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Gardner Tours is a hospitality company that just so happens to be in tourism, giving travelers unforgettable, high quality experiences in incredible destinations via storytelling and our personal touch of hospitality.

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Where It All Began…

Colby Gardner, owner and guide, grew up on a farm in Texas where his family settled over 200 years ago. Loving his culture and the stories of those that make it vibrant, he learned to cherish each person and their stories as an integral part of that culture. Years later, as he traveled the globe, he carried those values with him, and as he encountered new cultures and built new relationships, he began to put all of their stories together. Eventually, knowledge of his experience and deeply rooted relationships spread. After sending numerous friends and family on private vacations to the people and places he connected with the most, someone suggested, “With all of that experience, you should start your own travel company!”

As a hospitality company built on family values, we guarantee to serve you wholeheartedly, and will take care of you like family along the way.

Read Our Reviews

We are proud to serve travelers from all over the world. Our travelers have been from the USA, Cuba, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Canada, Turkey, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Poland, Mexico, China, Thailand, Syria, Costa Rica, India, Russia, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Kazakhstan, and on! See what they had to say…

  • star rating  Colby, Yunior, and Albert are the most reliable, professional, caring, and pretty funny guys you’ll find anywhere. But finding them in Cuba was a treasure.

    aquamarine5551
    October 19, 2019

    star rating  I went on a Cuba Cigar Tour with Gardner Tours in February 2018 and I had the time of my life! Our guide, Colby, was very knowledgeable of the culture... read more

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    September 12, 2018

    star rating  Absolutely Amazing!! Colby, Yunior, and Albert are an awesome crew. Their knowledge of the country of Cuba is great. Between the Old Car tour and the Historic walking tour you... read more

    PatKavanaugh
    October 19, 2019
  • star rating  Classic car tours, fantastic restaurants, a beautiful bnb and city, and experiencing Cuban culture and history. What more could you ask for? How about being guided by a team who... read more

    Jeremyjacobbianco
    October 24, 2019

    star rating  I recently had the pleasure of meeting Colby for my visit to Cuba. It was my first time to visit Cuba and I knew immediately when I met Colby that... read more

    M6007SSlisas
    October 10, 2019

    star rating  We cannot recommence Gardner Tours enough. Our day & night Havana tour was fantastic. If you want a seamless travel experience you won’t regret booking with them. This was... read more

    Stacy T
    July 1, 2019
  • star rating  I have been to Cuba on several trips in the past and I am a traveler not a tourist. With that context I commend Gardner Tours with the highest... read more

    615krish
    November 24, 2020

    star rating  We took a 5 day cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line to Havana and then on to The Bahamas. Colby Gardner met the 8 in our group promptly at the... read more

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    July 28, 2018

    star rating  We happened into Colby and his walking tour off the Cruise ship. He was able to not only take us around, but also added wonderful historical and cultural insight into... read more

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    March 15, 2019
  • star rating  I went to Cuba in July and from the very beginning of my planning to the very end Colby was a great help. I did a trip with Colby to... read more

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    August 12, 2018

    star rating  Gardner Tours rocks!!!! From the moment I shared with Gardner tours that my husband and I wanted them to set up this special occasion for us they were... read more

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    June 8, 2019

    star rating  Great trip! Colby arranged everything. From transport to guide... Good prices and fast communication!

    Lisavandebeek
    September 10, 2019
  • star rating  My Dad took me on a trip to Havana where we met our tour guide Colby. He was really knowledgeable about the history of Cuba and I learned a lot... read more

    DylanMattW
    February 15, 2020

    star rating  My wife and three young boys had a fantastic time traveling to Havana and Viñales. It was a taste of the history of Cuba in Havana for us and... read more

    ScottyKlo
    August 8, 2019

    star rating  Colby introduced us to the Cuban culture by acting as a guide for our trip. His flexibility on our requests allowed us to make changes to our schedule which... read more

    Moeltae1
    November 11, 2019
  • star rating  I took this trip with some friends and Colby and his team arranged every detail. There were so many options and things to do including historic tours, classic car rides,... read more

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    August 30, 2018

    star rating  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Gardner Tours for providing US citizens an opportunity to visit Cuba. We loved hanging out with the locals and experiencing life... read more

    Brian W
    November 16, 2019

    star rating  Had a great trip to Cuba back in January, one I will never forget!!! Got to see and experience some amazing places and people. Had a couple of days in... read more

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    September 28, 2018
  • star rating  Gardner Tours provided a wonderful tour of beautiful Havana. Our group of 4 selected the classic car tour of the city. From start to finish the... read more

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    May 18, 2019

    star rating  Sooo...a group of friends decided to go to on a cruise to Cuba. We were only going to be in Havana overnight, and we had selected an evening excursion... read more

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    August 18, 2018

    star rating  We had a great time on our Gardner Tours Cuba trip. Colby is the consummate trio leader and host. You will have all your needs taken care of and be... read more

    Michael D
    October 9, 2019
  • star rating  My buddy and I just got home from going on a Premium Cigar Tour with Gardner Tours. The experience was incredible. Colby guided us through the entire process... read more

    E4538NWcharlesc
    February 14, 2022

    star rating  My buddy and I just got home from going on a Premium Cigar Tour with Gardner Tours. The experience was incredible. Colby guided us through the entire process... read more

