Traveler Reviews

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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

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

The flight and land transportation, hotels, food, guide, driver, and sites were all excellent! Our guide, Mr. Gokhan Baydur, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We really appreciated his etymology of words and relation to history of modern Turkey, etc. He was also very capable at keeping us all together, which is no easy task. The driver was phenomenal; I don't know how he managed to drive the bus through the Istanbul traffic and somehow make U-turns: amazing!

Arthur Tucker

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

Hernan Carrasco

This was the first tour of this nature I have ever taken and it far exceeded my expectations. Everything was punctual, safe and clean. Our guide David Bai was exceptionally good. I simply cannot say enough good things about David. He was just stellar. And a hilarious comic! And informative! The hotels were first class, buses clean and modern, food adequate, and the entertainment and tours were immeasurably good. I would love to go back and am seriously thinking about doing it again.

Mark Dumas, Smyrna, GA

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

Great trip. Historically fascinating, visually stunning. Cairo is a beautiful city, fun to explore. Most of all, so glad our guide arranged for a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. Not at all expensive and absolutely wonderful. Hope you have as much fun as we did.

Phil Eichmiller

Have been on 3 trips with Friendly Planet and would highly recommend them to anyone. We especially enjoyed Kenya and have been there 3 times. It is magical and once you have been that is the only vacation for you. Excellent food, first class lodgings , fantastic scenery like no where else on earth, and a sense of adventure that I have never felt on any of our travels. It beat China, Thailand and all the other countries that we have visited. You won't regret the trip.

Carolyn Hofacket, Napa, CA

I am here to sing Friendly Planet's praises! Last year, I was booked on a tour that included a cruise and four days on land in Greece. The flight was canceled due to torrential rains that caused a delay in the trip. All during that weekend, there was someone that could be contacted throughout what appeared to be a disaster. Our contact person was Harry who tirelessly worked to get us booked on another flight. All of the people were there to assist; in spite of everything, the trip was excellent! The tour company in Greece was excellent as well. Even after the trip was over, the staff was always there to answer questions and to assist. Kudos to Friendly Planet - I highly recommend their services.

Rita Berry, 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

This is the second trip I've been on with Friendly Planet. I always feel I get my money's worth on the trip. Each day is packed with things to see & experience and the guides are knowledgeable, friendly and take care of everything to make sure the trip runs smoothly.

Cathleen Madge

We recently went on your Best of Vietnam & Cambodia tour with the Bangkok extension. We really enjoyed the tour. The guides were great along with the hotels and transportation.

Ron Beller, Parker, CO

"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

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

My wife, myself and my daughter just returned to Virginia from your Beijing & Shanghai Express trip to China. Words can't describe the adventure. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Your tour guide Peter answered every question we could ask. I have recommended your trip to everyone I have run into. Thank you Friendly Planet and especially our tour guide Peter.

Ken Bradshaw, Montclair, VA

I have no idea how you put this together for the price that we got. Everything was top-notch. I hope you guys are around for a long time, because I have finally found someone I can trust to give me the best experience for my money. It's like having a family member in the travel industry.

Dee Putnam, Kansas, UT

My tour of India was truly an interesting trip with so much to see. I will not forget the people on the tour as they were very friendly and easy to get along with. The Taj Mahal was just beautiful. The guides were great. I caught a bad cold and they were very concerned about how I was feeling. I want to thank your staff for helping me get my visa completed. I am looking forward to my next trip.

Agnes Buchanan

We had the most wonderful time of our life! The tour was well organized and the people in the group friendly. The tour director was very helpful and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. This was a very well planned tour that we would definitely recommend to our friends. A job well done indeed by your staff!

Mike and Meena Saujani, Barrington, IL

We just returned from Japan Panorama and can't say enough good things about Friendly Planet Tours. We had never used them. This whole tour was A+ from pick up at Tokyo airport to drop off at the end of the tour. The drivers and guides were all first rate. The guides at each city gave good instructions on using the subways and offered great suggestions on where to eat and things to do on our free time. The guides also did a great job with dispensing pertinent info on the daily agenda and they were very knowledgeable at the sites we visited. The 3 hotels we stayed at were very upscale and all the included breakfasts were excellent. We felt very well taken care of which is what you want when you do a group tour. We highly recommend Friendly Planet!

Neal R., Winchester, VA

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

The most amazing trip ever! An experience of a lifetime!!!

Marlisa Mattia, Hawthorne, CA

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

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

We took this trip Aug. 15th and totally enjoyed every minute of it. The country has everything going for it! Don't be afraid of the rainy season. It rains and then the sun comes out. We traveled in a van - a total of 6 of us. The rooms were beyond nice- absolutely beautiful. Trip was partially escorted and partially "you choose" your activities. Transfers were always on time. Included food was good. A Green turtle giving birth to eggs the size of golf balls - priceless!

Susannah Starkweather, Bala Cynwyd, PA

First and foremost, as a couple that has travelled extensively around the globe, this trip was without question the "best of the best" in all material respects. From the point of arrival, to the point of departure, your "on-the-ground" team did an outstanding job of maintaining the right balance between chaperone and tour guide. From the perspective of an educational experience, this trip completely dispelled our "American" perceptions, presumptions and preconceived notions of the country, the people and the culture. We left Havana with a clear sense of the history, economy, and political environment within "today's Cuba" -- a compliment to our Itinerary so carefully crafted by your team. We also left wanting more, which is always a good feeling. We would gladly return to Cuba (via Friendly Planet) down the road. Our compliments to you and your staff for an exceptional experience!

Dennis J. Pitocco

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

Our second tour with Friendly Planet and the best one in terms of the guides provided. David Bai and Alan Wei were a fantastic team. They made the group feel like a part of their family, sharing with us their personal experiences living in China. Not only were the sights awesome and spectacular but the anecdotes and jokes shared by these two guides kept our group lively at all times. Thank you Friendly Planet for providing these two outstanding guides and making our trip even more memorable.

Alex and Cora Espanol, Sacramento, CA

My husband and I just got back from the "Ecuador and Galapagos" trip with Friendly Planet. It was our first trip with them and we are ready to sign up for another! It was a fabulous trip and extremely well planned and conducted. We were impressed with every aspect of the trip and felt it was everything we had hoped. The tour guides were knowledgeable, on time, and gave us a wonderful insight into the culture of Ecuador. The Galapagos portion on the M/N Santa Cruise was outstanding! Each of the guides on had in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and provided a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thanks for a great trip!

Mary Ann Esfandiari, Ellicott City, MD

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

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.