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Traveler Reviews

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I have been on several tours with Friendly Planet and find them to be exceptional not only in value but service. The Dubai trip was amazing and with the Kenya extension, Friendly Planet combined two adventures into one. This December I'm off to Ecuador and the Amazon for another Friendly Planet adventure.

Yvonne Freeman, Fountain Valley, CA

It was a pleasure to deal with Friendly Planet. The flights took off without a hitch. The hotels were first rate, if not better. The tour director, Praveen, was congenial, thoughtful and efficient, getting us to the head of any line. He went out of his way to make our vacation special. The local guides were full of information and easy to understand. Based on what we got on this trip, Friendly Planet is a bargain!

Brenda Kibler, Monkton, MD

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

My husband and I learned about Friendly Planet Travel through friends who went on a trip to China. They returned home raving about the great value and good time they and other travelers had while in the Far East. We began our own study of Friendly Planet trips and found one to Italy that offered just about everything but cannolis. Based just outside San Gimignano, we were more than satisfied with the family-owned Hotel Sovestro, had no issues with our little rental car, found it an easy public bus ride to and from Florence and even a night of opera music in Siena. Added to our travel bliss was a non-stop Emirates flight to and from Milan and JFK/New York. There was also much joy in making new friends who were also guests at Hotel Sovestro. Thank you, staff, for making this a most memorable trip. You'll be hearing from us again.

Gail Giannetto, Wakefield, MA

We booked this trip instead of going to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was less expensive to fly half way around the world and stay for 3 extra days than what it would have cost to go to Hawaii. As for the trip, it was by far the best trip of my life. Lek, our guide, is a wonderful person; very accommodating, friendly and seemed to genuinely care about making our experience enjoyable. Thailand is an amazing country that combines beautiful scenery, a unique culture, friendly people, a good nightlife, and is very inexpensive. What more could you ask for? We are looking to book our next trip (Africa) and are definitely looking at Friendly Planet.

Wade Honeyfield, Denver, CO

My husband and I just returned from Cuba. We really enjoyed the trip. Our traveling companions were great! Terri Ross was our tour guide. She did an excellent job, as did Gretel, the local guide, and Michael, the driver. We felt that Friendly Planet took us places other tour groups didn't go. And for a very reasonable price! This was our second trip with Friendly Planet, and we recommend them highly.

Kris Leston, Glen Ellyn, IL

You all made this trip very easy to book. Your directions were very clear and precise. I did not have any problems, especially considering that I was a late booking. Great job!!...I will certainly consider Friendly Planet first in my future travel plans for guided tours.

Warren McCandless

I just got back from the taste of India tour and it was awesome! I have never booked with a tour group before and really didn't know what to expect but everything was perfect and extremely organized. Our tour guide, Vikas, was absolutely incredible. He was knowledgeable, fun, and a true professional. I will definitely look at other vacations with Friendly Planet!! Thank you again!!!

Julie Shackett, Raleigh, NC

We traveled to many places and enjoyed many tours before, but this was so special. Your tour guide was by far the best we have ever had. He made our trip extra special, attended to all the details and treated us with great respect. He made the trip effortless and took the worry totally out of the trip. We were surprised by the quality of service provided to us. All the arrangements were made with our comfort in mind; the hotel rooms were the nicest we have stayed in. We would definitely use Friendly Planet for our next vacation and recommend this service to all our friends.

Raksha Patel, Pinellas Park, FL

We just came back from our Classic Israel [tour], and boy, what an experience we had! It was moving and overwhelming every place we went. Your service was superb from the start through the end of our tour. Our tour guide, Micah, was good in explaining every place we went and gave us enough time to float on the Dead Sea. Your name really denotes what kind of people we had on our tour—"very friendly." Surely, we will have to travel with you guys on our next trip, and will really recommend you to our friends. Your service is unbelievable.

Joyce Sael

Best bang for the buck! New buses, great (and safe) driver. This was the first tour we've been on that actually stopped the bus for unplanned but interesting sights along the road.

Paul & Audrey Belleci, Antioch, CA

Thanks Friendly Planet for all of your help. You were wonderful. You were always willing to go out of your way to make this trip to Egypt work for me. You always responded to my contacts in a timely manner. Thank you so much.

Beverly Ford

Our tour was excellent, and everything was handled very professionally. Friendly Planet is the best travel service that I've ever used. You really differentiate yourselves from other travel companies by giving attention to detail, personal service and discretionary effort.

The Crittendons, San Ramon, CA

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

Just returned from Thailand, full to the brim! This was an exceptional tour—pace, activities, options, hotels, all exceeded expectations. Our guide, Lek, was outstanding—sensitive to our wants and needs, knowledgeable and instructive, generous in providing "tastes" of Thailand on our excursion and arranging optional visits to places close to her heart that we otherwise would have missed. Our days were full; hers seemed to never stop. Cambodia too was an amazing experience, again with our guide Long catering to the special travel needs of our group. This trip changed my bias against directed tours...Thank you, Friendly Planet!

