Customer Testimonials

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I wanted to let you know that my sister and I really enjoyed our Friendly Planet Taj Mahal Express tour. Our guide, Madan Vishwakarma was excellent...probably the best tour leader I have ever encountered. He tried to accommodate everyone's needs and helped people get to other shopping areas after the daily tour ended. He is proud of his homeland and shows it. Friendly Planet is very lucky to use his services. My sister and I were glad that we purchased the optional tour while in India because Madan showed us places we would not have seen on our own, and he provided lots of information.

Dennis Setlock

The trip to Kenya and Tanzania was absolutely wonderful. The game driver and guides were excellent, and the accommodations were very very nice. I also took the Dubai extension and the place was fabulous and fun. Friendly Planet does a great job. I have traveled with them many times and will continue to make my travel plans with them.

Ronald Underwood, Oak Park, CA

We just returned from our China Delight tour. I have to say I'm surprising happy with the trip. We do not use tour companies. We like to plan our own trips. So my expectations were not very high for having a good time. But, I'm happy to say our trip went with out a hitch! From the time Vivian ( Who was wonderful the whole time) picked us up at the airport until we said our good byes. China was amazing and the people were very friendly. We will definitly use Friendly Planet again. Thanks again!

Dorie Bailey, Bakersfield, CA

We just returned from our tour of China and we had a wonderful experience!! I would recommend this trip and company to anyone. Our guides were great, in particular our Shanghai guide Alan was extremely informative and very funny!! He made our tours in that city especially fun!

Hilary Hewitt, MIlton, Ontario

My wife Barbara and I just recently returned after a wonderful Safari Tour of Kenya. We were treated royally by everyone associated with this tour we were met as planned and escorted throughout our Kenya leg of the tour we were treated well by experienced tour guides who drove us to view almost every animal that existed in the Parks. We were also treated to view a Lion eating her recent kill and a kill by a Cheetah which may be gory for some but it is the animals' existence in this world. We would like to thank all of the people that we meet representing Friendly Planet for this memorable wonderful vacation. We highly recommend using Friendly Planet for this and future tours. We are currently looking for another vacation with Friendly Planet.

Patrick McGoogan, Ancaster, Ontario

Our Taste of China tour was a life changing experience! My daughters ages 12 and 18 were very impressed and loved it. They are now interested in all things Chinese. I thought it was an excellent value. Tony was a great guide. I really liked the city; especially the illuminated downtown area and city walls. The hotel in Beijing was very nice and centrally located. I think Beijing is the cleanest city I have ever been to. Nothing prepared us for the vastness of the Forbidden and Summer Palaces or for the magnificence of the Great Wall. Vivianne was organized and always courteous. She had a good sense of humor and was an excellent ambassador for this magnificent country. I think you do a great job and I would thoroughly recommend you.

Adrian Ashdown

I've been fortunate to travel far and wide, but this trip was truly the experience of a lifetime! Great guides, knowledgeable, and VERY helpful. If you're considering this trip, DON'T MISS Abu Simbel! And Taybet Zaman in Petra—my favorite hotel! It's like a time capsule. Great job, Friendly Planet. You made my dream-trip come true!

J. Belli, Aubrey, TX

Definitely will do another trip and recommend to everyone I know. You guys blew my expectations away!

Hernan Carrasco

I just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Israel and Turkey! Thank you so very much for ensuring the best seats for me on the airplane to and from. They were very easy and gave me plenty of room to move around. I appreciate you making these seat assignments possible. Turkish Airlines is one that I would always recommend! The crew and service was great! Friendly Planet put together such a wonderful tour! Astounding!

Chris Simning

Thank you for an amazing tour of Thailand! This was our first experience with Friendly Planet, but based on this, we would highly recommend them. We thought it was a fantastic value. There is no way that we would have been able to do as much, or travel to multiple cities on our own. All of the accommodations were excellent. Our guide, "Tick", was very knowledgeable, experienced, informative, entertaining, had a great sense of humor, and he spoke/understood English very well. We would definitely consider another Friendly Planet tour, to a new destination.

Danielle Lawson, Madison, WI

Each time I emailed with questions, it was answered within 24 hours. The information provided before the tour was excellent.

Angela Lusk

I love it. Working with Katherine through this process was extremely smooth.

Nathalie Caty

I just came back from my first Friendly Planet Tour to Kenya and loved it. I will definitely book another one. Our guide Tony, from Vintage Tours, was excellent. Words cannot express the great time I had.

Doretha Rita Davis, Brooklyn, NY

We all had a wonderful time and marveled at how clean, pretty and safe Havana was. We particularly liked our visit to the Center for Adult Day Care where we were asked to go onto a stage so the 200 or so people at the Center, a former convent, could welcome us. The Director asked if any of us wanted to say something to them in Spanish. I volunteered and in the best Spanish I could muster at the time told them "we were happy to be in Cuba, that we were from the United States of America, and that we hoped they were happy we were there." The crowd burst into a loud, sustained applause. When we came off the stage and filed past the audience, everyone reached over to shake our hands. It was very touching and almost brought us to tears as we didn't expect such a hardy welcome from Cubans.

Dede Emerson

We took the Exotic Ecuador trip in April. The hotels and lodges far out weighed our expectations. We were a group of 8 adults over the age of 60 and enjoyed every minute of this tour. Vivian, our guide, made it even more enjoyable with her sense of humor and great knowledge of her country. We have recommended this tour and Friendly Planet to everyone we know!

