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This was a great trip at a reasonable cost to re-discover Havana after almost 14 years since last visit - not much has changed. Our Cuban tour guide Laura was great and the pace of the trip was enjoyable. We saw plenty of venues during the day and usually had the evenings to ourselves to explore the restaurants and nightlife of the city. I would recommend the Discover Havana tour for anyone desiring to see Havana, drink Mojitos, hear good music, savor fine dining inexpensively, smoke a good cigar, and/or have a good time.
Trav Paine, Augusta, GA
We had a fabulous time. We could not have seen so much and in such an efficient manner had we not gone on your tour. Friendly Planet delivers!!
Nancy Cousins, Winnipeg, Canada
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
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
Friendly Planet was absolutely wonderful! In every way possible. From the beginning of the process of me deciding on the Beijing & Shanghai Express, I was warmly greeted with excellent customer service, answers to my questions, and terrific local guides. I even made new friends on the trip. I would happily use Friendly Planet Travel again and recommend them to my friends and family. Trust me, it's as easy as a click, a phone call, and just step on the plane! Thank you Friendly Planet Travel.
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
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...
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
The trip of a lifetime! Friendly Planet did everything it promised and more. I have never seen such beautiful scenery and dealt with such wonderful people. I felt very safe and would even venture to go on one of your tours alone. Everything was taken care of. Our tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and spoke very good English. One of our guides even arranged for another extension after the trip. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND FRIENDLY PLANET TOURS! I tell everyone who is interested in an exotic trip to be sure to check Friendly Planet out. I will definitely go with Friendly Planet again.
June Garst, Conroe, TX
We have taken two trips with Friendly Planet and have a third one scheduled. If you keep the prices at their level and the service as perfect as it's been, we will be lifelong customers! We are astounded at how smoothly and efficiently these trips are. The local people who meet us and transport us are always there, helpful, and friendly.
Colin & Pam Nelson
I had a wonderful time, and think Friendly Planet did a fantastic job with coordination of flights, bus transfers, and our hotel in Athens. Thank you for providing such a comprehensive package. I will definitely be recommending Friendly Planet to my friends!
Dr. Karen Thomas, Baltimore, MD
Wow, another great vacation! The trip was wonderful, everything was beyond our expectations...... the sights, the food, the hotels, the guides, even the buses. For 35 years we planned our own trips. We could not have gotten just the transportation and B&B quality rooms for what we got from you, which included meals, great guides, 4 & 5 star hotels and more important stops then we have ever packed into a trip. And most important, Lucy, our guide for the entire trip was amazing. Everyone loved her and we all cried when we had to say good bye to her. Thanks also to your office staff who are always patient with my constant calls, changes and questions.
James Ohmart, Houston, TX
We just returned from the Best of South Africa tour. It exceeded our expectations on every level. We stayed at wonderful, top-notch hotels and traveled in comfortable air conditioned coaches. The included meals were way above average. We want to especially commend Peter van Kraayenburg, our guide for the first week in the Johannesburg and Kruger area. He was phenomenal! Everyone on the tour pounded him with questions and he answered every one of them with insight and a great sense of humor. This is our second Friendly Planet tour and we are impressed with the value, quality, and thoughtful planning of the itineraries.
Warren Wetzel, Los Gatos, CA
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
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
I have always wanted to go to Iceland (I majored in Earth Science at college), but could never really afford it. This tour made it possible - thank you! The Icelandic people were amazingly kind, too. It is a great place to visit.
I haven't traveled with a better company in the past -at least- 20 years.
Ada R. Graciano
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
Just wanted to thank Friendly Planet for a great trip to Costa Rica. We will definitely be planning more trips using FP...Thank you!
I am a single traveler that took the China Delight tour with a nice, small group of 12 people. Our tour guide, Vivian, was quite conscientious and took very good care of us. The local guides were quite knowledgeable. I LOVED the giant panda research center....so cute. The Great Wall and Xian were "bucket list" items for me! We saw a LOT of the must see Chinese hot spots. Good overview of China.
Sandy s, Long Beach, CA
We just returned from our China Delight tour. I have to say I'm surprising happy with the trip. We do not use tour companies. We like to plan our own trips. So my expectations were not very high for having a good time. But, I'm happy to say our trip went with out a hitch! From the time Vivian ( Who was wonderful the whole time) picked us up at the airport until we said our good byes. China was amazing and the people were very friendly. We will definitly use Friendly Planet again. Thanks again!
Dorie Bailey, Bakersfield, CA
I am here to sing Friendly Planet's praises! Last year, I was booked on a tour that included a cruise and four days on land in Greece. The flight was canceled due to torrential rains that caused a delay in the trip. All during that weekend, there was someone that could be contacted throughout what appeared to be a disaster. Our contact person was Harry who tirelessly worked to get us booked on another flight. All of the people were there to assist; in spite of everything, the trip was excellent! The tour company in Greece was excellent as well. Even after the trip was over, the staff was always there to answer questions and to assist. Kudos to Friendly Planet - I highly recommend their services.
Rita Berry, New York, NY
Awesome! Booking was easy. All our pre-trip questions were answered in a professional and timely manner. The trip far exceeded my expectations. The country was a pleasure to visit, and made even better by our guide's intimate knowledge of the people and culture. I have no idea how you provide this kind of trip for the price as the tours, food, accommodations and guides (including assistants and drivers) were fantastic. Our guide gave us such a wide variety of experiences -- including tourist and non-tourist type excursions. You [Friendly Planet] are doing a great job. Keep it up so that we can continue to see the world on our budget!
Excellent value! Lots to see and do
Ken Foote, Aloha OR
We recently completed our 16 day "Best of China" tour. It was a marvelous fast paced tour that included so many historic sites and amazing cities and landscapes. Kate Katubi our travel agent at Friendly Planet was the most professional agent to have been paired with. She gave us information about our trip beforehand that was most valuable including currency exchange rates, what to wear and what to expect. She was spot on!! Kate was sharing her expertise up to the day we left for this wonderful vacation. When I use Friendly Planet for another vacation I would prefer Kate to make our arrangements. The National tour guide, Sam, was very professional and an encyclopedia of information. All of the local tour guides were extremely informative. The hotels were all 5-star and very comfortable. The Victoria Anne Yangtze riverboat cruise was fantastic. Every day was an adventure of a lifetime. The tour group was small enough so that we could enjoy every moment. Thank you Friendly Planet and Kate for giving us a vacation we will be talking about for years to come.
James Van Volkingburgh, Brentwood 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
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
Simply put, Friendly Planet delivers. Everything promised on the tour was delivered. The tour ran smoothly. I appreciate going to local restaurants rather than just eating in the hotel. The quality of the restaurants were excellent.
I have just returned from a great trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Our local Shanghai guide, Tracy, was so gracious, charming and knowledgeable about everything. Our national guide, Peter, was very organized and efficient. He was able to adjust elements of the trip according to weather and traffic changes without missing anything. He kept a running commentary on all aspects of Chinese history and current life. We were very impressed with his ability to make us welcome and informed. He is the best I have encountered anywhere. I highly recommend this trip.
Ron Alexander, Beaumont, TX
Friendly Planet’s staff was pleasant and helpful before we left giving us a feeling of confidence as this was our first time using you. Matt was exceptional in Borneo. He really made us feel important and he went out of his way to make sure we were well cared for. Noi in Bangkok showed consideration and was very helpful in arranging things for us. She was an excellent guide and very thoughtful.