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About Huron Tours & Travel

About Huron Tours & Travel

Huron Tours and Travel is a long established tour company specializing in custom-built excursions for events such as the Chelsea Flower Show in London, New York's Westminster Dog Show, The Philadelphia Flower Show and many custom garden tour itineraries. Please click here to see a list of our past tours. We have had the pleasure of leading thousands of discerning travelers on our tours, many of whom have traveled with us on 10, 15, and even 20 different trips!

As a family-owned and owner-managed company, Huron Tours and Travel, Inc. (previously known as Huron Valley Travel) was one of the first travel agencies in Michigan having been founded in Ann Arbor in 1961 as Hodges Travel. In 1985 John Kosta Sr. purchased the business and began his travel adventure.

In 1987, HTT was designated the exclusive tour provider for the Ann Arbor Flower & Garden Show, and the agency offered its first garden tour to England and the Chelsea Flower Show in 1990.

John and Katie, Huron tour managers, in the Nitobe Memorial Garden at the University of British Columbia
John and Katie, Huron tour managers, in the Nitobe Memorial Garden at the University of British Columbia

Now, over 30 years later, Huron can proudly say it has taken more garden lovers to London's Chelsea Flower Show than any other United States company. And although garden travel is our main focus these days, HTT has designed and escorted hundreds of tours to events all over the world. (See our Tour History for a nice sampling.)

What is truly special about a family run business is the passing of the torch from one generation to the next. In 2009 Huron Tours and Travel's daily operations were assumed by John Sr's son John Jr., and his wife Katie. Though originally located in the "Huron Valley," Huron Tours' headquarters now overlook the mighty Mississippi River in New Orleans, where Katie was born and raised, and John Jr. has called home for 25 years.

John Sr and Valery
John Sr. and Valery, longtime Huron English guide, and unknown assistant, somewhere in the Welsh countryside in 199?

John Jr. grew up in the travel business and strives to keep the tradition of exceptional tours and first class service alive for the foreseeable future.

Katie Kosta is full of energy and eager to tell you all about the upcoming tours. She always has new exciting adventures in the works and the first tour she ever developed continues to be a sell out (Oxford & the Gardens of the Cotswolds)!

John Sr. is enjoying retirement, but continues to join John Jr. and Katie on their tours usually accompanied by his lovely wife Jan (John’s mother). He is so proud that the family business has been embraced by the next generation who both have such a passion for travel, and people.

In their free time John Jr. and Katie enjoy spending time with their families, experiencing the music, food and traditions of their hometown of New Orleans and, of course, working in their often-neglected garden.

As always, we strive for an excellent travel experience for all our guests from the first email or phone call to the last farewell! Keep watching www.HuronToursAndTravel.com for all the latest tour updates!

Katie in her Chelsea Flower Show Jacket
Katie in her favorite "going to Chelsea" jacket in front of a Monkey Puzzle Tree in one of the display gardens.

Why Travel with Huron Tours?

Why Travel with Huron Tours?

The company owners are your tour managers and are with you every step of the way. Most tour companies can’t say that.

We have fun! Take a look through our photos and you’ll see a lot of laughing and smiling faces.

Huron is proud to work with licensed and professional local guides, some who have been leading our tours for over 30 years.

We have decades long connections with many of the head gardeners past and present including Great Dixter’s Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett; Barnsley House’s Rosemary Verey and Richard Gatenby; Helen Dillon, Anthony Hunte, Charles Fox of Glendurgan, Dan Hinkley, Carehays’ Jaimie Parsons, Jenny Raworth and more.

We have a cherished relationship with the royal gardens including private tours of Highgrove, Sandringham, Holyrood Palace and Balmoral.

Our successful roommate matching program that has resulted in lifetime friendships.

We are a proud, family owned travel company that really cares about its customers. It is more than just a business to us!