Kristi McKenzie, Bingham Farms, MI

This tour exceeded all my expectations! The national tour guide, Peter, stayed with us throughout the tour, and in addition, we had local guides to describe each city we visited. Peter and the local guides were personable, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. As an example of Peter's concern for us, my wife hurt her back just before the trip began. Peter made accommodations for her, and went to the pharmacy to get a cream for her. The cream was effective, her problem cleared up and she enjoyed the rest of the trip. We stayed at top rated hotels with great meals (their breakfast buffets, included in the trip cost, had over 30 items to sample, each of them delicious!). Considering the tour guides, the meals and accommodations, the transportation (tour bus, bullet train, plane trips, rickshaw rides and short boat cruises) and seeing great points of interest, I cannot believe the cost was so low and the quality so high...but it was! I will definitely recommend this to my friends!

John Scileppi, Hyde Park, NY

This was the trip of a lifetime and was a phenomenal deal. I will definitely go on another Friendly Planet tour.

Stephanie Palmer, Studio City, 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 think your service is outstanding. So much so that I intend to write you a letter of appreciation as soon as the jet lag wears off.

Jack Aizenman

I want to thank you so much for recommending the Turkey trip to me. It was amazing. It was very well organized, everything was on time and the hotels were excellent - very comfortable and the staff helpful. I loved the food, and the buffets were excellent. Lots of Turkish dishes, which I loved, but there was plenty of variety for those who did not want to eat ethnic. Our guide, Hakim, was beyond wonderful. He knew everything about the history of every place we visited, gong back thousands of years, as well as the modern facts of Turkey. He made it all very interesting.

Masha Fleissig, Los Angeles, CA

My husband and I have just returned from our tour "Exotic Ecuador". I highly recommend this trip. We saw so much in such a short period of time. We loved the diversity of the trip... both the beautiful landscape (mountains, volcanos, rivers, jungle), as well as the fun activities offered (tubing, zip line, bungee jumping, hiking, karaoke..hope you sing better than I do.) The price was extremely reasonable and the accommodations and food were excellent. We also appreciated the opportunity to immerse ourselves into native life by enjoying their food, crafts, and entertainment. Above all, i want to applaud our excellent guide, Patricio, and our competent driver, Pablo. These two guys really knocked themselves out to be informative, helpful, and flexible. They are friendly, lowkey and patient. I particularly want to thank Pablo for tolerating my pathetic attempts at Spanish. Don't miss this tour! We've traveled to many places in the world but I can't recall having more fun anywhere than with this great group of travelers and outstanding staff.

Rose Krueger, St Augustine, Florida

When we saw the price of this trip I booked it as a joke. My wife and I had never done an organized trip like this. Well, we were blown away by the whole experience. The guide Panu was wonderful and the trip was the best value I have ever had in my many travel experiences. We have two more trips booked with you and are really looking forward to them. Your company is the best kept secret around and we are glad that we tried you.

Brian & Marilyn Goldman, Toronto, Canada

I just wanted to let you know how wonderful everything was and how much we enjoyed the sights, historical places and people of India. Our transportation (bus) was very comfortable, our tour guide very kind and knowledgeable, the hotels very accommodating and beautiful and our tour group wonderful. My wife and I have traveled all over the globe on several group tours, and this vacation was one of the best. Our guide, Mayank Dixit, was a delight to have around. He is a real credit to your company and someone who endeared himself to us. By the time the tour had ended, we felt like he was part of our family. I look forward to many more trips with Friendly Planet and personable guides like Mayank Dixit, who really made every effort to make the India tour comfortable and enjoyable for all.

John and Virginia Cook, Corpus Christi, TX

We took the trip to Ecuador in October. Absolutely fabulous trip, planning, lodging, food, transportation. Our tour guide, Patricio, could not have been a better guide. I would take the trip again in a minute!

Ann Ritchie, Midland, TX

This was my first guided trip. I travel a lot for work on my own, so I wasn't sure how I would do traveling with a group. But the trip was great, it gave me enough free time and no pressure to join optional tours. All the guides did a wonderful job providing us information for the area.

Melissa Hyatt

It is my second trip with FP and overall I have received excellent customer service. Booking service was very friendly and efficient. Thanks for your patience.

Elena Lubot

Many Thanks for your wonderful Tours! I can say I can't imagine better trips for the money. Such an awesome experience each time. I tell everyone who plans to travel about Friendly Planet. Keep up the good work!

Jan Riske, Chehalis, WA

We went on the Peru & Galapagos trip and loved it. The guides were terrific, the hotels were top notch, exceeding my expectations. The boat in the Galapagos had lovely large staterooms, good food, great naturalist guides, and was an overall excellent experience. I would do the trip again in a minute!

Pat Atkins, Fort McMurray, Alberta

The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!

Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ

I've taken 2 trips with FP. I have been recommending them to my friends, family and co-workers. Both trips were guided by wonderful English speaking residents. The accommodations were 3-4 star and the meals were great. Transportation was on air conditioned/heated coaches with plenty of space for all. They are especially friendly to the single traveller. How they do this for what I pay them I don't know...but I'll keep coming back!

Kathy Davis, Irving, TX