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 San Miguel de Allende, Morocco, Sicily, England and Italy.  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 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. 

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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.