Traveler Reviews

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I loved this tour. The guide, Isa Levant was wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. The hotels were deluxe. The food very good. I am an artist and my next show is inspired by what I saw in Turkey. I am including some of my paintings.

Esther Charbit, Chicago, Il

We weren't sure what to expect (especially at this price), and quite honestly, we were thoroughly impressed. The tour guides were not only knowledgeable but very friendly. The accommodations were pristine and the adventure well, enough cannot be said for all that Egypt has to offer. We were a little concerned about any anti-American feelings that could be present there. On the contrary, the locals seemed to be warm, wonderful people who opened themselves up to us so very easily. We felt completely safe every step of the way! I highly recommend this trip to anyone who may have an interest in seeing Egypt.

Scott Hebert, Gardner, MA

A trip to [Egypt] has negative political overtones for Americans at this time because of recent world events. For that reason, my wife and I approached the possibility of such a vacation with trepidation, but our interest in human history beckoned us. Our fears were totally put aside by the incredible safety precautions taken by the Egyptian government and the Friendly Planet organization in particular. After a day in that country, I felt more secure than walking hand-in-hand with my wife after dark in our local city. The tour guide assigned to us (Wael) had a doctorate in Egyptology and he took the time at every stop to explain the symbolism of the temples themselves, the architectural artifacts as they related to one another and the relief carvings, answering questions graciously to the satisfaction of our entire group of 36 people. The coordination and scheduling of our living accommodations, meals, transportation, luggage transfer, entry tickets, and "necessary" interim stops appeared to be a finely honed ballet of interacting tourism requirements. Thanks for your attention to all these details! Because of the success of this vacation (our 40th wedding anniversary), while still on the plane en route home, my wife began discussing where our next Friendly Planet trip should be. Ya done good!

Sincerely, William R. Bliss

That the was the best trip/vacation my wife and I have ever had. We really enjoyed Thailand, but I have to thank you for providing us with our tour guide, Chai. He was very pleasant, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. Chai was very attentive to everyone's needs and was very accessible. At one point in the tour, my wife became ill and needed medical care. Chai (providing his cell number earlier to everyone) was available for our needs. He located the nearest hospital for us and assured us that we would not be left alone informing us how we would catch up with the rest of the tour if needed. Needless to say we were surprised by the exceptional medical care at the local hospital and we were able to return to the group prior to the next departure. Additionally, on the day of the final tour at BKK, there were four separate groups: one group returning to US; one group to Phuket; one group to Cambodia; and us going to Chaing Rai. I watched Chai orchestrate the four groups in the very busy BKK airport personally escorting each group in order of priority to each airline. That was very impressive, removing so much stress and putting an exclamation point on excellent service. Thank you for such a great tour plan. The accommodations were excellent. We will definitely be referring your agency to our family and friends. khob kuhn krab (thank you),

Richard and Emelyne Sablan

I just wanted to tell you how much we loved A Taste of India. I would book a trip with you anytime and I am recommending you to everyone I know. Thank you!

Gerilyn Bender

Just returned from my first trip with Friendly Planet and was so impressed that I had to write this note. You have a lot of choices in travel and I have found my tour company at last. Everything about my trip was amazing—our guide, Ibrahim, was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also patient and very funny. Hotels, transportation, meals, added excursions were all superb. Everything went off without a hitch—I felt safe and cared for every minute and could spend ALL of my time enjoying the trip instead of worrying about the travel details. Turkey, its people, scenery, food, monuments and parks are just wonderful. I can't wait for my next trip. So little time, so much to see...

Ann Ott, Cedar City, Utah

It had always been a dream of mine to visit India and see the Taj Mahal. I never thought I would be able to afford such an exotic trip, but Friendly Planet's great package deals made my dream a reality! And to top it all off the tour was extremely well organized, the accommodations were wonderful. I was a bit apprehensive before departing because I had never taken an organized tour. But once we arrived and saw how smoothly everything was running, my mom and I were glad we chose Friendly Planet. We highly recommend Friendly Planet to all our friends and family and my mom and I are planning to take a tour of Japan and China next year. Thanks for making our experience one we will never forget!!

Miriam Martinez, Miama, FL

We just returned from the Kenya and Tanzania safari trip - it was fabulous! We saw the "big five" (and many other) animals numerous times, the food and accommodation were great, the people welcoming and friendly and the guides outstanding! … if you have ever wanted to do a safari, this is a great one!

Pat Atkins, Balzac Alberta, Canada

Just returned from Authentic Havana, my 7th trip with Friendly Planet and another perfect travel experience. Gary, Mily, and Otto were a great team and looked after us exceptionally well! They laughed, we laughed, and that laughter, combined with the perfect casa, paladares and tours, made this trip educational, eye opening and FUN!!!

Mary Jane Healey, Oaklyn NJ

We just returned from your Tokyo Express tour and we had the time of our lives. The tour itinerary was good, the hotel was beautiful and the city tour was great. Your guides spoke beautiful English and answered all our questions about Japan. I would like to have added another day or two since a lot of the week was in getting there and back, but I want to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip and look forward to booking with you again.

