Traveler Reviews

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Our group had a great time and was a good learning experience for all of us. Mr. Praveen was wonderful, dependable, very knowledgable and took care of every detail of our tour. He was an excellent tour director. Hotels are very nice and comfortable except for some mosquitoes. Looking forward for another tour maybe next year. Will recommend Friendly Planet to my friends

Celina Dazo, Cerritos, CA

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

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

The Friendly Planet staff was responsive to questions and concerns. Everything promised occurred as it was promised and there were some nice bonuses added by our local tour guides. We are flat out impressed at the quality of this trip given the very reasonable price. Our guide for Borneo was great. Our guide for Bangkok was thorough and took good care of us. Batang Ai was the real highlight of the whole trip. The hotel and the visit to the Iban longhouse village were great experiences. The hotel in Kuala Lumpur was the top of the trip. Our tour guide was excellent and added an additional half day tour to our itinerary (for a fee) as well as a Malaysian dinner and show (no additional charge).

Carolyn Kostelecky

We had a really wonderful time in Cuba, on this our 2nd FP tour (Galapagos, 2013). Our leader, Connie Dineen, was terrific! She called us at home before the trip, just to introduce herself and to see if we had any questions, needs, or concerns. While in Cuba, she was always cheerful, efficient, and helpful -- ready and eager to do anything we needed, such as making restaurant reservations or giving recommendations for shopping, extra sightseeing, etc. When we got home in the US, she even sent us a thank-you card! Our hotels and group meals and cultural activities were all great on our trip, as was our local Cuban guide, Osmin. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for giving us an unforgettable experience and a unique and special educational adventure!

Jack Karolewski, Davis CA

Our tour was excellent, and everything was handled very professionally. Friendly Planet is the best travel service that I've ever used. You really differentiate yourselves from other travel companies by giving attention to detail, personal service and discretionary effort.

The Crittendons, San Ramon, CA

I just returned from the Kenya Wildlife Safari trip and I can't stop raving. The trip far exceeded my expectations. Everything from the guides to the accommodations and food was wonderful. Going to Africa was a truly life changing experience.

Sarah Jones, Astoria, NY

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

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

My husband and I recently returned from our first Friendly Planet trip (Budapest, Vienna and Prague by Rail). We had a great experience! We are independent travelers and like to be on our own without much planning beforehand. Friendly Planet gave us the convenience of a travel agency for all the logistics, but still maintained the freedom to spend our time abroad as we pleased. All our accommodations were above our expectations. We very much look forward to taking more of these trips in the future, including some guided tours. Thank you so much, Friendly Planet!

Angela Griffith, Reading, PA

The trip to Kenya and Tanzania was absolutely wonderful. The game driver and guides were excellent, and the accommodations were very very nice. I also took the Dubai extension and the place was fabulous and fun. Friendly Planet does a great job. I have traveled with them many times and will continue to make my travel plans with them.

Ronald Underwood, Oak Park, CA

We have taken two trips with Friendly Planet and have a third one scheduled. If you keep the prices at their level and the service as perfect as it's been, we will be lifelong customers! We are astounded at how smoothly and efficiently these trips are. The local people who meet us and transport us are always there, helpful, and friendly.

Colin & Pam Nelson

I want to thank the entire Friendly Planet team for one of the best vacations I had in Egypt! Thank you for taking care of us. We had the best tour guides and we really felt safe because your team really took good care of us. Thanks again. I'm ready for my next trip with Friendly Planet.

Liliana Torre Verdugo

This was an amazing experience, particularly the Vietnam segment. Our guide, Nguyen Van Thuyen, was simply exceptional. He really enjoyed interacting with each of us, and was full of knowledge and perspective on the history and rapid change in the country. Add to that an engaging persona and an itinerary that surpassed expectations and you have an unforgettable experience. Also loved the accommodations. Excellent value.

Larry Lee, Lansing, MI

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

From a Friendly Planet post tour survey: 'Is there anything that we could do to make our service better?' How does one improve perfection? Friendly Planet is # 1 in my book.

John P. Ostrica

“We had a wonderful vacation and would book through you again. I really loved that this was an 'at your own pace tour', but all of the details were taken care of…I am over all very pleased. The islands are an amazing place to visit. I would love to go back again. I really enjoyed not having to worry about getting to and from everywhere. Everyone on the front end was also fantastic. “

Sarah J. Payne

Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.

Kevin

Our guides Patty and Nan were just great. The highlight of the trip for me and many others was riding elephants on the optional tour in Chiang Rai.

