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Friendly Planet Travel, Inc., is a wholesale tour operator and travel company offering high quality, full-service international travel arrangements at affordable prices. We specialize in upscale escorted tours & independent packages, as well as custom tour packages for groups. We also offer cruises and other individual travel components.

In business since 1981, we've grown into a leading Internet travel company with a staff of dozens of dedicated professionals, based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Read more about us and our founder, Peggy Goldman.

Our travel deals have been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, ABC News, National Geographic Traveler, Frommers, Budget Travel, TravelZoo and many more.

Press Releases

Recent press releases from Friendly Planet Travel.

7/30/2014

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Receives a 2-Year Renewal for Its People-To-People Cuba Programs

7/22/2014

PDFCelebrate Christmas at Downton Abbey on Friendly Planet Travel’s Newest Tour

7/15/2014

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Unveils New Line of Independent Travel Packages to Europe

3/11/2014

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Launches New Spain Travel Programs

2/19/2014

PDFFriendly Planet Travel’s New Family Vacation Packages Make Traveling the World with Kids Affordable and Fun

2/3/2014

PDFSurvey Finds 88.2 Percent of Americans Who Visited Cuba in Past 2.5 Years are Now More Supportive of Ending U.S. Sanctions

12/5/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Offers Second Chance for Huge Cyber Discounts

11/21/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces 24-Hour Cyber Monday Blowout Sale

11/05/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Expands Offerings with One-of-a-Kind Tour to Australia and New Zealand

10/15/2013

PDFExplore Southeast Asia For Free with Friendly Planet Travel’s New Facebook Sweepstakes to Exotic Malaysia and Thailand

9/30/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Invites Travelers to Experience Colorful Colombia

9/11/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Introduces New South Africa Tour, Celebrates with Facebook Sweepstakes

6/14/2013

PDFCall on Cuba’s City and Sea with a Brand-New Tour from Friendly Planet Travel

5/31/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Flash Sale on New China Tour

4/18/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Sets Sail for the Greek Isles and Athens

4/10/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Enhanced Best of China and Yangtze River Cruise Tour

2/28/2013

PDFExplore Irish Ancestry with Friendly Planet Travel’s New Tour to The Gathering Ireland

2/18/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Slashes Prices on Classic Israel Tour

2/5/2013

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Expands India Tour Programs

1/22/2013

PDF7 Days in Costa Rica for Just $8

12/10/2012

PDF'Tis the Season for Friendly Planet Travel's '12 Days of Deals'

11/27/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Gives Travelers 3 New Tours to Help Them Rediscover Their Love Affair with Europe

11/20/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Cyber Monday Deals

10/17/2012

PDFDiscover Breathtaking Barcelona with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest Tour

10/09/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Receives 2-Year People-to-People License Renewal for Cuba Programs

10/03/2012

PDFBe Dazzled in Dubai with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest Facebook Giveaway

9/24/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Introduces Its New Sale of Two Cities: 10-day Beijing & Tokyo Tour

9/20/2012

PDFExperience a Taste of China and Hong Kong with Friendly Planet Travel for $1,899

9/10/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Expands Its Dubai Program, Pairing Dazzling Dubai with Four Exotic Destinations

8/27/2012

PDFDiscover Croatia with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest European Package Offering Food, Wine, Touring & More

8/09/2012

PDFExplore Easter Island and Machu Picchu with Friendly Planet Travel's New Luxurious, Exotic & Surprisingly Affordable Tour Package

7/17/2012

PDFGet A Taste Of The Holy Land With Friendly Planet Travel's Classic Israel Tour

7/02/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Gives Travelers the Chance to Win a Trip to India on its Taj Mahal Express Tour

6/28/2012

PDFExplore Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls with Friendly Planet's Latest Tour

6/14/2012

PDFGet 'A Taste of Ireland' With Friendly Planet Travel's Facebook Sweepstakes Giveaway

6/07/2012

PDFExplore Thailand's City and Sea with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest Tour

5/15/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Offers New Galapagos Islands Wildlife Discovery Tour

5/01/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Kicks Off Phase II of Its “Win the World” Facebook Sweepstakes, Giving Away 3 Additional Exotic Getaways

4/02/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces New Italy Programs

3/28/2012

PDFExplore Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu, and Xi'an on Friendly Planet Travel's China Delight Tour

3/21/2012

PDF9 Days in India Provide a Lifetime of Memories

3/07/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Brings Travelers Back To Japan on Its Latest Tokyo Express Tour

3/06/2012

PDFGet 'A Taste of China' With Friendly Planet Travel's Facebook Sweepstakes Giveaway

2/22/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Doubles the Dazzle With Its Latest Tour: Dazzling Dubai and Bangkok

2/07/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Next Big Giveaway: Amazing Peru

1/18/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Offers New Lower Pricing on 14 Catholic Pilgrimage Tours for 2012

1/17/2012

PDFExplore the Marvels of the Emerald Isle with Friendly Planet Travel's A Taste of Ireland Tour

1/10/2012

PDFThe $10 Price of Admission to The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show Could Win You an 8-day Exotic Ecuador Tour

1/05/2012

PDFFriendly Planet Travel's “Win the World” Sweepstakes is Giving Away 6 Exotic Getaways for 2 via Facebook

10/25/2011

PDFFriendly Planet Among the First to Offer Authorized Travel to Cuba

1/09/2011

PDFExplore Asia's Hidden Treasure with Friendly Planet Travel's Mystical Myanmar Tour

In the News

Below is just a sample of Friendly Planet's many appearances in the media. See more coverage.

