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Discover a region from the sky

Would you like to discover some hidden treasures while exploring a region from the sky and learning how to fly? ULM microlight flights and hot air balloons in France will carry you away to a true dreamland

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, try a hot-air balloon flight over some of France’s most picturesque châteaux and villages. Float along with the wind just after sunrise, when everything seems at peace in the world– and when the views are sublime. Balloons in France usually fly at low altitude, which allows for even more magic. Imagine rising off the ground amid some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, brushing the tree tops and flying along with the birds. From this vantage, you’ll see and take in the French countryside in all its glory as it opens up before you.

Seeking a touch more of an adrenaline rush? Take to the skies at the helm of a ULM microlight aircraft: panoramic views from the cockpit are ideal for short trips over the countryside. You will get to see many fine details that you would have missed from the ground. Experience a unique and thrilling sensation as you soar amongst the clouds: this exclusive flight will leave you with memories you’ll cherish and talk about with excitement for years to come.

Have we convinced you that taking to the skies in a hot air balloon in France might be for you? How about the challenge of learning to fly a ULM? Browse our suggestions below for more inspiring ideas on how to explore France from a bird’s view– then contact us to start making your dream adventure a reality.


Marie Tesson in vineyard founder of Exclusive France Tours

Marie Tesson


Forever in search of something new, I love wandering through France to uncover hidden treasures. Epicurian by nature, I am enthralled by culture in every form, wine (with a special affinity for those from Bourgogne and Rhone valley), gastronomy and anything out of the ordinary.

Our private tours offer you many different and unique ways to discover France. Feel like embarking on a stunning hike with a nature guide, or going for a bike tour? Tempted to learn more about France’s artistic and cultural legacy? Or to head out on a discovery of France off the beaten track?

Perhaps you’re after some authentic epicurian experiences, such as culinary explorations, cooking classes or wine tours Just have a look at all the possibilities in store when you choose to entrust your luxury getaway to us. Our private tours are made just for you: carefully designed to match your interests and wildest dreams. Virtually anything is possible!

Some suggestions for your discovery from the sky...

Like a bird over the Mont Saint Michel

When: Spring; summer; autumn

For who: Big-thrills enthusiasts; anyone after seeing impressive landscapes

Why: Feel the pleasure of flying; experience awe-inspiring natural beauty

Description: Live an unforgettable experience between sky and sea: let yourself be carried away by the exeptional panoramas offered by a ULM flight over the mythical Abbey at Mont Saint-Michel. This place, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is simply magical. Since the light and other effects change constantly in relation to the area’s dramatic tides, you can discover this site in many different ways– and from a myriad of perspectives. At low tide, you can observe hikers crossing the bay; whereas at high tide, this masterpiece of French history and nature is surrounded by water, offering totally different views. From the sky, you will be suprised to observe many bird species, and even be able to spot the occasional seals swimming in the bay.

Outstanding Burgundy vineyards in a hot-air balloon

When: Spring; summer; autumn

For who: Wine lovers

Why: Discover mythical vineyards from the sky. This is one of our favourite balloon rides in France

Description: Exploring Burgundy from the sky will give you a totally new vision of the region: one completely different than the perspective you’l get from within the vineyards below. You will fly over kilometers of vines– but not just any vines. These are among the most prestigious and coveted in the world: Grands Echezeaux, Romanée Conti, Grande Rue, Romanée St Vivant, or Clos de Vougeot. The area is especially magical at sunrise, when the sun emerges from beyond the hilly horizon, casting warm and enchanting light on this marvellous landscape. From the sky, at low altitude, you can even observe winemakers working in the early morning. A hot-air balloon flight is definitely a unique and interesting way to explore Burgundy’s vineyards, also listed by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites.

