TAKE A WORLD FARMING VIEW
Looking for a holiday of a lifetime, an interesting study tour or just a break away from it all? Then consult the FARMERS WEEKLY travel service. Our tours are designed with the farmer in mind and – as well as sightseeing and recreation – they give you opportunities to visit farms and meet farmers across the world
PROVENCE and the FRENCH RIVIERA
Dep: Sun, Sep 24,
For a short break which combines a pleasant climate with fascinating sightseeing, southern France cannot be bettered.
The earliest Phoenician merchants, the mighty armies of Rome and Hannibal, and the anti-Popes of the Middle Ages have all left their mark on this region.
We visit the Camargue, home to a profusion of wildlife and an area of great natural beauty. We also stop off at some of the most fashionable resorts along the Riviera including St Tropez, Cannes, Monaco and Nice.
The region with its benign climate supports a rich cross section of agriculture including intensive rice production, citrus and stone fruits, olives, almonds, vines and market gardening under glass. A varied programme of agricultural visits is included.
Dep: Thu, Sep 21,
Norway is a land of water and legends, bounded by 1700 miles of rugged coastline, and the sea filters deep inland through countless fjords. Here lie steep mountains and mighty glaciers.
Our seven-day itinerary has been planned to show a cross section of this fascinating country. You will see the historic cities of Bergen and Oslo, the valley and lakes of Hallingdal; take a cruise on Sognefjord and visit farms to see how farmers in Norway manage in a land of long, cold, dark winters and relatively cool summers with long hours of daylight.
Norway recently voted to stay outside the EU. Find out how Norwegian farmers now see their future.
Dep: Mon, Feb 12,
New Zealand, a country roughly the same size of Great Britain yet with only a fraction of the population, is a land of wide open spaces with an amazing variety of stunning scenery.
Our tour starts in the North Island, in New Zealands largest city, Auckland, and passes through the fascinating geothermal region of Rotorua with its spouting geysers and boiling mud pools. We stop in Wellington, the capital city, before crossing to South Island where our tour will take you through the rolling Canterbury Plains en route to the Southern Alps and Lakeland region where you will find some of the most breathtaking scenery in the whole country.
The tour concludes in Christchurch, New Zealands most "English" city before flying to Singapore for a short stopover.
Agriculture in New Zealand is still a way of life for many and our tour provides the perfect way to get an insight into the countrys farming following the abandonment of state subsidies. We visit traditional sheep and dairy farms as well as diverse enterprises, such as a deer farm which also produces freeze-dried flowers. A one night farm stay gives you the chance to meet with New Zealand farming families.
Dep: Mon, Sep 4,
Few areas in North America offer such a variety of agriculture, scenery and history as the "lone star" state of Texas. Texas is as large as France and its people are a worldwide mix from Indian tribes and Spanish-speaking Mexicans to Europeans including the British.
The number one industry in Texas always was and still is agriculture, much of this is closely linked with the cow.
Traditionally Texas has always been involved with cattle, starting with the free-roaming herds of Longhorns and cattle drives to railheads, to the efficiency of the present day beef feed lots and associated processing and packing plants.
On this tour we hope to show you many aspects of Texas agriculture, but at the same time allow you time to take in all the other things this great state has to offer. Visit the cities of Dallas, Houston, Abilene, San Angelo, San Antonio and Corpus Christi. Experience the history from the early pioneers to space pioneers and eat a 55oz steak at the Trail Dust Saloon.
All this plus New Orleans with its jazz, its paddle steamers on the Mississippi, its fine dining in the French quarter and shopping at the waterfront markets and modern shopping centres.
KENYA & SEYCHELLES
Dep: Tue, Jan 30, Cost £1985.
Our Kenya and the Seychelles tour offers a wealth of contrasting experiences ranging from shopping and sightseeing in Nairobi, Kenyas bustling capital city, to spotting wildlife on game drives through famous parks and reserves.
Farm interest on this tour includes a college visit to see some of the research being undertaken in East Africa and a visit to a fruit farm in an area where cut flower production is of increasing importance.
