunning Provencal landscapes—by flight. During this serene hot-air balloon ride, you’ll glide over the region’s hidden treasures, which are even more stunning above the ground. Float above medieval hilltop villages, lavender fields, and wild sage, getting a bird’s eye view of one of France’s most picturesque locations. Tours include a celebratory toast and private car transfers to the launch site.
  • A picturesque hot air balloon ride over Provence
  • Discover hidden treasures above the ground, from tiny hilltop villages to fields of wild sage
  • Cover more sights in less time, getting a bird’s eye view over the entire region
  • Celebrate your launch with a complimentary toast: the traditional "toast des Aéronautes"

What's Included

  • Glass of Champagne
  • Light refreshments
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Espace Culturel la Bonne Fontaine
    Avenue Saint-Promasse, 04300 Forcalquier, France

    In the car park of the Espace Culturel de la Bonne Fontaine, Forcalquier

Start time

05:30 am

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Lavender fields (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Passengers MUST reconfirm 24 to 48 hours before the flight on +33 6 74 52 43 95
  • Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult
  • Our pilots are bi-lingual : English and French
  • Not possible for pregnant women and child under 6 years old
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or a refund.
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • All passenger have to provide a mobile phone number reachable in France
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • France Montgolfieres will provide you flight tickets and information about your rendezvous by email. They will contact you to ask for your email address.
  • Not recommed for traveler who can't stand for more than 1 hour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
The entire experience was amazing. The staff we had also made it just so memorable thanks to Eddie, Flo and Anna we will have memories that will keep us laughing for years.


