Traveler Reviews

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My concern with group tours has always been that I would not be able to independently wonder through the city. Friendly Planet Travel changed my perceptions. My tour to Beijing & Shanghai was an excellent experience, with highly informative, professional tour guides. We were able to bypass the long lines to national historic locations and each location we visited was wonderful. We were always given a taste of the region's delicious cuisine at every stop. And the best yet, was I could take a day to tour the cities on my own. Perfect!

H Walker, New York, NY

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for an exceptional time on my recent trip to Egypt with you. It was a trip I've always wanted to take so it was important to me and you didn't let me down. We covered the best in our days together, the accommodations were great and the staff we dealt with throughout was superior. In the hotel, on the boat, our bus driver and our security. A+ customer service and beyond that, they were great people I enjoyed getting to know. Our Director kept everything running flawlessly and our guide was the best. He spent the most time with us and showed us an Egypt we won't ever forget. His knowledge and passion were a capstone to an incredible trip and I looked forward to what he would share with us each day. That is something I'm missing already. My thanks to all of you.

Lana Tannozzini

Not only is a Friendly Planet tour, fun, well-organized and very fairly priced—you really stick behind your customers. That's pretty rare these days. Thank you.

Angela Whitehill, Island Heights, NJ

Peru was beautiful and our tour guide, Luis, was THE BEST!!! He truly brought this region to life with his vast knowledge of the Andean/Incan culture. I don't think anyone else could have guided me through Machu Picchu and explain the Incan world the way he did. He took us to the best places to find quality products as well as showed us great spots to eat. On top of that, he really cared that we had a great time. He truly helped to make our trip amazing! Peru is an amazing destination that everyone should go to. Friendly Planet is the way to travel and I look forward to future trips with them.

Gayle Gonsalves, Toronto, Ontario

Our tour guide in Borneo was really exceptional. He was extremely interesting and demonstrated excellent knowledge of all areas we visited and toured. He made sure our trip was interesting and really demonstrated a great deal of care throughout the tour of Kuching and Bako. He also gave very good suggestions for places to dine locally. Very nice hotel in Batang Ai that exceeded my expectations. The tour to the Longhouse was very good. We loved the Lake and the Longboat ride. They were very nice experiences. Our visit to Bangkok was really excellent. Our guide (Chai) was really excellent and made the Thailand experience truly unforgettable. He was extremely knowledgeable on all of the sites we visited and went out of his way to make sure we were always comfortable and hydrated. It would be hard to believe we could have had any better time in Thailand and this was all due to the care Chai took in leading the tours and various experiences. The drivers were also very good in some very difficult traffic situations. I have no negative comments on the Borneo or Thailand experiences we had.

"The tour was very memorable. Our guides were knowledgeable, spoke English very well, and this made a great difference in getting to know the land of China. Thank you for offering this wonderful trip."

Diane Blackett, St. George, UT

The Friendly Planet Discover Havana trip provided a fascinating look at the history and culture of this mysterious island that's just 90 miles from Miami.

Virginia L.

Though I could never expect perfection in any experience, I can say that for the price, the Taj Mahal Express was an excellent value. The experience in "Incredible India" exceeded my expectations in every way. I've been around the world a bit and this has been my favorite trip so far. I can't wait to book my next Friendly Planet trip.

Kimberly Trent

I am already talking with friends and family about another trip with Friendly Planet... this one was packed with information and interesting/mystical sites.

Alice Talbott

Overall, the trip was great. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

Jennifer Swartout

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

Hernan Carrasco

We had so many questions, so we called so many times. Everyone was very helpful. The Reservation Agents were so helpful. I am recommending you to everyone. Vivian, the tour guide, was very kind and very good at keeping the group organized. She spoke very clear English, and she was very good at her job. The hotel accommodations (especially in Kempinski) were great, and the breakfast at Kempinski was unforgettable. It was really world-class. The destinations were all that we could have hoped for.

Tori Duenas

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

I took the 20 day China with Yangtze River Cruise in October 2013 with the extension to Tibet. Truly the trip of a lifetime. What an experience. I highly recommend it. This December I'm off to Ecuador and the Amazon for another Friendly Planet adventure.

Yvonne Freeman, Fountain Valley, CA

Dear Friendly Planet, We would be remiss if we didn't tell you that your company did a great job in making our trip to China a success. From holding our hand through the visa process, to the great national and local tour guides, everything went smoothly and as planned. All the tours we took were informative and well worth it. Our small group of 13 got along fabulously and new friends were made for a long time to come. We look forward to using your company for many future trips.

