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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. Joan Corral from Blau Mari Travel Services met us at the airport and arranged an early check-in for us. This went above and beyond his responsibilities to us as clients. Thank you again! We will certainly check with Friendly Planet first for all our future travel plans.
We would like to send our sincerest thank you for all of your help and allowing this China trip to happen for us. Your team went above and beyond to ensure that this trip would be a vacation we would never forget. China truly was the experience of a lifetime. We had such a wonderful time...it was one of the best trips of our entire lives. We have experiences and memories we will never forget. From the moment we booked, everything was smooth and without a hitch. We will definitely be recommending friends, co-workers, and family members to book through Friendly Planet! We will also be booking other trips through Friendly Planet in the future.
Susan and Michael VanNess
I just want to let you know that my trip to Turkey was absolutely fabulous. Our guide Ibrihim was so knowledgeable about the country. We knew we were in good hands with him as our guide. Thank you for providing such a wonderful trip for such a good price.
I want to thank you all for such a wonderful vacation.It was just magical. We have recommended your site and this trip to all of our friends. The hotels were all amazingly beautiful, the food was perfect, and the scenery was gorgeous. Our tour guide, Alejandra, was always on time and extremely acknowledgeable about the trip. Again thank you so much for a great package.
Julia & Rodrigo
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.
Wow, another great vacation! The trip was wonderful, everything was beyond our expectations...... the sights, the food, the hotels, the guides, even the buses. For 35 years we planned our own trips. We could not have gotten just the transportation and B&B quality rooms for what we got from you, which included meals, great guides, 4 & 5 star hotels and more important stops then we have ever packed into a trip. And most important, Lucy, our guide for the entire trip was amazing. Everyone loved her and we all cried when we had to say good bye to her. Thanks also to your office staff who are always patient with my constant calls, changes and questions.
James Ohmart, Houston, TX
I was a little unsure about booking a vacation with a bunch of strangers worried that I might be stuck with a group of people with whom I had no common interests or who wouldn't be interesting...wow was I ever wrong. The people I was with were all like old friends and we had a fantastic time in our travels through Thailand. Many of the people I was with will surely be lifelong friends. Friendly Planet did a great job of designing the trip and our guide Lhing did an incredible job of making sure we all got to see the things we wanted to see. I can’t say enough good things about the trip and I will definitely be booking more trips with Friendly Planet hopefully with some of the people from this trip.
Paul Macy, Rochester, WA
We recently travelled on Friendly Planet’s Kenya Wildlife Safari. The comprehensive itinerary, excellent level of accommodations, transportation, and meals were well-priced. From arrival until departure we were fully briefed, secure and carefully looked after in every regard. Our guide, Dominic, was professional and courteous, and his driving skills were of the highest caliber. One could have absolute faith in his abilities regardless of conditions or terrain. An absolute font of knowledge, Dominic knew exactly where to look for game. His explanations of animals, birds and plants revealed the true wonder of Kenya. The ultimate success on this the trip of a lifetime falls to excellent people like Dominic. Thank you Friendly Planet! You continue to amaze both for value and the experience of world travel. If I had to sum up the Kenyan experience: It was magic!
What a great trip we just had in Ecuador! Patricio, our guide, did a terrific job informing us of facts about Ecuador and challenging us physically on a hike through the Amazon forest. It was so exciting to tube on an Amazon tributary. Each day we were clearly prepared for what was happening and contributed to the choice several times. The animal refuge was inspiring as our guide shared his experiences restoring abused and/or orphaned animals to good health and, hopefully, return to the wild. The quality and quantity of food was top notch, and hotels provided R&R as well as shelter. Bus trips were extensive because of winding, narrow and steep roads, but Patricio kept us involved with historic and cultural info of the areas we visited. Big bang for the buck again with Friendly Planet. They're hard to beat.
J. and T. McGlaughlin, McClure, PA
This was a wonderful tour. Our tour leader Trish was just outstanding as was Osmin and the driver Roberto. They tried to accommodate our needs and requests. I could not have imagined a better organized trip. The hotels were more than adequate and the restaurants and food served was exceptional. Thank you Friendly Planet for making Cuba a very enjoyable and memorable experience. I will not hesitate to recommend the company and have already decided to book another tour with you.
Patricia Pitt, The Villages, FL
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
I was on the Beijing and Tokyo tour which was truly a trip of a lifetime! Our guide in Beijing, Peter, was simply amazing! He was extremely helpful, patient, humorous and knowledgeable. He really made the trip special. Also, I loved our accommodations at the Kempinski Hotel. It was truly 5-star. I certainly look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet very soon! I had a truly memorable time.
Kimberly Ghorm, Hillside, NJ
I just got back from a trip to Kenya and I cannot say enough good things about your organization and, in particular, our driver/guide Dominic. He did everything he could to give us a wonderful trip. He was on time, polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to travel with. He made our bucket list trip a wild success. I am hoping to book the trip again, this time bringing my husband. If this happens, I will do what I can to ensure that Dominic is our guide. Thank you for running a top shelf organization.
Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT
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
I just came back from your Exotic Ecuador trip and had a fabulous time. I especially enjoyed the mix of hiking, boating and physical activity on the trip. I am now looking at booking another trip somewhere else.
Our first tour with Friendly Planet was wonderful. Everyday was better than we were expecting. Our tour guide, Isa Levent Gurcavdi is very knowledgeable. She must be teaching history in a university. Overall the tour is really well managed. In the future we'd like to take another tour with Friendly Planet.
Norma & John Higgins, Stamford, CT
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
I had a very short window of time for a trip to Cuba, and since Friendly Planet offered a six-day people-to-people “Discover Havana” visit from Miami, I jumped at it, and am glad that I did. In the short time that we were there, we visited an urban organic farm, a ballet school, a primary school, a senior day-care center, a neighborhood mural/art project, the Hemingway home, a ration store, and a biosphere reserve with a thriving artists’ colony. Our U.S. and Cuban guides were knowledgeable, honest about the island’s challenges, and flexible, with good personal skills. The hotel accommodations and food were fine, and after each day’s program, we had a chance to sample on our own the Cuban music and club scenes. This was a good tour and a good value.
When we saw the price of this trip I booked it as a joke. My wife and I had never done an organized trip like this. Well, we were blown away by the whole experience. The guide Panu was wonderful and the trip was the best value I have ever had in my many travel experiences. We have two more trips booked with you and are really looking forward to them. Your company is the best kept secret around and we are glad that we tried you.
Brian & Marilyn Goldman, Toronto, Canada
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
We just returned from our incredible trip to Thailand with our guide Patty. She made our trip a wonderful experience taking each person’s interests into account when making suggestions for our free time. Patty is so proud of her country and shares her knowledge and love so freely that I feel we all received a special gift in having her for a guide. We took the extension to Siem Reap to see Angkor Wat. All our hotels on this trip were very enjoyable but the Borei Angkor in Siem Reap was unforgettable. The hotel itself is remarkable but the staff is incomparable and the food a wonderful experience. I would take this trip again just to have another day at Angkor Wat and stay at this wonderful hotel once again.
Pamela Yoder, Bay St Louis, MS
It is difficult to summarize how great our experience was in Cuba with a short comment. Everything about our trip was memorable.... the people, the food, the history, Old Havana, the Malecon, Las Terrazas, the activities, and our guides were all great. I am glad that Cuba is not spoiled by an abundance of overzealous American tourists, but I do wish that more people could experience it.
The Friendly Planet Discover Havana trip provided a fascinating look at the history and culture of this mysterious island that's just 90 miles from Miami.
A dream fulfilled at long last - the people, the music everywhere, the food, the signs of renewal of formerly elegant colonial buildings - all exceeded our expectations. Cuba is a must visit destination!
Bette & Chris Stockton
For two teachers who had wanted to travel to Cuba for a long time this trip was a dream realized. We couldn't wait to get back and share everything we had learned about Cuban history, people, and culture. The Friendly Planet guides were helpful and extremely knowledgeable. We can wait for our next trip.
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.
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.
We all had a wonderful time and marveled at how clean, pretty and safe Havana was. We particularly liked our visit to the Center for Adult Day Care where we were asked to go onto a stage so the 200 or so people at the Center, a former convent, could welcome us. The Director asked if any of us wanted to say something to them in Spanish. I volunteered and in the best Spanish I could muster at the time told them "we were happy to be in Cuba, that we were from the United States of America, and that we hoped they were happy we were there." The crowd burst into a loud, sustained applause. When we came off the stage and filed past the audience, everyone reached over to shake our hands. It was very touching and almost brought us to tears as we didn't expect such a hardy welcome from Cubans.
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!
Our Discover Havana tour far exceeded our expectations. The trip was extremely well organized from beginning to end; activities began from the moment we debarked in Havana and continued up until arriving at the airport on the final day. The Friendly Planet guide and Cuban guide were very knowledgeable about Cuba and kept us on schedule and informed at all times. The hotel was fantastic, the restaurants chosen were excellent and the visits gave us great insight into the people, culture and history of Cuba. We also had free time to explore on our own on many evenings. We were extremely pleased with our trip.
Bob & Ruth Alcorn
Peru was beautiful and our tour guide, Luis, was THE BEST!!! He truly brought this region to life with his vast knowledge of the Andean/Incan culture. I don't think anyone else could have guided me through Machu Picchu and explain the Incan world the way he did. He took us to the best places to find quality products as well as showed us great spots to eat. On top of that, he really cared that we had a great time. He truly helped to make our trip amazing! Peru is an amazing destination that everyone should go to. Friendly Planet is the way to travel and I look forward to future trips with them.
Gayle Gonsalves, Toronto, Ontario
Just got back from our trip to Spain. We had an amazing time. This was our second time traveling with Friendly Planet and they never disappoint. I can't wait for my third tour with them next year.
Roy, Los Angeles, CA
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
This tour exceeded all my expectations! The national tour guide, Peter, stayed with us throughout the tour, and in addition, we had local guides to describe each city we visited. Peter and the local guides were personable, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. As an example of Peter's concern for us, my wife hurt her back just before the trip began. Peter made accommodations for her, and went to the pharmacy to get a cream for her. The cream was effective, her problem cleared up and she enjoyed the rest of the trip. We stayed at top rated hotels with great meals (their breakfast buffets, included in the trip cost, had over 30 items to sample, each of them delicious!). Considering the tour guides, the meals and accommodations, the transportation (tour bus, bullet train, plane trips, rickshaw rides and short boat cruises) and seeing great points of interest, I cannot believe the cost was so low and the quality so high...but it was! I will definitely recommend this to my friends!
John Scileppi, Hyde Park, NY
The China Delight tour was wonderful, fantastic, great and superb. Our national tour guide, Peter, was the best host and representative Friendly Planet could hope for. He was the best guide we have had on any tour we have ever been on. He was extremely attentive, knowledgeable, funny, and made the trip completely effortless on our part. The trip was a great experience for my wife and me as it covered enough of the major highlights with just the right amount of time at every attraction. Aside from Peter, who stayed with us the entire trip, we had local guides in every city for additional local knowledge. The food and the shows (circus, opera, music) were also great.
Richard Argeroplos, Kings Park, NY
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
We took The Best of Cambodia and Vietnam trip. It was fantastic! We had so many experiences along the way, constantly going deeper into the cultures of the country. We did and saw things that we noticed no other tour companies doing. This was the first time we used Friendly Planet and it was very superior to some of the other companies we have used. We will most definitely use them again. If you are wondering who to use for this trip, use Friendly Planet. We still marvel at the experiences they gave us.
Polly Munkberg, Little Rock, AR
This was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and it was spectacular - wonderful hotel and excellent food! That was only the backdrop for a splendid itinerary, led by an extremely knowledgeable, efficient guide (Isa). Two expert drivers negotiated the brand new bus through the tightest passages with easy assurance. A top flight experience in every way, and an incredible value!
Edward Schoen, Scottsville, KY
I just got back from the taste of India tour and it was awesome! I have never booked with a tour group before and really didn't know what to expect but everything was perfect and extremely organized. Our tour guide, Vikas, was absolutely incredible. He was knowledgeable, fun, and a true professional. I will definitely look at other vacations with Friendly Planet!! Thank you again!!!
Julie Shackett, Raleigh, NC
I just returned from the Kenya Wildlife Safari trip and I can't stop raving. The trip far exceeded my expectations. Everything from the guides to the accommodations and food was wonderful. Going to Africa was a truly life changing experience.
Sarah Jones, Astoria, NY
The booking process was very easy. Friendly Planet provided many useful documents and information that made me feel at ease with booking the tour. The response time to emails was fast and the replies were helpful. Our tour guide, Gokhan Baydur, was beyond excellent. He was genuinely enthusiastic and passionate about his work and his country. He loved showing his country to us, which made us want to know more about it. He was very knowledgeable and presented the information very well during all of our tours. If we had any questions or wanted to know more about a specific topic, he was extremely approachable and informative. He also did his best in accommodating everyone's needs whether it was a dietary restriction or a physical restriction. In the end, he was not only a great tour guide, but someone I would truly consider a friend and hope to stay in touch with.
The flight and land transportation, hotels, food, guide, driver, and sites were all excellent! Our guide, Mr. Gokhan Baydur, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We really appreciated his etymology of words and relation to history of modern Turkey, etc. He was also very capable at keeping us all together, which is no easy task. The driver was phenomenal; I don't know how he managed to drive the bus through the Istanbul traffic and somehow make U-turns: amazing!
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
Our guide, Gokhan, was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about history & was full of information regarding the tour & questions that we had. I hope in the future to go back to Turkey & bring my family & request Gokhan as a guide.
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. I wouldn't change a thing. We had enough free time and time with guides. Friendly Planet did a great job. I had never heard of Friendly Planet until we booked this trip, and now I'm looking at other trips sponsored by your organization.
