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Friendly Planet did it again with an exceptional experience to Thailand! Best national guide ever to Natalie!

Greg Rouw

Wonderful tour, knowledgeable and helpful guides and a great bargain. Friends couldn't believe that I was getting air, luxury hotel, airport transfers and breakfast buffet daily for normally the price of just the airline ticket! Marrakesh was so special and to get an insider's view of the city and surrounding area was truly a memorable experience.

Sondra Carpenter, Philadelphia, PA

The extras that came with booking this trip with Friendly Planet were great. The easy booking, easy transfers, all the extras included in the tour were certainly a plus and made us feel very special on the ship. I look forward to booking with Friendly Planet next year. Thank you again.

Sloan Smith, Pawleys Island, SC

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

When I called with a few additional questions, your staff answered them completely. They were friendly, professional and very helpful. Both Matt and Chi, our tour guides, were fantastic. They both made sure that we were well taken care of at all times. Chi was so much fun to be around. He went out of his way to see that we all had a perfect trip. He helped us plan evening events so our group could see the area at night. Just can’t say enough good things about Chi! You are so lucky to have him as a guide. Also, the hotel in Bako was fantastic! We have traveled with you in the past and been very happy with Friendly Planet. Again you exceeded our expectations; we consider this one of our best vacations ever! We look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet again. THANK YOU!

Susan L. Bowers

Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.

Kevin

Everything was great and the trip flowed very nicely. It was my first time in Greece and wasn't sure what I would get by booking over the phone. Yianni, who was the person at our hotel coordinating everything, was great. He had everything organized and made me feel comfortable about planning my trip through Friendly Planet.

Lori Silva

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

Alan, our guide, could not have been nicer and more informative. We all just adored him. Shelly, our guide, was unflappable. She was great at making sure we had dinner plans when the hotel was unable to accommodate us for dinner. Excellent is not good enough. Our national guide, Peter was, amazing and tireless. He is a gem, a national treasure. I have never learned so much in so little time and enjoyed it so much.

Terry Beauvais, Granada Hills, CA

Friendly Planet's package was great! Most companies do not include airfare. That's what sold me. I will travel with Friendly Planet again!

Allison Gist-Wonderland, Newark, DE

Friendly Planet Travel was so thorough that every possible question I could have come up with was already answered either on your website or in your emails and documents. When I did speak with your staff, they were extremely helpful. I could tell that your staff not only assists with travel but travel themselves. Their passion shows right through the phone! No wonder you are able to anticipate all the questions and provide the answers before anyone can ask!

Lynn Bearup

The hotels, the breakfasts and the train were very high class. The people at the hotels were great. We had a great time. I think you guys are great. This was my second trip and I don't know how many people I have told about your agency. Great experience, great price. First class hotels. Very happy with everything.

Carmelia Torres

Simply put, Outstanding. Far exceeded our expectations on every level. The staff, accommodations and most of all the game drives, were terrific. Couldn't recommend it more.

Bill B, Seattle, WA

Awesome! Booking was easy. All our pre-trip questions were answered in a professional and timely manner. The trip far exceeded my expectations. The country was a pleasure to visit, and made even better by our guide's intimate knowledge of the people and culture. I have no idea how you provide this kind of trip for the price as the tours, food, accommodations and guides (including assistants and drivers) were fantastic. Our guide gave us such a wide variety of experiences -- including tourist and non-tourist type excursions. You [Friendly Planet] are doing a great job. Keep it up so that we can continue to see the world on our budget!

Julie Fischer

We just got home and I thought I'd write a little note about how fantastic our tour of China worked out to be. We were a little apprehensive at first - letting someone else take the "driver's seat" on our vacation - but going with a group tour for China is the way to go. Our tour guide, Vivian, was patient, informative, and absolutely made our trip unforgettable. She was flexible about letting us add a few things to the itinerary - such as a quick trip by a snack food market in Beijing so we could get pictures of our friends eating scorpions and other nasty critters. She even went the extra mile to make sure there was a cake for my husband's birthday. We went ahead and did almost all of the optional tours on the itinerary, and it was really a great way to see everything because they thought of things I probably wouldn't have. Can't wait to book the next one!

