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I am writing to express my happiness and joy at this last vacation I just had. My boyfriend Tony and I booked the Friendly Planet 11 day Kenyan Safari. We had a group of seven wonderful people with us but what made it so much better was the guide, Daniel Muthee. Daniel is extremely nice, prompt and his vast knowledge base of Kenya, the peoples, tribes, customs and animals is encyclopedic. He made the trip so very special, from FINDING and explaining all the animals, lining us up for great photographic shots and using the driving skills of a NASCAR driver on those so called roads. I think it is important that you know what an asset he is to your company. I have used Friendly Planet in the past (Cuba last March) and am very happy with it. I plan on using you again when I take vacations where tours are necessary – I am not rally a tour type of person but you do it right.Thanks for the memories!

Ann Marie Anise

We just returned from our vacation to Peru. I must admit we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the hotels, the airline, and the professionalism of each individual that we dealt with. It was my dream to visit Machu Picchu and Friendly Planet made this an amazing experience. All three tour guides were knowledgeable and very friendly. They went above and beyond to make this experience unique for us. We will definitely be booking another tour with Friendly Planet again.

Beth Chevere, Waterbuty ,CT

This was a great trip at a reasonable cost to re-discover Havana after almost 14 years since last visit - not much has changed. Our Cuban tour guide Laura was great and the pace of the trip was enjoyable. We saw plenty of venues during the day and usually had the evenings to ourselves to explore the restaurants and nightlife of the city. I would recommend the Discover Havana tour for anyone desiring to see Havana, drink Mojitos, hear good music, savor fine dining inexpensively, smoke a good cigar, and/or have a good time.

Trav Paine, Augusta, GA

What a glorious trip! We will surely recommend this excursion to our family and friends that were not able to accompany us. The small group size was nice. Our guide Patricio was exceptional, very knowledgeable and organized and a true ambassador for his country; he is an asset to the company! We saw so much in so little time, the trip was very economical. Thank You for the memories!

Marsha Neuman, Sheffiled Lake, OH

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 have been on many trips using a number of different companies, but we have never experienced the perfection of travel [we saw] on this Friendly Planet tour. I can begin [with] Turkish Airlines: friendly, new spacious planes and great food.

Norm Ivers, Oakland, New Jersey

The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!

Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ

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 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

Once again Friendly Planet delivered. Best of South Africa was truly a fantastic trip! This was our fourth trip with Friendly Planet and it will not be our last! The guides (especially in Karongwe Game Reserve) and hotels were great. Well done!!

D Pedersen, WA

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

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for an exceptional time on my recent trip to Egypt with you. It was a trip I've always wanted to take so it was important to me and you didn't let me down. We covered the best in our days together, the accommodations were great and the staff we dealt with throughout was superior. In the hotel, on the boat, our bus driver and our security. A+ customer service and beyond that, they were great people I enjoyed getting to know. Our Director kept everything running flawlessly and our guide was the best. He spent the most time with us and showed us an Egypt we won't ever forget. His knowledge and passion were a capstone to an incredible trip and I looked forward to what he would share with us each day. That is something I'm missing already. My thanks to all of you.

Lana Tannozzini

The Best of India and Nepal tour was absolutely wonderful. Our guide Vishal was knowledgeable, helpful, patient and funny. We learned so much that I am still processing it in my sleep. India is a country of vitality, energy, smiles and vibrant colors. Accommodations were excellent. Take this tour, and if you are lucky enough to have Vishal as a guide, it will be even more memorable.

Terry Aleman, Dayville, CT

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

Meena and I immensely enjoyed the tour, guide and the company of many friends. The hotel accommodations and the meals were superb. The Lake Crossings to Argentina and the Iguassu Falls were spectacular views. We plan to take China and Egypt tours with Friendly Planet soon. We have been talking to many of our friends to join us in 2008 vacation adventure with Friendly Planet, who makes exciting excellent arrangements, worry-free. Looking forward to the companionship and friendship during our 2008 vacation.

