Traveler Reviews

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This was an amazing experience, particularly the Vietnam segment. Our guide, Nguyen Van Thuyen, was simply exceptional. He really enjoyed interacting with each of us, and was full of knowledge and perspective on the history and rapid change in the country. Add to that an engaging persona and an itinerary that surpassed expectations and you have an unforgettable experience. Also loved the accommodations. Excellent value.

Larry Lee, Lansing, MI

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

Jennifer Swartout

Just returned from my first trip with Friendly Planet and was so impressed that I had to write this note. You have a lot of choices in travel and I have found my tour company at last. Everything about my trip was amazing—our guide, Ibrahim, was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also patient and very funny. Hotels, transportation, meals, added excursions were all superb. Everything went off without a hitch—I felt safe and cared for every minute and could spend ALL of my time enjoying the trip instead of worrying about the travel details. Turkey, its people, scenery, food, monuments and parks are just wonderful. I can't wait for my next trip. So little time, so much to see...

Ann Ott, Cedar City, Utah

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 just wanted to take a moment to thank you for our wonderful trip to Thailand. We had a wonderful time. Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations, including our tour guide Audi. Without a doubt Audi was the most qualified and attentive tour guide we have ever had. He made what would have been a wonderful trip into a spectacular trip. We can't thank Friendly Planet and Audi enough for our trip of a lifetime.

Emily Brown, North Pembroke, MA

We returned from our South African tour on the 25th of May. Accommodations, food, transportation and tour guides were wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. We have traveled with Friendly Planet before on the Pyramids and Nile Cruise. This trip was completely up to the same standards as the trip to Egypt. Will definitely travel with Friendly Planet again.

Jack & Deanna Warren, Beavercreek, OR

"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 Best of India and Nepal tour was absolutely wonderful. Our guide Vishal was knowledgeable, helpful, patient and funny. We learned so much that I am still processing it in my sleep. India is a country of vitality, energy, smiles and vibrant colors. Accommodations were excellent. Take this tour, and if you are lucky enough to have Vishal as a guide, it will be even more memorable.

Terry Aleman, Dayville, CT

This is my third trip with Friendly Planet and I love this company. Everything goes along as planned without any problems, the tours are great, including the optional tours, hotels are good, airlines chosen are fine, and it is a well planned trip for the money. I will continue to travel with Friendly Planet and I do recommend them to my friends and family.

Marie Pennachio

Guides were very eager to please, very friendly, and seemed well informed. I think this was a good value for the price.

Patricia Hicks Hartman

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

The national and local tour guides were very organized and professional, Especially David the national tour guide was very informative and he did a great job, he was able to answer all of our questions about China. The hotel in Xian was so good ,we did not want to leave that hotel . This trip was the most memorable trip that my husband and I ever had...

Shohreh Fatehi, Irvine, CA

We were totally satisfied with our tour; flawless organization, great tour director and guide (Patricio Placencia), excellent accommodations, good service, very safe ride, well-chosen itinerary that exposed us to a great variety of places and local people.

Yves Q.

Another amazing tour with Friendly Planet! I took the Treasures of Thailand tour last April and just returned from the Pyramids, Nile Cruise, and Petra tour. Friendly Planet provides the best accommodations--4 to 5-stars. The excursions are so well thought out. The guides are very knowledgeable and ready to help in any way they can if you need something. The quality of these tours is truly astonishing at any price and believe me they are a bargain. After 3 decades of travel, if I'm going on a tour, it's with Friendly Planet! Next up..Ecuador in the spring!

Vanessa Jackson, Monterey, CA

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

My husband, Jeff, and I want to personally acknowledge the excellent job our tour guide did on our recent trip to Ecuador. Vivian Vera had extensive knowledge about the history, politics, flora and fauna, culture, music, handicrafts, etc. and she shared it in such a friendly way. She understood the diverse personalities of strangers, and kept us all on track and engaged. I can't say enough about the difference she made on our trip, which was excellent all around. Vivian deserves a big raise!

Peg & Jeff Balano

We just returned from your Tokyo Express tour and we had the time of our lives. The tour itinerary was good, the hotel was beautiful and the city tour was great. Your guides spoke beautiful English and answered all our questions about Japan. I would like to have added another day or two since a lot of the week was in getting there and back, but I want to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip and look forward to booking with you again.

George & Laurie Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga CA

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

My mother and I had an AMAZING time! The people on the tour were awesome and our tour guide Ekachai was fantastic! This was our first tour trip and we could not have been more pleased with our choice to use Friendly Planet! This was a trip that we will never forget!

