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Punta Cana: All Inclusive Santo Domingo Full-Day City Tour

Punta Cana: All Inclusive Santo Domingo Full-Day City Tour

Uncover the highlights and hidden gems of Santo Domingo on a guided city tour from Bavaro or Punta Cana. Explore the wealth of colonial architecture that has led to the area being recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After a pickup from your hotel, embark on a journey to the New World’s oldest city in America, Santo Domingo. Learn how the city was settled in the years following Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean on his first voyage. Your first stop is The Three Eyes National Park, a nature reserve and open-air limestone cave system with a series of crystal clear lakes known as the “eyes.” Venture into a subway cave once used by the Taino Indians for their rituals. Hit the vibrant streets of Santo Domingo, mixing walking tours and bus rides to fully immerse yourself in the Dominican capital's history. From the Alcazar de Colon to the National Pantheon, and even the First Cathedral of America, dive deep into the rich heritage of this colonial city. After visiting various landmarks, take a well-deserved break at a local restaurant to indulge in a typical lunch with drinks. With your energy replenished, continue your exploration to get a glimpse of the modern area, passing by the National Palace, the seat of power in the Dominican Republic. As your tour of Santo Domingo draws to an end, return to your hotel with a newfound appreciation of its history and heritage.

From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

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. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus while a professional guide shares their knowledge about the history of European colonization in America. After your hotel pickup, 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.

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

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.

From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Tour with National Park

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

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.

Excursion: Colonial City, Colón Lighthouse and 3 Eyes Park

Excursion: Colonial City, Colón Lighthouse and 3 Eyes Park

In this experience, we will thoroughly travel every emblematic point of the tourist area of Santo Domingo, providing detailed information and taking the necessary time to do so. PARADE IN PARK COLON: We will begin our journey in Colón Park, which is the epicenter of the colonial city and serves as a central recreation space. Here, you will find a rich concentration of notable monuments, such as the Primada Cathedral of America, the First City Council of Santo Domingo, the picturesque street El Conde, famous restaurants, shops and many other attractions. In the heart of this park, a statue of Christopher Columbus stands, erected in 1887 by the talented French sculptor Ernesto Gilbert. Parade in Cathedral Primada de América: This Cathedral and Minor Basilica, located in the colonial city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is consecrated to Santa María de la Encarnación, also known as the Annunciation. Officially, it is named after Santa Church Cathedral Metropolitan Basilica of Our Lady Santa María de la Encarnación or Annunciation. It is located at the intersection of Archbishop streets Meriño and Isabela la Católica, near the Colón Park, with its main entrance oriented west, in front of Archbishop street Meriño, near the corner with Archbishop Nouel. Parada in Panteon Nacional: The National Pantheon is a place dedicated to being a mausoleum where the mortal remains of prominent figures in the history of the Dominican Republic are preserved. This enclosure has about 36 empty spaces allocated to house the remains of future national heroes. In addition, it includes a space without specific plate in honor of the unknown soldier. Stop in Museum of the Royal Houses: The Museum of Royal Houses, previously known as Royal Palaces at the time of the General Captaincy and the Province, is based in two palaces dating from the 16th century. It was built by order of the Crown of Castile, under the reign of Fernando II of Aragon. Stop in Alcazar de Colon: The Alcázar de Colón was erected between 1511 and 1514, taking as inspiration the design of a previously existing castle in Mancera de Abajo, Salamanca (Spain), of which there are still ruins in ruins. Stop in lighthouse to colon: This monument is cross -shaped, which symbolizes the Christianization of the Americas, and has approximate dimensions of 800 meters long by 36.5 meters high. It has been affirmed that in this place are the remains of Admiral Christopher Columbus, although genetic analysis has shown that this statement is incorrect, since the remains of Columbus are in the Cathedral of Seville. Stop in Los Tres Eyes National Park: This National Park houses one of the rather saved natural secrets of the city, which includes four different lakes: Lake sulfur, the fridge, the ladies and the salaramagullones.

From Punta Cana or La Romana: Santo Domingo Cultural Daytrip

From Punta Cana or La Romana: Santo Domingo Cultural Daytrip

Begin the adventure with a visit to the Los Tres Ojos grotto, featuring stunning freshwater lakes within a captivating cave. Explore the exterior of the Columbus Lighthouse, said to house the explorer's remains. Marvel at the neoclassical architecture of the Presidential Palace and delve into the heart of Santo Domingo's history in the Ciudad Colonial. Highlights include the Cathedral Primada de America, Calle de Las Damas, and the National Pantheon. Plaza de España offers breathtaking views of the Ozama River, hosting the Alcázar de Colón, the former residence of the Admiral. Visit a souvenir store to discover the unique Larimar stone, exclusive to the Dominican Republic. Enjoy free time for coffee and a leisurely stroll along Calle El Conde. Refuel with a delectable buffet lunch featuring typical dishes. Relax in the Malecón to admire caribbean sea from the capital also.