Please see some images below to give you a feel for the heart and spirit of our organization. Please give us a call or email with any comments or questions! (800) 734-1192, or [email protected]


Katie and John Sr (Huron Tours founder)

Katie and John Sr (Huron Tours founder)

Moving Huron world headquarters from Ann Arbor, Michigan to New Orleans in 2008

Moving Huron world headquarters from Ann Arbor, Michigan to New Orleans in 2008

Katie getting ready for Mardi Gras day (costume parts sourced in NYC during our Westminster Dog Show tour)

Katie getting ready for Mardi Gras day (costume parts sourced in NYC during our Westminster Dog Show tour)

Great Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show

Great Pavilion at the Chelsea Flower Show

Made in the shade and in unintentionally (!) matching outfits in Barbados

Made in the shade and in unintentionally (!) matching outfits in Barbados

Holiday in Barcelona

Holiday in Barcelona

Dan Hinkley with our garden group at Heronswood

Dan Hinkley giving our group a tour at Heronswood

Garden tour planning with Lucky Kosta

Garden tour planning with Lucky Kosta

It's always the right time for beignets and cafe au lait

It's always the right time for beignets and cafe au lait

John and his mother Jan at the top of St Mary's church in Rye, England

John and his mother Jan at the top of St Mary's church in Rye, England

Exploring Paris

Exploring Paris

Group with Peter in Ireland

Listening to Peter, longtime Huron guide, with rapt attention, in Ireland

Downtime with friends and family (2 and 4 legged) in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Downtime with friends and family (2 and 4 legged) in Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Katie admiring the neighborhood gardens in South Kensington, London

Katie admiring the neighborhood gardens in South Kensington, London

Katie and Jan at the US Open Tennis tournament in 2012

Katie and Jan at the US Open Tennis tournament in 2012

Cheering on the home team!

Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade - The Colonel's Review - and Katie - London - 2011

Trooping the Colour on Horse Guards Parade - The Colonel's Review - and Katie - London - 2011

Katie with one of her favorites in LA

Katie with one of her favorites in LA

Our wonderful guide Valery leading a private tour at Windsor Castle in 2009

Our wonderful guide Valery leading a private tour at Windsor Castle in 2009

Homework at Hunte's Garden in Barbados

Homework at Hunte's Garden in Barbados

Private tour at Hidcote (with the most amazing Wisteria)

Private tour at Hidcote (with the most amazing Wisteria)

Private tour for Huron of Chatsworth House in 2004

Private tour for Huron of Chatsworth House in 2004

Reading to our sweet niece

Reading to our sweet niece

Peaches from our tree

Peaches from our tree

Connie the Dachshund at Great Dixter

Connie the Dachshund at Great Dixter

Sometimes you have to get the wheelbarrow home

Sometimes you have to get the wheelbarrow home

Exploring Edinburgh

Exploring Edinburgh

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The perfect day at the Chelsea flower show - sunnies, pimms, and the paper. Join us!

The perfect day at the Chelsea flower show - sunnies, pimms, and the paper. Join us!

Huron has a very strong belief in running tests before hand to make sure everything is going to go according to plan

Huron has a strong commitment to running tests before hand to make sure our plan is sound

Helen Dillon's previous Dublin garden <em>'Good gardening is a constant process of editing.'</em>

Helen Dillon's previous Dublin garden 'Good gardening is a constant process of editing.'

John Sr. at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1996

John Sr. at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1996

Iris in New Orleans

Katie's favorite Iris from our New Orleans garden

The perfect day at the Chelsea flower show - sunnies, pimms, and the paper. Join us!

The perfect day at the Chelsea flower show - sunnies, pimms, and the paper. Join us!

Katie and John Sr (Huron Tours founder)

Katie and John Sr (Huron Tours founder)

Look at the amazing color of these water lilies at the Botanical Garden in New Orleans

Look at the amazing color of these water lilies at the Botanical Garden in New Orleans

Huron Tours and Travel is a very experienced travel company specializing in custom-built excursions for events such as the Chelsea Flower Show in London, New York's Westminster Dog Show and The Philadelphia Flower Show plus customized itineraries for the garden-loving travel market.

We have had the pleasure of giving great vacations to thousands of discerning travelers, many of whom have traveled with us on 10, 15, and even 20 different trips!

For more than 35 years, HTT has designed and escorted hundreds of tours to events and gardens all over the world.

Join Huron Tours and Travel on an exciting adventure and you'll see firsthand why people travel with us year after year.


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