Temecula Jeep Tour FAQ
What should I wear?
Our Temecula jeep tours are conducted in open-air 4x4 vehicles, so dress comfortably for the season. You will not be walking on any rough terrain, but do choose your footwear with safety in mind. In fall and winter, we suggest bringing a jacket or dressing in layers. It can get breezy as we cruise through the vineyards.
What should I bring?
In summer, we recommend bringing a hat and sunscreen – we provide bottled water for each passenger. Our Jeeps are stocked with blankets and umbrellas for those rare rainy days. There is also a "dry" cooler on the back of each Jeep for storage of any wine you purchase on your tour, but you may want to bring an insulated bag and leave it in your car for transporting your wine home. Don’t forget your camera – we’ll stop to take photos along the way!
What type of vehicles do you use for the tours?
We use newer, late-model 4-door Jeep JK Unlimiteds that have been modified to accommodate 6 passengers plus the driver/tour guide. Our inviting red Jeeps are designed to maximize the viewing experience with soft tops and tube doors, which offer easy in/out access. We built them this way to offer protection from direct sunlight while still providing an open-air, “safari” feel.
What happens if it rains?
At Temecula Valley Jeep & Wine Tours, we do our best to keep you comfortable at all times. During inclement weather, we decide whether to keep our Jeeps opened or closed based on the severity of the conditions and temperature (too cold or too hot). We will also close our Jeeps to keep you dry if heavy rain is in the forecast.
Where will you pick us up?
We offer free hotel pick-up service at all Temecula hotels. If you are not staying overnight, we have a meeting/pick-up site in Temecula. The address will be sent to you via email upon booking. Due to time constraints, as we run two daily tours back-to-back, we can only offer pick-ups in the Temecula area. Thank you for your understanding.
How many guests will be on our tour?
Our Jeeps have been modified to carry six passengers. We are not full every day, but weekends book up quickly. If you want your tour to be private, just the two of you or a group of four, we offer private tours for an additional cost.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your tour. This also pertains to individuals in groups. If you cancel within 48 hours of your scheduled tour, we retain the right to charge you 50% of the tour price and if you “no show” we’ll charge you 100% of the tour price. We also ask that you arrive at the pick-up site before your scheduled pick-up time. We run tours twice daily, back-to-back, and have little time in between to wait for late passengers. If you are more than 10 minutes late you may be considered a “no show” and charges will apply.
Should I tip my tour guide?
Our philosophy on this subject is, "If you enjoyed the ride, tip your guide!" Tips are never obligatory, but always appreciated by our dedicated and knowledgeable staff.
Temecula Balloon Tour FAQ
How many people fit in the baskets?
We offer private, two person balloon tours and shared, multi-passenger balloon tours. Private balloon tours are conducted in 2-4 passenger balloons and shared balloon tours are conducted in 6-16 passenger balloons.
Are there any physical requirements for flying in a hot-air balloon?
The minimum age to join a balloon tour is 6 years old. Unfortunately, we cannot allow anyone who is pregnant to fly in our balloons. The baskets do not have seats so all passengers will need to stand for the duration of the flight. Hot-air balloon baskets are not outfitted with doors, which may make it difficult for some people to climb aboard. The only way to get in and out of the balloon is by going up and over the side of the basket.
Where will the balloon land?
The simple answer is down wind, on the ground. Balloon flights are dependent on wind speed and direction. Every flight is different and our landing sites vary. We typically stay within the Temecula Wine Valley.
How will we get back to the meeting site after our flight?
The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet us at the landing site. We then invite you to help with the packing of the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, the passengers will board the vehicle and head back to the meeting site.
How high do the balloons fly?
The balloons fly to a couple thousand feet above ground level, depending on weather and wind conditions.
Why does the balloon fly only at sunrise?
Early morning is when the winds are the calmest and most stable.
What is the temperature in the balloon?
The temperature in the balloon is often warmer than the surrounding air by about 20 degrees due to the burners and because we are traveling with the wind.
What type of clothing should we wear for our balloon ride?
The temperature is typically between 50 and 70 degrees at sunrise. We recommend wearing warm clothing and dressing in layers.