Traveler Reviews

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Friendly Planet was very easy to book with. We talked with our tour guide about other groups' experience with other tour groups. She said that she felt that Friendly Planet was the most honest of all of the tour companies: 'if they said that we were going to get a 5 star hotel, we got one'. Our restaurants were very well chosen. We loved having private dining rooms to be away from the hustle bustle of the rest of the restaurants. The food was very nice...plenty of it!

Carol & Jim Rubino

Just about everything you need to know is out on the web before you make a decision. I believe I called the Friendly Planet office only once with only one question during the entire booking process. I really appreciate all of the full disclosure of just about everything on the web site. It helped me make my decision to do the safari with Friendly Planet as opposed to Vantage or other companies.

John Schwab

We loved it all! Greece was amazing and we fell in love with the people, the islands and Athens, the food, the hotel and the tours! I am so thankful for this trip, as it was a trip of a lifetime and opened my eyes to whole broader sense of the world and its people. It has whetted mine and my husband’s appetite for more trips abroad. Since we are so pleased with Friendly Planet, we of course would go through them if possible, and would surely recommend their services to our friends and family.

Catherine Felty

The hotel was over-the-top fabulous. I learned so much about the history and culture during this tour from very well-informed guides, who so obviously love their country and loved sharing their knowledge with us. I LOVED SHANGHAI. Loved our guide Alan - so well informed - so much fun. He had us in stitches the whole time. Tours were great - Silk factory REALLY caused me to willingly leave money in China! It was fascinating to learn the process from moth to finished product. In Hangzhou, I took my first ever bullet train ride. And first ever gondola ride too, West Lake and the gardens on the shore are really beautiful. Jinshan Museum was very well presented. I loved that the museum was built right on top of the dig site and we could actually see the work in progress. They had an excellent display of recovered artifacts. The Giant Panda Research Center was FANTASTIC. My prior travel has been on cruises or self-guided tours. Never again. Friendly Planet has me totally convinced that the best way to experience the sights and sounds and tastes and culture of a country/region is to LIVE it - not just walk around a port or jump on a bus to do activities that can be done at home.

Gali Thomas

I wanted to let you know personally how very much I enjoyed my recent tour with Friendly Planet. This is the first time I have toured with Friendly Planet and my first trip to Ecuador. The experience was everything I'd hoped for....and more! Our tour guide was outstanding. He was very informative, and we were able to learn much about the history of the country from him. He handled an unexpected change in plans (because of the volcano eruption) flawlessly and very professionally. I would definitely travel with Friendly Planet again....especially if Patricio is the tour guide!

Dianne Jernigan, Victoria, TX

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

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

Great trip. Historically fascinating, visually stunning. Cairo is a beautiful city, fun to explore. Most of all, so glad our guide arranged for a Hot Air Balloon ride over the Valley of the Kings. Not at all expensive and absolutely wonderful. Hope you have as much fun as we did.

Phil Eichmiller

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

I enjoyed an excellent trip to South Africa. The scenery, food, accommodations, bus transportation, guide service and schedule were all outstanding. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone.

Robert Johnson, Seattle, WA

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

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 recently returned from a Best of China Yangtze River Cruise and found every aspect of the tour to be top-notch. Our National Guide, Allen Wei Xing did everything possible to see that our travel went smoothly, that accommodations met our needs and that all dietary issues were satisfied. He met and exceeded all expectations. The travel program was well designed allowing enough time to experience all the major sights and experiences as well as allowing for free time to "chill" or explore on our own.

Marlene Jaglinski, Milwaukee, WI

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

My uncle and I just returned from the "Incredible Thailand" tour. Let me start by saying this was our second trip with Friendly Planet. We decided it was time to take another trip and didn't even bother with any other sites. We knew Friendly Planet was the way to go. This was the trip of a lifetime!! All of the accommodations were exquisite. The Temples were amazing. It was really interesting to see people trading, eating, and interacting at the Floating Market. The elephant trip through the jungle and orchid farm was breathtaking. I can't possibly begin to express how amazing our tour guide Lek was. It was like meeting a friend you hadn't seen in a while. She spoke proudly of her culture, her country, her people, and her King. Often when on driving portions of the tour, Lek would have our driver pull over so she could jump out and buy some of the local flavors. She also wanted to make sure that we didn't miss a single thing on this trip. When it was time to go our separate ways many of us said a tearful goodbye. So thank you again you made this trip more amazing than I could have ever hoped for.

Jessica Laffie, Pico Rivera CA

The best tour of my life.... and one of the least expensive. The experience of Friendly Planet and the guide really help to make things very smooth.

