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Agricultural Tours

Please take a look at the tours we are offering below, perhaps there is something of interest to you….. and if you have any suggestions for future tours then please do let us know. 

All of our tour groups are accompanied by knowledgeable guides for the duration.  We also have several tours each year lead by our own staff as well as Farmer's Weekly's David Richardson. 

Our ATOL number is ATOL 10350.  All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme.  When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL certificate.  Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it.  Please see our booking terms and conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to:  www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate .

To make a booking please download the booking form and conditions, complete and return to Field Farm Tours Ltd with a deposit payment per person as stated on the itinerary. We will then process your booking immediately and proficiently. A booking does not officially exist until we have received your signed booking form and deposit. This is the formal record of the booking. We will then send you written confirmation of your booking and an ATOL Certificate, we will also advise details of insurance, visa and health requirements (if applicable). The final invoice is sent 8-10 weeks before departure, followed by the final itinerary. Please note that all prices are subject to increases in local taxes, air fares and foreign currency changes.

Autumn Gathering - County Durham
1st - 5th October 2017 (5 days)

LAST FEW PLACES..


The success of our Spring Gatherings has prompted us to arrange our 2nd Autumn Gathering.

 

Join us for a four night stay at the 4 star Lumley Castle Hotel located close to the historic city of Durham.  The proposed itinerary includes a welcome drink, a pedigree beef & sheep farmer, a farm rearing turkeys and geese in time for Christmas collection and a medieval Manor House.

 

We guarantee interesting venues, excellent hotel facilities and a chance to see friends old and new!

 

 

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Autumn Gathering - County Durham
Farm Tour to Shetland
2nd - 6th October 2017 (5 days)

Our tour includes technical visits to a range of beef, dairy and sheep farms (including organic beef), livestock mart, the Abattoir, Lerwick Fish Market, the Shetland wool industry and a Shetland pony breeder.  In addition we shall see trace the history of farming through crofting and take in the sea bird population at the RSPB Reserve at Sumburgh Head. 

With a mild climate these peaceful islands offer an amazing and unique experience.

 

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Farm Tour to Shetland
Farming Tour to Cuba
30th October - 10th November 2017 (12 days)

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE


 

Cuba is the island where time has stood still.  A closed country since 1961, when it was ostracised by the USA and under the great Fidel Castro, went it own way. 

 

Cuba's agriculture has suffered since the 90's, when the fall of the old Soviet Union led to a shortage of seed, fertiliser and other chemicals.  As a result, they have been forced to go organic and sustainable agricultural has developed.

 

The tour being run in conjunction with our US colleagues, will see small farms, owned by the farmer providing food and jobs to the local people.

 


 

 

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Farming Tour to Cuba
Farm Tour to New Zealand
3rd - 20th January 2018 (18 days)

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE...


New Zealand has been called the “Paradise of the Pacific” since the early 1800s. This tour shows off the best of New Zealand’s agriculture and diverse scenery in one of the most beautiful countries in the world.   Take the opportunity to chat with New Zealand farmers, view their farms and enjoy genuine “Kiwi” country hospitality.

 

The tour is taken in partnership with Canadian farmers, so enjoyable and  diverse company is guaranteed.

 

 

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Farm Tour to New Zealand
Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands
8th - 18th January 2018 (12 days )

The tour starts in Ecuador, a small country located right on the equator line on the west coast of South America. It is characterised by its different climate and vegetation zones and by the mountains and deep valleys.  The Ecuadroian Andres are known for the active volcanos and it is these eruptions that have given the valleys, slopes and mountains the rich soil and minerals, creating a wonderfully diverse agricultural landscape.  On this part of the tour we will see sheep, dairy, cheese, fruit, flowers, potatoes and vegetables.

 

The Galapagos Islands are a National Maritime Park belonging to Ecuador.  Located 500 miles off the west coast of Ecuador they have become a mecca for tourists.  Enjoy a 5 day cruise with a specialist guide to observe and enjoy the Galapagos Islands.

 

Tour will be fully escorted by the ever popular Fiona Sloan.

 

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Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands
Farm Tour to Australia
17th January - 3rd February 2018 (18 days)

Australia is the world's leading producer of cattle and excels in the dairy, sugar, wool and forestry industries.  With its vast spaces, technical expertise and diverse climates, it produces a wide range of highly sought after agricultural, fishery and forestry products, and is internationally recognised as being free of many insects and agricultural diseases found in other parts of the world.

 

The trip is based on flying directly to and from Australia but if you would prefer a stopover in either direction we would be pleased to assist with this and for those that would like to stay on in Australia to visit friends or relations, a delayed return flight can also be arranged,

 

The tour is taken in partnershire with Canadian farmers.

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Farm Tour to Australia
Brazil & Argentina Tour
28th January - 10th February 2018 (14 days)

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE


By visiting these two South American countries, the group members will have very different experiences.

 

Brazil is the worlds largest producer of sugarcane, coffee and a new exporter of soybeans, cocoa, orange juice, tobacco and other tropical fruits and nuts.  Livestock production has had rapid growth in the poultry, pork and milk sectors reflecting changes in consumer tastes.

 

Argentina is the world's eighth largest country, the main areas being Patagonia stretching down to Tierra del Fuego in the south, the vast Pampas in the centre and the Gran Chaco in the northwest which shares its borders with Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia.  10% of the country is cultivated, while about half of it is used for cattle, sheep & other livestock.

