Customer Testimonials

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Discover Havana was our first vacation with Friendly Planet, and we were extremely impressed from beginning to end. Prior to our departure, the personnel in the Pennsylvania office provided us with efficient and courteous assistance. We were so pleased to receive an email from our tour director, Trish Oliveira, before we left, introducing herself and encouraging us to reach out to her with any questions. Trish was one of the best tour directors we have had in our twenty years of international travel. We felt completely safe and well cared for in her hands. She made wonderful recommendations throughout the tour about restaurants, entertainment venues, and attractions. Her love of Cuba rubbed off on the entire group. We will not hesitate to use Friendly Planet again. We received five star treatment for a very reasonable price.

Ed Marcantonio and Brent DiGiorgio, Westport, CT

The best tour I had so far. Friendly Planet made it so easy for all of us 53 tourists. The way they put it together with all the connections between countries, the hotels, buses and different tour guides was so impressive, and we felt pampered the whole time. We really had a grand time. Thank you very much for making it an experience of a lifetime.

Emmanuel Lacson

I've been fortunate to travel far and wide, but this trip was truly the experience of a lifetime! Great guides, knowledgeable, and VERY helpful. If you're considering this trip, DON'T MISS Abu Simbel! And Taybet Zaman in Petra—my favorite hotel! It's like a time capsule. Great job, Friendly Planet. You made my dream-trip come true!

J. Belli, Aubrey, TX

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

I just came back from my first Friendly Planet Tour to Kenya and loved it. I will definitely book another one. Our guide Tony, from Vintage Tours, was excellent. Words cannot express the great time I had.

Doretha Rita Davis, Brooklyn, NY

Just returned from a wonderful vacation with Friendly Planet through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Wonderful accommodations, non-stop touring, friendly people were noted through all countries. Thank you for making this a smooth and memorable vacation. Never have I gone on a group trip with such kind people and intense sightseeing.

Patrick Rommel, Philadelphia, PA

I took the "Best of China" trip with an extension to Tibet with Friendly Planet. The tour was awesome, not to mention the very best accommodations. The tour guides were well prepared and friendly. I had such a wonderful time that I am now planning a trip with Friendly Planet to "Classical Greece by Sea" with the extension to Istanbul. I give Friendly Planet the very highest recommendation.

Jacqueline Ledbetter, Topsail Beach, NC

We were so impressed by the flow of tours, events, hotels and most of all the guides. Our national guide, Christina, was not just polite as some are, but she was efficient, friendly and patient. She made our group feel like a big family. Kudos to your company for choosing her as a guide! We will definitely use Friendly Planet again!

Lynn Fuller, Glen Ridge, NJ

It was a very good trip! I came to see the beauty of the world around me. I love Kuching. Bako was such a gem. I would have loved to have stayed longer. The hotel in Batang Ai was nice. I took the Phuket Island extension and all I can say is wow, wow, wow! I am trying to figure out how I can move and live there. It was more than a perfect way to end a perfect trip. I have recommended your company to friends and family. I will always treasure the memories. Thank you.

Mary Jo Riley

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

I think your service is outstanding. So much so that I intend to write you a letter of appreciation as soon as the jet lag wears off.

Jack Aizenman

We just got home and I thought I'd write a little note about how fantastic our tour of China worked out to be. We were a little apprehensive at first - letting someone else take the "driver's seat" on our vacation - but going with a group tour for China is the way to go. Our tour guide, Vivian, was patient, informative, and absolutely made our trip unforgettable. She was flexible about letting us add a few things to the itinerary - such as a quick trip by a snack food market in Beijing so we could get pictures of our friends eating scorpions and other nasty critters. She even went the extra mile to make sure there was a cake for my husband's birthday. We went ahead and did almost all of the optional tours on the itinerary, and it was really a great way to see everything because they thought of things I probably wouldn't have. Can't wait to book the next one!

Michelle Wahlberg, Long Beach, CA

Just returned from A Taste of Thailand with Noy as our leader. She is FANTASTIC. I slipped and twisted my ankle and Noy checked on me frequently, brought me ice, purchased an ankle wrap and topical medication. You have one satisfied customer. I also believe that my entire group agrees with me.

Ann Snyder

We just returned last night from the Ecuador trip and I wanted to tell friendly Planet what an amazing job our tour guide, Patricio, and our driver, Pablo did. We were extremely impressed with them and felt that they really made the trip what it was for us and our whole group. I can't wait to tell other people about my experiences and look forward to another trip with Friendly Planet. Thank you!

