Traveler Reviews

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Just wanted to let you know the trip was amazing. I already recommended Friendly Planet tours to a couple of friends. I'm very impressed, and I'm so glad I came across your service on Travel Zoo. It was excellent. Thank you so much.

Josephine Castillo, West New York, NJ

I loved this tour. The guide, Isa Levant was wonderfully personable and knowledgeable. The hotels were deluxe. The food very good. I am an artist and my next show is inspired by what I saw in Turkey. I am including some of my paintings.

Esther Charbit, Chicago, Il

We just came back from Peru and it was an amazing trip. The pictures do not do this place justice. The tour was well organized with comfortable accommodations. Our guide Dante was very knowledgable and passionate about his culture. He went above and beyond his job. This is our 2nd trip with Friendly Planet. We will be planning future trips with them.

Anne Mok, Brooklyn NY

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.

Robert Grove

At the price, I thought we would fly on the outside of the airplane, and get around Thailand by goat cart. Instead, China Air was a new plane, we got around by a new bus, in the best hotels in town, and had a guide who was an absolute joy. I could not recommend the trip more highly. We took the extension to Angkor Wat, which was marvelous. Only problem was the 23 hour ride getting home, but short of having one's own jet, that is life for the traveler

John Wright, Granada Hills, CA

I just wanted to tell you how much we enjoyed our "Borneo Adventure". The hotels were way more then we expected as was the food. And our tour guide, Thomas, was absolutely fabulous! I'd recommend this tour to anyone.

Kathleen Wulff, Bensalem, PA

With the help of Friendly Planet, my wife and I had a memorable week in Barcelona. I can't thank you enough for modifying the Breathtaking Barcelona tour to fit our needs. The bane of all travel is arriving in a city at 9:00 AM and being told you cannot check into your hotel until 3:00PM. We were met at the airport and arranged an early check-in. This went above and beyond your responsibilities to us as clients. Thank you again! We will certainly check with Friendly Planet first for all our future travel plans.

Bill Schmidlin

We've taken 3 trips with Friendly Planet. All of them have been good, but this one topped them all. We loved the itinerary. We came home feeling we had seen so much! We loved the hotels. The River Lodge in Karongwe was amazing. Our game guides Keenan and Matthews were the best! The African Pride Hotel in Cape Town was beautiful. Our room looked out on Table Mountain! And most of all, our guides did everything they could to ensure that we had the very best time possible. We will definitely look to Friendly Planet again for our next trip!

Claudia Quinn, San Bruno, CA

Thailand, China, India - all great! I went alone. I am a 44 year-old woman and felt safe and learned so much! The guides take such good care of you. Lek in Thailand was amazing! Even the hotels were really nice! I look forward to travel again with this tour group!

Kim Barcardi, Miami, FL

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

Zeke & Gloria Jaquez, Camarillo, CA

We found the entire Morocco tour very well planned and executed. We simply loved our guide Hassan. His English was excellent, he was extremely knowledgeable and very willing to share his knowledge and generously answered all of our questions. Quite simply, he was excellent in every way and made our visit to this fascinating country a vastly richer experience. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Fred Murman, Wheaton, IL

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

This was the trip of a lifetime and was a phenomenal deal. I will definitely go on another Friendly Planet tour.

Stephanie Palmer, Studio City, CA

This was our first tour with Friendly Planet Travel, and we were very nervous because the price was SO low! Well, we are extremely impressed with the service, the quality of the hotels, the tours, and overall experience we had on the Taj Mahal Express. It was a great way to see India for the first time. The value of this trip was amazing!!! Thank you for making our first trip to India an absolutely memorable one!

Hema Rupnarain

Our guide, Gokhan, was wonderful. He was very knowledgeable about history & was full of information regarding the tour & questions that we had. I hope in the future to go back to Turkey & bring my family & request Gokhan as a guide.

Michelle Briggs

Excellent everything! Good value, well planned. We saw so many things. This was a good use of time. Food and hotels were great. I will recommend you to others and will travel with you again.

