Traveler Reviews

Below are just a few testimonials from our previous passengers.

Been traveling with us? Send us your own testimonial or feedback.

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

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

We loved it all! Greece was amazing and we fell in love with the people, the islands and Athens, the food, the hotel and the tours! I am so thankful for this trip, as it was a trip of a lifetime and opened my eyes to whole broader sense of the world and its people. It has whetted mine and my husband’s appetite for more trips abroad. Since we are so pleased with Friendly Planet, we of course would go through them if possible, and would surely recommend their services to our friends and family.

Catherine Felty

We had a really wonderful time in Cuba, on this our 2nd FP tour (Galapagos, 2013). Our leader, Connie Dineen, was terrific! She called us at home before the trip, just to introduce herself and to see if we had any questions, needs, or concerns. While in Cuba, she was always cheerful, efficient, and helpful -- ready and eager to do anything we needed, such as making restaurant reservations or giving recommendations for shopping, extra sightseeing, etc. When we got home in the US, she even sent us a thank-you card! Our hotels and group meals and cultural activities were all great on our trip, as was our local Cuban guide, Osmin. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for giving us an unforgettable experience and a unique and special educational adventure!

Jack Karolewski, Davis CA

I want to thank you all for such a wonderful vacation.It was just magical. We have recommended your site and this trip to all of our friends. The hotels were all amazingly beautiful, the food was perfect, and the scenery was gorgeous. Our tour guide, Alejandra, was always on time and extremely acknowledgeable about the trip. Again thank you so much for a great package.

Julia & Rodrigo

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

Been back a week and ready to go back! The Kenya Safari Express was amazing! So much was packed into this short trip, but we never felt rushed. The lodges are wonderful and the game drives were everything and more than imagined. This trip is a wonderful value.

Sharon Hall, Mount Pleasant, SC

Loved experiencing the land of Ireland and its people. A great taste. Food was good, hotels were great, bus was roomy and comfortable. The tours were well planned and truly a taste of Ireland. There was so much done...that we could not have managed on our own.

Marci Sweeney

We took the Exotic Ecuador trip in April. The hotels and lodges far out weighed our expectations. We were a group of 8 adults over the age of 60 and enjoyed every minute of this tour. Vivian, our guide, made it even more enjoyable with her sense of humor and great knowledge of her country. We have recommended this tour and Friendly Planet to everyone we know!

Ann Coleman, Quincy, MA

My Wife and I just returned from the Discover Croatia tour - what a wonderful trip! Our guide Zoran Vitas was terrific - knowledgeable, helpful, funny and attentive to all the details and our needs. When we arrived at Washington Dulles, our gateway city, we discovered that our flight to Frankfurt had been cancelled by Lufthansa because of a strike. I called your Air Department, and Cindy let me know that Friendly Planet was aware of the situation and had already rebooked our flights to Zagreb - we arrived there only a few hours later than originally scheduled. Outstanding! We are already looking forward to our next Friendly Planet trip.

Bob Cushman, Oak Ridge, TN

When we first heard about our tour to India, we were a little hesitant because the price was so low. We thought it may be too good to be true. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was everything we had hoped for and more. The flights were trouble-free and all the hotels were much better than expected. Our hotel in Delhi was the nicest hotel that I have ever stayed at! And I have traveled the world and been to many high class hotels. Also, we were initially concerned about our safety while in India. It turns out that safety was not an issue. Again, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Indian people very welcoming towards Americans. You couldn't find nicer people in the world. I don't know how you kept the tour price so low! Keep up the low prices and high standards. I can't wait to book my next Friendly Planet trip!

Riley Loback, Seattle, WA

My friend and I traveled to Patagonia over the Christmas holidays last year and we had a wonderful time. The cruise was marvelous. Argentina was our favorite. We spent Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires and enjoyed the restaurants and fireworks. We extended our trip to Iguazu Falls and had a room overlooking the falls. Guides were great, hotels centrally located. We are traveling again with Friendly Planet this year!

Lenore Layton, Cinnaminson, NJ

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

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

Anonymous

I just returned from Ecuador on a Friendly Planet tour, and I cannot even begin to express how impressed I am with Friendly Planet. The trip was amazing, and we did more than I could imagine in 7 days. I have been on trips with other organizers before, but this was by far the most organized and well-led trip I have been on. Our tour guide was phenomenal, and everything ran right on schedule, with unbelievable accommodations, an abundance of delicious meals, and incredible scenery everywhere. I would absolutely recommend Friendly Planet to other travelers, and look forward to traveling with them again in the future.

