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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 all-inclusive tour & cruise 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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This week’s best travel bargains
Friendly Planet is offering the new Best of New Zealand & Australia tour from$5,699 per person double. The 18-day package includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Auckland, with return from Sydney. Read more
The Top Holiday Gift of 2013? You Might Be Surprised - It's Water
Once our Cambodia departures were established, we became keenly interested in projects to help out in this impoverished place. On one of our tours, the guide pointed out a well bearing a plaque hand-painted with someone's name, a Western name at that. "That's a Trailblazer well, donated by a tourist," was his explanation. Some of the travelers on the bus wanted to know how much such a well could cost, how many people it could serve, and other details, and once the guide finished explaining the facts, several of the travelers on the bus offered to pay for wells. Thus began Friendly Planet Travel's wells project and our association with Trailblazer. Read more
Travel Trend Alert
“South Africa is attractive to travelers on the merits of its culture, experiences and people," explains Goldman. "Cape Town is considered one of the hottest cities in the world for nightlife and shopping, but no trip to Africa would be complete without at least one safari game drive. Travelers to South Africa get to experience both. Read more
The Top 7 International Destinations You Need to Visit in 2014
The Greek islands have remained one of the most romantic vacation spots in the world, sitting among the most amazingly gorgeous azure sea, with iconic sheer cliffs and whitewashed houses. And of course, Athens is still a hub of history and culture, the birthplace of Western civilization.
2013: The Year of the Fearless International Traveler
So where are international travelers heading? For starters, they're flocking to Europe, famous for its warm people, mesmerizing sights, and wealth of history. Europe took in 5 million more tourists between January and August than in the same period last year, according to the U.N.'s findings. But that's not all. Read more
Below are just a few rave reviews from our customers. See more testimonials.
This was a wonderful tour. Our tour leader Trish was just outstanding as was Osmin and the driver Roberto. They tried to accommodate our needs and requests. I could not have imagined a better organized trip. The hotels were more than adequate and the restaurants and food served was exceptional. Thank you Friendly Planet for making Cuba a very enjoyable and memorable experience. I will not hesitate to recommend the company and have already decided to book another tour with you.
Patricia Pitt, The Villages, FL
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful everything was and how much we enjoyed the sights, historical places and people of India. Our transportation (bus) was very comfortable, our tour guide very kind and knowledgeable, the hotels very accommodating and beautiful and our tour group wonderful. My wife and I have traveled all over the globe on several group tours, and this vacation was one of the best. Our guide, Mayank Dixit, was a delight to have around. He is a real credit to your company and someone who endeared himself to us. By the time the tour had ended, we felt like he was part of our family. I look forward to many more trips with Friendly Planet and personable guides like Mayank Dixit, who really made every effort to make the India tour comfortable and enjoyable for all.
John and Virginia Cook, Corpus Christi, TX
Many Thanks for your wonderful Tours! I can say I can't imagine better trips for the money. Such an awesome experience each time. I tell everyone who plans to travel about Friendly Planet. Keep up the good work!
Jan Riske, Chehalis, WA
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for our wonderful trip to Thailand. We had a wonderful time. Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations, including our tour guide Audi. Without a doubt Audi was the most qualified and attentive tour guide we have ever had. He made what would have been a wonderful trip into a spectacular trip. We can't thank Friendly Planet and Audi enough for our trip of a lifetime.
Emily Brown, North Pembroke, MA
We just returned from the Best of South Africa tour. It exceeded our expectations on every level. We stayed at wonderful, top-notch hotels and traveled in comfortable air conditioned coaches. The included meals were way above average. We want to especially commend Peter van Kraayenburg, our guide for the first week in the Johannesburg and Kruger area. He was phenomenal! Everyone on the tour pounded him with questions and he answered every one of them with insight and a great sense of humor. This is our second Friendly Planet tour and we are impressed with the value, quality, and thoughtful planning of the itineraries.
Warren Wetzel, Los Gatos, CA
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