Customer Testimonials

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I loved this tour. The guide, Isa Levant was wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. The hotels were deluxe. The food very good. I am an artist and my next show is inspired by what I saw in Turkey. I am including some of my paintings.

Esther Charbit, Chicago, Il

I just want to let you know that my trip to Turkey was absolutely fabulous. Our guide Ibrihim was so knowledgeable about the country. We knew we were in good hands with him as our guide. Thank you for providing such a wonderful trip for such a good price.

Gale Bacon

I enjoyed an excellent trip to South Africa. The scenery, food, accommodations, bus transportation, guide service and schedule were all outstanding. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone.

Robert Johnson, Seattle, WA

Everything was perfectly arranged. All transportation to and from different places was punctual, comfortable and efficient. Thank you for making our vacation so easy and so smooth. It was our best trip ever!

Jeff & Sandi Horton, Waco, TX

I went on two of your tours this year, Treasures of Egypt and Best of China, as well as two other tours (Athens/ Istanbul with optional Classical Greek extension; Croatia/Slovenia/Montenegro) in previous years. I don't know how Friendly Planet puts together such amazing trips so reasonably, as I couldn't book things separately for double the price. Treasures of Egypt, my last tour, was lead by a fantastic tour guide with an advanced degree in Egyptology! The accommodations on the cruise ship were top notch with all the amenities, great food, and a helpful and friendly crew. We also stayed in a luxurious hotel in Cairo. All the admissions to the various temples / pyramids were included. They even provide extra security guards, though we always felt completely safe and well taken care of. Best of China was wonderful! We had our guide, Sam, plus a local guide in each area we went to. The trip included a 4 day cruise on the Yangtze River (a highlight) with very nice cabins with private decks, a 4-hour cruise up the Li River through some of the most beautiful sites in China, many flights within China, which allowed us to see more of the country, 5 star hotels, clean and modern buses to transport us to the sites of interest, such as the spectacular Great Wall. My favorite parts were where we saw the mountains and other natural wonders of China. One of things I will never forget was an optional excursion out in the countryside up river from Guilin where we were able to meet a family and visit their 400 year old home and walk in the rice fields. I would wholeheartedly recommend this travel company.

Margaret Bernarding, Forest Knolls, CA

What a wonderful time we had on the Treasures of Thailand tour. My partner even got to be the elephant mahout for a day. I celebrated my birthday on the tour and our guide Tajma had a cake locally baked to celebrate the occasion - delicious coconut cake! We will definitely travel with Friendly Planet again! Thank you for making it all seem so seamless and convenient!

Peter Escajeda, Long Beach, California

“My husband and I were on this trip for our honeymoon, and were blown away by the personal care you did with each transfer and welcome. We would use Friendly Planet again in a heartbeat. I have been already recommending friendly planet to co-workers, friends, and family.”

Anna Holliday

This trip was 100 times above my expectations. I cannot say enough great things about our tour guide Sam, and the local guides were also wonderful. I was blown away with how nice the hotels were. We saw some amazing sites, the camera never stopped! The guide in Chengdu took us when the pandas were active and made sure to time our visit with the red pandas during feeding time, and we avoided large crowds. Sam took us out of his way when we all wanted to go to a tea house. I even enjoyed the optional excursions in Shanghai, which I wasn't sure would be of much interest to me. Top show of the trip; Tang Dynasty show! Don't think twice about going, just go!

Courtney Preston, Elmira, NY

We have just finished watching our Movies taken on our tour to Thailand. What a incredible time we had. Our tour guide "Lek" was the best part of the tour. She made sure we had a wonderful time. She went above and beyond what was expected to make us feel welcome and enjoy her country. After spending hours with us she would make herself available at night to answer any question or help with any concerns. She was a delight to travel with and was very informative about the areas and sights we saw. She recommended restaurants and places to shop and see on the little off tour time we had. The entire trip was excellent and we are looking forward to perhaps India or Africa with friendly Planet in the near future.

Dana Rice, Sandy, Utah

Vacationing in Italy for Spring Break was our 13-year-old son's idea. We hadn't a clue how to pull it all together in less than 5 weeks, and then a friend recommended Friendly Planet. From the get-go (meaning my initial contact with your reservation agent), I knew that we would be in good hands. The tour of 8 key cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Venice, and Siena, was beyond our wildest expectations. And the price was right! And our charming tour guides were one better than the other! We also enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers -- all truly wonderful people. Since then, every chance I get, I recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends.

Fran Carpentier, New York, NY

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

What a great trip we just had in Ecuador! Patricio, our guide, did a terrific job informing us of facts about Ecuador and challenging us physically on a hike through the Amazon forest. It was so exciting to tube on an Amazon tributary. Each day we were clearly prepared for what was happening and contributed to the choice several times. The animal refuge was inspiring as our guide shared his experiences restoring abused and/or orphaned animals to good health and, hopefully, return to the wild. The quality and quantity of food was top notch, and hotels provided R&R as well as shelter. Bus trips were extensive because of winding, narrow and steep roads, but Patricio kept us involved with historic and cultural info of the areas we visited. Big bang for the buck again with Friendly Planet. They're hard to beat.

