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We had never taken a Friendly Planet tour before and everything exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Wael, was just the best, but the ship was a close second. The staff provided service beyond measure -- great food, a spacious room, warm washcloths and hot mint tea when we'd return to the ship each day, no hassle shopping in the jewelry store on board, and a full upper deck where you could send your time visiting with new friends or just watching people go about their everyday work on the shore. We were on the ship for 7 nights and it was such a leisurely trip because we weren't having to move from place to place every couple of days. This was a trip of a life time!
Bob and Mary Chase
This was my first time with Friendly Planet and I would recommend them to all my friends...it was a pleasurable experience. I would use them again.
This was our first tour with Friendly Planet but it won't be our last. We always knew what we were doing and where we were going. The guides were excellent and our accommodations were wonderful. There was nothing we would change about this wonderful trip. Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.
Don & Jan Mantei, Canby, OR
I took your Treasures of Thailand trip with a friend and had a wonderful time. We had a great, local guide (Jerry) who made the trip so much fun by introducing us to many native fruits and treats. The accommodations were great all along our route. The Thailand people were so warm and friendly--I would definitely go back. I was also impressed with China Airlines. A great value for the buck!
Gwen Coxon, Santa Barbara, CA
That was the best tour my husband and I ever took. Everything was wonderful. Myanmar is spectacular, our guide was wonderful, and the hotels were first class! Thanks, Friendly Planet, for a trip we'll never forget.
Our trip was absolutely fantastic...the best hotels, travel guides, buses and meals. Friendly Planet planned everything; from top to bottom and to tell you the truth it was the best experience ever. Worth every dollar spent! Well done guys!
Juan Trujillo, Santiago, Chile
You all made this trip very easy to book. Your directions were very clear and precise. I did not have any problems, especially considering that I was a late booking. Great job!!...I will certainly consider Friendly Planet first in my future travel plans for guided tours.
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 recently returned from the Thailand tour. We want to say that this was really a wonderful experience in observing the culture of this country. It consisted of day after day of new and exciting experiences. We especially want you to know what a great job our tour guide, Tajma Earkanna, did on this tour. She worked very hard to make sure every one on the tour got the most they possibly could from it. She epitomizes the warmth and gentleness of this country. We have traveled with Friendly Planet before and plan to do so in the future.
Betty and George Jansen, Viera, FL
Our tour was full of things to do from morning to night. It covered every place we wanted to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and quite funny. It was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and we will probably book another for next year. Thanks for a great time and wonderful memories.
John and Marie Machado, Shirley, NY
I just wanted to say that we had the best tour guide that I've ever had on our Taste Of Turkey Tour. His name is Gokhan Baydur and he showed us Turkey like we were his best friends. He was patient and genuine and I hope that you will use him for more tours in Turkey. I would gladly come back to his tours any day! He was the reason that our vacation was so enjoyable and fun. Thank you!!
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
From inception the Tour Representatives were extremely helpful and courteous. Your online abilities to communicate with detailed documents was a great convenience (in addition to all your methods of payment for convenience). In all my years of "tour" vacations, I have never been given a rebate and I thank you for considering your clients as one was issued for reduced gas prices. I will be a loyal and returning Friendly Planet Traveler!
When I called with a few additional questions, your staff answered them completely. They were friendly, professional and very helpful. Both Matt and Chi, our tour guides, were fantastic. They both made sure that we were well taken care of at all times. Chi was so much fun to be around. He went out of his way to see that we all had a perfect trip. He helped us plan evening events so our group could see the area at night. Just can’t say enough good things about Chi! You are so lucky to have him as a guide. Also, the hotel in Bako was fantastic! We have traveled with you in the past and been very happy with Friendly Planet. Again you exceeded our expectations; we consider this one of our best vacations ever! We look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet again. THANK YOU!
Susan L. Bowers
This was a great trip at a reasonable cost to re-discover Havana after almost 14 years since last visit - not much has changed. Our Cuban tour guide Laura was great and the pace of the trip was enjoyable. We saw plenty of venues during the day and usually had the evenings to ourselves to explore the restaurants and nightlife of the city. I would recommend the Discover Havana tour for anyone desiring to see Havana, drink Mojitos, hear good music, savor fine dining inexpensively, smoke a good cigar, and/or have a good time.
Trav Paine, Augusta, GA
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
We recently travelled on Friendly Planet’s Kenya Wildlife Safari. The comprehensive itinerary, excellent level of accommodations, transportation, and meals were well-priced. From arrival until departure we were fully briefed, secure and carefully looked after in every regard. Our guide, Dominic, was professional and courteous, and his driving skills were of the highest caliber. One could have absolute faith in his abilities regardless of conditions or terrain. An absolute font of knowledge, Dominic knew exactly where to look for game. His explanations of animals, birds and plants revealed the true wonder of Kenya. The ultimate success on this the trip of a lifetime falls to excellent people like Dominic. Thank you Friendly Planet! You continue to amaze both for value and the experience of world travel. If I had to sum up the Kenyan experience: It was magic!
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
Great trip. Historically fascinating, visually stunning. Cairo is a beautiful city, fun to explore. Most of all, so glad our guide arranged for a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. Not at all expensive and absolutely wonderful. Hope you have as much fun as we did.
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.
This...was a terrific and inexpensive way to see the beauty and history of Southeast Asia. There was a very good balance of group and leisure time, and the accommodations were excellent.
Jennifer Rumain, Philadelphia, PA
What a wonderful time we had on the Treasures of Thailand tour. My partner even got to be the elephant mahout for a day. I celebrated my birthday on the tour and our guide Tajma had a cake locally baked to celebrate the occasion - delicious coconut cake! We will definitely travel with Friendly Planet again! Thank you for making it all seem so seamless and convenient!
Peter Escajeda, Long Beach, California
This was an AWESOME trip. I can't believe everything we saw, did and learned! Our guide, Alex, was terrific. He is very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure that we experienced many things. He is terrific and I can't say enough about how he treated us like we were his one and only clients. The scenery and the animals were fantastic. Friendly Planet...did a great job. We can't wait for our next adventure with Friendly Planet!
Sophia Modelski, Metamora, MI
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.
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
My husband and I just returned from a 9 day tour to Costa Rica. I can't say enough nice things about how the trip was planned, the guides and the wonderful people of Costa Rica. To say we enjoyed those 9 days is an understatement. We will certainly use Friendly Planet for our next vacation.
Sue Woody, New Carlisle, OH
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.
Just about everything you need to know is out on the web before you make a decision. I believe I called the Friendly Planet office only once with only one question during the entire booking process. I really appreciate all of the full disclosure of just about everything on the web site. It helped me make my decision to do the safari with Friendly Planet as opposed to Vantage or other companies.
Just returned from the Taste of Thailand tour with Ling as our guide! The tour and the guide were amazing. The hotel accommodations were amazing. Ling would always find ways to add to our tour, i.e. bringing various Thai fruits for us all to try. When traveling in the future I will begin my search with Friendly Planet...Thanks for making my lifetime dream come true...riding an elephant!
Teresa McCulloch, Steele, MO
Excellent value! Lots to see and do
Ken Foote, Aloha OR
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