Customer Testimonials

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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.

Karen

It was great! Thank you very much. I will refer many friends to you.

Davis & Thais Lerner, Los Altos, CA

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

We recently completed our 16 day "Best of China" tour. It was a marvelous fast paced tour that included so many historic sites and amazing cities and landscapes. Kate Katubi our travel agent at Friendly Planet was the most professional agent to have been paired with. She gave us information about our trip beforehand that was most valuable including currency exchange rates, what to wear and what to expect. She was spot on!! Kate was sharing her expertise up to the day we left for this wonderful vacation. When I use Friendly Planet for another vacation I would prefer Kate to make our arrangements. The National tour guide, Sam, was very professional and an encyclopedia of information. All of the local tour guides were extremely informative. The hotels were all 5-star and very comfortable. The Victoria Anne Yangtze riverboat cruise was fantastic. Every day was an adventure of a lifetime. The tour group was small enough so that we could enjoy every moment. Thank you Friendly Planet and Kate for giving us a vacation we will be talking about for years to come.

James Van Volkingburgh, Brentwood 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.

James Hayes

I just returned from the trip of a lifetime to Israel and Turkey! Thank you so very much for ensuring the best seats for me on the airplane to and from. They were very easy and gave me plenty of room to move around. I appreciate you making these seat assignments possible. Turkish Airlines is one that I would always recommend! The crew and service was great! Friendly Planet put together such a wonderful tour!Astounding!

Chris Simning

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

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.

Neda Espesor

We loved it all! Greece was amazing and we fell in love with the people, the islands and Athens, the food, the hotel and the tours! I am so thankful for this trip, as it was a trip of a lifetime and opened my eyes to whole broader sense of the world and its people. It has whetted mine and my husband’s appetite for more trips abroad. Since we are so pleased with Friendly Planet, we of course would go through them if possible, and would surely recommend their services to our friends and family.

Cahterine Felty

By far the best tour company I have ever traveled with and an incredible bargain.

Vanessa Jackson

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??

Celeste Carrasco

Borneo was fantastic!

Alan Craig

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!

Ela Aneja

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

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

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

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.

Dave Cusick

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Carol Snyder

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

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!

Arthur Tucker

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

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

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

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

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

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