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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

I just returned from Friendly Planet's Best of South Africa tour and still cannot believe the high level of service provided. Everything was so well coordinated from the time we checked into the airport at JFK to the time we returned. Our tour guides were exceptional, Pieter , our guide in Johannesburg cared for us like a family member. Our lodging arrangements were nothing but exceptional. I cannot say enough about my experience and I greatly recommend Friendly Planet. Thanks for making my journey enjoyable and affordable.

Marie Jean-Pierre, Weston, FL

Everything on the tour [Vietnam and Cambodia] was excellent and the coordination was fantastic. It made travelling so easy with all the connections and details being taken care of. I was particularly impressed by the trip to Sapa which offered even more unique experiences.

Naomi Lerman

The national and local tour guides were very organized and professional, Especially David the national tour guide was very informative and he did a great job, he was able to answer all of our questions about China. The hotel in Xian was so good ,we did not want to leave that hotel . This trip was the most memorable trip that my husband and I ever had...

Shohreh Fatehi, Irvine, CA

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?

Diana Gutierrez

Just returned from Authentic Havana, my 7th trip with Friendly Planet and another perfect travel experience. Gary, Mily, and Otto were a great team and looked after us exceptionally well! They laughed, we laughed, and that laughter, combined with the perfect casa, paladares and tours, made this trip educational, eye opening and FUN!!!

Mary Jane Healey, Oaklyn NJ

I am already talking with friends and family about another trip with Friendly Planet... this one was packed with information and interesting/mystical sites.

Alice Talbott

Tour guide was wonderful, hotels were great, transportation and coordination of the entire trip was without doubt, a fantastic experience.

James Kretschmar

The Friendly Planet Discover Havana trip provided a fascinating look at the history and culture of this mysterious island that's just 90 miles from Miami.

Virginia L.

The tour was wonderful. We saw a lot of animals and the guides and accommodations were absolutely great.

John & Penny Grunden, Little Torch Key, FL

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

Everything was great and the trip flowed very nicely. It was my first time in Greece and wasn't sure what I would get by booking over the phone. Yianni, who was the person at our hotel coordinating everything, was great. He had everything organized and made me feel comfortable about planning my trip through Friendly Planet.

Lori Silva

Just returned today. Oue national guide, David, was knowledgeable, friendly, warm and dedicated to teaching our group about the culture and politics of his fascinating country. Local guides for Shanghai and Xi'An were superb. Hotels and meals were excellent. Fast paced, but this is how my husband and I like to travel. Yes, we did have some rest periods and free time. Have traveled with Friendly Planet before. Much bang for your buck.

Rita Schlansky, Carlisle PA

Simply put, Outstanding. Far exceeded our expectations on every level. The staff, accommodations and most of all the game drives, were terrific. Couldn't recommend it more.

Bill B, Seattle, WA

We just returned from our vacation to Peru. I must admit we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotels, the airline, and the professionalism of each individual that we dealt with. It was my dream to visit Machu Picchu and Friendly Planet made this an amazing experience. All three tour guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. They went above and beyond to make this experience unique for us. We will definitely be booking another tour with Friendly Planet again.

Beth Chevere, Waterbuty ,CT

FP [Friendly Planet] has the details down pat, and details can make or break a trip. The cost was amazing, considering airfare alone. I have used FP twice because I could not do said trips myself at the cost FP provides.

Dennis Weber

My friends couldn't believe the price. The hotels were top of the line, and our guide was great. He was very knowledgeable, had a super sense of humor and was very organized. I would be happy to travel with Friendly Planet again.

Suzanne Blair, South Haven, MI

I saw your story about building wells in Cambodia. ...thanks to our trip to Cambodia last January, my wife and I have donated for 2 wells and I am raising money for a large well for a village. I hope to have that done by the time we go back in February 08. We stay in touch with our tour guide, Theap Bunthin. We love Friendly Planet and the experiences we have.

Conrad & Nancy Knab

Our Cuban trip with Friendly Planet was amazing! Great tour guides.

Ida Mousouris

The trip last May to Peru and Ecuador was one of the best vacation experiences I have ever had. The food was excellent and the other 7 couples on the tour were super. Machu Picchu, Lima, Quito, Lake Titicaca, and the Galapagos Islands were all fun to visit. I will be touring with Friendly Planet again this May to Japan.

Arthur Low, Sunnyvale, CA

Matt was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Malaysian culture and wildlife. The hike in Bako was wonderful and I loved the fact that we actually got to see some of the wildlife. Batang Ai was beautiful and rustic. We really enjoyed our stay there as well as the longhouse visit. Bangkok was outstanding! Chai was the best guide we have had on any of our international trips. He is very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure everyone had the best experience possible. He is a great ambassador for Bangkok as well as Friendly Planet.

Cheryl Minardi

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

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

Unreal trip! This is my 3rd tour with Friendly Planet and I have enjoyed every one of them. It was so organized and the guides so friendly! I don't know how you all make any money because the accommodations are always top-notch! Amazing trip from start to finish. I can't wait to pick my next trip! Thanks for everything!

Holly Pecarek

The flight and land transportation, hotels, food, guide, driver, and sites were all excellent! Our guide, Mr. Gokhan Baydur, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We really appreciated his etymology of words and relation to history of modern Turkey, etc. He was also very capable at keeping us all together, which is no easy task. The driver was phenomenal; I don't know how he managed to drive the bus through the Istanbul traffic and somehow make U-turns: amazing!

Arthur Tucker

Again you have surpassed our expectations with the perfect trip. All of our hotels were top of the line. They alone are worth the price of the trip but you threw in the airfare and two experienced guides to make the perfect vacation. Nok and Mona were really wonderful. They made sure that we were able to learn about the Thai people and culture. I still do not know how you offer such great packages at so low of a price.

Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida

We just returned from our incredible trip to Thailand with our guide Patty. She made our trip a wonderful experience taking each person’s interests into account when making suggestions for our free time. Patty is so proud of her country and shares her knowledge and love so freely that I feel we all received a special gift in having her for a guide. We took the extension to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat. All our hotels on this trip were very enjoyable but the Borei Angkor in Siem Reap was unforgettable. The hotel itself is remarkable but the staff is incomparable and the food a wonderful experience. I would take this trip again just to have another day at Angkor Wat and stay at this wonderful hotel once again.

Pamela Yoder, Bay St Louis, MS

By far this has been the best trip ever!!! Our tour guide Patricio and bus driver Edwin made our stay as pleasant as possible. They were courteous and attentive to everyone's needs and made us feel safe at all times. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who has never dared to venture to South America—you will not be disappointed!! The canoe ride up the Amazon river and the scenic panoramic view of the mountains will leave you breathless!

Ivonne Davila & Lucia Morales, Brooklyn, NY

We were recently on a tour of yours to Thailand, and I just want to commend you for providing us with a great tour. It was wonderful, interesting, stimulating, and well done. But I want to single out our Tour Director for praise. He was constantly seeking out interesting things of particular interest to our group. He was amusing, thoughtful, and resourceful.

Joanne Weston, Baldwinsville, NY

What a wonderful experience on this tour! Patricio, our guide was outstanding. His knowledge and love of Ecuador gave us a special insight into the country and its people. Edwin, our driver made the bus go places that looked impossible and did it in a way that we were always at ease. Patricio helped us and others with small things that came up during the trip. Patricio always did more than was expected and was a perfect gentleman. We would tour with Friendly Planet again without hesitation.

Leslie & Dwight Adams, New Brockton, AL