8 Day Hot Air Balloon Festival In Southern Italy (Sept/Oct 2024) Join The Soiree Balloon Society At The Paestum Balloon Festival

Starting from $19,500
per person

Ballooning Odyssey in Southern Italy: Ascend Amidst the Grandeur of Paestum’s Balloon Festival

(6 Planned Ballooning Experiences)

An Enthralling Sojourn with The Soiree Society

Step into an atmosphere alive with the vibrancy of 30 hot air balloons, painting the skies above Paestum’s storied landscape and the neighboring splendors of the Amalfi Coast. With The Soiree Society, your 8-day, 7-night experience in Paestum isn’t just a tour—it’s a front-row seat to one of Europe’s most exclusive balloon festivals, enriched with Italy’s timeless beauty and flavors.

The Festival Skyline:

Amidst the renowned balloon festival of Paestum, you’ll be a part of a select few, rising with a multitude of colorful balloons. This spectacle, set against the backdrop of the ocean, mountains, and the remnants of historic temples, offers an unparalleled aerial ballet that is truly a sight to behold.

A Harmonious Blend of Aerial and Cultural Wonders:

Beyond the spectacle of the skies, delve deep into the rich tapestry of Southern Italy. On days when ballooning takes a pause for weather, we pivot to experiences around the heart of Italy. Engage in curated wine tastings, ancient historical tours, and spend time on beautiful Italian beaches.


Authentic Italian Luxury:

With The Soiree Society, luxury is about the moments that take your breath away. Indulge in dishes, each a masterpiece, crafted by our private chef, mirroring the region's rich gastronomic traditions. As the Mediterranean sun sets, savor Italy’s famed wines, and find repose in accommodations that epitomize genuine Italian allure.

Exclusivity in the Midst of Grandeur:

Our journey is an intimate affair, limited to just 8 adventurers. Amidst the grandeur of 30 balloons and the vast Italian landscape, your experience remains personal, profound, and privileged.

An Invitation to Elegance and Adventure:

The Soiree Society extends a hand to a world of Italian magnificence, where the grandiosity of a balloon festival meets the serenity of cultural immersion. Join us in Paestum, a gem neighboring the Amalfi Coast, from September 30th to October 8th, and craft memories that soar beyond imagination.


Reserve Your Spot

September 30 -
7, 2024
8 days 7 nights
Only 8 total guest spots available
September 30 -
7, 2024
8 days 7 nights
Private Charter

To inquire or book please call or text 206-747-5802

Day 1

We will meet you in Naples at the Romeo Hotel at 3:00 p.m. and drive to the famous city of Paestum checking in for 7 nights at our Chateau.  This evening we'll gather for a superb evening and welcome dinner prepared by our private chef



Day 2
Ballooning in Paestum

DAYS 2-7: After breakfast each day, its time for the the mass balloon ascension at the balloon festival grounds! Each morning we will be driven to the launch field and watch the spectacular inflation of 30 hot air balloons! Among them will also be our custom designed balloons, carrying you and your fellow guests. By 7:30 a.m. we will be drifting through some of the most breath-taking scenery in the world.


We’ll spend our Festival days flying through the Paestum with this magnificent fleet of colorful balloons. We’ll float gently through Italian scenery descending into mountain valleys and flying over mountain peaks.

Late afternoons we'll sightsee with a bit time for personal pursuits. Then there will be time for local sightseeing or shopping, or return to our chateau before gathering for dinner.

Each evening you will be treated to a grand dinner party with aged delicious wines and food curated by our private chef. These trips are remarkable experiences and truly unforgettable vacations.


Day 8

After breakfast we will drive you to Hotel Romeo in Naples, arriving approximately at noon.


Reserve Your Spot

September 30 -
7, 2024
8 days 7 nights
Only 8 total guest spots available
September 30 -
7, 2024
8 days 7 nights
Private Charter

To inquire or book please call or text 206-747-5802

Approximately one-third of each day will be devoted to our balloon adventure. The remainder of each day we’ll enjoy quality sightseeing with our private guides and fine dining in superb settings.


