Traveler Reviews

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This was my second trip to Ireland, but my first actual tour. I was very pleased with the tour. My sister had never been to Ireland, and this tour gave her a wonderful introduction to Ireland.

Pat Robinson

We just returned from your wonderful Discover Havana tour. It was our first experience with your tour company, and you know how to do it right. The details with which our tour was handled were superb...the guides knowledgeable and flexible. There was the right amount of free time to explore on our own, too. Thanks for a wonderful trip...we'll travel with you again soon.

Susan Tonnar, Manchester, NH

Great trip, everything went on time and well. Got to do things we thought we would never do. Tour guides we great, knowledgeable, good English, etc. Lucy in China, Lillie in Xi An, and John in Beijing, Donald in Hong Kong. Great deal, well worth it.

Dave Eppley, Fort Gratiot, MI

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

Fantastic is an understatement! The experience was a dream come true and Cape Horn lived up to its reputation. We are impressed with [your] service and will certainly use Friendly Planet for upcoming trips.

Karen & William Rankin

Very pleased with the way Friendly Planet took care of us--always there when they said they would be & went out of their way to make our trip extra special... A truly beautiful vacation with great tours, guides, drivers etc

Gladys Gilbert

We just came back from the Best of Turkey trip. What an amazing experience. They said they are the biggest museum in the world, and probably they are. Every place we were, we learned about the history behind it, as our guide, Isa was very knowledgeable of his culture and country. The driver was always helpful and courteous. The only down part is that it was too short. Definitely going back to build and share more amazing experiences.

Elisa Orduy, Hallandale, FL

It is difficult to summarize how great our experience was in Cuba with a short comment. Everything about our trip was memorable.... the people, the food, the history, Old Havana, the Malecon, Las Terrazas, the activities, and our guides were all great. I am glad that Cuba is not spoiled by an abundance of overzealous American tourists, but I do wish that more people could experience it.

Dave Cusick

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

Egypt was amazing. Our group was small which made it very easy to get acquainted with fellow travelers. Our host/guides, Mostafa and Haytham, were great and hospitable. They went above and beyond their call of duty. There was a lot to see within this short period of time. I highly recommend visiting Egypt especially with this company.

Samantha Robinson, Newark, NJ

Had a wonderful time in India. Our tour guide was excellent and even paid for a few incidentals to entertain the tour group that were not included on the tour. The elephant and rickshaw rides were worth the price of the tour!

Camille Lauer, New York, NY

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

The hotel was over-the-top fabulous. I learned so much about the history and culture during this tour from very well-informed guides, who so obviously love their country and loved sharing their knowledge with us. I LOVED SHANGHAI. Loved our guide Alan - so well informed - so much fun. He had us in stitches the whole time. Tours were great - Silk factory REALLY caused me to willingly leave money in China! It was fascinating to learn the process from moth to finished product. In Hangzhou, I took my first ever bullet train ride. And first ever gondola ride too, West Lake and the gardens on the shore are really beautiful. Jinshan Museum was very well presented. I loved that the museum was built right on top of the dig site and we could actually see the work in progress. They had an excellent display of recovered artifacts. The Giant Panda Research Center was FANTASTIC. My prior travel has been on cruises or self-guided tours. Never again. Friendly Planet has me totally convinced that the best way to experience the sights and sounds and tastes and culture of a country/region is to LIVE it - not just walk around a port or jump on a bus to do activities that can be done at home.

Gali Thomas

We just returned from another AMAZING tour! China is absolutely incredible, the Great Wall is truly great and the Chinese people are amazing hosts. Thank you for helping us customize the tour to our needs, we had no issues whatsoever! We are definitely looking forward to doing more tours with Friendly Planet...India Next??

Celeste Carrasco

Everything was great and the trip flowed very nicely. It was my first time in Greece and wasn't sure what I would get by booking over the phone. Yianni, who was the person at our hotel coordinating everything, was great. He had everything organized and made me feel comfortable about planning my trip through Friendly Planet.

Lori Silva

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 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

I feel this trip was among the best and most interesting I have experienced.

