Traveler Reviews

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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

Best bang for the buck! New buses, great (and safe) driver. This was the first tour we've been on that actually stopped the bus for unplanned but interesting sights along the road.

Paul & Audrey Belleci, Antioch, CA

We really enjoyed the Taste of Thailand/Cambodia tour we just took. The tour guides for both tours were very good, and we would like to once again praise Patty Nantanamanee for her excellent work. Can't say enough about her excellent treatment of her group. The hotels we stayed in were very good. We highly recommend the tour to anyone. They won't regret it.

Danilo Carpio

Best bang for the buck! New buses, great (and safe) driver. This was the first tour we've been on that actually stopped the bus for unplanned but interesting sights along the road.

Paul & Audrey Belleci, Antioch, CA

We just returned from your Best of Turkey trip. It was our first tour trip and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Isa, was extremely knowledgeable, funny, and absolutely made the trip. The landscape was stunning, especially Cappadocia. I can't stop talking about it!

Angela Gholson, New York, NY

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

This was the BEST!!! I went on this tour in 2009 and it remains one of the highlights of my travel excursions! Not only is it affordable, but our guide, Walid Ikram was so knowledgeable and approachable. I felt as though I was living in the spirit of Egyptian past! I continue to read anything I can get my hands on and found an article on antiquities that were found in the exact places I had walked in Giza, just inches under the sand! It was the most incredible sensation. I will do this tour again in the near future. It is well worth the time. The experience is unforgettable!

Nikky Chahon, Sacramento, CA

The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!

Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ

I just returned from the Kenya Wildlife Safari trip and I can't stop raving. The trip far exceeded my expectations. Everything from the guides to the accommodations and food was wonderful. Going to Africa was a truly life changing experience.

Sarah Jones, Astoria, NY

Excellent - a great overview of China, left me wanting to see more. Our tour guide, Sam Liu, was the ultimate professional, able to meet the many different needs of all the passengers. Sam is knowledgeable and willing to share and answer numerous questions. The food and hotels were outstanding value. I will use Friendly Planet again. Looking for my next affordable Friendly Planet adventure.

M.E. Frederick, New York, NY

At the price, I thought we would fly on the outside of the airplane, and get around Thailand by goat cart. Instead, China Air was a new plane, we got around by a new bus, in the best hotels in town, and had a guide who was an absolute joy. I could not recommend the trip more highly. We took the extension to Angkor Wat, which was marvelous. Only problem was the 23 hour ride getting home, but short of having one's own jet, that is life for the traveler

John Wright, Granada Hills, CA

WOW!! We cannot begin to convey how amazing our trip was. David Bai, our tour guide, was fantastic, accommodating and overall phenomenal. The food, hotels, and all arrangements were wonderfully trouble-free. We will highly recommend China and already planning our next Friendly Planet tour. Thank you for a most memorable holiday!

Wendy & Bruce Longman, New Port Richey, FL

For two teachers who had wanted to travel to Cuba for a long time this trip was a dream realized. We couldn't wait to get back and share everything we had learned about Cuban history, people, and culture. The Friendly Planet guides were helpful and extremely knowledgeable. We can't wait for our next trip.

Sinikka Gary

My husband and I learned about Friendly Planet Travel through friends who went on a trip to China. They returned home raving about the great value and good time they and other travelers had while in the Far East. We began our own study of Friendly Planet trips and found one to Italy that offered just about everything but cannolis. Based just outside San Gimignano, we were more than satisfied with the family-owned Hotel Sovestro, had no issues with our little rental car, found it an easy public bus ride to and from Florence and even a night of opera music in Siena. Added to our travel bliss was a non-stop Emirates flight to and from Milan and JFK/New York. There was also much joy in making new friends who were also guests at Hotel Sovestro. Thank you, staff, for making this a most memorable trip. You'll be hearing from us again.

Gail Giannetto, Wakefield, MA

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

Great short trip but at the end I wish it had been a day or 2 longer. I didn't want to come home. The local guide Juan Carlos Balda was a great guide and answered all of our questions with great knowledge. Will use and recommend you again in the future.

Thomas Ludes, Manhattan Beach, CA

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

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

Fabulous trip because of Patricio and his driver Pablo. I was refered by a good friend to partake in this trip and it was well worth it. Patricio made the trip appear as a family trip with all participants members of his family. He tried to please all of us as best as he could. This included food changes, trips to replace a broken hat, etc. The rain was a minor setback as was the Labor Day in Quixto. However, we all had fun and looking forward to our next FP trip.

Dr. Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia, PA

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.

Stephanie Hayes

This is our third trip with Friendly Planet and definitely will not be our last. There are no surprises here. Everything was better than expected. Our guides and all of the supporting staff was magnificent. In my observation, all of the staff went out of their way to please everyone in the group! Wow what service and price! I love Friendly Planet!

Maria Wells

I have been delighted with the three Friendly Planet trips I have taken, and hope to travel on others run by your company at a future date. In particular, the guides on each one have been wonderful, helpful and friendly at all times.

Dorothy Kelleher & Robert Sheff

I was on the Beijing and Tokyo tour which was truly a trip of a lifetime! Our guide in Beijing, Peter, was simply amazing! He was extremely helpful, patient, humorous and knowledgeable. He really made the trip special. Also, I loved our accommodations at the Kempinski Hotel. It was truly 5-star. I certainly look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet very soon! I had a truly memorable time.

Kimberly Ghorm, Hillside, NJ

When we first heard about our tour to India, we were a little hesitant because the price was so low. We thought it may be too good to be true. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was everything we had hoped for and more. The flights were trouble-free and all the hotels were much better than expected. Our hotel in Delhi was the nicest hotel that I have ever stayed at! And I have traveled the world and been to many high class hotels. Also, we were initially concerned about our safety while in India. It turns out that safety was not an issue. Again, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Indian people very welcoming towards Americans. You couldn't find nicer people in the world. I don't know how you kept the tour price so low! Keep up the low prices and high standards. I can't wait to book my next Friendly Planet trip!

Riley Loback, Seattle, WA

I have always wanted to go to Iceland (I majored in Earth Science at college), but could never really afford it. This tour made it possible - thank you! The Icelandic people were amazingly kind, too. It is a great place to visit.

Ann Hall

To Peggy & Staff, thanks so much for your professional and timely service. We really enjoyed the tour.

Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA

I just got back from a trip to Kenya and I cannot say enough good things about your organization and, in particular, our driver/guide Dominic. He did everything he could to give us a wonderful trip. He was on time, polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to travel with. He made our bucket list trip a wild success. I am hoping to book the trip again, this time bringing my husband. If this happens, I will do what I can to ensure that Dominic is our guide. Thank you for running a top shelf organization.

Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT

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.

John Schwab

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 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

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