Traveler Reviews

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I took the "Best of China" trip with an extension to Tibet with Friendly Planet. The tour was awesome, not to mention the very best accommodations. The tour guides were well prepared and friendly. I had such a wonderful time that I am now planning a trip with Friendly Planet to "Classical Greece by Sea" with the extension to Istanbul. I give Friendly Planet the very highest recommendation.

Jacqueline Ledbetter, Topsail Beach, NC

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

The colors of Cuba tour is fantastic!

Teresita Abad Doebley, Somers Point, NJ

First and foremost, as a couple that has travelled extensively around the globe, this trip was without question the "best of the best" in all material respects. From the point of arrival, to the point of departure, your "on-the-ground" team did an outstanding job of maintaining the right balance between chaperone and tour guide. From the perspective of an educational experience, this trip completely dispelled our "American" perceptions, presumptions and preconceived notions of the country, the people and the culture. We left Havana with a clear sense of the history, economy, and political environment within "today's Cuba" -- a compliment to our Itinerary so carefully crafted by your team. We also left wanting more, which is always a good feeling. We would gladly return to Cuba (via Friendly Planet) down the road. Our compliments to you and your staff for an exceptional experience!

Dennis J. Pitocco

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 past fall we had a wonderful trip to China with Friendly Planet, one we will never forget. It all started aboard a great flight and then meeting up with our tour guide, Sam. He was a wonderful guide, who went above and beyond his call of duty. He was extremely knowledgeable in all aspects of the cities, culture, foods, with anecdotal stories to add to the captivating sites and experiences in China. If he told us a story on our bus trips to places, he next incorporated something from his story in our day. We didn't have to do anything, he provided for our every need, including wake-up calls, and making sure we didn't stray from the group. Sam and Friendly Planet were terrific, even when our flight home was cancelled, we had to leave earlier and instead of waiting in the airport for 8+ hours, they arranged a bus to take us to have foot massages and dinner and then returned us to the airport for our connecting flight. All of us were extremely pleased and happy with our fantastic trip to China via Friendly Planet. You, FP have a winner in Sam, he exceeded all our expectations, and due to his professionalism and friendliness, we will definitely be looking to FP for our next tour, hoping we will replicate the terrific time we had only in a new country. Thank you so much once again.

Donna Szerwinski, Mansfield, Ohio

Just back from the Best of Kenya & Tanzania Safari. Can't say enough GREAT things about Friendly Planet. We booked a 2-day extension to the Serengeti which went without a hitch and extended our stay in Africa for more enjoyable wildlife viewing. Guides were exceptional (especially Michael in Kenya) & everyone we met was warm & welcoming. We will definitely use Friendly Planet again. Thanks for making a lifetime dream come true for us!!

Megan O'Toole, Scotts Valley, CA

We just returned from the Best of India and Nepal Tour and have only the most positive comments to make about the tour operator, the tour guides, the hotels, and the tour buses. Friendly Planet took care of everything very professionally. Praveen, our guide, was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure everyone on the trip was taken care of. The ceremonies at the Ganges were, in themselves, worth the cost of the tour. We highly recommend Friendly Planet as a touring agency.

Antonino Giacalone, San Diego, CA

Thank you for recommending the Mystical Myanmar tour to us. This was definitely one of our best tours. We had the best of accommodations and a wonderful guide. It just doesn't get any better than this. The tour of Myanmar was awesome--some of the nicest people we have encountered anywhere. We were fortunate to visit a village on the last day of school and the kids were putting on a program for the parents. There were a lot of parents sitting on the ground watching. There were so many interesting experiences that it's impossible to name them all. I'd have written sooner, but we've been busy sorting through over 2000 pictures that we took.

James & Toni Kull, Hillsboro, IL

Friendly Planet is an agency that I recommend! It was not very expensive and we really got our money's worth out of the trip. To anyone that is interested in traveling, I truly recommend this trip! What impresses me the most about China is that you can see the past, present and the future in all fields.

Jack & Nora Bruni

We are very happy with the entire experience of the tour. Well organized. I forgot my camera in the bus in Luxor and remembered it in Cairo! The tour guide located it and the camera was sent to me! All I had to do is make one phone call! Great job!

Pragnya Purohit, Hillsborough, NJ

Great short trip but at the end I wish it had been a day or 2 longer. I didn't want to come home. The local guide Juan Carlos Balda was a great guide and answered all of our questions with great knowledge. Will use and recommend you again in the future.

Thomas Ludes, Manhattan Beach, CA

Just got back from your Thailand trip. The four of us had a marvelous time, and your arrangements were wonderful. I was impressed by the organization throughout. We all learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience.

