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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.
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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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Below are just a few rave reviews from our customers. See more testimonials.
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
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
Tour was amazing. We were with a small group of amazing people lead by the best tour guide ever (Calvin). We saw lots of places but still have lots of extra time to ourselves. We will take Friendly Planet again. (This was my 3rd time).
Roy Juadiong, Los Angeles, CA
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
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