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By far this has been the best trip ever!!! Our tour guide Patricio and bus driver Edwin made our stay as pleasant as possible. They were courteous and attentive to everyone's needs and made us feel safe at all times. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who has never dared to venture to South America—you will not be disappointed!! The canoe ride up the Amazon river and the scenic panoramic view of the mountains will leave you breathless!

Ivonne Davila & Lucia Morales, Brooklyn, NY

This was the best tour I have been on. Phats, the guide was outstanding. He gave us the history, politics, economy and anything else we wanted to know. The food and lodging were outstanding. The history of Cambodia and the temples are fascinating. [Vietnam] is beautiful. Seeing the Hanoi Hilton was a real eye opener The trip I had to Thailand was great, but this was better. A great FP fan

William Ammon, San Diego, 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

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

I just returned and wanted to let you know that this trip was absolutely wonderful. It was very well put together, had a great itinerary, involved no surprises, and was a great value. The hotels were outstanding. I truly enjoyed the variety of activities especially in the Amazon Region. Based upon this great experience, I will definitely consider Friendly Planet again.

Theodore Lattanzio, New York, NY

Friendly Planet was absolutely wonderful! In every way possible. From the beginning of the process of me deciding on the Beijing & Shanghai Express, I was warmly greeted with excellent customer service, answers to my questions, and terrific local guides. I even made new friends on the trip. I would happily use Friendly Planet Travel again and recommend them to my friends and family. Trust me, it's as easy as a click, a phone call, and just step on the plane! Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.

Jared Davis

Wonderful tour. Absolutely first class all the way. Great food and incredible guide. Thanks 'Friendly Planet'. One of my best trips ever and I'm not new at this.

Sudie Sudendorf

We just returned from our China Delight tour. I have to say I'm surprising happy with the trip. We do not use tour companies. We like to plan our own trips. So my expectations were not very high for having a good time. But, I'm happy to say our trip went with out a hitch! From the time Vivian ( Who was wonderful the whole time) picked us up at the airport until we said our good byes. China was amazing and the people were very friendly. We will definitly use Friendly Planet again. Thanks again!

Dorie Bailey, Bakersfield, 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

I just returned and wanted to let you know that this trip was absolutely wonderful. It was very well put together, had a great itinerary, involved no surprises, and was a great value. The hotels were outstanding. I truly enjoyed the variety of activities especially in the Amazon Region. Based upon this great experience, I will definitely consider Friendly Planet again.

Theodore Lattanzio, New York, NY

I just want to let you know that my trip to Turkey was absolutely fabulous. Our guide Ibrihim was so knowledgeable about the country. We knew we were in good hands with him as our guide. Thank you for providing such a wonderful trip for such a good price.

Gale Bacon

The national and local tour guides were very organized and professional, Especially David the national tour guide was very informative and he did a great job, he was able to answer all of our questions about China. The hotel in Xian was so good ,we did not want to leave that hotel . This trip was the most memorable trip that my husband and I ever had...

Shohreh Fatehi, Irvine, CA

My wife and I just returned from our first Friendly Planet trip, which was to Ecuador. We were very pleased with the tour. The accommodations were very excellent. The transportation in the country was on a nice bus with an outstanding driver (Pablo). Our tour guide was Patricio Placencia. Patricio did a wonderful job as our leader. He is well informed, communicates well, relates well to the group and seeks to be sensitive to the group and its interests and needs. My wife didn't feel well early in the trip and he was very concerned and helpful to her. We were extremely pleased with him and he was very effective in presenting his country and his love for his country to the group. We commend you for having a tour guide who is talented, trained and effective as Patricio was. He was great and we feel blessed by having him show us Exotic Ecuador. Thank you very much!

James Mason, Marietta, GA

This was my first trip to China using FPT and it will certainly not be my last!! I was a little skeptical reading some of the reviews prior to my trip but I must say this was the most AMAZING tour I have ever taken. FPT made each and every connection as smooth as the silk I purchased at the silk factory. Our tour consisted of 30 people and our tour guide Vivian took care of each one as though they were the only one. Her commitment and dedication to service was totally unsurpassed. Her attention to detail was astonishing. She and John, our guide in Shanghai, made every excursion a little more memorable by adding a little something extra to our tour, for example, a rickshaw ride thru the city streets followed by a complimentary "pancake" for each person to enjoy. This was truly an exceptional tour, one I would like to repeat some day!

