Customer Testimonials

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We had a fabulous time. We could not have seen so much and in such an efficient manner had we not gone on your tour. Friendly Planet delivers!!

Nancy Cousins, Winnipeg, Canada

I have been recommending Friendly Planet tours to family, friends and co-workers. I have been on two tours now and am completely addicted!

Amy Imdieke

Loved every minute of this trip. The hotel was great - centrally located, modern, clean, a five star all-the-way. Singapore Airline was wonderful - didn't think I could take the 10hr trip but it wasn't difficult at all, with all the in-flight entertainment. Round trip transfers went smooth. And the included full buffet breakfast was an added surprise. I went with my adult daughter and son and they really loved Japan and can't wait to return. I am a former travel agent and I know how many things that are out of your control can happen. I am telling anyone who is interested in travel to contact your company. I've been on many tours and this was one of the best - both for what is included and for the price. P.S. When I called your office, I got to speak with a real human (how many times does that happen in today's world) who was pleasant and able to answer all my questions and correct any problems I had with my booking.

Kathleen Russo, Wynnewood, PA

I and my wife Kathy celebrated our ninth anniversary with Friendly Planet in Havana, Cuba. Our tour guide Nancy along with our tour host Lori & driver Santos and the entire tour group provided an evening that we will always cherish. My 85 year old madre was on this tour and it was amazing to watch her dance the night away in Cuba! The wonderful service was much more than we expected. THANKS!

Raymond Abdullah, Jacksonville, FL

I loved that I wasn't just a number and my questions were answered by personal e-mail not a standard electronic response...I was extremely surprised that I could afford this kind of vacation for my family. I still glow when I think about it.

Karen

The booking process was very easy. Friendly Planet provided many useful documents and information that made me feel at ease with booking the tour. The response time to emails was fast and the replies were helpful. Our tour guide, Gokhan Baydur, was beyond excellent. He was genuinely enthusiastic and passionate about his work and his country. He loved showing his country to us, which made us want to know more about it. He was very knowledgeable and presented the information very well during all of our tours. If we had any questions or wanted to know more about a specific topic, he was extremely approachable and informative. He also did his best in accommodating everyone's needs whether it was a dietary restriction or a physical restriction. In the end, he was not only a great tour guide, but someone I would truly consider a friend and hope to stay in touch with.

Nicole Chiu

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for our wonderful trip to Thailand. We had a wonderful time. Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations, including our tour guide Audi. Without a doubt Audi was the most qualified and attentive tour guide we have ever had. He made what would have been a wonderful trip into a spectacular trip. We can't thank Friendly Planet and Audi enough for our trip of a lifetime.

Emily Brown, North Pembroke, MA

Excellent value! Lots to see and do

Ken Foote, Aloha OR

My daughter & I recently returned from a wonderful tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Thank you for taking such good care of us and rerouting us out of the path of typhoon Haiyan. That could not have been easy, especially from the other side of the planet. Now that we are home again, we can say that watching Haiyan's approach on CNN was quite memorable, right up there with visiting Angkor Wat and cruising Halong Bay. My husband also sends his thanks for keeping him informed and for your very impressive service.

Judith Lee

“This was a trip of a lifetime and we had an awesome time! After every game drive, we thought how could they top that but the next game time would be just as fun. This was our first trip with Friendly Planet. We are extremely happy to find reasonable prices that gave us very nice hotels and tours. I will recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends and have already started to look for our next tour to take with Friendly Planet.”

Jackie Amos

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.

Cathleen Madge

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

I just returned from 10 days in China with Friendly Planet. It was an AMAZING tour—everything that Friendly Planet said it was and made even more fun with our national guide David Bai. I have never had anything exceed my expectations this much. David is an excellent guide and made sure everything went smoothly and that we had the best experience possible. His customer service, knowledge, and people skills are tops and he is a lot of fun! The local guides too were excellent, Alan in Shanghai was outstanding. My next trip will be with Friendly Planet and the trip I just took will not be my last visit to China. I can't wait to go back to visit China and David again. Thank you for such unforgettable and fabulous travel memories.

Jamie Chatterley, Roseville, CA

Many Thanks for your wonderful Tours! I can say I can't imagine better trips for the money. Such an awesome experience each time. I tell everyone who plans to travel about Friendly Planet. Keep up the good work!

Jan Riske, Chehalis, WA

This is one of the best of the many tours I have taken over the years, notably the quality of the accommodations, excellent guides in all cities, specially, SAM, who patiently stayed with us to the end. I have and will continue to highly recommend Friendly Planet. Very much a high-end budget package which was very flexible. Thanks for the hospitality from you as well as from the Chinese—so accommodating with a smile.

Shirley Bell

Loved experiencing the land of Ireland and its people. A great taste. Food was good, hotels were great, bus was roomy and comfortable. The tours were well planned and truly a taste of Ireland. There was so much done...that we could not have managed on our own.

Marci Sweeney

I got back recently from the Taj Mahal Express tour. Amazing trip at an incredible price. I will definitely use Friendly Planet again. Our tour guide in India, Vishal, was the best I've ever encountered on a group tour. He did a fantastic job and really went out of his way to ensure we had a great time.

Melissa Waterfield, Columbus, Ohio

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

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

I have no idea how you put this together for the price that we got. Everything was top-notch. I hope you guys are around for a long time, because I have finally found someone I can trust to give me the best experience for my money. It's like having a family member in the travel industry.

Dee Putnam, Kansas, UT

My friend and I traveled to Patagonia over the Christmas holidays last year and we had a wonderful time. The cruise was marvelous. Argentina was our favorite. We spent Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires and enjoyed the restaurants and fireworks. We extended our trip to Iguazu Falls and had a room overlooking the falls. Guides were great, hotels centrally located. We are traveling again with Friendly Planet this year!

Lenore Layton, Cinnaminson, NJ

Each time I emailed with questions, it was answered within 24 hours. The information provided before the tour was excellent.

Angela Lusk

Turkey should be the first place anyone travels to when they leave the US. The people are friendly, the history is amazing, the food is delicious and the country is inspiring. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and open about answering questions and providing historical background.

Kathy Young, San Clemente, CA

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

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

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

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

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 thought the trip was great. Overall it was well-organized, well-priced and the service was good both before the trip and during the trip.

Alex Dobson

This trip was a gift from my wife for my 70th birthday and it couldn't have been better. We have done some traveling in the past (Switzerland, Greece, South Africa, Italy) but did not consult/use an agency. We are both fitness oriented and we hope to take a trip yearly from now until our bodies quit on us! Even though it was our first time with Friendly Planet, we are sold. Each time my wife needed a question answered (flights, hotels, itinerary, etc.), Friendly Planet usually had an answer - and when they didn't, they would call back immediately when they found the answer. I am a retired federal law enforcement person (34 years), very impatient with an attention span of about two seconds. Friendly Planet was very responsive and NEVER started the conversation with a sales pitch - my kind of company. We are looking forward to our next trip (we don't know where yet) and you will be hearing from us when we are ready. We have already recommended Friendly Planet to our friends.

Steve Gregg, La Mesa, CA

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