Ontario Lau

We just returned from our tour of China and we had a wonderful experience!! I would recommend this trip and company to anyone. Our guides were great, in particular our Shanghai guide Alan was extremely informative and very funny!! He made our tours in that city especially fun!

Hilary Hewitt, MIlton, Ontario

I just got back from the taste of India tour and it was awesome! I have never booked with a tour group before and really didn't know what to expect but everything was perfect and extremely organized. Our tour guide, Vikas, was absolutely incredible. He was knowledgeable, fun, and a true professional. I will definitely look at other vacations with Friendly Planet!! Thank you again!!!

Julie Shackett, Raleigh, NC

I just got back from my safari through Kenya. I cannot tell you what a fantastic time I had. The trip was so inexpensive that I didn't know what to expect. What I got was top shelf. I loved the accommodations and the meals were all excellent. The tour company in Kenya was superb. I truly loved every minute and have nothing negative to say. Well done!

Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT

Another amazing tour with Friendly Planet! I took the Treasures of Thailand tour last April and just returned from the Pyramids, Nile Cruise, and Petra tour. Friendly Planet provides the best accommodations--4 to 5-stars. The excursions are so well thought out. The guides are very knowledgeable and ready to help in any way they can if you need something. The quality of these tours is truly astonishing at any price and believe me they are a bargain. After 3 decades of travel, if I'm going on a tour, it's with Friendly Planet! Next up..Ecuador in the spring!

Vanessa Jackson, Monterey, CA

The trip to Japan was a wonderful trip. Both the trip and the Friendly Planet service will make you want to travel with them again! Great trip with great service.

Gaylene Weathers, Wichita, KS

I thought this was a very well planned tour. I found it to be very easy. The Hotel was nice and the breakfast bar was wonderful. The location was great with nice little pubs and restaurants within walking distance, and close to the tube. The tours were great with many sites to see. The Gala was the highlight, everything was top notch! The coach ride was comfortable and our tour guide kept us entertained. Over all one of my favorite trips to the UK. I would highly recommend Friendly Planet.

Cynthia Kelly

The national guide in Kusadasi and Ephesus was absolutely fantastic. He was so knowledgeable and excited about his country and what we were seeing! The hotel in Istanbul was excellent. It was centrally located. Gokham Baydur, the tour guide, was more than excellent. He is incredibly knowledgeable of the history of the various sites we toured and the etymology of place names. His use of the English language was excellent and he just made everything so interesting with his stories. The restaurants chosen really gave us the flavor of Turkey. Friendly Planet’s tour was perfect for me. I want to visit Turkey again

Sharon Tucker

Our group had a great time and was a good learning experience for all of us. Mr. Praveen was wonderful, dependable, very knowledgable and took care of every detail of our tour. He was an excellent tour director. Hotels are very nice and comfortable except for some mosquitoes. Looking forward for another tour maybe next year. Will recommend Friendly Planet to my friends

Celina Dazo, Cerritos, CA

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

Overall experience: excellent. Booking via the Internet was easy and without issues. [Our guide] Jihanna in Egypt [was] most knowledgeable on culture and history. [Petra was] spectacular and enchanting...it is not possible to see even a small portion of this place in the time allocated. My photographs are spectacular.

Lynn Starnes, Albuquerque, NM

Good value, great adventure, superb guide and driver, sign me up for the next trip.

Amanda Mccullough

This was the best vacation I have ever had! My boyfriend and I take yearly trips and this outshined all the rest! This package offered so much to do and so much to experience. The game drives were amazing and the places we stayed were amazing. The animals that we encountered were absolutely breathtaking. All the staff and local people that we met were friendly and helpful. Our tour guide Peter was extremely nice, funny, friendly, and highly knowledgeable. He made our experience even more prefect. I would highly recommend this trip!

Terri Cox, Philadelphia, PA

Just wanted to drop a note that this was a wonderful trip. My wife and I really enjoyed the group we were with and the hotels you selected were outstanding. The two different tour guides we had were top notch. We are traveling with you next to Israel and than South Africa. You give very good value for the dollar spent.

David Imel, Sarasota, Florida

From day one the communication and all documentation was excellent, on a scale from 1 – 10, I give you a 20. It couldn't have been better. Every question or concern was explained in detail and I always knew what to expect throughout the entire trip from the boarding of the Air China Flight in LA to getting back to LA after the trip was over. I wouldn't change a thing. We had enough free time and time with guides. Friendly Planet did a great job. I had never heard of Friendly Planet until we booked this trip, and now I'm looking at other trips sponsored by your organization.

Eric Finney