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About Gardner Tours

Gardner Tours is committed to delivering the most professional, comprehensive, and entertaining tours in Cuba! 

About Gardner Tours – Colby Gardner Cuba Tour Guide

A Few Words About Us

It started while traveling around the globe in 2010. Colby Gardner, owner and guide, is a researcher and a relationship developer at heart. As he traveled, built relationships, and encountered new cultures and experiences, he began to compile databases of info from his favorite countries along the way. Eventually, the knowledge of his travel experience, relationships, and these databases began to get out. After helping setup private vacations for numerous friends and family encompassed with a need to create personal economy, someone suggested “With all of that expertise and data, you should think about starting your own travel company!” And so Gardner Tours began!

Built on family values, we desire to serve you wholeheartedly, and will take care of you like family along the way. That’s our guarantee!

Our Satisfied Customers

We are proud to serve travelers from all over the world from the USA, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Canada, Turkey, Slovenia, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Poland, Mexico, China, Thailand, Syria, Costa Rica, India, and on! See what our travelers have to say…

  •   Everything was well arranged. Even because it was last minute. We had a great car with airco 😉Carlos was a very Good tourguide. He told a lot about the area and Cuba! The restaurant we ate was so cute! Canopy was also a Nice experience....More

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    6/03/2019

      Gardner Tours saved our honeymoon trip! Colby took care of setting up a 10 day excursion in Cuba, where my husband is originally from. We visited all over! Our trip included the beach, in the mountains, and in the city for us in less that...More

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    10/09/2018

      We happened across Gardner Tours while we were already in Cuba and I’m so so glad we did. Colby was attentive, really quick to respond to all messages we sent, really helpful and massively knowledgeable about Cuba. We did a three day trip to Havana...More

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    9/21/2018
  •   Gardner Tours is a terrific group of folks to do business with. It’s an A1 organization. They are so easy to work with and the website is a breeze to navigate. They worked with us to organize a custom day tour in Havana in May...More

    Clutch1380
    6/20/2019

      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 it happen! I went on a Cuba Cigar Tour and it was the best experience...More

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    9/12/2018

      I had an incredible time on my Old Havana Walking Tour! Our guide, Colby, was very kind and educated well on Havana. We had a lot of fun and I really learned a lot about the culture and city! I am Cuban and even for...More

    AlbertRodriguezCuba
    6/21/2019
  •   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, beach excursions, horseback riding, cave tours, and hidden restaurant gems. The guides were so much...More

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    8/30/2018

      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 always was a few steps ahead of any questions we might have. He truly prepared...More

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    10/02/2018

      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 to all questions about the sights and culture. We started with an open-top classic car...More

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    6/03/2019
  •   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 we highly recommend him for anyone looking to book a trip there! He was so...More

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    3/15/2019

      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 the people, places, art of Cuba. We had a small group of 4 and the...More

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    3/15/2019

      Absolutely wonderful, super friendly and qualified guides, cannot beat the price. Incredible atmosphere, safety and food!!! I would recommend this company to anyone.

    naomirich19
    6/14/2019
  •   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 we stayed in, the restaurant reservations, (where everyone knew it was our anniversary!), the transportation...More

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    5/30/2019

      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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    9/12/2018

      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 and statues in Havana. I learned many things about cuba during my tour. Also I...More

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    4/08/2019
  •   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 plus had great food and live music in the evenings. Colby did a great job...More

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    4/21/2019

      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 countries and I felt by far the safest in Cuba. My guide was great. (Im...More

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    9/22/2018

      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. The places that we toured was well thought out for us and the food was...More

    Sonya H
    6/15/2019
  •   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 top interest in Havana, as well as some of hidden treasures off the beaten path. We...More

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    10/08/2018

      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 plane from Atlanta to Havana. Every recommendation he gave to my boyfriend and me ended...More