Cindy Schultz, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

This was the trip of a lifetime. We met so many wonderful people and remain in contact with them. I cannot thank you enough. I will see the world only with Friendly Planet. And like I said before, your new logo should be "Friendly Planet: Welcome to your new addiction." Thanks again for a wonderful trip.

Christian J. Cavender, New York

We just returned from your Tokyo Express tour and we had the time of our lives. The tour itinerary was good, the hotel was beautiful and the city tour was great. Your guides spoke beautiful English and answered all our questions about Japan. I would like to have added another day or two since a lot of the week was in getting there and back, but I want to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip and look forward to booking with you again.

George & Laurie Hernandez, Rancho Cucamonga 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

Friendly Planet has put together an exceptional tour package at a fabulous price. We enjoyed so many of China's offerings and the information our guides gave us enhanced our appreciation. (You cannot appreciate the importance of what you are seeing without background information.) I preferred joining the organized events, but we were allowed plenty of time if you enjoy exploring on your own. I joined the tour alone, but my fellow travelers were so wonderful, I never felt alone.

Connie Clark

My husband and I went on the Greek Isles and Turkey cruise in October. We had a wonderful time! We had plenty of time to tour the islands, come back to the ship, relax and then set out again for dinner and nightlife ashore. The hotel in Athens had a rooftop restaurant with a beautiful view of the Parthenon. Many of the travelers on the boat had already done several trips with Friendly Planet and spoke highly of them. We can't wait until our next Friendly Planet trip. The only hard part was deciding which one to do next!

Leesa Haslam, Atkinson, NH

We have just returned from South Africa via your Best of South Africa tour. The country is amazing. The tour guides were awesome, making the trip so enjoyable with their knowledge and love for their country. Ameen M in Cape Town and Graeme M for Joburg and Kruger. I would love to have them both as guides again. We saw the big 5 in Kruger the first day with our guide Sam, amazing person. Karongwe with its off road travel in the Range Rover was a dream. We have already booked our next trip for Sept and are bringing along some friends. We can't wait. Friendly Planet delivered quality.

Hafeeza Muhammad, Philadelphia, PA

Friendly Planet provided me with every detail and information I needed, whether I called or emailed for the info.... [At the hotels] EVERY staff member was bilingual, and guest were made to feel at home. Every request was IMMEDIATELY taken care of, including my request for scissors to cut the zip tie that was placed on my luggage. [The food was] 5 star quality. Tickled all of my senses. The freshness and variety, presentation and flavor all took me by surprise. The food alone is reason to return....Everything was smooth and easygoing. It was like visiting with family. How could you top that?

Diana Gutierrez

My partner and I just returned from the tour of Cambodia and Vietnam. The tour exceeded all of my expectations. The tour guides were excellent. The transportation was all handled very well. The hotels were all top-rate. The food was great (just too much). People on my tour were very congenial. And all of them kept commenting that they did not know how such and excellent tour could be offered for such a reasonable price. Thank you so much. I will definitely consider another Friendly Planet tour in the future.

Rick Murphy, Rugby, TN

I have just returned from a great trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Our local Shanghai guide, Tracy, was so gracious, charming and knowledgeable about everything. Our national guide, Peter, was very organized and efficient. He was able to adjust elements of the trip according to weather and traffic changes without missing anything. He kept a running commentary on all aspects of Chinese history and current life. We were very impressed with his ability to make us welcome and informed. He is the best I have encountered anywhere. I highly recommend this trip.

Ron Alexander, Beaumont, TX

I loved this tour. The guide, Isa Levant was wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. The hotels were deluxe. The food very good. I am an artist and my next show is inspired by what I saw in Turkey. I am including some of my paintings.

Esther Charbit, Chicago, Il

This tour exceeded all my expectations! The national tour guide, Peter, stayed with us throughout the tour, and in addition, we had local guides to describe each city we visited. Peter and the local guides were personable, knowledgeable, and extremely helpful. As an example of Peter's concern for us, my wife hurt her back just before the trip began. Peter made accommodations for her, and went to the pharmacy to get a cream for her. The cream was effective, her problem cleared up and she enjoyed the rest of the trip. We stayed at top rated hotels with great meals (their breakfast buffets, included in the trip cost, had over 30 items to sample, each of them delicious!). Considering the tour guides, the meals and accommodations, the transportation (tour bus, bullet train, plane trips, rickshaw rides and short boat cruises) and seeing great points of interest, I cannot believe the cost was so low and the quality so high...but it was! I will definitely recommend this to my friends!

John Scileppi, Hyde Park, NY