Ride A Hot Air Balloon in Luxor, Egypt – an unforgettable experience

Luxor is known for The Valleys of Kings and Queens as well for the Hepshesut, Karnak, and Luxor Temples. Everybody comes to Luxor to see these sights and others, but because you don’t want to be like everybody, you’ve come here to check out hot air balloon rides in Luxor.

Who doesn’t like a birds eye view? As a traveler, you’re probably enjoying them from a plane, and if you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ve done paragliding or skydiving. But a hot air balloon ride? That’s something special, especially if you treat your better half to it because it’s one of the most romantic gifts you could make. I wish somebody had done that for me (future husband, if you’re reading this, you know what to do).

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When the guys from Sindbad Balloons Egypt invited me for a ride, I couldn’t say no. I also convinced my friend Julie, who’s afraid of heights, to join me in this once in a lifetime experience. Once in a lifetime as it was my first time in my 29 years on earth, but hopefully hot air balloon rides will become more 🙂

At the ungodly hour of 3.30 a.m., a driver picked up Julie and I from our hotel, which was close to the dock for a Felucca boat that would take us to the other side of the Nile where we would take off.

The hot air balloons had already been prepared and so it only took a few minutes before we could hop in.

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Our captain was Mohamed. He had flown hot air balloons for years and gave us quick briefing before we took off right before the sun began to rise. Mohamed explained what we saw from above – the Valleys of Kings and Queens as well as the Nile river weaving itself through the city of Luxor and nearby fields and the desert that abruptly supersedes the lush green of the farmlands.

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We heard donkeys braying and some motor vehicles cutting through the silence of this early hour.

When we were high up, Julie was fine, but it was me who was now afraid of heights.

Julie and I made friends with the two coolest guys, who also took photos of us. One of them I’ve become so close with that now whenever people ask where we met, I can tell them the cool story about us meeting each other on a hot air balloon ride in Luxor. I mean – who does that ?

The sun rose and I just felt happiness. I put my phone away, let time stand still, and just enjoyed the pure love and joy that overcame me. As cheesy as this sounds, that’s how it was.

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Mohamed had given us prior instructions as to how the landing would go, and thus we listened to him, crouched down, and held on to the grips. We smoothly touched down in a field, where at least a dozen of workers made sure that the balloon stayed in its place and that we got out safe.


Things to Know Before You Go

Julie and I went in mid June and thus didn’t need a jacket. We did wear jeans that covered our knees though and short tops. Temperatures were nice and even high up, it felt warm and cozy.

Originally, we were not supposed to bring our bigger cameras, but – let’s be real – nobody would have known if we had smuggled them underneath our jackets we had around our hips. Only our bags were checked.

At around 6.30, we were back at our hotel – ready for breakfast.

These hot air balloon rides are US$ 79. You can book here.


More about Egypt on my blog:

Here are 11 things to know before traveling to Egypt.

If you’re a solo female traveler, here are some more safety tips and things to know before traveling to Egypt.

The problem of calling white girls beautiful

How Mint is changing women’s lives in Egypt – an interview with the founder and owner of Egypt’s first pole dance studio

Yara Said: How this Egyptian fashion designer made her dream come true


Thank you Sindbad Balloons Egypt for taking me on this ride. As usual, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links of trusted partners, which will not change my opinion. If you book through these links from my website, I will get a small amount of money, which will make me do a little happy dance and go towards more inspiring blog content [or chocolate].

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  • Wow! What a brilliant experience. You were soooo lucky with the gorgeous colourful skies as well! I loooove being anywhere up high, so this sounds perfect!

    It s awesome that you met a nice bloke up there too! <3

    • Jennifer Schlueter


      Thank you! It was amazing 🙂 <3 Hope you'll get to experience it once as well 😀

  • Maya


    Wow, you are braver than me. I am always too afraid to go on a hot air balloon though I do love to photograph them! Those pictures of them at night time are just brilliant!

    • Jennifer Schlueter


      Thank you! My friend was also afraid, but she loved it so much!

  • This combines two of my bucket list things into one: visiting Egypt and a hot air balloon ride! Beautiful pictures!

    • Jennifer Schlueter


      Thank you! Hope you get to check off both items soon 😀

    • Jennifer Schlueter


      I know right 😀

  • Love! I did a hot air balloon when I was in Luxor
    Too! We booked through our hotel and we were able to negotiate the price

    • Jennifer Schlueter


      Nice – great tip :)! Thank you!

  • Wow, such an amazing experience! Thanks for sharing with us!