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Friendly Planet Travel, Inc., is a wholesale tour operator and travel company offering high quality, full-service international travel arrangements at affordable prices. We specialize in upscale small group escorted tours & independent packages, as well as custom tour packages for groups large and small.

In business since 1981, we've grown into a leading Internet travel company with a staff of dozens of dedicated professionals, based in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. Read more about us and our founder, Peggy Goldman.

Our travel deals have been covered in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, ABC News, National Geographic Traveler, Frommers, Budget Travel, TravelZoo and many more.

We are members of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) and International Airlines Travel Agent Network (IATAN). We are proud of our excellent Dunn & Bradstreet and Better Business Bureau ratings.

Press Releases

Recent press releases from Friendly Planet Travel.


PDFStrong US Dollar Promotes Travel to Japan in 2015


PDFCruise the Croatian Islands on Friendly Planet Travel’s Newest Exotic Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Discounts Nearly 600 Departures during Massive
Second Chance Monday Sale


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Discounts Tours to More Than 40 Countries During Cyber Monday Blowout Sale


PDFInternational Multigenerational Travel is Now Easier and More Affordable than Ever with Friendly Planet Travel


PDFIt’s Time to Hit the Rails! Friendly Planet Travel Introduces New Europe by Rail Travel Packages


PDFIt’s Not a Typo! 6 Days in Dubai, Including Airfare, for Only $1,599


PDFIceland Joins Friendly Planet Travel’s Lineup of Exotic Destinations


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Receives a 2-Year Renewal for Its People-To-People Cuba Programs


PDFCelebrate Christmas at Downton Abbey on Friendly Planet Travel’s Newest Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Unveils New Line of Independent Travel Packages to Europe


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Launches New Spain Travel Programs


PDFFriendly Planet Travel’s New Family Vacation Packages Make Traveling the World with Kids Affordable and Fun


PDFSurvey Finds 88.2 Percent of Americans Who Visited Cuba in Past 2.5 Years are Now More Supportive of Ending U.S. Sanctions


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Offers Second Chance for Huge Cyber Discounts


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces 24-Hour Cyber Monday Blowout Sale


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Expands Offerings with One-of-a-Kind Tour to Australia and New Zealand


PDFExplore Southeast Asia For Free with Friendly Planet Travel’s New Facebook Sweepstakes to Exotic Malaysia and Thailand


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Invites Travelers to Experience Colorful Colombia


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Introduces New South Africa Tour, Celebrates with Facebook Sweepstakes


PDFCall on Cuba’s City and Sea with a Brand-New Tour from Friendly Planet Travel


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Flash Sale on New China Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Sets Sail for the Greek Isles and Athens


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Enhanced Best of China and Yangtze River Cruise Tour


PDFExplore Irish Ancestry with Friendly Planet Travel’s New Tour to The Gathering Ireland


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Slashes Prices on Classic Israel Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Expands India Tour Programs


PDF7 Days in Costa Rica for Just $8


PDF'Tis the Season for Friendly Planet Travel's '12 Days of Deals'


PDFFriendly Planet Gives Travelers 3 New Tours to Help Them Rediscover Their Love Affair with Europe


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Cyber Monday Deals


PDFDiscover Breathtaking Barcelona with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Receives 2-Year People-to-People License Renewal for Cuba Programs


PDFBe Dazzled in Dubai with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest Facebook Giveaway


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Introduces Its New Sale of Two Cities: 10-day Beijing & Tokyo Tour


PDFExperience a Taste of China and Hong Kong with Friendly Planet Travel for $1,899


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Expands Its Dubai Program, Pairing Dazzling Dubai with Four Exotic Destinations


PDFDiscover Croatia with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest European Package Offering Food, Wine, Touring & More


PDFExplore Easter Island and Machu Picchu with Friendly Planet Travel's New Luxurious, Exotic & Surprisingly Affordable Tour Package


PDFGet A Taste Of The Holy Land With Friendly Planet Travel's Classic Israel Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Gives Travelers the Chance to Win a Trip to India on its Taj Mahal Express Tour


PDFExplore Machu Picchu and Iguazu Falls with Friendly Planet's Latest Tour


PDFGet 'A Taste of Ireland' With Friendly Planet Travel's Facebook Sweepstakes Giveaway


PDFExplore Thailand's City and Sea with Friendly Planet Travel's Latest Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Offers New Galapagos Islands Wildlife Discovery Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Kicks Off Phase II of Its “Win the World” Facebook Sweepstakes, Giving Away 3 Additional Exotic Getaways


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces New Italy Programs


PDFExplore Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu, and Xi'an on Friendly Planet Travel's China Delight Tour


PDF9 Days in India Provide a Lifetime of Memories


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Brings Travelers Back To Japan on Its Latest Tokyo Express Tour


PDFGet 'A Taste of China' With Friendly Planet Travel's Facebook Sweepstakes Giveaway


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Doubles the Dazzle With Its Latest Tour: Dazzling Dubai and Bangkok


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Announces Next Big Giveaway: Amazing Peru


PDFFriendly Planet Travel Offers New Lower Pricing on 14 Catholic Pilgrimage Tours for 2012


PDFExplore the Marvels of the Emerald Isle with Friendly Planet Travel's A Taste of Ireland Tour


PDFThe $10 Price of Admission to The Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show Could Win You an 8-day Exotic Ecuador Tour


PDFFriendly Planet Travel's “Win the World” Sweepstakes is Giving Away 6 Exotic Getaways for 2 via Facebook


PDFFriendly Planet Among the First to Offer Authorized Travel to Cuba


PDFExplore Asia's Hidden Treasure with Friendly Planet Travel's Mystical Myanmar Tour

In the News

Below is just a sample of Friendly Planet's many appearances in the media. See more coverage.

The Once-Forgotten and Beautiful Country of Zimbabwe is Making a Slow Comeback

Typically, South Africa gets all the glory when it comes to visiting the continent; but Zimbabwe was actually once considered one of Africa’s most beautiful destinations. Over the years, under President Robert Mugabe's regime, political unrest has kept tourists from adding it to their travel wish lists. Yet, Peggy Goldman, Founder of Friendly Planet Travel still believes that the destination is worth a visit. "The country faces poverty and political corruption, unfortunate situations for any country, but it is also blessed with amazing physical beauty and is in a part of Africa with a rich wildlife center that has the resources and infrastructure to protect tourists." Read more


Cuba tourism boom has operators scrambling for guides

Friendly Planet launched its people-to-people programs to Cuba in 2011, and since then, “we’ve become experts at building relationships within the destination, from securing the best accommodations to sourcing local cultural experiences and activities,” said President Peggy Goldman. These relationships have also enabled the company to work with well-informed tour directors and guides. “We’ve not had any shortage of experts to lead our programs in Cuba, but I expect that newer entries to the market may face challenges due to increased competition,” Goldman said. “Many of our directors and guides come to us through referrals from existing tourism entities in Cuba as well as our association with the International Guide Academy.” Read more

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Customer Testimonials

Below are just a few rave reviews from our customers. See more testimonials.

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.

Bernard Byman

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...

Kevin Mohandro

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

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

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

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