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Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour

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Melbourne, Australia
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icon12 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Safety measures
icon12 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds
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Safety measures
icon12 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Spend a memorable day in the Yarra Valley, beginning with a magical hot air balloon flight at sunrise! Take in an unforgettable aerial perspective of the beloved region’s rolling hills and vineyards, and then enjoy a champagne breakfast back on solid ground. Tour four of the Yarra Valley’s premium wineries for cellar door tastings, and savor a gourmet lunch at the beautiful Balgownie Estate. Top off the day with a glass of bubblyat the esteemed Domaine Chandon winery.
  • Yarra Valley sunrise hot-air balloon flight and winery tour
  • Scenic views of the Yarra Valley
  • Includes sparkling wine breakfast
  • All-inclusive tour of four of the Yarra Valley's best known wineries
  • Small group touring, sparkling wine at Domaine Chandon
  • Lunch with vineyard views at Balgownie Estate
  • Includes pickup from Melbourne city hotels and drop-off at designated central Melbourne locations

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour combines two top Yarra Valley experiences in one day: Perfect for those short on time.
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Champagne breakfast at Balgownie Estate
Lunch
Wine tastings at 4 wineries
Local guide
Hotel pickup (from selected major CBD hotels only)
Drop-off at specified central Melbourne locations
Approximate one-hour sunrise hot air balloon flight
Air-conditioned vehicle
Gratuities
Drinks, unless specified
Hotel drop-off (you will be dropped off at one of 5 drop off central Melbourne city points)

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Escape to the gorgeous Yarra Valley for a full day of excellent wine, gourmet cuisine and unspoiled natural beauty. The adventure begins with early morning pickup at your Melbourne CBD hotel for the 1-hour drive to Yarra Valley. Alternatively, you can make your own way to Balgownie Estate if you’re already staying in the area.

At daybreak, climb aboard a hot air balloon for a thrilling ride over the valley’s sprawling vineyards, orchards and elegant estates, with views of the sloping mountains beyond. Enjoy an unforgettable sight as the sun rises and bathes the landscape in an array of colorful hues.

After landing back on solid ground, energize for the day with a gourmet Champagne breakfast featuring hot and cold favorites accompanied by coffee, tea, juice and a glass of Chandon sparkling wine. Continue on with your small group on a tour of four of the Yarra Valley’s premium wineries. Enjoy cellar door tastings at Punt Road and Yering Farm within your day, where you can learn about the winemaking process as you sip.

When it’s time for lunch, settle in at Balgownie Estate for a gourmet meal accompanied by a glass of estate wine. In the afternoon, get bubbly with a private walking tour of the famous Domaine Chandon winery — the Australian outpost of France’s famous Moet & Chandon Champagne purveyors. Toast your Yarra Valley vacation with a glass of sparkling wine amid the beautiful surroundings.

The tour concludes at Domaine Chandon in the afternoon, where you can continue exploring the Yarra Valley on your own or enjoy complimentary return transport to four convenient central Melbourne locations.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Minimum age is 18 years for consumption of alcohol
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Parents or guardians of children under the age of 12 must sign a wavier of responsibility for the safety of the child whilst on bus
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions.You can re-book your balloon flight/breakfast for an alternative date or a full refund for the flight/ breakfast can be given. No refunds given for wine tour portion. If your balloon flight is cancelled due to inclement weather, your winery tour will PROCEED as scheduled. On the morning of the wine tour you MUST ring the Australian Winery Tour Co. (AWTC) office on 1800 996 414 from 8am to confirm which pick up point you will be using. You will have to make your own way to 1 of the 5 x AWTC pick up points in Melbourne (as below), or to the Yarra Valley meeting point at Punt Road Wines: 10 St Hubert’s Road, Coldstream. Passengers are required to make own arrangements to meet the service at Punt Road Wines in the event of balloon flight cancellation. AWTC are unable to provide door to door hotel pickup or drop off within the Yarra Valley or Melbourne CBD. You will be picked up & dropped off at a central location within Melbourne CBD before/after the winery tour ends.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • COVID-19 INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES ● Cleaning and disinfection in accordance with guidance from Safe Work Australia and public health authority. ● Clinical grade hand sanitiser is provided in the workplace and throughout the entire ballooning experience (out of reach of children). ● Frequently touched surfaces belonging to GBA including handrails, doors, vehicles, equipment, phones and keyboards are regularly cleaned. ● All guests of GBA including staff scheduled to fly must check in the evening prior to flight. ● If you observe anything that does not meet this standard, please advise management immediately or as soon as possible.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Global Ballooning Australia
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days 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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour.

