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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.

Farm Tour to New Zealand
28th February - 16th March 2018 (17 days)

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 Australian and North American farmers, so enjoyable and  diverse company is guaranteed.

 

 

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Farm Tour to New Zealand
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
Spring Gathering - Warwickshire
29th April - 3rd May 2018 (5 days)

LAST TWO ROOMS REMAINING.....


Join us for our 11th annual Spring Gathering in the picturesque county of Warwickshire, famous for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

The itinerary includes a four night stay at the Wroxall Abbey Hotel with farm visits including dairy, water buffalo, an arable farm with sheep and cattle, a tour of the Jaguar Landrover Manufacturing Factory and a dinner cruise of the River Avon.

 

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

 

 

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Spring Gathering - Warwickshire
Farm Tour to South Africa
9th - 26th May 2018 (18 days)

The greatest asset of South Africa is its abundance and diversity of natural beauty. 

 

It is a land of striking contrasts from the white beaches and green vineyards of the Western Cape, the rugged semi-arid Northwest, the lush green hills of KwaZulu-Natal, and the world famous game reserves of the Eastern Lowveld. 

 

Meet with local farmers and enjoy their generous hospitality on this fantastic tour which showcases the best of South African agriculture and wildlife, including maize fileds in the Free State and a day at NAMPO - one of the world's largest agricultural field days.

Opportunity to extend your trip for an additional four nights to visit Victoria Falls and Chobe.

 

The tour is taken in partnership with Australian and New Zealand farmers.

 

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Farm Tour to South Africa
Farm Tour to Isle of Man
21st - 25th May 2018 (5 days)

The Isle of Man is located off the coast of North West England in the Irish Sea and is not part of England, but a British Crown Dependency.  It is a stunning beautiful island with lush valleys, barren hills and a rugged coastline and is crisscrossed with small farms that contribute to a successful agricultural economy.

 

The tour will take you to some of the best farms on the island, the creamery, livestock market, kipper production and flour mill, as you will see first-hand the supply chain from farm to fork.  In addition, explore the famous Isle of Man TT race course, visit the Laxey Wheel and see the towns of Douglas, Peel and Port St Mary.

 

Image credit IOM Tourism

 

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Farm Tour to Isle of Man
Farm Tour to Japan
21st May - 6th June 2018 (16 days)

Japan is a country of spectacular natural beauty with gentle rural landscapes contrasting with modern, vibrant cities.

 

Join us for this exciting 16 day tour to Japan to see a fascinating range of agricultural and horticultural enterprises. Visit the country's famous historic cities and soak up the centuries old traditions for which Japan is best known.  Visit alpine mountain ranges and river valleys where traditional water mills still operate today.

 

The tour is partnered with Aussie, US and Kiwi farmers and promises to offer a rich experience as a member of an international group exploring the landscape of one of the most unique countries in the world.

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Farm Tour to Japan
Farm Tour to Brittany & Normandy with David Richardson
22nd - 31st May 2018 (10 days)

FROM DAVID RICHARDSON - The last time I spent time in North West France was in the 1970's. I went with a BBC Farming Film crew to make programmes about co-operation in French agriculture and also about an export trade that was active at the time selling cauliflowers - or "choux fleurs" - as the French called them, to Britain.

 

That was a long while ago but I still clearly remember how important the area was to French farming.  Some things will have changed but I doubt if its influence will have declined much if at all and I have asked for some of the aspects I learned then to be included in this tour.

 

 

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Farm Tour to Brittany & Normandy with David Richardson
Farm Tour to Canada
27th June - 9th July 2018 (13 days)

Including The Calgary Stampede


The tour starts on Vancouver Island and Victoria, before transferring by ferry to the mainland and on to the Fraser Valley, travelling east through the Rocky Mountains to Calgary in time for the annual Stampede.