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.
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
We just returned from the Kenya Wildlife Safari and one would have to say, 'Hakuna Matata" about any concern I had after reading travel reviews that the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi was less than satisfactory! It is disconcerting that one could complain about the accommodations. While it is an older hotel, it is clean and in a great location, particularly given the short amount of free-time we had. This location gave us a chance to go to the Intercontinental Market and to see the Parliament and governmental buildings. I would rate our breakfasts at the Intercontinental as scrumptious and the presentation was incredible! Who could possibly complain about fresh squeezed orange juice, Kenyan coffee with hot milk, and a variety of over 50 feet of food choices? It is absolutely awesome and the service was superb. Thanks to Vintage Africa we had an incredible driver, Dominic, who has an A+ personality, and is probably a mixture of human/animal/bird! Dominic could sense animals before they were visible and he knew their patterns along with having a vast knowledge of their behaviors and instincts. He astonished us with his mastery of the bird species. We learned so much from him and it was obvious he loves his job! This was the most spectacular Safari we could imagine and we cannot thank all the Friendly Planet staff and Vintage Africa for making it one we will never forget. Our accommodations, the food, and everything else were simply marvelous! Friendly Planet was recommended to us by an unfamiliar traveler we met in California: now we will recommend friendly Planet to our friends and acquaintances and we will be back for another adventure with Friendly Planet in the future!
Matt, the guide was excellent, very attentive. When he was explaining the sites he was patient and knowledgeable. The hotels were excellent and the tours that were included on trip were great.
We just returned from our China Delight tour. I have to say I'm surprising happy with the trip. We do not use tour companies. We like to plan our own trips. So my expectations were not very high for having a good time. But, I'm happy to say our trip went with out a hitch! From the time Vivian ( Who was wonderful the whole time) picked us up at the airport until we said our good byes. China was amazing and the people were very friendly. We will definitly use Friendly Planet again. Thanks again!
Dorie Bailey, Bakersfield, CA
Best trip we have ever taken. Our guides (Gary White and Ari) were so friendly and professional. We saw things we could never have found ourselves. I can't say enough good things about the experience. It all went like clockwork (to the extent anything in Cuba can do so). If you ever want to see Cuba, see it now, and see it with Friendly Planet!
Valerie Fisher, Portland, OR
The "Colors of Cuba" is my fourth adventure with Friendly Planet! I have NEVER been dissapointed in the wonders of each country and the travel packages that Friendly Planet arranges, nor the cost of each travel adventure. This trip was especially wonderful thanks to our FP guide Gary! Gary met us in the Miami airport and remained with us the entire trip. He provided information important to our visit in Cuba, explained the money exchange requirements and was always available to answer any question. Not only is Gary professional, but it was obvious to me that he enjoys his work and wanted to provide each traveler with the best experiences in Cuba that Friendly Planet could offer. Our national guide, Arianna, was a joy! She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, professional, open to all questions, and had a great sense of humor! The people of Cuba are very gracious. I enjoyed the happiness and laughter from the children we visited in schools, the warm and welcoming smiles from the seniors while visiting a senior center, the beautiful voices of the youth choir, laughing at young, talented circus performers and watching the grace of the students at Prodanza, and dancing Salsa! This was a wonderful and incredible opportunity that I will never forget! My THANKS to Friendly Planet Travel!!! AND....see you in a few months on my next trip!
Nikky Chahon, Sacramento, CA
I and my wife Kathy celebrated our ninth anniversary with Friendly Planet in Havana, Cuba. Our tour guide Nancy along with our tour host Lori & driver Santos and the entire tour group provided an evening that we will always cherish. My 85 year old madre was on this tour and it was amazing to watch her dance the night away in Cuba! The wonderful service was much more than we expected. THANKS!
Raymond Abdullah, Jacksonville, FL
I was very pleasantly surprised with the arrangements ncluded on this tour. This was my first time traveling with Friendly Planet Travel and I highly recommend them for this trip. Thank you very much for the memorable experience to see tBorneo and Bangkok. Keep up the good work!
The Friendly Planet staff was responsive to questions and concerns. Everything promised occurred as it was promised and there were some nice bonuses added by our local tour guides. We are flat out impressed at the quality of this trip given the very reasonable price. Our guide for Borneo was great. Our guide for Bangkok was thorough and took good care of us. Batang Ai was the real highlight of the whole trip. The hotel and the visit to the Iban longhouse village were great experiences. The hotel in Kuala Lumpur was the top of the trip. Our tour guide was excellent and added an additional half day tour to our itinerary (for a fee) as well as a Malaysian dinner and show (no additional charge).
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
Thank you for a wonderful tour experience. My sister and I had a delay in getting to LAX because of bad weather conditions leaving out of Columbia, SC to Washington, DC to make our connecting flight in LAX. Your staff was great at rearranging our flight out to Beijing to join our group without skipping a beat. It was a work-vacay for us as my sister and I are budding filmmakers. Thanks to Peter for allowing us time to go out and about Shanghai in order to get our interviews in. We wanted to show the diversity of the people in living in China.
Sharee Washington, Columbia, SC
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!!
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
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
It was a pleasure to deal with Friendly Planet. The flights took off without a hitch. The hotels were first rate, if not better. The tour director, Praveen, was congenial, thoughtful and efficient, getting us to the head of any line. He went out of his way to make our vacation special. The local guides were full of information and easy to understand. Based on what we got on this trip, Friendly Planet is a bargain!
Brenda Kibler, Monkton, MD
We just returned from your wonderful Discover Havana tour. It was our first experience with your tour company, and you know how to do it right. The details with which our tour was handled were superb...the guides knowledgeable and flexible. There was the right amount of free time to explore on our own, too. Thanks for a wonderful trip...we'll travel with you again soon.
Susan Tonnar, Manchester, NH
Just returned from the Taste of Thailand tour with Ling as our guide! The tour and the guide was amazing. The hotel accommodations were amazing. Ling would always find ways to add 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
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
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.
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
Our guide here was great; overall one of the best we have experienced. Our guide for the hike was great, nice attention to detail and was very educated on the environment. Patti was our guide in Bangkok and she was fabulous. She really went above and beyond by personally taking us to some of the other areas we wanted to see to ensure we didn't get lost. You can tell she really loves what she does, and like our guide in Kuching, is one of the best we've experienced in all of our travels.
Is there a rating above "Excellent" for the Guide and Driver? They were exceptional! Rimy, our wilderness guide at Bako was amazing at finding wildlife to point out to us! Batang Ai was a truly magical location. Our Guide, Patty, had a wealth of historic and cultural information to impart to us, and her energy levels never failed.
My husband and I just returned from your Beijing/Tokyo tour and are so incredibly impressed. The lodging for both cities was beyond our expectations and the breakfasts were incredible. We felt very spoiled and had fabulous service from the tour operators, drivers and hotel staff. One of our most enjoyed connections was with your Beijing tour guide, David Bai. He provided us with so much detailed information about the country's customs and culture. He was also incredibly funny - always keeping our attention. We felt very comforted in knowing that David was there for all of us, if any issue may arise. I will definitely recommend your tours to all of our friends and business partners and we look forward to participating in more future trips through your company.
Jennifer and Kevin Rucks, San Luis Obispo, CA
This trip was 100 times above my expectations. I cannot say enough great things about our tour guide Sam, and the local guides were also wonderful. I was blown away with how nice the hotels were. We saw some amazing sites, the camera never stopped! The guide in Chengdu took us when the pandas were active and made sure to time our visit with the red pandas during feeding time, and we avoided large crowds. Sam took us out of his way when we all wanted to go to a tea house. I even enjoyed the optional excursions in Shanghai, which I wasn't sure would be of much interest to me. Top show of the trip; Tang Dynasty show! Don't think twice about going, just go!
Courtney Preston, Elmira, NY
Two months ago, we took the Taste of Turkey tour, which we still enthusiastically talk about. It was truly spectacular thanks in great measure to our wonderful tour guide, Hakim. He was so thoroughly knowledgeable about both the ancient sites and modern Turkey that he kept us keenly interested in all we saw. We would be lucky to have him as our guide on any future tours.
Fred and Marion Richman, Clinton, CT
Borneo was fantastic!
Friendly Planet’s staff was pleasant and helpful before we left giving us a feeling of confidence as this was our first time using you. Matt was exceptional in Borneo. He really made us feel important and he went out of his way to make sure we were well cared for. Noi in Bangkok showed consideration and was very helpful in arranging things for us. She was an excellent guide and very thoughtful.
Just returned from A Taste of Thailand with Noy as our leader. She is FANTASTIC. I slipped and twisted my ankle and Noy checked on me frequently, brought me ice, purchased an ankle wrap and topical medication. You have one satisfied customer. I also believe that my entire group agrees with me.
Our Cuban trip with Friendly Planet was amazing! Great tour guides.
The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!
Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ
Friendly Planet did it again with an exceptional experience to Thailand! Best national guide ever to Natalie!
We just returned from the Best of South Africa tour. It exceeded our expectations on every level. We stayed at wonderful, top-notch hotels and traveled in comfortable air conditioned coaches. The included meals were way above average. We want to especially commend Peter van Kraayenburg, our guide for the first week in the Johannesburg and Kruger area. He was phenomenal! Everyone on the tour pounded him with questions and he answered every one of them with insight and a great sense of humor. This is our second Friendly Planet tour and we are impressed with the value, quality, and thoughtful planning of the itineraries.
Warren Wetzel, Los Gatos, CA
My husband and I went on this trip for our honeymoon and it truly was nothing short of incredible. Thailand is a such a gorgeous country, rich in color, architecture, ancient wonders and cultural marvels. I highly recommend this trip to anyone considering visiting Thailand. The temples (or wats) were breathtaking. The palaces and Buddhas were on a level of grandeur I have never experienced anywhere else. Thailand is full of treasures! The time we spent with the people, monkeys and elephants, the food, the night markets- everything was spectacular! Our guide Lek was amazing and was truly one of the high points of the trip! She took time to get to know each one of us individually, and always found a way to make each and everyone one of us feel happy and special. She was wonderfully polite and sensitive, as well as incredibly knowledgeable. She went out of her way on many occasions to accommodate our individual needs, from stopping at the convenience store or the bank, to confirming our return flights. Her pride for Thailand's rich history really came across in all that she shared with the group and added real meaning to our experience. All the hotels were wonderful. We were very lucky to have a great group and we were all very sad to part ways. It was a wonderful experience!
Melisa Oepen, Dallas, TX
I have traveled a fair amount, but my Friendly Planet trip to Bhutan was one of my most memorable and enjoyable!
Just returned today. Oue national guide, David, was knowledgeable, friendly, warm and dedicated to teaching our group about the culture and politics of his fascinating country. Local guides for Shanghai and Xi'An were superb. Hotels and meals were excellent. Fast paced, but this is how my husband and I like to travel. Yes, we did have some rest periods and free time. Have traveled with Friendly Planet before. Much bang for your buck.
Rita Schlansky, Carlisle PA
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
First and foremost, as a couple that has travelled extensively around the globe, this trip was without question the "best of the best" in all material respects. From the point of arrival, to the point of departure, your "on-the-ground" team did an outstanding job of maintaining the right balance between chaperone and tour guide. From the perspective of an educational experience, this trip completely dispelled our "American" perceptions, presumptions and preconceived notions of the country, the people and the culture. We left Havana with a clear sense of the history, economy, and political environment within "today's Cuba" -- a compliment to our Itinerary so carefully crafted by your team. We also left wanting more, which is always a good feeling. We would gladly return to Cuba (via Friendly Planet) down the road. Our compliments to you and your staff for an exceptional experience!
Dennis J. Pitocco
We are very please with the trip. It was a wonderful experience, was more than we expected. David, our national tour guide was excellent, very helpful, knew every detail. When in the future we plan another trip, we will think of Friendly Planet as the first option and we will recommend to our friends.
Eunice Acevedo, Beaumont Ca
Loved experiencing the land of Ireland and its people. A great taste. Food was good, hotels were great, bus was roomy and comfortable. The tours were well planned and truly a taste of Ireland. There was so much done...that we could not have managed on our own.
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.
We just returned from your Tokyo Express tour of Sept. 11, 2012 and we had the time of our lives. The tour itinerary was good, the hotel was beautiful and the city tour was great. Your guides spoke beautiful english and answered all our questions about Japan. I would like to have added another day or two since a lot of the week was in getting there and back but I want to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip and look forward to booking with you again. Sincerely, George & Laurie Hernandez
George & Laurie Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga CA
I have traveled with you before and always had a great trip, and this Ireland trip was no different. Beautiful country and people. The hotels were better than I expected and of course an English breakfast is always great! Tour bus driver/guide was super.
The trip to Japan was a wonderful trip. Took it 3 weeks ago and both the trip and the Friendly Planet service will make you want to travel with them again! Great trip with great service.
Gaylene Weathers, Wichita, KS
We took this trip Aug. 15th and totally enjoyed every minute of it. The country has everything going for it! Don't be afraid of the rainy season. It rains and then the sun comes out. We traveled in a van - a total of 6 of us. The rooms were beyond nice- absolutely beautiful. Trip was partially escorted and partially "you choose" your activities. Transfers were always on time. Included food was good. A Green turtle giving birth to eggs the size of golf balls - priceless!
Susannah Starkweather, Bala Cynwyd, PA
Have been on 3 trips with Friendly Planet and would highly recommend them to anyone. We especially enjoyed Kenya and have been there 3 times. It is magical and once you have been that is the only vacation for you. Excellent food, first class lodgings , fantastic scenery like no where else on earth, and a sense of adventure that I have never felt on any of our travels. It beat China, Thailand and all the other countries that we have visited. You won't regret the trip.
