Traveler Reviews

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Good value, great adventure, superb guide and driver, sign me up for the next trip.

Amanda Mccullough

Just a note to thank you for the wonderful tour we took to China. You even remembered my birthday, which our group celebrated on our last night over a Peking Duck dinner. I have recommended you to all my friends and co-workers. As an airline employee myself, I know a good thing when I see it. Many thanks to your staff for putting together such an excellent package.

Angel Murray, Kissimmee, FL

My trip to Cuba introduced me to the people of Cuba. I loved being exposed to their everyday lives and being made to feel welcome by everyone! I hope I get the opportunity to visit again.

Stephanie Hayes

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

This is our third trip with Friendly Planet and definitely will not be our last. There are no surprises here. Everything was better than expected. Our guides and all of the supporting staff was magnificent. In my observation, all of the staff went out of their way to please everyone in the group! Wow what service and price! I love Friendly Planet!

Maria Wells

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.

Magda Laska

We would like to send our sincerest thank you for all of your help and allowing this China trip to happen for us. Your team went above and beyond to ensure that this trip would be a vacation we would never forget. China truly was the experience of a lifetime. We had such a wonderful time...it was one of the best trips of our entire lives. We have experiences and memories we will never forget. From the moment we booked, everything was smooth and without a hitch. We will definitely be recommending friends, co-workers, and family members to book through Friendly Planet! We will also be booking other trips through Friendly Planet in the future.

Susan and Michael VanNess

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 saw your story about building wells in Cambodia. ...thanks to our trip to Cambodia last January, my wife and I have donated for 2 wells and I am raising money for a large well for a village. I hope to have that done by the time we go back in February 08. We stay in touch with our tour guide, Theap Bunthin. We love Friendly Planet and the experiences we have.

Conrad & Nancy Knab

I was very pleasantly surprised with the arrangements ncluded on this tour. This was my first time traveling with Friendly Planet Travel and I highly recommend them for this trip. Thank you very much for the memorable experience to see Borneo and Bangkok. Keep up the good work!

Julia Sotory

Friendly Planet Travel...was so thorough that, other than a special request to alter the date of our departure from Japan, every possible question I could have come up with was already answered either on your website or in your emails and documents. When I did speak with your staff, they were extremely helpful...I could tell that your staff not only assists with travel but travel themselves. Their passion shows right through the phone! No wonder you are able to anticipate all the questions and provide the answers before anyone can ask!

Lynn Bearup

We have taken two trips with Friendly Planet and have a third one scheduled. If you keep the prices at their level and the service as perfect as it's been, we will be lifelong customers! We are astounded at how smoothly and efficiently these trips are. The local people who meet us and transport us are always there, helpful, and friendly.

Colin & Pam Nelson

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

Once again Friendly Planet delivered. Best of South Africa was truly a fantastic trip! This was our fourth trip with Friendly Planet and it will not be our last! The guides (especially in Karongwe Game Reserve) and hotels were great. Well done!!

D Pedersen, WA

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

I have been desiring/needing to comment on how wonderful our Machu Picchu trip in November was! It really was a spectacular trip -- certainly for the cost! Migel, our tour guide, was simply incredible! I look forward to purcahsing from Friendly Planet again and I recommend you to friends and family.

Dana Bouterie, Houston, TX

I have just returned from a great trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Our local Shanghai guide, Tracy, was so gracious, charming and knowledgeable about everything. Our national guide, Peter, was very organized and efficient. He was able to adjust elements of the trip according to weather and traffic changes without missing anything. He kept a running commentary on all aspects of Chinese history and current life. We were very impressed with his ability to make us welcome and informed. He is the best I have encountered anywhere. I highly recommend this trip.

Ron Alexander, Beaumont, TX

The national guide in Kusadasi and Ephesus was absolutely fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and excited about his country and what we were seeing! The hotel in Istanbul was excellent. It was centrally located. Gokham Baydur, the tour guide, was more than excellent. He is incredibly knowledgeable of the history of the various sites we toured and the etymology of place names. His use of the English language was excellent and he just made everything so interesting with his stories. The restaurants chosen really gave us the flavor of Turkey. Friendly Planet’s tour was perfect for me. I want to visit Turkey again

Sharon Tucker

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 Amazing Peru tour is excellent. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

Anonymous

Each time I emailed with questions, it was answered within 24 hours. The information provided before the tour was excellent.

Angela Lusk

To Peggy & Staff, thanks so much for your professional and timely service. We really enjoyed the tour.

Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA

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

I just returned from Friendly Planet's Best of South Africa tour and still cannot believe the high level of service provided. Everything was so well coordinated from the time we checked into the airport at JFK to the time we returned. Our tour guides were exceptional, Pieter , our guide in Johannesburg cared for us like a family member. Our lodging arrangements were nothing but exceptional. I cannot say enough about my experience and I greatly recommend Friendly Planet. Thanks for making my journey enjoyable and affordable.

Marie Jean-Pierre, Weston, FL

I just wanted to say that we had the best tour guide that I've ever had on our Taste Of Turkey Tour. His name is Gokhan Baydur and he showed us Turkey like we were his best friends. He was patient and genuine and I hope that you will use him for more tours in Turkey. I would gladly come back to his tours any day! He was the reason that our vacation was so enjoyable and fun. Thank you!!

Rachel Chan

Friendly Planet did all the legwork for me! With so many sights to choose from in Egypt, we were able to see the major attractions. I felt totally immersed in such an amazing country. I lost track of the days and was able to focus on my surroundings, not a worry about plans, flights, or admission to sights.

Charleen Cobb

Unreal trip! This is my 3rd tour with Friendly Planet and I have enjoyed every one of them. It was so organized and the guides so friendly! I don't know how you all make any money because the accommodations are always top-notch! Amazing trip from start to finish. I can't wait to pick my next trip! Thanks for everything!

Holly Pecarek

Best trip we have ever taken. Our guides (Gary White and Ari) were so friendly and professional. We saw things we could never have found ourselves. I can't say enough good things about the experience. It all went like clockwork (to the extent anything in Cuba can do so). If you ever want to see Cuba, see it now, and see it with Friendly Planet!

Valerie Fisher, Portland, OR

We have just returned from our trip to Kenya and Tanzania and it was wonderful! The trip far exceeded my expectations and it has to be the best trip that I have taken in my years of travel. The accommodations were fantastic, guides were knowledgeable and the experience was one that I will never forget. Keep up the good work.

Janice Swearingen, Morganton Beach, NC

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

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