About

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…

  •   This trip was amazing!! Colby was such a supportive guide. From even before I booked he was available to answer questions and support. It was a very personalized experience. I... read more

    SheTravels3
    6/21/2019

      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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    10/08/2018

      I made my trip from London, UK to Cuba and had Colby as my guide. Initially I was hesitant of entering Cuba as I wasn't familiar with the culture and... read more

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    8/19/2018
  •   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
    1/09/2020

      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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    8/12/2018

      Just back from Havana! We had an epic time and I really have to say cheers to Colby who made our trip so much fun. Colby helped connect us to... read more

    NSSELECTS
    10/10/2019
  •   Colby is a person who clearly has a passion for Cuba. You can see that simply by the way he speaks of the island, the way he shows you the... read more

    Manusm88
    10/28/2019

      Everything about this trip was AMAZING! The attention to detail by Gardner Tours went above and beyond. Every adventure, every meal, every moment was carefully planned; and the results were... read more

    texaspilgrim2015
    10/07/2019

      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
    10/19/2019
  •   When we told our friends and family that we were heading to Cuba by air for 6 days after our planned cruise with an overnight stay in Cuba was suddenly... read more

    SAKKBKMSKCAK
    8/09/2019

      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
    6/21/2019

      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
    10/28/2019
  •   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
    1/12/2020

      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
    10/09/2019

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

    Lisavandebeek
    9/10/2019
  •   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
    10/15/2019

      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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    9/28/2018

      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
    11/01/2019
  •   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
    11/12/2019

      As professional guide myself with several countries and destinations in my portfolio I went into my adventure with Gardner tours with some healthy skepticism. I have been on other tours... read more

    JordanRJackson
    10/08/2019

      See the sites and learn the history of Cuba and the people. Colby, Albert and Yunior are by far the kindest people around and pretty entertaining as well. You will... read more

    Debi B
    10/19/2019
  •   If you want to see the beating heart of Cuba, understand its history and connect with the Cuban people look no further, Gardner Tours is the BEST. With 40 countries... read more

    Eric N
    10/08/2019

      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
    10/14/2019

      Words can't describe this trip. It was incredible! The events, the food, the people......I can't pick a favorite. It was a very well rounded... read more

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    3/05/2019
  •   Wow! After taking a one-day tour with Gardner Tours of Havana, I absolutely want to return to Havana for a second trip. Yunior (our guide) was incredibly friendly and open... read more

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    6/03/2019

      A few highlights of our time in Cuba included the classic car tour, where we got a great tour of the sights, and the downtown walking tour. On the classic... read more

    laurenusma
    11/01/2019

      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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    10/02/2018
  •   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
    10/29/2019

      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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    8/12/2018

      Everything about this experience was exceptional. From the moment we landed Colby and his team made us feel comfortable and cared for. The passion of Colby and his... read more

    shanes739
    10/08/2019

Meet the 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.