Michelle Wahlberg, Long Beach, CA

My wife and I just got back from The Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari tour. It was wonderful! The experience of a lifetime, one that my wife nor I will ever forget. I will admit that when we compared the cost of our tour to comparable ones we were a little concerned about the quality we would be getting (because it was so low in comparison.) But we were shocked at the quality of the accommodations, all first rate. The meals and the safari companies they used on our tour were outstanding. The guides (Daniel and Mouduy respectively) were outstanding! Their knowledge of their respective countries, the game reserves, the animals and plants were excellent! We had a book of safari mammals and birds and they were on point on everything we saw. And in conjunction with their knowledge their personalities meshed flawlessly with our group. Overall this tour package is an outstanding value. We plan on booking future tours with Friendly Planet. We highly recommend them!

Miles Hanley, Columbia, SC

We just returned from Japan Panorama and can't say enough good things about Friendly Planet Tours. We had never used them. This whole tour was A+ from pick up at Tokyo airport to drop off at the end of the tour. The drivers and guides were all first rate. The guides at each city gave good instructions on using the subways and offered great suggestions on where to eat and things to do on our free time. The guides also did a great job with dispensing pertinent info on the daily agenda and they were very knowledgeable at the sites we visited. The 3 hotels we stayed at were very upscale and all the included breakfasts were excellent. We felt very well taken care of which is what you want when you do a group tour. We highly recommend Friendly Planet!

Neal R., Winchester, VA

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 just came back from our Classic Israel [tour], and boy, what an experience we had! It was moving and overwhelming every place we went. Your service was superb from the start through the end of our tour. Our tour guide, Micah, was good in explaining every place we went and gave us enough time to float on the Dead Sea. Your name really denotes what kind of people we had on our tour—"very friendly." Surely, we will have to travel with you guys on our next trip, and will really recommend you to our friends. Your service is unbelievable.

Joyce Sael

I thought the trip was great. Overall it was well-organized, well-priced and the service was good both before the trip and during the trip.

Alex Dobson

My wife, myself and my daughter just returned to Virginia from your Beijing & Shanghai Express trip to China. Words can't describe the adventure. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Your tour guide Peter answered every question we could ask. I have recommended your trip to everyone I have run into. Thank you Friendly Planet and especially our tour guide Peter.

Ken Bradshaw, Montclair, VA

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

Meena and I immensely enjoyed the tour, guide and the company of many friends. The hotel accommodations and the meals were superb. The Lake Crossings to Argentina and the Iguassu Falls were spectacular views. We plan to take China and Egypt tours with Friendly Planet soon. We have been talking to many of our friends to join us in 2008 vacation adventure with Friendly Planet, who makes exciting excellent arrangements, worry-free. Looking forward to the companionship and friendship during our 2008 vacation.

Ram & Meena Ramachandran, Richmond, Virginia

We just returned last night from the Ecuador trip and I wanted to tell friendly Planet what an amazing job our tour guide, Patricio, and our driver, Pablo did. We were extremely impressed with them and felt that they really made the trip what it was for us and our whole group. I can't wait to tell other people about my experiences and look forward to another trip with Friendly Planet. Thank you!

Nancy C.

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

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

Ruth Trump, Schenectady, NY

Just returned from the Taste of Thailand tour with Ling as our guide! The tour and the guide were amazing. The hotel accommodations were amazing. Ling would always find ways to add to our tour, i.e. bringing various Thai fruits for us all to try. When traveling in the future I will begin my search with Friendly Planet...Thanks for making my lifetime dream come true...riding an elephant!

Teresa McCulloch, Steele, MO

Your trip was exciting, informative, interesting, and personal attention was given for individual needs. I loved China and the way it was presented. I have two more trips booked...Thailand and Pyramids & Petra. I cannot wait. You're the best!

Cindy Bookman, Beverly, MA

Just returned from Thailand, full to the brim! This was an exceptional tour—pace, activities, options, hotels, all exceeded expectations. Our guide, Lek, was outstanding—sensitive to our wants and needs, knowledgeable and instructive, generous in providing "tastes" of Thailand on our excursion and arranging optional visits to places close to her heart that we otherwise would have missed. Our days were full; hers seemed to never stop. Cambodia too was an amazing experience, again with our guide Long catering to the special travel needs of our group. This trip changed my bias against directed tours...Thank you, Friendly Planet!

Kristi McKenzie, Bingham Farms, MI

I just returned from the India and Nepal trip and wanted to let you know what a great experience it was to have the tour guides Friendly Planet choose on both legs of our trip. Madan Vishwakarma, our guide in India made my trip so much more interesting with his vast knowledge of India. It went far beyond what is typically required of any tour guide. In Nepal, Probeen Shrestha provided incredible detail into the life of the Nepalese. The trip was truly an incredible experience.

John Schwab, West Hollywood, CA