Rosa Leimann, Fort Worth, TX

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet Travel, and we were very nervous because the price was SO low! Well, we are extremely impressed with the service, the quality of the hotels, the tours, and overall experience we had on the Taj Mahal Express. It was a great way to see India for the first time. The value of this trip was amazing!!! Thank you for making our first trip to India an absolutely memorable one!

Hema Rupnarain

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

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 was a little unsure about booking a vacation with a bunch of strangers worried that I might be stuck with a group of people with whom I had no common interests or who wouldn't be interesting...wow was I ever wrong. The people I was with were all like old friends and we had a fantastic time in our travels through Thailand. Many of the people I was with will surely be lifelong friends. Friendly Planet did a great job of designing the trip and our guide Lhing did an incredible job of making sure we all got to see the things we wanted to see. I can’t say enough good things about the trip and I will definitely be booking more trips with Friendly Planet hopefully with some of the people from this trip.

Paul Macy, Rochester, WA

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

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

Great trip. Loved every minute of it (even the early mornings). We had a very knowledgeable guide, great hotels, great ship and great people. Great value for the money. I will travel again with Friendly Planet. I never thought I would see the Pyramids and sail up the Nile, but thanks to your company I did.

The Newtons/Overtons, Virginia Beach, VA

We recently completed the South African Explorer tour with the Victoria Falls Extension. It was my first time with Friendly Planet and will not be my last. In fact, I believe everyone on this tour had traveled with FP previously. This was a fantastic trip...from the perfect travel arrangements, to the wonderful accommodations, to the fabulous food. There wasn't ONE hiccup! If that wasn't enough, our tour guide, Pieter van Kraayenburg in Johannesburg, was absolutely terrific! He also accompanied us to the Shiduli Private Reserve and Kruger. Being a native South African, he knew first-hand the history of the country and was clearly well prepared with facts, dates, etc. to answer a myriad of questions from the group. I only wish he could have gone with us to Cape Town too! You guys are awesome!!

Mary Ewing, Dallas, Texas

We took the Exotic Ecuador trip in April. The hotels and lodges far out weighed our expectations. We were a group of 8 adults over the age of 60 and enjoyed every minute of this tour. Vivian, our guide, made it even more enjoyable with her sense of humor and great knowledge of her country. We have recommended this tour and Friendly Planet to everyone we know!

Ann Coleman, Quincy, MA

We just returned from your Incredible Thailand tour. As usual with Friendly Planet, everything was first rate. The tour was well planned, the hotels were fabulous and the support staff was excellent. We would particularly like to comment on our tour guide, nicknamed Lek. She was intelligent, well spoken, organized, thoughtful, hard working and caring. She went out of her way to make this a great vacation. We hope you pass these comments on to her supervisor in Thailand. Thank you, and we look forward to our next vacation with Friendly Planet.

Michael Gerhardt and Renate Harshaw, Newtown Square, PA

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

Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.

Kevin

Clearly the Egypt trip was the BEST value in traveling we've ever had, and, believe me, I search all over. I would heartily recommend that trip and, based on it, Friendly Planet for exceptional travel organization and service. Looking forward to traveling with you again.

Jean McGlaughlin, McClure, PA

“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

I've visited over 20 countries but this was my first journey to Asia and I had a fabulous time! During my Taste of Thailand tour I made many memories that I will cherish forever. The experience of riding atop a majestic elephant in tropical, stunningly picturesque rural Kanchanaburi, followed by a leisurely bamboo raft ride down the jungle ensconced River Kwai was truly priceless. Also, I found myself very touched by the history that was shared at the Hellfire Pass Memorial Museum. And, finally I must say that that I was especially grateful for our tour guide Lek Atchara. Not only was she knowledgeable, patient, and kind, but she also went out of her way to make sure my special dietary needs were accommodated. This is the first trip I've taken since I've become a vegetarian where I've been able to find such a variety of absolutely delicious local cuisine. This was one of my best vacations ever!

Michelle Denton, Atlanta, GA

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

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