Richard Radis, Tehachapie, CA

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

Arriving at KK Hotel George at 9 am from USA we were greeted by their staff, luggage safely stored for us, and welcomed to enjoy breakfast even though our reservation really didn't begin until 3 p.m. It was a wonderful start to a fantastic vacation! … really appreciate Friendly Planet organizing a trip to include dinner at Highclere Castle. It really was perfect for us.....we enjoyed the planned bus/boat tour along with transportation to the castle, but loved being in great location to explore London the rest of the time on our own.

Carol Wilcox

Thank you for recommending the Mystical Myanmar tour to us. This was definitely one of our best tours. We had the best of accommodations and a wonderful guide. It just doesn't get any better than this. The tour of Myanmar was awesome--some of the nicest people we have encountered anywhere. We were fortunate to visit a village on the last day of school and the kids were putting on a program for the parents. There were a lot of parents sitting on the ground watching. There were so many interesting experiences that it's impossible to name them all. I'd have written sooner, but we've been busy sorting through over 2000 pictures that we took.

James & Toni Kull, Hillsboro, IL

We were recently on a tour of yours to Thailand, and I just want to commend you for providing us with a great tour. It was wonderful, interesting, stimulating, and well done. But I want to single out our Tour Director for praise. He was constantly seeking out interesting things of particular interest to our group. He was amusing, thoughtful, and resourceful.

Joanne Weston, Baldwinsville, NY

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

WOW!! We cannot begin to convey how amazing our trip was. David Bai, our tour guide, was fantastic, accommodating and overall phenomenal. The food, hotels, and all arrangements were wonderfully trouble-free. We will highly recommend China and already planning our next Friendly Planet tour. Thank you for a most memorable holiday!

Wendy & Bruce Longman, New Port Richey, FL

Accommodations were better quality than other tour companies I've traveled with in the past and your price was a far better value. You also include more meals... Great customer service.

Nina Thrower

The Friendly Planet staff was responsive to questions and concerns. Everything promised occurred as it was promised and there were some nice bonuses added by our local tour guides. We are flat out impressed at the quality of this trip given the very reasonable price. Our guide for Borneo was great. Our guide for Bangkok was thorough and took good care of us. Batang Ai was the real highlight of the whole trip. The hotel and the visit to the Iban longhouse village were great experiences. The hotel in Kuala Lumpur was the top of the trip. Our tour guide was excellent and added an additional half day tour to our itinerary (for a fee) as well as a Malaysian dinner and show (no additional charge).

Carolyn Kostelecky

My uncle and I just returned from the "Incredible Thailand" tour. Let me start by saying this was our second trip with Friendly Planet. We decided it was time to take another trip and didn't even bother with any other sites. We knew Friendly Planet was the way to go. This was the trip of a lifetime!! All of the accommodations were exquisite. The Temples were amazing. It was really interesting to see people trading, eating, and interacting at the Floating Market. The elephant trip through the jungle and orchid farm was breathtaking. I can't possibly begin to express how amazing our tour guide Lek was. It was like meeting a friend you hadn't seen in a while. She spoke proudly of her culture, her country, her people, and her King. Often when on driving portions of the tour, Lek would have our driver pull over so she could jump out and buy some of the local flavors. She also wanted to make sure that we didn't miss a single thing on this trip. When it was time to go our separate ways many of us said a tearful goodbye. So thank you again you made this trip more amazing than I could have ever hoped for.

Jessica Laffie, Pico Rivera CA

This was an AWESOME trip. I can't believe everything we saw, did and learned! Our guide, Alex, was terrific. He is very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure that we experienced many things. He is terrific and I can't say enough about how he treated us like we were his one and only clients. The scenery and the animals were fantastic. Friendly Planet...did a great job. We can't wait for our next adventure with Friendly Planet!

Sophia Modelski, Metamora, MI

Our guide, Gokhan, was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about history & was full of information regarding the tour & questions that we had. I hope in the future to go back to Turkey & bring my family & request Gokhan as a guide.

Michelle Briggs

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