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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.
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Group Tours: How to pick the right 1 for you
Some companies help single travelers find compatible roommates. Friendly Planet Travel has a roommate-matching service introducing like-minded solo travelers booked on the same trips. If, after speaking by phone or meeting, single travelers think they're compatible, they can share a room, saving up to $500 a person. Read more
The Associated Press
Ever Wanted to See Cuba? You Can with These Cruises
For a sneak peek around the bend, the folks at Friendly Planet are also whipping up a 10-night Cuban cruise-tour of their own. It is set to launch on the heels of the travel company’s well-received three-year run of land-based, people-to-people tours in the country. Read more
London: Party at Highclere Castle’s ‘Downton’-style Christmas gala
The posh party is the centerpiece of a one-time-only tour from Friendly Planet Travel that begins Dec. 11. The Victorian castle on 1,000 acres in Newbury just west of London has become as much of a smash hit on the British tourist scene as has been on the small screen. Read more
News to use: Travel tips and trips
Friendly Planet Travel has a 21-night cruise aboard Holland America Line exploring the South Pacific and priced from $1,599 per person double occupancy. Sailing from Los Angeles on Sept. 27, the cruise spends lots of days at sea but makes port two days each in Hawaii and Fiji, and one day each in American Samoa and New Caledonia before ending in Sydney. Read more
Friendly Planet Travel Receives a 2-Year Renewal for Its People-To-People Cuba Programs
Friendly Planet Travel announced today that it has been awarded a two-year renewal of its people-to-people license for legal travel to Cuba from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Read more
Cuba US People to People Partnership
Below are just a few rave reviews from our customers. See more testimonials.
Just returned from a wonderful vacation with Friendly Planet through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Wonderful accommodations, non-stop touring, friendly people were noted through all countries. Thank you for making this a smooth and memorable vacation. Never have I gone on a group trip with such kind people and intense sightseeing.
Patrick Rommel, Philadelphia, PA
We weren't sure what to expect (especially at this price), and quite honestly, we were thoroughly impressed. The tour guides were not only knowledgeable but very friendly. The accommodations were pristine and the adventure well, enough cannot be said for all that Egypt has to offer. We were a little concerned about any anti-American feelings that could be present there. On the contrary, the locals seemed to be warm, wonderful people who opened themselves up to us so very easily. We felt completely safe every step of the way! I highly recommend this trip to anyone who may have an interest in seeing Egypt.
Scott Hebert, Gardner, MA
Have been on 3 trips with Friendly Planet and would highly recommend them to anyone. We especially enjoyed Kenya and have been there 3 times. It is magical and once you have been that is the only vacation for you. Excellent food, first class lodgings , fantastic scenery like no where else on earth, and a sense of adventure that I have never felt on any of our travels. It beat China, Thailand and all the other countries that we have visited. You won't regret the trip.
Carolyn Hofacket, Napa, CA
I have been on numerous trips with you guys and trust me you are the best! After having traveled to 82 countries around the world and having tried the other so-called guided and organized tour companies, you guys surpass all of them! A silent handclasp to the entire team, and until next year when I will be joining you for Egypt!
Wilma Mrosek-Moses, Sierra Vista, AZ
This was the best tour I have been on. Phats, the guide was outstanding. He gave us the history, politics, economy and anything else we wanted to know. The food and lodging were outstanding. The history of Cambodia and the temples are fascinating. [Vietnam] is beautiful. Seeing the Hanoi Hilton was a real eye opener The trip I had to Thailand was great, but this was better. A great FP fan
William Ammon, San Diego, CA
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