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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.

Farming Tour to Mauritius
5th - 17th February 2017 (13 days)

TOUR FULLY BOOKED.


Our 2nd planned tour to this beautiful destination, for those only able to travel at the start of the year to enjoy a sunshine break.

 

Mauritius is a stunning destination with an agricultural difference that will surprise and delight visitors.  The tour offers the best of both, a chance to explore the interesting farming economy and free time to relax in the pleasurable sunshine before demands of the UK spring season.

 

 

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Farming Tour to Mauritius
Biogas Study Tour to Romania
26th February - 1st March 2017 (4 days)

Romania is hosting an international conference in Biogas and Biomass that will take place in the capital city, Bucharest on 2nd March 2017. In advance of that conference we are offering a look at the Biogas industry through visits to a range of plants and operations delivering energy solutions for both the national grid in Romania and more local town, villages and building projects.

The tour begins in Bucharest with a guided tour of this attractive, cosmopolitan city taking in the historic sites and buildings before heading south to look at a wastewater treament plant delivering feedstock to an on-site biogas plant.  One of the most interesting visits will be to a waste oil management plant that is extracting feedstock from a derelict oil refinery as part of an environmental clean up activity, using some state of the art chemical processes.

 

At the end of the tour you can extend your time in Romania to attend the National Biomass Conference in Bucharest, before returning to the UK.

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Biogas Study Tour to Romania
New Zealand Farm Tour
1st - 17th March 2017 (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 & North American farmers, so enjoyable and  diverse company is guaranteed.

 

 

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New Zealand Farm Tour
Farm Study Tour to Lithuania & Latvia
3rd - 10th April 2017 (8 days)

All three of the Baltic States gained their independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 and began dismantling state farms and restoring private ownership.  Proving ownership has been a complex problem in some cases after the long period of totalitarian rule, but progress has accelerated and most land has now been returned to families and or village co-operatives.

 

The tour will travel from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, west and then north to Latvia and its capital, Riga. On the way the visits will include dairy, sheep, forestry, cereals, flower production, vegetables, beef, renewable energy and machinery operations. Enjoy the local cuisine and culture in addition to the historical sites of both countries as we explore this wonderful region.

 

 

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Farm Study Tour to Lithuania & Latvia
David Richardson's Farming Tour to Malta
3rd - 11th April 2017 (9 days)

Malta consists of three islands, the biggest is Malta itself with 400,000 inhabitants where you will spend most of this tour and the second biggest is Gozo, much smaller and a half an hour ferry ride from the mainland and the third is Comino which is virtually uninhabited.

 

Malta is full of fascinating historical interest dating back 7,000 years, through biblical times and including a shipwreck involving St Paul; one of the most magnificent harbours in the world; and some of the finest architecture. However as a farming party, as well as contemplating these points of historic interest the tour will look at the agriculture. 

 

Do join us on this short 9 day trip.

 

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David Richardson's Farming Tour to Malta
Spring Gathering - Devon
23rd - 27th April 2017 (5 days)

LIMITED AVAILABILITY..


Join us for our 10th annual Spring Gathering in the picturesque county of Devon, staying at the Ilsington Country House Hotel, Dartmoor.

 

The proposed itinerary spends time in two beautiful national parks, Exmoor and Dartmoor with visits to include a pedigree beef & sheep farmer, a dairy unit and a chilli farm!

 

The trip will guarantee interesting venues, excellent hotel facilities and a chance to see old and new friends.

 

 

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Spring Gathering - Devon
Farming and General Interest Tour to Japan
8th - 22nd May 2017 (15 days)

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

 

Join us for this exciting 14 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 US, Aussie 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
South Africa Tour
10th - 27th May 2017 (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.

 

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

 

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South Africa Tour
Farming Short Break to Budapest
15th - 18th May 2017 (4 days)

Budapest is the capital Hungary and spans the Danube River. It began as two cities Buda and Pest which united in 1873. Often called the "Paris of the East" Budapest has some magnificent architecture, a walkable city centre, gorgeous green parks and accessible surrounding countryside. It encompasses the charm of Paris and the grandeur of Vienna and has the high culture of opera, fine arts and theatre you would expect for a European capital.

 

This short break offers the chance to spend 3 nights in this wonderful European capital whilst exploring the agriculture with high quality technical visits that include agricultural academic research organisations, mixed farm operations of arable and livestock and a presentation by the Hungarian Grain Feed Association.  In addition there is the chance to visit a wood biomass plant, enjoy a dinner cruise on the Danube and a visit to the popular tourist town of Szentendre.