Andy Tsoi, Tacoma, WA

India was not high on my list of places to travel to but I thought this was such a good deal that I just had to do it. The package itself was the cost of the airfare alone. It was great traveling with fans of Friendly Planet. They kept saying how happy they were with the expertise and professionalism that you guys had throughout the whole process. Everyone on the group was very well travelled and all the travelers resided in different parts of the country from Chicago to Salt Lake City to Los Angeles. My favorite parts of the tour include: the Taj Mahal (of course), the elephant ride up Amber Fort – so much fun, and the rickshaw taxis – a number of folks said this should be a part of the package as it was like a scary Disneyland ride. Thank you for putting such a great package together - what an amazing experience. I hope to book another Friendly Planet package soon!

Jeannie Shu

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

I have been recommending Friendly Planet tours to family, friends and co-workers. I have been on two tours now and am completely addicted!

Amy Imdieke

I was on the Beijing and Tokyo tour which was truly a trip of a lifetime! Our guide in Beijing, Peter, was simply amazing! He was extremely helpful, patient, humorous and knowledgeable. He really made the trip special. Also, I loved our accommodations at the Kempinski Hotel. It was truly 5-star. I certainly look forward to traveling with Friendly Planet very soon! I had a truly memorable time.

Kimberly Ghorm, Hillside, NJ

I've been fortunate to travel far and wide, but this trip was truly the experience of a lifetime! Great guides, knowledgeable, and VERY helpful. If you're considering this trip, DON'T MISS Abu Simbel! And Taybet Zaman in Petra—my favorite hotel! It's like a time capsule. Great job, Friendly Planet. You made my dream-trip come true!

J. Belli, Aubrey, TX

Wonderful experience! The optional tours were amazing. Tuk, our guide in Thailand, was very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends/family.

Neda Espesor

We just returned from the Discover Havana tour. This trip far exceeded our expectations in every way.... the country, the people, the tour itself. Your expertise and staff made traveling to Cuba worry-free. We especially appreciated Friendly Planet providing a US tour representative and a Cuban tour guide to make take care of us. Interactions with tour groups from other companies made us happy to be with you! We are already looking forward to our next Friendly Planet tour.

Steve Rutherford, Punta Gorda, FL

We just returned from another AMAZING tour! China is absolutely incredible, the Great Wall is truly great and the Chinese people are amazing hosts. Thank you for helping us customize the tour to our needs, we had no issues whatsoever! We are definitely looking forward to doing more tours with Friendly Planet...India Next??

Celeste Carrasco

A dream fulfilled at long last - the people, the music everywhere, the food, the signs of renewal of formerly elegant colonial buildings - all exceeded our expectations. Cuba is a must visit destination!

Bette & Chris Stockton

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

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.

Sitthi Sitthikul

We really enjoyed the Taste of Thailand/Cambodia tour we just took. The tour guides for both tours were very good, and we would like to once again praise Patty Nantanamanee for her excellent work. Can't say enough about her excellent treatment of her group. The hotels we stayed in were very good. We highly recommend the tour to anyone. They won't regret it.

Danilo Carpio

Not only is a Friendly Planet tour, fun, well-organized and very fairly priced—you really stick behind your customers. That's pretty rare these days. Thank you.

Angela Whitehill, Island Heights, NJ

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

I am writing to express my happiness and joy at this last vacation I just had. My boyfriend Tony and I booked the Friendly Planet 11 day Kenyan Safari. We had a group of seven wonderful people with us but what made it so much better was the guide, Daniel Muthee. Daniel is extremely nice, prompt and his vast knowledge base of Kenya, the peoples, tribes, customs and animals is encyclopedic. He made the trip so very special, from FINDING and explaining all the animals, lining us up for great photographic shots and using the driving skills of a NASCAR driver on those so called roads. I think it is important that you know what an asset he is to your company. I have used Friendly Planet in the past (Cuba last March) and am very happy with it. I plan on using you again when I take vacations where tours are necessary – I am not rally a tour type of person but you do it right.Thanks for the memories!

Ann Marie Anise

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

I just returned from your Treasures of Thailand tour. I wanted to let you know that I was so impressed with every aspect of this trip! When I booked this tour I was honestly apprehensive. The price was so good it seemed too good to be true. I really expected to have problems along the way, but there were none! Our tour guide, Ms. Atchara, was outstanding! She took a personal interest in everyone on the tour. There were many times she stopped and bought small presents for our group, like local food to sample or tiger balm for sore feet. The one thing that I really felt was over and above was the fact that she personally picked me up from the airport on my return from Phuket! I expected a private car for a transfer, but she came along just to see me again and to make sure I had a good time in Phuket! I feel like I've left a friend behind in Thailand, and I wanted to make sure you know what outstanding people you have working for you there! I can definitely say after this wonderful experience that I would highly recommend Friendly Planet Travel to anyone looking to see the world at a great price. I will absolutely be traveling with you in the future! Thank you again!

Jenny Gontz, Chambersburg, PA