Ram & Meena Ramachandran, Richmond, Virginia

We all had a wonderful time and marveled at how clean, pretty and safe Havana was. We particularly liked our visit to the Center for Adult Day Care where we were asked to go onto a stage so the 200 or so people at the Center, a former convent, could welcome us. The Director asked if any of us wanted to say something to them in Spanish. I volunteered and in the best Spanish I could muster at the time told them "we were happy to be in Cuba, that we were from the United States of America, and that we hoped they were happy we were there." The crowd burst into a loud, sustained applause. When we came off the stage and filed past the audience, everyone reached over to shake our hands. It was very touching and almost brought us to tears as we didn't expect such a hardy welcome from Cubans.

Dede Emerson

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

This was my second [Friendly Planet] experience, and once again, I'm very, very happy. Thanks!

Benjamin Faresich

I just came back from my Barcelona trip and HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE! You and your company run an excellent tour and I feel I owe you money!

Charise McCondichie

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

We returned from our South African tour on the 25th of May. Accommodations, food, transportation and tour guides were wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. We have traveled with Friendly Planet before on the Pyramids and Nile Cruise. This trip was completely up to the same standards as the trip to Egypt. Will definitely travel with Friendly Planet again.

Jack & Deanna Warren, Beavercreek, OR

We were totally satisfied with our tour; flawless organization, great tour director and guide (Patricio Placencia), excellent accommodations, good service, very safe ride, well-chosen itinerary that exposed us to a great variety of places and local people.

Yves Q.

It was a wonderful trip! As usual, FP had everything planned and very carefully handled. Our accommodations and transportation was great. I have to say that our guide was the best and most knowledgeable leader. I will definitely travel with FP again.

Sharon Hughes, Corinth, MS

First and foremost, as a couple that has travelled extensively around the globe, this trip was without question the "best of the best" in all material respects. From the point of arrival, to the point of departure, your "on-the-ground" team did an outstanding job of maintaining the right balance between chaperone and tour guide. From the perspective of an educational experience, this trip completely dispelled our "American" perceptions, presumptions and preconceived notions of the country, the people and the culture. We left Havana with a clear sense of the history, economy, and political environment within "today's Cuba" -- a compliment to our Itinerary so carefully crafted by your team. We also left wanting more, which is always a good feeling. We would gladly return to Cuba (via Friendly Planet) down the road. Our compliments to you and your staff for an exceptional experience!

Dennis J. Pitocco

I was planning to cancel my participation in the tour, having recently sustained two fractures in my right hip. At the last minute, hoping I would not be a drag on the rest of the group, and being assured that a wheelchair would be made available, I made the trip. The accommodations, food and service at all the hotels were first-class. The optional tours were too good to miss. The guides did a fantastic job in keeping us informed as to what we were visiting, and, more importantly, in continually checking that we were enjoying every experience to the max. We were given excellent opportunities to indulge in shopping, but were never pressured to buy. All our guides made sure I was part of the group at all times, and my temporary disability proved no drawback. My use of the wheechair was discarded after I reached the top of the Great Wall with the help of my cane. You are fortunate to have Peter Pi as a national guide. Both he and Jon Wang went way beyond their duties to befriend every tour guest. For me the tour gave new meaning to "The Experience of a Lifetime!" Thanks Friendly Planet.

Dorothy Kellher, Palm Beach, FL

The tour was well worth the money spent. I would definitely go with your company again! Everything was beyond our expectations. Thanks for a very well organized tour!!

June Dimalanta, Pensacola, FL

We recently returned from the Thailand tour. We want to say that this was really a wonderful experience in observing the culture of this country. It consisted of day after day of new and exciting experiences. We especially want you to know what a great job our tour guide, Tajma Earkanna, did on this tour. She worked very hard to make sure every one on the tour got the most they possibly could from it. She epitomizes the warmth and gentleness of this country. We have traveled with Friendly Planet before and plan to do so in the future.

Betty and George Jansen, Viera, FL

I was very pleasantly surprised with the arrangements included on this tour. This was my first time traveling with Friendly Planet Travel and I highly recommend them for this trip. Thank you very much for the memorable experience to see Borneo and Bangkok. Keep up the good work!

Julia Sotory

This safari was a dream come true! We saw so many animals! Every animal that I had dreamed about seeing was in abundance! Best lodging, great food and the guides were superb! I would go again today if I could!

Sue Wingerter, Saratoga, CA

Excellent everything! Good value, well planned. We saw so many things. This was a good use of time. Food and hotels were great. I will recommend you to others and will travel with you again.

Mark & Tammy Neumann