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Address: 3686 Beckworth Dr, 3385 Solano Avenue, Napa, CA 94558-2855
Phone Number:
+1 707-252-7210
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Mon - Sat 05:00 - 07:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Watch the sun rise across Napa’s picturesque mountains and wineries from a...

Watch the sun rise across Napa’s picturesque mountains and wineries from a gondola high in the sky! Our balloons are flown by experienced FAA pilots who know the valley VERY well, creating the SAFEST and most amazing experience.


Napa Valley Drifters takes flight early mornings, seven days a week, weather permitting. Each trip offers the unique opportunity to experience the balloon’s inflation, take pictures, enjoy the sunrise, and end with a complimentary bottle of champagne from Napa Valley’s very own vineyard.

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45th anniversary ride

We went on a sunrise balloon ride as part of celebrating our 45 years of a happy marriage. It couldn't have been any better than the great time we had with our pilot Mark. From... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Topeka, KS
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Topeka, KS
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86 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a sunrise balloon ride as part of celebrating our 45 years of a happy marriage. It couldn't have been any better than the great time we had with our pilot Mark. From the time he picked us up at 6:15 am he was very friendly and told us all about what we were going to see and... More 

Thank leighnrogTopeka_KS
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 October 2016

I waited too long to book our hot air balloon ride. The other companies were full. Then on our next-to-last day in Napa, I called around to see if there were any cancellations. There were none, but I found Napa Valley Drifters, which hadn't appeared in previous searches. It's a small, privately owned company, and my husband was skeptical because... More 

1 Thank BuggaMom
Wichita Falls, Texas
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59 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

We weathered out Monday one, but day two was a go. They picked up at our hotel and took us to a launch site that gave us more air time than their competitors. They also used a 6 person basket. Despite only two reservations they took us anyway. A private couples trip! Superb service, provided great information, and an excellent... More 

Thank mdgrubbs
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

If you really want the pure adventure and experience of the hot air balloon ride, don't hesitate and go with this operator. They don't get distracted with the brunch afterwards so you're first up in the air! You get the sunrise, you get to see all the other balloons taking off. Only six people in the basket is a major... More 

Thank Carla D
Antioch, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 June 2016

The owner cancelled at the last minute at 5:00 AM in the morning and did not even mention the prior discussed back-up date. Extremely frustrating and poor service.

Thank LoveToFly500
Greenville, South Carolina
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2016

My husband and I went to Napa Valley last week for an anniversary trip, and wanted to go on a hot air balloon. Napa Valley Drifters definitely appeared to be the smallest company of all the options, as the website was not nearly as advanced, and an employee had to call you in order to book as opposed to booking... More 

2 Thank libbycordell
Suisun City, California
1 review
Reviewed 23 November 2015

This company was fantastic. They were prepared from the get-go. The van to take us to the launch site was running when we arrived. It was a quick trip, then arrival showed the balloon and basket set up, ready for inflation. We had some great pictures on the ground, then up-up-and away! It was an easy lift off, with an... More 

Thank JAM7557
Houston, Texas
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139 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2015 via mobile

Terry and team did a Great Job, smaller Napa operator but I'd rather be 1 or 2 of 8 ppl than the big companies who takes 24 people at a time. It worked out that we were the only two people going that morning, that made it perfect. Terry picked us up at our hotel on time and we were... More 

Thank SSHotelman
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2015

I surprised my girlfriend with a trip to Wine Country at the end of April. This may be a small operation, but Terry and the guys at Napa Valley Drifter all have big hearts! I called Terry at 4AM before driving up to Napa to make sure weather was good. He answered and said all was looking good. Take off... More 

Thank DrManuG
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2015

They are a small operation. Two balloons went up when we were there on a Sat. morning. Very personable conscientious people, if not just a little cookey. Our pilot was so nice and knowledgable. We could tell he loves the area and ballooning. the ride was magical. I highly recommend doing this with this company!

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