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“Everything was perfect, I give a A+++ to Noi our tour guide, she made every moment perfect.”
Astonishingly beautiful...spiritually rich. Having traveled the world, this by far is the best trip I have ever taken. There is nothing to compare to the magnificence of Israel. I came back a changed person.
Just returned from A Taste of Thailand with Noy as our leader. She is FANTASTIC. I slipped and twisted my ankle and Noy checked on me frequently, brought me ice, purchased an ankle wrap and topical medication. You have one satisfied customer. I also believe that my entire group agrees with me.
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
What a wonderful experience on this tour! Patricio, our guide was outstanding. His knowledge and love of Ecuador gave us a special insight into the country and its people. Edwin, our driver made the bus go places that looked impossible and did it in a way that we were always at ease. Patricio helped us and others with small things that came up during the trip. Patricio always did more than was expected and was a perfect gentleman. We would tour with Friendly Planet again without hesitation.
Leslie & Dwight Adams, New Brockton, AL
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
We would like to send our sincerest thank you for all of your help and allowing this China trip to happen for us. Your team went above and beyond to ensure that this trip would be a vacation we would never forget. China truly was the experience of a lifetime. We had such a wonderful time...it was one of the best trips of our entire lives. We have experiences and memories we will never forget. From the moment we booked, everything was smooth and without a hitch. We will definitely be recommending friends, co-workers, and family members to book through Friendly Planet! We will also be booking other trips through Friendly Planet in the future.
Susan and Michael VanNess
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 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
The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!
Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ
When I called with a few additional questions, your staff answered them completely. They were friendly, professional and very helpful. Both Matt and Chi, our tour guides, were fantastic. They both made sure that we were well taken care of at all times. Chi was so much fun to be around. He went out of his way to see that we all had a perfect trip. He helped us plan evening events so our group could see the area at night. Just can’t say enough good things about Chi! You are so lucky to have him as a guide. Also, the hotel in Bako was fantastic! We have traveled with you in the past and been very happy with Friendly Planet. Again you exceeded our expectations; we consider this one of our best vacations ever! We look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet again. THANK YOU!
Susan L. Bowers
The flight and land transportation, hotels, food, guide, driver, and sites were all excellent! Our guide, Mr. Gokhan Baydur, was very knowledgeable and friendly. We really appreciated his etymology of words and relation to history of modern Turkey, etc. He was also very capable at keeping us all together, which is no easy task. The driver was phenomenal; I don't know how he managed to drive the bus through the Istanbul traffic and somehow make U-turns: amazing!
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
Just returned from this wonderful trip. The accomodations 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
We have just completed editing the 1,577 pictures we took on this tour and are overwhelmed still by the trip. We have traveled extensively and have enjoyed many tours before, but this was so special. Your tour guide was by far the best we have ever had. His job, someone said, was to make "the past come alive." He made the past dance for us and we joined in without hesitation. He made the trip effortless and took the worry totally out of the trip. It looks so easy when someone is passionate about what they do. We were pleasantly surprised by the efficiency of your office staff, the information provided us about the tour, and the ease with which the arrangements were made. If this trip is any indication of what we can expect from you on future trips, you have our complete loyalty.
Jack Aizenman, Springfield, NJ
The trip last May to Peru and Ecuador was one of the best vacation experiences I have ever had. The food was excellent and the other 7 couples on the tour were super. Machu Picchu, Lima, Quito, Lake Titicaca, and the Galapagos Islands were all fun to visit. I will be touring with Friendly Planet again this May to Japan.
Arthur Low, Sunnyvale, 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
India was not high on my list of places to travel to but I thought this was such a good deal that I just had to do it. The package itself was the cost of the airfare alone. It was great traveling with fans of Friendly Planet. They kept saying how happy they were with the expertise and professionalism that you guys had throughout the whole process. Everyone on the group was very well travelled and all the travelers resided in different parts of the country from Chicago to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. My favorite parts of the tour include: the Taj Mahal (of course), the elephant ride up Amber Fort – so much fun, and the rickshaw taxis – a number of folks said this should be a part of the package as it was like a scary Disneyland ride. Thank you for putting such a great package together - what an amazing experience. I hope to book another Friendly Planet package soon!
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
Wonderful tour, knowledgeable and helpful guides and a great bargain. Friends couldn't believe that I was getting air, luxury hotel, airport transfers and breakfast buffet daily for normally the price of just the airline ticket! Marrakesh was so special and to get an insider's view of the city and surrounding area was truly a memorable experience.
Sondra Carpenter, Philadelphia, PA
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
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
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.
Thank you for a wonderful honeymoon experience! The Treasures of Thailand tour was very well organized. Our tour guide Matthew was a delight. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastically helpful. We had a wonderful time getting to know our fellow tour participants. We're definitely very happy we chose the Friendly Planet Tours as our honeymoon vacation. And as you can see from the pictures, we had quite an adventurous time! P.S. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for the extra-special treatment, for us honeymooners, at all of the beautiful hotels we stayed at.
Kunal & Leena Bhojawala, Jersey City, NJ
I can't say enough about our driver/guide. He has an in-depth knowledge of the history of Ireland. He's well informed on current events. He has the ability to converse with a wide variety of people from a variety of backgrounds. His smile and good humor made even the overcast days seem sunny.
Friendly Planet did it again with an exceptional experience to Thailand! Best national guide ever to Natalie!
We just returned from your Tokyo Express tour of Sept. 11, 2012 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. Sincerely, George & Laurie Hernandez
George & Laurie Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga CA
The Amazing Peru tour is excellent. I would highly recommend it to everyone.
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
This is our third trip with Friendly Planet and definitely will not be our last. There are no surprises here. Everything was better than expected. Our guides and all of the supporting staff was magnificent. In my observation, all of the staff went out of their way to please everyone in the group! Wow what service and price! I love Friendly Planet!
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