George & Laurie Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga CA

We found the entire Morocco tour very well planned and executed. We simply loved our guide Hassan. His English was excellent, he was extremely knowledgeable and very willing to share his knowledge and generously answered all of our questions. Quite simply, he was excellent in every way and made our visit to this fascinating country a vastly richer experience. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Fred Murman, Wheaton, IL

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

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

Many will tell you I am not an easy person to please. I have been so thrilled with Friendly Planet ever since Egypt 2 years ago (and now cant wait for Kenya!). With great deals, exceptional customer service, and top destinations, what more could you ask for! So excited to be a part of the FB fan page :-)

Mona Sethi, Clifton, NJ

With the help of Friendly Planet, my wife and I had a memorable week in Barcelona. I can't thank you enough for modifying the Breathtaking Barcelona tour to fit our needs. The bane of all travel is arriving in a city at 9:00 AM and being told you cannot check into your hotel until 3:00PM. We were met at the airport and arranged an early check-in. This went above and beyond your responsibilities to us as clients. Thank you again! We will certainly check with Friendly Planet first for all our future travel plans.

Bill Schmidlin

This...was a terrific and inexpensive way to see the beauty and history of Southeast Asia. There was a very good balance of group and leisure time, and the accommodations were excellent.

Jennifer Rumain, Philadelphia, PA

What a fantastic trip! From the moment we arrived, the Friendly Planet staff were there for us. Our guide, Peter, was just outstanding. His experience, passion for his work and country, and knowledge, make him one hell of a guide. We loved the lodges (pretty neat to have giraffe sleeping just outside your hotel room) and most especially the game drives. The vehicles were perfect and we all were able to see and take pictures of the animals. I can’t say enough good things about this tour. We just returned yesterday and I’m already planning my next visit - it was that good! Everyone in Kenya was so warm, welcoming and friendly. If you’re thinking about taking this tour, don’t wait!

Kim Navarre, Brooklyn, NY

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

Richard Radis, Tehachapie, CA

Many Thanks for your wonderful Tours! I can say I can't imagine better trips for the money. Such an awesome experience each time. I tell everyone who plans to travel about Friendly Planet. Keep up the good work!

Jan Riske, Chehalis, WA

Great short trip but at the end I wish it had been a day or 2 longer. I didn't want to come home. The local guide Juan Carlos Balda was a great guide and answered all of our questions with great knowledge. Will use and recommend you again in the future.

Thomas Ludes, Manhattan Beach, CA

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

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

The tour was well organized. Special thanks to our guide, Tony. He spotted animals and birds that none of us on the van saw. I saw more than I expected in 5 days. It was enough to keep busy but not exhausting. The accommodations were great. I would definitely use Friendly Planet on future trips.

Anne Mok, Brooklyn, NY

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

My husband & I just returned from the Pyramids & Petra tour. Words won't do it justice, but I'll give it a shot: The price—amazing! The guides—educated, accommodating, and excessively pleasant! The hotels—fantastic! The optional tours—A MUST! They were the best part of the whole trip, and a fantastic deal! The food—5 star! The touring coach—brand new, air-conditioned, & comfy! We were so thrilled with our experience with Friendly Planet, and all of their contractors, that we are already trying to decide which trip to take next! Thanks for providing such a top-notch experience with amazing people at such a fantastic price! We'll be repeat clients!

Amanda Poland, Front Royal, VA

I knew nothing about Friendly Planet when I booked the trip other than what I saw on their website. I held my breath and took a chance. The trip was fabulous and far exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide was extraordinary and went to great lengths to surpass any traveler expectations. Room accommodations, travel arrangements and a local Indian guide was superior. Kudos to Friendly Planet.

Deborah Gerson, Baltimore, MD

Wayne and I (the token Canadians) wanted to let you know that every detail of our "A Taste of Vietnam" trip was fantastic!!!! Departing early in the morning for this trip helped with the jet lag plus the weather was cooler. Our hosts ("Long" in HCMC and "Phong" in Hanoi) were enthusiastic, professional and extremely knowledgeable. They were very patient with our group and repeated themselves on occasion. It was a pleasure listen to the historical/cultural information while taking in the breathtaking scenery. The hotels were excellent and the pool at Equatorial was fantastic. The transportation was on time, comfortable and the drivers were awesome. Food in Vietnam for this Jewish, chicken-intolerant diet was the best ever! The variety was amazing! Beth, the flights on CI were excellent and service on board was attentive and gracious (says this standard airline employee!). No issues with Asian vegetarian meals (though congee was the staple for breakfast) Wayne's wheelchair service was spot on at every city (other than HCMC. He was dropped off at an empty "Gate 6"...it was more comical than anything). The guest profile on our trip was well versed and well traveled. Loved, loved, loved this trip! We can't wait to book another (but I promised some home renos first). Can't wait to plan our next trip with all of you! It was just great! (and yes!!! We will book excursions in advance!!!!) (((((hug))))

Wayne and Charlie, Canada

My wife and I just got back from Peru. It's my 3rd trip with you, her first. We very much enjoyed our trip. She was impressed by the attention to detail, organization, and value. I wasn't surprised—I expected it. I was especially pleased with the tour guide we met at Cusco (Elvie). She was very good at attending to our needs and guiding us at Machu Picchu. She balanced educating us without being boring or dragging things out. The driver (Jesus) did an excellent job navigating narrow, mountainous roads.

Kenneth Dick, Tacoma, WA

What a wonderful time we had on the Treasures of Thailand tour. 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

Our guide here was great; overall one of the best we have experienced. Our guide for the hike was great, nice attention to detail and was very educated on the environment. Patti was our guide in Bangkok and she was fabulous. She really went above and beyond by personally taking us to some of the other areas we wanted to see to ensure we didn't get lost. You can tell she really loves what she does, and like our guide in Kuching, is one of the best we've experienced in all of our travels.

Michelle Coleman