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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

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

India was not high on my list of places to travel to but I thought this was such a good deal that I just had to do it. The package itself was the cost of the airfare alone. It was great traveling with fans of Friendly Planet. They kept saying how happy they were with the expertise and professionalism that you guys had throughout the whole process. Everyone on the group was very well travelled and all the travelers resided in different parts of the country from Chicago to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. My favorite parts of the tour include: the Taj Mahal (of course), the elephant ride up Amber Fort – so much fun, and the rickshaw taxis – a number of folks said this should be a part of the package as it was like a scary Disneyland ride. Thank you for putting such a great package together - what an amazing experience. I hope to book another Friendly Planet package soon!

Jeannie Shu

This was the best tour I have been on. Phats, the guide was outstanding. He gave us the history, politics, economy and anything else we wanted to know. The food and lodging were outstanding. The history of Cambodia and the temples are fascinating. [Vietnam] is beautiful. Seeing the Hanoi Hilton was a real eye opener The trip I had to Thailand was great, but this was better. A great FP fan

William Ammon, San Diego, CA

We just returned from your Tokyo Express tour of Sept. 11, 2012 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. Sincerely, George & Laurie Hernandez

George & Laurie Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga CA

We were recently on a tour of yours to Thailand, and I just want to commend you for providing us with a great tour. It was wonderful, interesting, stimulating, and well done. But I want to single out our Tour Director for praise. He was constantly seeking out interesting things of particular interest to our group. He was amusing, thoughtful, and resourceful.

Joanne Weston, Baldwinsville, NY

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet Travel, and we were very nervous because the price was SO low! Well, we are extremely impressed with the service, the quality of the hotels, the tours, and overall experience we had on the Taj Mahal Express. It was a great way to see India for the first time. The value of this trip was amazing!!! Thank you for making our first trip to India an absolutely memorable one!

Hema Rupnarain

Best bang for the buck! New buses, great (and safe) driver. This was the first tour we've been on that actually stopped the bus for unplanned but interesting sights along the road.

Paul & Audrey Belleci, Antioch, CA

We dad never used Friendly Planet before. The tour we took had several repeat customers who spoke highly of the service. We were very impressed. Excellent guides, great accomodations and attention to detail. Possibly the best we've been on. Tour guides in Macchu Picchu and Cusco were first class. Definately recommend.

Terrance Hoffman, Hudson, FL

We are very happy with the entire experience of the tour. Well organized. I forgot my camera in the bus in Luxor and remembered it in Cairo! The tour guide located it and the camera was sent to me! All I had to do is make one phone call! Great job!

Pragnya Purohit, Hillsborough, NJ

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

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.

Dennis Setlock

Borneo was fantastic!

Alan Craig

My wife and I just returned from this wonderful trip. The flights were A-1 on Emirates Air. The hotel accommodations were super nice. Our driver/guide was very informative and took great care of us. We saw so much more wildlife here than we did in Kruger and we were within a few feet of lions, elephants, zebra, wildebeest and even a leopard. We took the hot-air balloon ride and that was a great experience too. Would highly recommend this trip...So many memories, and met some great people.

Gary Wilcox, Kansas City, MO

We had the time of our lives on your September Taj Mahal + Mumbai Trip. No other place in the world can you see such a combination of beauty, history & diversity! From the elephant ride up to the Jaipur fortress, dawn at the Taj Mahal, visiting Gandhi's Memorial in Delhi, to the throbbing inner-city of Mumbai, it was a joy each & every moment! We are searching for our next Friendly Planet holiday right now - Thanks again for a great tour at a super price.

Thomas Fuller, Lake Worth, FL

We've taken 3 trips with Friendly Planet. All of them have been good, but this one topped them all. We loved the itinerary. We came home feeling we had seen so much! We loved the hotels. The River Lodge in Karongwe was amazing. Our game guides Keenan and Matthews were the best! The African Pride Hotel in Cape Town was beautiful. Our room looked out on Table Mountain! And most of all, our guides did everything they could to ensure that we had the very best time possible. We will definitely look to Friendly Planet again for our next trip!

