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When we first heard about our tour to India, we were a little hesitant because the price was so low. We thought it may be too good to be true. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was everything we had hoped for and more. The flights were trouble-free and all the hotels were much better than expected. Our hotel in Delhi was the nicest hotel that I have ever stayed at! And I have traveled the world and been to many high class hotels. Also, we were initially concerned about our safety while in India. It turns out that safety was not an issue. Again, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Indian people very welcoming towards Americans. You couldn't find nicer people in the world. I don't know how you kept the tour price so low! Keep up the low prices and high standards. I can't wait to book my next Friendly Planet trip!
Riley Loback, Seattle, WA
Just about everything you need to know is out on the web before you make a decision. I believe I called the Friendly Planet office only once with only one question during the entire booking process. I really appreciate all of the full disclosure of just about everything on the web site. It helped me make my decision to do the safari with Friendly Planet as opposed to Vantage or other companies.
At the price, I thought we would fly on the outside of the airplane, and get around Thailand by goat cart. Instead, China Air was a new plane, we got around by a new bus, in the best hotels in town, and had a guide who was an absolute joy. I could not recommend the trip more highly. We took the extension to Angkor Wat, which was marvelous. Only problem was the 23 hour ride getting home, but short of having one's own jet, that is life for the traveler
John Wright, Granada Hills, CA
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
My safari to Kenya [was] a dream come true...absolutely wonderful. We saw all the animals & birds to see thanks to our guide and driver... I loved the way [Friendly Planet] organized this tour from Mt. Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi, I enjoyed it all... A trip of a lifetime to remember forever. Thank you all.
We were so impressed by the flow of tours, events, hotels and most of all the guides. Our national guide, Christina, was not just polite as some are, but she was efficient, friendly and patient. She made our group feel like a big family. Kudos to your company for choosing her as a guide! We will definitely use Friendly Planet again!
Lynn Fuller, Glen Ridge, NJ
My friend and I just returned from your Taste of China tour. This was the first time we have ever been on a tour. We generally head off by ourselves but thought that China would be best seen on a tour. We were not disappointed. Your guides in China were great, especially Zhu in Beijing, who stayed with us throughout our 10 days in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Everything was on time and well organized. Each guide was extremely well versed in the history of the country and in the specifics of the area we were visiting. The hotels were great and Air China was excellent. All in all, a memorable experience and one made more so but your excellent organization and planning. We will highly recommend you to our friends and associates.
Paul Caouette & Sergio Mares, Dana Point, California
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
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.
I just returned and wanted to let you know that this trip was absolutely wonderful. It was very well put together, had a great itinerary, involved no surprises, and was a great value. The hotels were outstanding. I truly enjoyed the variety of activities especially in the Amazon Region. Based upon this great experience, I will definitely consider Friendly Planet again.
Theodore Lattanzio, New York, NY
Our guide here was great; overall one of the best we have experienced. Our guide for the hike was great, nice attention to detail and was very educated on the environment. Patti was our guide in Bangkok and she was fabulous. She really went above and beyond by personally taking us to some of the other areas we wanted to see to ensure we didn't get lost. You can tell she really loves what she does, and like our guide in Kuching, is one of the best we've experienced in all of our travels.
Our outstanding guide, Dina, combined every trait beloved by travelers: she spoke perfect English, provided just the right amount of fascinating Egyptology, swept us away from pressing crowds and into quiet corners of the sites for explanations, offered optional talks on life in contemporary Egypt, helped us to understand and embrace the culture of this amazing destination, and warmed us with her enthusiasm and smiles.
Suzanne Ahlberg, Orrtanna, PA
I want to thank you all for such a wonderful vacation.It was just magical. We have recommended your site and this trip to all of our friends. The hotels were all amazingly beautiful, the food was perfect, and the scenery was gorgeous. Our tour guide, Alejandra, was always on time and extremely acknowledgeable about the trip. Again thank you so much for a great package.
Julia & Rodrigo
I thought the trip was great. Overall it was well-organized, well-priced and the service was good both before the trip and during the trip.
It was a wonderful trip! As usual, FP had everything planned and very carefully handled. Our accommodations and transportation was great. I have to say that our guide was the best and most knowledgeable leader. I will definitely travel with FP again.
