Traveler Reviews

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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

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 really enjoyed our trip with you. The bus transfers were perfect...The hotels were fantastic, and the places we visited were great. We were glad we did not drive, because of the road system in the mountains. We were thankful for all our good drivers, got us all there safe. We would definitely do another trip with Friendly Planet Travel.

Karla Higgins, Eldridge, Iowa

A dream fulfilled at long last - the people, the music everywhere, the food, the signs of renewal of formerly elegant colonial buildings - all exceeded our expectations. Cuba is a must visit destination!

Bette & Chris Stockton

We really had a marvelous time in Egypt. I have told everyone about this tour. I kept thinking that there must be a catch for you to offer this package at such a wonderful price. There was no catch and I can't believe it! I have no idea how you are able to afford to offer such inexpensive packages. The food was great, the accommodations terrific and the sights amazing.

Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida

I've been on six tours with Friendly Planet so far, and I have to say that those tours have opened up my understanding of the world. The thing about travel to foreign countries is that it changes you, leaving you with a much better understanding of the world, long after you've returned. Each tour I've been on has been exciting and different, even repeat tours to the same destination. One of the great things about the FP tours has been the amazing diversity of people on each tour; I've met everyone from newlyweds to retirees, all looking for adventure. Most of my fellow travelers on FP tours have tended to be well-read, well-traveled, and not fussy at all. They've come to taste the amazing foods and walk the amazing streets, not to buy trinkets and eat at McDonalds. Not surprisingly, many of us keep in touch long after the tours are over, and I've met more than one "repeater" on the trips to China. And I'm always surprised to find how nice the hotels are. One more thing is that going on these tours is really a good use of your time overseas, since you don't have to waste time with paperwork, check-ins, deposits, etc. You just go have a drink or walk around the block and come back to pick up your room key. The guides are always funny, helpful, and go out of their way to make sure you have a good time. And there's always plenty of time to explore on your own. Thanks again for the great experiences. I'll be back in April to re-visit Thailand!

Jeff Jenkins, Boca Raton, FL

You certainly pack a lot into your tours! We saw so much, had some great experiences, and learned more about the Middle East than I would have by doing this on my own. Very knowledgeable guides, never feared for my safety, first rate accommodations, and many regional experiences compacted into our tour. Great job, Friendly Planet! I would recommend this tour to anyone.

Judy Puckett

I just read the recent post on the blog about the Taste of China tour. You missed one thing that was included in the price; 100% pure awesome. My fiance and I took this trip last October and was astounded at what we got. The hotels were top notch. The other travelers were a joy (not your doing, but, I'll give you the credit anyway). The guide, Peter, was unbeatable. The sites...oh the sites...those were too amazing to describe. An experience never to be forgotten. I had been a little wary of booking the trip with a company I had never heard of. I searched around and couldn't find anybody who had anything bad to say about you. The price seemed too good to be true for everything that was included. But, we decided that we would take a chance. I'm *so* glad we did. After the wedding, we will be going on as many Friendly Planet trips as we can muster the vacation time for :). We took every optional tour available...we didn't really see them as optional; how could you miss these opportunities?!?! The dinner with the family provided possibly one of our favorite nights on the trip and definitely the best food. I have been meaning to send a message off to you thanking you for providing such an outstanding opportunity, and your blog post prodded me into doing just that. Thank you. We look forward to seeing Egypt next...then Morocco...Thailand...India...

Kevin Mohandro

We just came back from Peru and it was an amazing trip. The pictures do not do this place justice. The tour was well organized with comfortable accommodations. Our guide Dante was very knowledgable and passionate about his culture. He went above and beyond his job. This is our 2nd trip with Friendly Planet. We will be planning future trips with them.

Anne Mok, Brooklyn NY

The tour was well organized. Special thanks to our guide, Tony. He spotted animals and birds that none of us on the van saw. I saw more than I expected in 5 days. It was enough to keep busy but not exhausting. The accommodations were great. I would definitely use Friendly Planet on future trips.

Anne Mok, Brooklyn, NY

I just wanted to let you know how wonderful everything was and how much we enjoyed the sights, historical places and people of India. Our transportation (bus) was very comfortable, our tour guide very kind and knowledgeable, the hotels very accommodating and beautiful and our tour group wonderful. My wife and I have traveled all over the globe on several group tours, and this vacation was one of the best. Our guide, Mayank Dixit, was a delight to have around. He is a real credit to your company and someone who endeared himself to us. By the time the tour had ended, we felt like he was part of our family. I look forward to many more trips with Friendly Planet and personable guides like Mayank Dixit, who really made every effort to make the India tour comfortable and enjoyable for all.