Dordogne castles from the sky

When: Spring; summer; autumn

For who: Nature lovers

Why: Discover the treasures of Dordogne from the sky

Description: Come and discover France’s Dordogne and Perigord region in an usual and exciting way. Jump into a hot air balloon and observe the beauty of the Dordogne river, the region’s many castles, valleys and the wonderful rolling hills of the Sarlat region. You will fly over hundreds of architectural treasures tucked away in the Périgord, and discover the magic of weightless flight…

Lavander fields seen from the sky in Provence

When: Spring; summer; autumn

For who: Those in search of gentle landscapes, calm and quiet beauty

Why: Discover Provence and its beauty beneath your feet

Description: Come and discover, from the sky, the beauty of the Mediterranean coast, Provence and its magnificent landscapes by enjoying the sensations of a hot-air balloon flight. The most beautiful Provencal panoramas will drift by, hundreds of metres below your feet. You will spy the blues and greens of a multitude of lakes,”blue gold” of iconic lavender fields, admire typical French medieval villages, see multiple species of birds in flight, and take in the breathtaking vistas across the Mediterranean sea. If it feels a bit like a wonderful dream, just give in to the magic…

Alsace wine route aboard an ULM

When: Spring; summer; autumn

For who: Adrenaline lovers; wine aficionados

Why: Discover Alsace’s marvellous wine route in a new way

Description: Ready to take off in a ULM to discover the grandiose spectacle of the Alsace wine route and the Vosges mountains? A ULM microlight flight is probably the best way to unearth some of the mysteries of this secretive region. Not to worry: you will be accompanied by a professional instructor, who will teach you to view the countryside below as if you were a bird. It is said that in fine weather one can even see the snow-capped Alps and the awe-inspiring pinnacle of the Strasbourg Cathedral!

Full of bubbles over Champagne

When: Spring; summer; autumn

For who: Nature and champagne lovers

Why: Discover the magic of the Champagne vineyards

Description: Feel free as a bird by experiencing a flight in a hot-air balloon over the Champagne vineyards. Just like Jules Verne, let yourself float aloft in the wind. You will discover the champagne road, the hillsides, castles, lakes and forests– as far as the eye can see. If the wind decides to take you in that direction you may even discover Reims from the sky: a wonderful city listed by UNESCO as World Heritage site. Hint: It’s at its most beautiful at sunrise and sunset….

Gentle flight over the volcanoes of Auvergne

When: Spring; summer; autumn

For who: Nature lovers

Why: Enjoy a peaceful getaway from your worries and stresses

Description: Get ready for an unforgettable experience by flying over the volcanoes of Auvergne in a hot-air balloon. At early morning, with the sun rising, fly over mythical volcanoes surrounded by mist. Let yourself be lulled by the softness of the air and the diversity of the landscapes. From the Puys Chain to the Sancy mountains, the varied scenery will unveil peaks, valleys and high plateaus– for the pleasure of the entire family!

Hot-air Balloon Flight Over the Alps

When: Winter

For who: Gourmet lovers / adventure seekers

Why: Explore the Alps in a unique way

Description: The Alps form the highest and most extensive mountain range system in Europe. Stretching over 1,200km, they’re simply awe-inspiring. What could be better than seeing it all from the air?

This winter season, why not indulge and enjoy a truly unique experience: seeing the Alps from the vantage of a hot air balloon? Securely seated in the balloon, you can taste a delicious local cheese fondue prepared by a renowned chef, as you take in the breathtaking landscapes. You’ll be amazed by the magnificent views all around you: snowcapped peaks, seemingly endless ice, snow fields, and glaciers. It’ll give you a totally different perspective of the Alps– from a unique vantage point.

This surprising flight will wake up all your senses. Back on the ground, champagne and dessert will be waiting, allowing you to celebrate your unique experience. An incredible moment in France.

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Marie Tesson listens, internalizes what she’s heard, crafts well-thought out itineraries, isn’t afraid to suggest alternatives, and communicates earnestly with her clients. For our ‘Tour de France’, she has consistently gone beyond my expectations and I rate her new baby, Exclusive France Tours, a 10 out of 10.
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