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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 Italy, England, Ireland and Santa Fe.  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!

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Current tours

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2023 Italian Lakes and the Veneto: Gardens, Villas and Cuisine

September 16-24, 2023

Come with us to discover Northern Italy!  We will visit charming hill towns including Asolo, magnificent countryside Palladian Villas, and the beautiful Italian Lakes with their crystal-clear water and lavish villas surrounded by Alpine mountains.  We'll explore grand palazzos, private and botanical gardens and enjoy tastings of wines, cheese and local specialties.  Accomodations are in gracious Italian style first class hotels with authentic Italian cuisine.  Optional pre-trip stay in Venice.


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. 


2024 Santa Fe Gardens, Art, Cuisine and the International Folk Art Festival

Escorted by Cheryl and Robert Nichols

July 9 - 15, 2024

Join us in Santa Fe, the oldest Capital in the United States, located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Discover over 1000 years of culture, history and tradition.  Visit a collection of private and public gardens including Santa Fe Botanic Garden and Georgia O'Keeffe's home at Abiquiu. Peruse the fascinating folk art market and learn the secrets of southwestern cuisine at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. We'll be based at the atmospheric Hacienda Hotel & Spa.

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