Traveler Reviews

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The national and local tour guides were very organized and professional, Especially David the national tour guide was very informative and he did a great job, he was able to answer all of our questions about China. The hotel in Xian was so good ,we did not want to leave that hotel . This trip was the most memorable trip that my husband and I ever had...

Shohreh Fatehi, Irvine, 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

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

I am here to sing Friendly Planet's praises! Last year, I was booked on a tour that included a cruise and four days on land in Greece. The flight was canceled due to torrential rains that caused a delay in the trip. All during that weekend, there was someone that could be contacted throughout what appeared to be a disaster. Our contact person was Harry who tirelessly worked to get us booked on another flight. All of the people were there to assist; in spite of everything, the trip was excellent! The tour company in Greece was excellent as well. Even after the trip was over, the staff was always there to answer questions and to assist. Kudos to Friendly Planet - I highly recommend their services.

Rita Berry, New York, NY

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

I have been delighted with the three Friendly Planet trips I have taken, and hope to travel on others run by your company at a future date. In particular, the guides on each one have been wonderful, helpful and friendly at all times.

Dorothy Kelleher & Robert Sheff

This trip was great. We had so much fun and adventure. Food and hotels were great. People should take this trip just to stay in the two hotels that had live fireplaces. Patricio, our guide, and Jaime, our driver, were outstanding. Jaime did a great job driving the mountain roads and keep the bus very clean. Ecuador is a "Hidden Treasure". Viva South America!

Lois and Warren Martinek, New Gretna, New Jersey

Accommodations were better quality than other tour companies I've traveled with in the past and your price was a far better value. You also include more meals... Great customer service.

Nina Thrower

Literally just arrived home from our trip to Ecuador and could not wait to share what my friends and I have nominated as the Best Tour Trip Ever. Patricio was fabulous and made us feel like friends/family. The driver, Daniel, took wonderful care of us as well. Each hotel we arrived at made us want to pinch ourselves. The food was delicious and we all want recipes. Wonderful vacation! Wonderful price!

Helene Mako, St. Petersburg, FL

It was wonderful to see the history of these wonderful cities. Everything was well-planned, the food and hotels were great. I'd travel with you again in a heartbeat.

Ann Moreton, Cincinnati, OH

Heard about Friendly Planet from a doctor at the hospital where I work. I usually plan my vacations and this was the first time I used a tour company. Needless to say, it won't be my last. From the moment we arrived in China, it was wonderful. I could not believe how much I enjoyed China and the wonderful guides we encountered on this trip are responsible for that. The guides were from the regions we visited; four cities and three guides: Brenda, Susan and Michael. Michael accompanied us from the moment we arrived in China until we left for the States. Hotels were the best. We were able to do additional tours and I glad that I did. Loved China; love Friendly Planet.

Sonia Colon, Orlando, FL

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!

Kathryn Deters

Fantastic, the hotel, bus, tour guide. Friendly Planet made it simple and everything that they promised we got. We will travel with Friendly Travel again.

Maria Ruano, Miami FL

This tour was wonderful! Every day was full of things to do and see. Time was well-utilized so we got to see and do a great deal. The hotel choices were outstanding. I loved that we also got to cruise the Nile. You all provided the information I needed to make informed decisions about my choices.

Cathleen Madge

Overall, the trip was great. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

Jennifer Swartout

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

Just returned from this wonderful trip. The accommodations were A+, our guide, Ekachai, a delight, the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, a feast for the senses. The Phuket extension was a welcome few days of relaxation, before returning to the snow in Winnipeg. Much impressed by your organization and will be planning another adventure with you soon. Many thanks for a memorable holiday.

Elaine Repchinsky, Winnipeg, Canada

Just returned from Turkey and it was wonderful, I am recommending it to all my friends. Isa, our tour director/guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, funny and flexible. This was the third trip we had with Friendly Planet. We greatly enjoyed all the guides, but Isa really excels. He made the trip.

Arlene Coppersmith, Dearborn Heights

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

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.

Cynthia Kelly

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

Matt, the guide was excellent, very attentive. When he was explaining the sites he was patient and knowledgeable. The hotels were excellent and the tours that were included on trip were great.

Emelda Ellertsen

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

We just returned from your Taste of Thailand tour. It was wonderful, and we are already talking about another trip with you! I can't say enough about our whole experience with Friendly Planet. From the very beginning you were helpful and prompt in communicating information to us so we could better plan our trip. Everything went so well. Our tour guide Lek was amazing! She shared Thailand's customs, people and treasures with us in such a way that we will never forget. She is truly one of Thailand's Treasures, and one of Friendly Planet's Treasures as well! Our hotels were amazing...we are still trying to figure out how you can put together such a remarkable trip for the money? Thank you so much for a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to traveling with you again!

Debra & Robert Woods

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

Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA

Friendly Planet has put together an exceptional tour package at a fabulous price. We enjoyed so many of China's offerings and the information our guides gave us enhanced our appreciation. (You cannot appreciate the importance of what you are seeing without background information.) I preferred joining the organized events, but we were allowed plenty of time if you enjoy exploring on your own. I joined the tour alone, but my fellow travelers were so wonderful, I never felt alone.

Connie Clark

The tour was wonderful. We saw a lot of animals and the guides and accommodations were absolutely great.

John & Penny Grunden, Little Torch Key, FL

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.

Adrian Ashdown

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet but it won't be our last. We always knew what we were doing and where we were going. The guides were excellent and our accommodations were wonderful. There was nothing we would change about this wonderful trip. Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.

Don & Jan Mantei, Canby, OR

We just returned from Japan Panorama and can't say enough good things about Friendly Planet Tours. We had never used them. This whole tour was A+ from pick up at Tokyo airport to drop off at the end of the tour. The drivers and guides were all first rate. The guides at each city gave good instructions on using the subways and offered great suggestions on where to eat and things to do on our free time. The guides also did a great job with dispensing pertinent info on the daily agenda and they were very knowledgeable at the sites we visited. The 3 hotels we stayed at were very upscale and all the included breakfasts were excellent. We felt very well taken care of which is what you want when you do a group tour. We highly recommend Friendly Planet!

Neal R., Winchester, VA