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Friendly Planet Travel For all media-related inquiries about Friendly Planet, please contact:

Abby Bedecs
Gregory FCA Communications
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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.

9/29/2014

PDFIceland Joins Friendly Planet Travel’s Lineup of Exotic Destinations

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Times

Social Media

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Customer Testimonials

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

This is my third trip with Friendly Planet and I love this company. Everything goes along as planned without any problems, the tours are great, including the optional tours, hotels are good, airlines chosen are fine, and it is a well planned trip for the money. I will continue to travel with Friendly Planet and I do recommend them to my friends and family.

Marie Pennachio

We travel with many companies and Friendly Planet is right at the top of our list.

J.K. Deuel

Friendly Planet probably has the best customer service I've ever encountered of all travel sites/agents. The trip itself was planned thoroughly and was totally a great value.

Cindy Lee

From day one the communication and all documentation was excellent, on a scale from 1 – 10, I give you a 20. It couldn't have been better. Every question or concern was explained in detailed and I always knew what to expect throughout the entire trip from the boarding of the Air China Flight in LA to getting back to LA after the trip was over. I wouldn't change a thing. We had enough free time and time with guides. Friendly Planet did a great job. I had never heard of Friendly Planet until we booked this trip, and now I'm looking at other trips sponsored by your organization.

Eric Finney

I just returned from 10 days in China with Friendly Planet. It was an AMAZING tour—everything that Friendly Planet said it was and made even more fun with our national guide David Bai. I have never had anything exceed my expectations this much. David is an excellent guide and made sure everything went smoothly and that we had the best experience possible. His customer service, knowledge, and people skills are tops and he is a lot of fun! The local guides too were excellent, Alan in Shanghai was outstanding. My next trip will be with Friendly Planet and the trip I just took will not be my last visit to China. I can't wait to go back to visit China and David again. Thank you for such unforgettable and fabulous travel memories.

Jamie Chatterley, Roseville, CA

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