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 Seattle, Santa Fe, Portugal, Savannah/Charleston, Japan and Sicily

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Current Tours


2021 Gardens and Historic Houses of Savannah and Charleston - 7 nights

April 05, 2021

Join us as we discover Savannah and Charleston, two jewels of the antebellum south. From oak-shaded squares, riverfront parks and world renowned restaurants to historic homes and gardens, we will experience the charm and hospitality of these historic cities.


2021 Sicily: Gardens, Culture & Cuisine with Pacific Horticulture Society - 10 nights

April 17, 2021

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’ll see small villages and UNESCO world heritage sites such as Ragusa. In addition, we will visit private gardens, a wine tasting and cooking class. The trip ends in the lovely resort town of Taormina.

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2021 Gardens of Seattle with Pacific Horticulture Society - 6 nights

June  15, 2021

Glacial and volcanic events have blessed northwestern Washington with rich soil. Add in abundant rainfall, a temperate climate and the result is an amazing diversity of plant life that enjoys stellar growing conditions.

We’ll explore an extraordinary collection of exclusive private gardens and top public gardens in and around Seattle with visits to the Miller Botanical Garden, Heronswood, Bellevue Botanic Garden and more! Includes full day trips to Vashon and Bainbridge Islands.


2021 Santa Fe Gardens, Art, Culture & Cuisine - 6 nights

July 8, 2021

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. This wonderful trip will be escorted by Cheryl & Robert Nichols.


2021 The Splendor of Portuguese Gardens with Pacific Horticulture - 8 nights

October 8, 2021

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.


2021 Exploring Japan - 12 nights

October 21, 2021

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.