About

About Gardner Tours

Gardner Tours is a hospitality company that specializes in tourism, providing tours to heighten our travelers’ experience of each culture and country by intimately inviting them into the stories and lives of its people and history via our trusted partnerships. We best connect our travelers to each country’s past, present, and future via storytelling and exercise each of their senses to give each traveler the best possible unique and authentic experience of a country while allowing them to dip their toes in relaxation and comfort all at the same time.

How It All Began

Colby Gardner, owner and guide, is a researcher and a relationship developer at heart, and it all started on his first trip traveling around the globe. As he traveled, built relationships, and encountered new cultures and experiences, he began to compile personal databases from his favorite countries along the way. Eventually, knowledge of his travel experience, relationships, and databases began to spread. After sending numerous friends and family on private vacations, someone suggested, “With all of that expertise, you should think about starting your own travel company!” And so Gardner Tours began…

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.

Our Satisfied Customers

We are proud to serve travelers from all over the world 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, The Netherlands, Belgium, Kyrgyzstan, and on! See what they had to say…

  •   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

      Colby was our tour guide through Havana which was the only day my wife and I were able to spend in the country. We were with 6 other friends. One... read more

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    8/05/2018

      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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    3/15/2019
  •   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
    10/03/2019

      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
    1/19/2020

      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
  •   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

      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’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

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    9/22/2018
  •   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

      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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    3/15/2019

      This was an absolutely amazing tour. Carlos was the greatest tour guide ever. He was very professional and very personable. Very knowledgeable and knew his informative. The price was excellent.... read more

    Sonya H
    6/15/2019
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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
    1/26/2020

      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 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

      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
    10/09/2019

      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
  •   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
    10/29/2019

      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

      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
    2/18/2020
  •   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

      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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    3/29/2019

      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
  •   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

      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 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

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    10/10/2019

Meet the Team

Our team of tour guides is compiled of men and women who are well experienced and educated on their country and culture, but most importantly, they love to serve their travelers! If there’s one thing we can guarantee, it’s that your guides will care for you like family and deliver an amazing and unique 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 $8 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!

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.