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New incentives: hot air balloon dining

Vilnius Convention Bureau offers fine dining while gliding over castles, forests and a UNESCO-protected Old Town.

The Lithuanian capital Vilnius is offering a new and inventive incentive experience – dining while gliding over the UNESCO-protected Old Town, the Island Castle of Trakai and the surrounding forests in a hot air balloon, something most cities don’t allow close to city centres.

Balloon-experience providers Amberton Air and Hot Air Lines have teamed up to add gourmet dishes to the hot air flights, Vilnius Convention Bureau reports.

The two operators are offering dinner in the sky on “the biggest and most modern hot air balloon in the Baltics”, appealing to corporate or leisure groups of 14 to 16 people.

Tending to take off in the evenings, the hour-long ride with dinner provided is also available all over Lithuania, not only above the capital’s Old Town.

Not airline food
“Don’t expect airline food either,” the organisers say, as “the balloon ride dinners are thoughtfully put together and prepared by the renowned chef Vytautas Samavičius”.

This chef also heads the kitchen at the city-centre Amberton Hotel restaurant Šventaragio Sodas.

The balloon-ride providers promise “a blended approach to fine dining and discovering Vilnius’ Old Town” and add that the “unique activity is perfect for group incentive travel” with “one of the best views at dinner they’ve ever had”.

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