Iowa’s National Balloon Classic

Hot-Air Balloon Competition and Race

4 Days  |  July 28-Aug 5, 2017

Starting At $469.00
This 4 day tour in Madison Co Iowa features hot-air-balloon competitions and races from late July to early August . In addition to the balloon competition you'll experience the Boone & Scenic Valley Dinner Train and visit the Bridges of Madison County.

Iowa’s National Balloon Classic

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  • Bridges of Madison County Tour & Preview VCR Tape
  • John Wayne’s Birthplace and Museum
  • National Balloon Classic Events
    • Dawn Mass Ascension
    • Nite-Glow Extravaganza
  • Two Dinners
    • Des Moines Botanical Center Dinner
    • Boone & Scenic Valley Dinner Train
  • Optional Tour of either Des Moines or Pella, IA
  • Three Nights First Class Lodging
  • Three Hotel Breakfasts
  • All Taxes & Tips on these services
  • Luggage handling
  • One Free with Every 16 Paid



Tour Options

Des Moines Optional Tour includes: $15.00 per person

  • Local Step on Guide
  • John Deere Factory Tour
  • Historic Valley Junction Sites & Shopping
  • Pella, Iowa Optional Tour includes: $20.00 per person
  • Local Step on Guide
  • Pella Historical Village
  • Vermeer Mill, The Klokkenspel

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Day 1: Closer than Albuquerque and a lot less money. This annual hot-air balloon festival hosts competition and races for over 100 balloon pilots and more than 75,000 spectators.

Your tour will include a chance to witness both a Dawn Ascension and a Night Glow as these graceful giants float into the sky at both the beginning and ending of each day.

The festival features competitions, balloon rides, food vendors, games for kids, and live music shows.

The Indianola, Iowa Balloon Classic was the National Championship event for many years and it remains one of the largest Hot Air Balloon festivals in the country. Why don’t you schedule your group for a visit this summer.

Following your arrival, you have a beautiful evening at the Des Moines Botanical Gardens. The event includes a private tour, sit down dinner, and a horticultural program, your choice of topics.

Day 2: The following day starts with the Balloon Classic. The Dawn Ascension (this is a 6:00am event.) We follow this with several hours free time on the festival grounds, before an afternoon of sightseeing with our Bridges of Madison County Tour.

All Tour groups will receive a VCR copy of the movie to play on the coach during your travel.

Thus the sites presented by your step-on guide our much more meaningful. The afternoon of Cinema excitement doesn’t end there however, as you also see John Wayne=s Birthplace and Museum. His modest home in Winterset has been restored to its 1907 appearance with authentic furnishings, and features memorabilia such as the eyepatch worn in True Grit.

Today’s dinner is another highlight on the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad. Elegant dining with a two and a half hour scenic train ride.

Day 3: Day three on this tour provides you a nice option of daytime sights followed by an evening at the Balloon Classic.

The evening highlight is the Night Glow of Balloons, plus a concert or fireworks depending on the days you attend. Final schedule of events available in the Spring.

Optional daytime sightseeing on Day 3 features either Des Moines or Pella, Iowa. In Des Moines you will tour the John Deere Factory, Historic Valley Junction, and learn of local railroad history.

Lunch will be a great meal with a live musical show. In Pella, famous for the Pella Tulip Time Festival, you will explore a village where life appears much as is was in the Netherlands. The sights, sounds and smells are Dutch.

From the canal, to the architecture, to the 1850’s windmill the community literally appears to be a village in the Netherlands and is a great group tour stop.

Day 4: Depart for home.

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