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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.

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

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

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

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

Check out the latest buzz from our blog plus Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Customer Testimonials

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

Just a note to thank you for the wonderful tour we took to China. You even remembered my birthday, which our group celebrated on our last night over a Peking Duck dinner. I have recommended you to all my friends and co-workers. As an airline employee myself, I know a good thing when I see it. Many thanks to your staff for putting together such an excellent package.

Angel Murray, Kissimmee, FL

Turkey should be the first place anyone travels to when they leave the US. The people are friendly, the history is amazing, the food is delicious and the country is inspiring. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and open about answering questions and providing historical background.

Kathy Young, San Clemente, CA

Friendly Planet was very easy to book with. We talked with our tour guide about other groups' experience with other tour groups. She said that she felt that Friendly Planet was the most honest of all of the tour companies: 'if they said that we were going to get a 5 star hotel, we got one'. Our restaurants were very well chosen. We loved having private dining rooms to be away from the hustle bustle of the rest of the restaurants. The food was very nice...plenty of it!

Carol & Jim Rubino

Wayne and I (the token Canadians) wanted to let you know that every detail of our "A Taste of Vietnam" trip was fantastic!!!! Departing early in the morning for this trip helped with the jet lag plus the weather was cooler. Our hosts ("Long" in HCMC and "Phong" in Hanoi) were enthusiastic, professional and extremely knowledgeable. They were very patient with our group and repeated themselves on occasion. It was a pleasure listen to the historical/cultural information while taking in the breathtaking scenery. The hotels were excellent and the pool at Equatorial was fantastic. The transportation was on time, comfortable and the drivers were awesome. Food in Vietnam for this Jewish, chicken-intolerant diet was the best ever! The variety was amazing! Beth, the flights on CI were excellent and service on board was attentive and gracious (says this standard airline employee!). No issues with Asian vegetarian meals (though congee was the staple for breakfast) Wayne's wheelchair service was spot on at every city (other than HCMC. He was dropped off at an empty "Gate 6"...it was more comical than anything). The guest profile on our trip was well versed and well traveled. Loved, loved, loved this trip! We can't wait to book another (but I promised some home renos first). Can't wait to plan our next trip with all of you! It was just great! (and yes!!! We will book excursions in advance!!!!) (((((hug))))

Wayne and Charlie, Canada

This trip was a gift from my wife for my 70th birthday and it couldn't have been better. We have done some traveling in the past (Switzerland, Greece, South Africa, Italy) but did not consult/use an agency. We are both fitness oriented and we hope to take a trip yearly from now until our bodies quit on us! Even though it was our first time with Friendly Planet, we are sold. Each time my wife needed a question answered (flights, hotels, itinerary, etc.), Friendly Planet usually had an answer - and when they didn't, they would call back immediately when they found the answer. I am a retired federal law enforcement person (34 years), very impatient with an attention span of about two seconds. Friendly Planet was very responsive and NEVER started the conversation with a sales pitch - my kind of company. We are looking forward to our next trip (we don't know where yet) and you will be hearing from us when we are ready. We have already recommended Friendly Planet to our friends.

Steve Gregg, La Mesa, CA

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