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TRavel with Sterling

Sterling's philosophy is to offer small group tours for independent people who would not consider a regimented 45 passenger coach tour.

We use first class hotels with local character, and offer exclusive private visits to places you could not see on your own. Our guests enjoy meeting the owners of private gardens and appreciate the special meals featuring local cuisine.


We pay attention to detail, we care about our clients, and it shows! One recent tour included 90% repeat guests. Our customers are gardeners, professional landscape designers, and people who just appreciate looking at beautiful things.

Sterling offers garden tours all over the world. Current departures include  England, Ireland, Spain, Northern Spain and Japan.  To join our mailing list, click here.

 

To learn more about Sterling Tours, visit our "About Us" page, or use the form below to contact us for more information about our company, tours, or services.   Thank you!

Current tours

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2024 English Gardens and the Chelsea Flower Show

May 12 - 24, 2024

Come with us to discover the extraordinary gardens of the Cotswolds, Sussex & Kent.  We’ll visit Broughton Grange, with a walled Garden designed by Tom Stuart-Smith and Pettifers which owner Gina Price has transformed into one of the most influential gardens in England. We’ll explore Hidcote Manor, Serge Hill and the Barn before
heading south to travel to the area known as the “Garden of England” where our visits include a private opening at Great Dixter, Sissinghurst Castle and the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley. We will enjoy lunch at Gravetye Manor, a quintessential English Country Estate surrounded by gardens. The trip ends in London where we will attend the Chelsea Flower Show on "members only" day.
Limited to 18 guests. Escorted by Shannon Cummins

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2024 Pacific Horticulture and the Gardens of Ireland

May 22 - June 2, 2024

Sterling Garden Tours is excited to host your Ireland Garden Tour 2024 with Tour Escort, Linda McKendry of Pacific Horticulture and Failte Ireland Certified National Tour Guide, John Ducie. Starting in Dublin, our tour will incorporate many of Ireland's famous sites whilst strongly focusing on local conservation, horticulture and numerous private or public garden visits. Our bases of Wicklow, Cork, Kerry and Limerick will allow for us to enjoy the Irish landscape as it comes alive with the many colorful blooms of Spring. With longer daylight hours and pleasant temperatures, we will explore such places as Powerscourt,  Mount Usher Gardens, Tourin House, Killarney National Park, Adare and many other authentic Irish landmarks. Such a time to witness the blossoming of flowers, such as daffodils, tulips, bluebells, painting the countryside with hues of yellow, red and blue. Trees regain their leaves and all the emerald isle green cascades across the hillsides.  We look forward to you joining us for this memorable tour, Spring of 2024. Limited to 18 guests. 

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2024 Basque Country and Northern Spain: Gardens, Culture & Cuisine

September 15 - 25, 2024

Come with us to explore the Basque Country along the Bay of Biscay and meander through Spain’s premier wine producing regions to La Granja and Madrid. We will meet with local experts and gain insights into unique cultures and traditions spanning thousands of years, from
prehistoric times to the present. Along the way, we will enjoy the best of Spanish cuisine and hospitality in private homes and acclaimed restaurants.

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2024 Japan Garden Tour for Pacific Horticulture

October 15-27, 2024

Join us for this exploration of must-see highlights emphasizing the long history of horticultural traditions in Japan through a visit to some of the best gardens Asia has to offer. Travel through gorgeous geography that has inspired garden designers and horticulturists for many generations. Visit Tokyo, Hakone, Kawaguchiko, Matsumoto, Takayama, Shirakawago, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Awaji, Takamatsu, Okayama, Matsue, Katsuyama and Osaka. Some special additions will include a Rooftop Beekeeping Tour in the middle of the Ginza District; A Spring Water City Tour in Takashima and a Katsuyama Town Tour.

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