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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
We had a very interesting trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Our tour guide in Vietnam, Toan Truong, was extremely helpful and informative. The guides in Cambodia and Thailand both did a very good job teaching us about those countries. The accommodations and transportation were outstanding! This is our third trip with Friendly Planet and we continue to be very pleased with everything.
Janice & Ron Beller, Parker, CO
Our outstanding guide, Dina, combined every trait beloved by travelers: she spoke perfect English, provided just the right amount of fascinating Egyptology, swept us away from pressing crowds and into quiet corners of the sites for explanations, offered optional talks on life in contemporary Egypt, helped us to understand and embrace the culture of this amazing destination, and warmed us with her enthusiasm and smiles.
Suzanne Ahlberg, Orrtanna, PA
We just returned from another AMAZING tour! China is absolutely incredible, the Great Wall is truly great and the Chinese people are amazing hosts. Thank you for helping us customize the tour to our needs, we had no issues whatsoever! We are definitely looking forward to doing more tours with Friendly Planet...India Next??
I loved that I wasn't just a number and my questions were answered by personal e-mail not a standard electronic response...I was extremely surprised that I could afford this kind of vacation for my family. I still glow when I think about it.
We recently completed our 16 day "Best of China" tour. It was a marvelous fast paced tour that included so many historic sites and amazing cities and landscapes. Kate Katubi our travel agent at Friendly Planet was the most professional agent to have been paired with. She gave us information about our trip beforehand that was most valuable including currency exchange rates, what to wear and what to expect. She was spot on!! Kate was sharing her expertise up to the day we left for this wonderful vacation. When I use Friendly Planet for another vacation I would prefer Kate to make our arrangements. The National tour guide, Sam, was very professional and an encyclopedia of information. All of the local tour guides were extremely informative. The hotels were all 5-star and very comfortable. The Victoria Anne Yangtze riverboat cruise was fantastic. Every day was an adventure of a lifetime. The tour group was small enough so that we could enjoy every moment. Thank you Friendly Planet and Kate for giving us a vacation we will be talking about for years to come.
James Van Volkingburgh, Brentwood Ca
I just wanted to say that we had the best tour guide that I've ever had on our Taste Of Turkey Tour. His name is Gokhan Baydur and he showed us Turkey like we were his best friends. He was patient and genuine and I hope that you will use him for more tours in Turkey. I would gladly come back to his tours any day! He was the reason that our vacation was so enjoyable and fun. Thank you!!
The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!
Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ
I think you guys provide a wonderful tour package for a very affordable price...Your staff is very responsive, friendly and attentive. Keep up the great work. I look forward to my next tour with you.
Fredilyn Sison, Reno, NV
We just returned from the Discover Havana tour. This trip far exceeded our expectations in every way.... the country, the people, the tour itself. Your expertise and staff made traveling to Cuba worry-free. We especially appreciated Friendly Planet providing a US tour representative and a Cuban tour guide to make take care of us. Interactions with tour groups from other companies made us happy to be with you! We are already looking forward to our next Friendly Planet tour.
Steve Rutherford, Punta Gorda, FL
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
Friendly Planet has put together an exceptional tour package at a fabulous price. We enjoyed so many of China's offerings and the information our guides gave us enhanced our appreciation. (You cannot appreciate the importance of what you are seeing without background information.) I preferred joining the organized events, but we were allowed plenty of time if you enjoy exploring on your own. I joined the tour alone, but my fellow travelers were so wonderful, I never felt alone.
We just returned from our vacation to Peru. I must admit we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotels, the airline, and the professionalism of each individual that we dealt with. It was my dream to visit Machu Picchu and Friendly Planet made this an amazing experience. All three tour guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. They went above and beyond to make this experience unique for us. We will definitely be booking another tour with Friendly Planet again.
Beth Chevere, Waterbuty ,CT
Our Cuban trip with Friendly Planet was amazing! Great tour guides.
My husband and I just returned from a 9 day tour to Costa Rica. I can't say enough nice things about how the trip was planned, the guides and the wonderful people of Costa Rica. To say we enjoyed those 9 days is an understatement. We will certainly use Friendly Planet for our next vacation.
Sue Woody, New Carlisle, OH
The tour exceeded my wildest expectations...and I'm a seasoned and frequent traveler. The hotel and cruise staff were very kind and patient, and the cruise personnel unbelievably alert and considerate, anticipating needs before one had ever thought about it. The best time of my life...
Evelyn Ronell, Secaucus, NJ
This trip was a whirlwind of amazing experiences! Friendly Planet packed our days full of wonderful activities that kept us busy and learning about the local culture and history. The value of this package was incredible! We stayed at the most amazing resorts that had the best accommodations. I have crossed many things off my bucket list on this trip and will definitely travel with Friendly Planet again! The tour guide was knowledgeable, the outings were enlightening, and the experiences were one of a kind.
