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…

  •   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
    11/16/2019

      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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    10/22/2018

      Gardner Tours out did themselves for my wife Maribel and I. It was a dream come true. Gardner Tours prepared practically everything for us. They booked the flights, the place... read more

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    5/30/2019
  •   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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    7/28/2018

      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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    5/18/2019

      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
    10/05/2019
  •   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
    10/11/2019

      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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    4/29/2019

      On this, my second trip to Cuba, I had the privilege to work with Gardner Tours and Colby. From our arrival, throughout the journey, to our final drop off at... read more

    257laurelc
    10/03/2019
  •   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

      The sites were amazing! The Gardner Tours crew take you on an experience of a lifetime for sure. The classic cars are beautiful and the walk was perfect! This was... read more

    2Themanwithaplan
    10/19/2019

      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
    2/15/2020
  •   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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    6/08/2019

      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

      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
    10/29/2019
  •   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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    9/12/2018

      I’ll have to admit I was slightly hesitant to go to Cuba due to the history between our two countries. I was totally wrong. I have visited many Latin American... read more

    avatar thumb Flw870
    9/22/2018

      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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    3/15/2019
  •   For everyone who has always wanted to go to Cuba and has been apprehensive about traveling to Cuba. Gardner Tours is 100% safe to travel legally to Cuba from... read more

    tammiel268
    11/11/2019

      Gardner Tours saved my holiday! Colby at Garndner Tours, arranged our two night stay in Havana, within 48hrs of our first contact & was very knowledgeable & attentive. This... read more

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    10/06/2018

      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
  •   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

      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
    10/07/2019

      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
  •   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

      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'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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    9/12/2018
  •   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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    8/30/2018

      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
    11/29/2019

      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

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.