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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Customer Testimonials

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

Our Discover Havana tour far exceeded our expectations. The trip was extremely well organized from beginning to end; activities began from the moment we debarked in Havana and continued up until arriving at the airport on the final day. The Friendly Planet guide and Cuban guide were very knowledgeable about Cuba and kept us on schedule and informed at all times. The hotel was fantastic, the restaurants chosen were excellent and the visits gave us great insight into the people, culture and history of Cuba. We also had free time to explore on our own on many evenings. We were extremely pleased with our trip.

Bob & Ruth Alcorn

Traveling to East Africa has been a long awaited dream for me. Last November, I was finally able to realize my dream by going on Friendly Planet's 2 week jeep safari to Kenya and Tanzania. The trip was organized locally by Vintage Africa. I cannot sing enough praises for Vintage Africa, and especially our driver guide in Kenya, James Mungai. James was an extremely knowledgeable and attentive guide. His ability to intelligently answer all of our sometimes unusual questions and spot wildlife from miles away never ceased to amaze us. James went out of his way to accommodate our needs and was always patient with all our requests, from stopping to photograph every sunset and tree cluster to positioning his vehicle for the perfect photo opportunity. As a seasoned traveler, I can truly say that this trip has been one of my favorites and having James as our guide contributed to making it so memorable. I can only hope that my next group excursion will be as enjoyable and well organized.

Magda Laska

I have just returned from a great trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Our local Shanghai guide, Tracy, was so gracious, charming and knowledgeable about everything. Our national guide, Peter, was very organized and efficient. He was able to adjust elements of the trip according to weather and traffic changes without missing anything. He kept a running commentary on all aspects of Chinese history and current life. We were very impressed with his ability to make us welcome and informed. He is the best I have encountered anywhere. I highly recommend this trip.

Ron Alexander, Beaumont, TX

The national and local tour guides were very organized and professional, Especially David the national tour guide was very informative and he did a great job, he was able to answer all of our questions about China. The hotel in Xian was so good ,we did not want to leave that hotel . This trip was the most memorable trip that my husband and I ever had...

Shohreh Fatehi, Irvine, CA

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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