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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.

Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands
18th - 30th January 2018 (12 days )

FULLY BOOKED


The tour starts in Ecuador, a small country located right on the equator line on the west coast of South America.  The Ecuadorian 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 where you will tour the islands by foot and boat to leave no trace of your visit and to ensure that these unspoilt islands continue to support the wide variety of birds and mammals that inhabit them.

 

Tour is fully escorted by the ever popular Fiona Sloan.

 

 

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Ecuador and The Galapagos Islands
Brazil & Argentina Tour
28th January - 10th February 2018 (14 days)

FULLY BOOKED.


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)

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE


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
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 Sweden & Denmark
4th - 12th April 2018 (9 days)

Join our tour to Sweden and Denmark where you can take in the mountainous land and coastal landscapes, touristic highlights and the best variety of agriculture.  Arrive in Stockholm, for a tour of the city and Djrugarden Island before visiting Lake Vernan in Lidkoping.  Continue to Denmark by ferry where you will visit the Island of Zealand, Tivoli Gardens and finish the tour in the city of Copenhagen.

 

Technical visits throughout include a large dairy farm with biogas, a pig operation, a meeting with the Roende farmers union, forestry, fruit & vegetables and egg production.

 

Running in conjunction with our international partners from the USA, you will enjoy the company of American farmers also participating in this unique tour.

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Farm Tour to Sweden & Denmark
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)

LIMITED AVAILABILITY


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
Other forthcoming Tours for 2018

 

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

 

Cuba, November 2018

Winter Gathering - December 2018

 

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

 

Other forthcoming Tours for 2018
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
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
Isle of Man Farming Tour
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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Isle of Man Farming Tour
Farming and General Interest 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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Farming and General Interest Tour to Japan
David Richardson's Farming Tour to Brittany & Normandy
22nd - 31st May 2018 (10 days)

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO JERSEY


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.

 

There will also available for those interested the option of a few days in Jersey.  (31st May - 3rd June 2018).

 

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David Richardson's Farming Tour to Brittany & Normandy
Canada including The Calgary Stampede
27th June - 9th July 2018 (13 days)

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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Canada including The Calgary Stampede
Farming 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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Farming Tour to China
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