Carolyn Hofacket, Napa, CA
We have been on many trips using a number of different companies, but we have never experienced the perfection of travel [we saw] on this Friendly Planet tour. I can begin [with] Turkish Airlines: friendly, new spacious planes and great food.
Norm Ivers, Oakland, New Jersey
My uncle and I just returned from the "Incredible Thailand" tour. Let me start by saying this was our second trip with Friendly Planet. We decided it was time to take another trip and didn't even bother with any other sites. We knew Friendly Planet was the way to go. This was the trip of a lifetime!! All of the accommodations were exquisite. The Temples were amazing. It was really interesting to see people trading, eating, and interacting at the Floating Market. The elephant trip through the jungle and orchid farm was breathtaking. I can't possibly begin to express how amazing our tour guide Lek was. It was like meeting a friend you hadn't seen in a while. She spoke proudly of her culture, her country, her people, and her King. Often when on driving portions of the tour, Lek would have our driver pull over so she could jump out and buy some of the local flavors. She also wanted to make sure that we didn't miss a single thing on this trip. When it was time to go our separate ways many of us said a tearful goodbye. So thank you again you made this trip more amazing than I could have ever hoped for.
Jessica Laffie, Pico Rivera CA
We have no words to describe how impressed we were with the tours. It was the most detailed and extensive tour we've ever had, nothing was left out. Owen, the tour guide was superb, personable, attentive and accommodating to every detail for our total comfort. Best of all, he was informative. This man was a fountain of knowledge in history, politics, economy, geography, and all around local information. His sense of humor was timely making the experience entertaining and interesting. We couldn't wait to hear more of the subject. We highly commend him for a job well done.
Loved every minute of this trip. The hotel was great - centrally located, modern, clean, a five star all-the-way. Singapore Airline was wonderful - didn't think I could take the 10hr trip but it wasn't difficult at all, with all the in-flight entertainment. Round trip transfers went smooth. And the included full buffet breakfast was an added surprise. I went with my adult daughter and son and they really loved Japan and can't wait to return. I am a former travel agent and I know how many things that are out of your control can happen. I am telling anyone who is interested in travel to contact your company. I've been on many tours and this was one of the best - both for what is included and for the price. P.S. When I called your office, I got to speak with a real human (how many times does that happen in today's world) who was pleasant and able to answer all my questions and correct any problems I had with my booking.
Kathleen Russo, Wynnewood, PA
This was an AWESOME trip. I can't believe everything we saw, did and learned! Our guide, Alex, was terrific. He is very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure that we experienced many things. He is terrific and I can't say enough about how he treated us like we were his one and only clients. The scenery and the animals were fantastic. Friendly Planet...did a great job. We can't wait for our next adventure with Friendly Planet!
Sophia Modelski, Metamora, MI
I love Friendly Planet! I had a great time and the service was excellent.
Nailah G. Beraki
This was my second trip to Ireland, but my first actual tour. I was very pleased with the tour. My sister had never been to Ireland, and this tour gave her a wonderful introduction to Ireland.
I just came back from my Barcelona trip and HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE! You and your company run an excellent tour and I feel I owe you money!
We just returned from your Incredible Thailand tour. As usual with Friendly Planet, everything was first rate. The tour was well planned, the hotels were fabulous and the support staff was excellent. We would particularly like to comment on our tour guide, nicknamed Lek. She was intelligent, well spoken, organized, thoughtful, hard working and caring. She went out of her way to make this a great vacation. We hope you pass these comments on to her supervisor in Thailand. Thank you, and we look forward to our next vacation with Friendly Planet.
Michael Gerhardt and Renate Harshaw, Newtown Square, PA
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 husband and I have just returned from our tour "Exotic Ecuador". I highly recommend this trip. We saw so much in such a short period of time. We loved the diversity of the trip... both the beautiful landscape (mountains, volcanos, rivers, jungle), as well as the fun activities offered (tubing, zip line, bungee jumping, hiking, karaoke..hope you sing better than I do.) The price was extremely reasonable and the accommodations and food were excellent. We also appreciated the opportunity to immerse ourselves into native life by enjoying their food, crafts, and entertainment. Above all, i want to applaud our excellent guide, Patricio, and our competent driver, Pablo. These two guys really knocked themselves out to be informative, helpful, and flexible. They are friendly, lowkey and patient. I particularly want to thank Pablo for tolerating my pathetic attempts at Spanish. Don't miss this tour! We've traveled to many places in the world but I can't recall having more fun anywhere than with this great group of travelers and outstanding staff.
Rose Krueger, St Augustine, Florida
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
That the was the best trip/vacation my wife and I have ever had. We really enjoyed Thailand, but I have to thank you for providing us with our tour guide, Chai. He was very pleasant, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. Chai was very attentive to everyone's needs and was very accessible. At one point in the tour, my wife became ill and needed medical care. Chai (providing his cell number earlier to everyone) was available for our needs. He located the nearest hospital for us and assured us that we would not be left alone informing us how we would catch up with the rest of the tour if needed. Needless to say we were surprised by the exceptional medical care at the local hospital and we were able to return to the group prior to the next departure. Additionally, on the day of the final tour at BKK, there were four separate groups: one group returning to US; one group to Phuket; one group to Cambodia; and us going to Chaing Rai. I watched Chai orchestrate the four groups in the very busy BKK airport personally escorting each group in order of priority to each airline. That was very impressive, removing so much stress and putting an exclamation point on excellent service. Thank you for such a great tour plan. The accommodations were excellent. We will definitely be referring your agency to our family and friends. khob kuhn krab (thank you),
Richard and Emelyne Sablan
That was the best tour my husband and I ever took. Everything was wonderful. Myanmar is spectacular, our guide was wonderful, and the hotels were first class! Thanks, Friendly Planet, for a trip we'll never forget.
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
“This was a trip of a lifetime and we had an awesome time! After every game drive, we thought how could they top that but the next game time would be just as fun. This was our first trip with Friendly Planet. We are extremely happy to find reasonable prices that gave us very nice hotels and tours. I will recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends and have already started to look for our next tour to take with Friendly Planet.”
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful everything was and how much we enjoyed the sights, historical places and people of India. Our transportation (bus) was very comfortable, our tour guide very kind and knowledgeable, the hotels very accommodating and beautiful and our tour group wonderful. My wife and I have traveled all over the globe on several group tours, and this vacation was one of the best. Our guide, Mayank Dixit, was a delight to have around. He is a real credit to your company and someone who endeared himself to us. By the time the tour had ended, we felt like he was part of our family. I look forward to many more trips with Friendly Planet and personable guides like Mayank Dixit, who really made every effort to make the India tour comfortable and enjoyable for all.
John and Virginia Cook, Corpus Christi, TX
What an outstanding experience! From take off to return. Friendly Planet handled all arrangements with top notch service. Everyone was friendly and helpful. All truth in your advertisement. Our guide, Elpida was exceptional. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime. No one beats your affordable prices.
Marchelle, Atlanta, GA
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
Friendly Planet is the greatest!! We went to China...and it was a super trip!! Peter Pei was the greatest tour guide ever!!! Also, Allen was exceptional in Shanghai! Now we are considering another trip somewhere and I am remembering what a great time we had!! I am definitely considering Friendly Planet again!!!!
Brenda Katz, Holmes Beach, FL
Tour guide was wonderful, hotels were great, transportation and coordination of the entire trip was without doubt, a fantastic experience.
“It was easy, everything was set up by FP. All, I had to do was pack, have my passport ready and be ready to have a good time! Tuk was an amazing guide! She has such a great attitude, very funny and very knowledgable!! Loved the elephant trekking through the jungle! “
“We really enjoyed the tour. The guide was informative and helpful. The daily tours diversified and well planned. The hotels and food were great. The value for the dollar was exceptional. Overall we were extremely pleased and it exceeded our expectations.”
Linda Sheive/Jerry Hjelle
Wonderful experience! The optional tours were amazing. Tuk, our guide in Thailand, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends/family.
“Everything was perfect, I give a A+++ to Noi our tour guide, she made every moment perfect.”
Just returned from my first trip with Friendly Planet and was so impressed that I had to write this note. You have a lot of choices in travel and I have found my tour company at last. Everything about my trip was amazing—our guide, Ibrahim, was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also patient and very funny. Hotels, transportation, meals, added excursions were all superb. Everything went off without a hitch—I felt safe and cared for every minute and could spend ALL of my time enjoying the trip instead of worrying about the travel details. Turkey, its people, scenery, food, monuments and parks are just wonderful. I can't wait for my next trip. So little time, so much to see...
Ann Ott, Cedar City, Utah
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
Just returned from this wonderful trip. The accomodations were A+, our guide, Ekachai, a delight, the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, a feast for the senses. The Phuket extension was a welcome few days of relaxation, before returning to the snow in Winnipeg. Much impressed by your organization and will be planning another adventure with you soon. Many thanks for a memorable holiday.
Elaine Repchinsky, Winnipeg, Canada
My mother and I had an AMAZING time! The people on the tour were awesome and our tour guide Ekachai was fantastic! This was our first tour trip and we could not have been more pleased with our choice to use Friendly Planet! This was a trip that we will never forget!
Kendra and Glenda Walker, Brentwood, MD
The trip to Thailand was indeed incredible! It sounds great on the Friendly Planet overview but it's so much more! I don't know where to start. Hotels were great. Everyone should stay at the Dusit Thani [hotel]. We went back there for a weekend on our own. Our guide was awesome, she made extra stops for us along the road for things like sticky rice cooked in bamboo (loved that) and always asked if everyone had their passports, etc. when we went to a different place. She also took us on a boat to Laos and everyone got their passports stamped and of course we got to shop a little. As far as shopping goes, I'd say watch out - Thailand has everything and you're gonna want it all. Bangkok is easy to get around in and has a super mall close to the Dusit Thani... I've been to Egypt, Borneo, Morocco, Cambodia, Vietnam, Kenya and now Thailand with [Friendly Planet] and I'm going to South Africa this summer too. guess that tells you something. PS, our guide was the best I've ever had and y'all have some good ones. And Noni, her assistant, had a cooler with ICE and COLD soft drinks and water. I can't tell you how wonderful that was. A really great practice where it's so hot.
Dr. Ak Schmidt, La Grange, TX
My partner and I just returned from the tour of Cambodia and Vietnam. The tour exceeded all of my expectations. The tour guides were excellent. The transportation was all handled very well. The hotels were all top-rate. The food was great (just too much). People on my tour were very congenial. And all of them kept commenting that they did not know how such and excellent tour could be offered for such a reasonable price. Thank you so much. I will definitely consider another Friendly Planet tour in the future.
Rick Murphy, Rugby, TN
I have to say special thanks to Beth , Kristin and all the other Friendly Planet representatives who assisted me in planning my trip. You are all so kind and helpful, your customer service sets a benchmark that all others should aim for. Thanks for making this vacation a most memorable one form my husband and me.
Friendly Planet provided me with every detail and information I needed, whether I called or emailed for the info.... [At the hotels] EVERY staff member was bilingual, and guest were made to feel at home. Every request was IMMEDIATELY taken care of, including my request for scissors to cut the zip tie that was placed on my luggage. [The food was] 5 star quality. Tickled all of my senses. The freshness and variety, presentation and flavor all took me by surprise. The food alone is reason to return....Everything was smooth and easygoing. It was like visiting with family. How could you top that?
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
The national and local tour guides were very organized and professional, Especially David the national tour guide was very informative and he did a great job, he was able to answer all of our questions about China. The hotel in Xian was so good ,we did not want to leave that hotel . This trip was the most memorable trip that my husband and I ever had...
Shohreh Fatehi, Irvine, CA
Vacationing in Italy for Spring Break was our 13-year-old son's idea. We hadn't a clue how to pull it all together in less than 5 weeks, and then a friend recommended Friendly Planet. From the get-go (meaning my initial contact with your reservation agent), I knew that we would be in good hands. The tour of 8 key cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Venice, and Siena, was beyond our wildest expectations. And the price was right! And our charming tour guides were one better than the other! We also enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers -- all truly wonderful people. Since then, every chance I get, I recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends.
Fran Carpentier, New York, NY
I am here to sing Friendly Planet's praises! Last year, I was booked on a tour that included a cruise and four days on land in Greece. The flight was canceled due to torrential rains that caused a delay in the trip. All during that weekend, there was someone that could be contacted throughout what appeared to be a disaster. Our contact person was Harry who tirelessly worked to get us booked on another flight. All of the people were there to assist; in spite of everything, the trip was excellent! The tour company in Greece was excellent as well. Even after the trip was over, the staff was always there to answer questions and to assist. Kudos to Friendly Planet - I highly recommend their services.
Rita Berry, New York, NY
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
Fabulous trip! Can't say enough for Friendly Planet tours. Everything is a shiny 5 stars! We've also been to China and Vietnam previously and they were amazing trips. We will be going to India with Friendly Planet in February and really looking forward to it. We are taking our 8 year old grandson in July to Mediterranean 3 Continents trip with Friendly Planet. He is very interested in Greek Mythology, so this will be a special trip!
Sue Phillips, Solana Beach, CA
We have just finished watching our Movies taken on our tour to Thailand. What a incredible time we had. Our tour guide "Lek" was the best part of the tour. She made sure we had a wonderful time. She went above and beyond what was expected to make us feel welcome and enjoy her country. After spending hours with us she would make herself available at night to answer any question or help with any concerns. She was a delight to travel with and was very informative about the areas and sights we saw. She recommended restaurants and places to shop and see on the little off tour time we had. The entire trip was excellent and we are looking forward to perhaps India or Africa with friendly Planet in the near future.
