Itinerary: The 21-day tour departs on Monday 8th March 2021 to Singapore for one night then to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) for 10 nights visiting Dubai, the capital Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, and in the north Fujairah. The tour spends 7 nights in the Sultanate of Oman visiting the gravel desert oases of Al Hamra, Jabal Akhdar, Wahiba Sands and the capital Muscat. The Emirates of 83,000 sq. kms has a mixed environment of rocky desert, broad acres of sand, coastal plains and wetlands, and waterless mountains. The seashore is a haven for migratory waterfowl and draws birdwatchers from all over the world and has unspoiled beaches with opulent resorts. Because of the large number of foreign workers nearly 70% of the population are 45 year old males. Just under half of the Emirati women participate in the labour force. The Sultanate of Oman is slightly smaller than Poland and much of the country’s interior falls within the sandy, treeless, and largely waterless region of the Arabian Peninsula that is still the domain of Bedouin nomads, although today it is also crisscrossed by oil and gas pipelines. In contrast to the stark interior, the coastal regions are much more hospitable. Both the UAE and Oman are well aware of their depleting oil and gas supplies and so as not to be completely reliant on food imports you will see the uptake of greenhouses, hydroponic technology and organic farming. March is an ideal time for touring when the average temperature is 25C-28C with moderate heat and humidity. Weekends cover both Friday and Saturday with Friday being the Muslim day of prayer. Oman’s currency is the Omani Rial while the AUE’s is the Dirham.
Tour Cost: As the tour is not until 2021 the indicative cost of this remarkable 21-day tour flying with Singapore Airlines from either Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane is $10,320 and is based on share twin rooms with private facilities in 4 to 5 star class hotels, all breakfasts, 7 lunches and 15 dinners with sightseeing, entrance fees, on-farm and technical visits as detailed in the itinerary. The single room supplement is $2,840.The indicative cost also includes tipping, carrier imposed charges, airport taxes & fees. The tour itinerary has been designed as a business trip and as such the cost may well qualify as a tax deductible expense. To this end your tour leader Dale Price will maintain a detailed daily diary for you to submit with your income tax return. However, it is not all work and no play as the tour includes leisure and sightseeing to provide a well-rounded itinerary.
Tour Leader: The Price family run Poll Dorset and White Suffolk and sell about 260 rams a year and have a further 2,000 Merino and x bred ewes as well as Merino wethers and Angus cattle in a mixed grazing operation. Dale Price together with his wife Ruth first travelled with Australian Farmers 10 years ago on a South American Farming Tour to Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Peru and in 2013 on an Eastern European Farming Tour. In 2014 he was a member of the Australian Farmers Japan Tour and in 2015 and again in 2017 he led the highly successful Australian Farmers Exotic India Farming Tours. In 2018 Dale Price led the Great Britain and Ireland Farming Tour and this year the 18-day Sri Lanka Farming Tour and in 2020 a 24-day Southern India Farming Tour.
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, Bennetts Farmers and Farmers & Graziers. 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.