Customer Testimonials

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Friendly Planet is the greatest!! We went to China...and it was a super trip!! Peter Pei was the greatest tour guide ever!!! Also, Allen was exceptional in Shanghai! Now we are considering another trip somewhere and I am remembering what a great time we had!! I am definitely considering Friendly Planet again!!!!

Brenda Katz, Holmes Beach, FL

I just came back from your Exotic Ecuador trip and had a fabulous time. I especially enjoyed the mix of hiking, boating and physical activity on the trip. I am now looking at booking another trip somewhere else.

Trish Wales

My husband and I went with Friendly Planet to Egypt, it was fabulous, and most of the credit goes to Friendly Planet's pool of highly qualified local tour guides. Now we have just got back from Morocco. What an unbelievable tour it was! Pure pleasure in every respect. For our guide Hassan, I have two words: Class Act! We are so impressed with Friendly Planet that we already booked another tour. Thank you for your professionalism.

Alex & Jane Rosenbaum, Potomac, MD

This was my first trip to China using FPT and it will certainly not be my last!! I was a little skeptical reading some of the reviews prior to my trip but I must say this was the most AMAZING tour I have ever taken. FPT made each and every connection as smooth as the silk I purchased at the silk factory. Our tour consisted of 30 people and our tour guide Vivian took care of each one as though they were the only one. Her commitment and dedication to service was totally unsurpassed. Her attention to detail was astonishing. She and John, our guide in Shanghai, made every excursion a little more memorable by adding a little something extra to our tour, for example, a rickshaw ride thru the city streets followed by a complimentary "pancake" for each person to enjoy. This was truly an exceptional tour, one I would like to repeat some day!

Rosa Leimann, Fort Worth, TX

I love Friendly Planet.Your employees are so nice and helpful. You know what you are doing, because you always include the must see destinations in in the various countries.

Maria

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

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

This is my third trip with Friendly Planet and I love this company. Everything goes along as planned without any problems, the tours are great, including the optional tours, hotels are good, airlines chosen are fine, and it is a well planned trip for the money. I will continue to travel with Friendly Planet and I do recommend them to my friends and family.

Marie Pennachio

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

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

This tour was wonderful! Every day was full of things to do and see. Time was well-utilized so we got to see and do a great deal. The hotel choices were outstanding. I loved that we also got to cruise the Nile. You all provided the information I needed to make informed decisions about my choices.

Cathleen Madge

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

Fabulous trip because of Patricio and his driver Pablo. I was refered by a good friend to partake in this trip and it was well worth it. Patricio made the trip appear as a family trip with all participants members of his family. He tried to please all of us as best as he could. This included food changes, trips to replace a broken hat, etc. The rain was a minor setback as was the Labor Day in Quixto. However, we all had fun and looking forward to our next FP trip.

Dr. Bruce Thaler, Philadelphia, PA

Just returned from my first trip with Friendly Planet and was so impressed that I had to write this note. You have a lot of choices in travel and I have found my tour company at last. Everything about my trip was amazing—our guide, Ibrahim, was not only extremely knowledgeable, but also patient and very funny. Hotels, transportation, meals, added excursions were all superb. Everything went off without a hitch—I felt safe and cared for every minute and could spend ALL of my time enjoying the trip instead of worrying about the travel details. Turkey, its people, scenery, food, monuments and parks are just wonderful. I can't wait for my next trip. So little time, so much to see...

Ann Ott, Cedar City, Utah

Just wanted to drop a note that this was a wonderful trip. My wife and I really enjoyed the group we were with and the hotels you selected were outstanding. The two different tour guides we had were top notch. We are traveling with you next to Israel and than South Africa. You give very good value for the dollar spent.

David Imel, Sarasota, Florida

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

I just got back from a trip to Kenya and I cannot say enough good things about your organization and, in particular, our driver/guide Dominic. He did everything he could to give us a wonderful trip. He was on time, polite, courteous, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to travel with. He made our bucket list trip a wild success. I am hoping to book the trip again, this time bringing my husband. If this happens, I will do what I can to ensure that Dominic is our guide. Thank you for running a top shelf organization.

Dinah Coleman, West Hartford, CT

I enjoyed an excellent trip to South Africa. The scenery, food, accommodations, bus transportation, guide service and schedule were all outstanding. I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone.

Robert Johnson, Seattle, WA

From day one the communication and all documentation was excellent, on a scale from 1 – 10, I give you a 20. It couldn't have been better. Every question or concern was explained in detailed and I always knew what to expect throughout the entire trip from the boarding of the Air China Flight in LA to getting back to LA after the trip was over. I wouldn't change a thing. We had enough free time and time with guides. Friendly Planet did a great job. I had never heard of Friendly Planet until we booked this trip, and now I'm looking at other trips sponsored by your organization.

Eric Finney

I think you guys provide a wonderful tour package for a very affordable price...Your staff is very responsive, friendly and attentive. Keep up the great work. I look forward to my next tour with you.

Fredilyn Sison, Reno, NV

Your trip was exciting, informative, interesting, and personal attention was given for individual needs. I loved China and the way it was presented. I have two more trips booked...Thailand and Pyramids & Petra. I cannot wait. You're the best!

Cindy Bookman, Beverly, MA

This trip was a gift from my wife for my 70th birthday and it couldn't have been better. We have done some traveling in the past (Switzerland, Greece, South Africa, Italy) but did not consult/use an agency. We are both fitness oriented and we hope to take a trip yearly from now until our bodies quit on us! Even though it was our first time with Friendly Planet, we are sold. Each time my wife needed a question answered (flights, hotels, itinerary, etc.), Friendly Planet usually had an answer - and when they didn't, they would call back immediately when they found the answer. I am a retired federal law enforcement person (34 years), very impatient with an attention span of about two seconds. Friendly Planet was very responsive and NEVER started the conversation with a sales pitch - my kind of company. We are looking forward to our next trip (we don't know where yet) and you will be hearing from us when we are ready. We have already recommended Friendly Planet to our friends.

Steve Gregg, La Mesa, CA

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

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

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

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

Friendly Planet probably has the best customer service I've ever encountered of all travel sites/agents. The trip itself was planned thoroughly and was totally a great value.

Cindy Lee

Accommodations were better quality than other tour companies I've traveled with in the past and your price was a far better value. You also include more meals... Great customer service.

Nina Thrower

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

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

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