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Friendly Planet was very easy to book with. We talked with our tour guide about other groups' experience with other tour groups. She said that she felt that Friendly Planet was the most honest of all of the tour companies: 'if they said that we were going to get a 5 star hotel, we got one'. Our restaurants were very well chosen. We loved having private dining rooms to be away from the hustle bustle of the rest of the restaurants. The food was very nice...plenty of it!
Carol & Jim Rubino
My wife and I just returned from our first Friendly Planet trip, which was to Ecuador. We were very pleased with the tour. The accommodations were very excellent. The transportation in the country was on a nice bus with an outstanding driver (Pablo). Our tour guide was Patricio Placencia. Patricio did a wonderful job as our leader. He is well informed, communicates well, relates well to the group and seeks to be sensitive to the group and its interests and needs. My wife didn't feel well early in the trip and he was very concerned and helpful to her. We were extremely pleased with him and he was very effective in presenting his country and his love for his country to the group. We commend you for having a tour guide who is talented, trained and effective as Patricio was. He was great and we feel blessed by having him show us Exotic Ecuador. Thank you very much!
James Mason, Marietta, GA
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
I just returned today from the Taste of Thailand tour with Lek and it was exceptional! Lek, Mike and Go did an excellent job. The value was great. The accommodations were great and we had a very fun time. Thank you for taking such good care of us during our adventures!
Emily Bridson, Lansing, MI
From day one the communication and all documentation was excellent, on a scale from 1 – 10, I give you a 20. It couldn't have been better. Every question or concern was explained in detailed and I always knew what to expect throughout the entire trip from the boarding of the Air China Flight in LA to getting back to LA after the trip was over. Let's start with Peter who was the national guide. I DON’T THINK YOU COULD ASK FOR MORE. HE WAS SIMPLY THE BEST. I usually don't participate in these surveys but after taking this trip and having such a wonderful, smart, well rounded, organized and all around great guy; I had to say something. Peter was organized from the first time we met him at the airport up until the moment he left us at the security gate on our way back to the United States. I could tell he didn't want to say good bye but we knew he had to. Peter was always on time, kept great track of the group and made sure every ones needs were met no matter what the circumstances were. If there was anything in his powers, he would make sure it happened. Whenever we ate at restaurants he was always speaking with the wait staff making sure our accommodations were ready. The menu he selected was always fantastic. He made sure we got a sample of all Chinese food from that area...it was GREAT.
Just got back from Best of Turkey tour, and wanted to let you know we had a wonderful trip. Our guide, Isa, was one of the best we have ever had. He was very knowledgeable, had a passion for history, kept the group organized and followed the schedule, always with a sense of humor and accommodating individual needs. This was our 4th tour with Friendly Planet Travel and we are already looking forward to the next!
Margarita Wilson, Guaynabo PR
Friendly Planet provided me with every detail and information I needed, whether I called or emailed for the info.... [At the hotels] EVERY staff member was bilingual, and guest were made to feel at home. Every request was IMMEDIATELY taken care of, including my request for scissors to cut the zip tie that was placed on my luggage. [The food was] 5 star quality. Tickled all of my senses. The freshness and variety, presentation and flavor all took me by surprise. The food alone is reason to return....Everything was smooth and easygoing. It was like visiting with family. How could you top that?
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 insure 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
This tour exceeded all my expectations! The national tour guide, Peter, stayed with us throughout the tour, and in addition, we had local guides to describe each city we visited. Peter and the local guides were personable, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. As an example of Peter's concern for us, my wife hurt her back just before the trip began. Peter made accommodations for her, and went to the pharmacy to get a cream for her. The cream was effective, her problem cleared up and she enjoyed the rest of the trip. We stayed at top rated hotels with great meals (their breakfast buffets, included in the trip cost, had over 30 items to sample, each of them delicious!). Considering the tour guides, the meals and accommodations, the transportation (tour bus, bullet train, plane trips, rickshaw rides and short boat cruises) and seeing great points of interest, I cannot believe the cost was so low and the quality so high...but it was! I will definitely recommend this to my friends!
John Scileppi, Hyde Park, NY
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
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
Had a wonderful time on a very nice ship. Food was excellent.Tour leaders had so much knowledge to share. It was very hot in July, but we had great guides to find shade and respite! The following coach tour contained so many places, beautiful hotels, just enough free time, and wonderful historic sites. I highly recommend this tour!
June Powell, Canterbury, CT
This is the second trip I've been on with Friendly Planet. I always feel I get my money's worth on the trip. Each day is packed with things to see & experience and the guides are knowledgeable, friendly and take care of everything to make sure the trip runs smoothly.
We really enjoyed our trip with you. The bus transfers were perfect...The hotels were fantastic, and the places we visited were great. We were glad we did not drive, because of the road system in the mountains. We were thankful for all our good drivers, got us all there safe. We would definitely do another trip with Friendly Planet Travel.