 

 

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Farming Short Break to Budapest
Farming Tour to China
16th May - 1st June 2017 (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
Farm Tour to Shetland
12th - 16th June 2017 (5 days)

The Shetland Islands are an archipelago over 100 miles north of the tip of Scotland with a long history which can be traced back to over 2000 years BC.  Our tour includes visits to a range of beef, dairy and sheep farms (including organic beef), auction mart, new abattoir, Lerwick Fish Market, the Shetland wool industry and a pony breeder.  Shetland has its own native breeds of sheep, cattle and the famous Shetland ponies.   In addition we shall see the archaeological sites of the Bronze, Iron and Viking Ages and trace the history of farming through crofting.  With a mild climate these peaceful islands offer an amazing and unique experience.

 

 

 

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Farm Tour to Shetland
USA Farm Tour (North West)
22nd June - 8th July 2017 (17 days)

Optional extension to the Mid West & Texas 7th - 17th July 2017.


The eco-friendly and ruggedly independent Pacific Northwest states of Washington and Oregon are known as the green pocket in America's upper-left corner. 

 

Visiting the Pacific Northwest is really about the great outdoors; you will visit some of the USA's most mesmerizing national parks. The mighty rivers, hot springs and stately peaks of lava-scraped landscapes, offer stunning scenery to view. Agriculture runs at the heart of the economy of the four states included in this tour. The farm visits will include cereals, vegetables, fruit, hops, sheep, beef, dairy and wineries.

 

The Tour is being offered in conjunction with our international partners from New Zealand so you will also enjoy the company of Kiwi farmers participating in this unique tour.

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USA Farm Tour (North West)
21st IFMA Congress Pre & Post Tours
Pre 25th June - 2nd July 2017 Post 8th - 14th July 2017

Field Farm Tours are delighted to be working with the IFMA (International Farm Management Association) on the 21st congress pre and/or post tour arrangements. 

 

The IFMA Congress is a biannual event which takes place allowing ideas, experiences, best practice and knowledge covering farm management and agricultural education/training to be exchanged through presentations, visits and demonstrations.

 

Click the links below for the Pre and Post Tour details;

http://www.ifma21.org/tours/pre-tour

http://www.ifma21.org/tours/post-tour

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21st IFMA Congress Pre & Post Tours
Canada including The Calgary Stampede
28th June - 10th July 2017 (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 (9th - 18th July 2017)

 

 

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Canada including The Calgary Stampede
Other forthcoming Tours for 2017

 

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

 

Brazil, June 2017

 

See our current brochure online  https://simplebooklet.com/fftsept2016

 

Other forthcoming Tours for 2017
Autumn Gathering - County Durham
1st - 5th October 2017 (5 days)

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
Farm Tour to Croatia
10th - 17th October 2017 (8 days)

Our tour will take in the European north and east to explore the large farming operations that have broken the traditional small farm monopoly that existed prior to joining the EU.  The agriculture begins with a presentation by the Croatian Agriculture Chamber in Zagreb and continues with technical visits to producers of beets, arable crops, beef and dairy operations, goats, poultry, cured ham, wine/grapes, olive oil and vegetables.

 

Travelling from Zagreb, the capital located in the north of Croatia, we will venture to the heart of the country to visit the world famous Plitvice Lakes, a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The clear blue lakes, fabulous waterfalls and forest backdrop create a stunning tourist visit.  From there we will cross the mountain range to reach the Mediterranean coast and Istria.

 

 

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Farm Tour to Croatia
Canada including The Royal Winter Fair
3rd - 11th November 2017

Canada is one of the largest agricultural producers and exporters in the world. With vast praries and large fertile valleys the country is able to produce a diverse range of crops, cereals and livestock.

 

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair held in Toronto every year is a celebration of agricultural success of the nation and the largest combined indoor agricultural fair and equestrian competition in the world.

Combine a visit to the Fair with the chance to explore some of the farming excellence on show. The tour starts in Toronto on the north-western shore of Lake Ontario travelling south to Niagara Falls before visiting the annual Royal Winter Fair.  With farm visits including maple sugar, dairy, beef, sheep, goats and wine, the famous Niagara Falls, Mennoite Country and the CN Tower, Toronto - encompassing all that is Canada.

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Canada including The Royal Winter Fair
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