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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
Friendly Planet does it right and does it well. Your focus is on the traveler, your service is very responsive, and your prices are very reasonable. The real advantage to a novice traveler, such as myself, comes from having experts who take the hassle and the fear out of the unknown (new countries), and the guided tours are well organized and very instructive. Friendly Planet is one of the best, if not the best, travel agencies that I will [travel with] again and again.
Dana Davis, Wyncote, PA
Overall the Taj Mahal Express was a great experience and value for you money ....Very Glad we had the opportunity to go ....Friendly Planet does a great job with your tours ....We've been to Japan also with you and look forward to going on more Friendly Planet Tours.
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
Our tour guide in Borneo (Solly) from Asia Experience 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.
Wendy & Bruce Longman, New Port Richey, FL
I got back recently from the Taj Mahal Express tour. Amazing trip at an incredible price. I will definitely use Friendly Planet again. Our tour guide in India, Vishal, was the best I've ever encountered on a group tour. He did a fantastic job and really went out of his way to ensure we had a great time.
Melissa Waterfield, Columbus, Ohio
Just returned from Thailand, full to the brim! This was an exceptional tour—pace, activities, options, hotels, all exceeded expectations. Our guide, Lek, was outstanding—sensitive to our wants and needs, knowledgeable and instructive, generous in providing "tastes" of Thailand on our excursion and arranging optional visits to places close to her heart that we otherwise would have missed. Our days were full; hers seemed to never stop. Cambodia too was an amazing experience, again with our guide Long catering to the special travel needs of our group. This trip changed my bias against directed tours...Thank you, Friendly Planet!
Kristi McKenzie, Bingham Farms, MI
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
We recently completed the South African Explorer tour with the Victoria Falls Extension. It was my first time with Friendly Planet and will not be my last. In fact, I believe everyone on this tour had traveled with FP previously. This was a fantastic trip...from the perfect travel arrangements, to the wonderful accommodations, to the fabulous food. There wasn't ONE hiccup! If that wasn't enough, our tour guide, Pieter van Kraayenburg in Johannesburg, was absolutely terrific! He also accompanied us to the Shiduli Private Reserve and Kruger. Being a native South African, he knew first-hand the history of the country and was clearly well prepared with facts, dates, etc. to answer a myriad of questions from the group. I only wish he could have gone with us to Cape Town too! You guys are awesome!!
Mary Ewing, Dallas, Texas
Our guides Patty and Nan were just great. The highlight of the trip for me and many others was riding elephants on the optional tour in Chiang Rai.
Cindy Schultz, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
I wanted to let you know personally how very much I enjoyed my recent tour with Friendly Planet. This is the first time I have toured with Friendly Planet and my first trip to Ecuador. The experience was everything I'd hoped for....and more! Our tour guide was outstanding. He was very informative, and we were able to learn much about the history of the country from him. He handled an unexpected change in plans (because of the volcano eruption) flawlessly and very professionally. I would definitely travel with Friendly Planet again....especially if Patricio is the tour guide!
Dianne Jernigan, Victoria, TX
We travel with many companies and Friendly Planet is right at the top of our list.
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
We had such a good time! You can tell from some of our photos. We all four agreed it was one of our favorite trips. Wonderful accommodations as well as outstanding tours! We even elected to add on a couple of side trips because we were so impressed with what you had to offer. We didn't want to miss anything. Thank you. We will definitely keep spreading the word to all our friends. Your company not only provides wonderful excursions, but great value for the money.
Joe & Judy Puckett + Bob & Danna Siverts
Fantastic trip to Dubai, followed by a side trip to Cairo, Egypt to touch the pyramids. Very pleased with every aspect of the planning, accommodations (first class), quality of guides and transportation, and above all---the price. The Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE and just a few kilometers down the road from Dubai, was a fantastic side trip not to be missed. Not much publicity on this side trip on the site, but a well priced visit to the mosque, downtown Abu Dhabi, fantastic hotel, markets, shopping mall for lunch, and then the Yas Hotel tour to wind up the day.
