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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 China
16th May - 1st June 2017 (17 days)

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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)

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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
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)

CONFIRMED DEPARTURE


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
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
Farm Tour to Costa Rica
6th - 23rd January 2018 (18 days)

Set between Nicaragua in the north and Panama in the south, the Caribbean Sea on the east coast and the Pacific Ocean on the wset, Costa Rica is known as "Switzerland of Central America" due to its comfortable lifestyle, peaceful democracy and natural beauty.  Its progressive environmental policies have made Costa Rica the only country to meet all five criterias of environmental sustainability and it has been ranked the "greenest country in the world".

 

The abundance of wildlife is varied - crocodiles, iguanas, monkeys, sloths, exotic birds including humming birds, butterflies, toucans and numerous lybs.  Coffee, pineapples and bananas are the main exports grown by Ticos, the name by which Costa Ricans are known.

 

The tour is offered in conjunction with our Australian colleagues so enjoyable and diverse company is guaranteed,

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Farm Tour to Costa Rica
Other forthcoming Tours for 2018

 

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

 

Mauritius, February/March 2018

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

Isle of Man, May 2018

 

 

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

 

Other forthcoming Tours for 2018
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
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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