Traveler Reviews

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My safari to Kenya [was] a dream come true...absolutely wonderful. We saw all the animals & birds to see thanks to our guide and driver... I loved the way [Friendly Planet] organized this tour from Mt. Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi, I enjoyed it all... A trip of a lifetime to remember forever. Thank you all.

Jenny-Rose Klasner

It was a pleasure to deal with Friendly Planet. The flights took off without a hitch. The hotels were first rate, if not better. The tour director, Praveen, was congenial, thoughtful and efficient, getting us to the head of any line. He went out of his way to make our vacation special. The local guides were full of information and easy to understand. Based on what we got on this trip, Friendly Planet is a bargain!

Brenda Kibler, Monkton, MD

Friendly Planet did it again with an exceptional experience to Thailand! Best national guide ever to Natalie!

Greg Rouw

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

Excellent value! Lots to see and do

Ken Foote, Aloha OR

Our guide, Gokhan, was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about history & was full of information regarding the tour & questions that we had. I hope in the future to go back to Turkey & bring my family & request Gokhan as a guide.

Michelle Briggs

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

This was an excellent tour and a fantastic way to see various sights of Peru, not just limited to Machu Picchu. The hotel accommodation was of a very high standard and our tour guide, Julio, was everything you would want in a guide - knowledgeable, approachable, friendly (in fact friendly doesn't come close to describing just how willing to assist Julio was - no request was too big or small for him and he always had a smile for everyone).

Jennifer Gourley

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 had so many questions, so we called so many times. Everyone was very helpful. The Reservation Agents were so helpful. I am recommending you to everyone. Vivian, the tour guide, was very kind and very good at keeping the group organized. She spoke very clear English, and she was very good at her job. The hotel accommodations (especially in Kempinski) were great, and the breakfast at Kempinski was unforgettable. It was really world-class. The destinations were all that we could have hoped for.

Tori Duenas

Friendly Planet was absolutely wonderful! In every way possible. From the beginning of the process of me deciding on the Beijing & Shanghai Express, I was warmly greeted with excellent customer service, answers to my questions, and terrific local guides. I even made new friends on the trip. I would happily use Friendly Planet Travel again and recommend them to my friends and family. Trust me, it's as easy as a click, a phone call, and just step on the plane! Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.

Jared Davis

I'm a seasoned traveler having visited 80 countries and still counting. I'm usually a solo traveler, or travel with my brother or sister. The last trip I booked with a company was over 30 years ago. I just returned from Friendly Planet's The Best of South Africa tour and I have only the highest praise for EVERY aspect of the trip. I don't remember ever being so well-tended to. In fact I'm seriously considering doing the same tour all over again next year which should give you a pretty good idea of how much I enjoyed it. There is so much more I could say, but I'm still a bit jet lagged. Did want to get these positive words off to you while every thing is fresh in my mind. Massive gratitude coming your way

Lani Tierney, Junction City, WI

I just returned from Friendly Planet's Best of South Africa tour and still cannot believe the high level of service provided. Everything was so well coordinated from the time we checked into the airport at JFK to the time we returned. Our tour guides were exceptional, Pieter , our guide in Johannesburg cared for us like a family member. Our lodging arrangements were nothing but exceptional. I cannot say enough about my experience and I greatly recommend Friendly Planet. Thanks for making my journey enjoyable and affordable.

Marie Jean-Pierre, Weston, FL

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 have just completed editing the 1,577 pictures we took on this tour and are overwhelmed still by the trip. We have traveled extensively and have enjoyed many tours before, but this was so special. Your tour guide was by far the best we have ever had. His job, someone said, was to make "the past come alive." He made the past dance for us and we joined in without hesitation. He made the trip effortless and took the worry totally out of the trip. It looks so easy when someone is passionate about what they do. We were pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of your office staff, the information provided us about the tour, and the ease with which the arrangements were made. If this trip is any indication of what we can expect from you on future trips, you have our complete loyalty.

Jack Aizenman, Springfield, NJ

Borneo was fantastic!

