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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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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