Imagine traveling across the Nile, before sunrise, with the excitement of knowing that within an hour you will be watching the sunrise over the Valley of the Kings in Luxor – from a Hot Air Balloon. Amazing sunrise aerial views of the River Nile, watching the sunrise over the ancient city of Luxor as you drift across the skies in a Hot Air Balloon.
What a magnificent, perfection point to view both the East Bank and West Bank of Luxor on either side of the Nile River. See ancient Luxor from a different angle. Imagine drifting silently over temples at dawn, not only seeing ancient sites and ruins but also villages waking up in the early morning sunrise. Sail through the air over sugar cane fields and temples. View desert land and the Nile in the distance. See if you can spot Madenet Habu, the Ramesseum, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.
Your only way to enjoy all this pleasure is a hot air balloon flight! A hot air balloon consists of a bag called the envelope that is capable of containing heated air. Suspended beneath is the gondola or wicker basket (in some long-distance or high-altitude balloons, a capsule) which carries the passengers and a source of heat. The heated air inside the envelope makes it buoyant since it has a lower density than the relatively cold air outside the envelope. Unlike gas balloons, the envelope does not have to be sealed at the bottom since the rising hot air only exerts pressure on the upper hemisphere of the balloon to provide lift. In today’s sport balloons the envelope is generally made from nylon fabric and the mouth of the balloon (closest to the burner flame) is made from fire resistant material such as Nomex.