J. and T. McGlaughlin, McClure, PA

I love Friendly Planet! I had a great time and the service was excellent.

Nailah G. Beraki

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

Is there a rating above "Excellent" for the Guide and Driver? They were exceptional! Rimy, our wilderness guide at Bako was amazing at finding wildlife to point out to us! Batang Ai was a truly magical location. Our Guide, Patty, had a wealth of historic and cultural information to impart to us, and her energy levels never failed.

Carol Snyder

Just returned from A Taste of Thailand with Noy as our leader. She is FANTASTIC. I slipped and twisted my ankle and Noy checked on me frequently, brought me ice, purchased an ankle wrap and topical medication. You have one satisfied customer. I also believe that my entire group agrees with me.

Ann Snyder

Just wanted to thank Friendly Planet for a great trip to Costa Rica. We will definitely be planning more trips using FP...Thank you!

Pam Walker

We really had a marvelous time in Egypt. I have told everyone about this tour. I kept thinking that there must be a catch for you to offer this package at such a wonderful price. There was no catch and I can't believe it! I have no idea how you are able to afford to offer such inexpensive packages. The food was great, the accommodations terrific and the sights amazing.

Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida

FP [Friendly Planet] has the details down pat, and details can make or break a trip. The cost was amazing, considering airfare alone. I have used FP twice because I could not do said trips myself at the cost FP provides.

Dennis Weber

My wife, myself and my daughter just returned to Virginia from your Beijing & Shanghai Express trip to China. Words can't describe the adventure. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Your tour guide Peter answered every question we could ask. I have recommended your trip to everyone I have run into. Thank you Friendly Planet and especially our tour guide Peter.

Ken Bradshaw, Montclair, VA

Alan, our guide, could not have been nicer and more informative. We all just adored him. Shelly, our guide, was unflappable. She was great at making sure we had dinner plans when the hotel was unable to accommodate us for dinner. Excellent is not good enough. Our national guide, Peter was, amazing and tireless. He is a gem, a national treasure. I have never learned so much in so little time and enjoyed it so much.

Terry Beauvais, Granada Hills, CA

We had a very interesting trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Our tour guide in Vietnam, Toan Truong, was extremely helpful and informative. The guides in Cambodia and Thailand both did a very good job teaching us about those countries. The accommodations and transportation were outstanding! This is our third trip with Friendly Planet and we continue to be very pleased with everything.

Janice & Ron Beller, Parker, CO

The best tour of my life.... and one of the least expensive. The experience of Friendly Planet and the guide really help to make things very smooth.

Ontario Lau

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

This world traveler gives Friendly Planet's Pyramids & Nile Cruise excursion 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up! Truth be told, given the low cost of this tour, we expected a mid-grade vacation. What we received was first class all the way! Every minute was packed with amazing sights, sounds and adventures. We couldn't believe the level of service, the caliber of our tour guides, the variety of activities and the quality of our accommodations. Friendly Planet exceeded our expectations in every way. Since this was our first "group tour," we were concerned being stuck with a group. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. The folks on our tour were fun, friendly and with similar adventurous spirit. With the small group size, we never felt "crowded." Plus, my husband and I received plenty of downtime to feel re-energized and enough "alone time" to still find romance. A big thank you to Friendly Planet for making ours a remarkable experience that will be remembered forever! We look forward to taking another trip with you soon!

Annabel Eyrick, St. Louis, MO

This is the second trip I've been on with Friendly Planet. I always feel I get my money's worth on the trip. Each day is packed with things to see & experience and the guides are knowledgeable, friendly and take care of everything to make sure the trip runs smoothly.

Cathleen Madge

Excellent trip - friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, beautiful hotels, close attention to details. It was a terrific experience.

Ruth Trump, Schenectady, NY

My husband and I just returned from our amazing tour of India and Nepal. We have taken many tours, but what made this trip even more special was our fantastic tour director, Shanker Bhattacharya. He was always so organized and a great problem solver when needed. Plus, he was lots of fun. Shanker is a genuine good person and an asset to your company. Thank you!

Kathy and Pat Fitzgerald, Battle Ground, WA

I've visited over 20 countries but this was my first journey to Asia and I had a fabulous time! During my Taste of Thailand tour I made many memories that I will cherish forever. The experience of riding atop a majestic elephant in tropical, stunningly picturesque rural Kanchanaburi, followed by a leisurely bamboo raft ride down the jungle ensconced River Kwai was truly priceless. Also, I found myself very touched by the history that was shared at the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. And, finally I must say that that I was especially grateful for our tour guide Lek Atchara. Not only was she knowledgeable, patient, and kind, but she also went out of her way to make sure my special dietary needs were accommodated. This is the first trip I've taken since I've become a vegetarian where I've been able to find such a variety of absolutely delicious local cuisine. This was one of my best vacations ever!

Michelle Denton, Atlanta, GA

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet Travel, and we were very nervous because the price was SO low! Well, we are extremely impressed with the service, the quality of the hotels, the tours, and overall experience we had on the Taj Mahal Express. It was a great way to see India for the first time. The value of this trip was amazing!!! Thank you for making our first trip to India an absolutely memorable one!

Hema Rupnarain

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