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The extras that came with booking this trip with Friendly Planet were great. The easy booking, easy transfers, all the extras included in the tour were certainly a plus and made us feel very special on the ship. I look forward to booking with Friendly Planet next year. Thank you again.

Sloan Smith, Pawleys Island, SC

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

I took the Taste of China tour, and it was perfect--the best hotels, tours, and free time to sight-see on my own. It could not have been any better. I met several people on my tour who had traveled with Friendly Planet before, and from what they all said, Friendly Planet is the best tour company around. I have to believe them as I had a great time. Friendly Planet should be proud of what they do and how they do it.

Rick James, Oklahoma City, OK

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

My husband and I recently returned from our first Friendly Planet trip (Budapest, Vienna and Prague by Rail). We had a great experience! We are independent travelers and like to be on our own without much planning beforehand. Friendly Planet gave us the convenience of a travel agency for all the logistics, but still maintained the freedom to spend our time abroad as we pleased. All our accommodations were above our expectations. We very much look forward to taking more of these trips in the future, including some guided tours. Thank you so much, Friendly Planet!

Angela Griffith, Reading, PA

Overall the Taj Mahal Express was a great experience and value for you money ....Very Glad we had the opportunity to go ....Friendly Planet does a great job with your tours ....We've been to Japan also with you and look forward to going on more Friendly Planet Tours.

nancy macker

Airport to hotel transfer was on time and friendly. Guide was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and traveled with us the entire tour. She was also able to very good suggestions for our free time. Toured historical sites - an awesome impressive experience. Local guides very professional and knowledgeable.

Maria Montavlo

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

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

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

We just returned from Friendly Planet's "Taste of China" tour and we are two incredibly satisfied travelers-it was fabulous. Although we've been fortunate enough to travel pretty extensively in our lives, this was our first experience with Friendly Planet and our first trip to Asia. We've barely been back in the states for 48 hours and we've already converted our families into Friendly Planet fans via our "Taste of China" travel tales. We must tell you that National Guide, David Bai, runs an absolutely excellent tour. David is personable, exceptionably knowledgeable and is careful to keep things lighthearted and fun, all of the essential ingredients for magnificent group travel. He went above and beyond to ensure that we enjoyed a unique and memorable experience and for that, we are grateful. We're already thinking about returning for the "Best of China" tour and hope that David can be our guide. Local guides, Alan (Shanghai) and Susan (Xi'an) were wonderful as well, taking extra care to answer all of our questions and it was obvious that all three of our guides took extreme pride in introducing their country to us. The hotels were fantastic (particularly the Grand Mercure in Xi'an) and the food was delicious and plentiful - no one ever left hungry. Every restaurant that our guides took us to was great and almost all were filled with locals, so we really felt like we were experiencing the "inside scoop" as far as cuisine was concerned. We feel as though we received amazing value for our money and returned home with a deeper appreciation for travel, a greater understanding of another culture and new friends halfway around the world. What more could you ask for?

Nicole Zuchelli and Zack Graham, Los Angeles, CA

Our second tour with Friendly Planet and the best one in terms of the guides provided. David Bai and Alan Wei were a fantastic team. They made the group feel like a part of their family, sharing with us their personal experiences living in China. Not only were the sights awesome and spectacular but the anecdotes and jokes shared by these two guides kept our group lively at all times. Thank you Friendly Planet for providing these two outstanding guides and making our trip even more memorable.

Alex and Cora Espanol, Sacramento, CA

Simply put, Outstanding. Far exceeded our expectations on every level. The staff, accommodations and most of all the game drives, were terrific. Couldn't recommend it more.

Bill B, Seattle, WA

The value for money was excellent. I would not hesitate to recommend Friendly Planet to family and friends. Thailand is a wonderful destination and the people were very friendly.

Margaret Kaupp

My husband and I went on this trip for our honeymoon and it truly was nothing short of incredible. Thailand is a such a gorgeous country, rich in color, architecture, ancient wonders and cultural marvels. I highly recommend this trip to anyone considering visiting Thailand. The temples (or wats) were breathtaking. The palaces and Buddhas were on a level of grandeur I have never experienced anywhere else. Thailand is full of treasures! The time we spent with the people, monkeys and elephants, the food, the night markets- everything was spectacular! Our guide Lek was amazing and was truly one of the high points of the trip! She took time to get to know each one of us individually, and always found a way to make each and everyone one of us feel happy and special. She was wonderfully polite and sensitive, as well as incredibly knowledgeable. She went out of her way on many occasions to accommodate our individual needs, from stopping at the convenience store or the bank, to confirming our return flights. Her pride for Thailand's rich history really came across in all that she shared with the group and added real meaning to our experience. All the hotels were wonderful. We were very lucky to have a great group and we were all very sad to part ways. It was a wonderful experience!