Sharon Hughes, Corinth, MS
Exceeded our expectations in every respect. The tour guide was WONDERFUL, the accommodations were much better then we expected, and we saw far more on the tour then we could ever have seen on our own. Our tour guide did so many little things and surprise additions to make sure we got a good experience learning the culture, the foods, and sampling this and that. Definitely will be taking another Friendly Planet tour in the future. Thanks for everything.
Lil Doody, Chicago, IL
Good value, great adventure, superb guide and driver, sign me up for the next trip.
The tour was well worth the money spent. I would definitely go with your company again! Everything was beyond our expectations. Thanks for a very well organized tour!
June Dimalanta, Pensacola, FL
We took The Best of Cambodia and Vietnam trip. It was fantastic! We had so many experiences along the way, constantly going deeper into the cultures of the country. We did and saw things that we noticed no other tour companies doing. This was the first time we used Friendly Planet and it was very superior to some of the other companies we have used. We will most definitely use them again. If you are wondering who to use for this trip, use Friendly Planet. We still marvel at the experiences they gave us.
Polly Munkberg, Little Rock, AR
We were pleased with the accommodations, included and optional tours, and all arrangements. The guides were superior. Peter was the BEST. We will travel with Friendly Planet again. One couple in our group had travelled with [Friendly Planet] repeatedly, and we understand why. It's a great travel company.
Nancy Riess and Melvin Rappaport
Again you have surpassed our expectations with the perfect trip. All of our hotels were top of the line. They alone are worth the price of the trip but you threw in the airfare and two experienced guides to make the perfect vacation. Nok and Mona were really wonderful. They made sure that we were able to learn about the Thai people and culture. I still do not know how you offer such great packages at so low of a price.
Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida
Wonderful tour, knowledgeable and helpful guides and a great bargain. Friends couldn't believe that I was getting air, luxury hotel, airport transfers and breakfast buffet daily for normally the price of just the airline ticket! Marrakesh was so special and to get an insider's view of the city and surrounding area was truly a memorable experience.
Sondra Carpenter, Philadelphia, PA
You certainly pack a lot into your tours! We saw so much, had some great experiences, and learned more about the Middle East than I would have by doing this on my own. Very knowledgeable guides, never feared for my safety, first rate accommodations, and many regional experiences compacted into our tour. Great job, Friendly Planet! I would recommend this tour to anyone.
The tour was well worth the money spent. I would definitely go with your company again! Everything was beyond our expectations. Thanks for a very well organized tour!!
June Dimalanta, Pensacola, FL
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 had the time of our lives on your September Taj Mahal + Mumbai Trip. No other place in the world can you see such a combination of beauty, history & diversity! From the elephant ride up to the Jaipur fortress, dawn at the Taj Mahal, visiting Gandhi's Memorial in Delhi, to the throbbing inner-city of Mumbai, it was a joy each & every moment! We are searching for our next Friendly Planet holiday right now - Thanks again for a great tour at a super price.
Thomas Fuller, Lake Worth, FL
Loved every minute of this trip. The hotel was great - centrally located, modern, clean, a five star all-the-way. Singapore Airline was wonderful - didn't think I could take the 10hr trip but it wasn't difficult at all, with all the in-flight entertainment. Round trip transfers went smooth. And the included full buffet breakfast was an added surprise. I went with my adult daughter and son and they really loved Japan and can't wait to return. I am a former travel agent and I know how many things that are out of your control can happen. I am telling anyone who is interested in travel to contact your company. I've been on many tours and this was one of the best - both for what is included and for the price. P.S. When I called your office, I got to speak with a real human (how many times does that happen in today's world) who was pleasant and able to answer all my questions and correct any problems I had with my booking.
Kathleen Russo, Wynnewood, PA
I judge the value of a vacation by the desire to return. After seeing Greece on this tour, I most certainly want to go back.
Friendly Planet was absolutely wonderful! In every way possible. From the beginning of the process of me deciding on the Beijing & Shanghai Express, I was warmly greeted with excellent customer service, answers to my questions, and terrific local guides. I even made new friends on the trip. I would happily use Friendly Planet Travel again and recommend them to my friends and family. Trust me, it's as easy as a click, a phone call, and just step on the plane! Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.
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
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