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Traveler Reviews

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Having invited another couple, my husband and I took our trip with Friendly Planet in November 2007. We stayed at the finest hotels and had an opportunity to dine at the finest restaurants. We had English speaking professional guides who escorted us to popular historic sites, shopping and Buddhist temples. The entire trip was entertaining and informative. After the trip, we felt we had covered almost everything worthwhile seeing, from a tourist's perspective. I have recommended Friendly Planet to my friends and family who, by now, have already traveled with Friendly Planet--and have nothing, but memorable experiences. As for me, I am getting ready to plan another vacation with them. Thanks Friendly Planet!

Ela Aneja

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

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

I had a very short window of time for a trip to Cuba, and since Friendly Planet offered a six-day people-to-people “Discover Havana” visit from Miami, I jumped at it, and am glad that I did. In the short time that we were there, we visited an urban organic farm, a ballet school, a primary school, a senior day-care center, a neighborhood mural/art project, the Hemingway home, a ration store, and a biosphere reserve with a thriving artists’ colony. Our U.S. and Cuban guides were knowledgeable, honest about the island’s challenges, and flexible, with good personal skills. The hotel accommodations and food were fine, and after each day’s program, we had a chance to sample on our own the Cuban music and club scenes. This was a good tour and a good value.

Dave Elsila

It has been six months since our Pyramids and Petra tour, and we keep getting more and more impressed, as we speak to people and watch TV, with just how comprehensive our trip with Friendly Planet was. Sometimes it seems as if we have seen everything there is to see and done everything there is to do; and we can't wait to go back and do it all again!

John DiGiorgio, Denville, NJ

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

That was the best tour my husband and I ever took. Everything was wonderful. Myanmar is spectacular, our guide was wonderful, and the hotels were first class! Thanks, Friendly Planet, for a trip we'll never forget.

Marsha Swiller

The tour was wonderful. We saw a lot of animals and the guides and accommodations were absolutely great.

John & Penny Grunden, Little Torch Key, FL

Outstanding tour. From beginning to end, everything went according to plan.

Steve Sulligan, Travelers Rest, SC

Just returned from this wonderful trip. The accommodations were A+, our guide, Ekachai, a delight, the sights, sounds, smells, tastes, a feast for the senses. The Phuket extension was a welcome few days of relaxation, before returning to the snow in Winnipeg. Much impressed by your organization and will be planning another adventure with you soon. Many thanks for a memorable holiday.

Elaine Repchinsky, Winnipeg, Canada

Have been on 3 trips with Friendly Planet and would highly recommend them to anyone. We especially enjoyed Kenya and have been there 3 times. It is magical and once you have been that is the only vacation for you. Excellent food, first class lodgings , fantastic scenery like no where else on earth, and a sense of adventure that I have never felt on any of our travels. It beat China, Thailand and all the other countries that we have visited. You won't regret the trip.

Carolyn Hofacket, Napa, CA

Our Discover Havana tour far exceeded our expectations. The trip was extremely well organized from beginning to end; activities began from the moment we debarked in Havana and continued up until arriving at the airport on the final day. The Friendly Planet guide and Cuban guide were very knowledgeable about Cuba and kept us on schedule and informed at all times. The hotel was fantastic, the restaurants chosen were excellent and the visits gave us great insight into the people, culture and history of Cuba. We also had free time to explore on our own on many evenings. We were extremely pleased with our trip.

Bob & Ruth Alcorn

Is there a rating above "Excellent" for the Guide and Driver? They were exceptional! Rimy, our wilderness guide at Bako was amazing at finding wildlife to point out to us! Batang Ai was a truly magical location. Our Guide, Patty, had a wealth of historic and cultural information to impart to us, and her energy levels never failed.

Carol Snyder

I can't say enough about our driver/guide. He has an in-depth knowledge of the history of Ireland. He's well informed on current events. He has the ability to converse with a wide variety of people from a variety of backgrounds. His smile and good humor made even the overcast days seem sunny.

Alice Matson

Airport to hotel transfer was on time and friendly. Guide was friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and traveled with us the entire tour. She was also able to very good suggestions for our free time. Toured historical sites - an awesome impressive experience. Local guides very professional and knowledgeable.