George Vrba, Austin, TX
Just returned from this wonderful trip. The accomodations were A+, our guide, Ekachai, a delight, the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, a feast for the senses. The Phuket extension was a welcome few days of relaxation, before returning to the snow in Winnipeg. Much impressed by your organization and will be planning another adventure with you soon. Many thanks for a memorable holiday.
Elaine Repchinsky, Winnipeg, Canada
I wanted to let you know that my sister and I really enjoyed our Friendly Planet Taj Mahal Express tour. Our guide, Madan Vishwakarma was excellent...probably the best tour leader I have ever encountered. He tried to accommodate everyone's needs and helped people get to other shopping areas after the daily tour ended. He is proud of his homeland and shows it. Friendly Planet is very lucky to use his services. My sister and I were glad that we purchased the optional tour while in India because Madan showed us places we would not have seen on our own, and he provided lots of information.
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful everything was and how much we enjoyed the sights, historical places and people of India. Our transportation (bus) was very comfortable, our tour guide very kind and knowledgeable, the hotels very accommodating and beautiful and our tour group wonderful. My wife and I have traveled all over the globe on several group tours, and this vacation was one of the best. Our guide, Mayank Dixit, was a delight to have around. He is a real credit to your company and someone who endeared himself to us. By the time the tour had ended, we felt like he was part of our family. I look forward to many more trips with Friendly Planet and personable guides like Mayank Dixit, who really made every effort to make the India tour comfortable and enjoyable for all.
John and Virginia Cook, Corpus Christi, TX
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!
I am already talking with friends and family about another trip with Friendly Planet... this one was packed with information and interesting/mystical sites.
Our Cuban trip with Friendly Planet was amazing! Great tour guides.
Our tour was full of things to do from morning to night. It covered every place we wanted to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and quite funny. It was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and we will probably book another for next year. Thanks for a great time and wonderful memories.
John and Marie Machado, Shirley, NY
We just returned from the Discover Havana tour. This trip far exceeded our expectations in every way.... the country, the people, the tour itself. Your expertise and staff made traveling to Cuba worry-free. We especially appreciated Friendly Planet providing a US tour representative and a Cuban tour guide to make take care of us. Interactions with tour groups from other companies made us happy to be with you! We are already looking forward to our next Friendly Planet tour.
Steve Rutherford, Punta Gorda, FL
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
What can be said that has not been said? Your tours are an exceptional value. We have been on five Friendly Planet tours to date and will be going on our sixth trip to India & Nepal next month. Whatever you're doing, don't change the formula until we've finished the seven wonders of the world through Friendly Planet.
Jim & Gloria Villalpando, Taylorsville, Utah
This tour was wonderful! Every day was full of things to do and see. Time was well-utilized so we got to see and do a great deal. The hotel choices were outstanding. I loved that we also got to cruise the Nile. You all provided the information I needed to make informed decisions about my choices.
I love Friendly Planet! I had a great time and the service was excellent.
Nailah G. Beraki
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.
I am writing to express my happiness and joy at this last vacation I just had. My boyfriend Tony and I booked the Friendly Planet 11 day Kenyan Safari, which subcontracted to Vintage Africa. We had a group of seven wonderful people with us but what made it so much better was the guide of my group of four named Daniel Muthee. Daniel is extremely nice, prompt and his vast knowledge base of Kenya, the peoples, tribes, customs and animals is encyclopedic. He made the trip so very special, from FINDING and explaining all the animals, lining us up for great photographic shots and using the driving skills of a NASCAR driver on those so called roads. I think it is important that you know what an asset he is to your company. I have used Friendly Planet in the past (Cuba last March) and am very happy with it. I plan on using you again when I take vacations where tours are necessary – I am not rally a tour type of person but you do it right.Thanks for the memories!
Ann Marie Anise
Again you have surpassed our expectations with the perfect trip. All of our hotels were top of the line. They alone are worth the price of the trip but you threw in the airfare and two experienced guides to make the perfect vacation. Nok and Mona were really wonderful. They made sure that we were able to learn about the Thai people and culture. I still do not know how you offer such great packages at so low of a price.
Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida
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