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Friendly Planet Travel offers selection of cruises under $1000

November 2, 2011

Friendly Planet Travel, known as a provider of high-quality, affordable deals to exotic worldwide destinations, is announcing its latest cruise specials. Travelers looking for flexible options are sure to find their fit with six new cruises available, including the 7-night Western Caribbean; 7-night Canada/New England; 7-night Bermuda; 7-night Eastern Mediterranean; and 12-night Eastern Caribbean cruises.

“We’re offering a variety of cruises to work with any travelers’ needs,” says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. “Whether your sights are set on the Caribbean or International, for a long or short stay, we’re working to bring top quality cruises to all looking for something new this travel season. This latest round of cruises helps us reach that goal.”

Here are details of some of the cruise offerings:

The 7-night Western Caribbean cruise for $339 departs from Miami aboard Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Valor, and brings travelers to Cozumel, Mexico; Ocho Rios, Jamaica; and Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands before returning to Miami. The cruise departs on Dec. 2.

Friendly Planet’s 7-night Canada/New England cruise sets sail from New York City for $409 and travels aboard the Carnival Cruise ship, Carnival Glory. The ship has scheduled stops in Boston, Mass.; Portland, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The $409 tours depart Sept. 22 and 29, 2012.

The 7-night Bermuda cruise departs from New York City for $469. The tour travels aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s ship, Norwegian Star, and sails to Kings Wharf, Bermuda. The $469 cruise sets sail Oct. 14, 2012. Additional departures for $499 are available on Sept. 9, 2012 and Oct. 7, 2012.

For $599, Friendly Planet’s 7-night Eastern Mediterranean cruise departs from Venice, Italy and continues to Bari, Italy; Corfu, Greece; Santorini, Greece; Kusadasi (Ephesus), Turkey; and Katakolon (Olympia), Greece. The ship sails aboard Royal Caribbean International’s, Splendor of the Seas. The $599 cruise departs on Nov. 3, 2012.

Friendly Planet’s 12-night Eastern Caribbean cruise for $899 sets sail from Cape Liberty, NJ aboard Celebrity Cruises’ ship, Celebrity Silhouette. The cruise stops at Labadee, Haiti; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands; St. John’s, Antigua; and Philipsburg, St. Maarten before coming home. This cruise departs on Dec. 12 at the $899 rate.

For more information on any of Friendly Planet Travel’s cruise specials, departure dates, and full itineraries, visit http://www.FriendlyPlanetTravel.com; the blog at blog.friendlyplanet.com.

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Friendly Planet offers 11-day air-inclusive tour to Guatemala and Honduras for $1999

November 2, 2011

Central America’s exquisite culture, picturesque views, and rich history have attracted travelers for ages. Friendly Planet Travel, a leading tour operator of high-quality, affordable vacation packages to exotic destinations worldwide, is making an 11-day Best of Guatemala and Honduras tour available for $1,999, including airfare from Miami, superior accommodations, fully esorted tours, and many meals, if booked by Dec. 7.

The 11-day Best of Guatemala and Honduras tour visits four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Guatemala combines the best of colonial Spanish culture with traditional Mayan heritage, and Honduras is the heart of ancient Mayan culture, with impressive Mayan tombs and step pyramids.

Travelers begin their journey in Guatemala’s capital and largest city, Guatemala City, before heading to the colonial town of Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nestled between three picturesque volcanoes and colonial architecture. As travelers explore Antigua, they’ll walk the cobblestone streets and discover Antigua’s most famous sites, including Church of San Francisco, La Merced Church, and Antigua’s Jade Factory. Travelers will stop at the bustling, colorful, open-air markets of Chichicastenango and enjoy the unique opportunity for lunch with an indigenous family before heading to the shores of the beautiful Lake Atitlan for a boat ride to Santiago and Santa Catarina. Later, travelers return to Guatemala City.

