Traveler Reviews

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Excellent trip. Over two years ago I went with a pastor and his wife on a Friendly Planet tour of Israel. About half way through the tour, I fell and broke my ankle. Friendly Planet and their associates really went out of their way to take care of me and to coordinate my care in Israel and to orchestrate my trip home. I highly recommend taking any tour arranged by Friendly Planet and, also, purchasing the very reasonable trip insurance.

Gene Haury, Simi Valley, CA

The "Colors of Cuba" is my fourth adventure with Friendly Planet! I have NEVER been dissapointed in the wonders of each country and the travel packages that Friendly Planet arranges, nor the cost of each travel adventure. This trip was especially wonderful thanks to our FP guide Gary! Gary met us in the Miami airport and remained with us the entire trip. He provided information important to our visit in Cuba, explained the money exchange requirements and was always available to answer any question. Not only is Gary professional, but it was obvious to me that he enjoys his work and wanted to provide each traveler with the best experiences in Cuba that Friendly Planet could offer. Our national guide, Arianna, was a joy! She was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, professional, open to all questions, and had a great sense of humor! The people of Cuba are very gracious. I enjoyed the happiness and laughter from the children we visited in schools, the warm and welcoming smiles from the seniors while visiting a senior center, the beautiful voices of the youth choir, laughing at young, talented circus performers and watching the grace of the students at Prodanza, and dancing Salsa! This was a wonderful and incredible opportunity that I will never forget! My THANKS to Friendly Planet Travel!!! AND....see you in a few months on my next trip!

Nikky Chahon, Sacramento, CA

My husband, Jeff, and I want to personally acknowledge the excellent job our tour guide did on our recent trip to Ecuador. Vivian Vera had extensive knowledge about the history, politics, flora and fauna, culture, music, handicrafts, etc. and she shared it in such a friendly way. She understood the diverse personalities of strangers, and kept us all on track and engaged. I can't say enough about the difference she made on our trip, which was excellent all around. Vivian deserves a big raise!

Peg & Jeff Balano

We had a fabulous time in Kenya and Tanzania! Everything went seamlessly! Pollman’s did a great job, especially with our extension to Amboseli. The handoff was perfect. We wound up with our own vehicle and guide for just the 2 of us in Amboseli. Everything happened just as outlined on our itinerary. There were absolutely no problems!! The lodges were lovely, the food was very good and everyone was very friendly. It was a wonderful trip!! Thanks for your help! I will recommend Friendly Planet to others.

Susan Ebinger & George Green

Just returned from the Taste of Thailand tour with Ling as our guide! The tour and the guide were amazing. The hotel accommodations were amazing. Ling would always find ways to add to our tour, i.e. bringing various Thai fruits for us all to try. When traveling in the future I will begin my search with Friendly Planet...Thanks for making my lifetime dream come true...riding an elephant!

Teresa McCulloch, Steele, MO

We were pleased with the accommodations, included and optional tours, and all arrangements. The guides were superior. Peter was the BEST. We will travel with Friendly Planet again. One couple in our group had travelled with [Friendly Planet] repeatedly, and we understand why. It's a great travel company.

Nancy Riess and Melvin Rappaport

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

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

Tour was amazing. We were with a small group of amazing people lead by the best tour guide ever (Calvin). We saw lots of places but still have lots of extra time to ourselves. We will take Friendly Planet again. (This was my 3rd time).

Roy Juadiong, Los Angeles, CA

Our guide was the very best I have ever had on any trips during more that 40 years of travel.

Jeanette Harrington

Meena and I immensely enjoyed the tour, guide and the company of many friends. The hotel accommodations and the meals were superb. The Lake Crossings to Argentina and the Iguassu Falls were spectacular views. We plan to take China and Egypt tours with Friendly Planet soon. We have been talking to many of our friends to join us in 2008 vacation adventure with Friendly Planet, who makes exciting excellent arrangements, worry-free. Looking forward to the companionship and friendship during our 2008 vacation.

Ram & Meena Ramachandran, Richmond, Virginia

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

Everything was great and the trip flowed very nicely. It was my first time in Greece and wasn't sure what I would get by booking over the phone. Yianni, who was the person at our hotel coordinating everything, was great. He had everything organized and made me feel comfortable about planning my trip through Friendly Planet.

