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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

Gladys Gilbert

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.

Naomi Lerman

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

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

This was a great trip at a reasonable cost to re-discover Havana after almost 14 years since last visit - not much has changed. Our Cuban tour guide Laura was great and the pace of the trip was enjoyable. We saw plenty of venues during the day and usually had the evenings to ourselves to explore the restaurants and nightlife of the city. I would recommend the Discover Havana tour for anyone desiring to see Havana, drink Mojitos, hear good music, savor fine dining inexpensively, smoke a good cigar, and/or have a good time.

Trav Paine, Augusta, GA

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

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

Our trip to Croatia was the very best. The guide Zvonko on the President was wonderful. I cannot think of enough superlatives. We will be back!

Jackie Epner, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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 want to thank you so much for recommending the Turkey trip to me. It was amazing. It was very well organized, everything was on time and the hotels were excellent - very comfortable and the staff helpful. I loved the food, and the buffets were excellent. Lots of Turkish dishes, which I loved, but there was plenty of variety for those who did not want to eat ethnic. Our guide, Hakim, was beyond wonderful. He knew everything about the history of every place we visited, gong back thousands of years, as well as the modern facts of Turkey. He made it all very interesting.

Masha Fleissig, Los Angeles, CA

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

Everything was great and the trip flowed very nicely. It was my first time in Greece and wasn't sure what I would get by booking over the phone. Yianni, who was the person at our hotel coordinating everything, was great. He had everything organized and made me feel comfortable about planning my trip through Friendly Planet.

Lori Silva

Friendly Planet Travel was so thorough that 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!

Lynn Bearup

We took the Exotic Ecuador trip in April. The hotels and lodges far out weighed our expectations. We were a group of 8 adults over the age of 60 and enjoyed every minute of this tour. Vivian, our guide, made it even more enjoyable with her sense of humor and great knowledge of her country. We have recommended this tour and Friendly Planet to everyone we know!

Ann Coleman, Quincy, MA

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

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

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 just returned from India. Our trip was excellent from the beginning of the tour through the end of the trip. The service of the tour guide, Vikas, was superb, very attentive, gentle, friendly, professional and over all very knowledgeable. THANKS VIKAS!!!! This was an extraordinary experience for us. We are now planning to take a tour to Patagonia and we will make our reservation through Friendly Planet of course. We highly recommend this travel agency. Once you use them, you can't let go. Thanks Friendly Planet Travel for making our trip a pleasant journey!

Michael & Lorena Bauzo, Miami, FL

Each time I emailed with questions, it was answered within 24 hours. The information provided before the tour was excellent.

Angela Lusk

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

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

Outstanding tour. From beginning to end, everything went according to plan.

Steve Sulligan, Travelers Rest, SC

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

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

To Peggy & Staff, thanks so much for your professional and timely service. We really enjoyed the tour.

Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA

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

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.

Marsha Swiller

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.

Esther

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