Mark & Tammy Neumann

We were so impressed by the flow of tours, events, hotels and most of all the guides. Our national guide, Christina, was not just polite as some are, but she was efficient, friendly and patient. She made our group feel like a big family. Kudos to your company for choosing her as a guide! We will definitely use Friendly Planet again!

Lynn Fuller, Glen Ridge, NJ

I was planning to cancel my participation in the tour, having recently sustained two fractures in my right hip. At the last minute, hoping I would not be a drag on the rest of the group, and being assured that a wheelchair would be made available, I made the trip. The accommodations, food and service at all the hotels were first-class. The optional tours were too good to miss. The guides did a fantastic job in keeping us informed as to what we were visiting, and, more importantly, in continually checking that we were enjoying every experience to the max. We were given excellent opportunities to indulge in shopping, but were never pressured to buy. All our guides made sure I was part of the group at all times, and my temporary disability proved no drawback. My use of the wheechair was discarded after I reached the top of the Great Wall with the help of my cane. You are fortunate to have Peter Pi as a national guide. Both he and Jon Wang went way beyond their duties to befriend every tour guest. For me the tour gave new meaning to "The Experience of a Lifetime!" Thanks Friendly Planet.

Dorothy Kellher, Palm Beach, FL

The trip to Egypt including Cairo and a Nile Cruise, was one of the best vacations I have had. If you are looking for action packed travel at a great value, this is the trip for you.The other travelers were great, the hotel and cruise boat were good, the food was exceptional and the tour guide was one of the best I have encountered. The staff at Friendly Planet was very helpful. I will definitely look to them for my next vacation

Delphine Bean, Las Vegas, NV

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

The tour was great. Petra was dazzling. All the guides made our trip so easy and interesting. The hotel was great, food was good. Wings made sure that we had the best all around. I would recommend this trip to anyone.

Lillie Bavendam, Dunwoody, GA

I have to say special thanks to Beth , Kristin and all the other Friendly Planet representatives who assisted me in planning my trip. You are all so kind and helpful, your customer service sets a benchmark that all others should aim for. Thanks for making this vacation a most memorable one form my husband and me.

Marcia Stowe

Just returned from a wonderful vacation with Friendly Planet through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand. Wonderful accommodations, non-stop touring, friendly people were noted through all countries. Thank you for making this a smooth and memorable vacation. Never have I gone on a group trip with such kind people and intense sightseeing.

Patrick Rommel, Philadelphia, PA

I knew nothing about Friendly Planet when I booked the trip other than what I saw on their website. I held my breath and took a chance. The trip was fabulous and far exceeded my expectations. Our tour guide was extraordinary and went to great lengths to surpass any traveler expectations. Room accommodations, travel arrangements and a local Indian guide was superior. Kudos to Friendly Planet.

Deborah Gerson, Baltimore, MD

I took the Taste of China tour, and it was perfect--the best hotels, tours, and free time to sight-see on my own. It could not have been any better. I met several people on my tour who had traveled with Friendly Planet before, and from what they all said, Friendly Planet is the best tour company around. I have to believe them as I had a great time. Friendly Planet should be proud of what they do and how they do it.

Rick James, Oklahoma City, OK

Just returned from Authentic Havana, my 7th trip with Friendly Planet and another perfect travel experience. Gary, Mily, and Otto were a great team and looked after us exceptionally well! They laughed, we laughed, and that laughter, combined with the perfect casa, paladares and tours, made this trip educational, eye opening and FUN!!!

Mary Jane Healey, Oaklyn NJ

I think your service is outstanding. So much so that I intend to write you a letter of appreciation as soon as the jet lag wears off.

Jack Aizenman

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

I have been on numerous trips with you guys and trust me you are the best! After having traveled to 82 countries around the world and having tried the other so-called guided and organized tour companies, you guys surpass all of them! A silent handclasp to the entire team, and until next year when I will be joining you for Egypt!

Wilma Mrosek-Moses, Sierra Vista, AZ

The extras that came with booking this trip with Friendly Planet were great. The easy booking, easy transfers, all the extras included in the tour were certainly a plus and made us feel very special on the ship. I look forward to booking with Friendly Planet next year. Thank you again.

Sloan Smith, Pawleys Island, SC