Lori Silva

My husband and I learned about Friendly Planet Travel through friends who went on a trip to China. They returned home raving about the great value and good time they and other travelers had while in the Far East. We began our own study of Friendly Planet trips and found one to Italy that offered just about everything but cannolis. Based just outside San Gimignano, we were more than satisfied with the family-owned Hotel Sovestro, had no issues with our little rental car, found it an easy public bus ride to and from Florence and even a night of opera music in Siena. Added to our travel bliss was a non-stop Emirates flight to and from Milan and JFK/New York. There was also much joy in making new friends who were also guests at Hotel Sovestro. Thank you, staff, for making this a most memorable trip. You'll be hearing from us again.

Gail Giannetto, Wakefield, MA

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

We had so many questions, so we called so many times. Everyone was very helpful. The Reservation Agents were so helpful. I am recommending you to everyone. Vivian, the tour guide, was very kind and very good at keeping the group organized. She spoke very clear English, and she was very good at her job. The hotel accommodations (especially in Kempinski) were great, and the breakfast at Kempinski was unforgettable. It was really world-class. The destinations were all that we could have hoped for.

Tori Duenas

What a wonderful trip! This was our first time using Friendly Planet Travel and will certainly not be the last. Everything was in order from the time we arrived until the time we departed. Our guides were wonderful and went above and beyond their responsibilities to ensure our vacation was wonderful. Thank you Friendly Planet!

Christopher Smith, Huntersville, NC

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

Thank you for a wonderful tour experience. My sister and I had a delay in getting to LAX because of bad weather conditions leaving out of Columbia, SC to Washington, DC to make our connecting flight in LAX. Your staff was great at rearranging our flight out to Beijing to join our group without skipping a beat. It was a work-vacay for us as my sister and I are budding filmmakers. Thanks to Peter for allowing us time to go out and about Shanghai in order to get our interviews in. We wanted to show the diversity of the people in living in China.

Sharee Washington, Columbia, SC

When we first heard about our tour to India, we were a little hesitant because the price was so low. We thought it may be too good to be true. However, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that it was everything we had hoped for and more. The flights were trouble-free and all the hotels were much better than expected. Our hotel in Delhi was the nicest hotel that I have ever stayed at! And I have traveled the world and been to many high class hotels. Also, we were initially concerned about our safety while in India. It turns out that safety was not an issue. Again, we were pleasantly surprised to find the Indian people very welcoming towards Americans. You couldn't find nicer people in the world. I don't know how you kept the tour price so low! Keep up the low prices and high standards. I can't wait to book my next Friendly Planet trip!

Riley Loback, Seattle, WA

Excellent value. Great hotels. Food was very good, buses large and comfortable. The guide in Cambodia was excellent and the love of his country showed. Our guide in Vietnam was very knowledgeable. Ha Long Bay was beautiful. All in all, just loved the trip and will most certainly use Friendly Planet again.

Osa Lemma, Hudson, FL

From inception the Tour Representatives were extremely helpful and courteous. Your online abilities to communicate with detailed documents was a great convenience (in addition to all your methods of payment for convenience). In all my years of "tour" vacations, I have never been given a rebate and I thank you for considering your clients as one was issued for reduced gas prices. I will be a loyal and returning Friendly Planet Traveler!

Maureen Cardin

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

I just came back from my Barcelona trip and HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE! You and your company run an excellent tour and I feel I owe you money!

Charise McCondichie

I wanted to let you know personally how very much I enjoyed my recent tour with Friendly Planet. This is the first time I have toured with Friendly Planet and my first trip to Ecuador. The experience was everything I'd hoped for....and more! Our tour guide was outstanding. He was very informative, and we were able to learn much about the history of the country from him. He handled an unexpected change in plans (because of the volcano eruption) flawlessly and very professionally. I would definitely travel with Friendly Planet again....especially if Patricio is the tour guide!

Dianne Jernigan, Victoria, TX

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

We just returned from the Kenya and Tanzania safari trip - it was fabulous! We saw the "big five" (and many other) animals numerous times, the food and accommodation were great, the people welcoming and friendly and the guides outstanding! … if you have ever wanted to do a safari, this is a great one!

Pat Atkins, Balzac Alberta, Canada

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

Excellent - a great overview of China, left me wanting to see more. Our tour guide, Sam Liu, was the ultimate professional, able to meet the many different needs of all the passengers. Sam is knowledgeable and willing to share and answer numerous questions. The food and hotels were outstanding value. I will use Friendly Planet again. Looking for my next affordable Friendly Planet adventure.

M.E. Frederick, New York, NY

Thank you for all your guys who helped to make our vacation fully perfect. We had a great time throughout the trip. Your tour guides in China were excellent. We're looking forward to using your service again & will pass the word to our friends.

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