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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
My husband and I want to thank you for creating comprehensive, fun packed days of touring in China. We saw all the sights we had on our own lists and the city guides made sure that if possible, they worked in places the group requested. The daily planning, the food, hotels, the shows, and the ease of getting around made this package one of the exceptional values for a once in a lifetime vacation.
Susan Razenson, Nanuet, NY
The tour (Pyramids and Nile Cruise) was great. Petra was dazzling. All the guides made our trip so easy and interesting. The hotel was great, food was good. Wings made sure that we had the best all around. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Lillie Bavendam, Dunwoody, GA
My safari to Kenya [was] a dream come true...absolutely wonderful. We saw all the animals & birds to see thanks to our guide and driver... I loved the way [Friendly Planet] organized this tour from Mt. Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi, I enjoyed it all... A trip of a lifetime to remember forever. Thank you all.
Friendly Planet did it again with an exceptional experience to Thailand! Best national guide ever to Natalie!
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
Great destinations. Outstanding guide. Beautiful hotels. Variety of wonderful side tours. Would not think twice about using Friendly Planet on another tour.
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
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
We have traveled all over the world and this was our best trip yet!!! I don't know why we waited so long to see Ireland as I'm half Irish!
Nick and Judy Westbrook
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.
Borneo was fantastic!
Friendly Planet was absolutely wonderful! In every way possible. From the beginning of the process of me deciding on the Beijing & Shanghai Express, I was warmly greeted with excellent customer service, answers to my questions, and terrific local guides. I even made new friends on the trip. I would happily use Friendly Planet Travel again and recommend them to my friends and family. Trust me, it's as easy as a click, a phone call, and just step on the plane! Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.
This was my first guided trip. I travel a lot for work on my own, so I wasn't sure how I would do traveling with a group. But the trip was great, it gave me enough free time and no pressure to join optional tours. All the guides did a wonderful job providing us information for the area.
My friend and I just returned from your Taste of China tour. This was the first time we have ever been on a tour. We generally head off by ourselves but thought that China would be best seen on a tour. We were not disappointed. Your guides in China were great, especially Zhu in Beijing, who stayed with us throughout our 10 days in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Everything was on time and well organized. Each guide was extremely well versed in the history of the country and in the specifics of the area we were visiting. The hotels were great and Air China was excellent. All in all, a memorable experience and one made more so but your excellent organization and planning. We will highly recommend you to our friends and associates.
Paul Caouette & Sergio Mares, Dana Point, California
“We really enjoyed the tour. The guide was informative and helpful. The daily tours diversified and well planned. The hotels and food were great. The value for the dollar was exceptional. Overall we were extremely pleased and it exceeded our expectations.”
Linda Sheive/Jerry Hjelle
Trip was outstanding. Cost reasonable, planning excellent, and guide outstanding.
Bill & Becky Jackson, Tulsa, OK
With the help of Friendly Planet, my wife and I had a memorable week in Barcelona. I can't thank you enough for modifying the Breathtaking Barcelona tour to fit our needs. The bane of all travel is arriving in a city at 9:00 AM and being told you cannot check into your hotel until 3:00PM. We were met at the airport and arranged an early check-in. This went above and beyond your responsibilities to us as clients. Thank you again! We will certainly check with Friendly Planet first for all our future travel plans.
This was the best trip ever. The guides were all wonderful, especially Patricia in Patagonia who made sure that we saw all of the flora and fauna in the region. Iguazu Falls, the glaciers, scenery, and boat rides were spectacular. The food was also very special. All told, another great tour with Friendly Planet!
Joy Wellington, New York, NY
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.
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
Best trip we have ever taken. Our guides (Gary White and Ari) were so friendly and professional. We saw things we could never have found ourselves. I can't say enough good things about the experience. It all went like clockwork (to the extent anything in Cuba can do so). If you ever want to see Cuba, see it now, and see it with Friendly Planet!
Valerie Fisher, Portland, OR
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
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 am a single traveler that took the China Delight tour with a nice, small group of 12 people. Our tour guide, Vivian, was quite conscientious and took very good care of us. The local guides were quite knowledgeable. I LOVED the giant panda research center....so cute. The Great Wall and Xian were "bucket list" items for me! We saw a LOT of the must see Chinese hot spots. Good overview of China.
Sandy s, Long Beach, CA
Our tour was excellent, and everything was handled very professionally. Friendly Planet is the best travel service that I've ever used. You really differentiate yourselves from other travel companies by giving attention to detail, personal service and discretionary effort.
The Crittendons, San Ramon, CA
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
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
Dave and I just got back from our trip on Monday - we had a blast! It was a great trip in every way! All of the Friendly Planet representatives in both Dubai and Kenya were helpful, pleasant and professional. Our guide, Alex, in Dubai was one of the best ever! We will be sure to book through Friendly Planet again!
Kathy McGuire & Dave Merrithew, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
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
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