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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 cruises and custom tour packages for groups.
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.
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Cuban Vacation Excitement: What to Anticipate in Your Sexiest New Destination
The pleasures of Cuba can be found interacting with the island's residents, learning about their way of life, viewing the colonial architecture and meandering the charming streets of some of Cuba's smaller cities and towns. Read more
The doorway to Cuba is inching open
"Cuba has this time warp factor and this incredibly rich culture," Goldman told CBS MoneyWatch. "They manage through their own ingenuity and resourcefulness to make life happen. It's miraculous when you see it." Read more
Flight lesson: How to avoid airline fees
How do you know you're getting the best deal when there are fees for baggage, roomier seating or early boarding privileges that help ensure your carry-on makes the overhead bin? Read more
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Below are just a few rave reviews from our customers. See more testimonials.
That the was the best trip/vacation my wife and I have ever had. We really enjoyed Thailand, but I have to thank you for providing us with our tour guide, Chai. He was very pleasant, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. Chai was very attentive to everyone's needs and was very accessible. At one point in the tour, my wife became ill and needed medical care. Chai (providing his cell number earlier to everyone) was available for our needs. He located the nearest hospital for us and assured us that we would not be left alone informing us how we would catch up with the rest of the tour if needed. Needless to say we were surprised by the exceptional medical care at the local hospital and we were able to return to the group prior to the next departure. Additionally, on the day of the final tour at BKK, there were four separate groups: one group returning to US; one group to Phuket; one group to Cambodia; and us going to Chaing Rai. I watched Chai orchestrate the four groups in the very busy BKK airport personally escorting each group in order of priority to each airline. That was very impressive, removing so much stress and putting an exclamation point on excellent service. Thank you for such a great tour plan. The accommodations were excellent. We will definitely be referring your agency to our family and friends. khob kuhn krab (thank you),
Richard and Emelyne Sablan
My wife and I usually travel on our own--in all to more than 60 different countries. So, this tour was one of the few we have ever taken with a group. It was so good, we have decided that we've been missing something. Tour guides were knowledgeable and pleasant; accommodations and arrangements were excellent, our fellow travelers engaging--and in the long run, a lot less hassle at less cost than if we had traveled on our own. We tell our friends--Friendly Planet is the only tour company we will even consider, and is even better than travel on our own.
Bruce Partridge, Nanaimo, British Columbia
I travel frequently and recently took your amazing Thailand trip. I must say how impressed I was...I had a trip without a glitch. You guys are the best! I will definitely do business with you again, guaranteed. I seldom take the time to rate a trip; however, this exceptional trip deserves an exceptional review.
Andy Anspaugh, Palm Springs, CA
Just returned from my first trip with Friendly Planet and was so impressed that I had to write this note. You have a lot of choices in travel and I have found my tour company at last. Everything about my trip was amazing—our guide, Ibrahim, was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also patient and very funny. Hotels, transportation, meals, added excursions were all superb. Everything went off without a hitch—I felt safe and cared for every minute and could spend ALL of my time enjoying the trip instead of worrying about the travel details. Turkey, its people, scenery, food, monuments and parks are just wonderful. I can't wait for my next trip. So little time, so much to see...
Ann Ott, Cedar City, Utah
I had a very short window of time for a trip to Cuba, and since Friendly Planet offered a six-day people-to-people “Discover Havana” visit from Miami, I jumped at it, and am glad that I did. In the short time that we were there, we visited an urban organic farm, a ballet school, a primary school, a senior day-care center, a neighborhood mural/art project, the Hemingway home, a ration store, and a biosphere reserve with a thriving artists’ colony. Our U.S. and Cuban guides were knowledgeable, honest about the island’s challenges, and flexible, with good personal skills. The hotel accommodations and food were fine, and after each day’s program, we had a chance to sample on our own the Cuban music and club scenes. This was a good tour and a good value.