The Friendly Planet Newsletter

Published Jan 11, 2022
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The world is constantly changing, but one thing remains the same: the wanderlust that drives travelers to explore the world. Not only is it possible to travel to many already-reopened destinations now, but our team of experts takes the mystery out of entry requirements so you don't have to navigate the evolving landscape alone!
Safety first:
We are in daily communication with our partners around the world to stay on top of conditions and to make sure everything is ready to keep you safe and healthy while providing a high-quality experience. This means staying on top of often-changing protocols, organizing required Covid testing in destination, making sure our coaches are cleaned and sanitized each day, selecting hotels that are fastidious in their hygiene practices, always having extra masks and sanitizer when you need it, and much more. If we are unable to operate your package, we will work with you to modify your travel dates or destination with no fees or penalties.
Low barrier booking:
A small $99 deposit†† is all that is needed to reserve your spot on most of our packages. You can make payments online toward your trip whenever you want—as long as you've paid in full by the deadline (60 days before departure on most packages).
Flexible policies:
While other companies are slowly returning to pre-pandemic cancellation policies, we believe that being able to easily change your travel plans without concern or penalty is of the utmost importance. That's why we created our Carefree Booking policy.† You can change your departure or even your package with no fees or penalties up to your final payment due date (60 days prior to departure on most packages).
From our travelers
You don't have to take our word for it!
"Booking was easy and very appropriate regarding Covid precautions and the ability for cancellation."
— Patrick, 2021
"I appreciate that Friendly Planet is being prudent about COVID and holding off on confirming trips until they know it’s safe to go and they can offer the quality trip they always do."
— Margaret, 2021
"Easy to work with prior to the trip, especially with new COVID restrictions in place. They were able to arrange for COVID tests as required by each hotel and by the US prior to our return. 10/10 would recommend."
— Christine, 2021
"Very responsive to phone calls and questions. The trip was well organized and details attended to! Friendly Planet ensured transportation, payment, etc for Covid tests for return to the US were arranged. Thank you! It couldn't have been easier."
— Sandra, 2021
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

† The Carefree Booking policy is not travel insurance. With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason, you can transfer all payments you've made excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties. Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus a $99 per person future travel credit. You may use these credits anytime and they do not expire, but some restrictions apply. Travel protection premiums may be credited to your new tour provided: no claim is filed; (no vendor penalties such as Air, sea or rail etc have been incurred); and your new trip departs within 1 year of the cancellation of your original tour. Valid for bookings made on or after March 19, 2020. Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

†† $99 deposit available on select packages. Valid for new bookings only. Changes to your package, departure date, or flights may require an increased deposit. If you select our optional travel protection plan, the premium will be added to your deposit. See additional terms & conditions.

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