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My wife and I had the greatest travel experience with Friendly Planet! From start to finish the trip went without a hitch! The driver met us at the Dubai airport and loaded our luggage, transported us to the JW Marriot hotel. Throughout the trip he and the guide were on time, thoughtful and friendly! All of the side trips we purchased went smoothly! After Dubai we went to Kenya where we were met by the tour guide and driver. After I gathered the luggage I was a bit apprehensive because I had not seen our driver and tour guide yet. When I stepped outside there they were with the local tour sign I was expecting. From day one the trip was amazing and very well planned! A trip of a life time with nothing but great memories!
Ira Norman, Camden, DE
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.
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
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
Our family just returned from our first Friendly Planet trip. We went to the Galapagos Islands. The arrangements went so smoothly. All the hotels were even nicer than we had anticipated and the guides were wonderful. There was not one hitch or issue. We can't recommend Friendly Planet highly enough. We had one glitch when the airline that provided transportation between the US and Ecuador stopped flying certain routes but Friendly Planet worked with us to find an alternative route.
Maura McMullen, Silver Spring, MD
I have been desiring/needing to comment on how wonderful our Machu Picchu trip in November was! It really was a spectacular trip -- certainly for the cost! Migel, our tour guide, was simply incredible! I look forward to purcahsing from Friendly Planet again and I recommend you to friends and family.
Dana Bouterie, Houston, TX
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
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
Our tour guide in Borneo 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.
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 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
Oh where to start. It was so over the top and wonderful and classy and just everything I dreamed it would be and more. The trip of a lifetime for this Downton fan. Thank you so much. I would not hesitate in the least to take another Friendly Planet trip. In fact, I'm keeping my eyes open for an Italy trip for the next 12 months!
My husband and I recently returned from our first Friendly Planet trip (Budapest, Vienna and Prague by Rail). We had a great experience! We are independent travelers and like to be on our own without much planning beforehand. Friendly Planet gave us the convenience of a travel agency for all the logistics, but still maintained the freedom to spend our time abroad as we pleased. All our accommodations were above our expectations. We very much look forward to taking more of these trips in the future, including some guided tours. Thank you so much, Friendly Planet!
Angela Griffith, Reading, PA
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
Excellent value! Lots to see and do.
Ken Foote, Aloha, OR
This was our first ever group tour package... and we'll definitely consider another with Friendly Planet based on our experience! The accommodations are all high quality and unique; hotel service outstanding. Our enthusiastic guide, Vivian, and capable driver Jose, were warm, hospitable, knowledgeable ambassadors for their country. Vivian enjoyed maximizing our experiences whether it was at a simple ice cream stop or describing in detail church art treasures. And she's lots of fun! Highlights for my husband Harris and I were the two amazing days spent at Casa del Suizo in Amazonia. Our local guide, Ramon, welcomed us into his culture and literally made the jungle come alive letting us sniff aromatic termite nests or offering us freshly cut jungle hearts of palm to eat. And then there was the blow dart tournament...
Deborah Samuels, New Smyrna Beach, FL
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
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
My husband and I just got back from the "Ecuador and Galapagos" trip with Friendly Planet. It was our first trip with them and we are ready to sign up for another! It was a fabulous trip and extremely well planned and conducted. We were impressed with every aspect of the trip and felt it was everything we had hoped. The tour guides were knowledgeable, on time, and gave us a wonderful insight into the culture of Ecuador. The Galapagos portion on the M/N Santa Cruise was outstanding! Each of the guides on had in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and provided a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thanks for a great trip!
Mary Ann Esfandiari, Ellicott City, MD
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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!