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From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

1. From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

Take a trip back in time, where you will enjoy an interesting historical recount. Visit the most emblematic museums of the Dominican capital, with architectural designs dating from the time of the discovery of America. Comfortable air-conditioned buses will take you around during this full-day activity. A professional guide will share their knowledge about the history of European colonization in America. After hotel pick-up, head to 3 Eyes National Park, a complex of underground caves and lagoons initially inhabited by the Taino Indians. Next, set out to visit the Colonial Zone, the first permanent European settlement in America. Founded in 1502 by the Spanish colonizers, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the first Cathedral of America, the Alcázar de Colón or the Palacio Virreinal de Don Diego. Get to know La Calle Las Damas, the first street on the island. Enjoy panoramic visits to the National Palace and the Columbus Lighthouse, a monument built in memory of Christopher Columbus and where his remains rest.

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From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Full-Day Trip with Lunch

2. From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Full-Day Trip with Lunch

Join a full-day experience leaving from Bávaro and Bayahibe through the new Autovía del Este. Walk in the cobblestoned historic core of Santo Domingo and visit the cathedral. Observe iconic spots like the Alcázar de Colón Palace, National Pantheon, and Los Tres Ojos. After arriving in Santo Domingo, head to your first stop, the open-air limestone cave and lakes of Los Tres Ojos. Continue the tour until you reach the Colón Lighthouse. Listen to its history and take photos of the view around you. Stroll around the coffee-lined Plaza de España and Colonial Zone. See the Alcázar de Colón palace, now one of the city’s many museums, displaying medieval and Renaissance art. Learn about the past and present of the oldest city in the Americas. Stop for a buffet lunch in a restaurant in the Colonial Zone. Pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas. Move on to the first street, Calle de Las Damas, and other colonial monuments from the 15th and 16th centuries. Take in a panoramic view of the modern city, residential areas, and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy free time to take a walk around El Conde where you can see old buildings or go shopping.

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From Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour

3. From Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour

During this tour, you will visit key sites, including: the caves at Three Eyes National Park, the Columbus Lighthouse, the walled Colonial Zone, and the National Presidential Palace. Travel between the attractions with ease in an air-conditioned coach. A traditional Dominican lunch is also included. Your tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Punta Cana in an air-conditioned coach. Travel about two and a half hours to Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit some of the most spectacular places in this rich colonial city, including Diego Colon’s Palace, the Holy Cathedral Primada, the Fortaleza, and the National Pantheon. Walk and take pictures in the Colonial Zone, starting at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514, this was the home of Christopher Columbus's son, Don Diego. From the Palace, the tour will go through the historic Plaza de Espana and on to Calle Las Damas (the first paved street in the New World). Keep walking to the National Pantheon where heroes were laid to rest. The colonial tour will culminate at the First Cathedral of the New World.

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Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo Tour

4. Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo Tour

Discover the oldest permanent city established by Europeans in the Western Hemisphere, Santo Domingo. ‘La Capital,’ as it’s typically called, is a collage of cultures and neighborhoods with the Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at its heart. On this day trip, explore the city with a local guide. Next, head to Santo Domingo and its Colonial Zone for your guided tour of the city. Walk along iconic and unique streets such as Las Damas, El Conde, Arzobispo Meriño, Isabel La Católica, and more. Enjoy included entry to emblematic monuments such as the National Pantheon; the only known residence of a member of Christopher Columbus' family, Alcazar de Colon; and the oldest cathedral in the Americas, Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor. At 1 PM, savor a delicious Dominican buffet at one of the most famous restaurants in town, El Conuco. At 2:15 PM, enjoy 45 minutes of free time to explore the Colonial Zone at your own pace. At 3 PM, visit the famous Malecón boulevard, then the Faro a Colón lighthouse, a memorial to Christopher Columbus. Begin your journey back to Punta Cana between 4 PM-4:15 PM and finish the tour with drop-off at your hotel.

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Santo Domingo: The Best of Santo Domingo City Tour

5. Santo Domingo: The Best of Santo Domingo City Tour

The Dominican Republic’s capital is full of historic sights and is one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. Get ready to experience the Dominican Republic from a different perspective as your charismatic local guide reveals interesting facts about the capital’s history. Is Santo Domingo the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean? Why was Santo Domingo’s colonial area declared a world heritage site? Why is Santo Domingo’s Conde Street a favorite of tourists? What is the official language in Santo Domingo? You will have the chance to discover the historic Zona Colonial, which is surrounded by walls and preserves a legacy that dates back as far as the 1500s. The tour includes stops at the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, Monasterio de San Francisco, Fortaleza Ozama, Hospital San Nicolás de Bari, and other interesting sights.

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Santo Domingo: Chocolate Tour + Optional Workshops

6. Santo Domingo: Chocolate Tour + Optional Workshops

Start your experience at the Holographic theater where different ghosts from the world of chocolate come to life and tell the whole story of chocolate from the beginning of the time. Find out how cocoa reached Hispaniola and traveled to the rest of the world. Next, continue to the Cocoa Plantation where you will be able to sample some cocoa fruit and feel as if you are in a real forest. Head over to the Fermentation Room where the guide will show you all the processes of fermentation and dried and its importance in creating quality chocolate. After that, be directed to the Sensory Room and be challenged to use your 5 senses for each of the ingredients that make up awesome chocolate. If you guess right, you will have the chance to taste different chocolate percentages of KahKow Organic Chocolate. Finish the tour in the glass box on the Spanish Patio where the tour guide will explain how all the machines in the factory work to produce the final product. Upgrade your experience by adding on an optional workshop to the end of your tour. In the Soap Workshop, learn how to make your own soap with a cacao butter formula made by the workers at La Esmeralda. Add a special touch with your preferred aroma. Alternatively, choose the Chocolate Workshop and create your own chocolate bar.

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Puerto Plata One-way to Santo Domingo/Samana/Punta Cana

7. Puerto Plata One-way to Santo Domingo/Samana/Punta Cana

Travel in comfort with our one way transfer to your accommodation in Santo Domingo, Samana or Punta Cana. You will be met by a uniformed driver who willl drive you to your chosen destination.  You will be travelling in a late model air-conditioned mini van and you will be able to enjoy a smooth air conditioned ride to your accommodation and enjoy the local surroundings. We are one of the leading incoming tour operators in the Dominican Republic, and we are headquartered in Punta Cana with a brach office in Puerto Plata, thus covering the whole country. Get where you want to go - book your transportation now!

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What people are saying about Santo Domingo

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 10 reviews

Very interesting activity if you want to know the history of the country. For purchases I advise you to pay in cash. I had a bad experience at one of the tourist sites (Los Tres Ojos caves). I wanted to buy some small souvenirs, the seller inflated the prices (telling me the total in pesos) when I asked for the conversation in $, it was worth 172 $ (For 3 necklaces and two mini statuses). I declined saying I didn't think it was going to be over $ 30. The seller told me Ok, I will do this for $ 30, so I paid by card in pesos (seeing my bank statement I had 128 euros). A word of advice, be firm but not harsh. They only live on tips and selling these products. But be careful and do the math yourself. Before arriving on site the guide tells you the price of the pesos, make a cross product if you do not have internet. 1 euro = 64 pesos

Friendly and personalized treatment by the responsible agency, very well prepared local guide, delicious food. Yes, to walk a lot haha

Jise was an excellent guy, he’s friendly , Knowledgeable and speaks English extremely well!

We had a really great tour, with a lovely guide who explained everything very well :)

Excellent excursion, exhausting but I recommend it 100%