Kendra and Glenda Walker, Brentwood, MD

Thank you for the absolutely fantastic experience that we had recently in Kenya & Tanzania!! We thoroughly enjoyed all of the lodges as well as the wonderful parks and reserves in both countries!! Our guide, James Njungo, was the best guide we have ever had on any trip. He was always accommodating to our needs (with lots of patience for all of our picture-taking). He was extremely knowledgeable (we were never able to stump him with any of our questions) and he has a terrific sense of humor. He made the trip very enjoyable. I highly recommend your organization for anyone who is planning a trip to Kenya and Tanzania—great job!

Gary Walden

Awesome! Booking was easy. All our pre-trip questions were answered in a professional and timely manner. The trip far exceeded my expectations. The country was a pleasure to visit, and made even better by our guide's intimate knowledge of the people and culture. I have no idea how you provide this kind of trip for the price as the tours, food, accommodations and guides (including assistants and drivers) were fantastic. Our guide gave us such a wide variety of experiences -- including tourist and non-tourist type excursions. You [Friendly Planet] are doing a great job. Keep it up so that we can continue to see the world on our budget!

Julie Fischer

I love Friendly Planet.Your employees are so nice and helpful. You know what you are doing, because you always include the must see destinations in in the various countries.

Maria

Two months ago, we took the Taste of Turkey tour, which we still enthusiastically talk about. It was truly spectacular thanks in great measure to our wonderful tour guide, Hakim. He was so thoroughly knowledgeable about both the ancient sites and modern Turkey that he kept us keenly interested in all we saw. We would be lucky to have him as our guide on any future tours.

Fred and Marion Richman, Clinton, CT

Everything from our departure from New York exceeded my expectations. The airline, hotels, and guides were wonderful. Very well planned trip; everything happened without a hitch. This was my first trip with Friendly Planet, but it will definitely not be my last. Am working on the South African trip with a number of friends for the fall. Well done Friendly Planet!

John Ragan, Calgary, Alberta

My wife Barbara and I just recently returned after a wonderful Safari Tour of Kenya. We were treated royally by everyone associated with this tour we were met as planned and escorted throughout our Kenya leg of the tour we were treated well by experienced tour guides who drove us to view almost every animal that existed in the Parks. We were also treated to view a Lion eating her recent kill and a kill by a Cheetah which may be gory for some but it is the animals' existence in this world. We would like to thank all of the people that we meet representing Friendly Planet for this memorable wonderful vacation. We highly recommend using Friendly Planet for this and future tours. We are currently looking for another vacation with Friendly Planet.

Patrick McGoogan, Ancaster, Ontario

I took your Treasures of Thailand trip with a friend and had a wonderful time. We had a great, local guide (Jerry) who made the trip so much fun by introducing us to many native fruits and treats. The accommodations were great all along our route. The Thailand people were so warm and friendly--I would definitely go back. I was also impressed with China Airlines. A great value for the buck!

Gwen Coxon, Santa Barbara, CA

Just got back from your Thailand trip. The four of us had a marvelous time, and your arrangements were wonderful. I was impressed by the organization throughout. We all learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience.

Andy Tsoi, Tacoma, WA

I just came back from your Exotic Ecuador trip and had a fabulous time. I especially enjoyed the mix of hiking, boating and physical activity on the trip. I am now looking at booking another trip somewhere else.

Trish Wales

We just returned from Friendly Planet's "Taste of China" tour and we are two incredibly satisfied travelers-it was fabulous. Although we've been fortunate enough to travel pretty extensively in our lives, this was our first experience with Friendly Planet and our first trip to Asia. We've barely been back in the states for 48 hours and we've already converted our families into Friendly Planet fans via our "Taste of China" travel tales. We must tell you that National Guide, David Bai, runs an absolutely excellent tour. David is personable, exceptionably knowledgeable and is careful to keep things lighthearted and fun, all of the essential ingredients for magnificent group travel. He went above and beyond to ensure that we enjoyed a unique and memorable experience and for that, we are grateful. We're already thinking about returning for the "Best of China" tour and hope that David can be our guide. Local guides, Alan (Shanghai) and Susan (Xi'an) were wonderful as well, taking extra care to answer all of our questions and it was obvious that all three of our guides took extreme pride in introducing their country to us. The hotels were fantastic (particularly the Grand Mercure in Xi'an) and the food was delicious and plentiful - no one ever left hungry. Every restaurant that our guides took us to was great and almost all were filled with locals, so we really felt like we were experiencing the "inside scoop" as far as cuisine was concerned. We feel as though we received amazing value for our money and returned home with a deeper appreciation for travel, a greater understanding of another culture and new friends halfway around the world. What more could you ask for?

Nicole Zuchelli and Zack Graham, Los Angeles, CA

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