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...the best trip we ever took ... was your Beijing Express tour. Thank you. Our trip to China was PERFECT; a real 'peak' experience. Looking forward to going on your Athens Express trip as soon as we can.

Sterling Keck, Los Osos, CA

I just returned from the Best of India and Nepal tour with Friendly Planet. This is the seventh and one of the best trips I have taken with Friendly Planet. Our tour director, Kishor, did an outstanding job of introducing our group to the wonders of India. Kishor treated every member of the group like family. He knew everyone's name by the first day and catered to our every request. Kishor was a wealth of knowledge and made us feel like welcome guests in his country. Kudos to Friendly Planet for hiring such a wonderful tour director! Kishor's professionalism is reflective of what I have come to expect from Friendly Planet. I am already planning my next Friendly Planet trip.

Connie Case, Verona, WI

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

Dear Friendly Planet, We would be remiss if we didn't tell you that your company did a great job in making our trip to China a success. From holding our hand through the visa process, to the great national and local tour guides, everything went smoothly and as planned. All the tours we took were informative and well worth it. Our small group of 13 got along fabulously and new friends were made for a long time to come. We look forward to using your company for many future trips.

Robert Kurtzer, Sunny Isles Beach, FL

I just returned and wanted to let you know that this trip was absolutely wonderful. It was very well put together, had a great itinerary, involved no surprises, and was a great value. The hotels were outstanding. I truly enjoyed the variety of activities especially in the Amazon Region. Based upon this great experience, I will definitely consider Friendly Planet again.

Theodore Lattanzio, New York, NY

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

In writing our evaluation, we did not have enough room to tell you about our guide, Patricio. He was, without a doubt, the most friendly, patient, and knowledgeable guide we have had out of many tours we have taken. We hope that you will pass this information on to the Friendly Planet office in Ecuador, as we feel that he should be given special recognition for the superb representation of your company. We had two medical emergencies with travelers in our group. He was able to get doctors for them and arrange for one of them to join our trip the next day. Another time, while telling us of the exportation from Ecuador of roses, he asked our driver, Jose, to stop for a moment. He came back a few minutes later with roses for all of the women on the bus! These were just two of the many kindnesses he extended to our group. He really understands the meaning of "guest service" and is to be commended for the way he conducts a tour. We came away feeling like honorary Ecuadorians!

Cathy and Rich Sholtanis, Tamworth, NH

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

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

I have been on numerous trips with you guys and trust me you are the best! After having traveled to 82 countries around the world and having tried the other so-called guided and organized tour companies, you guys surpass all of them! A silent handclasp to the entire team, and until next year when I will be joining you for Egypt!

Wilma Mrosek-Moses, Sierra Vista, AZ

We just returned from the Best of India and Nepal Tour and have only the most positive comments to make about the tour operator, the tour guides, the hotels, and the tour buses. Friendly Planet took care of everything very professionally. Praveen, our guide, was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure everyone on the trip was taken care of. The ceremonies at the Ganges were, in themselves, worth the cost of the tour. We highly recommend Friendly Planet as a touring agency.

Antonino Giacalone, San Diego, CA

A Taste of Vietnam with the Bangkok extension was a great tour! In Thailand, our guide, Lek, was amazing! She called us her "family," and that's how we felt while in Bangkok. She suggested great tours, fabulous massages, eating experiences (durian, jackfruit), and an overall lovely picture of her country. Thanks, Lek!

Mary Jane Healey, Springfield, VA

Very well done - great planning, guides, drivers, even the guy who met us at the airport. We wouldn't think of taking a trip.. without using you again. Excellent.

Mark Womble

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 feel this trip was among the best and most interesting I have experienced.

Richard Radis, Tehachapie, CA

Terrific packages at excellent prices.

Cheryl Levinson

It is my second trip with FP and overall I have received excellent customer service. Booking service was very friendly and efficient. Thanks for your patience.

Elena Lubot

Everything from our departure from New York exceeded my expectations. The airline, hotels, and guides were wonderful. Very well planned trip; everything happened without a hitch. This was my first trip with Friendly Planet, but it will definitely not be my last. Am working on the South African trip with a number of friends for the fall. Well done Friendly Planet!

