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Gardner Tours

#8 of 250 Tours in Havana
Havana, Cuba
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About Gardner Tours
Gardner Tours is an authorized, American-based tour company, that specializes in storytelling and hospitality. We offer excursions, day tours, long-weekend tours, classic overnight tours, Premium Tours, and Luxury Tours. We provide numerous tours such as a Havana Day Tour, Old Havana Walking Tour, Long Weekend Tour, our 6 day Classic Cuba Tour, Premium Tours such as cigar tours, coffee tours, and fishing tours. Each overnight tour offers six or more specialized experiences tailored just for you. If our tours don't suit you, we will be glad to create a custom tour just for you! Please visit our website for more details.
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nick m wrote a review May 7
London, United Kingdom53 contributions14 helpful votes
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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 most personable. As soon as we made contact Colby made us feel welcome and accommodated our travel requests. He didn't make it difficult to chop and change things last minute and gave us an upfront cost for each breakdown of our trip so we know how much we could divide costs by. Payment is made through PayPal which was secure and Colby was on hand throughout the booking and afterwards, he produced a professional itinerary of which he wanted to confirm before sending it to the driver and provided direct contact with the driver. During the trip Colby was on hand through the entirety via WhatsApp and phone and was useful when we wanted to communicate last minute changes to our trip. We travelled around Cuba from Havana to Cienfuegos to Cayo Coco and back to Havana and whilst we didn't take a tour we were in safe hands with our driver Adrian whom although spoke little English provided an excellent service and a safe driving experience. Adrian was courteous and professional and a genuine nice guy, he drove us around Cuba in a maroon red 57 Chevrolet which was a marvelous experience one of which we will always remember, beautiful old car with some useful mod cons, if your worried about luggage we travelled with 4x of us and the car accommodated 4x medium sized hold bags and backpacks so no need to worry on boot space, and the journey was smooth even though the roads were not. Adrian and his father Frank are excellent drivers and no the roads inside out. The road to Cienfuegos was amazing we stopped at a recommendation from Colby called Caleta Buena which was a lovely beach area serving all inclusive cocktails and food with access to some beautiful swimming spots all for 15 euros per person. Trinidad was amazing, very scenic and the nightlife is a real Cuban mix of Salsa, dancing cigars and cocktails, the people are all friendly and we felt safe. Cayo Coco was the relaxing part with white sandy beaches and all inclusive resort, good for snokeling and looking at the sunsets. And Havana, if you get to know the people, Havana can be amazing, but like any captial city you have to know where to go. We stayed in Havana twice at start of the trip in old town which was great for access to a walking tour and at the end in the Centre which was handy for the rooftop bars and the Malecon. I have already recommended Colby's Gardner Tours to others, and will not hesitate to contact him again for other destinations.
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Date of experience: April 2022
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Response from colbygardner, Owner at Gardner Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Nick, we were honored that you and your travel mates chose Gardner Tours! Thank you for your great communication and being a great client. It was our pleasure to ensure that y'all's travels were the best that they could be. Also, thank you for taking the time to write such an extensive review. We greatly appreciate it!
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John E wrote a review Mar 2022
Scottsdale, Arizona92 contributions50 helpful votes
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 a treasured resource. This was a custom tour, personalized to our interests. Colby was very accommodating throughout the process. Cuba is just re-opening after a lengthy COVID shutdown. He arranged housing at a quiet 5-star BnB in Old Havana that was beautifully furnished, up-to-date in every way, with attentive service from the moment you entered the front door. The start of each day was a lovely breakfast. The food was delicious and fresh. Each day was a combination of walking and being driven in classic cars ('57 Chevy & '54 Mercury convertible). The tour was a combination of history, culture and art. The trip to the eastern suburbs to see Ernst Hemingway's home was a worthwhile detour from the many urban sights. But the highlight of the trip was the opportunity to spend the morning at the studio of one of Havana's young, successful and creative artists. Lunches and dinners were varied and delicious. Most were in small venues throughout the city featuring excellent fresh food and great frozen drinks. We never would have found these great restaurants if Colby hadn't been our guide. Also noteworthy was that Colby was hailed by countless people as we made our way around Havana. He is well known and respected. Finally, we need to say that Colby was a terrific guide and host. He really cared that we were having the experiences that we wanted and having fun in the process. He also was a big, big help when we were having technical difficulties the day before departure with getting the online COVID results. Thanks, Colby. You did it all for us. This tour company is based in the U.S. (Georgia) which made the trip planning exceptionally easy.
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Date of experience: March 2022
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Response from colbygardner, Owner at Gardner Tours
Responded Mar 25, 2022
John, it was such an honor to host you and Nancy in Havana this past week. Thank you for trusting us with your vacation and for your kind and detailed review. We hope to serve y'all again soon!
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Charles C wrote a review Feb 2022
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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 of booking the trip. He helped us choose the right time of year to see the tobacco farms, gave advice on purchasing plane tickets, helped us get our visas, and kept us up to date on COVID travel regulations. He was waiting for us at the airport in Havana when we arrived and picked us up in a classic convertible. Once we got checked in and situated in our B&B he showed us all around Havana and shared stories of its 500 year history. We spent three days in Havana seeing the sights, eating delicious food, enjoying drinks, and smoking cigars. A few days into the trip we left Havana and traveled to Vinales in western Cuba. We continued to eat delicious food, enjoy plenty of drinks, and smoke lots of cigars while taking in some of the most beautiful views I've ever seen. The pace of the little town was slow and you could not help but relax. We toured two tobacco farms, a coffee farm, and went on an awesome hike through the valley to a cave where we went swimming. We spent the evenings relaxing on the porch playing dominoes, smoking cigars, and laughing. The most stressful decision of the trip was deciding which cigar I wanted to smoke next! I can't recommend Gardner Tours enough to anyone who wants to relax and enjoy a great time in Cuba.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Response from colbygardner, Owner at Gardner Tours
Responded Feb 14, 2022
Wow. Charles, we are humbled by your review. Thank you for taking the time to review us and for trusting us with your travels in Cuba! We hope to serve y’all in one of our other destinations soon.
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Patrick L wrote a review Nov 2020
San Antonio, Texas2 contributions
Experiencing the culture and people of Havana was the best part of the trip. Getting to walk around Old Havana, seeing the amazing architecture, local art, vintage cars, and how relational the people are was refreshing and is a total blast from the past. Everyone is walking the streets, kids are playing marbles, wall ball, and soccer in the streets (not staring into a small electronic device). Colby’s knowledge of the history, people, and the relationships he had cultivated, takes every traveler behind the curtain of Cuba. Being able to travel with Colby made the trip a perfect 10 for me.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from colbygardner, Owner at Gardner Tours
Responded Feb 16, 2022
Patrick, we are so happy to hear that you had a great time on your first trip to Cuba! We were honored to serve you and your family and we can't wait to see you again!
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Kris H wrote a review Nov 2020
San Antonio, Texas60 contributions15 helpful votes
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 marks. Not only is Colby equipped with vast amounts of knowledge and encyclopedic memory of Cuba history, he is connected with the locals. Every restaurant, national landmark, and service provider knew Colby which made our experience first class. He also being a mechanic knows more about the classic cars than any other tour operators. As a cigar aficionado he was able to connect me with some of the most rare hard to find sticks. If you have not done Cuba before, you would be crazy to try and go it alone when Gardner handles EVERYTHING for you. Thanks Colby! Keep rockin’ the Malecon!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Response from colbygardner, Owner at Gardner Tours
Responded Feb 16, 2022
Kris, thank you for your humbling review! It was a blast hosting you and your family and we hope to see y'all again soon!
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