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…

  •   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

      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... read more

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    6/03/2019

      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
  •   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

      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

      Colby Gardner arranged a full day for our party of 8. We walked Old Havana, had lunch on a private rooftop, toured the city in classic cars, learned a lot... read more

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    7/28/2018
  •   Great trip! Colby arranged everything. From transport to guide... Good prices and fast communication!

    Lisavandebeek
    9/10/2019

      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... read more

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    9/12/2018

      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
  •   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
    10/05/2019

      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

      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... read more

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    6/08/2018
  •   We had a fantastic tour arranged by Colby. We were staying in Havana and asked him about the possibilities of going to Trinidad. Within a few hours, Colby had arranged... read more

    bram12384728
    11/03/2019

      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

      Classic car tours, fantastic restaurants, a beautiful bnb and city, and experiencing Cuban culture and history. What more could you ask for? How about being guided by a team who... read more

    Jeremyjacobbianco
    10/24/2019
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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,... read more

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    9/21/2018

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      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
  •   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

      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

      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

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.