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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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Below is just a sample of Friendly Planet's many appearances in the media. See more coverage.
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.
Tours Changing American Views of Cuba, US Policy
The results of the multiple-choice survey by Friendly Planet Travel, a company based in suburban Philadelphia that promotes legal tours of Cuba, are eye-catching. Three-quarters said they were drawn [to Cuba] by curiosity about life in a nation that has been off limits to most Americans for decades. Read more
This week’s best travel bargains
Friendly Planet’s Patagonian Explorer by Sea includes nonstop flights from Miami to Buenos Aires, with return from Santiago, Chile. 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
Below are just a few rave reviews from our customers. See more testimonials.
What a wonderful trip! This was our first time using Friendly Planet Travel and will certainly not be the last. Everything was in order from the time we arrived until the time we departed. Our guides were wonderful and went above and beyond their responsibilities to ensure our vacation was wonderful. Thank you Friendly Planet!
Christopher Smith, Huntersville, NC
This was my second trip to Ireland, but my first actual tour. I was very pleased with the tour. My sister had never been to Ireland, and this tour gave her a wonderful introduction to Ireland.
The extras that came with booking this trip with Friendly Planet were great. The easy booking, easy transfers, all the extras included in the tour were certainly a plus and made us feel very special on the ship. I look forward to booking with Friendly Planet next year. Thank you again.
Sloan Smith, Pawleys Island, SC
I have no idea how you put this together for the price that we got. Everything was top-notch. I hope you guys are around for a long time, because I have finally found someone I can trust to give me the best experience for my money. It's like having a family member in the travel industry.
Dee Putnam, Kansas, UT
I am writing to express my happiness and joy at this last vacation I just had. My boyfriend Tony and I booked the Friendly Planet 11 day Kenyan Safari, which subcontracted to Vintage Africa. We had a group of seven wonderful people with us but what made it so much better was the guide of my group of four named Daniel Muthee. Daniel is extremely nice, prompt and his vast knowledge base of Kenya, the peoples, tribes, customs and animals is encyclopedic. He made the trip so very special, from FINDING and explaining all the animals, lining us up for great photographic shots and using the driving skills of a NASCAR driver on those so called roads. I think it is important that you know what an asset he is to your company. I have used Friendly Planet in the past (Cuba last March) and am very happy with it. I plan on using you again when I take vacations where tours are necessary – I am not rally a tour type of person but you do it right.Thanks for the memories!
Ann Marie Anise
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