Claudia Quinn, San Bruno, CA

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.

nancy macker

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.

We are very happy with the entire experience of the tour. Well organized. I forgot my camera in the bus in Luxor and remembered it in Cairo! The tour guide located it and the camera was sent to me! All I had to do is make one phone call! Great job!

Pragnya Purohit, Hillsborough, NJ

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

Our congratulations regarding the tour to Kenya we took with Friendly Planet last October. The tour guide was willing to satisfy our desires for pictures and was clever enough to spot the wild animals. We saw wonderful scenery, such as lions eating their prey and many other kinds of wild animals. All that in a quite relaxing atmosphere, vehicles spacious enough for 6, excellent accommodations, fulfilling my high expectations for an African photo safari. Even though I'm 71 and walking with a cane, this tour was very enjoyable for me.

Chantal Bouyssounouse, Novato, CA

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

We just returned from another AMAZING tour! China is absolutely incredible, the Great Wall is truly great and the Chinese people are amazing hosts. Thank you for helping us customize the tour to our needs, we had no issues whatsoever! We are definitely looking forward to doing more tours with Friendly Planet...India Next??

Celeste Carrasco

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

This was my second [Friendly Planet] experience, and once again, I'm very, very happy. Thanks!

Benjamin Faresich

This was my first trip to China using FPT and it will certainly not be my last!! I was a little skeptical reading some of the reviews prior to my trip but I must say this was the most AMAZING tour I have ever taken. FPT made each and every connection as smooth as the silk I purchased at the silk factory. Our tour consisted of 30 people and our tour guide Vivian took care of each one as though they were the only one. Her commitment and dedication to service was totally unsurpassed. Her attention to detail was astonishing. She and John, our guide in Shanghai, made every excursion a little more memorable by adding a little something extra to our tour, for example, a rickshaw ride thru the city streets followed by a complimentary "pancake" for each person to enjoy. This was truly an exceptional tour, one I would like to repeat some day!

Rosa Leimann, Fort Worth, TX

Excellent value. Great hotels. Food was very good, buses large and comfortable. The guide in Cambodia was excellent and the love of his country showed. Our guide in Vietnam was very knowledgeable. Ha Long Bay was beautiful. All in all, just loved the trip and will most certainly use Friendly Planet again.

Osa Lemma, Hudson, FL

This world traveler gives Friendly Planet's Pyramids & Nile Cruise excursion 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up! Truth be told, given the low cost of this tour, we expected a mid-grade vacation. What we received was first class all the way! Every minute was packed with amazing sights, sounds and adventures. We couldn't believe the level of service, the caliber of our tour guides, the variety of activities and the quality of our accommodations. Friendly Planet exceeded our expectations in every way. Since this was our first "group tour," we were concerned being stuck with a group. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. The folks on our tour were fun, friendly and with similar adventurous spirit. With the small group size, we never felt "crowded." Plus, my husband and I received plenty of downtime to feel re-energized and enough "alone time" to still find romance. A big thank you to Friendly Planet for making ours a remarkable experience that will be remembered forever! We look forward to taking another trip with you soon!

Annabel Eyrick, St. Louis, MO

Arriving at KK Hotel George at 9 am from USA we were greeted by their staff, luggage safely stored for us, and welcomed to enjoy breakfast even though our reservation really didn't begin until 3 p.m. It was a wonderful start to a fantastic vacation! … really appreciate Friendly Planet organizing a trip to include dinner at Highclere Castle. It really was perfect for us.....we enjoyed the planned bus/boat tour along with transportation to the castle, but loved being in great location to explore London the rest of the time on our own.

Carol Wilcox

Friendly Planet has put together an exceptional tour package at a fabulous price. We enjoyed so many of China's offerings and the information our guides gave us enhanced our appreciation. (You cannot appreciate the importance of what you are seeing without background information.) I preferred joining the organized events, but we were allowed plenty of time if you enjoy exploring on your own. I joined the tour alone, but my fellow travelers were so wonderful, I never felt alone.

Connie Clark

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