John and Virginia Cook, Corpus Christi, TX

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

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

We have traveled all over the world and this was our best trip yet!!! I don't know why we waited so long to see Ireland as I'm half Irish!

Nick and Judy Westbrook

India was not high on my list of places to travel to but I thought this was such a good deal that I just had to do it. The package itself was the cost of the airfare alone. It was great traveling with fans of Friendly Planet. They kept saying how happy they were with the expertise and professionalism that you guys had throughout the whole process. Everyone on the group was very well travelled and all the travelers resided in different parts of the country from Chicago to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. My favorite parts of the tour include: the Taj Mahal (of course), the elephant ride up Amber Fort – so much fun, and the rickshaw taxis – a number of folks said this should be a part of the package as it was like a scary Disneyland ride. Thank you for putting such a great package together - what an amazing experience. I hope to book another Friendly Planet package soon!

Jeannie Shu

Peru was beautiful and our tour guide, Luis, was THE BEST!!! He truly brought this region to life with his vast knowledge of the Andean/Incan culture. I don't think anyone else could have guided me through Machu Picchu and explain the Incan world the way he did. He took us to the best places to find quality products as well as showed us great spots to eat. On top of that, he really cared that we had a great time. He truly helped to make our trip amazing! Peru is an amazing destination that everyone should go to. Friendly Planet is the way to travel and I look forward to future trips with them.

Gayle Gonsalves, Toronto, Ontario

Just to let you know, we had the time of our life on our recent trip. The hotels looked great and very clean, the guides we had at every location, couldn't have been better. Great trip at a great price. Thank you again and keep the bargains coming.

Barbara Zwirner-Winbush, Harbor City, CA

My husband and I just returned from a 9 day tour to Costa Rica. I can't say enough nice things about how the trip was planned, the guides and the wonderful people of Costa Rica. To say we enjoyed those 9 days is an understatement. We will certainly use Friendly Planet for our next vacation.

Sue Woody, New Carlisle, OH

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

My Tokyo Express trip was wonderful. I thought the accommodations were superb. Hotel Okura offered the best amenities. I would recommend this trip to anyone interested in going to Tokyo.

Mary Kolb, Jackson, MI

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

I returned last night from my first trip with Friendly Planet. What a glorious adventure this was. Our guide, Dennis, is a remarkable, knowledgeable, and patient man with a great sense of humor. (He humored me when—after our first stop—I saw the need to feed stray dogs along the way.) Food and hotels were all magnificent. I learned so much. Ecuador and the beautiful people will be forever in my heart. Thank you very much, Friendly Planet.

Liesel Appel, Asheville, NC

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

We had a very interesting trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Our tour guide in Vietnam, Toan Truong, was extremely helpful and informative. The guides in Cambodia and Thailand both did a very good job teaching us about those countries. The accommodations and transportation were outstanding! This is our third trip with Friendly Planet and we continue to be very pleased with everything.

Janice & Ron Beller, Parker, CO

My wife Barbara and I just recently returned after a wonderful Safari Tour of Kenya. We were treated royally by everyone associated with this tour we were met as planned and escorted throughout our Kenya leg of the tour we were treated well by experienced tour guides who drove us to view almost every animal that existed in the Parks. We were also treated to view a Lion eating her recent kill and a kill by a Cheetah which may be gory for some but it is the animals' existence in this world. We would like to thank all of the people that we meet representing Friendly Planet for this memorable wonderful vacation. We highly recommend using Friendly Planet for this and future tours. We are currently looking for another vacation with Friendly Planet.

Patrick McGoogan, Ancaster, Ontario

Our second tour with Friendly Planet and the best one in terms of the guides provided. David Bai and Alan Wei were a fantastic team. They made the group feel like a part of their family, sharing with us their personal experiences living in China. Not only were the sights awesome and spectacular but the anecdotes and jokes shared by these two guides kept our group lively at all times. Thank you Friendly Planet for providing these two outstanding guides and making our trip even more memorable.

Alex and Cora Espanol, Sacramento, CA

The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!

Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ

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

[Our tour guide] Ms. Zhu made it the best! She was the door to China. She put her group of tourists first and did what she could for us to see the best of China! Kudos to your prices and your quality! You are the best! Other online agencies will have a very very hard time selling me a trip without us (17 friends who travel together) checking with you first!

Marta Velazquez Loescher & Nancy Velazquez, West Chester, PA

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