Customer Testimonials

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I just want to say I had an AMAZING time in Spain. Thank you Friendly Planet for making this a great trip. Everything was excellent and ran smoothly. The entire group was like family. Again thank you all and I will surely refer friends and family to use this agency.

Barbara Maxwell

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet but it won't be our last. We always knew what we were doing and where we were going. The guides were excellent and our accommodations were wonderful. There was nothing we would change about this wonderful trip. Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.

Don & Jan Mantei, Canby, OR

A dream fulfilled at long last - the people, the music everywhere, the food, the signs of renewal of formerly elegant colonial buildings - all exceeded our expectations. Cuba is a must visit destination!

Bette & Chris Stockton

I have been on several tours with Friendly Planet and find them to be exceptional not only in value but service. The Dubai trip was amazing and with the Kenya extension, Friendly Planet combined two adventures into one. This December I'm off to Ecuador and the Amazon for another Friendly Planet adventure.

Yvonne Freeman, Fountain Valley, CA

Our trip was absolutely fantastic...the best hotels, travel guides, buses and meals. Friendly Planet planned everything; from top to bottom and to tell you the truth it was the best experience ever. Worth every dollar spent! Well done guys!

Juan Trujillo, Santiago, Chile

Friendly Planet’s staff was pleasant and helpful before we left giving us a feeling of confidence as this was our first time using you. Matt was exceptional in Borneo. He really made us feel important and he went out of his way to make sure we were well cared for. Noi in Bangkok showed consideration and was very helpful in arranging things for us. She was an excellent guide and very thoughtful.

Bernard Byman

I just came back from my Barcelona trip and HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE! You and your company run an excellent tour and I feel I owe you money!

Charise McCondichie

I feel this trip was among the best and most interesting I have experienced.

Richard Radis, Tehachapie, CA

I took your Treasures of Thailand trip with a friend and had a wonderful time. We had a great, local guide (Jerry) who made the trip so much fun by introducing us to many native fruits and treats. The accommodations were great all along our route. The Thailand people were so warm and friendly--I would definitely go back. I was also impressed with China Airlines. A great value for the buck!

Gwen Coxon, Santa Barbara, CA

We just returned from our tour of China and we had a wonderful experience!! I would recommend this trip and company to anyone. Our guides were great, in particular our Shanghai guide Alan was extremely informative and very funny!! He made our tours in that city especially fun!

Hilary Hewitt, MIlton, Ontario

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

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

Having invited another couple, my husband and I took our trip with Friendly Planet in November 2007. We stayed at the finest hotels and had an opportunity to dine at the finest restaurants. We had English speaking professional guides who escorted us to popular historic sites, shopping and Buddhist temples. The entire trip was entertaining and informative. After the trip, we felt we had covered almost everything worthwhile seeing, from a tourist's perspective. I have recommended Friendly Planet to my friends and family who, by now, have already traveled with Friendly Planet--and have nothing, but memorable experiences. As for me, I am getting ready to plan another vacation with them. Thanks Friendly Planet!

Ela Aneja

I just wanted to tell you how much we loved A Taste of India. I would book a trip with you anytime and I am recommending you to everyone I know. Thank you!

Gerilyn Bender

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

It has been six months since our Pyramids and Petra tour, and we keep getting more and more impressed, as we speak to people and watch TV, with just how comprehensive our trip with Friendly Planet was. Sometimes it seems as if we have seen everything there is to see and done everything there is to do; and we can't wait to go back and do it all again!

John DiGiorgio, Denville, NJ

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

Very well done - great planning, guides, drivers, even the guy who met us at the airport. We wouldn't think of taking a trip.. without using you again. Excellent.

Mark Womble

Another amazing tour with Friendly Planet! I took the Treasures of Thailand tour last April and just returned from the Pyramids, Nile Cruise, and Petra tour. Friendly Planet provides the best accommodations--4 to 5-stars. The excursions are so well thought out. The guides are very knowledgeable and ready to help in any way they can if you need something. The quality of these tours is truly astonishing at any price and believe me they are a bargain. After 3 decades of travel, if I'm going on a tour, it's with Friendly Planet! Next up..Ecuador in the spring!