Allycia Wolff, St Paul, MN
Just about everything you need to know is out on the web before you make a decision. I believe I called the Friendly Planet office only once with only one question during the entire booking process. I really appreciate all of the full disclosure of just about everything on the web site. It helped me make my decision to do the safari with Friendly Planet as opposed to Vantage or other companies.
We just came back from Peru and it was an amazing trip. The pictures do not do this place justice. The tour was well organized with comfortable accommodations. Our guide Dante was very knowledgable and passionate about his culture. He went above and beyond his job. This is our 2nd trip with Friendly Planet. We will be planning future trips with them.
Anne Mok, Brooklyn NY
Arriving at KK Hotel George at 9 am from USA we were greeted by their staff, luggage safely stored for us, and welcomed to enjoy breakfast even though our reservation really didn't begin until 3 p.m. It was a wonderful start to a fantastic vacation! … really appreciate Friendly Planet organizing a trip to include dinner at Highclere Castle. It really was perfect for us.....we enjoyed the planned bus/boat tour along with transportation to the castle, but loved being in great location to explore London the rest of the time on our own.
Our tour guide in Borneo (Solly) from Asia Experience was really exceptional. He was extremely interesting and demonstrated excellent knowledge of all areas we visited and toured. He made sure our trip was interesting and really demonstrated a great deal of care throughout the tour of Kuching and Bako. He also gave very good suggestions for places to dine locally. Very nice hotel in Batang Ai that exceeded my expectations. The tour to the Longhouse was very good. We loved the Lake and the Longboat ride. They were very nice experiences. Our visit to Bangkok was really excellent. Our guide (Chai) was really excellent and made the Thailand experience truly unforgettable. He was extremely knowledgeable on all of the sites we visited and went out of his way to make sure we were always comfortable and hydrated. It would be hard to believe we could have had any better time in Thailand and this was all due to the care Chai took in leading the tours and various experiences. The drivers were also very good in some very difficult traffic situations. I have no negative comments on the Borneo or Thailand experiences we had.
I've been fortunate to travel far and wide, but this trip was truly the experience of a lifetime! Great guides, knowledgeable, and VERY helpful. If you're considering this trip, DON'T MISS Abu Simbel! And Taybet Zaman in Petra—my favorite hotel! It's like a time capsule. Great job, Friendly Planet. You made my dream-trip come true!
J. Belli, Aubrey, TX
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
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
We have just returned from our trip to Kenya and Tanzania and it was wonderful! The trip far exceeded my expectations and it has to be the best trip that I have taken in my years of travel. The accommodations were fantastic, guides were knowledgeable and the experience was one that I will never forget. Keep up the good work.
Janice Swearingen, Morganton Beach, NC
Just returned from our Thailand trip 9/20 - 9/28 and it was a fantastic tour. We had a great Tour Guide and the sites we visited were very very nice. The food is great and the Thai people are super friendly. Only wish we would have extended to Phuket and Cambodia. Next time. Our group was the best we have had compared to the two other tours we have been on. Great hotels and the buffet breakfast were a feast. Can't wait for our next Friendly Planet Tour.
I have traveled with Friendly Planet twice to Cuba within 11 months. First and foremost, travel to Cuba with an open mind. This experience will change any preconceived notions you might have about this country and its people. While acknowledging that their history is not without issues Cuban citizens are very proud of their country and its history and rich culture. They are most welcoming to Americans and are open and anxious to share. I had debated going to Cuba independently or through Canada and am totally happy with the choice I made. This is an awesome program that offers opportunities that one could not hope to find otherwise. The time to travel to Cuba is now!
Pat Ersfeld, Little Falls, MN
Matt was an excellent guide. He is very knowledgeable. We learned a lot about Malaysian culture and wildlife. The hike in Bako was wonderful and I loved the fact that we actually got to see some of the wildlife. Batang Ai was beautiful and rustic. We really enjoyed our stay there as well as the longhouse visit. Bangkok was outstanding! Chai was the best guide we have had on any of our international trips. He is very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure everyone had the best experience possible. He is a great ambassador for Bangkok as well as Friendly Planet.
I loved this tour. The guide, Isa Levant was wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. The hotels were deluxe. The food very good. I am an artist and my next show is inspired by what I saw in Turkey. I am including some of my paintings.
Esther Charbit, Chicago, Il
This trip to an enchanting island invites a bit of the forbidden, a bit of the exotic, and a bit of the past to challenge and rethink your ideas and thoughts about Cuba.
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