John Ragan, Calgary, Alberta

FP [Friendly Planet] has the details down pat, and details can make or break a trip. The cost was amazing, considering airfare alone. I have used FP twice because I could not do said trips myself at the cost FP provides.

Dennis Weber

We were totally satisfied with our tour; flawless organization, great tour director and guide (Patricio Placencia), excellent accommodations, good service, very safe ride, well-chosen itinerary that exposed us to a great variety of places and local people.

Yves Q.

This world traveler gives Friendly Planet's Pyramids & Nile Cruise excursion 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up! Truth be told, given the low cost of this tour, we expected a mid-grade vacation. What we received was first class all the way! Every minute was packed with amazing sights, sounds and adventures. We couldn't believe the level of service, the caliber of our tour guides, the variety of activities and the quality of our accommodations. Friendly Planet exceeded our expectations in every way. Since this was our first "group tour," we were concerned being stuck with a group. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. The folks on our tour were fun, friendly and with similar adventurous spirit. With the small group size, we never felt "crowded." Plus, my husband and I received plenty of downtime to feel re-energized and enough "alone time" to still find romance. A big thank you to Friendly Planet for making ours a remarkable experience that will be remembered forever! We look forward to taking another trip with you soon!

Annabel Eyrick, St. Louis, MO

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.

Virginia Bird

We rave! It was most fascinating, educational tour that we have ever been on! Had some of the best guides around. Didn't gain any weight because we were walking all the time on those tours! Felt like I could identify the ruins between Greek/Roman and Christian eras by the time we finished. Then we were lucky enough to have the extension on to Istanbul--amazing! Loved the hotel, loved Istanbul! We went inside the mosques, into the spice market, took a day cruise up the Bosphorus. We were part of the over 60 crowd, but the younger people with us were so much fun too!

Kay McNealy, Rindge, NH

It was a pleasure to deal with Friendly Planet. The flights took off without a hitch. The hotels were first rate, if not better. The tour director, Praveen, was congenial, thoughtful and efficient, getting us to the head of any line. He went out of his way to make our vacation special. The local guides were full of information and easy to understand. Based on what we got on this trip, Friendly Planet is a bargain!

Brenda Kibler, Monkton, MD

The China Delight tour was wonderful, fantastic, great and superb. Our national tour guide, Peter, was the best host and representative Friendly Planet could hope for. He was the best guide we have had on any tour we have ever been on. He was extremely attentive, knowledgeable, funny, and made the trip completely effortless on our part. The trip was a great experience for my wife and me as it covered enough of the major highlights with just the right amount of time at every attraction. Aside from Peter, who stayed with us the entire trip, we had local guides in every city for additional local knowledge. The food and the shows (circus, opera, music) were also great.

Richard Argeroplos, Kings Park, NY

I want to thank you all for such a wonderful vacation.It was just magical. We have recommended your site and this trip to all of our friends. The hotels were all amazingly beautiful, the food was perfect, and the scenery was gorgeous. Our tour guide, Alejandra, was always on time and extremely acknowledgeable about the trip. Again thank you so much for a great package.

Julia & Rodrigo

We were so impressed by the flow of tours, events, hotels and most of all the guides. Our national guide, Christina, was not just polite as some are, but she was efficient, friendly and patient. She made our group feel like a big family. Kudos to your company for choosing her as a guide! We will definitely use Friendly Planet again!

Lynn Fuller, Glen Ridge, NJ

Thank you for the absolutely fantastic experience that we had recently in Kenya & Tanzania!! We thoroughly enjoyed all of the lodges as well as the wonderful parks and reserves in both countries!! Our guide, James Njungo, was the best guide we have ever had on any trip. He was always accommodating to our needs (with lots of patience for all of our picture-taking). He was extremely knowledgeable (we were never able to stump him with any of our questions) and he has a terrific sense of humor. He made the trip very enjoyable. I highly recommend your organization for anyone who is planning a trip to Kenya and Tanzania—great job!

Gary Walden

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

Just returned from a wonderful vacation with Friendly Planet through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Wonderful accommodations, non-stop touring, friendly people were noted through all countries. Thank you for making this a smooth and memorable vacation. Never have I gone on a group trip with such kind people and intense sightseeing.

Patrick Rommel, Philadelphia, PA