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star-4
A day to remember.
Roisin_C
, Mar 2022
From the moment I was picked up at my hotel, it was an amazing day. The 1st bus driver (Theo) was very informative about what the day would involve. As a solo traveller, I never felt alone. Everyone was very friendly and there was plenty of chat. Our 2nd driver (forgot his name, apologises) was also a lovely man & reiterated the day's proceedings. We then meet our Pilot Brian who was very thorough about what was gonna happen & the safety measures that were in place. He was a golly man with plenty of jokes (the cow ones need a little work lol) The take-off & landing were very smooth & as soon as I landed, I wanted to go back up again. It was an amazing experience & one I hope to have the opportunity to do again. After the flight, we were bused back to the Balgownie Estate for a lovely Champagne buffet-style breakfast which after such an early start, the timing of breakfast was just perfect. The next part of the day, was not so enjoyable for me personally, only because I was a solo traveller & I think, going on a wine tasting day, its always best to have company. I did meet a lovely couple who I mostly sat with and others on the bus chatted to me as well, so I was never really on my own, but in retrospect, I would have enjoyed it better with a friend or family. Apart from that, It was a fab day, and I am ecstatic to say, one that I've marked off my cancer bucket list :-)
star-5
Amazing Balloon Ride!
YIJIA_S
, Jun 2019
Bambi, the driver, was really friendly. He provided extra jackets for my parents who were freezing. Bryant, the pilot, controlled the balloon so smoothly, we thought we were in a Mercedes S class
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
All of our passengers are treated as VIP so we are more than happy to go above and beyond to ensure the comfort and safety of everyone is at it's highest. The balloon flight is only part of the experience that we offer, As you have witnessed, Bambi is not just a 'driver' but a story teller, conversationalist, local ambassador and makes the transfer from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley region a pleasant and oftentimes, educational one! Your 5 star rating response will be shared with the entire ballooning team (including Bambi and Brian) for feedback. Thank you immensely for sharing your highlights of the experience, they are the little gestures which are not always acknowledged.
star-5
we had a very wonderful experience! we...
janineching
, Jun 2017
we had a very wonderful experience! we especially enjoyed the balloon flight!
star-5
1. The Hot Air Ballooning experience...
Shashank M
, Mar 2017
1. The Hot Air Ballooning experience is a must-do - Even for those with fear of heights! The Global Ballooning team does a great job of making you comfortable and making the entire flight experience hassle free and enjoyable. The breakfast at Balgownie that follows is also great! 2. The winery tour covers 4 wineries through the day and is a great tour for amateurs in this drink. We had John as a tour guide and he was ver knowledgeable, helpful, witty and engaging. Would definitely recommend both the tours.
star-4
This is a great way to see the wine...
Renee B
, Jan 2017
This is a great way to see the wine country. Disappointed that balloon flight was cancelled due to weather windy. But we were quickly refunded for that portion of the tour. Tony was a great guide. Very knowledgeable regarding the wine industry and history.
star-5
We were up before the crack of dawn...
Olalekan A
, Jul 2016
We were up before the crack of dawn. Fortunately for us it didn't rain. The view from Yarra was stunning. I highly recommend the winery tour that comes with the package. You'll have a swell time.
star-4
The wine tour was great, but it's a...
Eleanor U
, Jun 2016
The wine tour was great, but it's a bit of a risk to couple it with the wine tour especially during winter because it can get canceled.
star-5
Although we weren't able to do the...
Hilary P
, Jun 2016
Although we weren't able to do the winery tour and balloon flight on the same day due to weather conditions both events were spectacular and we enjoyed them immensely. The views on the balloon flight were amazing and the crew exceptional. The hosts on the winery tour were knowledgeable and accommodating.
star-5
The whole balloon flight experience...
JULIA H
, Mar 2016
The whole balloon flight experience was amazing, from Chris our driver to the balloon team all very professional and passionate about what they do.
star-5
Can not put into words. The beauty...
Rick B
, Feb 2016
Can not put into words. The beauty of the scenery and the friendliness of the crew was wonderful! Do it!!
star-1
This was a mixed bag for me. The...
Marcelino Z
, Jan 2016