Nancy C.

We just returned from our 3rd Friendly Planet tour, Kenya Safari Express. We also did Egypt and Dubai/Thailand with them. As in the past, they never let us down. Friendly Planet offers the best tours for your money. Every tour we have taken with them has been top notch. Small groups, excellent hotels, knowledgeable and friendly guides and well thought out tours. We can't stop saying enough about Friendly Planet. Most important is that unlike other tour companies, their customer service is the best. Someone always answers the phone and is cheerfully willing to help and advise. Also we always feel safe when traveling with Friendly Planet. We LOVE Friendly Planet!!!!

Gertrude Bouchard, Totowa, NJ

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.

Cathleen Madge

It was wonderful to see the history of these wonderful cities. Everything was well-planned, the food and hotels were great. I'd travel with you again in a heartbeat.

Ann Moreton, Cincinnati, OH

The tour (Pyramids and Nile Cruise) was great. Petra was dazzling. All the guides made our trip so easy and interesting. The hotel was great, food was good. Wings made sure that we had the best all around. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Lillie Bavendam, Dunwoody, GA

The best tour of my life.... and one of the least expensive. The experience of Friendly Planet and the guide really help to make things very smooth.

Ontario Lau

I just returned from Friendly Planet’s Mystical Myanmar tour. The itinerary and hotels were exceptional. Our knowledgeable guide did an excellent job referring us to various restaurants and attractions, which made the entire experience a pleasure. All of the transfers from the hotels to the airports were organized and efficient. Thank you for providing such a great experience to this unique country.

Gisela Grabner

The tour was well organized. Special thanks to our guide, Tony. He spotted animals and birds that none of us on the van saw. I saw more than I expected in 5 days. It was enough to keep busy but not exhausting. The accommodations were great. I would definitely use Friendly Planet on future trips.

Anne Mok, Brooklyn, NY

“We had a wonderful vacation and would book through you again. I really loved that this was an 'at your own pace tour', but all of the details were taken care of…I am over all very pleased. The islands are an amazing place to visit. I would love to go back again. I really enjoyed not having to worry about getting to and from everywhere. Everyone on the front end was also fantastic. “

Sarah J. Payne

...the best trip we ever took ... was your Beijing Express tour. Thank you. Our trip to China was PERFECT; a real 'peak' experience. Looking forward to going on your Athens Express trip as soon as we can.

Sterling Keck, Los Osos, CA

This was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and it was spectacular - wonderful hotel and excellent food! That was only the backdrop for a splendid itinerary, led by an extremely knowledgeable, efficient guide (Isa). Two expert drivers negotiated the brand new bus through the tightest passages with easy assurance. A top flight experience in every way, and an incredible value!

Edward Schoen, Scottsville, KY

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

“My husband and I were on this trip for our honeymoon, and were blown away by the personal care you did with each transfer and welcome. We would use Friendly Planet again in a heartbeat. I have been already recommending friendly planet to co-workers, friends, and family.”

Anna Holliday

Friendly Planet Travel...was so thorough that, other than a special request to alter the date of our departure from Japan, every possible question I could have come up with was already answered either on your website or in your emails and documents. When I did speak with your staff, they were extremely helpful...I could tell that your staff not only assists with travel but travel themselves. Their passion shows right through the phone! No wonder you are able to anticipate all the questions and provide the answers before anyone can ask!

Lynn Bearup

My wife and I have always traveled on our own but felt that our first visit to Egypt should be with a guided group. We were slightly apprehensive about whether we would begin to chafe at having our schedule determined by others but are happy to report that the tour with Friendly Planet was a delight. From the moment we arrived at Cairo International Airport the necessary details for our stay were managed with seamless efficiency. The hotel and its location were amazing and check in was painlessly and quickly handled by the FP representative who met us at the airport. We were well informed of each day's activities and liked the optional extras that gave us the choice of either participating or having our own time. Our guide, Walaa, was truly erudite concerning the sites we visited, imparting a great deal of history and cultural context yet keeping it on a personal level. We felt as if he was sharing his knowledge and not lecturing. Ground transportation and ticketing were handled well in advance and there was no time wasted waiting for anything. The Nile cruise was a carefree way to travel from site to site with no worries about lodging or meals. I can not say enough about the positive impression our Friendly Planet tour has made on us. We have been contemplating visiting China and are now convinced that we will be doing so through Friendly Planet.

Robert Kidd, Columbia, SC

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

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

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