From there, travelers will cross over the Honduran border through the vast coffee and fruit plantations, and continue to Copan, the most renowned archeological site in Honduras and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The abandoned ruins of Copan, dense tropical vegetation, and mystical monuments will round out the sightseeing in Honduras. Travelers continue back to Guatemala, stopping along the ancient trade route of Quirigua, another UNESCO World Heritage Site known for intricately carved, giant sculptures, including the massive Zoomorphs.

A balanced mix of tour and leisure time continues as travelers enjoy a ride across Rio Dulce, also called the “Sweet River,” and visit an indigenous community development organization, Ak-Tenamit to learn about the indigenous communities of Guatemala and the sustainability of Mayan culture in a modern world. A stop at the Fort of San Felipe and logging village of Sayaxche is sure to inspire the history buffs on the trip. A tour of the twin cities of Yaxhe and Topoxte in the jungles on the shores of Yaxha Lake  and later exploration of the islands of the lake will keep travelers enthralled. A final stop at the fourth UNESCO World Heritage of Tikal, located in the heart of the Mayan biosphere, entices travelers with impressive tropical forests and enormous amounts of plant and animal species. A climb to the top of some of Tikal’s tallest pyramids rounds out the best Guatemala and Honduras has to offer.

The trip includes round-trip airfare from Miami and all transportation; superior hotel accommodations; 10 full buffet breakfasts, four lunches and one dinner, including lunch with an indigenous family; comprehensive sightseeing with a local, English-speaking expert guide; and a visit to the Ak-Tenamit sustainable development community.

“This tour’s combination of the unmatched culture and nature in Guatemala, and impressive temples and terraces in Honduras and Guatemala, will attract even the most experienced traveler,” says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. “Magnificent monuments; exotic, tropical landscapes; dynamic Mayan culture; and stops at four UNESCO World Heritages Sites make for an unforgettable exploration of Central America’s gems.”

Friendly Planet’s 11-day Best of Guatemala and Honduras tour has the following departures at the $1,999 rate: Mar. 16, Apr. 20, May 18, June 15, and July. 27.

For more information about Friendly Planet Travel’s Best of Guatemala and Honduras tour, visit http://www.FriendlyPlanetTravel.com or the blog at blog.friendlyplanet.com or call 610-228-2138.

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Friendly Planet Gives $500 off Air-Inclusive 7-Day Galapagos Islands Express Tour

July 6, 2011

It’s hard to dispute that the giant Galapagos tortoises, colonies of penguins, endemic flora and fauna, and other exotic wildlife lure travelers to the Galapagos Islands. It’s even harder to dispute that $500 off an already incredible deal is something travelers can’t afford to miss. Today travelers can experience the wondrous islands that were studied and admired by Charles Darwin almost 200 years ago on Friendly Planet Travel’s Galapagos Islands Express tour for $1,999 when booked by Aug. 1, 2011, a $500 savings. Travelers venture 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador to the islands of Baltra, Santa Cruz, and Isabela for seven days to see the biodiversity and natural, untouched beauty that makes the Galapagos Islands so alluring.

Included in the price are roundtrip flights from Miami; all ground transportation and transfers; first-class accommodations with private bath at Sebastian Hotel in Quito, Ecuador; first-class accommodations with private bath at the Red Mangrove Divers Lodges on Santa Cruz on Santa Cruz and Isabela Islands; 14 lavish meals, including six breakfasts, four lunches, and four dinners; comprehensive sightseeing tours with a naturalist guide on the Galapagos Islands; and Galapagos National Park Fee of $100 and Transit Control Card of $10.

“This Galapagos tour has been developed for travelers who want a true experience of the Islands, without the strenuous exploration,” says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. “Any traveler can enjoy the fascinating species of birds and animals currently inhabiting the legendary islands without strain on both your body and wallet through this effortless and affordable tour package.”