No. On each adventure we stay in one hotel, and explore the region each day by balloon and private car.


No. Our balloons are used for local, low level sightseeing only. Most flights are around an hour to an hour and a half. We do not travel in the balloons. In the Alps our longest flights are 3 hours.


We are in the air approximately an hour and a half, except during our winter trips when our adventures are longer. Our balloon related activities occupy approximately a third of each day, including transfer to the take off site, inflation of the balloons and the wonderful happenings that occur at our celebrated champagne landings, shared with delighted villagers.


Absolutely not. Age is no barrier to enjoying our entire program. Our youngest guest was six years old and our most mature, 93. However all guests must be able to get in and out of the basket and be able to stand for a few hours unassisted. You can see our “physical requirements to go ballooning



Is there a feeling of motion in the balloon?
No. In the calm conditions in which we fly there is nothing that makes the basket sway. It hangs motionless in the air mass in which it is suspended. If a candle is held as we fly, it will not flicker. Tranquility and calm are words frequently used by our guests to describe the sensation they feel in our balloons.


Will I sit or stand in the basket?
We do not have chairs or seats in the balloons.  All guests stand. However, many guests lean on the side of the basket at times.


Our areas were chosen for their moderate weather and gentle wind patterns necessary for successful sightseeing in our balloons. Our trip dates coincide with the best weather in each of our areas. Our experience is that weather has permitted 85 percent of our flights to operate on schedule. In the event a flight is postponed due to weather, your hosts and drivers will be standing by with alternate plans for enjoying the day.


Our goal is to create a full appreciation of the areas in which we fly. Whenever possible, we drift low enough to reach out and caress the treetops or to speak to people on the ground in little more than a speaking voice. It is a wonderful sensation to watch the beautiful countryside gently slip by, just beneath our feet. For directional control there are times when the balloon will ascend over 5000+ feet above the ground.


Our highly skilled pilots are able to adjust the balloon’s direction of drift by climbing or descending, to take advantage of layers of air moving in different directions.


We plan to fly once each day, excluding departure days.


We have 1 staff member per group of 2 guests.


With our beautiful balloons and all the magic they produce, the number and quality of great photographic opportunities is remarkable. The views are spectacular. You are welcome to bring a camera or your phone. These days, our pilots get pretty epic photos daily with just their cell phone cameras. Our pilots take 50-100 each flight and they fly daily! Expect to take a ton!


We pride ourselves on an outstanding safety record. Seattle Ballooning’s Soiree Balloon Club prides itself on a roster of world-class pilots, meticulously selected to ensure the utmost safety and exceptional experiences for our passengers. Our team boasts the reigning United States Women’s National Champion, a top-ranked junior pilot in the nation, and even the first-ever world championship competitor hailing from Israel. With this unparalleled talent, we sets a sky-high standard for excellence, ensuring that every flight with us is a journey guided by the most accomplished and skilled aviators in the world.


Yes! Our trips are based in Gstaad and Chateaux Doex, one of the lowest major ski areas in Europe, and well known for its mild winter weather. At only 3,100 feet above sea level, Gstaad is approximately one mile lower than Aspen and Vail, and enjoys much warmer winter temperatures. Average high/low temperatures in the Gstaad region are 39˚F/29˚F in January and 48˚F/30˚F in February. In fact, it can get quite warm. At noon on a sunny day, it is not unusual for our guests to remove their outer jackets.

Contributing substantially to your comfort is the fact that the balloons are always moving with the air mass in which they are suspended. Thus there is no wind to chill you. For further comfort, the warmth is radiated downward from the balloon’s heater. You will also find the balloon baskets quite spacious and comfortable.


In general, winter winds in the Alps are the most gentle of the entire year. Cool winter air lying in the valleys is much more stable than the warm air of summer, and remains relatively calm for long periods of time. Soft breezes of less than 10 mph are the norm. Approximately 85 percent of our flights operate on the published daily schedule. In the event a flight is postponed due to weather conditions, your hosts and chauffeurs will whisk you off by private car to enjoy some of the many attractions of the area.