Karla Higgins, Eldridge, Iowa
Wonderful tour, knowledgeable and helpful guides and a great bargain. Friends couldn't believe that I was getting air, luxury hotel, airport transfers and breakfast buffet daily for normally the price of just the airline ticket! Marrakesh was so special and to get an insider's view of the city and surrounding area was truly a memorable experience.
Sondra Carpenter, Philadelphia, PA
I just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Israel and Turkey! Thank you so very much for ensuring the best seats for me on the airplane to and from. They were very easy and gave me plenty of room to move around. I appreciate you making these seat assignments possible. Turkish Airlines is one that I would always recommend! The crew and service was great! Friendly Planet put together such a wonderful tour!Astounding!
I loved this tour. The guide, Isa Levant was wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. The hotels were deluxe. The food very good. I am an artist and my next show is inspired by what I saw in Turkey. I am including some of my paintings.
Esther Charbit, Chicago, Il
I just read the recent post on the blog about the Taste of China tour. You missed one thing that was included in the price; 100% pure awesome. My fiance and I took this trip last October and was astounded at what we got. The hotels were top notch. The other travelers were a joy (not your doing, but, I'll give you the credit anyway). The guide, Peter, was unbeatable. The sites...oh the sites...those were too amazing to describe. An experience never to be forgotten. I had been a little wary of booking the trip with a company I had never heard of. I searched around and couldn't find anybody who had anything bad to say about you. The price seemed too good to be true for everything that was included. But, we decided that we would take a chance. I'm *so* glad we did. After the wedding, we will be going on as many Friendly Planet trips as we can muster the vacation time for :). We took every optional tour available...we didn't really see them as optional; how could you miss these opportunities?!?! The dinner with the family provided possibly one of our favorite nights on the trip and definitely the best food. I have been meaning to send a message off to you thanking you for providing such an outstanding opportunity, and your blog post prodded me into doing just that. Thank you. We look forward to seeing Egypt next...then Morocco...Thailand...India...
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
Literally just arrived home from our trip to Ecuador and could not wait to share what my friends and I have nominated as the Best Tour Trip Ever. Patricio was fabulous and made us feel like friends/family. The driver, Daniel, took wonderful care of us as well. Each hotel we arrived at made us want to pinch ourselves. The food was delicious and we all want recipes. Wonderful vacation! Wonderful price!
Helene Mako, St. Petersburg, 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
I think you guys provide a wonderful tour package for a very affordable price...Your staff is very responsive, friendly and attentive. Keep up the great work. I look forward to my next tour with you.
Fredilyn Sison, Reno, NV
Excellent trip - friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, beautiful hotels, close attention to details. It was a terrific experience.
Ruth Trump, Schenectady, NY
The Amazing Peru tour is excellent. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
Each time I emailed with questions, it was answered within 24 hours. The information provided before the tour was excellent.
I've taken 2 trips with FP. I have been recommending them to my friends, family and co-workers. Both trips were guided by wonderful English speaking residents. The accommodations were 3-4 star and the meals were great. Transportation was on air conditioned/heated coaches with plenty of space for all. They are especially friendly to the single traveller. How they do this for what I pay them I don't know...but I'll keep coming back!
Kathy Davis, Irving, TX
This is my third trip with Friendly Planet and I love this company. Everything goes along as planned without any problems, the tours are great, including the optional tours, hotels are good, airlines chosen are fine, and it is a well planned trip for the money. I will continue to travel with Friendly Planet and I do recommend them to my friends and family.
My husband & I just returned from the Pyramids & Petra tour. Words won't do it justice, but I'll give it a shot: The price—amazing! The guides—educated, accommodating, and excessively pleasant! The hotels—fantastic! The optional tours—A MUST! They were the best part of the whole trip, and a fantastic deal! The food—5 star! The touring coach—brand new, air-conditioned, & comfy! We were so thrilled with our experience with Friendly Planet, and all of their contractors, that we are already trying to decide which trip to take next! Thanks for providing such a top-notch experience with amazing people at such a fantastic price! We'll be repeat clients!
Amanda Poland, Front Royal, VA
My trip to Cuba introduced me to the people of Cuba. I loved being exposed to their everyday lives and being made to feel welcome by everyone! I hope I get the opportunity to visit again.
We had a fantastic trip with Friendly Planet. This was the first organized trip we have ever been on and I have to say it was 5 STAR all the way. The folks at Friendly Planet along with everyone they contract with are VERY client service oriented and made our trip most enjoyable. I have to give special kudos to everyone at the Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi (especially Gerald on the concierge desk) and Steve our Safari guide. The entire trip from leaving JFK day 1 to arriving back to JFK on day 8 was very well organized and without any kind of issue or problem. I would highly recommend Friendly Planet for any excursion and plan to use them again in the future.
John Stine, Phoenix, AZ
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