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We rave! It was most fascinating, educational tour that we have ever been on! Had some of the best guides around. Didn't gain any weight because we were walking all the time on those tours! Felt like I could identify the ruins between Greek/Roman and Christian eras by the time we finished. Then we were lucky enough to have the extension on to Istanbul--amazing! Loved the hotel, loved Istanbul! We went inside the mosques, into the spice market, took a day cruise up the Bosphorus. We were part of the over 60 crowd, but the younger people with us were so much fun too!

Kay McNealy, Rindge, NH

I wanted to let you know that my sister and I really enjoyed our Friendly Planet Taj Mahal Express tour. Our guide, Madan Vishwakarma was excellent...probably the best tour leader I have ever encountered. He tried to accommodate everyone's needs and helped people get to other shopping areas after the daily tour ended. He is proud of his homeland and shows it. Friendly Planet is very lucky to use his services. My sister and I were glad that we purchased the optional tour while in India because Madan showed us places we would not have seen on our own, and he provided lots of information.

Dennis Setlock

Thank you for all your guys who helped to make our vacation fully perfect. We had a great time throughout the trip. Your tour guides in China were excellent. We're looking forward to using your service again & will pass the word to our friends.

Sitthi Sitthikul

I think your service is outstanding. So much so that I intend to write you a letter of appreciation as soon as the jet lag wears off.

Jack Aizenman

It had always been a dream of mine to visit India and see the Taj Mahal. I never thought I would be able to afford such an exotic trip, but Friendly Planet's great package deals made my dream a reality! And to top it all off the tour was extremely well organized, the accommodations were wonderful. I was a bit apprehensive before departing because I had never taken an organized tour. But once we arrived and saw how smoothly everything was running, my mom and I were glad we chose Friendly Planet. We highly recommend Friendly Planet to all our friends and family and my mom and I are planning to take a tour of Japan and China next year. Thanks for making our experience one we will never forget!!

Miriam Martinez, Miama, FL

I love Friendly Planet! I had a great time and the service was excellent.

Nailah G. Beraki

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

The tour was well organized. Special thanks to our guide, Tony. He spotted animals and birds that none of us on the van saw. I saw more than I expected in 5 days. It was enough to keep busy but not exhausting. The accommodations were great. I would definitely use Friendly Planet on future trips.

Anne Mok, Brooklyn, NY

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 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.

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

This was my second [Friendly Planet] experience, and once again, I'm very, very happy. Thanks!

Benjamin Faresich

My husband and I learned about Friendly Planet Travel through friends who went on a trip to China. They returned home raving about the great value and good time they and other travelers had while in the Far East. We began our own study of Friendly Planet trips and found one to Italy that offered just about everything but cannolis. Based just outside San Gimignano, we were more than satisfied with the family-owned Hotel Sovestro, had no issues with our little rental car, found it an easy public bus ride to and from Florence and even a night of opera music in Siena. Added to our travel bliss was a non-stop Emirates flight to and from Milan and JFK/New York. There was also much joy in making new friends who were also guests at Hotel Sovestro. Thank you, staff, for making this a most memorable trip. You'll be hearing from us again.

Gail Giannetto, Wakefield, MA

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.

Charles L.

This trip was a gift from my wife for my 70th birthday and it couldn't have been better. We have done some traveling in the past (Switzerland, Greece, South Africa, Italy) but did not consult/use an agency. We are both fitness oriented and we hope to take a trip yearly from now until our bodies quit on us! Even though it was our first time with Friendly Planet, we are sold. Each time my wife needed a question answered (flights, hotels, itinerary, etc.), Friendly Planet usually had an answer - and when they didn't, they would call back immediately when they found the answer. I am a retired federal law enforcement person (34 years), very impatient with an attention span of about two seconds. Friendly Planet was very responsive and NEVER started the conversation with a sales pitch - my kind of company. We are looking forward to our next trip (we don't know where yet) and you will be hearing from us when we are ready. We have already recommended Friendly Planet to our friends.

Steve Gregg, La Mesa, CA

I just came back from my first Friendly Planet Tour to Kenya and loved it. I will definitely book another one. Our guide Tony, from Vintage Tours, was excellent. Words cannot express the great time I had.

Doretha Rita Davis, Brooklyn, NY

Thailand, China, India - all great! I went alone. I am a 44 year-old woman and felt safe and learned so much! The guides take such good care of you. Lek in Thailand was amazing! Even the hotels were really nice! I look forward to travel again with this tour group!

