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From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Tour with National Park

1. From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Tour with National Park

Explore the highlights of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas, a great option for first-time visitors and history buffs. Visit the caves of Three Eyes National Park, the Columbus Lighthouse, the Colonial Walled Zone, and the National Presidential Palace, traveling between attractions with ease. Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of Santo Domingo with this full-day tour of the capital. Follow a guide on a walk past important monuments in the Colonial Zone, a Unesco World Heritage site. Round-trip travel from Punta Cana is easy with hotel pickup and drop-off.

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour

2. 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.

Santo Domingo: City Highlights Guided Tour with Lunch

3. Santo Domingo: City Highlights Guided Tour with Lunch

This fascinating experience will transport you to the colonial era, you will get to know the first city in America, first you will enjoy one of the most spectacular natural wonders, the Los Tres Ojos National Park, you will be able to admire this wonder of nature where inside a cave springs water forming 4 spectacular lakes, you can navigate in them and see movie scenes. Before entering the city we will be greeted by one of the most impressive architectures, the lighthouse monument to Colon, where you can learn about and explore the fascinating history of the admiral, as well as a brief overview of all the countries of America, for nothing Santo Domingo is known as the door of the Americas. Already in the city you can admire the architecture of the National Palace, its impressive and majestic architecture will dazzle all trace unté and facilitate original and majestic photographs. Now we will go to the historic center where we will walk through the cobbled streets from the time of the colony, we will know the foundations of the Dominican civilization, the famous door the count, the primate cathedral of America, you will be able to visit fascinating structures such as the alcázar de colon and the Ozama fortress where the city was protected and battles with invaders and pirates were fought. A coffee, a cigar, a drink of rum and much more can be found in the bars and restaurants of Calle de las Damas or from the terraces of Plaza España. Undoubtedly an experience where history and tradition can be lived and documented step by step.

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

4. 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.

City Tour of Santo Domingo

5. City Tour of Santo Domingo

Spend the day exploring Santo Domingo, the first Spanish colony in the Americas, on a guided tour. Visit places such as Parque Colón, the National Palace and the Alcázar de Colón to discover the wealth of monuments and historic buildings in the city, the Parque de los 3 Ojos and the Faro de Colón. Its tour begins in Los Tres Ojos Park, its formation begins in an underground cave with three natural lakes, it is a natural phenomenon rarely seen. This magnificent natural process has been carried out for thousands of years. Apart from the presence of the three lakes with their crystal clear waters, here there is a rich fauna in which we can find a great variety of fish, bats and the largest ferns on the island that measure up to four meters in height. Enjoy a fascinating typical lunch with an explosion of flavors in one of the oldest sites in the colonial city. Then visit the Alcázar de Colón in the 15th century Colonial Zone. Once home to Diego Columbus, the eldest son of Christopher Columbus and the Spanish viceroy who ruled the island, the palace now houses a museum filled with furniture, artwork, and artifacts from the city's early years. From there, take a stroll down Calle Las Damas, one of the oldest streets in the Western Hemisphere and the first in the city of Santo Domingo. Pass the National Pantheon, the central Parque Colón, and the first Catholic cathedral in the Americas before heading to the Columbus Lighthouse, where the activity culminates. An extraordinary day of history and culture, discovering Santo Domingo, the first city in America.

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based on 77 reviews

The guide, a very capable person, spoke in 4 languages, he informed us all about the destination throughout the excursion regardless of the country we came from. Lunch was delicious and we were able to enjoy a typical Dominican dance show. Transport very comfortable with air conditioning.

Simply sensational, good bus, guides incredibly knowledgeable about the history and very attentive, very experienced driver and knows how to deal with traffic, lunch is great, very tasty!!

We had a very good day also thanks to the tour guide Radi! The lunch was also very good.

Really nice tour with a good tour guide. We enjoyed the trip very much. Well organized!

ce Excursion and above all the guide MARTÍN IN GENIO