Tamara Marks-Moses, Houston, TX

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

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 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

You certainly pack a lot into your tours! We saw so much, had some great experiences, and learned more about the Middle East than I would have by doing this on my own. Very knowledgeable guides, never feared for my safety, first rate accommodations, and many regional experiences compacted into our tour. Great job, Friendly Planet! I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Judy Puckett

It had always been a dream of mine to visit India and see the Taj Mahal. I never thought I would be able to afford such an exotic trip, but Friendly Planet's great package deals made my dream a reality! And to top it all off the tour was extremely well organized, the accommodations were wonderful. I was a bit apprehensive before departing because I had never taken an organized tour. But once we arrived and saw how smoothly everything was running, my mom and I were glad we chose Friendly Planet. We highly recommend Friendly Planet to all our friends and family and my mom and I are planning to take a tour of Japan and China next year. Thanks for making our experience one we will never forget!!

Miriam Martinez, Miama, FL

I just got back from the taste of India tour and it was awesome! I have never booked with a tour group before and really didn't know what to expect but everything was perfect and extremely organized. Our tour guide, Vikas, was absolutely incredible. He was knowledgeable, fun, and a true professional. I will definitely look at other vacations with Friendly Planet!! Thank you again!!!

Julie Shackett, Raleigh, NC

I want to thank the entire Friendly Planet team for one of the best vacations I had in Egypt! Thank you for taking care of us. We had the best tour guides and we really felt safe because your team really took good care of us. Thanks again. I'm ready for my next trip with Friendly Planet.

Liliana Torre Verdugo

I judge the value of a vacation by the desire to return. After seeing Greece on this tour, I most certainly want to go back.

Carol Gargan

It's not very often these days that you get more than promised but that's what we got from Treasures of Thailand. The whole trip including hotels, the tour guide, the food, and the sights seen exceeded our expectations. The days were planned out very well; even the longer travel days included plenty of interesting stops to break up the trip. Others in our group who had toured elsewhere were very impressed with the quality compared to much more expensive tours. I was a little worried about doing a tour bus trip based on stories I heard about them being rigid and too touristy, but this trip included great flexibility, wonderful optional add-ons, and focused on both highlight sights and everyday, local culture. I can't imagine a better way to see so much of Thailand in such an enjoyable way. We loved out tour guide Lucky (Ms. Pensri). She was very knowledgeable, funny, kind, well-organized, and went out of her way to ensure we saw and experienced as much as possible. She was always looking out for us, to the point of going into one hotel's kitchen to get the chef to cook faster and hitching a ride on a local salesman's motorcycle to find a wayward tourer lost at a temple ruins. She was frequently buying local foods for us to sample and making sure we got good deals on local products and services. The second we looked like we had lost something, or we starting looking around for a bathroom, or we looked like we needed second helpings at a dinner, she'd run over to us to see how she could help. I am about to book my next Friendly Planet tour. Thanks for a great trip.

Karen Nelson, St. Paul, MN

This was the BEST!!! I went on this tour in 2009 and it remains one of the highlights of my travel excursions! Not only is it affordable, but our guide, Walid Ikram was so knowledgeable and approachable. I felt as though I was living in the spirit of Egyptian past! I continue to read anything I can get my hands on and found an article on antiquities that were found in the exact places I had walked in Giza, just inches under the sand! It was the most incredible sensation. I will do this tour again in the near future. It is well worth the time. The experience is unforgettable!

Nikky Chahon, Sacramento, CA

Friendly Planet is the greatest!! We went to China...and it was a super trip!! Peter Pei was the greatest tour guide ever!!! Also, Allen was exceptional in Shanghai! Now we are considering another trip somewhere and I am remembering what a great time we had!! I am definitely considering Friendly Planet again!!!!

Brenda Katz, Holmes Beach, FL

I just got back from a trip to Kenya and I cannot say enough good things about your organization and, in particular, our driver/guide Dominic. He did everything he could to give us a wonderful trip. He was on time, polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to travel with. He made our bucket list trip a wild success. I am hoping to book the trip again, this time bringing my husband. If this happens, I will do what I can to ensure that Dominic is our guide. Thank you for running a top shelf organization.

Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT

This safari was a dream come true! We saw so many animals! Every animal that I had dreamed about seeing was in abundance! Best lodging, great food and the guides were superb! I would go again today if I could!

Sue Wingerter, Saratoga, CA

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

A great experience! It was our first time with a tour and it was such a positive experience that we would definitely do another trip with you. The hotels were nice, the guides very helpful and the people in the group were very easy going. We truly enjoyed the balance between guided tours and free time to explore on our own. We have recommended you to many of our friends who are enthusiastic travelers. Thank you for a great trip!

Margarita & Luis San Juan, Guaynabo, PR