The hot air balloon is located in Rike Park in the old city. Rike itself has been an important part of Georgia for centuries, as the Silk Road once passed through here on its journey from east to west. Where once caravansaries stood, you’ll now find the serene park, the iconic Peace Bridge, and the cable car taking visitors to visit Narikala Fortress.
The Tbilisi hot air balloon takes you to a height of 150 metres, affording you a stunning view not only of Tbilisi, but of how old and new come together to create this beautiful city. From above, you can more easily see how the ancient monuments, quaint terrace houses, towering high rises, and modern infrastructure combine to make Tbilisi the city that it is today.
Unlike many other hot air balloon experiences, the Tbilisi hot air balloon is a tethered experience, meaning you’re securely tied to the earth as you enjoy the view. In addition to this precaution, the balloon also has a state-of-the-art wind monitor that ensures riders are not taken up in adverse conditions. Thankfully, Tbilisi’s generally mild weather means it’s a rare day in which the balloon is not in operation.
So, if you’re looking to see Tbilisi from a completely different perspective, why not pay the hot air balloon a visit? When you’re done, you can luxuriate in the hot sulfur baths, ascend to Narikala for a different view, or simply wander the streets of old town with a piece of freshly baked shoti bread in hand and a smile on your face.