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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.

riding in a classic car tour in Havana, Cuba

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  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  Thanks to Colby and his professional staff our group had an outstanding adventure in Cuba. We immediately connected with them on a personal and professional manner. We learned a lot... read more

    Global580762
    October 3, 2019

    star rating  I've always wanted to go to Cuba. It was one of my dreams and my dream finally came true and I couldn't have chosen a better tour company to make... read more

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    September 12, 2018
  • star rating  We went on a tour to Trinidad organised by Gardner Tours. The accommodation was wonderful and we went on a city tour on our first day in Trinidad. We learned... read more

    simoneh282
    November 16, 2019

    star rating  I can't begin to describe how wonderful this trip was because of our tours! Gardner tours first and foremost has the best people to interact with, Colby, Yunior and Albert... read more

    cryssalt
    November 1, 2019

    star rating  Firstly, I have to say that it was a great experience to traveling with gardner tours and especially with Colby. He showed me around and explained every single corners, buildings... read more

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    April 8, 2019
  • star rating  II absolutely loved the car tour! Touring around town in an old convertible was so cool. The walking tour was very informative and interesting as well. And our tour guides,... read more

    EdgordoM
    October 19, 2019

    star rating  As the Executive Director of an adventure tour company that creates voyages on all seven continents, I scoured the globe for an organization that I could entrust all of my... read more

    wondervoyage
    October 5, 2019

    star rating  This was an amazing trip . I had no idea how much knowledge I would gain and fun I would have . Colby is a wonderful guide , very informative... read more

    Sportsgirl67
    November 12, 2019
  • 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  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  Southern hospitality in Cuba!I really appreciate making our trip to Cuba a trip of a lifetime.It was beyond just a sightseeing or cookiecutter experience.Colby made the trip personable and insightful. He... read more

    Harim K
    January 1, 2020
  • star rating  My husband & I (and a group of friends) went with Gardner Tours to Cuba for a week & we had an amazing time. I highly recommend booking your trip... read more

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    October 22, 2018

    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  Incredible knowledge of the history of every location we visited. Logistics were always on point and managed behind the scenes so things just flow perfectly. And most of all these... read more

    Brent R
    October 5, 2019
  • star rating  Hah! Caught you looking for a bad review! I'm happy to say it's not coming from me. We had a blast! I can't thank Colby, Yunior, and Albert enough... read more

    mysitesrock
    October 29, 2019

    star rating  Great service and overall experience! Enjoyed locations, restaurants, events and housing. Great people involved in the whole trip!

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    June 28, 2018

    star rating  The Cigar Tour fulfilled all of my expectations and everything I dreamt of seeing and experiencing, I saw! I highly recommend using Gardner Tours for your visit to Cuba!

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    September 12, 2018
  • star rating  We did not know what to expect on our first trip to Cuba, which turned out to be excellent on all levels all thanks to Colby Gardener who did a... read more

    mackarlsson65
    January 12, 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  Colby was super hospitable and very professional. He knows the people and all the ins and outs of Havana. We were in a killer hostel in the city and the... read more

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    April 29, 2019
  • star rating  We just spent 4 days with Gardner Tours in Havana. From the start of the planning to the assistance at the airport in Havana as we departed, Colby Gardner was... read more

    John E
    March 20, 2022

    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  Our trip to Cuba was fantastic from start to finish! Thanks to our travel guide,escort and translator, Colby Gardner of “Gardner Tours” and fellow guides and translators, Yunior and Albert,... read more

    N4107HMvalerier
    October 29, 2019
  • star rating  The tour was incredible! And our guide, Colby is incredible too. We had a BLAST yesterday. Sometimes I felt like he was a Cuban HAHAHA. He knows everything of our... read more

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    March 15, 2019

    star rating  Immersive, safe and colourful - We arranged our travel excursions through Gardner tours to travel between destinations in Cuba. Gardner Tours was the most reasonable the price compared to bigger operators and was the... read more

    nick m
    May 7, 2022

    star rating  It had always been a dream of mine to go to Cuba. Like everyone else I was a little apprehensive about it. Colby took care of everything for us. He... read more

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    October 2, 2018
  • star rating  Southern hospitality in Cuba!I really appreciate making our trip to Cuba a trip of a lifetime.It was beyond just a sightseeing or cookiecutter experience.Colby made the trip personable and insightful. He... read more

    harimkk
    January 26, 2020

    star rating  The best part of being away on holiday and making incredible memeories is when you return home and are asked “what’s you favourite part of your trip?” I am so... read more

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    November 18, 2022

    star rating  Colby and his team of guides are absolutely amazing. They are passionate about what they do.It’s amazing the knowledge that Colby has. With his team we never had to... read more

    255brettb
    October 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…

Dinner at Restaurante el Cuajaní in the Viñales Valley, 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.

Classic Car Taxi Driver in Havana, Cuba

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.

Casa Vieja Restaurant in Havana, Cuba

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 in Havana, Cuba

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.