Traveler Reviews

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This was the trip of a lifetime and was a phenomenal deal. I will definitely go on another Friendly Planet tour.

Stephanie Palmer, Studio City, CA

My sister and I had a wonderful time in the land of Egypt. The best parts for me were seeing the Temple of Queen Hopshepsut and riding up the Nile. I enjoyed my trip with Friendly Planet and will go on another. Thanks!

Denise Brown, Bowie, Maryland

It was wonderful to see the history of these wonderful cities. Everything was well-planned, the food and hotels were great. I'd travel with you again in a heartbeat.

Ann Moreton, Cincinnati, OH

Our Cuban trip with Friendly Planet was amazing! Great tour guides.

Ida Mousouris

My friends couldn't believe the price. The hotels were top of the line, and our guide was great. He was very knowledgeable, had a super sense of humor and was very organized. I would be happy to travel with Friendly Planet again.

Suzanne Blair, South Haven, MI

Two months ago, we took the Taste of Turkey tour, which we still enthusiastically talk about. It was truly spectacular thanks in great measure to our wonderful tour guide, Hakim. He was so thoroughly knowledgeable about both the ancient sites and modern Turkey that he kept us keenly interested in all we saw. We would be lucky to have him as our guide on any future tours.

Fred and Marion Richman, Clinton, CT

We had the most wonderful time of our life! The tour was well organized and the people in the group friendly. The tour director was very helpful and the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable. This was a very well planned tour that we would definitely recommend to our friends. A job well done indeed by your staff!

Mike and Meena Saujani, Barrington, IL

Just wanted to let you know that our guide on this tour, Kerri Michael, was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! She deserves a raise! Kerri was a terrific guide, giving us suggestions and guidance on everything imaginable. I have been on quite a few 'guided' tours over the years, and Kerri was by far one of the best guides I've ever had. She not only was our tour leader, but a friend.

Laura Dennison, Columbia, SC

Have been on 3 trips with Friendly Planet and would highly recommend them to anyone. We especially enjoyed Kenya and have been there 3 times. It is magical and once you have been that is the only vacation for you. Excellent food, first class lodgings , fantastic scenery like no where else on earth, and a sense of adventure that I have never felt on any of our travels. It beat China, Thailand and all the other countries that we have visited. You won't regret the trip.

Carolyn Hofacket, Napa, CA

Loved experiencing the land of Ireland and its people. A great taste. Food was good, hotels were great, bus was roomy and comfortable. The tours were well planned and truly a taste of Ireland. There was so much done...that we could not have managed on our own.

Marci Sweeney

This was our second trip with Friendly Planet, and it was absolutely wonderful. The safari vehicle was clean and comfy, and our guide Newton was a fountain of knowledge. The accommodations are great and we saw more animals than anyone could wish for. We hit the middle of migration and saw wildebeest as far as the eye could see. We saw all of the Africa Big Five and have memories that will last us a lifetime. Thank you Friendly Planet for another great trip!

Barbara Winbush, Harbor City, CA

The trip was perfect, we got more than expected.

Alejandro Corona

When our plane landed in Nairobi and we were walking down the steps, the first thing we saw was Marcie with a sign that said "Friendly Planet." I knew then that our family was in good hands. We loved traveling with other families and our six year old enjoyed his "friends from Africa." (Though in reality they were from LA and Minnesota). Raefael our tour guide rocked! The elephants were hiding because they don't like the migrating zebras and wildebeest so Raefael busted to find us one. He had eyes like an eagle. The only thing we didn't see was a rhino but being woken up by the hippo in front of my door compensated.

Carol Lindsay, Centerville Ut

This is one of the best of the many tours I have taken over the years, notably the quality of the accommodations, excellent guides in all cities, specially, SAM, who patiently stayed with us to the end. I have and will continue to highly recommend Friendly Planet. Very much a high-end budget package which was very flexible. Thanks for the hospitality from you as well as from the Chinese—so accommodating with a smile.

Shirley Bell

Great highlights of the country and the history. Knowledgeable and caring guides, and great accommodations. Well organized. I felt like I was always safe and in good hands. There was always someone that could answer my question or help out.

Marisa Gallegos

“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

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

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

We just returned from your Taste of Thailand tour. It was wonderful, and we are already talking about another trip with you! I can't say enough about our whole experience with Friendly Planet. From the very beginning you were helpful and prompt in communicating information to us so we could better plan our trip. Everything went so well. Our tour guide Lek was amazing! She shared Thailand's customs, people and treasures with us in such a way that we will never forget. She is truly one of Thailand's Treasures, and one of Friendly Planet's Treasures as well! Our hotels were amazing...we are still trying to figure out how you can put together such a remarkable trip for the money? Thank you so much for a trip of a lifetime. We are looking forward to traveling with you again!

Debra & Robert Woods

We were so impressed by the flow of tours, events, hotels and most of all the guides. Our national guide, Christina, was not just polite as some are, but she was efficient, friendly and patient. She made our group feel like a big family. Kudos to your company for choosing her as a guide! We will definitely use Friendly Planet again!

Lynn Fuller, Glen Ridge, NJ

FP [Friendly Planet] has the details down pat, and details can make or break a trip. The cost was amazing, considering airfare alone. I have used FP twice because I could not do said trips myself at the cost FP provides.

Dennis Weber

Heard about Friendly Planet from a doctor at the hospital where I work. I usually plan my vacations and this was the first time I used a tour company. Needless to say, it won't be my last. From the moment we arrived in China, it was wonderful. I could not believe how much I enjoyed China and the wonderful guides we encountered on this trip are responsible for that. The guides were from the regions we visited; four cities and three guides: Brenda, Susan and Michael. Michael accompanied us from the moment we arrived in China until we left for the States. Hotels were the best. We were able to do additional tours and I glad that I did. Loved China; love Friendly Planet.

Sonia Colon, Orlando, FL

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

...the best trip we ever took ... was your Beijing Express tour. Thank you. Our trip to China was PERFECT; a real 'peak' experience. Looking forward to going on your Athens Express trip as soon as we can.

Sterling Keck, Los Osos, CA

Thanks Friendly Planet for all of your help. You were wonderful. You were always willing to go out of your way to make this trip to Egypt work for me. You always responded to my contacts in a timely manner. Thank you so much.

Beverly Ford

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

My Tokyo Express trip was wonderful. I thought the accommodations were superb. Hotel Okura offered the best amenities. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in going to Tokyo.

Mary Kolb, Jackson, MI

Our first tour with Friendly Planet was wonderful. Every day was better than we were expecting. Our tour guide, Isa Levent Gurcavdi is very knowledgeable. She must be teaching history in a university. Overall the tour is really well managed. In the future we'd like to take another tour with Friendly Planet.

Norma & John Higgins, Stamford, CT

Everything was perfectly arranged. All transportation to and from different places was punctual, comfortable and efficient. Thank you for making our vacation so easy and so smooth. It was our best trip ever!

Jeff & Sandi Horton, Waco, TX

My husband and I just got back from the "Ecuador and Galapagos" trip with Friendly Planet. It was our first trip with them and we are ready to sign up for another! It was a fabulous trip and extremely well planned and conducted. We were impressed with every aspect of the trip and felt it was everything we had hoped. The tour guides were knowledgeable, on time, and gave us a wonderful insight into the culture of Ecuador. The Galapagos portion on the M/N Santa Cruise was outstanding! Each of the guides on had in-depth knowledge of the wildlife and provided a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thanks for a great trip!

Mary Ann Esfandiari, Ellicott City, MD