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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 small group escorted tours & independent packages, as well as custom tour packages for groups large and small.

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.

We are members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN). We are proud of our excellent Dunn & Bradstreet and Better Business Bureau ratings.

Press Releases

Recent press releases from Friendly Planet Travel.


PDFStrong US Dollar Promotes Travel to Japan in 2015


PDFCruise the Croatian Islands on Friendly Planet Travel’s Newest Exotic Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Discounts Nearly 600 Departures during Massive
Second Chance Monday Sale


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Discounts Tours to More Than 40 Countries During Cyber Monday Blowout Sale


PDFInternational Multigenerational Travel is Now Easier and More Affordable than Ever with Friendly Planet Travel


PDFIt’s Time to Hit the Rails! Friendly Planet Travel Introduces New Europe by Rail Travel Packages


PDFIt’s Not a Typo! 6 Days in Dubai, Including Airfare, for Only $1,599


PDFIceland Joins Friendly Planet Travel’s Lineup of Exotic Destinations


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


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Launches New Spain Travel Programs


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Offers Second Chance for Huge Cyber Discounts


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces 24-Hour Cyber Monday Blowout Sale


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Invites Travelers to Experience Colorful Colombia


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Flash Sale on New China Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Sets Sail for the Greek Isles and Athens


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Slashes Prices on Classic Israel Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Expands India Tour Programs


PDF7 Days in Costa Rica for Just $8


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Cyber Monday Deals


PDFDiscover Breathtaking Barcelona with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest Tour


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Offers New Galapagos Islands Wildlife Discovery Tour


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces New Italy Programs


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


PDF9 Days in India Provide a Lifetime of Memories


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


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Next Big Giveaway: Amazing Peru


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


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


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


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


PDFFriendly Planet Among the First to Offer Authorized Travel to Cuba


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.

Cuba tourism boom has operators scrambling for guides

Friendly Planet launched its people-to-people programs to Cuba in 2011, and since then, “we’ve become experts at building relationships within the destination, from securing the best accommodations to sourcing local cultural experiences and activities,” said President Peggy Goldman. These relationships have also enabled the company to work with well-informed tour directors and guides. “We’ve not had any shortage of experts to lead our programs in Cuba, but I expect that newer entries to the market may face challenges due to increased competition,” Goldman said. “Many of our directors and guides come to us through referrals from existing tourism entities in Cuba as well as our association with the International Guide Academy.” Read more

Travel Weekly

The Once-Forgotten and Beautiful Country of Zimbabwe is Making a Slow Comeback

Typically, South Africa gets all the glory when it comes to visiting the continent; but Zimbabwe was actually once considered one of Africa’s most beautiful destinations. Over the years, under President Robert Mugabe's regime, political unrest has kept tourists from adding it to their travel wish lists. Yet, Peggy Goldman, Founder of Friendly Planet Travel still believes that the destination is worth a visit. "The country faces poverty and political corruption, unfortunate situations for any country, but it is also blessed with amazing physical beauty and is in a part of Africa with a rich wildlife center that has the resources and infrastructure to protect tourists." Read more



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Customer Testimonials

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

We traveled to many places and enjoyed many tours before, but this was so special. Your tour guide was by far the best we have ever had. He made our trip extra special, attended to all the details and treated us with great respect. He made the trip effortless and took the worry totally out of the trip. We were surprised by the quality of service provided to us. All the arrangements were made with our comfort in mind; the hotel rooms were the nicest we have stayed in. We would definitely use Friendly Planet for our next vacation and recommend this service to all our friends.

Raksha Patel, Pinellas Park, FL

This tour exceeded all my expectations! The national tour guide, Peter, stayed with us throughout the tour, and in addition, we had local guides to describe each city we visited. Peter and the local guides were personable, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. As an example of Peter's concern for us, my wife hurt her back just before the trip began. Peter made accommodations for her, and went to the pharmacy to get a cream for her. The cream was effective, her problem cleared up and she enjoyed the rest of the trip. We stayed at top rated hotels with great meals (their breakfast buffets, included in the trip cost, had over 30 items to sample, each of them delicious!). Considering the tour guides, the meals and accommodations, the transportation (tour bus, bullet train, plane trips, rickshaw rides and short boat cruises) and seeing great points of interest, I cannot believe the cost was so low and the quality so high...but it was! I will definitely recommend this to my friends!

John Scileppi, Hyde Park, NY

I was very pleasantly surprised with the arrangements included on this tour. This was my first time traveling with Friendly Planet Travel and I highly recommend them for this trip. Thank you very much for the memorable experience to see Borneo and Bangkok. Keep up the good work!

Julia Sotory

Just returned from my first trip with Friendly Planet and was so impressed that I had to write this note. You have a lot of choices in travel and I have found my tour company at last. Everything about my trip was amazing—our guide, Ibrahim, was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also patient and very funny. Hotels, transportation, meals, added excursions were all superb. Everything went off without a hitch—I felt safe and cared for every minute and could spend ALL of my time enjoying the trip instead of worrying about the travel details. Turkey, its people, scenery, food, monuments and parks are just wonderful. I can't wait for my next trip. So little time, so much to see...

Ann Ott, Cedar City, Utah

When our plane landed in Nairobi and we were walking down the steps, the first thing we saw was Marcie with a sign that said "Friendly Planet." I knew then that our family was in good hands. We loved traveling with other families and our six year old enjoyed his "friends from Africa." (Though in reality they were from LA and Minnesota). Raefael our tour guide rocked! The elephants were hiding because they don't like the migrating zebras and wildebeest so Raefael busted to find us one. He had eyes like an eagle. The only thing we didn't see was a rhino but being woken up by the hippo in front of my door compensated.

Carol Lindsay, Centerville Ut

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