Dana Rice, Sandy, Utah
My wife Barbara and I just recently returned after a wonderful Safari Tour of Kenya. We were treated royally by everyone associated with this tour we were met as planned and escorted throughout our Kenya leg of the tour we were treated well by experienced tour guides who drove us to view almost every animal that existed in the Parks. We were also treated to view a Lion eating her recent kill and a kill by a Cheetah which may be gory for some but it is the animals' existence in this world. We would like to thank all of the people that we meet representing Friendly Planet for this memorable wonderful vacation. We highly recommend using Friendly Planet for this and future tours. We are currently looking for another vacation with Friendly Planet.
Patrick McGoogan, Ancaster, Ontario
Great trip, everything went on time and well. Got to do things we thought we would never do. Tour guides we great, knowledgeable, good English, etc. Lucy in China, Lillie in Xi An, and John in Beijing, Donald in Hong Kong. Great deal, well worth it.
Dave Eppley, Fort Gratiot, MI
The Galapagos stand alone in natural wonders. We had plenty of opportunity to see the Galapagos Tortoises, boobies, sea lions, lava lizards, marine iguanas, etc. The naturalist guide (George) was very well informed on all animal and plant life as well as the history of the islands. The guide (Rafael) was very consciences of my needs and was always helping when I needed it. Our tours on the islands were excellent.
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
We just returned from Friendly Planet's "Taste of China" tour and we are two incredibly satisfied travelers-it was fabulous. Although we've been fortunate enough to travel pretty extensively in our lives, this was our first experience with Friendly Planet and our first trip to Asia. We've barely been back in the states for 48 hours and we've already converted our families into Friendly Planet fans via our "Taste of China" travel tales. We must tell you that National Guide, David Bai, runs an absolutely excellent tour. David is personable, exceptionably knowledgeable and is careful to keep things lighthearted and fun, all of the essential ingredients for magnificent group travel. He went above and beyond to ensure that we enjoyed a unique and memorable experience and for that, we are grateful. We're already thinking about returning for the "Best of China" tour and hope that David can be our guide. Local guides, Alan (Shanghai) and Susan (Xi'an) were wonderful as well, taking extra care to answer all of our questions and it was obvious that all three of our guides took extreme pride in introducing their country to us. The hotels were fantastic (particularly the Grand Mercure in Xi'an) and the food was delicious and plentiful - no one ever left hungry. Every restaurant that our guides took us to was great and almost all were filled with locals, so we really felt like we were experiencing the "inside scoop" as far as cuisine was concerned. We feel as though we received amazing value for our money and returned home with a deeper appreciation for travel, a greater understanding of another culture and new friends halfway around the world. What more could you ask for?
Nicole Zuchelli and Zack Graham, Los Angeles, CA
We really enjoyed our trip with you. The bus transfers were perfect...The hotels were fantastic, and the places we visited were great. We were glad we did not drive, because of the road system in the mountains. We were thankful for all our good drivers, got us all there safe. We would definitely do another trip with Friendly Planet Travel.
Karla Higgins, Eldridge, Iowa
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
Just returned from Turkey and it was wonderful, I am recommending it to all my friends. Isa, our tour director/guild was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, funny and flexible. This was the third trip we had with Friendly Planet. We greatly enjoyed all the guides, but Isa really excels. He made the trip.
Arlene Coppersmith, Dearborn Heights
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
It was all my wife and I had hoped it would be. We'll be back!
Dr. Gerald Haslam
Just wanted to let you know that our guide on this tour, Kerri Michael, was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! She deserves a raise! Kerri was a terrific guide, giving us suggestions and guidance on everything imaginable. I have been on quite a few 'guided' tours over the years, and Kerri was by far one of the best guides I've ever had. She not only was our tour leader, but a friend.
Laura Dennison, Columbia, SC
My wife and I just returned from this wonderful trip. The flights were A-1 on Emirates Air. The hotel accommodations were super nice. Our driver/guide was very informative and took great care of us. We saw so much more wildlife here than we did in Kruger and we were within a few feet of lions, elephants, zebra, wildebeest and even a leopard. We took the hot-air balloon ride and that was a great experience too. Would highly recommend this trip...So many memories, and met some great people.
Gary Wilcox, Kansas City, MO
Great trip. Historically fascinating, visually stunning. Cairo is a beautiful city, fun to explore. Most of all, so glad our guide arranged for a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. Not at all expensive and absolutely wonderful. Hope you have as much fun as we did.
Wayne and I (the token Canadians) wanted to let you know that every detail of our "A Taste of Vietnam" trip was fantastic!!!! Departing early in the morning for this trip helped with the jet lag plus the weather was cooler. Our hosts ("Long" in HCMC and "Phong" in Hanoi) were enthusiastic, professional and extremely knowledgeable. They were very patient with our group and repeated themselves on occasion. It was a pleasure listen to the historical/cultural information while taking in the breathtaking scenery. The hotels were excellent and the pool at Equatorial was fantastic. The transportation was on time, comfortable and the drivers were awesome. Food in Vietnam for this Jewish, chicken-intolerant diet was the best ever! The variety was amazing! Beth, the flights on CI were excellent and service on board was attentive and gracious (says this standard airline employee!). No issues with Asian vegetarian meals (though congee was the staple for breakfast) Wayne's wheelchair service was spot on at every city (other than HCMC. He was dropped off at an empty "Gate 6"...it was more comical than anything). The guest profile on our trip was well versed and well traveled. Loved, loved, loved this trip! We can't wait to book another (but I promised some home renos first). Can't wait to plan our next trip with all of you! It was just great! (and yes!!! We will book excursions in advance!!!!) (((((hug))))
Wayne and Charlie, Canada
We just returned from your Taste of Thailand tour. It was wonderful, and we are already talking about another trip with you! I can't say enough about our whole experience with Friendly Planet. From the very beginning you were helpful and prompt in communicating information to us so we could better plan our trip. Everything went so well. Our tour guide Lek was amazing! She shared Thailand's customs, people and treasures with us in such a way that we will never forget. She is truly one of Thailand's Treasures, and one of Friendly Planet's Treasures as well! Our hotels were amazing...we are still trying to figure out how you can put together such a remarkable trip for the money? Thank you so much for a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to traveling with you again!
Debra & Robert Woods
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.
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.
Unreal trip! This is my 3rd tour with Friendly Planet and I have enjoyed every one of them. It was so organized and the guides so friendly! I don't know how you all make any money because the accommodations are always top-notch! Amazing trip from start to finish. I can't wait to pick my next trip! Thanks for everything!
We recently completed the South African Explorer tour with the Victoria Falls Extension. It was my first time with Friendly Planet and will not be my last. In fact, I believe everyone on this tour had traveled with FP previously. This was a fantastic trip...from the perfect travel arrangements, to the wonderful accommodations, to the fabulous food. There wasn't ONE hiccup! If that wasn't enough, our tour guide, Pieter van Kraayenburg in Johannesburg, was absolutely terrific! He also accompanied us to the Shiduli Private Reserve and Kruger. Being a native South African, he knew first-hand the history of the country and was clearly well prepared with facts, dates, etc. to answer a myriad of questions from the group. I only wish he could have gone with us to Cape Town too! You guys are awesome!!
Mary Ewing, Dallas, Texas
Great highlights of the country and the history. Knowledgeable and caring guides, and great accommodations. Well organized. I felt like I was always safe and in good hands. There was always someone that could answer my question or help out.
The trip was perfect, we got more than expected.
This was our first tour with Friendly Planet Travel, and we were very nervous because the price was SO low! Well, we are extremely impressed with the service, the quality of the hotels, the tours, and overall experience we had on the Taj Mahal Express. It was a great way to see India for the first time. The value of this trip was amazing!!! Thank you for making our first trip to India an absolutely memorable one!
Having invited another couple, my husband and I took our trip with Friendly Planet in November 2007. We stayed at the finest hotels and had an opportunity to dine at the finest restaurants. We had English speaking professional guides who escorted us to popular historic sites, shopping and Buddhist temples. The entire trip was entertaining and informative. After the trip, we felt we had covered almost everything worthwhile seeing, from a tourist's perspective. I have recommended Friendly Planet to my friends and family who, by now, have already traveled with Friendly Planet--and have nothing, but memorable experiences. As for me, I am getting ready to plan another vacation with them. Thanks Friendly Planet!
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.
This is our third trip with Friendly Planet and definitely will not be our last. There are no surprises here. Everything was better than expected. Our guides and all of the supporting staff was magnificent. In my observation, all of the staff went out of their way to please everyone in the group! Wow what service and price! I love Friendly Planet!
What a wonderful trip! This was our first time using Friendly Planet Travel and will certainly not be the last. Everything was in order from the time we arrived until the time we departed. Our guides were wonderful and went above and beyond their responsibilities to ensure our vacation was wonderful. Thank you Friendly Planet!
Christopher Smith, Huntersville, NC
I've taken 2 trips with FP. I have been recommending them to my friends, family and co-workers. Both trips were guided by wonderful English speaking residents. The accommodations were 3-4 star and the meals were great. Transportation was on air conditioned/heated coaches with plenty of space for all. They are especially friendly to the single traveller. How they do this for what I pay them I don't know...but I'll keep coming back!
Kathy Davis, Irving, TX
What a wonderful experience on this tour! Patricio, our guide was outstanding. His knowledge and love of Ecuador gave us a special insight into the country and its people. Edwin, our driver made the bus go places that looked impossible and did it in a way that we were always at ease. Patricio helped us and others with small things that came up during the trip. Patricio always did more than was expected and was a perfect gentleman. We would tour with Friendly Planet again without hesitation.
Leslie & Dwight Adams, New Brockton, AL
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
One of best trips we have taken. Everything was first rate! If you are new to Friendly Planet, you will be telling all your friends about them. Peru is a wonderful destination.
Byron Collins, Long Valley, NJ
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 returned from Ecuador on a Friendly Planet tour, and I cannot even begin to express how impressed I am with Friendly Planet. The trip was amazing, and we did more than I could imagine in 7 days. I have been on trips with other organizers before, but this was by far the most organized and well-led trip I have been on. Our tour guide was phenomenal, and everything ran right on schedule, with unbelievable accommodations, an abundance of delicious meals, and incredible scenery everywhere. I would absolutely recommend Friendly Planet to other travelers, and look forward to traveling with them again in the future.
Tamara Marks-Moses, Houston, TX
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
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.
Our tour was full of things to do from morning to night. It covered every place we wanted to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and quite funny. It was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and we will probably book another for next year. Thanks for a great time and wonderful memories.
John and Marie Machado, Shirley, NY
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
I went on two of your tours this year, Treasures of Egypt and Best of China, as well as two other tours (Athens/ Istanbul with optional Classical Greek extension; Croatia/Slovenia/Montenegro) in previous years. I don't know how Friendly Planet puts together such amazing trips so reasonably, as I couldn't book things separately for double the price. Treasures of Egypt, my last tour, was lead by a fantastic tour guide with an advanced degree in Egyptology! The accommodations on the cruise ship were top notch with all the amenities, great food, and a helpful and friendly crew. We also stayed in a luxurious hotel in Cairo. All the admissions to the various temples / pyramids were included. They even provide extra security guards, though we always felt completely safe and well taken care of. Best of China was wonderful! We had our guide, Sam, plus a local guide in each area we went to. The trip included a 4 day cruise on the Yangtze River (a highlight) with very nice cabins with private decks, a 4-hour cruise up the Li River through some of the most beautiful sites in China, many flights within China, which allowed us to see more of the country, 5 star hotels, clean and modern buses to transport us to the sites of interest, such as the spectacular Great Wall. My favorite parts were where we saw the mountains and other natural wonders of China. One of things I will never forget was an optional excursion out in the countryside up river from Guilin where we were able to meet a family and visit their 400 year old home and walk in the rice fields. I would wholeheartedly recommend this travel company.
Margaret Bernarding, Forest Knolls, CA
I have traveled with many tour companies, but never enjoyed myself as much as with Friendly Planet. Every detail was taken care of at a price that was so affordable!
I wanted to let you know personally how very much I enjoyed my recent tour with Friendly Planet. This is the first time I have toured with Friendly Planet and my first trip to Ecuador. The experience was everything I'd hoped for....and more! Our tour guide was outstanding. He was very informative, and we were able to learn much about the history of the country from him. He handled an unexpected change in plans (because of the volcano eruption) flawlessly and very professionally. I would definitely travel with Friendly Planet again....especially if Patricio is the tour guide!
Dianne Jernigan, Victoria, TX
A Taste of Vietnam with the Bangkok extension was a great tour! In Thailand, our guide, Lek, was amazing! She called us her "family," and that's how we felt while in Bangkok. She suggested great tours, fabulous massages, eating experiences (durian, jackfruit), and an overall lovely picture of her country. Thanks, Lek!
Mary Jane Healey, Springfield, VA
We had never taken a Friendly Planet tour before and everything exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Wael, was just the best, but the ship was a close second. The staff provided service beyond measure -- great food, a spacious room, warm washcloths and hot mint tea when we'd return to the ship each day, no hassle shopping in the jewelry store on board, and a full upper deck where you could send your time visiting with new friends or just watching people go about their everyday work on the shore. We were on the ship for 7 nights and it was such a leisurely trip because we weren't having to move from place to place every couple of days. This was a trip of a life time!
Bob and Mary Chase
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
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...
My wife and I usually travel on our own--in all to more than 60 different countries. So, this tour was one of the few we have ever taken with a group. It was so good, we have decided that we've been missing something. Tour guides were knowledgeable and pleasant; accommodations and arrangements were excellent, our fellow travelers engaging--and in the long run, a lot less hassle at less cost than if we had traveled on our own. We tell our friends--Friendly Planet is the only tour company we will even consider, and is even better than travel on our own.