Maria Montavlo

Our tour was full of things to do from morning to night. It covered every place we wanted to see. The guide was very knowledgeable and quite funny. It was our first trip with Friendly Planet, and we will probably book another for next year. Thanks for a great time and wonderful memories.

John and Marie Machado, Shirley, NY

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

We had the time of our lives on your September Taj Mahal + Mumbai Trip. No other place in the world can you see such a combination of beauty, history & diversity! From the elephant ride up to the Jaipur fortress, dawn at the Taj Mahal, visiting Gandhi's Memorial in Delhi, to the throbbing inner-city of Mumbai, it was a joy each & every moment! We are searching for our next Friendly Planet holiday right now - Thanks again for a great tour at a super price.

Thomas Fuller, Lake Worth, FL

The Taste of South Africa was wonderful and picture perfect. This is the second time we have toured with Friendly Planet and I have to say, your tours are so well thought out. The excellent guides have always imparted their love of their homeland with the touring.

Virginia Bird

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

My husband and I booked your Taj Mahal Express with Nepal extension last year and remarked on how excellent it was and what a bargain it was. My daughters and I have said the same thing about this Amazing Peru trip. It was truly AMAZING!

Linda Clark

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

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

The hotels, the breakfasts and the train were very high class. The people at the hotels were great. We had a great time. I think you guys are great. This was my second trip and I don't know how many people I have told about your agency. Great experience, great price. First class hotels. Very happy with everything.

Carmelia Torres

That the was the best trip/vacation my wife and I have ever had. We really enjoyed Thailand, but I have to thank you for providing us with our tour guide, Chai. He was very pleasant, funny, and extremely knowledgeable. Chai was very attentive to everyone's needs and was very accessible. At one point in the tour, my wife became ill and needed medical care. Chai (providing his cell number earlier to everyone) was available for our needs. He located the nearest hospital for us and assured us that we would not be left alone informing us how we would catch up with the rest of the tour if needed. Needless to say we were surprised by the exceptional medical care at the local hospital and we were able to return to the group prior to the next departure. Additionally, on the day of the final tour at BKK, there were four separate groups: one group returning to US; one group to Phuket; one group to Cambodia; and us going to Chaing Rai. I watched Chai orchestrate the four groups in the very busy BKK airport personally escorting each group in order of priority to each airline. That was very impressive, removing so much stress and putting an exclamation point on excellent service. Thank you for such a great tour plan. The accommodations were excellent. We will definitely be referring your agency to our family and friends. khob kuhn krab (thank you),

Richard and Emelyne Sablan

Our tour guide in Borneo was really exceptional. He was extremely interesting and demonstrated excellent knowledge of all areas we visited and toured. He made sure our trip was interesting and really demonstrated a great deal of care throughout the tour of Kuching and Bako. He also gave very good suggestions for places to dine locally. Very nice hotel in Batang Ai that exceeded my expectations. The tour to the Longhouse was very good. We loved the Lake and the Longboat ride. They were very nice experiences. Our visit to Bangkok was really excellent. Our guide (Chai) was really excellent and made the Thailand experience truly unforgettable. He was extremely knowledgeable on all of the sites we visited and went out of his way to make sure we were always comfortable and hydrated. It would be hard to believe we could have had any better time in Thailand and this was all due to the care Chai took in leading the tours and various experiences. The drivers were also very good in some very difficult traffic situations. I have no negative comments on the Borneo or Thailand experiences we had.

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 companion and I have never taken a guided tour; we always freelance it. We were amazed at the quality of the tour, food, and hotels. This was one of the best experiences of our travels in the past few years. The guide Zhu was unbelievable. She made the tour interesting, fun and extremely exciting. Your tour offered us a memory we won't soon forget. Thank you for the time of our life.

Larry Copenhagen, Nogales, Arizona

Just wanted to let you know that our guide on this tour, Kerri Michael, was ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL! She deserves a raise! Kerri was a terrific guide, giving us suggestions and guidance on everything imaginable. I have been on quite a few 'guided' tours over the years, and Kerri was by far one of the best guides I've ever had. She not only was our tour leader, but a friend.

Laura Dennison, Columbia, SC

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