59 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Best day ever!
Matt_L, Aug 2023
The entire experience was amazing. The staff we had also made it just so memorable thanks to Eddie, Flo and Anna we will have memories that will keep us laughing for years.
Bad customer service
Scott_M, July 2023
The balloon ride was cancelled due to bad weather as we were standing in the field where we were due to lift off. The crew was very apologetic and explained why it would be dangerous. My husband and I completely understand. However the crew members told us to call the main office to reschedule for the next day. When I called, the person who answered the phone was unhelpful and rude. I was told that it was impossible to reschedule, that nothing could be done, and would not take our names and phone numbers so someone else could help us. French customer service is very poor.
Response from Host, July 2023
Firstly, we are terribly sorry that your flight was canceled on the takeoff field. The weather forecasts remain a forecast and are not 100 % accurate. Secondly, I apologise for your reception at our reservation service. I hope it was just a question of misunderstanding or translation while speaking English.
Great ride but where were the lavender fields???
Lorraine_S, July 2023
I thought the pilots and crew were great. Very professional and skilled. I have no issue with that aspect of the trip. But I was severely disappointed we didn't fly closely over any lavender fields. We are in Provence during the height of lavender season and It's in your photo on this site!!! I was hoping to experience seeing the fields from overhead. Didn't know it was just the towns. You should make that clear in your description. Can't give it a high rating for that reason.
Excellent morning out in the skies of Provence
James_H, July 2023
Efficient and. Knowledgeable staff, expertly flown and charming. Lovely champagne toast to cap it off. Thanks for a great experience!
Great experience and very professional
geraldkanis, June 2023
Very well organized and professional. Felt safe at every time. A fantastic experience which can only be recommended. Start was at 04.45am and we were in the air for 59 minutes. Back to the hotel in time for breakfast and a full day of other activities.
Amazing experience
Noel_O, Aug 2022
Excellent day out. The team were friendly, fun and professional. Highly recommended. We would do it again.
Great experience
Peter_A, Aug 2022
All the staff on the day of the flight were fantastic , it was an amazing experience. If I could give advice, way too many emails in advance , and a map detailing pick up point would be good . As finding said pick up in the dark at 5.30 am isn’t easy , Regards Pete & Roe
Loved this trip!
julie_c, July 2022
We had a scenic flight over a beautiful area of Provence. The balloon operator was very thorough in safety measures and told us about the river we flew over and the different scenic towns. At the end we saw several lavender fields and even landed the balloon next to a lavender field. The flight started with a lovely breakfast while balloons were being prepped and finished with sparkling wine at the end. I loved how local rose syrup and local lavender syrup were brought to add to the beverages. What an amazing morning... and all before 9 am!
Reaching 1200+ in height
Sudipta_M, Aug 2020
Excellent crew with immense skill in flying and entertainment. Made us feel comfortable from the start. Called us themselves a day before to confirm and shared details at every stage. The experience includes witnessing the inflation and deflation of the balloon (deflation process let’s the visitors become a part of the process which is an excellent touch and use of crowd effort). They end by a round of toast with high quality regional wine. Highly recommend! I would say the English guide is not as extensive as French but once you are up there, you just need to live the experience and don’t miss the guided tour.
Response from Host, Sept 2020
Thank you for your kind review. We're glad that you enjoyed the experience, we will definitely pass on the message to our teams in Forcalquier.
Un super accueil de l...
Cathy_C, Sept 2023
Un super accueil de l équipe. Bravo à Greg Eddie etc au top et bien rodé. Du début de la mise en place jusqu'à l atterrissage on est aux anges. On apprend le savoir faire. Les techniques. Très intéressant. Un bon souvenir. A refaire.
Geld nicht erstattet
FranzJosef_B, July 2023
Reise hat nicht stattgefunden - Geld wurde bisher nicht erstattet - 260,- € verloren - keine Antwort von Viator
Response from Host, July 2023
Es tut uns sehr leid, dass Ihr Flug aufgrund schlechter Wetterbedingungen annulliert wurde. Für die Rückerstattung müssen Sie lediglich eine Rückerstattung auf der Viator-Website beantragen, und Sie erhalten Ihr Geld zurück. Danke schön.
E stata una delusione...
luciana_b, July 2023
E stata una delusione pazzesca... Quello descritto nella pubblicità non è stato rispettato... Solo il brindisi... Vorrei essere risarcita
Esperienza indimenticabile
Chiara_F, July 2023
Il personale è gentilissimo, offrono una piccola colazione prima della partenza e del vino dopo l’atterraggio. Ti rendono partecipe e ti coinvolgono. L’esperienza è indimenticabile, davvero consigliata!
Magica mongolfiera
anna_a, July 2022
Assolutamente da provare! Organizzazione ottima, esperienza bellissima! Il mondo dall’alto è magico!!
Magica mongolfiera!
anna_a, July 2022
Il mondo dall’alto è emozionante. Esperienza bellissima. Organizzazione perfetta sia prima della partenza con caffè e brioche, che durante il volo con il pilota che ci illustrava i luoghi di sorvolo che all’arrivo con la merenda di saluto, tutto molto bello!
expérience inoubliable à faire au moins une fois dans sa vie
Catherine_C, July 2022
C'est tout simplement une expérience géniale !!!!! à vivre au moins une fois dans sa vie. Nous avons offert ce vol à ma Maman pour fêter ses 90 ans (née le 02/07/1932) et avons eu la chance de le faire le jour même de son anniversaire. Toute l'équipe est extrêmement sympathique, très professionnelle, très bienveillante, joyeuse, passionnée et pleine d'attention et de partage. Nous avons passé un excellent moment qui a répondu à toutes nos attentes et même plus.
Un fiasco
Corinne_A, June 2022
Vraiment depuis une semaine nous voyons que le temps est plus qu’incertain! La météo nous avertit que les orages sont prévisibles (70 % à 90 %) Nous demandons à changer de date ils nous répondent que non alors que leur calendrier laisse cette date disponible il fut impossible pendant 24 à 48 heures de les joindre et ils nous préviennent la veille à 18 h que le vol est confirmé Nous avions réservé bistrots hôtel depuis plus d’un mois et sommes partis pour cette belle aventure qui s’est terminée en fiasco puisque après un réveil plus que matinal (4h30 du matin) que nous sommes arrivés sur les lieux pour nous entendre dire que la météo ne permettait pas ce départ …or une demi-heure après nous avions un temps superbe et ils ont osé dire que les météorologues n’était pas fiables et que leur météo n’était pas la nôtre! Nous étions nombreux , et sommes repartis dépités 😞 Super anniversaire 🎁 ☹️😣
Aurore, May 2022
Extraordinaire.... l'équipe est formidable. Ce fut un moment merveilleux. Ne n'oublierons jamais ce moment.
Servicio excelente se cancelo el vuelo
Fernando_M, July 2021
Nos cancelaron el vuelo por condiciones atmosféricas pero muy amables las personas hicieron todo lo posible

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