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    8/12/2018

      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 fascinating history of Cuba speaks for itself, but Colby definitely does a great job of...More

    rsmith8806
    6/21/2019
  •   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 of our party had researched and found his services available. The tour was extensive, exhausting...More

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    8/05/2018

      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 tour was exactly as offered by Gardner Tours and was so much better than anything offered by our cruise...More

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    5/18/2019

      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 culture, idioms, history, where and when you could eat different kinds of food with different...More

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    3/15/2019
  •   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 Nicaragua a few years ago and knew I had to go to him for all...More

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    8/12/2018

      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 cancelled, the first reply was, "You can go to Cuba? Is that safe?!" My husband and I got back yesterday after a 6 day trip with our 3 young boys (ages 11, 8, and 5), and I can say with 100% certainty that yes - you can go, and yes - I felt 100% safe at all times with our guide. Because we were traveling with young kids, we decided to have our trip 100% guided by Gardner tours instead of just doing day tours, especially when we priced it out and found out how economical it was to have someone available to us 24/7 to facilitate our trip. Colby Gardner, the owner, was our guide and was PHENOMENAL. Despite Cuba still being very much a developing country and the hot temperature in August, the only small bumps we saw were so immediately smoothed over that we didn't even really notice them. A pre-booked taxi showed up and was too small to fit our group (despite having promised a large one when being booked), but because we had a guide, we simply sat on the porch in rocking chairs and read while Colby took care of getting another one there in 10 minutes. He was also incredibly gracious and flexible... 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 cancelled, the first reply was, "You can go to Cuba? Is that safe?!" My husband and I got back yesterday after a 6 day trip with our 3 young boys (ages 11, 8, and 5), and I can say with 100% certainty that yes - you can go, and yes - I felt 100% safe at all times with our guide.

    Because we were traveling with young kids, we decided to have our trip 100% guided by Gardner tours instead of just doing day tours, especially when we priced it out and found out how economical it was to have someone available to us 24/7 to facilitate our trip.

    Colby Gardner, the owner, was our guide and was PHENOMENAL. Despite Cuba still being very much a developing country and the hot temperature in August, the only small bumps we saw were so immediately smoothed over that we didn't even really notice them. A pre-booked taxi showed up and was too small to fit our group (despite having promised a large one when being booked), but because we had a guide, we simply sat on the porch in rocking chairs and read while Colby took care of getting another one there in 10 minutes.

    He was also incredibly gracious and flexible with some schedule changes - the little kids were wiped out one afternoon, and the oldest had a broken foot.... so our whole planned afternoon museum tour turned into an hour with my husband and oldest while the rest of us took a few hours to recover :). One night after transferring from Havana to Vinales, we were TIRED of restaurants (however wonderful they are!), so he suggested and quickly arranged for the hosts of our BNB to make us "breakfast for dinner" in our own private accommodations - which was wonderful and refreshing.

    Colby jokes that he knows everyone, and it's at least 90% true. You don't go far before someone flags him down, yells out his name across the street, or stops to offer a handshake. And Colby's friends become your friends. Every single person we met was incredibly kind and went out of their way to make sure that we were comfortable and enjoying ourselves - including a couple of REALLY nice restaurants who went off-menu and made butter noodles for a picky eater :).

    If you're thinking about it, do it. Especially from the east coast, it was inexpensive, and having a guide to handle things really helped make it a smooth and wonderful trip. But maybe a different month than August ;). More

    SAKKBKMSKCAK
    8/09/2019

      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 trip that would appeal to everyone. I WILL be returning!!!

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    3/05/2019
  •   Colby is so awesome! I couldn't imagine anyone not enjoying their time, it is an amazing experience. Colby knows so much about Cuba and all of the best places to go. You will truly feel catered to and leave wanting to come back. I highly...More

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    6/08/2018

      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 location (near the port) and time we arranged. We toured Havana for the moning, checking out...More

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    7/28/2018

      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 Havana taking in the architecture, shopping, great food and entertainment. Then we spent a few...More

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    9/28/2018

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.