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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 4
Value — 4.0
Guide — 4.0
Activities — 4.0
Lodging — 4.0
Transportation — 3.9
Meals — 3.8
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 5.0
Recent Reviews

A Taste of China

5.0 January 2017
CK
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 3.0
In 2012, my family and I took a 10 day trip to Xian, Beijing, and Shanghai. Our trip included all our transportation, hotels, and most of our meals. We stayed in 4 star hotels where a breakfast buffet was always included. They severed a lot of "Eastern breakfast" items, but most was "Western breakfast" style food. In Xian, we visited the Terra Cotta warriors, and a couple other sites around the city. The only downside was that our hotel was located in a part of the city that did not seem very central. Due to this, there wasn't too much to see and explore on our own once the tour bus brought us back. In Shanghai, we had a guided tour of downtown, and took a day trip to a nearby city that was known for their water canals. While we were there, we all took a boat ride down a canal. Our hotel was directly on the Bund, so in the evenings, we were able to explore a lot on our own. The city was amazing, and our tour guide was as well. Definitely one of the most amazing cities I've visited. Finally, our trip ended in Beijing. While there, we made a day trip to the Great Wall of China. We also went to see the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven. Overall, the guided tour we went on was excellent. We had a great guide, and really got to see a lot of the most famous landmarks the country has.
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Tour Friendly Planet Travel Company Reviews

I highly recommend Friendly Planet Travel.

5.0 January 2017
C
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I recently returned from the Exotic Peru tour with visits to Lima, Cuzco, the Sacred Valley, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu. The first part of the trip went well, but mid-way in the tour, I lost my passport - a huge deal. My individual angst was then overshadowed by the travel challenges we all faced as a group - a railway strike, closure of shops and restaurants in Aguas Calientes, airport closure at Cuzco, affecting all travelers to scramble for lodging and transport home. Throughout both the individual and group issues, Friendly Planet and their local agents went above and beyond to assure the best accommodations possible. A special shout out to our tour guide, Jamie A. Caballero Perez, who maintained positivity, grace and poise throughout the circumstances that came our way. I was eventually reunited with my passport - wonderful news - but Friendly Planet was at my side every step of the way. A fabulous trip with challenges that were handled well.
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Tour Friendly Planet Travel Company Reviews

A wonderful experience!

5.0 January 2017
E
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I took Friendly Planet's Taste of China tour last month, with the Hong Kong extension, and had a wonderful experience. It could not have gone more smoothly. The Chinese tour guides were terrific - friendly and knowledgeable and open to answering all of our questions. This was my first trip to Asia and I loved immersing myself in the history and culture and cuisine. The Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Victoria Harbour, every day was something new and amazing. I'd definitely recommend Friendly Planet.
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Tour Friendly Planet Travel Company Reviews

Fantastic holiday in Iceland. Great service,

5.0 October 2017
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Fantastic holiday in Iceland. Great service, everything running perfectly for us. From flights, car hire, hotel, advanced tickets etc. Well done and thank you.

Tour Discover the World Company Reviews

Great support, everything went like clockwork

5.0 August 2017
P
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Great support and service from Discover The World in making all of the arrangements for our Tailor Made Norwegian Fjord holiday; everything went like clockwork....apart from Avis car hire who gave us a car which had an oil problem! Even then, and when Avis were about as much use as a chocolate teapot, Discover The World helped us get it sorted out quickly.
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Tour Discover the World Company Reviews

Very friendly and professional

5.0 August 2017
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Very friendly and professional and have tailor made our once in a lifetime trip to Norway and Slavbard in the Artic Circle

Tour Discover the World Company Reviews

Tours 2 Trips 6 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 376 $ 711
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Group Tour Operator
Size Global Operator Global Operator
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Independent / Self-Guided Packages
Service Level Budget Standard
Regions
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Middle East & North Africa
  • Europe
  • North America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Budget
  • Safari
  • Trekking & Camping
  • Scuba Diving
  • Photography
  • Adventure
Headquarters Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, USA Surrey, United Kingdom
Year Established 1981 1984
Solo Friendly N/A N/A
Tour Languages N/A
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    About Friendly Planet

    Founded over 30 years ago, Friendly Planet is a small, family owned tour operator based in the United States. While they might be a small operation, they offer a wide range of affordable journeys to six continents. Their trips span across three categories: small group tours, value vacations, and independent packages.  

    What Makes Them Stand Out?

    Friendly Planet was one of the first tour operators to offer online bookings. While their trips will immerse you in local culture, they don't do so at the expense of comfort. 

    They also have 24/7 customer service support, which gives peace of mind while traveling to far-flung destinations.  

    Who Travels With Them?

    Friendly Planet is ideal for active travelers, interested in culture, history, food, and nature. Their small group trips attract a wide age range, while their value vacations tends to draw a younger, perhaps more budget-minded crowd. 

    Where Do They Operate?

    Asia and Europe tend to be the most popular destinations. Friendly Planet was among the first US-based tour company's to offer licensed trips to Cuba, which remains a very popular destination. 

    Why Travel With Them?

    Friendly Planet has been in business for many years and has vast experience in developing immersive, authentic itineraries. They deliver lots of value and even include round trip airfare on many of their trips, saving you time and hassle in booking flights. 

    About Discover the World


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