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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 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

Thank you for a wonderful honeymoon experience! The Treasures of Thailand tour was very well organized. Our tour guide Matthew was a delight. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastically helpful. We had a wonderful time getting to know our fellow tour participants. We're definitely very happy we chose the Friendly Planet Tours as our honeymoon vacation. We had quite an adventurous time! P.S. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for the extra-special treatment, for us honeymooners, at all of the beautiful hotels we stayed at.

Kunal & Leena Bhojawala, Jersey City, NJ

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

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

I have been on several tours with Friendly Planet and find them to be exceptional not only in value but service. The Dubai trip was amazing and with the Kenya extension, Friendly Planet combined two adventures into one. This December I'm off to Ecuador and the Amazon for another Friendly Planet adventure.

Yvonne Freeman, Fountain Valley, CA

I love traveling with FP [Friendly Planet] because the service is reliable and always first rate. The guides and their knowledge are unbelievable. They know so much and seem to enjoy what they do making everyone feel right at home.

A.K. Schmidt

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

Two months ago, we took the Taste of Turkey tour, which we still enthusiastically talk about. It was truly spectacular thanks in great measure to our wonderful tour guide, Hakim. He was so thoroughly knowledgeable about both the ancient sites and modern Turkey that he kept us keenly interested in all we saw. We would be lucky to have him as our guide on any future tours.

Fred and Marion Richman, Clinton, CT

I want to thank the entire Friendly Planet team for one of the best vacations I had in Egypt! Thank you for taking care of us. We had the best tour guides and we really felt safe because your team really took good care of us. Thanks again. I'm ready for my next trip with Friendly Planet.

Liliana Torre Verdugo

I wanted to take the time to say how much we enjoyed our China trip. I recommend this to all. There is so much to see and the time flew by. We had the best guides I have ever encountered.

Jeff Dounouk, Ellington, CT

By far this has been the best trip ever!!! Our tour guide Patricio and bus driver Edwin made our stay as pleasant as possible. They were courteous and attentive to everyone's needs and made us feel safe at all times. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who has never dared to venture to South America—you will not be disappointed!! The canoe ride up the Amazon river and the scenic panoramic view of the mountains will leave you breathless!

Ivonne Davila & Lucia Morales, Brooklyn, NY

My mother and I had an AMAZING time! The people on the tour were awesome and our tour guide Ekachai was fantastic! This was our first tour trip and we could not have been more pleased with our choice to use Friendly Planet! This was a trip that we will never forget!

Kendra and Glenda Walker, Brentwood, MD

Best bang for the buck! New buses, great (and safe) driver. This was the first tour we've been on that actually stopped the bus for unplanned but interesting sights along the road.

Paul & Audrey Belleci, Antioch, CA

Booking was easy! The website was very clear in explaining terms. Contact via email and phone was also a very pleasant experience. I found Friendly Planet to be extremely well organized, friendly, and surprisingly affordable for what they offer. I liked the fact that I could reserve with deposit months in advance, then pay the balance due once the departure date was close. This was our first tour with Friendly Planet- the first of many more to come.

Angelica Arias

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

This trip was great. We had so much fun and adventure. Food and hotels were great. People should take this trip just to stay in the two hotels that had live fireplaces. Patricio, our guide, and Jaime, our driver, were outstanding. Jaime did a great job driving the mountain roads and keep the bus very clean. Ecuador is a "Hidden Treasure". Viva South America!

Lois and Warren Martinek, New Gretna, New Jersey

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

Jennifer Swartout

We recently completed the South African Explorer tour with the Victoria Falls Extension. It was my first time with Friendly Planet and will not be my last. In fact, I believe everyone on this tour had traveled with FP previously. This was a fantastic trip...from the perfect travel arrangements, to the wonderful accommodations, to the fabulous food. There wasn't ONE hiccup! If that wasn't enough, our tour guide, Pieter van Kraayenburg in Johannesburg, was absolutely terrific! He also accompanied us to the Shiduli Private Reserve and Kruger. Being a native South African, he knew first-hand the history of the country and was clearly well prepared with facts, dates, etc. to answer a myriad of questions from the group. I only wish he could have gone with us to Cape Town too! You guys are awesome!!

Mary Ewing, Dallas, Texas

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet but it won't be our last. We always knew what we were doing and where we were going. The guides were excellent and our accommodations were wonderful. There was nothing we would change about this wonderful trip. Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.

Don & Jan Mantei, Canby, OR

Wonderful tour, knowledgeable and helpful guides and a great bargain. Friends couldn't believe that I was getting air, luxury hotel, airport transfers and breakfast buffet daily for normally the price of just the airline ticket! Marrakesh was so special and to get an insider's view of the city and surrounding area was truly a memorable experience.

Sondra Carpenter, Philadelphia, PA

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

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

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

We had a really wonderful time in Cuba, on this our 2nd FP tour (Galapagos, 2013). Our leader, Connie Dineen, was terrific! She called us at home before the trip, just to introduce herself and to see if we had any questions, needs, or concerns. While in Cuba, she was always cheerful, efficient, and helpful -- ready and eager to do anything we needed, such as making restaurant reservations or giving recommendations for shopping, extra sightseeing, etc. When we got home in the US, she even sent us a thank-you card! Our hotels and group meals and cultural activities were all great on our trip, as was our local Cuban guide, Osmin. Thank you, Friendly Planet, for giving us an unforgettable experience and a unique and special educational adventure!

Jack Karolewski, Davis 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

Everything on our Egypt tour was taken care of very smoothly - we hardly had to lift a finger on our luggage. Our guide, Mostafa, was great. Our Egyptologist, Haytham, had wonderful knowledge of the sites. We actually loved being on the ship, Tamr Henna. The other passengers were from Egypt as well as other countries which made our trip more interesting. We never felt unsafe but were comfortable with our guides and drivers. I'd love to go back!

Pamela Trinkler, Gold Beach, OR

We took this trip Aug. 15th and totally enjoyed every minute of it. The country has everything going for it! Don't be afraid of the rainy season. It rains and then the sun comes out. We traveled in a van - a total of 6 of us. The rooms were beyond nice- absolutely beautiful. Trip was partially escorted and partially "you choose" your activities. Transfers were always on time. Included food was good. A Green turtle giving birth to eggs the size of golf balls - priceless!

Susannah Starkweather, Bala Cynwyd, PA

My friend and I traveled to Patagonia over the Christmas holidays last year and we had a wonderful time. The cruise was marvelous. Argentina was our favorite. We spent Christmas Eve in Buenos Aires and enjoyed the restaurants and fireworks. We extended our trip to Iguazu Falls and had a room overlooking the falls. Guides were great, hotels centrally located. We are traveling again with Friendly Planet this year!

Lenore Layton, Cinnaminson, NJ

Literally just arrived home from our trip to Ecuador and could not wait to share what my friends and I have nominated as the Best Tour Trip Ever. Patricio was fabulous and made us feel like friends/family. The driver, Daniel, took wonderful care of us as well. Each hotel we arrived at made us want to pinch ourselves. The food was delicious and we all want recipes. Wonderful vacation! Wonderful price!

Helene Mako, St. Petersburg, FL