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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  My buddy and I just got home from going on a Premium Cigar Tour with Gardner Tours. The experience was incredible. Colby guided us through the entire process... read more

    Charles C
    February 1, 2022

    star rating  Colby, Yunior, and Albert are the most reliable, professional, caring, and pretty funny guys you’ll find anywhere. But finding them in Cuba was a treasure.

    aquamarine5551
    October 19, 2019

    star rating  To make the most of this once in a lifetime trip, treat yourself to a Gardener Tour with Colby. He knows all the best places to eat, drink, stay and... read more

    TXCottageMama
    November 1, 2020
  • star rating  My buddy and I just got home from going on a Premium Cigar Tour with Gardner Tours. The experience was incredible. Colby guided us through the entire process... read more

    E4538NWcharlesc
    February 14, 2022

    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
    July 1, 2019

    star rating  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
    June 15, 2019
  • star rating  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... read more

    AlbertRodriguezCuba
    June 21, 2019

    star rating  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... read more

    Clutch1380
    June 20, 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
  • star rating  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
    October 19, 2019

    star rating  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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    September 12, 2018

    star rating  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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    August 30, 2018
  • star rating  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
    October 10, 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  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
    November 11, 2019
  • star rating  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... read more

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    April 8, 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  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  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
    June 21, 2019

    star rating  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
    October 3, 2019

    star rating  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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    March 15, 2019
  • star rating  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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    September 12, 2018

    star rating  We just spent 4 days with Gardner Tours in Havana. From the start of the planning to the assistance at the airport in Havana as we departed, Colby Gardner was... read more

    John E
    March 20, 2022

    star rating  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
    October 3, 2019
  • star rating  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
    October 5, 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  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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    August 19, 2018
  • star rating  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
    August 9, 2019

    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  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

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.