Robert Kurtzer, Sunny Isles Beach, FL

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

Friendly Planet was very easy to book with. We talked with our tour guide about other groups' experience with other tour groups. She said that she felt that Friendly Planet was the most honest of all of the tour companies: 'if they said that we were going to get a 5 star hotel, we got one'. Our restaurants were very well chosen. We loved having private dining rooms to be away from the hustle bustle of the rest of the restaurants. The food was very nice...plenty of it!

Carol & Jim Rubino

Thank you for a wonderful honeymoon experience! The Treasures of Thailand tour was very well organized. Our tour guide Matthew was a delight. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastically helpful. We had a wonderful time getting to know our fellow tour participants. We're definitely very happy we chose the Friendly Planet Tours as our honeymoon vacation. And as you can see from the pictures, we had quite an adventurous time! P.S. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for the extra-special treatment, for us honeymooners, at all of the beautiful hotels we stayed at.

Kunal & Leena Bhojawala, Jersey City, NJ

Discover Havana was our first vacation with Friendly Planet, and we were extremely impressed from beginning to end. Prior to our departure, the personnel in the Pennsylvania office provided us with efficient and courteous assistance. We were so pleased to receive an email from our tour director, Trish Oliveira, before we left, introducing herself and encouraging us to reach out to her with any questions. Trish was one of the best tour directors we have had in our twenty years of international travel. We felt completely safe and well cared for in her hands. She made wonderful recommendations throughout the tour about restaurants, entertainment venues, and attractions. Her love of Cuba rubbed off on the entire group. We will not hesitate to use Friendly Planet again. We received five star treatment for a very reasonable price.

Ed Marcantonio and Brent DiGiorgio, Westport, CT

Dave and I just got back from our trip on Monday—we had a blast! It was a great trip in every way! All of the Friendly Planet representatives in both Dubai and Kenya were helpful, pleasant and professional. We will be sure to book through Friendly Planet again!

Kathy McGuire & Dave Merrithew, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

My husband and I recently returned from our first Friendly Planet trip (Budapest, Vienna and Prague by Rail). We had a great experience! We are independent travelers and like to be on our own without much planning beforehand. Friendly Planet gave us the convenience of a travel agency for all the logistics, but still maintained the freedom to spend our time abroad as we pleased. All our accommodations were above our expectations. We very much look forward to taking more of these trips in the future, including some guided tours. Thank you so much, Friendly Planet!

Angela Griffith, Reading, PA

The trip was perfect, we got more than expected.

Alejandro Corona

Fantastic, the hotel, bus, tour guide. Friendly Planet made it simple and everything that they promised we got. We will travel with Friendly Travel again.

Maria Ruano, Miami FL

Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.


My husband and I just returned from India. Our trip was excellent from the beginning of the tour through the end of the trip. The service of the tour guide, Vikas, was superb, very tentative, gentle, friendly, professional and over all very knowledgeable. THANKS VIKAS!!!! This was an extraordinary experience for us. We are now planning to take a tour to Patagonia and we will make our reservation through Friendly Planet of course. We highly recommend this travel agency. Once you use them, you can't let go. Thanks Friendly Planet Travel for making our trip a pleasant journey!

Michael & Lorena Bauzo, Miami, FL

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 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

I was on the Beijing and Tokyo tour which was truly a trip of a lifetime! Our guide in Beijing, Peter, was simply amazing! He was extremely helpful, patient, humorous and knowledgeable. He really made the trip special. Also, I loved our accommodations at the Kempinski Hotel. It was truly 5-star. I certainly look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet very soon! I had a truly memorable time.

Kimberly Ghorm, Hillside, NJ

We recently travelled on Friendly Planet’s Kenya Wildlife Safari. The comprehensive itinerary, excellent level of accommodations, transportation, and meals were well-priced. From arrival until departure we were fully briefed, secure and carefully looked after in every regard. Our guide, Dominic, was professional and courteous, and his driving skills were of the highest caliber. One could have absolute faith in his abilities regardless of conditions or terrain. An absolute font of knowledge, Dominic knew exactly where to look for game. His explanations of animals, birds and plants revealed the true wonder of Kenya. The ultimate success on this the trip of a lifetime falls to excellent people like Dominic. Thank you Friendly Planet! You continue to amaze both for value and the experience of world travel. If I had to sum up the Kenyan experience: It was magic!

Steve Newman

Our trip was absolutely fantastic...the best hotels, travel guides, buses and meals. Friendly Planet planned everything; from top to bottom and to tell you the truth it was the best experience ever. Worth every dollar spent! Well done guys!

Juan Trujillo, Santiago, Chile