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 Portugal, Japan, San Miguel de Allende, Morocco, Sicily and England.. To join our mailing list, click here.
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2022 The Splendor of Portuguese Gardens with Pacific Horticulture - 8 nights
October 1, 2022
Our tour begins in Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site. We will visit private homes and gardens and take in the lovely views of the Douro Valley. We will take a walking tour and attend a cooking class at the Sogrape winery. Leaving Porto, we will travel through the Douro Valley to Villa Real and the Mateus Palace and gardens. We will visit the wine region of Santar, a small village with beautiful manor houses. Our tour concludes in Lisbon, with time to explore the capital's heritage and history.
2022 Exploring Japan with Pacific Horticulture - 12 nights
October 21, 2022
Experience an in-depth exploration of Japanese gardens, culture and cuisine. Beginning in Tokyo, we venture north and west to areas off the normal Western tourist route where we can enjoy the beautiful countryside, see lovely gardens and experience exotic cuisine. Guests will also have the opportunity to experience Japanese-style accommodations and warm up in one of several onsen (hot springs) along the way. Optional extension to Kyoto, a UNESCO World Heritage city.
2023 San Miguel de Allende with Pacific Horticulture - 6 nights
February 9 - 15, 2023
San Miguel de Allende is a city that manages to be both quaint and cosmopolitan at the same time. Once an important stop on the silver route between Zacatecas and Mexico City, its historic center is filled with well-preserved buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries. With its narrow cobblestone streets, leafy courtyards, fine architectural details and sumptuous interiors, San Miguel de Allende is arguably the prettiest town in Mexico.
2023 Morocco: Gardens, Culture, and Cuisine with the UC Botanical Garden
March 7 - 16, 2023
Come with us to discover the fascinating culture and gardens of Morocco. Our tour begins in Tangier, Morocco’s most northern city and home to an eccentric assortment of creative residents and travelers. From there we will fly to Marrakech, the centuries-old walled city that dazzles visitors with its colorful souks, exotic gardens, ornate palaces, and vast palm groves.
An optional post-tour excursion is planned to Ouarzazate and Skoura oasis in a region south of the High Atlas Mountains that is known for its beautiful kasbahs. Along the way, we will enjoy visits to exceptional private homes and experience the best of Moroccan hospitality.
2023 Sicily: Gardens, Culture, and Cuisine
April 3 - 14, 2023
Our tour begins in Palermo, a city rich in history, art, and exotic, lush
plants. We continue to Agrigento to the Garden of Kolymbetra and the Valley of the Temples. We will see small villages and UNESCO world heritage sites such as Ragusa. In addition, we will visit private gardens, a wine tasting, cooking class and enjoy the local Easter festivities. The tripends in the lovely resort town of Taormina.
2023 English Gardens and the Chelsea Flower Show
May 14 - 25, 2023
Join us as we visit the extraordinary gardens of the Cotswolds and Cornwall. 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 will explore Hidcote Manor, Serge Hill, and the Barn before
heading south to travel along Cornwall’s rugged coastline, rolling countryside, and charming villages. While in Cornwall our visits include the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. The trip ends in London where we will attend the Chelsea Flower Show on "members only" day and enjoy a theatre performance.