This was a mixed bag for me. The first part is the Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and that was very cool. You're involved in the set-up of the balloon and that was a lot of fun plus the view is breathtaking once you're up there. The landing was smooth except that we landed in a field full of cows which led to watching your step if you know what I mean. The huge downside of this tour was that it ended at 8AM and we were dropped off at our other location for the winery tour which started at 11AM. Yes. That meant 3 hours of waiting in a place where everything was closed except for a hotel café which would've been great for breakfast if we hadn't already had breakfast at 7AM with the Balloon Flight crew. Oh, and no Wi-Fi. The winery tour was very good with two out of the four spots being excellent and two being average. Would I recommend this particular tour? No. I would recommend doing each separately or at least getting a guarantee that you won't be getting stuck somewhere for three hours with nothing to do.
star-4
It is hard to rate this package...
Nadège G
, Aug 2015
It is hard to rate this package, because the hot air balloon tour was perfect, but I was not completly convinced by the winery tour. I was not lucky and had to reschedule my flight twice because we had a very bad weather during this month of July. But when I was finally able to go, it was amazing! The crew was very nice and it was nice to participate to the preparation because you could see the hot air balloon come to life. The ride was just the right length. The wine tour was good, especially the demonstration of how to taste a wine, but we were rushed from one winery to another. In the end, we came back to the city very early, so I think they could make the tour last longer to give us the time to appreciate the wine. Someone complained about the fact that the breakfast happens at the same place as the lunch. In fact, the breakfast can be at Rochford or at Balgownie Estate where you have lunch. So you might prefer to go to two different places for your meal, but you have much more to eat and to choose from at Balgownie Estate. Also, some people complained that you had to wait a lot after the breakfast to go on the wine tour. The wine tour always starts around 10.30 am. Since the hot air balloon tour occurs at sunrise, it happens very early in the summer and later in the winter. Therefore in the summer you have to wait a lot, but the crew can't control when the sun rises...
star-5
This day was amazing. The crew from...
francisrentas
, Apr 2015
This day was amazing. The crew from Global Balloon make you feel relax and secure because they are very funny so you get in that mood. The balloon ride is absolutely breathtaking, one of the most beautiful scenarios I had seen. It was a great that me and my boyfriend got to see and enjoy the amazing sunrise. The wineries and vineyards we visited were really good and very different from one another. The breakfast and lunch were amazing, great quality and presentation. It was a perfect day and was the highlight of our entire trip.
star-4
We were very disappointed that our...
Mark H
, Feb 2015
We were very disappointed that our hot air balloon flight was canceled at the last minute. The associated wine tour was good and made up for some of it.
star-2
Ballooning was great, afterwards a...
D. G
, Dec 2014
Ballooning was great, afterwards a gap of two hours without anything to happen. The vinery tour was at least okay but not more, the guide Nick was a horrible person. Bei aware you book two seperate tours and nobody takes care for you in the meanwhile. That's not premium.
star-5
Wow….loved the experience. We were...
AMC50
, Dec 2014
Wow….loved the experience. We were up for a good long time and I was not even slightly nervous. Breathtaking and another check off my bucket list.
star-5
We had a fantastic time on our...
Charmaine C
, Oct 2014
We had a fantastic time on our balloon flight. Grega was an exceptional pilot and made us feel totally at ease flying high and skimming over tree tops. The silence (when the balloon is not having a burst of hot air) is awesome. We highly recommend this to everyone. The only disappointment was we missed the sunrise but this was due to people not being on time. Make sure you are ready for pickup so everyone can enjoy the splendour of the sun rising.
star-5
The balloon trip was amazing and the...
Rebecca K
, Jun 2014
The balloon trip was amazing and the breakfast afterwards was extremely good. The wine tour was great too. We went to a range of different wineries and there was wine to buy for various budgets. The transfers were extremely convenient and went smoothly. We had a great day.
star-5
Nick was a great guide through the...
Claire E
, Jan 2013
Nick was a great guide through the day with his wit and knowledge. Beautiful views, great vineyards, and fab service.
star-5
we were extremely disappointed that...
linda h
, May 2012
we were extremely disappointed that we could not go on the balloon tour - the weather did not cooperate. however, the part of the tour that we experienced was fabulous! the guide was top-notch. lunch was served in a fantastic location, and the tour of the Chandon, which was our last stop, was just terrific. i recommed this to all who visit the area.

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