Traveler Reviews

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Just about everything you need to know is out on the web before you make a decision. I believe I called the Friendly Planet office only once with only one question during the entire booking process. I really appreciate all of the full disclosure of just about everything on the web site. It helped me make my decision to do the safari with Friendly Planet as opposed to Vantage or other companies.

John Schwab

To Peggy & Staff, thanks so much for your professional and timely service. We really enjoyed the tour.

Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA

My wife and I just got back from The Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari tour. It was wonderful! The experience of a lifetime, one that my wife nor I will ever forget. I will admit that when we compared the cost of our tour to comparable ones we were a little concerned about the quality we would be getting (because it was so low in comparison.) But we were shocked at the quality of the accommodations, all first rate. The meals and the safari companies they used on our tour were outstanding. The guides (Daniel and Mouduy respectively) were outstanding! Their knowledge of their respective countries, the game reserves, the animals and plants were excellent! We had a book of safari mammals and birds and they were on point on everything we saw. And in conjunction with their knowledge their personalities meshed flawlessly with our group. Overall this tour package is an outstanding value. We plan on booking future tours with Friendly Planet. We highly recommend them!

Miles Hanley, Columbia, SC

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.

Overall, the trip was great. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.

Jennifer Swartout

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 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

When we saw the price of this trip I booked it as a joke. My wife and I had never done an organized trip like this. Well, we were blown away by the whole experience. The guide Panu was wonderful and the trip was the best value I have ever had in my many travel experiences. We have two more trips booked with you and are really looking forward to them. Your company is the best kept secret around and we are glad that we tried you.

Brian & Marilyn Goldman, Toronto, Canada

My husband and I recently returned from our first Friendly Planet trip (Budapest, Vienna and Prague by Rail). We had a great experience! We are independent travelers and like to be on our own without much planning beforehand. Friendly Planet gave us the convenience of a travel agency for all the logistics, but still maintained the freedom to spend our time abroad as we pleased. All our accommodations were above our expectations. We very much look forward to taking more of these trips in the future, including some guided tours. Thank you so much, Friendly Planet!

Angela Griffith, Reading, PA

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

The tour was wonderful. We saw a lot of animals and the guides and accommodations were absolutely great.

John & Penny Grunden, Little Torch Key, FL

Have been on 3 trips with Friendly Planet and would highly recommend them to anyone. We especially enjoyed Kenya and have been there 3 times. It is magical and once you have been that is the only vacation for you. Excellent food, first class lodgings , fantastic scenery like no where else on earth, and a sense of adventure that I have never felt on any of our travels. It beat China, Thailand and all the other countries that we have visited. You won't regret the trip.

Carolyn Hofacket, Napa, CA

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

I was very pleasantly surprised with the arrangements ncluded on this tour. This was my first time traveling with Friendly Planet Travel and I highly recommend them for this trip. Thank you very much for the memorable experience to see Borneo and Bangkok. Keep up the good work!

Julia Sotory

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

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

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

Jeanette Harrington

We just returned from Friendly Planet's "Taste of China" tour and we are two incredibly satisfied travelers-it was fabulous. Although we've been fortunate enough to travel pretty extensively in our lives, this was our first experience with Friendly Planet and our first trip to Asia. We've barely been back in the states for 48 hours and we've already converted our families into Friendly Planet fans via our "Taste of China" travel tales. We must tell you that National Guide, David Bai, runs an absolutely excellent tour. David is personable, exceptionably knowledgeable and is careful to keep things lighthearted and fun, all of the essential ingredients for magnificent group travel. He went above and beyond to ensure that we enjoyed a unique and memorable experience and for that, we are grateful. We're already thinking about returning for the "Best of China" tour and hope that David can be our guide. Local guides, Alan (Shanghai) and Susan (Xi'an) were wonderful as well, taking extra care to answer all of our questions and it was obvious that all three of our guides took extreme pride in introducing their country to us. The hotels were fantastic (particularly the Grand Mercure in Xi'an) and the food was delicious and plentiful - no one ever left hungry. Every restaurant that our guides took us to was great and almost all were filled with locals, so we really felt like we were experiencing the "inside scoop" as far as cuisine was concerned. We feel as though we received amazing value for our money and returned home with a deeper appreciation for travel, a greater understanding of another culture and new friends halfway around the world. What more could you ask for?