 

With farm visits including orchards, dairy, beef, sheep, crops, cheese, goats and wine, the majesty of The Rocky Mountains, the spectacular and Vancouver Island, the tour encompasses the best of Canada.

 

Optional extension tour to include Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa and Quebec (8th - 18th July 2018)

 

 Photo courtesy of Calgary Stampede

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Farm Tour to Canada
NSA Sheep Event Farm Tour
Tuesday 17th July 2018

Field Farm Tours are the official travel partner for this event...  

 

on behalf of the organisers, we are running a farm tour the day before the NSA Sheep Event

 

http://www.nationalsheep.org.uk/nsa-sheep-event/ 

Coach transportation from Three Counties Showground, Malvern

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NSA Sheep Event Farm Tour
Farm Tour to Vietnam and Cambodia
2nd October - 18th October 2018

The Vietnam and Cambodia tour is taking you to two of the most fascinating countries in Asia.  These colourful places, conjuring up visions of rice paddy fields, floating markets on the Mekong River, ancient pagodas, sandy bays and numerous islands.  The glorious peaceful countryside is a complete contrast to the bustling, energetic cities with buzzing mopeds, modern skyscrapers and intriguing alleyways.

 

Our time in Vietnam and Cambodia will include stays in Hanoi, Hoi An,Saigon and Phnom Penh, with technical visits including rice, vegetables, salads, fruit and fish.  In addition, there are unique experiences, a luxury cruise in Ha Long Bay, taxi cycle ride in Hanoi, in the fields work with the Vietnamese farmers and visits to Angkor Wat.

 

 

 


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Farm Tour to Vietnam and Cambodia
Farm Tour to Shetland
8th -12th October 2018 (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 and 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
Farm Tour to China
30th October - 15th November 2018 (17 days)

The pace with which agriculture has developed is in line with the amazing growth of all aspects of modern China.

 

Back in 1982, the main method of transport was bicycles - thousands and thousands of them. The standard dress was green or navy "Mao" suits whereas now the colourful "western" dress is the norm.  In the huge farming communes most of the work was done by hand - corn cut with sickles and threshed by flails - nowadays they operate with modern harvesting machinery.

Despite all these changes, there are still parts of China where rice is traditionally grown on terraces, ducks are tended by young boys and the small towns have retained their more leisurely lifestyles.  The contrasts are still there, with a good mix of the modern agricultural methods and a glimpse at the old traditional ways deep in the countryside.

 

Of course, no tour to China would be complete without a visit to The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the famous Terracotta Warriors and the Giant Pandas.

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Farm Tour to China
Other forthcoming Tours for 2018/2019

 

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

Cuba, November 2018 

New Zealand, January/February2019

Brazil and Argentina, January/February 2019

Costa Rica, February 2019

 

 

 

See our current brochure online  https://simplebooklet.com/fftsept2017

 

Other forthcoming Tours for 2018/2019
Winter Gathering - Belgium & Holland
3rd to 7th December 2018

The Winter Gathering for 2018 departs from Cambridge and travels to the continental by coach via the Channel Tunnel.  The tour begins wih a stop over in the beautiful city of Bruges in Belgium, where the annual Christmas Market will be on.  Tours to the Chocolate Museum and a guided tour of the city are topped off with time at The Christmas Market.  Technical content includes a visit to a dairy farm using its milk for cheese production before reaching Holland and enjoying a canal cruise through Amsterdam.

 

Visit the Agriport A7 facilities, where we will see the largest nursery in Europe producing sweet orange peppers and tomatoes heated and powered by their on-site renewable energy plant using waste products.  Spend a night in the floating hotel SS Rotterdam, originally a luxurious steam ship which sailed the Rotterdam, New York and Bahamas route, but is now a luxury hotel.  The last day includes a visit to the Keringhaus Storm Surge Barrier, where you will enjoy a guided tour of this Dutch designed engineering monster built to control flooding of the delta. 

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Winter Gathering - Belgium & Holland
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