Bruce Partridge, Nanaimo, British Columbia
Booking was easy! The website was very clear in explaining terms. Contact via email and phone was also a very pleasant experience. I found Friendly Planet to be extremely well organized, friendly, and surprisingly affordable for what they offer. I liked the fact that I could reserve with deposit months in advance, then pay the balance due once the departure date was close. This was our first tour with Friendly Planet- the first of many more to come.
We have traveled with Friendly Planet several times and loved the service and hospitality of their hosts every time. We look forward to traveling with them many more times. Their prices are the very best we have found and beat our travel club we belong to by several hundreds of dollars every time. Thank you Friendly Planet!
Francis & Diane Child, Syracuse, UT
What a glorious trip! We will surely recommend this excursion to our family and friends that were not able to accompany us. The small group size was nice. Our guide Patricio was exceptional, very knowledgeable and organized and a true ambassador for his country; he is an asset to the company! We saw so much in so little time, the trip was very economical. Thank You for the memories!
Marsha Neuman, Sheffiled Lake, OH
It was great! Thank you very much. I will refer many friends to you.
Davis & Thais Lerner, Los Altos, CA
We had such a good time! You can tell from some of our photos. We all four agreed it was one of our favorite trips. Wonderful accommodations as well as outstanding tours! We even elected to add on a couple of side trips because we were so impressed with what you had to offer. We didn't want to miss anything. Thank you. We will definitely keep spreading the word to all our friends. Your company not only provides wonderful excursions, but great value for the money.
Joe & Judy Puckett + Bob & Danna Siverts
Dave and I just got back from our trip on Monday - we had a blast! It was a great trip in every way! All of the Friendly Planet representatives in both Dubai and Kenya were helpful, pleasant and professional. Our guide, Alex, in Dubai was one of the best ever! We will be sure to book through Friendly Planet again!
Kathy McGuire & Dave Merrithew, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
I feel this trip was among the best and most interesting I have experienced.
Richard Radis, Tehachapie, CA
You certainly pack a lot into your tours! We saw so much, had some great experiences, and learned more about the Middle East than I would have by doing this on my own. Very knowledgeable guides, never feared for my safety, first rate accommodations, and many regional experiences compacted into our tour. Great job, Friendly Planet! I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Though I could never expect perfection in any experience, I can say that for the price, the Taj Mahal Express was an excellent value. The experience in "Incredible India" exceeded my expectations in every way. I've been around the world a bit and this has been my favorite trip so far. I can't wait to book my next Friendly Planet trip.
Overall the Taj Mahal Express was a great experience and value for you money ....Very Glad we had the opportunity to go ....Friendly Planet does a great job with your tours ....We've been to Japan also with you and look forward to going on more Friendly Planet Tours.
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.
My wife and I have always traveled on our own but felt that our first visit to Egypt should be with a guided group. We were slightly apprehensive about whether we would begin to chafe at having our schedule determined by others but are happy to report that the tour with Friendly Planet was a delight. From the moment we arrived at Cairo International Airport the necessary details for our stay were managed with seamless efficiency. The hotel and its location were amazing and check in was painlessly and quickly handled by the FP representative who met us at the airport. We were well informed of each day's activities and liked the optional extras that gave us the choice of either participating or having our own time. Our guide, Walaa, was truly erudite concerning the sites we visited, imparting a great deal of history and cultural context yet keeping it on a personal level. We felt as if he was sharing his knowledge and not lecturing. Ground transportation and ticketing were handled well in advance and there was no time wasted waiting for anything. The Nile cruise was a carefree way to travel from site to site with no worries about lodging or meals. I can not say enough about the positive impression our Friendly Planet tour has made on us. We have been contemplating visiting China and are now convinced that we will be doing so through Friendly Planet.
Robert Kidd, Columbia, SC
Very pleased with the way Friendly Planet took care of us--always there when they said they would be & went out of their way to make our trip extra special... A truly beautiful vacation with great tours, guides, drivers etc
I haven't traveled with a better company in the past -at least- 20 years.
Ada R. Graciano
Literally just arrived home from our trip to Ecuador and could not wait to share what my friends and I have nominated as the Best Tour Trip Ever. Patricio was fabulous and made us feel like friends/family. The driver, Daniel, took wonderful care of us as well. Each hotel we arrived at made us want to pinch ourselves. The food was delicious and we all want recipes. Wonderful vacation! Wonderful price!
Helene Mako, St. Petersburg, FL
This was the first tour of this nature I have ever taken and it far exceeded my expectations. Everything was punctual, safe and clean. Our guide David Bai was exceptionally good. I simply cannot say enough good things about David. He was just stellar. And a hilarious comic! And informative! The hotels were first class, buses clean and modern, food adequate, and the entertainment and tours were immeasurably good. I would love to go back and am seriously thinking about doing it again.
Mark Dumas, Smyrna, GA
Excellent value. Great hotels. Food was very good, buses large and comfortable. The guide in Cambodia was excellent and the love of his country showed. Our guide in Vietnam was very knowledgeable. Ha Long Bay was beautiful. All in all, just loved the trip and will most certainly use Friendly Planet again.
Osa Lemma, Hudson, FL
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 just wanted to take a moment to thank you for our wonderful trip to Thailand. We had a wonderful time. Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations, including our tour guide Audi. Without a doubt Audi was the most qualified and attentive tour guide we have ever had. He made what would have been a wonderful trip into a spectacular trip. We can't thank Friendly Planet and Audi enough for our trip of a lifetime.
Emily Brown, North Pembroke, MA
I just returned from 10 days in China with Friendly Planet. It was an AMAZING tour—everything that Friendly Planet said it was and made even more fun with our national guide David Bai. I have never had anything exceed my expectations this much. David is an excellent guide and made sure everything went smoothly and that we had the best experience possible. His customer service, knowledge, and people skills are tops and he is a lot of fun! The local guides too were excellent, Alan in Shanghai was outstanding. My next trip will be with Friendly Planet and the trip I just took will not be my last visit to China. I can't wait to go back to visit China and David again. Thank you for such unforgettable and fabulous travel memories.
Jamie Chatterley, Roseville, CA
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
Each time I emailed with questions, it was answered within 24 hours. The information provided before the tour was excellent.
This was the BEST!!! I went on this tour in 2009 and it remains one of the highlights of my travel excursions! Not only is it affordable, but our guide, Walid Ikram was so knowledgeable and approachable. I felt as though I was living in the spirit of Egyptian past! I continue to read anything I can get my hands on and found an article on antiquities that were found in the exact places I had walked in Giza, just inches under the sand! It was the most incredible sensation. I will do this tour again in the near future. It is well worth the time. The experience is unforgettable!
Nikky Chahon, Sacramento, CA
My husband and I just returned from our amazing tour of India and Nepal. We have taken many tours, but what made this trip even more special was our fantastic tour director, Shanker Bhattacharya. He was always so organized and a great problem solver when needed. Plus, he was lots of fun. Shanker is a genuine good person and an asset to your company. Thank you!
Kathy and Pat Fitzgerald, Battle Ground, WA
This was our second trip with Friendly Planet, and it was absolutely wonderful. The safari vehicle was clean and comfy, and our guide Newton was a fountain of knowledge. The accommodations are great and we saw more animals than anyone could wish for. We hit the middle of migration and saw wildebeest as far as the eye could see. We saw all of the Africa Big Five and have memories that will last us a lifetime. Thank you Friendly Planet for another great trip!
Barbara Winbush, Harbor City, CA
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.
Fantastic trip to Dubai, followed by a side trip to Cairo, Egypt to touch the pyramids. Very pleased with every aspect of the planning, accommodations (first class), quality of guides and transportation, and above all---the price. The Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE and just a few kilometers down the road from Dubai, was a fantastic side trip not to be missed. Not much publicity on this side trip on the site, but a well priced visit to the mosque, downtown Abu Dhabi, fantastic hotel, markets, shopping mall for lunch, and then the Yas Hotel tour to wind up the day.
George Vrba, Austin, TX
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
My wife and I just returned from your great Morocco tour. We found the entire tour very well planned and executed. We simply loved our guide Hassan. His English was excellent, he was extremely knowledgeable and very willing to share his knowledge and generously answered all of our questions. Quite simply, he was excellent in every way and made our visit to this fascinating country a vastly richer experience. I would recommend your Morroco trip to anyone.
Fred Murman, Wheaton, IL
This past fall we had a wonderful trip to China with Friendly Planet, one we will never forget. It all started aboard a great flight and then meeting up with our tour guide, Sam. He was a wonderful guide, who went above and beyond his call of duty. He was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the cities, culture, foods, with anecdotal stories to add to the captivating sites and experiences in China. If he told us a story on our bus trips to places, he next incorporated something from his story in our day. We didn't have to do anything, he provided for our every need, including wake-up calls, and making sure we didn't stray from the group. Sam and Friendly Planet were terrific, even when our flight home was cancelled, we had to leave earlier and instead of waiting in the airport for 8+ hours, they arranged a bus to take us to have foot massages and dinner and then returned us to the airport for our connecting flight. All of us were extremely pleased and happy with our fantastic trip to China via Friendly Planet. You, FP have a winner in Sam, he exceeded all our expectations, and due to his professionalism and friendliness, we will definitely be looking to FP for our next tour, hoping we will replicate the terrific time we had only in a new country. Thank you so much once again.
Donna Szerwinski, Mansfield, Ohio
Friendly Planet probably has the best customer service I've ever encountered of all travel sites/agents. The trip itself was planned thoroughly and was totally a great value.
This was our second tour with Friendly Planet, the first being India 3 years ago. We just got back from China and wanted to tell you how amazing the trip was and what a great time we had. Our guide David was fantastic and all the accommodations were perfect. We are so glad that we went and we will do more tours with Friendly Planet in the future.
O.R. Nasseri, San Diego, CA
I just returned and wanted to let you know that this trip was absolutely wonderful. It was very well put together, had a great itinerary, involved no surprises, and was a great value. The hotels were outstanding. I truly enjoyed the variety of activities especially in the Amazon Region. Based upon this great experience, I will definitely consider Friendly Planet again.
Theodore Lattanzio, New York, NY
In writing our evaluation, we did not have enough room to tell you about our guide, Patricio. He was, without a doubt, the most friendly, patient, and knowledgeable guide we have had out of many tours we have taken. We hope that you will pass this information on to the Friendly Planet office in Ecuador, as we feel that he should be given special recognition for the superb representation of your company. We had two medical emergencies with travelers in our group. He was able to get doctors for them and arrange for one of them to join our trip the next day. Another time, while telling us of the exportation from Ecuador of roses, he asked our driver, Jose, to stop for a moment. He came back a few minutes later with roses for all of the women on the bus! These were just two of the many kindnesses he extended to our group. He really understands the meaning of "guest service" and is to be commended for the way he conducts a tour. We came away feeling like honorary Ecuadorians!
Cathy and Rich Sholtanis, Tamworth, NH
Absolutely wonderful vacation. Would highly recommend the adventure.
We just came back from your tour to Athens and the Greek Islands cruise, where we had an absolutely wonderful time. We didn't know what to expect since we had never used Friendly Planet before and didn't know anyone who did, but we were very pleasantly surprised. The tour was very well organized, everything was covered, the hotel in Athens was beautiful and centrally located, the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly, and the food was incredibly delicious. We will certainly book our future trips with Friendly Planet again.
Lewis Saltiel, New York, NY
Fantastic is an understatement! The experience was a dream come true and Cape Horn lived up to its reputation. We are impressed with [your] service and will certainly use Friendly Planet for upcoming trips.
Karen & William Rankin
We had the time of our lives on your September Taj Mahal + Mumbai Trip. No other place in the world can you see such a combination of beauty, history & diversity! From the elephant ride up to the Jaipur fortress, dawn at the Taj Mahal, visiting Gandhi's Memorial in Delhi, to the throbbing inner-city of Mumbai, it was a joy each & every moment! We are searching for our next Friendly Planet holiday right now - Thanks again for a great tour at a super price.
Thomas Fuller, Lake Worth, FL
I just returned today from the Taste of Thailand tour with Lek and it was exceptional! Lek, Mike and Go did an excellent job. The value was great. The accommodations were great and we had a very fun time. Thank you for taking such good care of us during our adventures!
Emily Bridson, Lansing, MI
I had a great time. Our tour guide Hassan and driver, Mohammed, were very patient, friendly, and professional. They were flexible, showed us the mosques, how wool is colored, how ceramics are made, the souks, palaces, etc. I have travelled to many countries and the food in Morocco was the best. Accommodations were good and we were busy from morning until late afternoon, touring and seeing the sites. I would definitely recommend the Discover Morocco tour and am considering other tours by the Friendly Planet.
Dr. Kathleen Kalil, Dearborn, MI
Excellent trip - friendly, knowledgeable tour guides, beautiful hotels, close attention to details. It was a terrific experience.
Ruth Trump, Schenectady, NY
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
When we first heard about our tour to India, we were a little hesitant because the price was so low. We thought it may be too good to be true. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was everything we had hoped for and more. The flights were trouble-free and all the hotels were much better than expected. Our hotel in Delhi was the nicest hotel that I have ever stayed at! And I have traveled the world and been to many high class hotels. Also, we were initially concerned about our safety while in India. It turns out that safety was not an issue. Again, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Indian people very welcoming towards Americans. You couldn't find nicer people in the world. I don't know how you kept the tour price so low! Keep up the low prices and high standards. I can't wait to book my next Friendly Planet trip!
