Traveler Reviews

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Each time I emailed with questions, it was answered within 24 hours. The information provided before the tour was excellent.

Angela Lusk

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

My wife Barbara and I just recently returned after a wonderful Safari Tour of Kenya. We were treated royally by everyone associated with this tour we were met as planned and escorted throughout our Kenya leg of the tour we were treated well by experienced tour guides who drove us to view almost every animal that existed in the Parks. We were also treated to view a Lion eating her recent kill and a kill by a Cheetah which may be gory for some but it is the animals' existence in this world. We would like to thank all of the people that we meet representing Friendly Planet for this memorable wonderful vacation. We highly recommend using Friendly Planet for this and future tours. We are currently looking for another vacation with Friendly Planet.

Patrick McGoogan, Ancaster, Ontario

WOW!! We cannot begin to convey how amazing our trip was. David Bai, our tour guide, was fantastic, accommodating and overall phenomenal. The food, hotels, and all arrangements were wonderfully trouble-free. We will highly recommend China and already planning our next Friendly Planet tour. Thank you for a most memorable holiday!

Wendy & Bruce Longman, New Port Richey, FL

Wayne and I (the token Canadians) wanted to let you know that every detail of our "A Taste of Vietnam" trip was fantastic!!!! Departing early in the morning for this trip helped with the jet lag plus the weather was cooler. Our hosts ("Long" in HCMC and "Phong" in Hanoi) were enthusiastic, professional and extremely knowledgeable. They were very patient with our group and repeated themselves on occasion. It was a pleasure listen to the historical/cultural information while taking in the breathtaking scenery. The hotels were excellent and the pool at Equatorial was fantastic. The transportation was on time, comfortable and the drivers were awesome. Food in Vietnam for this Jewish, chicken-intolerant diet was the best ever! The variety was amazing! Beth, the flights on CI were excellent and service on board was attentive and gracious (says this standard airline employee!). No issues with Asian vegetarian meals (though congee was the staple for breakfast) Wayne's wheelchair service was spot on at every city (other than HCMC. He was dropped off at an empty "Gate 6"...it was more comical than anything). The guest profile on our trip was well versed and well traveled. Loved, loved, loved this trip! We can't wait to book another (but I promised some home renos first). Can't wait to plan our next trip with all of you! It was just great! (and yes!!! We will book excursions in advance!!!!) (((((hug))))

Wayne and Charlie, Canada

My husband and I have just returned from our tour "Exotic Ecuador". I highly recommend this trip. We saw so much in such a short period of time. We loved the diversity of the trip... both the beautiful landscape (mountains, volcanos, rivers, jungle), as well as the fun activities offered (tubing, zip line, bungee jumping, hiking, karaoke..hope you sing better than I do.) The price was extremely reasonable and the accommodations and food were excellent. We also appreciated the opportunity to immerse ourselves into native life by enjoying their food, crafts, and entertainment. Above all, i want to applaud our excellent guide, Patricio, and our competent driver, Pablo. These two guys really knocked themselves out to be informative, helpful, and flexible. They are friendly, lowkey and patient. I particularly want to thank Pablo for tolerating my pathetic attempts at Spanish. Don't miss this tour! We've traveled to many places in the world but I can't recall having more fun anywhere than with this great group of travelers and outstanding staff.

Rose Krueger, St Augustine, Florida

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

This trip was great. We had so much fun and adventure. Food and hotels were great. People should take this trip just to stay in the two hotels that had live fireplaces. Patricio, our guide, and Jaime, our driver, were outstanding. Jaime did a great job driving the mountain roads and keep the bus very clean. Ecuador is a "Hidden Treasure". Viva South America!

Lois and Warren Martinek, New Gretna, New Jersey

Literally just arrived home from our trip to Ecuador and could not wait to share what my friends and I have nominated as the Best Tour Trip Ever. Patricio was fabulous and made us feel like friends/family. The driver, Daniel, took wonderful care of us as well. Each hotel we arrived at made us want to pinch ourselves. The food was delicious and we all want recipes. Wonderful vacation! Wonderful price!

Helene Mako, St. Petersburg, FL

Not only is a Friendly Planet tour, fun, well-organized and very fairly priced—you really stick behind your customers. That's pretty rare these days. Thank you.

Angela Whitehill, Island Heights, NJ

Everything on the tour [Vietnam and Cambodia] was excellent and the coordination was fantastic. It made travelling so easy with all the connections and details being taken care of. I was particularly impressed by the trip to Sapa which offered even more unique experiences.

Naomi Lerman

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

Just returned from our Thailand trip 9/20 - 9/28 and it was a fantastic tour. We had a great Tour Guide and the sites we visited were very very nice. The food is great and the Thai people are super friendly. Only wish we would have extended to Phuket and Cambodia. Next time. Our group was the best we have had compared to the two other tours we have been on. Great hotels and the buffet breakfast were a feast. Can't wait for our next Friendly Planet Tour.