Alan Craig

We just came back from the Best of Turkey trip. What an amazing experience. They said they are the biggest museum in the world, and probably they are. Every place we were, we learned about the history behind it, as our guide, Isa was very knowledgeable of his culture and country. The driver was always helpful and courteous. The only down part is that it was too short. Definitely going back to build and share more amazing experiences.

Elisa Orduy, Hallandale, FL

We really had a marvelous time in Egypt. I have told everyone about this tour. I kept thinking that there must be a catch for you to offer this package at such a wonderful price. There was no catch and I can't believe it! I have no idea how you are able to afford to offer such inexpensive packages. The food was great, the accommodations terrific and the sights amazing.

Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida

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

Friendly Planet is an agency that I recommend! It was not very expensive and we really got our money's worth out of the trip. To anyone that is interested in traveling, I truly recommend this trip! What impresses me the most about China is that you can see the past, present and the future in all fields.

Jack & Nora Bruni

I have raved to all my friends about your Borneo Adventure tour ever since returning last April. A highlight was celebrating my birthday at your great jungle hotel in Miri. The staff entertainers surprised me with a cake and celebration. Oh yes, instead of blowing out the candles I got to burst balloons with a blow-gun! I look forward to another trip with you. An 84-year old fan.

Dr. Nancy Cooper, Meadow Vista, CA

We had 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 accommodations and attention to detail. Possibly the best we've been on. Tour guides in Machu Picchu and Cusco were first class. Definitely recommend.

Terrance Hoffman, Hudson, FL

My husband and I went on this trip for our honeymoon and it truly was nothing short of incredible. Thailand is a such a gorgeous country, rich in color, architecture, ancient wonders and cultural marvels. I highly recommend this trip to anyone considering visiting Thailand. The temples (or wats) were breathtaking. The palaces and Buddhas were on a level of grandeur I have never experienced anywhere else. Thailand is full of treasures! The time we spent with the people, monkeys and elephants, the food, the night markets- everything was spectacular! Our guide Lek was amazing and was truly one of the high points of the trip! She took time to get to know each one of us individually, and always found a way to make each and everyone one of us feel happy and special. She was wonderfully polite and sensitive, as well as incredibly knowledgeable. She went out of her way on many occasions to accommodate our individual needs, from stopping at the convenience store or the bank, to confirming our return flights. Her pride for Thailand's rich history really came across in all that she shared with the group and added real meaning to our experience. All the hotels were wonderful. We were very lucky to have a great group and we were all very sad to part ways. It was a wonderful experience!

Melisa Oepen, Dallas, TX

We booked this trip instead of going to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was less expensive to fly half way around the world and stay for 3 extra days than what it would have cost to go to Hawaii. As for the trip, it was by far the best trip of my life. Lek, our guide, is a wonderful person; very accommodating, friendly and seemed to genuinely care about making our experience enjoyable. Thailand is an amazing country that combines beautiful scenery, a unique culture, friendly people, a good nightlife, and is very inexpensive. What more could you ask for? We are looking to book our next trip (Africa) and are definitely looking at Friendly Planet.

Wade Honeyfield, Denver, CO

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

We just came back from your tour to Athens and the Greek Islands cruise, where we had an absolutely wonderful time. We didn't know what to expect since we had never used Friendly Planet before and didn't know anyone who did, but we were very pleasantly surprised. The tour was very well organized, everything was covered, the hotel in Athens was beautiful and centrally located, the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was incredibly delicious. We will certainly book our future trips with Friendly Planet again.

Lewis Saltiel, New York, NY

Fabulous trip! Can't say enough for Friendly Planet tours. Everything is a shiny 5 stars! We've also been to China and Vietnam previously and they were amazing trips. We will be going to India with Friendly Planet in February and really looking forward to it. We are taking our 8 year old grandson in July to Mediterranean 3 Continents trip with Friendly Planet. He is very interested in Greek Mythology, so this will be a special trip!

Sue Phillips, Solana Beach, 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.

Absolutely wonderful vacation. Would highly recommend the adventure.

Becky Basford

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