Ann Coleman, Quincy, MA

Wonderful experience! The optional tours were amazing. Tuk, our guide in Thailand, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends/family.

Neda Espesor

Excellent trip. Over two years ago I went with a pastor and his wife on a Friendly Planet tour of Israel. About half way through the tour, I fell and broke my ankle. Friendly Planet and their associates really went out of their way to take care of me and to coordinate my care in Israel and to orchestrate my trip home. I highly recommend taking any tour arranged by Friendly Planet and, also, purchasing the very reasonable trip insurance.

Gene Haury, Simi Valley, CA

We just returned from the Best of India and Nepal Tour and have only the most positive comments to make about the tour operator, the tour guides, the hotels, and the tour buses. Friendly Planet took care of everything very professionally. Praveen, our guide, was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure everyone on the trip was taken care of. The ceremonies at the Ganges were, in themselves, worth the cost of the tour. We highly recommend Friendly Planet as a touring agency.

Antonino Giacalone, San Diego, CA

Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.

Kevin

Just wanted to let you know that our guide on this tour, Kerri Michael, was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! She deserves a raise! Kerri was a terrific guide, giving us suggestions and guidance on everything imaginable. I have been on quite a few 'guided' tours over the years, and Kerri was by far one of the best guides I've ever had. She not only was our tour leader, but a friend.

Laura Dennison, Columbia, SC

We have traveled all over the world and this was our best trip yet!!! I don't know why we waited so long to see Ireland as I'm half Irish!

Nick and Judy Westbrook

Just returned from a wonderful vacation with Friendly Planet through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Wonderful accommodations, non-stop touring, friendly people were noted through all countries. Thank you for making this a smooth and memorable vacation. Never have I gone on a group trip with such kind people and intense sightseeing.

Patrick Rommel, Philadelphia, PA

The Best of India and Nepal tour was absolutely wonderful. Our guide Vishal was knowledgeable, helpful, patient and funny. We learned so much that I am still processing it in my sleep. India is a country of vitality, energy, smiles and vibrant colors. Accommodations were excellent. Take this tour, and if you are lucky enough to have Vishal as a guide, it will be even more memorable.

Terry Aleman, Dayville, CT

We just returned from your Taste of Thailand tour. It was wonderful, and we are already talking about another trip with you! I can't say enough about our whole experience with Friendly Planet. From the very beginning you were helpful and prompt in communicating information to us so we could better plan our trip. Everything went so well. Our tour guide Lek was amazing! She shared Thailand's customs, people and treasures with us in such a way that we will never forget. She is truly one of Thailand's Treasures, and one of Friendly Planet's Treasures as well! Our hotels were amazing...we are still trying to figure out how you can put together such a remarkable trip for the money? Thank you so much for a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to traveling with you again!

Debra & Robert Woods

It was great! Thank you very much. I will refer many friends to you.

Davis & Thais Lerner, Los Altos, CA

I took the Taste of China tour, and it was perfect--the best hotels, tours, and free time to sight-see on my own. It could not have been any better. I met several people on my tour who had traveled with Friendly Planet before, and from what they all said, Friendly Planet is the best tour company around. I have to believe them as I had a great time. Friendly Planet should be proud of what they do and how they do it.

Rick James, Oklahoma City, OK

I've been on six tours with Friendly Planet so far, and I have to say that those tours have opened up my understanding of the world. The thing about travel to foreign countries is that it changes you, leaving you with a much better understanding of the world, long after you've returned. Each tour I've been on has been exciting and different, even repeat tours to the same destination. One of the great things about the FP tours has been the amazing diversity of people on each tour; I've met everyone from newlyweds to retirees, all looking for adventure. Most of my fellow travelers on FP tours have tended to be well-read, well-traveled, and not fussy at all. They've come to taste the amazing foods and walk the amazing streets, not to buy trinkets and eat at McDonalds. Not surprisingly, many of us keep in touch long after the tours are over, and I've met more than one "repeater" on the trips to China. And I'm always surprised to find how nice the hotels are. One more thing is that going on these tours is really a good use of your time overseas, since you don't have to waste time with paperwork, check-ins, deposits, etc. You just go have a drink or walk around the block and come back to pick up your room key. The guides are always funny, helpful, and go out of their way to make sure you have a good time. And there's always plenty of time to explore on your own. Thanks again for the great experiences. I'll be back in April to re-visit Thailand!

Jeff Jenkins, Boca Raton, FL

We went on a tour to Cuba and have never been as well cared for on a trip as was done by Trish Oliveira. I hope you know what a treasure you have in her. She ensured our accommodations were perfect, answered myriad questions with patience and grace. The experience in Cuba was without equal. We will continue to book with your agency because of the excellence and professionalism at all parts of the booking and tour process. Please extend our gratitude to Trish and let he know that the Blums love her!

Lawrence Blum, Long Beach, CA

I have traveled with many tour companies, but never enjoyed myself as much as with Friendly Planet. Every detail was taken care of at a price that was so affordable!

Andrew Arcello

The tour exceeded my wildest expectations...and I'm a seasoned and frequent traveler. The hotel and cruise staff were very kind and patient, and the cruise personnel unbelievably alert and considerate, anticipating needs before one had ever thought about it. The best time of my life...

Evelyn Ronell, Secaucus, NJ

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