Riley Loback, Seattle, WA
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
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
From a Friendly Planet post tour survey: 'Is there anything that we could do to make our service better?' How does one improve perfection? Friendly Planet is # 1 in my book.
John P. Ostrica
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
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
What can be said that has not been said? Your tours are an exceptional value. We have been on five Friendly Planet tours to date and will be going on our sixth trip to India & Nepal next month. Whatever you're doing, don't change the formula until we've finished the seven wonders of the world through Friendly Planet.
Jim & Gloria Villalpando, Taylorsville, Utah
China was so great and such a super bargain I went again 2 yrs later. Friendly Planet is the best way to travel especially if on a budget and want to get the most for the $. They do take care of you and traveling alone is not a problem. ..In fact meeting new friends is a plus. Thanks F. P. for the lovely experiences!
Jan Riske, Chehalis, WA
Overall, the trip was great. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
Very well done - great planning, guides, drivers, even the guy who met us at the airport. We wouldn't think of taking a trip.. without using you again. Excellent.
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
It has been six months since our Pyramids and Petra tour, and we keep getting more and more impressed, as we speak to people and watch TV, with just how comprehensive our trip with Friendly Planet was. Sometimes it seems as if we have seen everything there is to see and done everything there is to do; and we can't wait to go back and do it all again!
John DiGiorgio, Denville, NJ
I look forward to travelling with Friendly Planet again. This trip was a dream come true.
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 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!
By far the best tour company I have ever traveled with and an incredible bargain.
This was an excellent tour and a fantastic way to see various sights of Peru, not just limited to Machu Picchu. The hotel accommodation was of a very high standard and our tour guide, Julio, was everything you would want in a guide - knowledgeable, approachable, friendly (in fact friendly doesn't come close to describing just how willing to assist Julio was - no request was too big or small for him and he always had a smile for everyone).
Great destinations. Outstanding guide. Beautiful hotels. Variety of wonderful side tours. Would not think twice about using Friendly Planet on another tour.
This is the second trip I've been on with Friendly Planet. I always feel I get my money's worth on the trip. Each day is packed with things to see & experience and the guides are knowledgeable, friendly and take care of everything to make sure the trip runs smoothly.
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.
We booked this trip instead of going to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was less expensive to fly half way around the world and stay for 3 extra days than what it would have cost to go to Hawaii. As for the trip, it was by far the best trip of my life. Lek, our guide, is a wonderful person; very accommodating, friendly and seemed to genuinely care about making our experience enjoyable. Thailand is an amazing country that combines beautiful scenery, a unique culture, friendly people, a good nightlife, and is very inexpensive. What more could you ask for? We are looking to book our next trip (Africa) and are definitely looking at Friendly Planet.
Wade Honeyfield, Denver, CO
My sister and I had a wonderful time in the land of Egypt. The best parts for me were seeing the Temple of Queen Hopshepsut and riding up the Nile. I enjoyed my trip with Friendly Planet and will go on another. Thanks!
Denise Brown, Bowie, Maryland
The trip last May to Peru and Ecuador was one of the best vacation experiences I have ever had. The food was excellent and the other 7 couples on the tour were super. Machu Picchu, Lima, Quito, Lake Titicaca, and the Galapagos Islands were all fun to visit. I will be touring with Friendly Planet again this May to Japan.
Arthur Low, Sunnyvale, CA
Everything from our departure from New York exceeded my expectations. The airline, hotels, and guides were wonderful. Very well planned trip; everything happened without a hitch. This was my first trip with Friendly Planet, but it will definitely not be my last. Am working on the South African trip with a number of friends for the fall. Well done Friendly Planet!
John Ragan, Calgary, Alberta
I took the Taste of China tour, and it was perfect--the best hotels, tours, and free time to sight-see on my own. It could not have been any better. I met several people on my tour who had traveled with Friendly Planet before, and from what they all said, Friendly Planet is the best tour company around. I have to believe them as I had a great time. Friendly Planet should be proud of what they do and how they do it.
Rick James, Oklahoma City, OK
Good value, great adventure, superb guide and driver, sign me up for the next trip.
My safari to Kenya [was] a dream come true...absolutely wonderful. We saw all the animals & birds to see thanks to our guide and driver... I loved the way [Friendly Planet] organized this tour from Mt. Kenya, Samburu, Lake Nakuru, Masai Mara, and Nairobi, I enjoyed it all... A trip of a lifetime to remember forever. Thank you all.
This was the best trip ever. The guides were all wonderful, especially Patricia in Patagonia who made sure that we saw all of the flora and fauna in the region. Iguazu Falls, the glaciers, scenery, and boat rides were spectacular. The food was also very special. All told, another great tour with Friendly Planet!
Joy Wellington, New York, NY
The best tour I had so far. Friendly Planet made it so easy for all of us 53 tourists. The way they put it together with all the connections between countries, the hotels, buses and different tour guides was so impressive, and we felt pampered the whole time. We really had a grand time. Thank you very much for making it an experience of a lifetime.
I am already talking with friends and family about another trip with Friendly Planet... this one was packed with information and interesting/mystical sites.
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!
Overall experience: excellent. Booking via the Internet was easy and without issues. [Our guide] Jihanna in Egypt [was] most knowledgeable on culture and history. [Petra was] spectacular and enchanting...it is not possible to see even a small portion of this place in the time allocated. My photographs are spectacular.
Lynn Starnes, Albuquerque, NM
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
I have been on numerous trips with you guys and trust me you are the best! After having traveled to 82 countries around the world and having tried the other so-called guided and organized tour companies, you guys surpass all of them! A silent handclasp to the entire team, and until next year when I will be joining you for Egypt!
Wilma Mrosek-Moses, Sierra Vista, AZ
The value for money was excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Friendly Planet to family and friends. Thailand is a wonderful destination and the people were very friendly.
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.
Our congratulations regarding the tour to Kenya we took with Friendly Planet last October. The tour guide was willing to satisfy our desires for pictures and was clever enough to spot the wild animals. We saw wonderful scenery, such as lions eating their prey and many other kinds of wild animals. All that in a quite relaxing atmosphere, vehicles spacious enough for 6, excellent accommodations, fulfilling my high expectations for an African photo safari. Even though I'm 71 and walking with a cane, this tour was very enjoyable for me.
Chantal Bouyssounouse, Novato, CA
Everything on the tour [Vietnam and Cambodia] was excellent and the coordination was fantastic. It made travelling so easy with all the connections and details being taken care of. I was particularly impressed by the trip to Sapa which offered even more unique experiences.
We travel with many companies and Friendly Planet is right at the top of our list.
This was my first guided trip. I travel a lot for work on my own, so I wasn't sure how I would do traveling with a group. But the trip was great, it gave me enough free time and no pressure to join optional tours. All the guides did a wonderful job providing us information for the area.
I love traveling with FP [Friendly Planet] because the service is reliable and always first rate. The guides and their knowledge are unbelievable. They know so much and seem to enjoy what they do making everyone feel right at home.
You all made this trip very easy to book. Your directions were very clear and precise. I did not have any problems, especially considering that I was a late booking. Great job!!...I will certainly consider Friendly Planet first in my future travel plans for guided tours.
From inception the Tour Representatives were extremely helpful and courteous. Your online abilities to communicate with detailed documents was a great convenience (in addition to all your methods of payment for convenience). In all my years of "tour" vacations, I have never been given a rebate and I thank you for considering your clients as one was issued for reduced gas prices. I will be a loyal and returning Friendly Planet Traveler!
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.
Accommodations were better quality than other tour companies I've traveled with in the past and your price was a far better value. You also include more meals... Great customer service.
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.
FP [Friendly Planet] has the details down pat, and details can make or break a trip. The cost was amazing, considering airfare alone. I have used FP twice because I could not do said trips myself at the cost FP provides.
Our guide was the very best I have ever had on any trips during more that 40 years of travel.
This was my first time with Friendly Planet and I would recommend them to all my friends...it was a pleasurable experience. I would use them again.
The Amazing Peru tour is excellent. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
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.
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 have been recommending Friendly Planet tours to family, friends and co-workers. I have been on two tours now and am completely addicted!
Traveling to East Africa has been a long awaited dream for me. Last November, I was finally able to realize my dream by going on Friendly Planet's 2 week jeep safari to Kenya and Tanzania. The trip was organized locally by Vintage Africa. I cannot sing enough praises for Vintage Africa, and especially our driver guide in Kenya, James Mungai. James was an extremely knowledgeable and attentive guide. His ability to intelligently answer all of our sometimes unusual questions and spot wildlife from miles away never ceased to amaze us. James went out of his way to accommodate our needs and was always patient with all our requests, from stopping to photograph every sunset and tree cluster to positioning his vehicle for the perfect photo opportunity. As a seasoned traveler, I can truly say that this trip has been one of my favorites and having James as our guide contributed to making it so memorable. I can only hope that my next group excursion will be as enjoyable and well organized.
Definitely will do another trip and recommend to everyone I know. You guys blew my expectations away!
This tour was wonderful! Every day was full of things to do and see. Time was well-utilized so we got to see and do a great deal. The hotel choices were outstanding. I loved that we also got to cruise the Nile. You all provided the information I needed to make informed decisions about my choices.
My husband and I went on the easyCruise Greek Isles and Turkey cruise in October. We had a wonderful time! We arrived each day in port around 10AM and stayed in port until morning. We had plenty of time to tour the islands, come back to the ship, relax and then set out again for dinner and nightlife ashore. The hotel in Athens had a rooftop restaurant with a beautiful view of the Parthenon. Many of the travelers on the boat had already done several trips with Friendly Planet and spoke highly of them. We can't wait until our next Friendly Planet trip. The only hard part was deciding which one to do next!
Leesa Haslam, Atkinson, NH
We traveled to many places and enjoyed many tours before, but this was so special. Your tour guide was by far the best we have ever had. He made our trip extra special, attended to all the details and treated us with great respect. He made the trip effortless and took the worry totally out of the trip. We were surprised by the quality of service provided to us. All the arrangements were made with our comfort in mind; the hotel rooms were the nicest we have stayed in. We would definitely use Friendly Planet for our next vacation and recommend this service to all our friends.
Raksha Patel, Pinellas Park, FL
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!
[Italian Treasures] was wonderful and we are very pleased that we chose Friendly Planet as our tour provider. Our tour director, Flavio Nicoletti, was top-notch in every way. He was professional, knowledgeable, friendly and fun-loving. He went out of his way on many occasions to ensure that our group had the best possible experience. He arranged wonderful excursions, including an evening at a Tuscan Farmstead which my travel mates and I will always remember as a highlight of our trip. I co-host a radio Morning Show in North Carolina. During the trip I called into the show to report on the trip. Flavio even agreed to join me during the call and go on the air with us! He did a great job! My friends and I now feel that we have a friend in Rome. We are so thankful to Flavio and to Friendly Planet for making our once-in-a-lifetime trip so special and memorable.
Tamera Rumfelt, Kernersville, NC
Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.
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
Excellent everything! Good value, well planned. We saw so many things. This was a good use of time. Food and hotels were great. I will recommend you to others and will travel with you again.
Mark & Tammy Neumann
Just got back from your Thailand trip. The four of us had a marvelous time, and your arrangements were wonderful. I was impressed by the organization throughout. We all learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience.
Andy Tsoi, Tacoma, WA
Excellent value! Lots to see and do.
Ken Foote, Aloha, OR
Outstanding tour. From beginning to end, everything went according to plan.
Steve Sulligan, Travelers Rest, SC
Fantastic, the hotel, bus, tour guide. Friendly Planet made it simple and everything that they promised we got. We will travel with Friendly Travel again.
Maria Ruano, Miami FL
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
Astonishingly beautiful...spiritually rich. Having traveled the world, this by far is the best trip I have ever taken. There is nothing to compare to the magnificence of Israel. I came back a changed person.
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
I love Friendly Planet.Your employees are so nice and helpful. You know what you are doing, because you always include the must see destinations in in the various countries.
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.
This was my second [Friendly Planet] experience, and once again, I'm very, very happy. Thanks!
This is one of the best of the many tours I have taken over the years, notably the quality of the accommodations, excellent guides in all cities, specially, SAM, who patiently stayed with us to the end. I have and will continue to highly recommend Friendly Planet. Very much a high-end budget package which was very flexible. Thanks for the hospitality from you as well as from the Chinese—so accommodating with a smile.
This was the trip of a lifetime. We met so many wonderful people and remain in contact with them. I cannot thank you enough. I will see the world only with Friendly Planet. And like I said before, your new logo should be "Friendly Planet: Welcome to your new addiction." Thanks again for a wonderful trip.
Christian J. Cavender, New York
Friendly Planet Travel...was so thorough that, other than a special request to alter the date of our departure from Japan, 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!
Simply put, Friendly Planet delivers. Everything promised on the tour was delivered. The tour ran smoothly. I appreciate going to local restaurants rather than just eating in the hotel. The quality of the restaurants were excellent.
It's not very often these days that you get more than promised but that's what we got from Treasures of Thailand. The whole trip including hotels, the tour guide, the food, and the sights seen exceeded our expectations. The days were planned out very well; even the longer travel days included plenty of interesting stops to break up the trip. Others in our group who had toured elsewhere were very impressed with the quality compared to much more expensive tours. I was a little worried about doing a tour bus trip based on stories I heard about them being rigid and too touristy, but this trip included great flexibility, wonderful optional add-ons, and focused on both highlight sights and everyday, local culture. I can't imagine a better way to see so much of Thailand in such an enjoyable way. We loved out tour guide Lucky (Ms. Pensri). She was very knowledgeable, funny, kind, well-organized, and went out of her way to ensure we saw and experienced as much as possible. She was always looking out for us, to the point of going into one hotel's kitchen to get the chef to cook faster and hitching a ride on a local salesman's motorcycle to find a wayward tourer lost at a temple ruins. She was frequently buying local foods for us to sample and making sure we got good deals on local products and services. The second we looked like we had lost something, or we starting looking around for a bathroom, or we looked like we needed second helpings at a dinner, she'd run over to us to see how she could help. I am about to book my next Friendly Planet tour. Thanks for a great trip.
