Traveler Reviews

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This was a wonderful tour. Our tour leader Trish was just outstanding as was Osmin and the driver Roberto. They tried to accommodate our needs and requests. I could not have imagined a better organized trip. The hotels were more than adequate and the restaurants and food served was exceptional. Thank you Friendly Planet for making Cuba a very enjoyable and memorable experience. I will not hesitate to recommend the company and have already decided to book another tour with you.

Patricia Pitt, The Villages, FL

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.

Nina Thrower

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!

Arthur Tucker

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

I had a wonderful time, and think Friendly Planet did a fantastic job with coordination of flights, bus transfers, and our hotel in Athens. Thank you for providing such a comprehensive package. I will definitely be recommending Friendly Planet to my friends!

Dr. Karen Thomas, Baltimore, MD

Just returned from the Highlights of Havana and Varadero trip. It was fantastic. Absolutely perfect. The itinerary was complete with fascinating and well chosen things to see and experience. Our guide Sarah Parker was wonderful, very talented and such fun to be around. Everyone loved her. Thank you so much!

Nancy Koritz, Ladera Ranch CA

Matt, the guide was excellent, very attentive. When he was explaining the sites he was patient and knowledgeable. The hotels were excellent and the tours that were included on trip were great.

Emelda Ellertsen

This...was a terrific and inexpensive way to see the beauty and history of Southeast Asia. There was a very good balance of group and leisure time, and the accommodations were excellent.

Jennifer Rumain, Philadelphia, PA

We had such a good time! You can tell from some of our photos. We all four agreed it was one of our favorite trips. Wonderful accommodations as well as outstanding tours! We even elected to add on a couple of side trips because we were so impressed with what you had to offer. We didn't want to miss anything. Thank you. We will definitely keep spreading the word to all our friends. Your company not only provides wonderful excursions, but great value for the money.

Joe & Judy Puckett + Bob & Danna Siverts

This was my second trip with Friendly Planet, and will not be the last. I'm so pleased with the excellent VALUE of these tours! Excellent guides, wonderful itineraries, good accommodations, ample food: and all at a very reasonable price. I think Friendly Planet does an excellent job of supplying an excellent experience.

Joyce Awramik

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

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet and we highly recommend it. We not only saw the highlights of China but also enjoyed exceptional accommodations and meals, and all for a reasonable cost. Everything was well organized, the guides were very knowledgeable and friendly and we feel like we learned so much. Thank you Friendly Planet.

Gary Wright, Fresno, CA

I have been recommending Friendly Planet tours to family, friends and co-workers. I have been on two tours now and am completely addicted!

Amy Imdieke

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

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 love traveling with FP [Friendly Planet] because the service is reliable and always first rate. The guides and their knowledge are unbelievable. They know so much and seem to enjoy what they do making everyone feel right at home.

A.K. Schmidt

This world traveler gives Friendly Planet's Pyramids & Nile Cruise excursion 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up! Truth be told, given the low cost of this tour, we expected a mid-grade vacation. What we received was first class all the way! Every minute was packed with amazing sights, sounds and adventures. We couldn't believe the level of service, the caliber of our tour guides, the variety of activities and the quality of our accommodations. Friendly Planet exceeded our expectations in every way. Since this was our first "group tour," we were concerned being stuck with a group. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. The folks on our tour were fun, friendly and with similar adventurous spirit. With the small group size, we never felt "crowded." Plus, my husband and I received plenty of downtime to feel re-energized and enough "alone time" to still find romance. A big thank you to Friendly Planet for making ours a remarkable experience that will be remembered forever! We look forward to taking another trip with you soon!

Annabel Eyrick, St. Louis, MO

When we saw the price of this trip I booked it as a joke. My wife and I had never done an organized trip like this. Well, we were blown away by the whole experience. The guide Panu was wonderful and the trip was the best value I have ever had in my many travel experiences. We have two more trips booked with you and are really looking forward to them. Your company is the best kept secret around and we are glad that we tried you.

Brian & Marilyn Goldman, Toronto, Canada

“It was easy, everything was set up by FP. All, I had to do was pack, have my passport ready and be ready to have a good time! Tuk was an amazing guide! She has such a great attitude, very funny and very knowledgable!! Loved the elephant trekking through the jungle! “

Sonyia

I have to say special thanks to Beth , Kristin and all the other Friendly Planet representatives who assisted me in planning my trip. You are all so kind and helpful, your customer service sets a benchmark that all others should aim for. Thanks for making this vacation a most memorable one form my husband and me.

Marcia Stowe

Our guide was the very best I have ever had on any trips during more that 40 years of travel.

Jeanette Harrington

Just returned from Turkey and it was wonderful, I am recommending it to all my friends. Isa, our tour director/guide was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, funny and flexible. This was the third trip we had with Friendly Planet. We greatly enjoyed all the guides, but Isa really excels. He made the trip.

Arlene Coppersmith, Dearborn Heights

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

“This was a trip of a lifetime and we had an awesome time! After every game drive, we thought how could they top that but the next game time would be just as fun. This was our first trip with Friendly Planet. We are extremely happy to find reasonable prices that gave us very nice hotels and tours. I will recommend Friendly Planet to my family and friends and have already started to look for our next tour to take with Friendly Planet.”

Jackie Amos

My first experience with Friendly Planet was last February when I booked their Best of South Africa tour. Actually that was my first group tour ever. I'm sort of a travel junky and had always avoided group tours. Friendly Planet had set up basically what I wanted to do so I decided to take a chance with them. To let you know how pleased I was, I booked the very same tour for this January. I was again pleased with just about everything. The guides are all top notch and really know their stuff. The trip ran smoothly primarily because of their skills in handling any problems that arose. BTW All the places we stayed were fabulous. If you are, like I was, reluctant to go the group tour route, give Friendly Planet a try and I'm sure you'll be as much of a fan as I am now. One of the things I loved is that as a member of the group you have the freedom to do what you like. If you want to pass on one of the organized tours to either do something different or even stay back at the hotel and rest that choice is respected. Two thumbs up for Friendly Planet's Best of South Africa tour!

Lani Tierney, Junction City, WI

I've taken 2 trips with FP. I have been recommending them to my friends, family and co-workers. Both trips were guided by wonderful English speaking residents. The accommodations were 3-4 star and the meals were great. Transportation was on air conditioned/heated coaches with plenty of space for all. They are especially friendly to the single traveller. How they do this for what I pay them I don't know...but I'll keep coming back!

Kathy Davis, Irving, TX

This is the second trip I've been on with Friendly Planet. I always feel I get my money's worth on the trip. Each day is packed with things to see & experience and the guides are knowledgeable, friendly and take care of everything to make sure the trip runs smoothly.

Cathleen Madge

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

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

Our trip was absolutely fantastic...the best hotels, travel guides, buses and meals. Friendly Planet planned everything; from top to bottom and to tell you the truth it was the best experience ever. Worth every dollar spent! Well done guys!

Juan Trujillo, Santiago, Chile