Nicole Zuchelli and Zack Graham, Los Angeles, CA

It was a pleasure to deal with Friendly Planet. The flights took off without a hitch. The hotels were first rate, if not better. The tour director, Praveen, was congenial, thoughtful and efficient, getting us to the head of any line. He went out of his way to make our vacation special. The local guides were full of information and easy to understand. Based on what we got on this trip, Friendly Planet is a bargain!

Brenda Kibler, Monkton, MD

My husband & I just returned from the Pyramids & Petra tour. Words won't do it justice, but I'll give it a shot: The price—amazing! The guides—educated, accommodating, and excessively pleasant! The hotels—fantastic! The optional tours—A MUST! They were the best part of the whole trip, and a fantastic deal! The food—5 star! The touring coach—brand new, air-conditioned, & comfy! We were so thrilled with our experience with Friendly Planet, and all of their contractors, that we are already trying to decide which trip to take next! Thanks for providing such a top-notch experience with amazing people at such a fantastic price! We'll be repeat clients!

Amanda Poland, Front Royal, 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

When I called with a few additional questions, your staff answered them completely. They were friendly, professional and very helpful. Both Matt and Chi, our tour guides, were fantastic. They both made sure that we were well taken care of at all times. Chi was so much fun to be around. He went out of his way to see that we all had a perfect trip. He helped us plan evening events so our group could see the area at night. Just can’t say enough good things about Chi! You are so lucky to have him as a guide. Also, the hotel in Bako was fantastic! We have traveled with you in the past and been very happy with Friendly Planet. Again you exceeded our expectations; we consider this one of our best vacations ever! We look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet again. THANK YOU!

Susan L. Bowers

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

We just returned from your Best of Turkey trip. It was our first tour trip and we were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Isa, was extremely knowledgeable, funny, and absolutely made the trip. The landscape was stunning, especially Cappadocia. I can't stop talking about it!

Angela Gholson, New York, NY

We just came back from our Classic Israel [tour], and boy, what an experience we had! It was moving and overwhelming every place we went. Your service was superb from the start through the end of our tour. Our tour guide, Micah, was good in explaining every place we went and gave us enough time to float on the Dead Sea. Your name really denotes what kind of people we had on our tour—"very friendly." Surely, we will have to travel with you guys on our next trip, and will really recommend you to our friends. Your service is unbelievable.

Joyce Sael

Dave and I just got back from our trip on Monday—we had a blast! It was a great trip in every way! All of the Friendly Planet representatives in both Dubai and Kenya were helpful, pleasant and professional. We will be sure to book through Friendly Planet again!

Kathy McGuire & Dave Merrithew, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Wayne and I (the token Canadians) wanted to let you know that every detail of our "A Taste of Vietnam" trip was fantastic!!!! Departing early in the morning for this trip helped with the jet lag plus the weather was cooler. Our hosts ("Long" in HCMC and "Phong" in Hanoi) were enthusiastic, professional and extremely knowledgeable. They were very patient with our group and repeated themselves on occasion. It was a pleasure listen to the historical/cultural information while taking in the breathtaking scenery. The hotels were excellent and the pool at Equatorial was fantastic. The transportation was on time, comfortable and the drivers were awesome. Food in Vietnam for this Jewish, chicken-intolerant diet was the best ever! The variety was amazing! Beth, the flights on CI were excellent and service on board was attentive and gracious (says this standard airline employee!). No issues with Asian vegetarian meals (though congee was the staple for breakfast) Wayne's wheelchair service was spot on at every city (other than HCMC. He was dropped off at an empty "Gate 6"...it was more comical than anything). The guest profile on our trip was well versed and well traveled. Loved, loved, loved this trip! We can't wait to book another (but I promised some home renos first). Can't wait to plan our next trip with all of you! It was just great! (and yes!!! We will book excursions in advance!!!!) (((((hug))))

Wayne and Charlie, Canada

Friendly Planet has put together an exceptional tour package at a fabulous price. We enjoyed so many of China's offerings and the information our guides gave us enhanced our appreciation. (You cannot appreciate the importance of what you are seeing without background information.) I preferred joining the organized events, but we were allowed plenty of time if you enjoy exploring on your own. I joined the tour alone, but my fellow travelers were so wonderful, I never felt alone.

Connie Clark

My friends couldn't believe the price. The hotels were top of the line, and our guide was great. He was very knowledgeable, had a super sense of humor and was very organized. I would be happy to travel with Friendly Planet again.

Suzanne Blair, South Haven, MI

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

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