Itinerary: Flying Air Canada with coach travel throughout the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia with an 8-Day Holland America Line Cruise of Alaska. . Alberta is one of Canada’s most beautiful and scenic provinces with horse and cattle ranches, buffalo and elk farms, dairy and grain farms and hatrurite farms. British Columbia has a diverse climate due to its close proximity to the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The province is best known for fruit orchards, grape vineyards, dairy and beef farms, hog, poultry and duck farms, horticulture, bison ranches, vegetable, herb and natural food farms and honey and ginseng farms. The Okanogan Valley is known as the Canadian Fruit Belt whereas the intensely farmed Fraser Valley brings in over half of British Columbia’s annual agricultural revenue.
Canada Highlights: The 12 night farming tour of Canada kicks off in Edmonton and then visits Red Deer, Calgary, Saskatchewan River Crossing in the Banff National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Columbia Ice Icefields and Athabasca Glacier in the Jasper National Park, the turquoise waters of Lake Louise, Three Valley Gap, Kelowna in the Canadian Fruit Belt, Vancouver and Victoria Island to visit the famous Butchart Gardens. As with all Australian Farmers Tours you will get off the tourist track visiting, sheep, beef, dairying horticultural, grain and cropping properties as well as attending the Calgary Stampede known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” featuring one of the world’s largest rodeos, parades, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions and chuckwagon racing. Apart from all these valuable on-farm and technical visits the tour has been designed as a business trip, which may qualify as a tax-deductible expense. To this end your tour leader Dale Price will maintain a detailed daily diary of Canadian visits for you to submit with your income tax return. However, it is not all work and no play as the tour also includes leisure and sightseeing to provide a well-rounded itinerary. Crossing the Rocky Mountains sightseeing in both the Banff and Jasper National Parks, Lake Louise, the massive Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier are just some of the many highlights of this tour of Canada.
Alaska Cruise Highlights: The 7 night Holland America Line cruise of Alaska departing 24th July from Vancouver onboard MS Koningsdam features the Inside Passage with the opportunity of seeing humpback whales, orca, bald eagles and brown bears; magnificent Tracy Arm Fjord; Juneau - Alaska’s capital; Skagway- home of the gold rush-era; Glacier Bay - with amazing scenery and wilderness and Ketchikan known for its many Native American totem poles and nearby Misty Fjords a glacier-carved wilderness featuring snowcapped mountains, waterfalls and salmon spawning streams. It’s also home to rich wildlife including black bears, wolves and bald eagles. Return via the scenic Inside Passage to Vancouver.
Tour Leader: Dale Price’s family run a stud property, Majardah at Glencoe, just west of Mount Gambier where they breed Poll Dorset and White Suffolk rams and operate a separate 2,500 commercial sheep enterprise while Angus cattle are used for pasture management. By next year Dale and Ruth Price would have led four highly successful Australian Farmers Tours to India They were tour members of Australian Farmers Tours to South America in 2011, Eastern Europe in 2013 and Japan in 2014. In 2018 Dale and Ruth led the 38-day Great Britain & Ireland Farming Tour as well as the inaugural 18-day Sri Lanka Farming tour in 2019.
Tour Cost: As the tour is not until 2021 the estimated cost of this remarkable 22-day tour flying economy class with Air Canada from Sydney and Brisbane is $11,720 and from Melbourne is $11,950 sharing a twin room with private facilities in mostly 3 star hotels and Veranda Stateroom Cabins on Deck 6, all breakfasts, 13 lunches and 13 dinners with spectacular sightseeing, on-farm and technical visits. The cost also includes, carrier imposed charges, airport taxes and fees. Should you wish to occupy on the cruise a standard ocean-view cabin with window rather than a Veranda Stateroom then the cruise cost would be reduced by $460 pp or for an interior cabin (no window) by $1,500 per person which is a considerable saving, but as the saying goes you get what you pay for. Those tour members who have previously travelled with Australian Farmers Travel well know just how quickly their tours fill.
About Us: Australian Farmers Travel, registered in Victoria and owned and operated by Andrew Curry is Australia’s leading agricultural tour operator. It commenced in 1973 as a service to primary producers and shareholders of the then major rural co-operatives Victorian Producers’ (now Elders), Westralian Farmers (Landmark), Primaries (Elders), Gippsland and Northern NSW & VIC, Bennetts Farmers SA and Farmers & Graziers NSW. Our tours offer more than just travel as each tour is uniquely planned to provide something special, a careful blend of agricultural and horticultural visits, sightseeing and free time. Our world wide program of tours offers you the chance to see how farming is practised in every sort of climate and condition. In addition, all our tours provide a sense of fellowship and the chance to meet other farm families from all over Australia. Friendships formed on an Australian Farmers Tour often last a lifetime. We value the loyalty of our past tour members and appreciate the fact that many of them continue to book with us year after year. We feel this is a mark of the quality of our tours and tour leaders and we will continue to strive to attain the high standards that we set ourselves.