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Wonderful experience! The optional tours were amazing. Tuk, our guide in Thailand, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends/family.
This was our first tour with Friendly Planet Travel, and we were very nervous because the price was SO low! Well, we are extremely impressed with the service, the quality of the hotels, the tours, and overall experience we had on the Taj Mahal Express. It was a great way to see India for the first time. The value of this trip was amazing!!! Thank you for making our first trip to India an absolutely memorable one!
A trip to [Egypt] has negative political overtones for Americans at this time because of recent world events. For that reason, my wife and I approached the possibility of such a vacation with trepidation, but our interest in human history beckoned us. Our fears were totally put aside by the incredible safety precautions taken by the Egyptian government and the Friendly Planet organization in particular. After a day in that country, I felt more secure than walking hand-in-hand with my wife after dark in our local city. The tour guide assigned to us (Wael) had a doctorate in Egyptology and he took the time at every stop to explain the symbolism of the temples themselves, the architectural artifacts as they related to one another and the relief carvings, answering questions graciously to the satisfaction of our entire group of 36 people. The coordination and scheduling of our living accommodations, meals, transportation, luggage transfer, entry tickets, and "necessary" interim stops appeared to be a finely honed ballet of interacting tourism requirements. Thanks for your attention to all these details! Because of the success of this vacation (our 40th wedding anniversary), while still on the plane en route home, my wife began discussing where our next Friendly Planet trip should be. Ya done good!
Sincerely, William R. Bliss
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.
Fantastic, the hotel, bus, tour guide. Friendly Planet made it simple and everything that they promised we got. We will travel with Friendly Travel again.
Maria Ruano, Miami FL
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!
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.
Trip was outstanding. Cost reasonable, planning excellent, and guide outstanding.
Bill & Becky Jackson, Tulsa, OK
Just wanted to drop a note that this was a wonderful trip. My wife and I really enjoyed the group we were with and the hotels you selected were outstanding. The two different tour guides we had were top notch. We are traveling with you next to Israel and than South Africa. You give very good value for the dollar spent.
David Imel, Sarasota, Florida
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.
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...
This was the trip of a lifetime and was a phenomenal deal. I will definitely go on another Friendly Planet tour.
Stephanie Palmer, Studio City, CA
This was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and it was spectacular - wonderful hotel and excellent food! That was only the backdrop for a splendid itinerary, led by an extremely knowledgeable, efficient guide (Isa). Two expert drivers negotiated the brand new bus through the tightest passages with easy assurance. A top flight experience in every way, and an incredible value!
Edward Schoen, Scottsville, KY
One of best trips we have taken. Everything was first rate! If you are new to Friendly Planet, you will be telling all your friends about them. Peru is a wonderful destination.
Byron Collins, Long Valley, NJ
“Everything was perfect, I give a A+++ to Noi our tour guide, she made every moment perfect.”
We weren't sure what to expect (especially at this price), and quite honestly, we were thoroughly impressed. The tour guides were not only knowledgeable but very friendly. The accommodations were pristine and the adventure well, enough cannot be said for all that Egypt has to offer. We were a little concerned about any anti-American feelings that could be present there. On the contrary, the locals seemed to be warm, wonderful people who opened themselves up to us so very easily. We felt completely safe every step of the way! I highly recommend this trip to anyone who may have an interest in seeing Egypt.
Scott Hebert, Gardner, MA
We were totally satisfied with our tour; flawless organization, great tour director and guide (Patricio Placencia), excellent accommodations, good service, very safe ride, well-chosen itinerary that exposed us to a great variety of places and local people.
This tour was wonderful! Every day was full of things to do and see. Time was well-utilized so we got to see and do a great deal. The hotel choices were outstanding. I loved that we also got to cruise the Nile. You all provided the information I needed to make informed decisions about my choices.
We have been on many trips using a number of different companies, but we have never experienced the perfection of travel [we saw] on this Friendly Planet tour. I can begin [with] Turkish Airlines: friendly, new spacious planes and great food.
Norm Ivers, Oakland, New Jersey
From a Friendly Planet post tour survey: 'Is there anything that we could do to make our service better?' How does one improve perfection? Friendly Planet is # 1 in my book.
John P. Ostrica
The national guide in Kusadasi and Ephesus was absolutely fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and excited about his country and what we were seeing! The hotel in Istanbul was excellent. It was centrally located. Gokham Baydur, the tour guide, was more than excellent. He is incredibly knowledgeable of the history of the various sites we toured and the etymology of place names. His use of the English language was excellent and he just made everything so interesting with his stories. The restaurants chosen really gave us the flavor of Turkey. Friendly Planet’s tour was perfect for me. I want to visit Turkey again
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
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.
This world traveler gives Friendly Planet's Pyramids & Nile Cruise excursion 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up! Truth be told, given the low cost of this tour, we expected a mid-grade vacation. What we received was first class all the way! Every minute was packed with amazing sights, sounds and adventures. We couldn't believe the level of service, the caliber of our tour guides, the variety of activities and the quality of our accommodations. Friendly Planet exceeded our expectations in every way. Since this was our first "group tour," we were concerned being stuck with a group. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. The folks on our tour were fun, friendly and with similar adventurous spirit. With the small group size, we never felt "crowded." Plus, my husband and I received plenty of downtime to feel re-energized and enough "alone time" to still find romance. A big thank you to Friendly Planet for making ours a remarkable experience that will be remembered forever! We look forward to taking another trip with you soon!
Annabel Eyrick, St. Louis, MO
Our first tour with Friendly Planet was wonderful. Everyday was better than we were expecting. Our tour guide, Isa Levent Gurcavdi is very knowledgeable. She must be teaching history in a university. Overall the tour is really well managed. In the future we'd like to take another tour with Friendly Planet.
Norma & John Higgins, Stamford, CT
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.
The hotel was over-the-top fabulous. I learned so much about the history and culture during this tour from very well-informed guides, who so obviously love their country and loved sharing their knowledge with us. I LOVED SHANGHAI. Loved our guide Alan - so well informed - so much fun. He had us in stitches the whole time. Tours were great - Silk factory REALLY caused me to willingly leave money in China! It was fascinating to learn the process from moth to finished product. In Hangzhou, I took my first ever bullet train ride. And first ever gondola ride too, West Lake and the gardens on the shore are really beautiful. Jinshan Museum was very well presented. I loved that the museum was built right on top of the dig site and we could actually see the work in progress. They had an excellent display of recovered artifacts. The Giant Panda Research Center was FANTASTIC. My prior travel has been on cruises or self-guided tours. Never again. Friendly Planet has me totally convinced that the best way to experience the sights and sounds and tastes and culture of a country/region is to LIVE it - not just walk around a port or jump on a bus to do activities that can be done at home.
Friendly Planet does it right and does it well. Your focus is on the traveler, your service is very responsive, and your prices are very reasonable. The real advantage to a novice traveler, such as myself, comes from having experts who take the hassle and the fear out of the unknown (new countries), and the guided tours are well organized and very instructive. Friendly Planet is one of the best, if not the best, travel agencies that I will [travel with] again and again.
Dana Davis, Wyncote, PA
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.
My husband, Jeff, and I want to personally acknowledge the excellent job our tour guide did on our recent trip to Ecuador. Vivian Vera had extensive knowledge about the history, politics, flora and fauna, culture, music, handicrafts, etc. and she shared it in such a friendly way. She understood the diverse personalities of strangers, and kept us all on track and engaged. I can't say enough about the difference she made on our trip, which was excellent all around. Vivian deserves a big raise!
Peg & Jeff Balano
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