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

Abby Bedecs
Gregory FCA Communications
610-228-2358
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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.

11/24/2014

PDFFriendly Planet Travel Discounts Tours to More Than 40 Countries During Cyber Monday Blowout Sale

11/17/2014

PDFInternational Multigenerational Travel is Now Easier and More Affordable than Ever with Friendly Planet Travel

10/28/2014

PDFIt’s Time to Hit the Rails! Friendly Planet Travel Introduces New Europe by Rail Travel Packages

10/8/2014

PDFIt’s Not a Typo! 6 Days in Dubai, Including Airfare, for Only $1,599

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.

Ever Wanted to See Cuba? You Can with These Cruises

For a sneak peek around the bend, the folks at Friendly Planet are also whipping up a 10-night Cuban cruise-tour of their own. It is set to launch on the heels of the travel company’s well-received three-year run of land-based, people-to-people tours in the country. Read more

Yahoo! Travel

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

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: Travel tips and trips

Friendly Planet Travel has a 21-night cruise aboard Holland America Line exploring the South Pacific and priced from $1,599 per person double occupancy. Sailing from Los Angeles on Sept. 27, the cruise spends lots of days at sea but makes port two days each in Hawaii and Fiji, and one day each in American Samoa and New Caledonia before ending in Sydney. 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

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.

It has been six months since our Pyramids and Petra tour, and we keep getting more and more impressed, as we speak to people and watch TV, with just how comprehensive our trip with Friendly Planet was. Sometimes it seems as if we have seen everything there is to see and done everything there is to do; and we can't wait to go back and do it all again!

John DiGiorgio, Denville, NJ

Booking was easy! The website was very clear in explaining terms. Contact via email and phone was also a very pleasant experience. I found Friendly Planet to be extremely well organized, friendly, and surprisingly affordable for what they offer. I liked the fact that I could reserve with deposit months in advance, then pay the balance due once the departure date was close. This was our first tour with Friendly Planet- the first of many more to come.

Angelica Arias

Many will tell you I am not an easy person to please. I have been so thrilled with Friendly Planet ever since Egypt 2 years ago (and now cant wait for Kenya!). With great deals, exceptional customer service, and top destinations, what more could you ask for! So excited to be a part of the FB fan page :-)

Mona Sethi, Clifton, NJ

My husband and I went on this trip for our honeymoon and it truly was nothing short of incredible. Thailand is a such a gorgeous country, rich in color, architecture, ancient wonders and cultural marvels. I highly recommend this trip to anyone considering visiting Thailand. The temples (or wats) were breathtaking. The palaces and Buddhas were on a level of grandeur I have never experienced anywhere else. Thailand is full of treasures! The time we spent with the people, monkeys and elephants, the food, the night markets- everything was spectacular! Our guide Lek was amazing and was truly one of the high points of the trip! She took time to get to know each one of us individually, and always found a way to make each and everyone one of us feel happy and special. She was wonderfully polite and sensitive, as well as incredibly knowledgeable. She went out of her way on many occasions to accommodate our individual needs, from stopping at the convenience store or the bank, to confirming our return flights. Her pride for Thailand's rich history really came across in all that she shared with the group and added real meaning to our experience. All the hotels were wonderful. We were very lucky to have a great group and we were all very sad to part ways. It was a wonderful experience!

Melisa Oepen, Dallas, TX

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

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