Traveler Reviews

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I love it. Working with Katherine through this process was extremely smooth.

Nathalie Caty

We just returned last night from the Ecuador trip and I wanted to tell friendly Planet what an amazing job our tour guide, Patricio, and our driver, Pablo did. We were extremely impressed with them and felt that they really made the trip what it was for us and our whole group. I can't wait to tell other people about my experiences and look forward to another trip with Friendly Planet. Thank you!

Nancy C.

Fantastic, the hotel, bus, tour guide. Friendly Planet made it simple and everything that they promised we got. We will travel with Friendly Travel again.

Maria Ruano, Miami FL

Alan, our guide, could not have been nicer and more informative. We all just adored him. Shelly, our guide, was unflappable. She was great at making sure we had dinner plans when the hotel was unable to accommodate us for dinner. Excellent is not good enough. Our national guide, Peter was, amazing and tireless. He is a gem, a national treasure. I have never learned so much in so little time and enjoyed it so much.

Terry Beauvais, Granada Hills, CA

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

Again you have surpassed our expectations with the perfect trip. All of our hotels were top of the line. They alone are worth the price of the trip but you threw in the airfare and two experienced guides to make the perfect vacation. Nok and Mona were really wonderful. They made sure that we were able to learn about the Thai people and culture. I still do not know how you offer such great packages at so low of a price.

Laura & Cory Jurica, Florida

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

My husband and I just returned from your Beijing/Tokyo tour and are so incredibly impressed. The lodging for both cities was beyond our expectations and the breakfasts were incredible. We felt very spoiled and had fabulous service from the tour operators, drivers and hotel staff. One of our most enjoyed connections was with your Beijing tour guide, David Bai. He provided us with so much detailed information about the country's customs and culture. He was also incredibly funny - always keeping our attention. We felt very comforted in knowing that David was there for all of us, if any issue may arise. I will definitely recommend your tours to all of our friends and business partners and we look forward to participating in more future trips through your company.

Jennifer and Kevin Rucks, San Luis Obispo, CA

This was my first time with Friendly Planet and I would recommend them to all my was a pleasurable experience. I would use them again.


I just returned from the India and Nepal trip and wanted to let you know what a great experience it was to have the tour guides Friendly Planet choose on both legs of our trip. Madan Vishwakarma, our guide in India made my trip so much more interesting with his vast knowledge of India. It went far beyond what is typically required of any tour guide. In Nepal, Probeen Shrestha provided incredible detail into the life of the Nepalese. The trip was truly an incredible experience.

John Schwab, West Hollywood, CA

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

I have traveled with you before and always had a great trip, and this Ireland trip was no different. Beautiful country and people. The hotels were better than I expected and of course an English breakfast is always great! Tour bus driver/guide was super.

Ronald Turner

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

This was an AWESOME trip. I can't believe everything we saw, did and learned! Our guide, Alex, was terrific. He is very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure that we experienced many things. He is terrific and I can't say enough about how he treated us like we were his one and only clients. The scenery and the animals were fantastic. Friendly Planet...did a great job. We can't wait for our next adventure with Friendly Planet!

Sophia Modelski, Metamora, MI

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

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

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

We just got home and I thought I'd write a little note about how fantastic our tour of China worked out to be. We were a little apprehensive at first - letting someone else take the "driver's seat" on our vacation - but going with a group tour for China is the way to go. Our tour guide, Vivian, was patient, informative, and absolutely made our trip unforgettable. She was flexible about letting us add a few things to the itinerary - such as a quick trip by a snack food market in Beijing so we could get pictures of our friends eating scorpions and other nasty critters. She even went the extra mile to make sure there was a cake for my husband's birthday. We went ahead and did almost all of the optional tours on the itinerary, and it was really a great way to see everything because they thought of things I probably wouldn't have. Can't wait to book the next one!

Michelle Wahlberg, Long Beach, CA

Arriving at KK Hotel George at 9 am from USA we were greeted by their staff, luggage safely stored for us, and welcomed to enjoy breakfast even though our reservation really didn't begin until 3 p.m. It was a wonderful start to a fantastic vacation! … really appreciate Friendly Planet organizing a trip to include dinner at Highclere Castle. It really was perfect for us.....we enjoyed the planned bus/boat tour along with transportation to the castle, but loved being in great location to explore London the rest of the time on our own.

Carol Wilcox

Thailand, China, India - all great! I went alone. I am a 44 year-old woman and felt safe and learned so much! The guides take such good care of you. Lek in Thailand was amazing! Even the hotels were really nice! I look forward to travel again with this tour group!

Kim Barcardi, Miami, FL

Terrific packages at excellent prices.

Cheryl Levinson

A great experience! It was our first time with a tour and it was such a positive experience that we would definitely do another trip with you. The hotels were nice, the guides very helpful and the people in the group were very easy going. We truly enjoyed the balance between guided tours and free time to explore on our own. We have recommended you to many of our friends who are enthusiastic travelers. Thank you for a great trip!

Margarita & Luis San Juan, Guaynabo, PR

The booking process was very easy. Friendly Planet provided many useful documents and information that made me feel at ease with booking the tour. The response time to emails was fast and the replies were helpful. Our tour guide, Gokhan Baydur, was beyond excellent. He was genuinely enthusiastic and passionate about his work and his country. He loved showing his country to us, which made us want to know more about it. He was very knowledgeable and presented the information very well during all of our tours. If we had any questions or wanted to know more about a specific topic, he was extremely approachable and informative. He also did his best in accommodating everyone's needs whether it was a dietary restriction or a physical restriction. In the end, he was not only a great tour guide, but someone I would truly consider a friend and hope to stay in touch with.

Nicole Chiu

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

Once again Friendly Planet has given us unbelievable great Value.


What can be said that has not been said? Your tours are an exceptional value. We have been on five Friendly Planet tours to date and will be going on our sixth trip to India & Nepal next month. Whatever you're doing, don't change the formula until we've finished the seven wonders of the world through Friendly Planet.

Jim & Gloria Villalpando, Taylorsville, Utah

Just got back from your Thailand trip. The four of us had a marvelous time, and your arrangements were wonderful. I was impressed by the organization throughout. We all learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience.

Andy Tsoi, Tacoma, WA

The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!

Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ

Best trip we have ever taken. Our guides (Gary White and Ari) were so friendly and professional. We saw things we could never have found ourselves. I can't say enough good things about the experience. It all went like clockwork (to the extent anything in Cuba can do so). If you ever want to see Cuba, see it now, and see it with Friendly Planet!

Valerie Fisher, Portland, OR

We had never taken a Friendly Planet tour before and everything exceeded our expectations. Our guide, Wael, was just the best, but the ship was a close second. The staff provided service beyond measure -- great food, a spacious room, warm washcloths and hot mint tea when we'd return to the ship each day, no hassle shopping in the jewelry store on board, and a full upper deck where you could send your time visiting with new friends or just watching people go about their everyday work on the shore. We were on the ship for 7 nights and it was such a leisurely trip because we weren't having to move from place to place every couple of days. This was a trip of a life time!

Bob and Mary Chase