Melisa Oepen, Dallas, TX

Arriving at KK Hotel George at 9 am from USA we were greeted by their staff, luggage safely stored for us, and welcomed to enjoy breakfast even though our reservation really didn't begin until 3 p.m. It was a wonderful start to a fantastic vacation! … really appreciate Friendly Planet organizing a trip to include dinner at Highclere Castle. It really was perfect for us.....we enjoyed the planned bus/boat tour along with transportation to the castle, but loved being in great location to explore London the rest of the time on our own.

Carol Wilcox

Guides were very eager to please, very friendly, and seemed well informed. I think this was a good value for the price.

Patricia Hicks Hartman

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

The best tour I had so far. Friendly Planet made it so easy for all of us 53 tourists. The way they put it together with all the connections between countries, the hotels, buses and different tour guides was so impressive, and we felt pampered the whole time. We really had a grand time. Thank you very much for making it an experience of a lifetime.

Emmanuel Lacson

I and my wife Kathy celebrated our ninth anniversary with Friendly Planet in Havana, Cuba. Our tour guide Nancy along with our tour host Lori & driver Santos and the entire tour group provided an evening that we will always cherish. My 85 year old madre was on this tour and it was amazing to watch her dance the night away in Cuba! The wonderful service was much more than we expected. THANKS!

Raymond Abdullah, Jacksonville, FL

We have just finished watching our Movies taken on our tour to Thailand. What a incredible time we had. Our tour guide "Lek" was the best part of the tour. She made sure we had a wonderful time. She went above and beyond what was expected to make us feel welcome and enjoy her country. After spending hours with us she would make herself available at night to answer any question or help with any concerns. She was a delight to travel with and was very informative about the areas and sights we saw. She recommended restaurants and places to shop and see on the little off tour time we had. The entire trip was excellent and we are looking forward to perhaps India or Africa with friendly Planet in the near future.

Dana Rice, Sandy, Utah

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 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

I have been traveling for over 20 years and this was my favorite trip. New Zealand is such a very pretty country. The hotels were excellent, and I give [this tour] 5 stars plus!

Gloria de la Paz, San Jose, CA

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

“We really enjoyed the tour. The guide was informative and helpful. The daily tours diversified and well planned. The hotels and food were great. The value for the dollar was exceptional. Overall we were extremely pleased and it exceeded our expectations.”

Linda Sheive/Jerry Hjelle

Unreal trip! This is my 3rd tour with Friendly Planet and I have enjoyed every one of them. It was so organized and the guides so friendly! I don't know how you all make any money because the accommodations are always top-notch! Amazing trip from start to finish. I can't wait to pick my next trip! Thanks for everything!

Holly Pecarek

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for our wonderful trip to Thailand. We had a wonderful time. Everything about the trip exceeded our expectations, including our tour guide Audi. Without a doubt Audi was the most qualified and attentive tour guide we have ever had. He made what would have been a wonderful trip into a spectacular trip. We can't thank Friendly Planet and Audi enough for our trip of a lifetime.

Emily Brown, North Pembroke, MA

I have always wanted to go to Iceland (I majored in Earth Science at college), but could never really afford it. This tour made it possible - thank you! The Icelandic people were amazingly kind, too. It is a great place to visit.

Ann Hall

My husband and I just returned from India. Our trip was excellent from the beginning of the tour through the end of the trip. The service of the tour guide, Vikas, was superb, very attentive, gentle, friendly, professional and over all very knowledgeable. THANKS VIKAS!!!! This was an extraordinary experience for us. We are now planning to take a tour to Patagonia and we will make our reservation through Friendly Planet of course. We highly recommend this travel agency. Once you use them, you can't let go. Thanks Friendly Planet Travel for making our trip a pleasant journey!

Michael & Lorena Bauzo, Miami, FL