To begin, travelers will arrive in Quito to spend the night in Ecuador’s capitol city en route to the Galapagos. The next morning, travelers fly via Guayaquil to Baltra airport, followed by a transfer to Santa Cruz Island. Here they’ll enjoy a guided tour of the Charles Darwin’s Research Station and meet the infamous giant tortoise, Lonesome George. The Santa Cruz Island stop also includes shopping in Puerto Ayora followed by dinner at the beautiful Aventura Lodge.

Day three starts with a leisurely hike to Los Gemelos (the Twins), where travelers can witness the true power of nature viewing these collapsed lava chambers. From there, flora and fauna at its finest is seen at the Santa Cruz Highlands and Scalesia Forest. Friendly Planet travelers then experience a 600-acre private reserve truck tour through open terrain witnessing the best wildlife the Galapagos has to offer. An illuminated lava tunnel tour, measuring 1,350 feet long, and lunch at the lodge lead into a two-hour sail set for Isabela Island to enjoy the remainder of the night strolling through Concha de Perla or snorkeling at local turtle “cleaning stations.”

The morning after includes a sail across the port taking in views of blue-footed boobies and the Galapagos penguins. Walks through a jagged lava field, opening into canals holding white-tipped reef sharks, and taking in the views of black lava field follow with a chance back at land for snorkeling and sunbathing. Visit Las Cuevas de Sucre to find the lava tunnels of Santa Cruz. Ending the evening with a trip to El Manga Mirador brings back a bit of history from the early settlers.

Day five starts with a Humedales drive from town to Long Beach, where you can enter the National Park for unbelievable views atop Cerro Orchilla. Then, visit the Muro de Las Lagrimas (Wall of Tears), which displays century old jagged volcanic rock laid by penal colony prisoners. A leisurely lodge lunch awaits as travelers then set sail for Santa Cruz to check in at the Red Mangrove Santa Cruz Divers Lodge.

If bidding farewell after then enjoying Quito for the final day doesn’t quite cut it for some, the package also includes a two-day optional stay in Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for $229. The post-tour extension includes an all-day Otavalo excursion with visits to nearby villages of Cotacachi, Peguche and San Antonio de Ibarra. Day two brings travelers to Mitad del Mundo, the Equatorial Monument; the Intinan Interactive Museum; San Agustin Convent; Independence Square; past El Sagrario Church to conclude with a ride to the Panecillo for finishing views.

For more information visit Friendly Planet Travel’s website at www.FriendlyPlanet.com, the blog at blog.friendlyplanet.com, or call  610-228-2138.

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EXPERIENCE 11 DAYS WITH AIR TO EXOTIC BORNEO AND BANGKOK FOR ONLY $1,799

October 15, 2010

Travelers can visit two of Asia’s most fascinating and exotic destinations, Borneo and Bangkok, for 11 days starting at only $1,799 (per person, double occupancy). The offer, from Friendly Planet, includes roundtrip airfare, accommodation at deluxe hotels, local transfers, daily breakfast and several lunches, and even tours.

Visitors can take advantage of their airfare and opt for a pre or post-tour extension. Explore Malaysia’s dazzling capital city Kuala Lumpur starting at only $199 (per person/double), or relax on Thailand’s remote beaches of Phuket Island starting at $550 (per person/double).

For a limited time only, this special fare starting at $1,799* reflects an early booking discount if reserved by December 8, 2010. Round-trip Economy Class airfare from LAX on award-winning China Airlines is provided. Airline fuel surcharge is included. Additional taxes and fees total $95. Both extension specials include accommodation at deluxe hotels and local transfers.

Rich in cultural diversity, Malaysia offers a truly Asian experience. The exotic country provides a unique culture experience, tantalizing food, an array of attractions and activities, and great value for your dollar.

Thailand is considered a Southeast Asian migratory, cultural, and religious crossroad. The country offers over miles of coastline, bays and coves, with many beach and island activities.

To book, call Friendly Planet Reservations at 800-555-5765, http://www.friendlyplanet.com.

For more information on the special deal, visit http://www.friendlyplanet.com/exotic-borneo-bangkok.html?src=em100510.