Traveler Reviews

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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

I just came back from your Exotic Ecuador trip and had a fabulous time. I especially enjoyed the mix of hiking, boating and physical activity on the trip. I am now looking at booking another trip somewhere else.

Trish Wales

My friend and I just returned from your Taste of China tour. This was the first time we have ever been on a tour. We generally head off by ourselves but thought that China would be best seen on a tour. We were not disappointed. Your guides in China were great, especially Zhu in Beijing, who stayed with us throughout our 10 days in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. Everything was on time and well organized. Each guide was extremely well versed in the history of the country and in the specifics of the area we were visiting. The hotels were great and Air China was excellent. All in all, a memorable experience and one made more so but your excellent organization and planning. We will highly recommend you to our friends and associates.

Paul Caouette & Sergio Mares, Dana Point, California

We had a fabulous time. We could not have seen so much and in such an efficient manner had we not gone on your tour. Friendly Planet delivers!!

Nancy Cousins, Winnipeg, Canada

It's not very often these days that you get more than promised but that's what we got from Treasures of Thailand. The whole trip including hotels, the tour guide, the food, and the sights seen exceeded our expectations. The days were planned out very well; even the longer travel days included plenty of interesting stops to break up the trip. Others in our group who had toured elsewhere were very impressed with the quality compared to much more expensive tours. I was a little worried about doing a tour bus trip based on stories I heard about them being rigid and too touristy, but this trip included great flexibility, wonderful optional add-ons, and focused on both highlight sights and everyday, local culture. I can't imagine a better way to see so much of Thailand in such an enjoyable way. We loved out tour guide Lucky (Ms. Pensri). She was very knowledgeable, funny, kind, well-organized, and went out of her way to ensure we saw and experienced as much as possible. She was always looking out for us, to the point of going into one hotel's kitchen to get the chef to cook faster and hitching a ride on a local salesman's motorcycle to find a wayward tourer lost at a temple ruins. She was frequently buying local foods for us to sample and making sure we got good deals on local products and services. The second we looked like we had lost something, or we starting looking around for a bathroom, or we looked like we needed second helpings at a dinner, she'd run over to us to see how she could help. I am about to book my next Friendly Planet tour. Thanks for a great trip.

Karen Nelson, St. Paul, MN

This was the first tour of this nature I have ever taken and it far exceeded my expectations. Everything was punctual, safe and clean. Our guide David Bai was exceptionally good. I simply cannot say enough good things about David. He was just stellar. And a hilarious comic! And informative! The hotels were first class, buses clean and modern, food adequate, and the entertainment and tours were immeasurably good. I would love to go back and am seriously thinking about doing it again.

Mark Dumas, Smyrna, GA

I just returned from 10 days in China with Friendly Planet. It was an AMAZING tour—everything that Friendly Planet said it was and made even more fun with our national guide David Bai. I have never had anything exceed my expectations this much. David is an excellent guide and made sure everything went smoothly and that we had the best experience possible. His customer service, knowledge, and people skills are tops and he is a lot of fun! The local guides too were excellent, Alan in Shanghai was outstanding. My next trip will be with Friendly Planet and the trip I just took will not be my last visit to China. I can't wait to go back to visit China and David again. Thank you for such unforgettable and fabulous travel memories.

Jamie Chatterley, Roseville, CA

Just wanted to let you know the trip was amazing. I already recommended Friendly Planet tours to a couple of friends. I'm very impressed, and I'm so glad I came across your service on Travel Zoo. It was excellent. Thank you so much.

Josephine Castillo, West New York, NJ

When we first heard about our tour to India, we were a little hesitant because the price was so low. We thought it may be too good to be true. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was everything we had hoped for and more. The flights were trouble-free and all the hotels were much better than expected. Our hotel in Delhi was the nicest hotel that I have ever stayed at! And I have traveled the world and been to many high class hotels. Also, we were initially concerned about our safety while in India. It turns out that safety was not an issue. Again, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Indian people very welcoming towards Americans. You couldn't find nicer people in the world. I don't know how you kept the tour price so low! Keep up the low prices and high standards. I can't wait to book my next Friendly Planet trip!

Riley Loback, Seattle, WA

China was so great and such a super bargain I went again 2 yrs later. Friendly Planet is the best way to travel especially if on a budget and want to get the most for the $. They do take care of you and traveling alone is not a problem. ..In fact meeting new friends is a plus. Thanks F. P. for the lovely experiences!

Jan Riske, Chehalis, WA

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

Is there a rating above "Excellent" for the Guide and Driver? They were exceptional! Rimy, our wilderness guide at Bako was amazing at finding wildlife to point out to us! Batang Ai was a truly magical location. Our Guide, Patty, had a wealth of historic and cultural information to impart to us, and her energy levels never failed.

Carol Snyder

We traveled to many places and enjoyed many tours before, but this was so special. Your tour guide was by far the best we have ever had. He made our trip extra special, attended to all the details and treated us with great respect. He made the trip effortless and took the worry totally out of the trip. We were surprised by the quality of service provided to us. All the arrangements were made with our comfort in mind; the hotel rooms were the nicest we have stayed in. We would definitely use Friendly Planet for our next vacation and recommend this service to all our friends.

