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Traveler Reviews

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Another amazing tour with Friendly Planet! I took the Treasures of Thailand tour last April and just returned from the Pyramids, Nile Cruise, and Petra tour. Friendly Planet provides the best accommodations--4 to 5-stars. The excursions are so well thought out. The guides are very knowledgeable and ready to help in any way they can if you need something. The quality of these tours is truly astonishing at any price and believe me they are a bargain. After 3 decades of travel, if I'm going on a tour, it's with Friendly Planet! Next up..Ecuador in the spring!

Vanessa Jackson, Monterey, CA

My wife, myself and my daughter just returned to Virginia from your Beijing & Shanghai Express trip to China. Words can't describe the adventure. The trip exceeded our expectations in every way possible. Your tour guide Peter answered every question we could ask. I have recommended your trip to everyone I have run into. Thank you Friendly Planet and especially our tour guide Peter.

Ken Bradshaw, Montclair, VA

Great destinations. Outstanding guide. Beautiful hotels. Variety of wonderful side tours. Would not think twice about using Friendly Planet on another tour.

Roger Spadafora

Our guide, Gokhan, was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about history & was full of information regarding the tour & questions that we had. I hope in the future to go back to Turkey & bring my family & request Gokhan as a guide.

Michelle Briggs

The best tour of my life.... and one of the least expensive. The experience of Friendly Planet and the guide really help to make things very smooth.

Ontario Lau

Everything was easy, user friendly and we were even reimbursed for savings Friendly Planet discovered! I completely enjoyed my experience in China. I thought Friendly Planet's prices were extremely reasonable [and] I really was very happy with the hotels. All the people on my tour found out about Friendly Planet through friends, and relatives that recommended Friendly Planet because they had been so pleased with the tours they had taken. Word of mouth is working very well for you.

Agnes Schuppel

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

This was the BEST!!! I went on this tour in 2009 and it remains one of the highlights of my travel excursions! Not only is it affordable, but our guide, Walid Ikram was so knowledgeable and approachable. I felt as though I was living in the spirit of Egyptian past! I continue to read anything I can get my hands on and found an article on antiquities that were found in the exact places I had walked in Giza, just inches under the sand! It was the most incredible sensation. I will do this tour again in the near future. It is well worth the time. The experience is unforgettable!

Nikky Chahon, Sacramento, CA

What a wonderful trip. The tour guide, Vivian, was especially great. She found people who got lost, helped replace lost tickets, helped with disabled tourists (pushed wheelchairs, etc.), carried people's purchases, and generally became a good friend to everyone.

Carol Arnold, Kirkland, WA

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

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 would like to send our sincerest thank you for all of your help and allowing this China trip to happen for us. Your team went above and beyond to ensure that this trip would be a vacation we would never forget. China truly was the experience of a lifetime. We had such a wonderful time...it was one of the best trips of our entire lives. We have experiences and memories we will never forget. From the moment we booked, everything was smooth and without a hitch. We will definitely be recommending friends, co-workers, and family members to book through Friendly Planet! We will also be booking other trips through Friendly Planet in the future.

Susan and Michael VanNess

I travel frequently and recently took your amazing Thailand trip. I must say how impressed I was...I had a trip without a glitch. You guys are the best! I will definitely do business with you again, guaranteed. I seldom take the time to rate a trip; however, this exceptional trip deserves an exceptional review.

Andy Anspaugh, Palm Springs, CA

The trip to Egypt including Cairo and a Nile Cruise, was one of the best vacations I have had. If you are looking for action packed travel at a great value, this is the trip for you.The other travelers were great, the hotel and cruise boat were good, the food was exceptional and the tour guide was one of the best I have encountered. The staff at Friendly Planet was very helpful. I will definitely look to them for my next vacation

Delphine Bean, Las Vegas, NV

Heard about Friendly Planet from a doctor at the hospital where I work. I usually plan my vacations and this was the first time I used a tour company. Needless to say, it won't be my last. From the moment we arrived in China, it was wonderful. I could not believe how much I enjoyed China and the wonderful guides we encountered on this trip are responsible for that. The guides were from the regions we visited; four cities and three guides: Brenda, Susan and Michael. Michael accompanied us from the moment we arrived in China until we left for the States. Hotels were the best. We were able to do additional tours and I glad that I did. Loved China; love Friendly Planet.

