Traveler Reviews

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I just got back from my safari through Kenya. I cannot tell you what a fantastic time I had. The trip was so inexpensive that I didn't know what to expect. What I got was top shelf. I loved the accommodations and the meals were all excellent. The tour company in Kenya was superb. I truly loved every minute and have nothing negative to say. Well done!

Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT

Friendly Planet is an agency that I recommend! It was not very expensive and we really got our money's worth out of the trip. To anyone that is interested in traveling, I truly recommend this trip! What impresses me the most about China is that you can see the past, present and the future in all fields.

Jack & Nora Bruni

I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our "Borneo Adventure". The hotels were way more then we expected as was the food. And our tour guide, Thomas, was absolutely fabulous! I'd recommend this tour to anyone.

Kathleen Wulff, Bensalem, PA

We returned from our South African tour on the 25th of May. Accommodations, food, transportation and tour guides were wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. We have traveled with Friendly Planet before on the Pyramids and Nile Cruise. This trip was completely up to the same standards as the trip to Egypt. Will definitely travel with Friendly Planet again.

Jack & Deanna Warren, Beavercreek, OR

The trip to Egypt including Cairo and a Nile Cruise, was one of the best vacations I have had. If you are looking for action packed travel at a great value, this is the trip for you.The other travelers were great, the hotel and cruise boat were good, the food was exceptional and the tour guide was one of the best I have encountered. The staff at Friendly Planet was very helpful. I will definitely look to them for my next vacation

Delphine Bean, Las Vegas, NV

[Our tour guide] Ms. Zhu made it the best! She was the door to China. She put her group of tourists first and did what she could for us to see the best of China! Kudos to your prices and your quality! You are the best! Other online agencies will have a very very hard time selling me a trip without us (17 friends who travel together) checking with you first!

Marta Velazquez Loescher & Nancy Velazquez, West Chester, PA

This was the best tour I have been on. Phats, the guide was outstanding. He gave us the history, politics, economy and anything else we wanted to know. The food and lodging were outstanding. The history of Cambodia and the temples are fascinating. [Vietnam] is beautiful. Seeing the Hanoi Hilton was a real eye opener The trip I had to Thailand was great, but this was better. A great FP fan

William Ammon, San Diego, CA

My husband and I booked your Taj Mahal Express with Nepal extension last year and remarked on how excellent it was and what a bargain it was. My daughters and I have said the same thing about this Amazing Peru trip. It was truly AMAZING!

Linda Clark

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.

Stephanie Hayes

Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.

Kevin

The tour 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 husband and I just returned from Cuba. We really enjoyed the trip. Our traveling companions were great! Terri Ross was our tour guide. She did an excellent job, as did Gretel, the local guide, and Michael, the driver. We felt that Friendly Planet took us places other tour groups didn't go. And for a very reasonable price! This was our second trip with Friendly Planet, and we recommend them highly.

Kris Leston, Glen Ellyn, IL

My concern with group tours has always been that I would not be able to independently wonder through the city. Friendly Planet Travel changed my perceptions. My tour to Beijing & Shanghai was an excellent experience, with highly informative, professional tour guides. We were able to bypass the long lines to national historic locations and each location we visited was wonderful. We were always given a taste of the region's delicious cuisine at every stop. And the best yet, was I could take a day to tour the cities on my own. Perfect!

H Walker, New York, NY

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

Trip was outstanding. Cost reasonable, planning excellent, and guide outstanding.

Bill & Becky Jackson, Tulsa, OK

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

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

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...

Kevin Mohandro

Fabulous trip because of Patricio and his driver Pablo. I was refered by a good friend to partake in this trip and it was well worth it. Patricio made the trip appear as a family trip with all participants members of his family. He tried to please all of us as best as he could. This included food changes, trips to replace a broken hat, etc. The rain was a minor setback as was the Labor Day in Quixto. However, we all had fun and looking forward to our next FP trip.

Dr. Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia, PA

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

My wife and I had the greatest travel experience with Friendly Planet! From start to finish the trip went without a hitch! The driver met us at the Dubai airport and loaded our luggage, transported us to the JW Marriot hotel. Throughout the trip he and the guide were on time, thoughtful and friendly! All of the side trips we purchased went smoothly! After Dubai we went to Kenya where we were met by the tour guide and driver. After I gathered the luggage I was a bit apprehensive because I had not seen our driver and tour guide yet. When I stepped outside there they were with the local tour sign I was expecting. From day one the trip was amazing and very well planned! A trip of a life time with nothing but great memories!

Ira Norman, Camden, DE

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.

Tori Duenas

We went on the Peru & Galapagos trip and loved it. The guides were terrific, the hotels were top notch, exceeding my expectations. The boat in the Galapagos had lovely large staterooms, good food, great naturalist guides, and was an overall excellent experience. I would do the trip again in a minute!

Pat Atkins, Fort McMurray, Alberta

Had a wonderful time on a very nice ship. Food was excellent.Tour leaders had so much knowledge to share. It was very hot in July, but we had great guides to find shade and respite! The following coach tour contained so many places, beautiful hotels, just enough free time, and wonderful historic sites. I highly recommend this tour!

June Powell, Canterbury, CT

Best bang for the buck! New buses, great (and safe) driver. This was the first tour we've been on that actually stopped the bus for unplanned but interesting sights along the road.

Paul & Audrey Belleci, Antioch, CA

We recently went on your Best of Vietnam & Cambodia tour with the Bangkok extension. We really enjoyed the tour. The guides were great along with the hotels and transportation.

Ron Beller, Parker, CO

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

Thanks Friendly Planet for all of your help. You were wonderful. You were always willing to go out of your way to make this trip to Egypt work for me. You always responded to my contacts in a timely manner. Thank you so much.

Beverly Ford

We just returned from your Best of Turkey trip. It was our first tour trip and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Isa, was extremely knowledgeable, funny, and absolutely made the trip. The landscape was stunning, especially Cappadocia. I can't stop talking about it!

Angela Gholson, New York, NY

What a wonderful trip. The tour guide, Vivian, was especially great. She found people who got lost, helped replace lost tickets, helped with disabled tourists (pushed wheelchairs, etc.), carried people's purchases, and generally became a good friend to everyone.

Carol Arnold, Kirkland, WA