Karen Nelson, St. Paul, MN
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
This...was a terrific and inexpensive way to see the beauty and history of Southeast Asia. There was a very good balance of group and leisure time, and the accommodations were excellent.
Jennifer Rumain, Philadelphia, PA
We weren't sure what to expect (especially at this price), and quite honestly, we were thoroughly impressed. The tour guides were not only knowledgeable but very friendly. The accommodations were pristine and the adventure well, enough cannot be said for all that Egypt has to offer. We were a little concerned about any anti-American feelings that could be present there. On the contrary, the locals seemed to be warm, wonderful people who opened themselves up to us so very easily. We felt completely safe every step of the way! I highly recommend this trip to anyone who may have an interest in seeing Egypt.
Scott Hebert, Gardner, MA
Our tour was excellent, and everything was handled very professionally. Friendly Planet is the best travel service that I've ever used. You really differentiate yourselves from other travel companies by giving attention to detail, personal service and discretionary effort.
The Crittendons, San Ramon, CA
My friends couldn't believe the price. The hotels were top of the line, and our guide was great. He was very knowledgeable, had a super sense of humor and was very organized. I would be happy to travel with Friendly Planet again.
Suzanne Blair, South Haven, MI
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
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
To Peggy & Staff, thanks so much for your professional and timely service. We really enjoyed the tour.
Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA
One of the best travel deals for the dollar I've ever purchased, and I love to travel.
Michele Wallace, New York, NY
I have no idea how you put this together for the price that we got. Everything was top-notch. I hope you guys are around for a long time, because I have finally found someone I can trust to give me the best experience for my money. It's like having a family member in the travel industry.
Dee Putnam, Kansas, UT
Just a note to thank you for the wonderful tour we took to China. You even remembered my birthday, which our group celebrated on our last night over a Peking Duck dinner. I have recommended you to all my friends and co-workers. As an airline employee myself, I know a good thing when I see it. Many thanks to your staff for putting together such an excellent package.
Angel Murray, Kissimmee, FL
The tour was well worth the money spent. I would definitely go with your company again! Everything was beyond our expectations. Thanks for a very well organized tour!
June Dimalanta, Pensacola, FL
Clearly the Egypt trip was the BEST value in traveling we've ever had, and, believe me, I search all over. I would heartily recommend that trip and, based on it, Friendly Planet for exceptional travel organization and service. Looking forward to traveling with you again.
Jean McGlaughlin, McClure, PA
...the best trip we ever took ... was your Beijing Express tour. Thank you. Our trip to China was PERFECT; a real 'peak' experience. Looking forward to going on your Athens Express trip as soon as we can.
Sterling Keck, Los Osos, CA
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
I travel frequently and recently took your amazing Thailand trip. I must say how impressed I was...I had a trip without a glitch. You guys are the best! I will definitely do business with you again, guaranteed. I seldom take the time to rate a trip; however, this exceptional trip deserves an exceptional review.
Andy Anspaugh, Palm Springs, CA
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 really had a marvelous time in Egypt. I have told everyone about this tour. I kept thinking that there must be a catch for you to offer this package at such a wonderful price. There was no catch and I can't believe it! I have no idea how you are able to afford to offer such inexpensive packages. The food was great, the accommodations terrific and the sights amazing.
Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida
I enjoyed an excellent trip to South Africa. The scenery, food, accommodations, bus transportation, guide service and schedule were all outstanding. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone.
Robert Johnson, Seattle, WA
I got back recently from the Taj Mahal Express tour. Amazing trip at an incredible price. I will definitely use Friendly Planet again. Our tour guide in India, Vishal, was the best I've ever encountered on a group tour. He did a fantastic job and really went out of his way to ensure we had a great time.
Melissa Waterfield, Columbus, Ohio
Our guides Patty and Nan were just great. The highlight of the trip for me and many others was riding elephants on the optional tour in Chiang Rai.
Cindy Schultz, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
Thank you guys for allowing us to spend a nice Thanksgiving on the Concordia. It was a great trip and cruise and you did a fantastic job.
Carlos & Gloria Vargas, Chicago, IL
Just a short word about how WONDERFUL our trip was recently to Thailand!!! It was awesome and our tour guide, Jerry, was the best we've ever encountered.
Doris Pecorino-Tzimolis, Los Angeles, CA
Thank you for a wonderful honeymoon experience! The Treasures of Thailand tour was very well organized. Our tour guide Matthew was a delight. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastically helpful. We had a wonderful time getting to know our fellow tour participants. We're definitely very happy we chose the Friendly Planet Tours as our honeymoon vacation. And as you can see from the pictures, we had quite an adventurous time! P.S. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for the extra-special treatment, for us honeymooners, at all of the beautiful hotels we stayed at.
Kunal & Leena Bhojawala, Jersey City, NJ
We took Treasures of Thailand with Phuket Island Extension. Outstanding tour. From beginning to end, everything went according to plan. We really enjoyed every moment. Highly recommended. The tour guide Panu was wonderful and very helpful.
Alice and Walter Lagun, Round Lake, IL
We recently returned from the Thailand tour. We want to say that this was really a wonderful experience in observing the culture of this country. It consisted of day after day of new and exciting experiences. We especially want you to know what a great job our tour guide, Tajma Earkanna, did on this tour. She worked very hard to make sure every one on the tour got the most they possibly could from it. She epitomizes the warmth and gentleness of this country. We have traveled with Friendly Planet before and plan to do so in the future.
Betty and George Jansen, Viera, FL
Just returned from a wonderful vacation with Friendly Planet through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Wonderful accommodations, non-stop touring, friendly people were noted through all countries. Thank you for making this a smooth and memorable vacation. Never have I gone on a group trip with such kind people and intense sightseeing.
Patrick Rommel, Philadelphia, PA
I went to Egypt with you last year and just got back from the Morocco trip. Both were fantastic. I love Friendly Planet's service. It is outstanding. I couldn't say enough good things about the hotels, how well organized everything is, the guides, the whole works!!
Anna Schmidt, La Grange, TX
We had the most wonderful time of our life! The tour was well organized and the people in the group friendly. The tour director was very helpful and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. This was a very well planned tour that we would definitely recommend to our friends. A job well done indeed by your staff!
Mike and Meena Saujani, Barrington, IL
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
Just wanted to let you know the trip was amazing. I already recommended Friendly Planet tours to a couple of friends. I'm very impressed, and I'm so glad I came across your service on Travel Zoo. It was excellent. Thank you so much.
Josephine Castillo, West New York, NJ
[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
Not only is a Friendly Planet tour, fun, well-organized and very fairly priced—you really stick behind your customers. That's pretty rare these days. Thank you.
Angela Whitehill, Island Heights, NJ
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
Just to let you know, we had the time of our life on our recent trip. The hotels looked great and very clean, the guides we had at every location, couldn't have been better. Great trip at a great price. Thank you again and keep the bargains coming.
Barbara Zwirner-Winbush, Harbor City, CA
Trip was outstanding. Cost reasonable, planning excellent, and guide outstanding.
Bill & Becky Jackson, Tulsa, OK
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
The trip of a lifetime! Friendly Planet did everything it promised and more. I have never seen such beautiful scenery and dealt with such wonderful people. I felt very safe and would even venture to go on one of your tours alone. Everything was taken care of. Our tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and spoke very good English. One of our guides even arranged for another extension after the trip. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FRIENDLY PLANET TOURS! I tell everyone who is interested in an exotic trip to be sure to check Friendly Planet out. I will definitely go with Friendly Planet again.
June Garst, Conroe, TX
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
Much, much more than I expected. Very complete, excellent hotels and the guide was a 12 on a scale of 1-10!
Jim Falconer, La Jolla, CA
We are very happy with the entire experience of the tour. Well organized. I forgot my camera in the bus in Luxor and remembered it in Cairo! The tour guide located it and the camera was sent to me! All I had to do is make one phone call! Great job!
Pragnya Purohit, Hillsborough, NJ
Excellent trip. Over two years ago I went with a pastor and his wife on a Friendly Planet tour of Israel. About half way through the tour, I fell and broke my ankle. Friendly Planet and their associates really went out of their way to take care of me and to coordinate my care in Israel and to orchestrate my trip home. I highly recommend taking any tour arranged by Friendly Planet and, also, purchasing the very reasonable trip insurance.
Gene Haury, Simi Valley, CA
The tour (Pyramids and Nile Cruise) 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
Had a wonderful time in India. Our tour guide was excellent and even paid for a few incidentals to entertain the tour group that were not included on the tour. The elephant and rickshaw rides were worth the price of the tour!
Camille Lauer, New York, NY
I've been on six tours with Friendly Planet so far, and I have to say that those tours have opened up my understanding of the world. The thing about travel to foreign countries is that it changes you, leaving you with a much better understanding of the world, long after you've returned. Each tour I've been on has been exciting and different, even repeat tours to the same destination. One of the great things about the FP tours has been the amazing diversity of people on each tour; I've met everyone from newlyweds to retirees, all looking for adventure. Most of my fellow travelers on FP tours have tended to be well-read, well-traveled, and not fussy at all. They've come to taste the amazing foods and walk the amazing streets, not to buy trinkets and eat at McDonalds. Not surprisingly, many of us keep in touch long after the tours are over, and I've met more than one "repeater" on the trips to China. And I'm always surprised to find how nice the hotels are. One more thing is that going on these tours is really a good use of your time overseas, since you don't have to waste time with paperwork, check-ins, deposits, etc. You just go have a drink or walk around the block and come back to pick up your room key. The guides are always funny, helpful, and go out of their way to make sure you have a good time. And there's always plenty of time to explore on your own. Thanks again for the great experiences. I'll be back in April to re-visit Thailand!
Jeff Jenkins, Boca Raton, FL
We had a fabulous time. We could not have seen so much and in such an efficient manner had we not gone on your tour. Friendly Planet delivers!!
Nancy Cousins, Winnipeg, Canada
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
Excellent - a great overview of China, left me wanting to see more. Our tour guide, Sam Liu, was the ultimate professional, able to meet the many different needs of all the passengers. Sam is knowledgeable and willing to share and answer numerous questions. The food and hotels were outstanding value. I will use Friendly Planet again. Looking for my next affordable Friendly Planet adventure.
M.E. Frederick, New York, NY
Great trip. Loved every minute of it (even the early mornings). We had a very knowledgeable guide, great hotels, great ship and great people. Great value for the money. I will travel again with Friendly Planet. I never thought I would see the Pyramids and sail up the Nile, but thanks to your company I did.
The Newtons/Overtons, Virginia Beach, VA
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
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
What a wonderful time we had on the Treasures of Thailand tour. My partner even got to be the elephant mahout for a day. I celebrated my birthday on the tour and our guide Tajma had a cake locally baked to celebrate the occasion - delicious coconut cake! We will definitely travel with Friendly Planet again! Thank you for making it all seem so seamless and convenient!
Peter Escajeda, Long Beach, California
My companion and I have never taken a guided tour; we always freelance it. We were amazed at the quality of the tour, food, and hotels. This was one of the best experiences of our travels in the past few years. The guide Zhu was unbelievable. She made the tour interesting, fun and extremely exciting. Your tour offered us a memory we won't soon forget. Thank you for the time of our life.
Larry Copenhagen, Nogales, Arizona
At the price, I thought we would fly on the outside of the airplane, and get around Thailand by goat cart. Instead, China Air was a new plane, we got around by a new bus, in the best hotels in town, and had a guide who was an absolute joy. I could not recommend the trip more highly. We took the extension to Angkor Wat, which was marvelous. Only problem was the 23 hour ride getting home, but short of having one's own jet, that is life for the traveler
John Wright, Granada Hills, CA
Exceeded our expectations in every respect. The tour guide was WONDERFUL, the accommodations were much better then we expected, and we saw far more on the tour then we could ever have seen on our own. Our tour guide did so many little things and surprise additions to make sure we got a good experience learning the culture, the foods, and sampling this and that. Definitely will be taking another Friendly Planet tour in the future. Thanks for everything.
Lil Doody, Chicago, IL
Many Thanks for your wonderful Tours! I can say I can't imagine better trips for the money. Such an awesome experience each time. I tell everyone who plans to travel about Friendly Planet. Keep up the good work!
Jan Riske, Chehalis, WA
In June, 2007, 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
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 your Treasures of Thailand tour. I wanted to let you know that I was so impressed with every aspect of this trip! When I booked this tour I was honestly apprehensive. The price was so good it seemed too good to be true. I really expected to have problems along the way, but there were none! Our tour guide, Ms. Atchara, was outstanding! She took a personal interest in everyone on the tour. There were many times she stopped and bought small presents for our group, like local food to sample or tiger balm for sore feet. The one thing that I really felt was over and above was the fact that she personally picked me up from the airport on my return from Phuket! I expected a private car for a transfer, but she came along just to see me again and to make sure I had a good time in Phuket! I feel like I've left a friend behind in Thailand, and I wanted to make sure you know what outstanding people you have working for you there! I can definitely say after this wonderful experience that I would highly recommend Friendly Planet Travel to anyone looking to see the world at a great price. I will absolutely be traveling with you in the future! Thank you again!
Jenny Gontz, Chambersburg, PA
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
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
It was a wonderful trip! As usual, FP had everything planned and very carefully handled. Our accommodations and transportation was great. I have to say that our guide was the best and most knowledgeable leader. I will definitely travel with FP again.
