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Mid Oct to Dec - Burma

Allie and Phil will be heading out to Burma where they will be working as consultants and pilots for the set-up of the new balloon company 'Oriental Ballooning' (www.orientalballooning.com).

The company will employ 6 UK commercial pilots and will operate in locations throughout Burma attracting bespoke clients with their new fleet of smaller and more personal balloons. The flights include coffees and snacks before the take off and will be concluded with a special champagne celebration and a picnic after the flight. Booking can be made now through the website.

Photos from the first free flight, over the city and river:

 

November 2013: ‘Laos and Cambodia by Land and Water’

A private tour of Laos and Cambodia including some new off-the-beaten-track routes.

Angkor Wat Ta Prom This will be a leisurely trip following the river Mekong starting in northern Thailand and cruising the river to Luang Prabang in Laos, followed by an fascinating excursion to the ancient "Plain of Jars". Gently sailing through the "thousand islands of Sipandone" we shall enter Cambodia where we finally explore the famous ruins of world renown Angkor Wat. Tour dates: 17th Nov - 4th Dec.

The trip is guaranteed to run with currently 6 clients.

Click here for full itinerary (German language version, please contact Allie for English version or for more details)

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December 2013 - Burma

Film shoot for the SWR (Sued-West Rundfunk, Germany). Allie will be accompanying a film team from the SWR following the train routes around Burma up to Inle Lake, Mandalay and the famous Gokteik Viaduct in northern Shan State. The film will be broadcast the following year under the very popular series: 'Eisenbahnromantik'.

 

Second and third week in January 2014 - Tannheim

Phil or Allie will be joining this popular winter meet with their balloon and will attempt a flight across the Alps to Italy.

 

Late January - March 2014 - Burma

The team shall be heading back to Burma for further ballooning work.

 

Mid-March through to end of April 2014 - The Great Central American Balloon Tour

Phil and Allie will set out for their epic journey following the Pan American Highway from Mexico through Central America down to Panama with their intrepid ballooning friends Greg and Molly Winker (USA). The teams will be taking their hoppers and attempt flights in each of the 8 countries. If you are interested in joining or visiting the couples on their tour, please get in touch. The route is in the planning phase but will be published soon.

 

June/July 2014, dates not yet fixed - Eastern European Balloon Odyssey

Join Allie on her tailor-made tour from Sophia through Romania and Moldova to Odessa at the Black Sea in Ukraine!

For this unique partly ballooning, partly sight-seeing tour we shall bring our larger balloon along, so that you have the chance to experience sights like the medieval fortress of Tsarevets in Bulgaria or the famous Dracula's castle in Bran, Romania from a different perspective. And there is no better way of getting in touch with the locals than by flying in a balloon and landing in remote villages.

Visit local monasteries, taste wine and brandy and wander around the capitals of Sophia, Bucharest and Chisinau in Moldova, the weirdest of all being Tiraspol in Transnistria - an experience not far off North Korea! Our comfortable drives will take us through stunning mountainous scenery including the Bicaz Gorge and the Murder Lake ending in the sea-side city of Odessa at the Black Sea in Ukraine. Four amazing countries that still remain largely untouched by tourism but that offer so much cultural heritage, scenic beauty and warm hospitality. We shall attempt balloon flights in each of the 4 countries but ballooning isn't compulsory for those who'd rather stay firmly on the ground.

For this logistically complicated tour I have chosen Regent Holidays based in Bristol who are the leading experts in Eastern European travel. Please visit their website at: www.regent-holidays.co.uk.

 

End of August 2014: North Korea

Special charter trip to the most remote parts of the country!

North Korea, or the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (in short DPRK) is one of the least visited and secret countries on the planet. Phil and I went on a mind blowing 7 day trip to North Korea only 5 years ago. Every day was packed with new incredible visits of massive mausoleums and monuments but also beautiful ancient temples or tombs set in untouched landscape. Fascinating also our private escort to the DMZ and our stay in a traditional wooden Korean house in the lovely town of Kaesong.

I would like to offer you the chance to join me on a new route around the country on a private charter flight up to sacred Mt Paekdu - the birthplace of all the 'dear leaders'. Mt Paekdu is a beautiful volcano with a crater lake inside and also the base camp for military actions during the Korean war. We are now also allowed to visit the harbour town of Chongjin and Wonsan, places that have just be opened for the first time ever to foreign visitors.

Expect to experience something you could not compare with anywhere else in the world!

As a final highlight we will visit the Mass Games in Pyongyang with over 100,000 participants celebrating the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. Things are changing even in such a closely monitored country and with our visit we also contribute to gentle reforms within the country.

For aviation enthusiasts we can also arrange a special tour around Pyongyang Sunan airport with flight opportunities in some rare aircraft like the Ilyushin Il-76 or 62!

I am working with the most experienced company on trips to the DPRK who have been running trips such trip for over 20 years. Don't miss this opportunity!

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Sept 2014 - The Jewel in India's Crown

As Kashmir once again has turned into a fairly safe place for travelling, I would like to offer you this bespoke journey to the remote Himalayans with the option of soft-trekking in Ladakh or relaxing in a lovely luxury camp near the capital Leh.

Our journey begins with a flight from Delhi directly to Amritsar, the holy city of the Sikhs where we shall linger at the Golden Temple and tune into the Indian atmosphere. A short drive from here lies the border to Pakistan where we can witness the bizarre change of guards ceremony and flag hoisting and lowering activities. Travelling via Jammu we reach the magic city of Srinagar where we shall base ourselves for three nights on a traditional houseboat. From here we explore the old town with our specialist guide telling us stories about Jesus' forgotten tomb whilst we wander through the Royal Gardens of Shalimar or make our way through the busy Bazaars, mosques and Hindu temples.


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Future Trip Options:

South Africa-Lesotho-Swaziland-Mozambique-Botswana

After our initial recce by hopper in Oct 2010, we are planning to set up a 5-countries Balloon Expedition including flights in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. The trip will be around 2 weeks long with self-drive vehicles and trailers to tow the balloons. Stay in lovely local lodges and fly over different beautiful and interesting African countryside.

 

‘Spirituality and tranquility in Japan’

Come with me to discover the autumnal beauty of Japan with its beautiful secluded temples and gardens. We shall start the tour in southern Kyushu, visit the still active volcano Mt. Aso, take a cruise through the Japan Inland Sea to Osaka, wander through the temples of Kyoto, travel by Shinkansen to Hakone to catch a view of the holy mountain Fujiyama. This tour will include special overnights at monasteries, a meditation lesson, some short walks and an introduction to Japanese tea ceremony and other traditions.


click here for proposed itinerary

 

Burma

New trips to either the southern Parts of Burma including Moulmein, the Golden Rock and stunning Mergui archipelago or Northern Burma with elephant camps near the Himalayans or a cruise along the Chindwin river to Naga-land. One trip is planned to include horse trekking. Itineraries will be published here shortly.

 
 

Notes for Balloonists:

All those tours can be linked up with ongoing balloon meets in those countries such as the Thailand Balloon Fiestas in Nov/Dec or the Saga Meet in Japan.