News to Use

The Canary Islands, just off the west coast of Morocco, aren't high on many Americans' tourist radar, which makes a cruise from Friendly Planet Travel interesting. The 10-night trip on Celebrity Cruises, round trip from Southampton, England, includes in its itinerary port stops in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote in the Canaries. Read more

Chicago Tribune

Costa Rica, Air, Transfers, 6 Nights

This travel package includes round-trip airfare from Miami to San José, two nights' accommodations in the vibrant capital city of San José at the Crowne Plaza Corobici, two nights' accommodations near the town of La Fortuna in the shadows of Arenal Volcano at Mountain Paradise Hotel (or similar), two nights' accommodations in Monteverde at El Establo Mountain Hotel, transfers between cities via an air-conditioned chauffeur-driven minivan, and daily breakfast… Read more

Budget Travel

Cuba travel staying strong, operators say

As summer travel plans heat up, it appears that the lure of Cuba travel is stronger than ever, according to U.S. operators of the people-to-people programs. Interest in the programs, during which American citizens interact with Cubans in various walks of life, has led operators to increase departures, lengthen itineraries and add activities and opportunities for cultural exchange and dialogue. Read more

Travel Weekly

Getaway to Machu Picchu, a Texas resort, adventure in Tahiti

Friendly Planet Travel is offering discounts on their most popular tours, including Sensational South America. Visit Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu, Iguazu Falls, and extend to Buenos Aires while you’re there. Read more

Examiner.com

3 Exotic Vacations to Blow Your Tax Refund On

Vietnam isn’t usually a traveler’s first visit to Asia, but if you’ve been there and done that in Thailand and Malaysia, it’s time to check out Vietnam. Read more

ABC News

Social Media

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Customer Testimonials

Below are just a few rave reviews from our customers. See more testimonials.

The trip to Thailand was indeed incredible! It sounds great on the Friendly Planet overview but it's so much more! I don't know where to start. Hotels were great. Everyone should stay at the Dusit Thani [hotel]. We went back there for a weekend on our own. Our guide was awesome, she made extra stops for us along the road for things like sticky rice cooked in bamboo (loved that) and always asked if everyone had their passports, etc. when we went to a different place. She also took us on a boat to Laos and everyone got their passports stamped and of course we got to shop a little. As far as shopping goes, I'd say watch out - Thailand has everything and you're gonna want it all. Bangkok is easy to get around in and has a super mall close to the Dusit Thani... I've been to Egypt, Borneo, Morocco, Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya and now Thailand with [Friendly Planet] and I'm going to South Africa this summer too. guess that tells you something. PS, our guide was the best I've ever had and y'all have some good ones. And Noni, her assistant, had a cooler with ICE and COLD soft drinks and water. I can't tell you how wonderful that was. A really great practice where it's so hot.

Dr. Ak Schmidt, La Grange, TX

This was the first tour of this nature I have ever taken and it far exceeded my expectations. Everything was punctual, safe and clean. Our guide David Bai was exceptionally good. I simply cannot say enough good things about David. He was just stellar. And a hilarious comic! And informative! The hotels were first class, buses clean and modern, food adequate, and the entertainment and tours were immeasurably good. I would love to go back and am seriously thinking about doing it again.

Mark Dumas, Smyrna, GA

My husband and I just got back from the "Ecuador and Galapagos" trip with Friendly Planet. It was our first trip with them and we are ready to sign up for another! It was a fabulous trip and extremely well planned and conducted. We were impressed with every aspect of the trip and felt it was everything we had hoped. The tour guides were knowledgeable, on time, and gave us a wonderful insight into the culture of Ecuador. The Galapagos portion on the M/N Santa Cruise was outstanding! Each of the guides on had in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and provided a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thanks for a great trip!

Mary Ann Esfandiari, Ellicott City, MD

We just returned from your Taste of Thailand tour. It was wonderful, and we are already talking about another trip with you! I can't say enough about our whole experience with Friendly Planet. From the very beginning you were helpful and prompt in communicating information to us so we could better plan our trip. Everything went so well. Our tour guide Lek was amazing! She shared Thailand's customs, people and treasures with us in such a way that we will never forget. She is truly one of Thailand's Treasures, and one of Friendly Planet's Treasures as well! Our hotels were amazing...we are still trying to figure out how you can put together such a remarkable trip for the money? Thank you so much for a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to traveling with you again!

Debra & Robert Woods

My safari to Kenya [was] a dream come true...absolutely wonderful. We saw all the animals & birds to see thanks to our guide and driver... I loved the way [Friendly Planet] organized this tour from Mt. Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi, I enjoyed it all... A trip of a lifetime to remember forever. Thank you all.

Jenny-Rose Klasner

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