 

This tour is taken in partnership with Canadian farmers, so enjoyable and diverse company is guaranteed.

 

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Brazil & Argentina Tour
Farming Tour to Cuba
5th - 16th February 2018 (12 days)

Join this 2nd tour to Cuba, the Island where time stood still. It has been a closed country since 1961, when it was ostracised by the USA and under the great Fidel Castro, it went its own way.  Cuba is known as one of the safest countries in the world, as everything is monitored and controlled by the government and its local departments.

 

Cuba's agriculture has suffered since the 90s, when the all of the old Soviet Union led to a shortage of seed, fertiliser ad other chemicals.  As a result, they have been forced to go organic and a sustainable agricultural economu has developed.

 

The tour is being run in conjunction with US colleagues and will see small farms, owned by the farmer providing food and jobs to the local people.

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Farming Tour to Cuba
Farm Tour to Peru
17th February - 3rd March 2018 (16 days)

Peru, in western South America, extends for 1,500 miles along the Pacific Ocean and is bordered by Ecuador in the north, Bolivia and Brazil in the east and Chile in the south.  It is divided by The Andes Mountains into three zones into - the fertile western coastline, the central mountains with lofty peaks and deep valleys, and the dense forests of the Amazon.

 

Agricultural production is split into 2 entities, there are large private estates and holdings which enjoy huge production capacity and traditional small subsistence farming, producing just enough for the family to live on.  Our tour will explore both sides of the farming economy with visits including tropical and subtropical fruits, cereals, coffee, wine, cocoa, vegetables. egg production and livestock.  In addition, we will see the wonders of the Inca Empire in Cusco, Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca.

 

 

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Farm Tour to Peru
Farming Tour to Mauritius
18th February - 2nd March 2018 (13 days)

Join us for our third tour to the small but beautiful island of Mauritius.

Tourism is very important in Mauritius consequently there are many hotels dotted around the varied coastline.  Our tour is based on just two hotels - one on the north coast and the other on the west coast, allowing time to relax and enjoy the properties surroundings between the daily interesting farming visits.

The main crop is sugar cane, some of which is procesed in the usual way, but some now goes for bio-fuel.  Both citrus and soft fruits are grown together with vegetables and flowers for export.  Chickens are reared for eggs and meat but there are no large livestock units.

Do come and join us to enjoy some interesting visits and meet local people, sunshine, good food and good company!

 

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Farming Tour to Mauritius
Farming Tour to India
23rd February - 12th March 2018 (18 days)

India is a unique travel destination that is growing in popularity, but has still not achieved the visitor numbers of other tourist destinations in Asia.  As a result, one can find the true India and its people without competing for space. It is a vast country incorporating the Himalayan Mountain range to the north, lush beaches to the south, desert in the west and trival lands in the east.

 

It is a rural country and farming is at the centre of the tour with visits to dairy, fruit, vegetables, rice and cereals as you explore both modern agricultural operations and tradiitional small family farms.  Enjoy markets with their bright colours of vegetable, fruit and spices, explore farm land by ox drawn carts and contrast the organic and non-organic production methods.

 

 

 


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Farming Tour to India
Other forthcoming Tours for 2018

 

Other tour itineraries still being finalised (subject to change)...

 

Spring Gathering - Warwickshire, 29th April - 3rd May 2018

Isle of Man, May 2018

South Africa, May 2018

Japan, May 2018

Canada, June/July 2018

China, October 2018

 

See our current brochure online  https://simplebooklet.com/fftmay2017

 

Other forthcoming Tours for 2018
Farm Tour to Bulgaria
15th - 22nd April 2018 (8 days)

Located in southern Europe, Bulgaria has a rich and diverse history.  Our tour will explore the central region taking in the capital city Sofia, the ancient capital Plovdiv, the Balkan moutain range and the Danube plain, as we discover the agricultural economy, see some of the historical and architectural highlights and enjoy local food and culture.

 

The Bulgarian economy has seen a succession of growth spurts and major slumps during their transition from Communist controlled to market driven economy, which has kept the economy relatively fragile.  Agriculture remains one of the strong contributers to GDP with the country being a net exporter of agriproducts and the world's largest producer of lavender and rose oil.

 

Tour will include farm visits to cereals, vegetables, salads, fruit, dairy, beef, goat and rose oil operations.  In addition to the geographical and city highlights listed above, visit a winery with tasting and a spectucular rail journey though the Balkan Mountains.

 

 

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Farm Tour to Bulgaria
Tour to Iceland
16th - 23rd May 2018 (8 days)

In 2008, Iceland was on the verge of going bankrupt as the world financial crisis hit and was the first to feel the effect.  Today, the country has a thriving economy with tourism at its centre.

Although situated in the north Atlantic just outside the Arctic Circle, the country is warmed by the Gulf Stream and the average day time temperatures are between 10 - 12 degress during May, but the high could be up to 20 degrees.

 

Our tour will include visits to dairy, vegetable, sheep, beef and horse enterprises. In addition, we shall see the Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss Waterfalls, enjoy a boat trip among the icebergs, visit the shark meat processing farm and stop at the famous Blue Lagoon hot spring and bathing lagoon. As well as taking a look at the use of the natural renewable energies that Iceland use to heat and light the countryside.

 

 

 

 

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Tour to Iceland
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