Sonia Colon, Orlando, 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

The trip to Japan was a wonderful trip. Both the trip and the Friendly Planet service will make you want to travel with them again! Great trip with great service.

Gaylene Weathers, Wichita, KS

[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

It was a wonderful trip and the accommodations are very nice and clean. The Thai massages were wonderful and a great bargain! Jerry, our guide, was the best. He combined his friendliness with an in-depth knowledge of local cultures and lore; he shared with us many local delicacies (sticky rice, green mangoes, fresh papaya salad), some out of his own pocket; extra side trips such as day and night markets; showing a historic movie about the legend of princess Suriyothai; visit to the rice paddies etc, making us more appreciative of the Thai culture. He was an excellent guide, but more importantly he treated us as his personal friends. Kudos to Jerry and Friendly Planet.

Rosie Te-Frey, Yonkers, New York

One of the best trips we have taken. Everything was first rate! If you are new to Friendly Planet, you will be telling all your friends about them. Peru is a wonderful destination.

Byron Collins, Long Valley, NJ

Thank you for the absolutely fantastic experience that we had recently in Kenya & Tanzania!! We thoroughly enjoyed all of the lodges as well as the wonderful parks and reserves in both countries!! Our guide, James Njungo, was the best guide we have ever had on any trip. He was always accommodating to our needs (with lots of patience for all of our picture-taking). He was extremely knowledgeable (we were never able to stump him with any of our questions) and he has a terrific sense of humor. He made the trip very enjoyable. I highly recommend your organization for anyone who is planning a trip to Kenya and Tanzania—great job!

Gary Walden

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

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

The Amazing Peru tour is excellent. I would highly recommend it to everyone.


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

Dear Friendly Planet, We would be remiss if we didn't tell you that your company did a great job in making our trip to China a success. From holding our hand through the visa process, to the great national and local tour guides, everything went smoothly and as planned. All the tours we took were informative and well worth it. Our small group of 13 got along fabulously and new friends were made for a long time to come. We look forward to using your company for many future trips.

Robert Kurtzer, Sunny Isles Beach, FL

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

[Italian Treasures] was wonderful and we are very pleased that we chose Friendly Planet as our tour provider. Our tour director, Flavio Nicoletti, was top-notch in every way. He was professional, knowledgeable, friendly and fun-loving. He went out of his way on many occasions to ensure that our group had the best possible experience. He arranged wonderful excursions, including an evening at a Tuscan Farmstead which my travel mates and I will always remember as a highlight of our trip. I co-host a radio Morning Show in North Carolina. During the trip I called into the show to report on the trip. Flavio even agreed to join me during the call and go on the air with us! He did a great job! My friends and I now feel that we have a friend in Rome. We are so thankful to Flavio and to Friendly Planet for making our once-in-a-lifetime trip so special and memorable.

Tamera Rumfelt, Kernersville, NC

We are very please with the trip. It was a wonderful experience, was more than we expected. David, our national tour guide was excellent, very helpful, knew every detail. When in the future we plan another trip, we will think of Friendly Planet as the first option and we will recommend to our friends.

Eunice Acevedo, Beaumont Ca

This was a wonderful tour. Our tour leader Trish was just outstanding as was Osmin and the driver Roberto. They tried to accommodate our needs and requests. I could not have imagined a better organized trip. The hotels were more than adequate and the restaurants and food served was exceptional. Thank you Friendly Planet for making Cuba a very enjoyable and memorable experience. I will not hesitate to recommend the company and have already decided to book another tour with you.

Patricia Pitt, The Villages, FL