Mary Williams

Traveling to East Africa has been a long awaited dream for me. Last November, I was finally able to realize my dream by going on Friendly Planet's 2 week jeep safari to Kenya and Tanzania. The trip was organized locally by Vintage Africa. I cannot sing enough praises for Vintage Africa, and especially our driver guide in Kenya, James Mungai. James was an extremely knowledgeable and attentive guide. His ability to intelligently answer all of our sometimes unusual questions and spot wildlife from miles away never ceased to amaze us. James went out of his way to accommodate our needs and was always patient with all our requests, from stopping to photograph every sunset and tree cluster to positioning his vehicle for the perfect photo opportunity. As a seasoned traveler, I can truly say that this trip has been one of my favorites and having James as our guide contributed to making it so memorable. I can only hope that my next group excursion will be as enjoyable and well organized.

Magda Laska

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 just wanted to drop a note and tell you how much I enjoyed this whole experience with Friendly Planet. It was by far the easiest and best tour I have done. From airport transportation at the beginning all the way to return to the airport. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful, our room was always very clean and stocked with teas, etc. The breakfast was wonderful, I had no problem picking lots of gluten-free choices. The servers kept our cups full. The bus and boat tour with Frank was a hoot. He made the day fun plus he was so well informed I learned lots of new interesting facts about London's history. Highclere castle was amazing. I thought the Gala was just lovely and the whole evening so pleasant. My meal was perfect and even had some very good gluten-free courses. What a wonderful birthday I celebrated this year. Not sure how I can top it. Thank you so much for all your hard work and planning. I am all ready looking at another trip to Italy and will try and use Friendly Planet again.

Cynthia Kelly

My husband and I just returned from Cuba. We really enjoyed the trip. Our traveling companions were great! Terri Ross was our tour guide. She did an excellent job, as did Gretel, the local guide, and Michael, the driver. We felt that Friendly Planet took us places other tour groups didn't go. And for a very reasonable price! This was our second trip with Friendly Planet, and we recommend them highly.

Kris Leston, Glen Ellyn, IL

Just a short word about how WONDERFUL our trip was recently to Thailand!!! It was awesome and our tour guide, Jerry, was the best we've ever encountered.

Doris Pecorino-Tzimolis, Los Angeles, CA

My husband, Jeff, and I want to personally acknowledge the excellent job our tour guide did on our recent trip to Ecuador. Vivian Vera had extensive knowledge about the history, politics, flora and fauna, culture, music, handicrafts, etc. and she shared it in such a friendly way. She understood the diverse personalities of strangers, and kept us all on track and engaged. I can't say enough about the difference she made on our trip, which was excellent all around. Vivian deserves a big raise!

Peg & Jeff Balano

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

Vacationing in Italy for Spring Break was our 13-year-old son's idea. We hadn't a clue how to pull it all together in less than 5 weeks, and then a friend recommended Friendly Planet. From the get-go (meaning my initial contact with your reservation agent), I knew that we would be in good hands. The tour of 8 key cities in Italy, including Rome, Florence, Venice, and Siena, was beyond our wildest expectations. And the price was right! And our charming tour guides were one better than the other! We also enjoyed the company of our fellow travelers -- all truly wonderful people. Since then, every chance I get, I recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends.

Fran Carpentier, New York, NY

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

This trip was 100 times above my expectations. I cannot say enough great things about our tour guide Sam, and the local guides were also wonderful. I was blown away with how nice the hotels were. We saw some amazing sites, the camera never stopped! The guide in Chengdu took us when the pandas were active and made sure to time our visit with the red pandas during feeding time, and we avoided large crowds. Sam took us out of his way when we all wanted to go to a tea house. I even enjoyed the optional excursions in Shanghai, which I wasn't sure would be of much interest to me. Top show of the trip; Tang Dynasty show! Don't think twice about going, just go!

Courtney Preston, Elmira, NY

I have been desiring/needing to comment on how wonderful our Machu Picchu trip in November was! It really was a spectacular trip -- certainly for the cost! Migel, our tour guide, was simply incredible! I look forward to purcahsing from Friendly Planet again and I recommend you to friends and family.

Dana Bouterie, Houston, TX

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!

Jeannie Shu

The tour exceeded my wildest expectations...and I'm a seasoned and frequent traveler. The hotel and cruise staff were very kind and patient, and the cruise personnel unbelievably alert and considerate, anticipating needs before one had ever thought about it. The best time of my life...

Evelyn Ronell, Secaucus, NJ

Friendly Planet does it right and does it well. Your focus is on the traveler, your service is very responsive, and your prices are very reasonable. The real advantage to a novice traveler, such as myself, comes from having experts who take the hassle and the fear out of the unknown (new countries), and the guided tours are well organized and very instructive. Friendly Planet is one of the best, if not the best, travel agencies that I will [travel with] again and again.

Dana Davis, Wyncote, PA

I judge the value of a vacation by the desire to return. After seeing Greece on this tour, I most certainly want to go back.

Carol Gargan

I went to Egypt with you last year and just got back from the Morocco trip. Both were fantastic. I love Friendly Planet's service. It is outstanding. I couldn't say enough good things about the hotels, how well organized everything is, the guides, the whole works!!

Anna Schmidt, La Grange, TX