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Everything was perfectly arranged. All transportation to and from different places was punctual, comfortable and efficient. Thank you for making our vacation so easy and so smooth. It was our best trip ever!
Jeff & Sandi Horton, Waco, TX
This was a great trip at a reasonable cost to re-discover Havana after almost 14 years since last visit - not much has changed. Our Cuban tour guide Laura was great and the pace of the trip was enjoyable. We saw plenty of venues during the day and usually had the evenings to ourselves to explore the restaurants and nightlife of the city. I would recommend the Discover Havana tour for anyone desiring to see Havana, drink Mojitos, hear good music, savor fine dining inexpensively, smoke a good cigar, and/or have a good time.
Trav Paine, Augusta, GA
The best tour of my life.... and one of the least expensive. The experience of Friendly Planet and the guide really help to make things very smooth.
My wife and I just returned from our first Friendly Planet trip, which was to Ecuador. We were very pleased with the tour. The accommodations were very excellent. The transportation in the country was on a nice bus with an outstanding driver (Pablo). Our tour guide was Patricio Placencia. Patricio did a wonderful job as our leader. He is well informed, communicates well, relates well to the group and seeks to be sensitive to the group and its interests and needs. My wife didn't feel well early in the trip and he was very concerned and helpful to her. We were extremely pleased with him and he was very effective in presenting his country and his love for his country to the group. We commend you for having a tour guide who is talented, trained and effective as Patricio was. He was great and we feel blessed by having him show us Exotic Ecuador. Thank you very much!
James Mason, Marietta, GA
I returned last night from my first trip with Friendly Planet. What a glorious adventure this was. Our guide, Dennis, is a remarkable, knowledgeable, and patient man with a great sense of humor. (He humored me when—after our first stop—I saw the need to feed stray dogs along the way.) Food and hotels were all magnificent. I learned so much. Ecuador and the beautiful people will be forever in my heart. Thank you very much, Friendly Planet.
Liesel Appel, Asheville, NC
Our group had a great time and was a good learning experience for all of us. Mr. Praveen was wonderful, dependable, very knowledgable and took care of every detail of our tour. He was an excellent tour director. Hotels are very nice and comfortable except for some mosquitoes. Looking forward for another tour maybe next year. Will recommend Friendly Planet to my friends
Celina Dazo, Cerritos, CA
Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.
We were so impressed by the flow of tours, events, hotels and most of all the guides. Our national guide, Christina, was not just polite as some are, but she was efficient, friendly and patient. She made our group feel like a big family. Kudos to your company for choosing her as a guide! We will definitely use Friendly Planet again!
Lynn Fuller, Glen Ridge, NJ
I have just returned from a great trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Our local Shanghai guide, Tracy, was so gracious, charming and knowledgeable about everything. Our national guide, Peter, was very organized and efficient. He was able to adjust elements of the trip according to weather and traffic changes without missing anything. He kept a running commentary on all aspects of Chinese history and current life. We were very impressed with his ability to make us welcome and informed. He is the best I have encountered anywhere. I highly recommend this trip.
Ron Alexander, Beaumont, TX
Wonderful tour. Absolutely first class all the way. Great food and incredible guide. Thanks 'Friendly Planet'. One of my best trips ever and I'm not new at this.
Guides were very eager to please, very friendly, and seemed well informed. I think this was a good value for the price.
Patricia Hicks Hartman
Thank you for the absolutely fantastic experience that we had recently in Kenya & Tanzania!! We thoroughly enjoyed all of the lodges as well as the wonderful parks and reserves in both countries!! Our guide, James Njungo, was the best guide we have ever had on any trip. He was always accommodating to our needs (with lots of patience for all of our picture-taking). He was extremely knowledgeable (we were never able to stump him with any of our questions) and he has a terrific sense of humor. He made the trip very enjoyable. I highly recommend your organization for anyone who is planning a trip to Kenya and Tanzania—great job!
I took the "Best of China" trip with an extension to Tibet with Friendly Planet. The tour was awesome, not to mention the very best accommodations. The tour guides were well prepared and friendly. I had such a wonderful time that I am now planning a trip with Friendly Planet to "Classical Greece by Sea" with the extension to Istanbul. I give Friendly Planet the very highest recommendation.
Jacqueline Ledbetter, Topsail Beach, NC
Each time I emailed with questions, it was answered within 24 hours. The information provided before the tour was excellent.
I am writing to express my happiness and joy at this last vacation I just had. My boyfriend Tony and I booked the Friendly Planet 11 day Kenyan Safari, which subcontracted to Vintage Africa. We had a group of seven wonderful people with us but what made it so much better was the guide of my group of four named Daniel Muthee. Daniel is extremely nice, prompt and his vast knowledge base of Kenya, the peoples, tribes, customs and animals is encyclopedic. He made the trip so very special, from FINDING and explaining all the animals, lining us up for great photographic shots and using the driving skills of a NASCAR driver on those so called roads. I think it is important that you know what an asset he is to your company. I have used Friendly Planet in the past (Cuba last March) and am very happy with it. I plan on using you again when I take vacations where tours are necessary – I am not rally a tour type of person but you do it right.Thanks for the memories!
Ann Marie Anise
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
The hotel was over-the-top fabulous. I learned so much about the history and culture during this tour from very well-informed guides, who so obviously love their country and loved sharing their knowledge with us. I LOVED SHANGHAI. Loved our guide Alan - so well informed - so much fun. He had us in stitches the whole time. Tours were great - Silk factory REALLY caused me to willingly leave money in China! It was fascinating to learn the process from moth to finished product. In Hangzhou, I took my first ever bullet train ride. And first ever gondola ride too, West Lake and the gardens on the shore are really beautiful. Jinshan Museum was very well presented. I loved that the museum was built right on top of the dig site and we could actually see the work in progress. They had an excellent display of recovered artifacts. The Giant Panda Research Center was FANTASTIC. My prior travel has been on cruises or self-guided tours. Never again. Friendly Planet has me totally convinced that the best way to experience the sights and sounds and tastes and culture of a country/region is to LIVE it - not just walk around a port or jump on a bus to do activities that can be done at home.
