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Who is Gardner Tours?

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  Our group decided on a girls trip and took advantage of our time by doing the long weekend tour. We were able to sightsee, enjoy the cigar factory and beach... read more

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    April 21, 2019

    star rating  I did not book my trip through Gardner Tours (that being said, I will next time), but I did have the great fortune of sitting next to Colby on the... read more

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    August 12, 2018

    star rating  There is no better way to travel to Cuba than through Gardner Tours. The guides have a deep love for the country and share that passion through their service. Our... read more

    brittanyg711
    October 14, 2019
  • star rating  If you want the best possible tours of old Habana, look no further. The beautifully restored classic car tour of the City allowed a classic view from all angles. The... read more

    P9944AVrickyh
    October 21, 2019

    star rating  The first thing you should know about Colby is that he knows EVERYBODY in Havana, or at least it seemed that way on the 4 day tour my son and... read more

    RoyW0130
    January 22, 2020

    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

    Kris H
    November 1, 2020
  • 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 had a fantastic tour arranged by Colby. We were staying in Havana and asked him about the possibilities of going to Trinidad. Within a few hours, Colby had arranged... read more

    bram12384728
    November 3, 2019

    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  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  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  Every part of the trip was really well arranged and organized. We saw most beautiful spots with enough time to enjoy, great food, and learned culture of the country. Throughout... read more

    Lifeisgt
    January 19, 2020
  • star rating  We had a fabulous family trip to Cuba thanks to Gardner Tours and specifically Colby Gardner himself! From our first steps at the arrival hall until our last farewell... read more

    Lilia S
    January 9, 2020

    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  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
    June 2, 2020
  • star rating  Just finished a 7 day premium cigar tour with Gardener Tours. Wow what an amazing experience from start to finish!!! From the lively streets and classic cars of Havana to... read more

    G2117FOchrisc
    February 18, 2020

    star rating  Experiencing the culture and people of Havana was the best part of the trip. Getting to walk around Old Havana, seeing the amazing architecture, local art, vintage cars, and how... read more

    TXPatrickJL
    November 25, 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  I booked a trip with Gardner Tours and it was amazing!! Colby took care of everything in a very professional way. He took us to the hot spots of... read more

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    October 8, 2018

    star rating  Colby and his guides are phenomenal. I felt immediately safe and part of thier family from minute one. Their knowledge on culture and the ability to immerse groups... read more

    GGSmall
    October 7, 2019
  • star rating  I can't say enough about Colby and the Gardner Tours guides, they really did give us a one of a kind experience. Colby's passion for the country, its people,... read more

    luthorville
    October 11, 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  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  Great trip! Colby arranged everything. From transport to guide... Good prices and fast communication!

    Lisavandebeek
    September 10, 2019

    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  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  Colby and his team went above and beyond to me this trip an amazing adventure. Taking care of even the smallest details, leading tours and always having a best... read more

    antoniodQ2382ZO
    October 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

    star rating  I simply can't say enough about what a fantastic time I had on Gardner tours 6 day Premium Cigar Tour. The itinerary was perfect with three days in old town... read more

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    March 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.