Vanessa Jackson, Monterey, CA

The trip to Kenya and Tanzania was absolutely wonderful. The game driver and guides were excellent, and the accommodations were very very nice. I also took the Dubai extension and the place was fabulous and fun. Friendly Planet does a great job. I have traveled with them many times and will continue to make my travel plans with them.

Ronald Underwood, Oak Park, CA

We just returned from the Best of South Africa tour. It exceeded our expectations on every level. We stayed at wonderful, top-notch hotels and traveled in comfortable air conditioned coaches. The included meals were way above average. We want to especially commend Peter van Kraayenburg, our guide for the first week in the Johannesburg and Kruger area. He was phenomenal! Everyone on the tour pounded him with questions and he answered every one of them with insight and a great sense of humor. This is our second Friendly Planet tour and we are impressed with the value, quality, and thoughtful planning of the itineraries.

Warren Wetzel, Los Gatos, CA

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

Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA

It was a wonderful trip! As usual, FP had everything planned and very carefully handled. Our accommodations and transportation was great. I have to say that our guide was the best and most knowledgeable leader. I will definitely travel with FP again.

Sharon Hughes, Corinth, MS

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet and we highly recommend it. We not only saw the highlights of China but also enjoyed exceptional accommodations and meals, and all for a reasonable cost. There were 39 of us on the tour, everything was well organized, the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly and we feel like we learned so much. Thank you Friendly Planet.

Gary Wright, Fresno, CA

Exceeded our expectations in every respect. The tour guide was WONDERFUL, the accommodations were much better then we expected, and we saw far more on the tour then we could ever have seen on our own. Our tour guide did so many little things and surprise additions to make sure we got a good experience learning the culture, the foods, and sampling this and that. Definitely will be taking another Friendly Planet tour in the future. Thanks for everything.

Lil Doody, Chicago, IL

We travel with many companies and Friendly Planet is right at the top of our list.

J.K. Deuel

Thank you for an amazing tour of Thailand! This was our first experience with Friendly Planet, but based on this, we would highly recommend them. We thought it was a fantastic value. There is no way that we would have been able to do as much, or travel to multiple cities on our own. All of the accommodations were excellent. Our guide, "Tick", was very knowledgeable, experienced, informative, entertaining, had a great sense of humor, and he spoke/understood English very well. We would definitely consider another Friendly Planet tour, to a new destination.

Danielle Lawson, Madison, WI

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

This was the trip of a lifetime. We met so many wonderful people and remain in contact with them. I cannot thank you enough. I will see the world only with Friendly Planet. And like I said before, your new logo should be "Friendly Planet: Welcome to your new addiction." Thanks again for a wonderful trip.

Christian J. Cavender, New York

I went on two of your tours this year, Treasures of Egypt and Best of China, as well as two other tours (Athens/ Istanbul with optional Classical Greek extension; Croatia/Slovenia/Montenegro) in previous years. I don't know how Friendly Planet puts together such amazing trips so reasonably, as I couldn't book things separately for double the price. Treasures of Egypt, my last tour, was lead by a fantastic tour guide with an advanced degree in Egyptology! The accommodations on the cruise ship were top notch with all the amenities, great food, and a helpful and friendly crew. We also stayed in a luxurious hotel in Cairo. All the admissions to the various temples / pyramids were included. They even provide extra security guards, though we always felt completely safe and well taken care of. Best of China was wonderful! We had our guide, Sam, plus a local guide in each area we went to. The trip included a 4 day cruise on the Yangtze River (a highlight) with very nice cabins with private decks, a 4-hour cruise up the Li River through some of the most beautiful sites in China, many flights within China, which allowed us to see more of the country, 5 star hotels, clean and modern buses to transport us to the sites of interest, such as the spectacular Great Wall. My favorite parts were where we saw the mountains and other natural wonders of China. One of things I will never forget was an optional excursion out in the countryside up river from Guilin where we were able to meet a family and visit their 400 year old home and walk in the rice fields. I would wholeheartedly recommend this travel company.

Margaret Bernarding, Forest Knolls, CA

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