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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, Northern Spain, Africa 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 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.


2025 Morocco: Gardens, Art, and Culture

April 7 - 20, 2025

You are invited to join us for a special tour of the Imperial Cities of Morocco, April 7 - 20, 2025, in support of the UC Botanical Garden. Our adventure will begin in Rabat, Morocco's capitol, and continue to Meknes and Fes. We will also visit Volubbilis, the ancient Roman city near Meknes.

A scenic drive will take us over the Middle Atlas Mountains to the palm groves of Marrakech and the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains. During the journey you will explore colorful souks, beautiful gardens, and amazing art collections. Along the way you will enjoy the best of Moroccan hospitality and cuisine.

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2025 Pacific Horticulture Presents, Provence: Cote D' Azure and Beyond Garden Tour

May 5 - 13, 2025

Join Pacific Horticulture and guests to explore the tapestries in the South of France gardens. After arriving in Paris, make your connection to Toulouse to join your fellow travelers and renowned Garden Guide, Amy Kupec Larue. Embrace the serene French countryside with visits to hidden private sanctuaries, visionary designed landscapes, and historical public gardens. Immerse yourself in the climate preservation wonders of France, where each garden tells a story sustainability, artistry, and the timeless beauty of nature.

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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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