Raksha Patel, Pinellas Park, FL

We had such a good time! You can tell from some of our photos. We all four agreed it was one of our favorite trips. Wonderful accommodations as well as outstanding tours! We even elected to add on a couple of side trips because we were so impressed with what you had to offer. We didn't want to miss anything. Thank you. We will definitely keep spreading the word to all our friends. Your company not only provides wonderful excursions, but great value for the money.

Joe & Judy Puckett + Bob & Danna Siverts

Friendly Planet did all the legwork for me! With so many sights to choose from in Egypt, we were able to see the major attractions. I felt totally immersed in such an amazing country. I lost track of the days and was able to focus on my surroundings, not a worry about plans, flights, or admission to sights.

Charleen Cobb

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

Discover Havana was our first vacation with Friendly Planet, and we were extremely impressed from beginning to end. Prior to our departure, the personnel in the Pennsylvania office provided us with efficient and courteous assistance. We were so pleased to receive an email from our tour director, Trish Oliveira, before we left, introducing herself and encouraging us to reach out to her with any questions. Trish was one of the best tour directors we have had in our twenty years of international travel. We felt completely safe and well cared for in her hands. She made wonderful recommendations throughout the tour about restaurants, entertainment venues, and attractions. Her love of Cuba rubbed off on the entire group. We will not hesitate to use Friendly Planet again. We received five star treatment for a very reasonable price.

Ed Marcantonio and Brent DiGiorgio, Westport, CT

Wonderful experience! The optional tours were amazing. Tuk, our guide in Thailand, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends/family.

Neda Espesor

My companion and I have never taken a guided tour; we always freelance it. We were amazed at the quality of the tour, food, and hotels. This was one of the best experiences of our travels in the past few years. The guide Zhu was unbelievable. She made the tour interesting, fun and extremely exciting. Your tour offered us a memory we won't soon forget. Thank you for the time of our life.

Larry Copenhagen, Nogales, Arizona

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

[Italian Treasures] was wonderful and we are very pleased that we chose Friendly Planet as our tour provider. Our tour director, Flavio Nicoletti, was top-notch in every way. He was professional, knowledgeable, friendly and fun-loving. He went out of his way on many occasions to ensure that our group had the best possible experience. He arranged wonderful excursions, including an evening at a Tuscan Farmstead which my travel mates and I will always remember as a highlight of our trip. I co-host a radio Morning Show in North Carolina. During the trip I called into the show to report on the trip. Flavio even agreed to join me during the call and go on the air with us! He did a great job! My friends and I now feel that we have a friend in Rome. We are so thankful to Flavio and to Friendly Planet for making our once-in-a-lifetime trip so special and memorable.

Tamera Rumfelt, Kernersville, NC

Booking was easy! The website was very clear in explaining terms. Contact via email and phone was also a very pleasant experience. I found Friendly Planet to be extremely well organized, friendly, and surprisingly affordable for what they offer. I liked the fact that I could reserve with deposit months in advance, then pay the balance due once the departure date was close. This was our first tour with Friendly Planet- the first of many more to come.

Angelica Arias

We had a very interesting trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Our tour guide in Vietnam, Toan Truong, was extremely helpful and informative. The guides in Cambodia and Thailand both did a very good job teaching us about those countries. The accommodations and transportation were outstanding! This is our third trip with Friendly Planet and we continue to be very pleased with everything.

Janice & Ron Beller, Parker, CO

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 think Friendly Planet did an excellent job overall. We had a wonderful honeymoon trip and your service was a very good value. We thoroughly enjoyed the two optional boat trips we took: one in Paros and one in Santorini.

Howard Kendall

Friendly Planet probably has the best customer service I've ever encountered of all travel sites/agents. The trip itself was planned thoroughly and was totally a great value.

Cindy Lee

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

What a wonderful trip! This was our first time using Friendly Planet Travel and will certainly not be the last. Everything was in order from the time we arrived until the time we departed. Our guides were wonderful and went above and beyond their responsibilities to ensure our vacation was wonderful. Thank you Friendly Planet!

Christopher Smith, Huntersville, NC

My wife, myself and my daughter just returned to Virginia from your Beijing & Shanghai Express trip to China. Words can't describe the adventure. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Your tour guide Peter answered every question we could ask. I have recommended your trip to everyone I have run into. Thank you Friendly Planet and especially our tour guide Peter.

Ken Bradshaw, Montclair, VA

This was a wonderful tour. Our tour leader Trish was just outstanding as was Osmin and the driver Roberto. They tried to accommodate our needs and requests. I could not have imagined a better organized trip. The hotels were more than adequate and the restaurants and food served was exceptional. Thank you Friendly Planet for making Cuba a very enjoyable and memorable experience. I will not hesitate to recommend the company and have already decided to book another tour with you.

Patricia Pitt, The Villages, FL