    Charles C
    February 1, 2022

    star rating  Taking a dive into the Cuban culture was nothing like I thought it would be. We had five days of adventure from the city of Havana to the quiet... read more

    cherylsmall42
    October 9, 2019
  • star rating  It had been several years since I had traveled overseas, and these few days in Havana made me remember why I love it so much! To a certain extent, the... read more

    rsmith8806
    June 21, 2019

    star rating  5 words for each star. Knowledgeable. Amazing. Crafted. Personal. Memorable. Gardner Tours knows how to treat you to an amazing experience that is crafted for your personal taste making it... read more

    Riah Grace Smith
    March 1, 2020

    star rating  I cannot say enough wonderful things about Gardner Tours! We had an amazing time in Cuba. Colby did more than just “lead a tour.” He created a wonderful experience for... read more

    Rana S
    October 28, 2019
  • star rating  Colby is so awesome! I couldn't imagine anyone not enjoying their time, it is an amazing experience. Colby knows so much about Cuba and all of the best places to... read more

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    June 8, 2018

    star rating  While visiting Cuba on a short trip we we're so lucky to meet Colby. He spent about 6 hours with us, showing us around Havana. He was just awesome and... read more

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    March 15, 2019

    star rating  First time to Cuba. Colby was an awesome host! He had the whole trip planned from when the pane wheels hit the ground to me flying out. Exploring Havana was... read more

    cltnharris33
    November 29, 2019

Meet Our Team

Our team of tour guides are highly experienced and well educated, but most importantly, they love to serve their travelers! If there’s one thing we guarantee, it’s that our guides will care for you like family and deliver a unique and unforgettable experience!

Colby

Owner & Guide

Colby has guided over 60 travel groups around the globe since 2010 and has traveled guided in over 35 countries. He specializes in...

Michel

Cuba Guide

Michel is a man of great information and loves telling the stories of his people. He has been a professional guide in Cuba for many years and everyone enjoys...

Yunior

Cuba Guide

Yunior, pronounced 'Junior', is a native Cuban who loves introducing people to his country. He is a family man, happily married with four beautiful children...

Manuel

Cuba Guide

Manuel grew up in the center of Cuba. He's an explorer at heart and loves to introduce people to the journey. Manuel is such a connoisseur of...

Albert

Cuba Guide

Albert is as Cuban as it gets. He is funny, loves to laugh, and people know when he is in the room. He has a presence about him that people can't...

Johanna

Cuba Guide

Johanna is as easy-going as it gets, and she always keeps her travelers 'on the edge of their seats' to learn more about Cuba from her! She has...

Carlos

Cuba Guide

Carlos has worked in tourism for over 10 years and it's clear that he enjoys serving his travelers. He's a quirky guy with a great sense of humor, so it's...

Chanel

Cuba Guide

Chanel is laid back and a great listener, she’s well educated on the history and culture of her country, and she's been to...

Camila

Cuba Guide

Camila is currently finishing her foreign language and tourism studies in Havana and it seems that she knows almost every detail about...

Zeydi

Cuba Guide

Zeydi is a native of Trinidad, Cuba, a mother of a beautiful little girl, a software engineer, and an amazingly detailed tour guide! She has...

Helping Cubans Make an Honorable Living

Due to public knowledge that the national average income in Cuba is between $8 and $20 per month, many of our travelers ask what our guides are paid. In the spirit of being open and transparent, we are proud to inform you that all Gardner Tours guides start out at a minimum of $10 per hour and have opportunities to increase their pay from there. We believe that this presents a win-win situation for all involved! Our guides are incentivized to serve well and be more personal via an honorable income, our travelers receive outstanding service, and new travelers continue to request our services due to great reviews and a trusted reputation!

Thank you for trusting Gardner Tours to serve you well in your Cuba travels!

Meet Our Partners

Built on years of established trust, we only partner with those who deliver the best quality experiences, from comfort in accommodations to fine taste in cuisine, leaving you something to reminisce for years. Read on to learn about a few of our partners below…

Restaurante Cuajaní in Viñales, Cuba

Restaurante Cuajaní, led by a husband and wife team who have a taste for the finest cuisine and hospitality, proves itself as one of the top restaurants in Cuba. It’s highly likely that you’ll dine here on one of our tours.

Cuba Tour Taxi Driver – Michel

Michel, one of our many drivers in Cuba, is a joy to cruise with! From his choice tunes, desire to perfect his English, and the cool air blowing from his dash, it’s guaranteed that you’ll be happy he’s driving you around.

Restaurante Casa Vieja

Casa Vieja, a private restaurant, art gallery, and BnB in the heart of Old Havana, is a favorite stop among our travelers. From its rooftop breeze and tasty cuisine, we promise you’ll walk away wishing you hadn’t.

Esto no es un Café

Esto no es un Café, situated in a famous alley, hosts thematic dishes as tribute to artists’ works around the world. Their mouth-watering cuisine combines international recipes with that of Cuban tradition.

Featured on KAYAK Travel Guides

Gardner Tours got an invite to be featured on the KAYAK Travel Guides for Cuba! We are honored to be among the few recognized companies found there! Visit the Havana, Cuba Travel Guide by clicking the image below.