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Our group had a great time and was a good learning experience for all of us. Mr. Praveen was wonderful, dependable, very knowledgable and took care of every detail of our tour. He was an excellent tour director. Hotels are very nice and comfortable except for some mosquitoes. Looking forward for another tour maybe next year. Will recommend Friendly Planet to my friends
Celina Dazo, Cerritos, CA
Just a short word about how WONDERFUL our trip was recently to Thailand!!! It was awesome and our tour guide, Jerry, was the best we've ever encountered.
Doris Pecorino-Tzimolis, Los Angeles, CA
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
Wow, another great vacation! The trip was wonderful, everything was beyond our expectations...... the sights, the food, the hotels, the guides, even the buses. For 35 years we planned our own trips. We could not have gotten just the transportation and B&B quality rooms for what we got from you, which included meals, great guides, 4 & 5 star hotels and more important stops then we have ever packed into a trip. And most important, Lucy, our guide for the entire trip was amazing. Everyone loved her and we all cried when we had to say good bye to her. Thanks also to your office staff who are always patient with my constant calls, changes and questions.
James Ohmart, Houston, TX
Everything was perfectly arranged. All transportation to and from different places was punctual, comfortable and efficient. Thank you for making our vacation so easy and so smooth. It was our best trip ever!
Jeff & Sandi Horton, Waco, TX
The hotel was over-the-top fabulous. I learned so much about the history and culture during this tour from very well-informed guides, who so obviously love their country and loved sharing their knowledge with us. I LOVED SHANGHAI. Loved our guide Alan - so well informed - so much fun. He had us in stitches the whole time. Tours were great - Silk factory REALLY caused me to willingly leave money in China! It was fascinating to learn the process from moth to finished product. In Hangzhou, I took my first ever bullet train ride. And first ever gondola ride too, West Lake and the gardens on the shore are really beautiful. Jinshan Museum was very well presented. I loved that the museum was built right on top of the dig site and we could actually see the work in progress. They had an excellent display of recovered artifacts. The Giant Panda Research Center was FANTASTIC. My prior travel has been on cruises or self-guided tours. Never again. Friendly Planet has me totally convinced that the best way to experience the sights and sounds and tastes and culture of a country/region is to LIVE it - not just walk around a port or jump on a bus to do activities that can be done at home.
The booking process was very easy. Friendly Planet provided many useful documents and information that made me feel at ease with booking the tour. The response time to emails was fast and the replies were helpful. Our tour guide, Gokhan Baydur, was beyond excellent. He was genuinely enthusiastic and passionate about his work and his country. He loved showing his country to us, which made us want to know more about it. He was very knowledgeable and presented the information very well during all of our tours. If we had any questions or wanted to know more about a specific topic, he was extremely approachable and informative. He also did his best in accommodating everyone's needs whether it was a dietary restriction or a physical restriction. In the end, he was not only a great tour guide, but someone I would truly consider a friend and hope to stay in touch with.
I went on two of your tours this year, Treasures of Egypt and Best of China, as well as two other tours (Athens/ Istanbul with optional Classical Greek extension; Croatia/Slovenia/Montenegro) in previous years. I don't know how Friendly Planet puts together such amazing trips so reasonably, as I couldn't book things separately for double the price. Treasures of Egypt, my last tour, was lead by a fantastic tour guide with an advanced degree in Egyptology! The accommodations on the cruise ship were top notch with all the amenities, great food, and a helpful and friendly crew. We also stayed in a luxurious hotel in Cairo. All the admissions to the various temples / pyramids were included. They even provide extra security guards, though we always felt completely safe and well taken care of. Best of China was wonderful! We had our guide, Sam, plus a local guide in each area we went to. The trip included a 4 day cruise on the Yangtze River (a highlight) with very nice cabins with private decks, a 4-hour cruise up the Li River through some of the most beautiful sites in China, many flights within China, which allowed us to see more of the country, 5 star hotels, clean and modern buses to transport us to the sites of interest, such as the spectacular Great Wall. My favorite parts were where we saw the mountains and other natural wonders of China. One of things I will never forget was an optional excursion out in the countryside up river from Guilin where we were able to meet a family and visit their 400 year old home and walk in the rice fields. I would wholeheartedly recommend this travel company.
Margaret Bernarding, Forest Knolls, CA
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
I just returned from Ecuador on a Friendly Planet tour, and I cannot even begin to express how impressed I am with Friendly Planet. The trip was amazing, and we did more than I could imagine in 7 days. I have been on trips with other organizers before, but this was by far the most organized and well-led trip I have been on. Our tour guide was phenomenal, and everything ran right on schedule, with unbelievable accommodations, an abundance of delicious meals, and incredible scenery everywhere. I would absolutely recommend Friendly Planet to other travelers, and look forward to traveling with them again in the future.
Tamara Marks-Moses, Houston, TX
I thought this was a very well planned tour. I found it to be very easy. The Hotel was nice and the breakfast bar was wonderful. The location was great with nice little pubs and restaurants within walking distance, and close to the tube. The tours were great with many sites to see. The Gala was the highlight, everything was top notch! The coach ride was comfortable and our tour guide kept us entertained. Over all one of my favorite trips to the UK. I would highly recommend Friendly Planet.
Our tour was full of things to do from morning to night. It covered every place we wanted to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and quite funny. It was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and we will probably book another for next year. Thanks for a great time and wonderful memories.
John and Marie Machado, Shirley, NY
I just got back from my safari through Kenya. I cannot tell you what a fantastic time I had. The trip was so inexpensive that I didn't know what to expect. What I got was top shelf. I loved the accommodations and the meals were all excellent. The tour company in Kenya was superb. I truly loved every minute and have nothing negative to say. Well done!
Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT
We had a really wonderful time in Cuba, on this our 2nd FP tour (Galapagos, 2013). Our leader, Connie Dineen, was terrific! She called us at home before the trip, just to introduce herself and to see if we had any questions, needs, or concerns. While in Cuba, she was always cheerful, efficient, and helpful -- ready and eager to do anything we needed, such as making restaurant reservations or giving recommendations for shopping, extra sightseeing, etc. When we got home in the US, she even sent us a thank-you card! Our hotels and group meals and cultural activities were all great on our trip, as was our local Cuban guide, Osmin. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for giving us an unforgettable experience and a unique and special educational adventure!
Jack Karolewski, Davis CA
We took Treasures of Thailand with Phuket Island Extension. Outstanding tour. From beginning to end, everything went according to plan. We really enjoyed every moment. Highly recommended. The tour guide Panu was wonderful and very helpful.
Alice and Walter Lagun, Round Lake, IL
A dream fulfilled at long last - the people, the music everywhere, the food, the signs of renewal of formerly elegant colonial buildings - all exceeded our expectations. Cuba is a must visit destination!
Bette & Chris Stockton
I love it. Working with Katherine through this process was extremely smooth.
Excellent value! Lots to see and do.
Ken Foote, Aloha, OR
What a wonderful trip. The tour guide, Vivian, was especially great. She found people who got lost, helped replace lost tickets, helped with disabled tourists (pushed wheelchairs, etc.), carried people's purchases, and generally became a good friend to everyone.
Carol Arnold, Kirkland, WA
Best bang for the buck! New buses, great (and safe) driver. This was the first tour we've been on that actually stopped the bus for unplanned but interesting sights along the road.
Paul & Audrey Belleci, Antioch, CA
This past fall we had a wonderful trip to China with Friendly Planet, one we will never forget. It all started aboard a great flight and then meeting up with our tour guide, Sam. He was a wonderful guide, who went above and beyond his call of duty. He was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the cities, culture, foods, with anecdotal stories to add to the captivating sites and experiences in China. If he told us a story on our bus trips to places, he next incorporated something from his story in our day. We didn't have to do anything, he provided for our every need, including wake-up calls, and making sure we didn't stray from the group. Sam and Friendly Planet were terrific, even when our flight home was cancelled, we had to leave earlier and instead of waiting in the airport for 8+ hours, they arranged a bus to take us to have foot massages and dinner and then returned us to the airport for our connecting flight. All of us were extremely pleased and happy with our fantastic trip to China via Friendly Planet. You, FP have a winner in Sam, he exceeded all our expectations, and due to his professionalism and friendliness, we will definitely be looking to FP for our next tour, hoping we will replicate the terrific time we had only in a new country. Thank you so much once again.
Donna Szerwinski, Mansfield, Ohio
My husband and I booked your Taj Mahal Express with Nepal extension last year and remarked on how excellent it was and what a bargain it was. My daughters and I have said the same thing about this Amazing Peru trip. It was truly AMAZING!
I travel frequently and recently took your amazing Thailand trip. I must say how impressed I was...I had a trip without a glitch. You guys are the best! I will definitely do business with you again, guaranteed. I seldom take the time to rate a trip; however, this exceptional trip deserves an exceptional review.
Andy Anspaugh, Palm Springs, CA
Everything on our Egypt tour was taken care of very smoothly - we hardly had to lift a finger on our luggage. Our guide, Mostafa, was great. Our Egyptologist, Haytham, had wonderful knowledge of the sites. We actually loved being on the ship, Tamr Henna. The other passengers were from Egypt as well as other countries which made our trip more interesting. We never felt unsafe but were comfortable with our guides and drivers. I'd love to go back!
Pamela Trinkler, Gold Beach, OR
My daughter & I recently returned from a wonderful tour of Vietnam and Cambodia. Thank you for taking such good care of us and rerouting us out of the path of typhoon Haiyan. That could not have been easy, especially from the other side of the planet. Now that we are home again, we can say that watching Haiyan's approach on CNN was quite memorable, right up there with visiting Angkor Wat and cruising Halong Bay. My husband also sends his thanks for keeping him informed and for your very impressive service.
The Taste of South Africa was wonderful and picture perfect. This is the second time we have toured with Friendly Planet and I have to say, your tours are so well thought out. The excellent guides have always imparted their love of their homeland with the touring.
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 to say special thanks to Beth , Kristin and all the other Friendly Planet representatives who assisted me in planning my trip. You are all so kind and helpful, your customer service sets a benchmark that all others should aim for. Thanks for making this vacation a most memorable one form my husband and me.
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for an exceptional time on my recent trip to Egypt with you. It was a trip I've always wanted to take so it was important to me and you didn't let me down. We covered the best in our days together, the accommodations were great and the staff we dealt with throughout was superior. In the hotel, on the boat, our bus driver and our security. A+ customer service and beyond that, they were great people I enjoyed getting to know. Our Director kept everything running flawlessly and our guide was the best. He spent the most time with us and showed us an Egypt we won't ever forget. His knowledge and passion were a capstone to an incredible trip and I looked forward to what he would share with us each day. That is something I'm missing already. My thanks to all of you.
Just returned from Thailand, full to the brim! This was an exceptional tour—pace, activities, options, hotels, all exceeded expectations. Our guide, Lek, was outstanding—sensitive to our wants and needs, knowledgeable and instructive, generous in providing "tastes" of Thailand on our excursion and arranging optional visits to places close to her heart that we otherwise would have missed. Our days were full; hers seemed to never stop. Cambodia too was an amazing experience, again with our guide Long catering to the special travel needs of our group. This trip changed my bias against directed tours...Thank you, Friendly Planet!
Kristi McKenzie, Bingham Farms, MI