Sharon Hughes, Corinth, MS
Great value for the price! Especially the 4 day cruise on the Via Australis. It was everything that was described and more! The naturalists were outstanding in their knowledge.
Mary B, Leesburg, VA
This world traveler gives Friendly Planet's Pyramids & Nile Cruise excursion 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up! Truth be told, given the low cost of this tour, we expected a mid-grade vacation. What we received was first class all the way! Every minute was packed with amazing sights, sounds and adventures. We couldn't believe the level of service, the caliber of our tour guides, the variety of activities and the quality of our accommodations. Friendly Planet exceeded our expectations in every way. Since this was our first "group tour," we were concerned being stuck with a group. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. The folks on our tour were fun, friendly and with similar adventurous spirit. With the small group size, we never felt "crowded." Plus, my husband and I received plenty of downtime to feel re-energized and enough "alone time" to still find romance. A big thank you to Friendly Planet for making ours a remarkable experience that will be remembered forever! We look forward to taking another trip with you soon!
Annabel Eyrick, St. Louis, MO
It was wonderful to see the history of these wonderful cities. Everything was well-planned, the food and hotels were great. I'd travel with you again in a heartbeat.
Ann Moreton, Cincinnati, OH
It was a wonderful trip and the accommodations are very nice and clean. The Thai massages were wonderful and a great bargain! Jerry, our guide, was the best. He combined his friendliness with an in-depth knowledge of local cultures and lore; he shared with us many local delicacies (sticky rice, green mangoes, fresh papaya salad), some out of his own pocket; extra side trips such as day and night markets; showing a historic movie about the legend of princess Suriyothai; visit to the rice paddies etc, making us more appreciative of the Thai culture. He was an excellent guide, but more importantly he treated us as his personal friends. Kudos to Jerry and Friendly Planet.
Rosie Te-Frey, Yonkers, New York
A great experience! It was our first time with a tour and it was such a positive experience that we would definitely do another trip with you. The hotels were nice, the guides very helpful and the people in the group were very easy going. We truly enjoyed the balance between guided tours and free time to explore on our own. We have recommended you to many of our friends who are enthusiastic travelers. Thank you for a great trip!
Margarita & Luis San Juan, Guaynabo, PR
We were recently on a tour of yours to Thailand, and I just want to commend you for providing us with a great tour. It was wonderful, interesting, stimulating, and well done. But I want to single out our Tour Director for praise. He was constantly seeking out interesting things of particular interest to our group. He was amusing, thoughtful, and resourceful.
Joanne Weston, Baldwinsville, NY
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
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
My husband & I just returned from the Pyramids & Petra tour. Words won't do it justice, but I'll give it a shot: The price—amazing! The guides—educated, accommodating, and excessively pleasant! The hotels—fantastic! The optional tours—A MUST! They were the best part of the whole trip, and a fantastic deal! The food—5 star! The touring coach—brand new, air-conditioned, & comfy! We were so thrilled with our experience with Friendly Planet, and all of their contractors, that we are already trying to decide which trip to take next! Thanks for providing such a top-notch experience with amazing people at such a fantastic price! We'll be repeat clients!
Amanda Poland, Front Royal, VA
We have just completed editing the 1,577 pictures we took on this tour and are overwhelmed still by the trip. We have traveled extensively and have enjoyed many tours before, but this was so special. Your tour guide was by far the best we have ever had. His job, someone said, was to make "the past come alive." He made the past dance for us and we joined in without hesitation. He made the trip effortless and took the worry totally out of the trip. It looks so easy when someone is passionate about what they do. We were pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of your office staff, the information provided us about the tour, and the ease with which the arrangements were made. If this trip is any indication of what we can expect from you on future trips, you have our complete loyalty.
Jack Aizenman, Springfield, NJ
I have been traveling for over 20 years and this was my favorite trip. New Zealand is such a very pretty country. The hotels were excellent, and I give [this tour] 5 stars plus!
Gloria de la Paz, San Jose, CA
I knew nothing about Friendly Planet when I booked the trip other than what I saw on their website. I held my breath and took a chance. The trip was fabulous and far exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide was extraordinary and went to great lengths to surpass any traveler expectations. Room accommodations, travel arrangements and a local Indian guide was superior. Kudos to Friendly Planet.
Deborah Gerson, Baltimore, MD
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 have raved to all my friends about your Borneo Adventure tour ever since returning last April. A highlight was celebrating my birthday at your great jungle hotel in Miri. The staff entertainers surprised me with a cake and celebration. Oh yes, instead of blowing out the candles I got to burst balloons with a blow-gun! I look forward to another trip with you. An 84-year old fan.
Dr. Nancy Cooper, Meadow Vista, CA
My husband and I went with Friendly Planet to Egypt, it was fabulous, and most of the credit goes to Friendly Planet's pool of highly qualified local tour guides. Now we have just got back from Morocco. What an unbelievable tour it was! Pure pleasure in every respect. For our guide Hassan, I have two words: Class Act! We are so impressed with Friendly Planet that we already booked another tour. Thank you for your professionalism.
Alex & Jane Rosenbaum, Potomac, MD
My friend and I traveled to Patagonia over the Christmas holidays last year and we had a wonderful time. The cruise was marvelous. Argentina was our favorite. We spent Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires and enjoyed the restaurants and fireworks. We extended our trip to Iguazu Falls and had a room overlooking the falls. Guides were great, hotels centrally located. We are traveling again with Friendly Planet this year!
Lenore Layton, Cinnaminson, NJ
I took your Treasures of Thailand trip with a friend and had a wonderful time. We had a great, local guide (Jerry) who made the trip so much fun by introducing us to many native fruits and treats. The accommodations were great all along our route. The Thailand people were so warm and friendly--I would definitely go back. I was also impressed with China Airlines. A great value for the buck!
Gwen Coxon, Santa Barbara, CA
My trip to Japan was the most memorable trip yet. Friendly Planet thought of everything ahead of time, had suggestions prior to my trip, and helped with my many questions. The guides were experienced and went out of their way to make our trip exciting. I would definitely book from Friendly Planet again, without hesitation! Thank you Friendly Planet!
Audrey Russ, Philadelphia, PA
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
Friendly Planet was very easy to book with. We talked with our tour guide about other groups' experience with other tour groups. She said that she felt that Friendly Planet was the most honest of all of the tour companies: 'if they said that we were going to get a 5 star hotel, we got one'. Our restaurants were very well chosen. We loved having private dining rooms to be away from the hustle bustle of the rest of the restaurants. The food was very nice...plenty of it!
Carol & Jim Rubino
Our trip was fabulous, one of the best we've ever taken. You have added some great stops, really enhancing the itinerary.
Michael & Carol Fagan
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
I judge the value of a vacation by the desire to return. After seeing Greece on this tour, I most certainly want to go back.
Friendly Planet did all the legwork for me! With so many sights to choose from in Egypt, we were able to see the major attractions. I felt totally immersed in such an amazing country. I lost track of the days and was able to focus on my surroundings, not a worry about plans, flights, or admission to sights.
This was my second trip with Friendly Planet, and will not be the last. I'm so pleased with the excellent VALUE of these tours! Excellent guides, wonderful itineraries, good accommodations, ample food: and all at a very reasonable price. I think Friendly Planet does an excellent job of supplying an excellent experience.
Excellent value! Lots to see and do
Ken Foote, Aloha OR
"Very pleased with the tour and price. Our guide was friendly, extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We had an excellent time in Beijing & Xian."
Arlene & Michael Lee, Centerport NY
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
Excellent tour, excellent value, excellent hotels and safari in Kruger was a highlight. The trip was well organized, well paced and I am a very satisfied traveler.
Jeff & Sandi Horton, Waco, TX
The tour was wonderful. We saw a lot of animals and the guides and accommodations were absolutely great.
John & Penny Grunden, Little Torch Key, FL
The tour was well worth the money spent. I would definitely go with your company again! Everything was beyond our expectations. Thanks for a very well organized tour!!
June Dimalanta, Pensacola, FL
Just a note to thank you for the wonderful tour we took to China. ...You even remembered my birthday, which our group celebrated on our last night over a Peking Duck dinner. I have recommended you to all my friends and co-workers. As an airline employee myself, I know a good thing when I see it. Many thanks to your staff for putting together such an excellent package.
Angel Murray, Kissimmee, FL
To Peggy & Staff, thanks so much for your professional and timely service. We really enjoyed the tour.
Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA
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
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
A trip to [Egypt] has negative political overtones for Americans at this time because of recent world events. For that reason, my wife and I approached the possibility of such a vacation with trepidation, but our interest in human history beckoned us. Our fears were totally put aside by the incredible safety precautions taken by the Egyptian government and the Friendly Planet organization in particular. After a day in that country, I felt more secure than walking hand-in-hand with my wife after dark in our local city. The tour guide assigned to us (Wael) had a doctorate in Egyptology and he took the time at every stop to explain the symbolism of the temples themselves, the architectural artifacts as they related to one another and the relief carvings, answering questions graciously to the satisfaction of our entire group of 36 people. The coordination and scheduling of our living accommodations, meals, transportation, luggage transfer, entry tickets, and "necessary" interim stops appeared to be a finely honed ballet of interacting tourism requirements. Thanks for your attention to all these details! Because of the success of this vacation (our 40th wedding anniversary), while still on the plane en route home, my wife began discussing where our next Friendly Planet trip should be. Ya done good!
Sincerely, William R. Bliss
This tour was most enjoyable...you guys have done a wonderful job planning and organizing our China trip.
Matthew & Grace Suen, British Columbia, Canada
"The tour was very memorable. Our guides were knowledgeable, spoke English very well, and this made a great difference in getting to know the land of China. Thank you for offering this wonderful trip."
Diane Blackett, St. George, UT
“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
“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.”
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
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!
We were totally satisfied with our tour; flawless organization, great tour director and guide (Patricio Placencia), excellent accommodations, good service, very safe ride, well-chosen itinerary that exposed us to a great variety of places and local people.
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
India was not high on my list of places to travel to but I thought this was such a good deal that I just had to do it. The package itself was the cost of the airfare alone. It was great traveling with fans of Friendly Planet. They kept saying how happy they were with the expertise and professionalism that you guys had throughout the whole process. Everyone on the group was very well travelled and all the travelers resided in different parts of the country from Chicago to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. My favorite parts of the tour include: the Taj Mahal (of course), the elephant ride up Amber Fort – so much fun, and the rickshaw taxis – a number of folks said this should be a part of the package as it was like a scary Disneyland ride. Thank you for putting such a great package together - what an amazing experience. I hope to book another Friendly Planet package soon!
I just returned from Friendly Planet’s Mystical Myanmar tour. The itinerary and hotels were exceptional. Our knowledgeable guide did an excellent job referring us to various restaurants and attractions, which made the entire experience a pleasure. All of the transfers from the hotels to the airports were organized and efficient. Thank you for providing such a great experience to this unique country.
I can't say enough about our driver/guide. He has an in-depth knowledge of the history of Ireland. He's well informed on current events. He has the ability to converse with a wide variety of people from a variety of backgrounds. His smile and good humor made even the overcast days seem sunny.
Just wanted to thank Friendly Planet for a great trip to Costa Rica. We will definitely be planning more trips using FP...Thank you!
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
I've visited over 20 countries but this was my first journey to Asia and I had a fabulous time! During my Taste of Thailand tour I made many memories that I will cherish forever. The experience of riding atop a majestic elephant in tropical, stunningly picturesque rural Kanchanaburi, followed by a leisurely bamboo raft ride down the jungle ensconced River Kwai was truly priceless. Also, I found myself very touched by the history that was shared at the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. And, finally I must say that that I was especially grateful for our tour guide Lek Atchara. Not only was she knowledgeable, patient, and kind, but she also went out of her way to make sure my special dietary needs were accommodated. This is the first trip I've taken since I've become a vegetarian where I've been able to find such a variety of absolutely delicious local cuisine. This was one of my best vacations ever!
Michelle Denton, Atlanta, GA
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.
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.
Our Taste of China tour was a life changing experience! My daughters ages 12 and 18 were very impressed and loved it. They are now interested in all things Chinese. I thought it was an excellent value. Tony was a great guide. I really liked the city; especially the illuminated downtown area and city walls. The hotel in Beijing was very nice and centrally located. I think Beijing is the cleanest city I have ever been to. Nothing prepared us for the vastness of the Forbidden and Summer Palaces or for the magnificence of the Great Wall. Vivianne was organized and always courteous. She had a good sense of humor and was an excellent ambassador for this magnificent country. I think you do a great job and I would thoroughly recommend you.
Once again Friendly Planet delivered. Best of South Africa was truly a fantastic trip! This was our fourth trip with Friendly Planet and it will not be our last! The guides (especially in Karongwe Game Reserve) and hotels were great. Well done!!
D Pedersen, WA
Our second tour with Friendly Planet and the best one in terms of the guides provided. David Bai and Alan Wei were a fantastic team. They made the group feel like a part of their family, sharing with us their personal experiences living in China. Not only were the sights awesome and spectacular but the anecdotes and jokes shared by these two guides kept our group lively at all times. Thank you Friendly Planet for providing these two outstanding guides and making our trip even more memorable.
Alex and Cora Espanol, Sacramento, CA
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.
Alex and Cora Espanol, Sacramento, CA
The hotel was lovely and I cannot say enough good things about our tour. The guide, Massimo was outstanding—possibly the best we’ve ever had. He was the perfect combination of organization skills/humor/local info/and other colorful tidbits. He was half sick the whole two weeks with a cold, but you would have never known it by his commitment and energy level. Another fantastic Friendly Planet trip!
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