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Thursday 15 November 2018

Holidays with an agricultural twist

Ireland’s leading agricultural tour specialist, GTI have a number of agricultural holidays to help you see the world and create long-lasting memories.

GTI, the group travel specialist, is an Irish-owned travel company focusing on escorted tours and tailor-made group travel. Their high-quality holidays include cultural trips in Europe and around the world, agricultural tours, historical and battlefield tours and special interest holidays.

It offers packages with flights, transfers, experienced guides, accommodation and excursions.

John Moran, a dairy farmer from Clarinbridge and Dairy Farming in One Mile Dairy unit, Oranmore, Galway, has travelled on several different agricultural tours through GTI, and has even more planned for the future.

“I always wanted to travel to New Zealand to see it from a dairy farming perspective,” says John. “So, when I saw a GTI advertisement for a trip to New Zealand for three weeks in 2012, I booked it immediately. I didn’t know anyone going on the tour, but we all became great friends after our experiences together.

“I also personally organised a return trip to New Zealand in 2017, and I was able to arrange that through GTI. I organised it for my Galway Grazers dairy discussion group as we had outings we really wanted to do. GTI took care of everything that we wanted. They were always so professional and easy to work with.”

GTI’s agricultural holidays are a great way to see the world and discover different agricultural techniques. With a balance of educational agricultural visits, fun excursions, cultural tours and amazing sights, an agricultural holiday is a truly unique way to see the world.

“GTI always work with the best local tour guides and their services on the ground in the countries we visited,” says John. “The New Zealand trips involved travelling to the north and south islands exploring both agricultural activities and the local culture. The Maori evening festival was a real treat. This included traditional music and dances with a locally sourced cooked dinner afterwards.

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“Exploring the different cultures and farming methods in different countries really opened my mind. I experienced so much that was different from my everyday life.

“The trips are for anyone with an interest in country life and localised cultural activities. The tours that I have travelled on have been incredibly enjoyable for everyone. I would definitely encourage people to book with GTI.”

Tailor-made farming tours

If you want to travel and see the world with like-minded people on one of GTI’s agricultural tours, then some of the below trips could interest you:

South Africa

23rd November – 5th December

Enjoy a trip to the beautiful South Africa, which includes morning and evening safaris at the incredible Kariega Game Reserve and educational agricultural visits. From €3,297 per person sharing.

New Zealand and Australia

24th November  – 12th December

Discover the best of New Zealand and Australia on this 19-day agricultural holiday visiting dairy farmlands, thoroughbred racing horses and agricultural centres of excellence. From €4,999 per person sharing.

Cyprus

10th October – 17th October

Enhance your knowledge of charming Cyprus, an island full of culture, agricultural wonders and landscapes on this eight-day escorted holiday. From €1,369 per person sharing.

South America

26th November – 9th December 


Tour the beautiful South America and enjoy guided tours of Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls National Park and Buenos Aires. Plus enjoy fascinating educational agricultural visits in Junin. From €3,997 per person sharing.

Baltics including Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia

September 2018

This nine-day trip takes you through the incredible Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Discover the remarkable Baltic culture, beautiful architecture and stunning landscapes. From €1,550 per person sharing.

Iceland

9 October - 13 October

Enjoy an amazing five-day tour of Iceland with educational agricultural visits. From €1,449 per person sharing.


For more information or to book a holiday, call (01) 895 8154 or visit www.gti-ireland.com

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