Kim Barcardi, Miami, FL

Everything was easy, user friendly and we were even reimbursed for savings Friendly Planet discovered! I completely enjoyed my experience in China. I thought Friendly Planet's prices were extremely reasonable [and] I really was very happy with the hotels. All the people on my tour found out about Friendly Planet through friends, and relatives that recommended Friendly Planet because they had been so pleased with the tours they had taken. Word of mouth is working very well for you.

Agnes Schuppel

I look forward to travelling with Friendly Planet again. This trip was a dream come true.

Migdali Ramos

Absolutely wonderful vacation. Would highly recommend the adventure.

Becky Basford

Just returned from the Highlights of Havana and Varadero trip. It was fantastic. Absolutely perfect. The itinerary was complete with fascinating and well chosen things to see and experience. Our guide Sarah Parker was wonderful, very talented and such fun to be around. Everyone loved her. Thank you so much!

Nancy Koritz, Ladera Ranch CA

We took the trip to Ecuador in October. Absolutely fabulous trip, planning, lodging, food, transportation. Our tour guide, Patricio, could not have been a better guide. I would take the trip again in a minute!

Ann Ritchie, Midland, TX

Thank you for recommending the Mystical Myanmar tour to us. This was definitely one of our best tours. We had the best of accommodations and a wonderful guide. It just doesn't get any better than this. The tour of Myanmar was awesome--some of the nicest people we have encountered anywhere. We were fortunate to visit a village on the last day of school and the kids were putting on a program for the parents. There were a lot of parents sitting on the ground watching. There were so many interesting experiences that it's impossible to name them all. I'd have written sooner, but we've been busy sorting through over 2000 pictures that we took.

James & Toni Kull, Hillsboro, IL

With the help of Friendly Planet, my wife and I had a memorable week in Barcelona. I can't thank you enough for modifying the Breathtaking Barcelona tour to fit our needs. The bane of all travel is arriving in a city at 9:00 AM and being told you cannot check into your hotel until 3:00PM. We were met at the airport and arranged an early check-in. This went above and beyond your responsibilities to us as clients. Thank you again! We will certainly check with Friendly Planet first for all our future travel plans.

Bill Schmidlin

It was a very good trip! I came to see the beauty of the world around me. I love Kuching. Bako was such a gem. I would have loved to have stayed longer. The hotel in Batang Ai was nice. I took the Phuket Island extension and all I can say is wow, wow, wow! I am trying to figure out how I can move and live there. It was more than a perfect way to end a perfect trip. I have recommended your company to friends and family. I will always treasure the memories. Thank you.

Mary Jo Riley

This safari was a dream come true! We saw so many animals! Every animal that I had dreamed about seeing was in abundance! Best lodging, great food and the guides were superb! I would go again today if I could!

Sue Wingerter, Saratoga, CA

By far this has been the best trip ever!!! Our tour guide Patricio and bus driver Edwin made our stay as pleasant as possible. They were courteous and attentive to everyone's needs and made us feel safe at all times. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who has never dared to venture to South America—you will not be disappointed!! The canoe ride up the Amazon river and the scenic panoramic view of the mountains will leave you breathless!

Ivonne Davila & Lucia Morales, Brooklyn, NY

Discover Havana was our first vacation with Friendly Planet, and we were extremely impressed from beginning to end. Prior to our departure, the personnel in the Pennsylvania office provided us with efficient and courteous assistance. We were so pleased to receive an email from our tour director, Trish Oliveira, before we left, introducing herself and encouraging us to reach out to her with any questions. Trish was one of the best tour directors we have had in our twenty years of international travel. We felt completely safe and well cared for in her hands. She made wonderful recommendations throughout the tour about restaurants, entertainment venues, and attractions. Her love of Cuba rubbed off on the entire group. We will not hesitate to use Friendly Planet again. We received five star treatment for a very reasonable price.

Ed Marcantonio and Brent DiGiorgio, Westport, CT

My husband and I want to thank you for creating comprehensive, fun packed days of touring in China. We saw all the sights we had on our own lists and the city guides made sure that if possible, they worked in places the group requested. The daily planning, the food, hotels, the shows, and the ease of getting around made this package one of the exceptional values for a once in a lifetime vacation.

Susan Razenson, Nanuet, NY

This trip was great. We had so much fun and adventure. Food and hotels were great. People should take this trip just to stay in the two hotels that had live fireplaces. Patricio, our guide, and Jaime, our driver, were outstanding. Jaime did a great job driving the mountain roads and keep the bus very clean. Ecuador is a "Hidden Treasure". Viva South America!

Lois and Warren Martinek, New Gretna, New Jersey