A Summer of Flying Colours
Who said all flights this summer were cancelled?
We’re confident that the desire to fly high and far far away has been growing within many people for some time now. While some are yearning for a period of repose, others are just tired of the endless bad news that the first half of 2020 has brought. Though Ukraine can’t provide a means of escape for its citizens, what it can give you is the chance to ride in a hot air balloon.
From 26 to 28 June, the family-friendly hot air balloon festival, “Mum, I am Home” (Мамо, я вдома in Ukrainian) will take place in the Makarivskyi district. Only 15 minutes from Kyiv, it’s the perfect excuse to indulge in a unique experience, either as a passenger in an air balloon or a spectator on the ground.
Prices and Information
What better way to escape your everyday environment than flying above the city enjoying some beautiful panoramic views? The price for an air balloon ride is 2990 UAH (around 110 USD) per person, which is set to increase to 3390 UAH (125 USD) after 10 June and 3590 UAH (135 USD) after 20 June – so it’s best to act right now if you’re interested. Hot air balloons are a bit fussy though and will not fly during awful weather conditions. But don’t worry, your ticket is valid for 365 days a year, so if the weather ruins your plans, you can reschedule or receive your money back. Nonetheless, you best hurry if you want to seize this opportunity because the number of hot air balloons is limited. Whether you purchase the ride for yourself or as a gift, it’s definitely worth every hryvnia.
According to the official site, you can take a flight at 5 am on 26 June, and at a flight 5 am or 7 pm on 27 and 28 June. The main reason for these times is to ensure the best weather conditions and air temperatures for the flights. Getting to the event is easy, with buses leaving every 30 minutes from the Zhytomyrska metro station. However, once you have purchased your ticket, you’ll get further instructions on how to get there.
If heights are not your thing, you’re still in for a treat as the entrance is free of charge – just make sure to register on the official site and choose your role there: a spectator, journalist, or volunteer. If you wish to go for an exciting ride, you’ll need to complete a straightforward online training to learn about safety and conduct. You’ll also receive a special “thank you” for contributing to the event. One of the main highlights of the event is the “Evening Glow”, where you can enjoy the spectacular view of the balloons glowing against the evening sky, outshining even the stars. This night show will take place at 8 pm on June 27 and 28 – you wouldn’t want to miss it!
If you can’t make it, you can still enjoy the gorgeous views via a livestream on the event’s official site. We think that this would be an excellent alternative to your usual television show or sports broadcast. Besides, it’s not every day that you get to see the sights of Cappadocia happening right here in Kyiv.