The flight will be for a nominal one hour. It may be 45 minutes, it may be one and a half hours, this depends on conditions on the day, but the pilot will do his best to ensure that the passengers have an interesting and safe flight.Flying In a Hot Air Balloon Over Luxor Is An Amazing Experience, Which You’ll Remember Forever. Ballooning Over Luxor Is Both Serene And Delightful, Offering Breathtaking Views And A Feeling Of freedom which is totally unique. Some say they feel like birds soaring without effort in the clean, clear air. There really is nothing else like it.You’ll see the layout of the temples and tombs and their relationship to each other, which is nearly impossible from the ground without a map.The farmers start work early in the fields, irrigating the land, gathering crops and caring for their animals. Sound carries very clearly so that barking dogs and bleating sheep seem amazingly close. There is sometimes even an exchange between the pilot and people on the ground.You will see the Real Egypt.To ensure that all passengers have an equal opportunity to view the unique panorama beneath them the pilot can rotate the balloon during the flight.During the flight the pilot in under the control of Luxor Airport and must follow their instructions even if it makes the flight shorter. This rarely happens but must be born in mind.
Before landing the pilot will remind the passengers of the landing position.
Then the pilot will look for a spot to land usually an empty field or desert with access for the ground crew and vehicles.
The ground crew following in the vehicles, who have been in contact with the pilot by radio during the flight will be advised exactly where the pilot intends to land. Usually they are there and ready to help during the landing and to pack up the deflated balloon.Usually the landing is very gentle so that you don’t feel the balloon touch the ground.
Sometimes it can be a bit bumpy but remain upright. Less common is when the basket tilts over and bumps a bit – so it is very important to follow the Pilot’s instructions for you own safety and comfort.
The pilot will usually wait until the balloon is deflated and being packed by the crew before asking the passengers to get out of the basket, in the interests of safety.
If the venue is suitable, the celebration of landing may lead to dancing or singing by the local people or the crew, photo-calls of local people or fossil hunting according to the site, while the crew packs the balloon envelope and before souvenir certificates are awarded.
There are usually local people to welcome the landing and their greetings are warm and totally heartfelt. The people in the small villages close to Luxor seldom see tourists other than balloon passengers. Farmers living very simple lives are delighted to meet people from a totally different culture. In return, our passengers see a style of life that is hidden by commerce and hype to most visitors and they frequently remark on the privilege of the experience.
This short period of relaxation in a convivial group sets the seal of complete enjoyment.
Within reason, after the trip passengers are escorted locally where they wish. They may return to their accommodation or go elsewhere, perhaps to the Valley of the Kings or Karnak Temple.
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