Then its off to the Seychelles, those unspoilt islands in the Indian Ocean. Relax on the beach or around the pool, play a round of golf or take excursions on Mahe, the principal island and the base for this part of the tour, or visit one or two of the smaller ones.
Dep: Tue, Sep 12. Cost £596.
An early autumn visit to Portugal will set you up for the winter. Sightseeing trips to enable you to enjoy the beautiful scenery, historic buildings, charming fishing villages and fascinating craftwork have been well spaced through this five-night itinerary to give time for strolling, lazing by the pool, taking leisurely meals and just unwinding.
But farming interests are not forgotten, and visits to a farm, a cheese factory and a Lusitano stud are also included.
Dep: Sun, Sep 3. Cost £499.
Ireland is said to be a country that doesnt know the meaning of the word hurry.
Wind down in Dublins fair city with a nip or two of local whiskey or a pint of Murphys or Guinness, study form at the national stud and visit one of the countrys leading dairy farms at Limerick.
There are more dairy herds to see in Cork or perhaps you would rather enjoy a day in the seaside town of Kinsale, the choice is yours.
A factory visit will show us how the Keenan Feeder is made and we will see the famous green machine in action on local farms.
No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to the Waterford Crystal factory renowned for its glassware, and what more fitting memento than crystal could there be for this sparkling trip.
Dep: Wed, Oct 4. Cost: £2393.
Australia is so vast that you can only hope to take in a part of it comfortably on a 17-night trip.
This year we are concentrating on Western Australia, which boasts fertile lands and a wealth of farming and horticulture on the coastal land north and south of Perth. Beyond lie semi-arid areas, where the stocking rate is a mere one-in-five or even 10 acres, and wastelands which have huge mineral wealth.
Arrangements can be made for those who wish to extend this tour with visits to other parts of this diverse continent.
Diverse is a word that can be applied to the farming in Western Australia, too, and our tour takes you to visit a wide variety of cattle and sheep breeders, and farms producing crayfish, Angora goats or arable crops. There are plenty of opportunities to chat to farmers. They are your hosts for two nights of the tour.
There are also plenty of opportunities to take in the scenery and the attractions that non-farming visitors enjoy – the museum of classic racing cars in York, Cape Leeuwin lighthouse, where the Southern and Indian oceans meet, and Cohuna wildlife park among them.
Dep: Nov 5. Cost: £1249.
Few areas of the USA have featured as much in American history as Kentucky and Tennessee. The pathway through the Smokey Mountains was one of the early routes through the Appalachian Mountains to Americas heartland when the USA was founded.
The whole area featured in the Civil War times as the battleground between the north and the south
Memphis, world famous as being the home of Elvis Presley, Beale Street, the home of the blues, and Nashville, the centre of country & western music, both contribute to Tennessees slogan of Were Playing Your Song.
Kentucky is world famous as the centre of the American horse racing industry, and the blue grass area around Lexington probably houses some of the most expensive bloodstock per square mile anywhere in the world.
Dep: Wed, Oct 18. Cost £2150.
Our trip to China starts in Beijing, the capital city and one with a long, rich history as well as a grasp on the future.
While there we begin our look at Chinese agriculture with a question and answer session with representatives of the Chinese ministry of agriculture, and a visit to a vegetable grower on the citys outskirts.
The Great Wall of China, a 50-mile drive away, is the next item on the itinerary which includes visits to the terracotta warriors, Taishan mountain and Taian city, and the Jade Buddha temple and the Yuyuan gardens in Shanghai.
There are farm visits, too, including one to a farm producing crops of tea, maize, rice and wheat, and a visit to a school for agricultural education.
The 19-night tour ends with a short stop-over in Hong Kong.
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To FARMERS WEEKLY Travel Service, Room L613, Quadrant House, The Quadrant, Sutton, Surrey SM2 5AS.
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Australia Ireland Kenya & Seychelles
China Kentucky & Tenessee New Zealand
Portugal Texas Norway
Provence & French Riviera
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Costings for all tours are based on shared twin accommodation. Single room supplements are given on each itinerary. Our tour managers will be pleased to give you advice and will help you overcome any problems.
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