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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  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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    July 28, 2018

    star rating  I joined Colby for a walking tour of Old Havana and he also arranged a classic car tour for me. He is so friendly and helpful, full of great... read more

    Jenna M
    February 1, 2020

    star rating  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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    June 3, 2019
  • star rating  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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    July 28, 2018

    star rating  Our tour guides and tours were the best! I highly recommend Gardner Tours! The Classic Car Tour and Old Havana Historical Walking Tour were amazing!! I don’t usually go back... read more

    Marilyn324
    October 19, 2019

    star rating  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
    January 19, 2020
  • star rating  Great trip! Colby arranged everything. From transport to guide... Good prices and fast communication!

    Lisavandebeek
    September 10, 2019

    star rating  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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    March 15, 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 loved getting off the beaten path. Of course we saw and have seen the major attractions, which I will say Garner tours provides more information on the usual... read more

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    November 15, 2022

    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  Colby is a person who clearly has a passion for Cuba. You can see that simply by the way he speaks of the island, the way he shows you the... read more

    Manusm88
    October 28, 2019
  • star rating  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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    June 8, 2019

    star rating  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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    October 8, 2018

    star rating  I have been to Cuba on several trips in the past and I am a traveler not a tourist. With that context I commend Gardner Tours with the highest... read more

    615krish
    November 24, 2020
  • star rating  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

    Chris C
    February 1, 2020

    star rating  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
    October 19, 2019

    star rating  History and culture trip - Favorite moments:

    Live music in the street outside at Esto no es un Cafe. Good vibe and crazy good frozen mojitos.

    The cigar tasting at the oldest... read more

    pauljL3353RA
    August 11, 2022
  • 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  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... read more

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    April 21, 2019

    star rating  Sooo...a group of friends decided to go to on a cruise to Cuba. We were only going to be in Havana overnight, and we had selected an evening excursion... read more

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    August 18, 2018
  • star rating  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
    October 7, 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  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  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
    October 9, 2019

    star rating  Immersive, safe and colourful - We arranged our travel excursions through Gardner tours to travel between destinations in Cuba. Gardner Tours was the most reasonable the price compared to bigger operators and was the... read more

    nick m
    May 7, 2022

    star rating  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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    September 28, 2018
  • star rating  II absolutely loved the car tour! Touring around town in an old convertible was so cool. The walking tour was very informative and interesting as well. And our tour guides,... read more

    EdgordoM
    October 19, 2019

    star rating  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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    March 15, 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 24, 2020

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...

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...

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...

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...

Yedi

Cuba Guide

Yedi is a native of Havana. He is an eternal lover of his home country of Cuba and loves to visit new places. He currently lives in Havana and 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…

Dinner at Restaurante el Cuajaní in the Viñales Valley, 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.

Classic Car Taxi Driver in Havana, Cuba

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.

Casa Vieja Restaurant in Havana, Cuba

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 in Havana, Cuba

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.