This tour was most enjoyable...you guys have done a wonderful job planning and organizing our China trip.
Matthew & Grace Suen, British Columbia, Canada
Again you have surpassed our expectations with the perfect trip. All of our hotels were top of the line. They alone are worth the price of the trip but you threw in the airfare and two experienced guides to make the perfect vacation. Nok and Mona were really wonderful. They made sure that we were able to learn about the Thai people and culture. I still do not know how you offer such great packages at so low of a price.
Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida
We were pleased with the accommodations, included and optional tours, and all arrangements. The guides were superior. Peter was the BEST. We will travel with Friendly Planet again. One couple in our group had travelled with [Friendly Planet] repeatedly, and we understand why. It's a great travel company.
Nancy Riess and Melvin Rappaport
From day one the communication and all documentation was excellent, on a scale from 1 – 10, I give you a 20. It couldn't have been better. Every question or concern was explained in detailed and I always knew what to expect throughout the entire trip from the boarding of the Air China Flight in LA to getting back to LA after the trip was over. Let's start with Peter who was the national guide. I DON’T THINK YOU COULD ASK FOR MORE. HE WAS SIMPLY THE BEST. I usually don't participate in these surveys but after taking this trip and having such a wonderful, smart, well rounded, organized and all around great guy; I had to say something. Peter was organized from the first time we met him at the airport up until the moment he left us at the security gate on our way back to the United States. I could tell he didn't want to say good bye but we knew he had to. Peter was always on time, kept great track of the group and made sure every ones needs were met no matter what the circumstances were. If there was anything in his powers, he would make sure it happened. Whenever we ate at restaurants he was always speaking with the wait staff making sure our accommodations were ready. The menu he selected was always fantastic. He made sure we got a sample of all Chinese food from that area...it was GREAT.
Many will tell you I am not an easy person to please. I have been so thrilled with Friendly Planet ever since Egypt 2 years ago (and now cant wait for Kenya!). With great deals, exceptional customer service, and top destinations, what more could you ask for! So excited to be a part of the FB fan page :-)
Mona Sethi, Clifton, NJ
“We had a wonderful vacation and would book through you again. I really loved that this was an 'at your own pace tour', but all of the details were taken care of…I am over all very pleased. The islands are an amazing place to visit. I would love to go back again. I really enjoyed not having to worry about getting to and from everywhere. Everyone on the front end was also fantastic. “
Sarah J. Payne
We really enjoyed the Taste of Thailand/Cambodia tour we just took. The tour guides for both tours were very good, and we would like to once again praise Patty Nantanamanee for her excellent work. Can't say enough about her excellent treatment of her group. The hotels we stayed in were very good. We highly recommend the tour to anyone. They won't regret it.
“My husband and I were on this trip for our honeymoon, and were blown away by the personal care you did with each transfer and welcome. We would use Friendly Planet again in a heartbeat. I have been already recommending friendly planet to co-workers, friends, and family.”
I saw your story about building wells in Cambodia. ...thanks to our trip to Cambodia last January, my wife and I have donated for 2 wells and I am raising money for a large well for a village. I hope to have that done by the time we go back in February 08. We stay in touch with our tour guide, Theap Bunthin. We love Friendly Planet and the experiences we have.
Conrad & Nancy Knab
I had a wonderful time, and think Friendly Planet did a fantastic job with coordination of flights, bus transfers, and our hotel in Athens. I was also pleasantly surprised by the included housekeeping aboard easyCruise Life. The literature provided by both easyCruise and Friendly Planet gave an exceptionally accurate description of the ship, its amenities (which were actually nicer than we anticipated), the islands, and the amount of time spent on each island. This cruise line is designed to allow maximum enjoyment of the islands at a budget price—and it delivered on that promise. I could not have been happier with the ship, its staff, or the excursions. Thank you for providing such a comprehensive package. I will definitely be recommending both easyCruise and Friendly Planet to my friends!
Dr. Karen Thomas, Baltimore, MD
I was planning to cancel my participation in the tour, having recently sustained two fractures in my right hip. At the last minute, hoping I would not be a drag on the rest of the group, and being assured that a wheelchair would be made available, I made the trip. The accommodations, food and service at all the hotels were first-class. The optional tours were too good to miss. The guides did a fantastic job in keeping us informed as to what we were visiting, and, more importantly, in continually checking that we were enjoying every experience to the max. We were given excellent opportunities to indulge in shopping, but were never pressured to buy. All our guides made sure I was part of the group at all times, and my temporary disability proved no drawback. My use of the wheechair was discarded after I reached the top of the Great Wall with the help of my cane. You are fortunate to have Peter Pi as a national guide. Both he and Jon Wang went way beyond their duties to befriend every tour guest. For me the tour gave new meaning to "The Experience of a Lifetime!" Thanks Friendly Planet.
Dorothy Kellher, Palm Beach, FL
I have been recommending Friendly Planet tours to family, friends and co-workers. I have been on two tours now and am completely addicted!
This is my third trip with Friendly Planet and I love this company. Everything goes along as planned without any problems, the tours are great, including the optional tours, hotels are good, airlines chosen are fine, and it is a well planned trip for the money. I will continue to travel with Friendly Planet and I do recommend them to my friends and family.
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