Customer Testimonials

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This was my first time with Friendly Planet and I would recommend them to all my friends...it was a pleasurable experience. I would use them again.

Esther

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.

Cathleen Madge

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

Wow, another great vacation! The trip was wonderful, everything was beyond our expectations...... the sights, the food, the hotels, the guides, even the buses. For 35 years we planned our own trips. We could not have gotten just the transportation and B&B quality rooms for what we got from you, which included meals, great guides, 4 & 5 star hotels and more important stops then we have ever packed into a trip. And most important, Lucy, our guide for the entire trip was amazing. Everyone loved her and we all cried when we had to say good bye to her. Thanks also to your office staff who are always patient with my constant calls, changes and questions.

James Ohmart, Houston, TX

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

The Galapagos stand alone in natural wonders. We had plenty of opportunity to see the Galapagos Tortoises, boobies, sea lions, lava lizards, marine iguanas, etc. The naturalist guide (George) was very well informed on all animal and plant life as well as the history of the islands. The guide (Rafael) was very consciences of my needs and was always helping when I needed it. Our tours on the islands were excellent.

Susan Sonsini

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

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

This was my second trip with Friendly Planet, and will not be the last. I'm so pleased with the excellent VALUE of these tours! Excellent guides, wonderful itineraries, good accommodations, ample food: and all at a very reasonable price. I think Friendly Planet does an excellent job of supplying an excellent experience.

Joyce Awramik

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.

Gali Thomas

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

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

We have no words to describe how impressed we were with the tours. It was the most detailed and extensive tour we've ever had, nothing was left out. Owen, the tour guide was superb, personable, attentive and accommodating to every detail for our total comfort. Best of all, he was informative. This man was a fountain of knowledge in history, politics, economy, geography, and all around local information. His sense of humor was timely making the experience entertaining and interesting. We couldn't wait to hear more of the subject. We highly commend him for a job well done.

James Hayes

Excellent trip - friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, beautiful hotels, close attention to details. It was a terrific experience.

Ruth Trump, Schenectady, NY

Great value for the price! Especially the 4 day cruise on the Via Australis. It was everything that was described and more! The naturalists were outstanding in their knowledge.

Mary B, Leesburg, VA

I travel frequently and recently took your amazing Thailand trip. I must say how impressed I was...I had a trip without a glitch. You guys are the best! I will definitely do business with you again, guaranteed. I seldom take the time to rate a trip; however, this exceptional trip deserves an exceptional review.

Andy Anspaugh, Palm Springs, CA

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

Excellent trip. Over two years ago I went with a pastor and his wife on a Friendly Planet tour of Israel. About half way through the tour, I fell and broke my ankle. Friendly Planet and their associates really went out of their way to take care of me and to coordinate my care in Israel and to orchestrate my trip home. I highly recommend taking any tour arranged by Friendly Planet and, also, purchasing the very reasonable trip insurance.

Gene Haury, Simi Valley, CA

This was our second tour with Friendly Planet, the first being India 3 years ago. We just got back from China and wanted to tell you how amazing the trip was and what a great time we had. Our guide David was fantastic and all the accommodations were perfect. We are so glad that we went and we will do more tours with Friendly Planet in the future.

O.R. Nasseri, San Diego, CA

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

We traveled to many places and enjoyed many tours before, but this was so special. Your tour guide was by far the best we have ever had. He made our trip extra special, attended to all the details and treated us with great respect. He made the trip effortless and took the worry totally out of the trip. We were surprised by the quality of service provided to us. All the arrangements were made with our comfort in mind; the hotel rooms were the nicest we have stayed in. We would definitely use Friendly Planet for our next vacation and recommend this service to all our friends.

Raksha Patel, Pinellas Park, FL

It was great! Thank you very much. I will refer many friends to you.

Davis & Thais Lerner, Los Altos, CA

You certainly pack a lot into your tours! We saw so much, had some great experiences, and learned more about the Middle East than I would have by doing this on my own. Very knowledgeable guides, never feared for my safety, first rate accommodations, and many regional experiences compacted into our tour. Great job, Friendly Planet! I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Judy Puckett

My trip to Japan was the most memorable trip yet. Friendly Planet thought of everything ahead of time, had suggestions prior to my trip, and helped with my many questions. The guides were experienced and went out of their way to make our trip exciting. I would definitely book from Friendly Planet again, without hesitation! Thank you Friendly Planet!

Audrey Russ, Philadelphia, PA

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

Sharon Tucker

Overall, the trip was great. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

Jennifer Swartout

Accommodations were better quality than other tour companies I've traveled with in the past and your price was a far better value. You also include more meals... Great customer service.

Nina Thrower

We've taken 3 trips with Friendly Planet. All of them have been good, but this one topped them all. We loved the itinerary. We came home feeling we had seen so much! We loved the hotels. The River Lodge in Karongwe was amazing. Our game guides Keenan and Matthews were the best! The African Pride Hotel in Cape Town was beautiful. Our room looked out on Table Mountain! And most of all, our guides did everything they could to insure that we had the very best time possible. We will definitely look to Friendly Planet again for our next trip!

Claudia Quinn, San Bruno, CA

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

I just came back from your Exotic Ecuador trip and had a fabulous time. I especially enjoyed the mix of hiking, boating and physical activity on the trip. I am now looking at booking another trip somewhere else.

Trish Wales

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