Santo Domingo - America's Oldest City All Inclusive Day Trip

Santo Domingo - America's Oldest City All Inclusive Day Trip

Santo Domingo de Guzmán or simply known today as Santo Domingo is not only the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic but also the oldest city in the Americas. Founded by the Spaniards over 500 years ago, Santo Domingo is home to the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery and fortress in the New World. The city’s Zona Colonial has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Join us for a full day (10 hours) of historical and cultural discovery of the vibrant capital of Santo Domingo. Located about 200 km from the white-sand beaches of Punta Cana (3 hour drive), this Santo Domingo sightseeing tour is a must for anyone visiting the Dominican Republic. It’s a perfect day-trip for families with children, couples, friends and solo travellers alike. This excursion with an experienced guide will include the city’s top attractions. Here are the places and landmarks we’ll visit before lunch. -Tres Ojos National Park (Three Eyes): Open-air limestone cave system with a series of crystal clear lakes known as the “eyes.” -Columbus Lighthouse: Colossal monument-museum in tribute to Christopher Columbus, discoverer of the New World. -Zona Colonial: Santo Domingo’s most historic and cultural neighbourhoods. After lunch, we’ll continue our visit to these monuments: -Alcazar de Colon or Viceroyal Palace of Don Diego Colon -Cathedral of Santa Maria -Amber Museum -Museum of Rum -Museum of the Royal Houses Throughout the day, you’ll have endless opportunities to take photos and videos. Your guided tour includes entrance fees, a delicious Dominican lunch and a round-trip transportation from your hotel/resort in an air-conditioned bus for a stress-free experience. For Airbnbs, we have various pickup locations. Departure from Punta Cana is at 7:00 AM (early morning).

From Puerto Plata: Santo Domingo Complete Visit

From Puerto Plata: Santo Domingo Complete Visit

This tour will take you back in time and show you Santo Domingo from the times of spanish colony. You'll admire architecture from XVI century and feel the ambience of the past centuries. Not to be overwhelmed by the monuments, you'll also explore the cenotes in the tropical scenery, approach the giant Columbus Lighthouse and ride the cable car over the city. You'll start early in the morning (about 6am) and will have a packaged breakfast on the way. Transfer to the capital will take about 3.5h. Once arrived to Santo Domingo, you'll see first the famous Malecon Boulevard by the Caribbean Sea. Then you'll follow to the east part of the city, where you'll have a glance of eye at the huge Columbus Monument. Nearby are located beautiful cenotes The Three Eyes. You'll explore the limestone caves and will have a ride on a small boat inside the cavern. Your next attraction will be the cable car over the city, connecting different neighbourhood's of the capital. You'll be surprised to see how varying can be local people's living conditions... About noon you'll be heading to the old city, to have about 1 hour walk. You'll follow the route of the first governor of Santo Domingo - Nicolás de Ovando. Buildings dating to his times were the first spanish creations in the New World. Santo Domingo was at that time the head quarter of all spanish colonies. You'll discover the most important monuments: Alcazar de Colón, Casas Reales, Ozama Fortress, Cathedral, Santo Domingo Monastery and others. After the visit, enjoy dominican lunch in form of tasty buffet with soft drink included. Then you'll have a free time to explore the old city by your own. It's perfect occasion to make some souvenir shopping or just stroll around. We'll leave the city around 4-5pm and come back to the north coast about 8/9pm.

Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana

Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana

Santo Domingo de Guzmán is the capital and most populous city of the Dominican Republic and one of the oldest cities in the Caribbean. Its historic center is walled and paved, the Colonial Zone has buildings dating back to the 16th century, including the cathedral, which was the first built in the New World. Santo Domingo has a population of approximately 4,000,000 million inhabitants in 2020 and was divided into municipalities: Santo Domingo Leste, Distrito Nacional, Santo Domingo Oeste and Norte. We leave the hotel where we will take a journey of approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes in super comfortable land transport until we reach the capital of the Dominican Republic, visiting: Parque Los Tres Ojos, Farol de Colón, Zona Colonial, Alcázar de Colón, National Pantheon or Pátria, Calle de la Damas, Puerta del Conde, Parque Colón, Catedral Primada de América, typical Dominican restaurant, typical shopping center, Malecón and Presidential streets or National Palace.

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The trip was great! Our guide Leo explained everything in detail (in English for the two of us) and we felt safe at all times. He also took photos of us with our own cell phones, so we didn't have to pay extra for it. The lunch was delicious and the group size was comfortable. On the way back we stood in front of a shop for an hour where someone just wanted to go to the bathroom and then a few people went in to buy something, etc. and the driver was still waiting. The journey from Bavaro is a good 3 hours, without any major breaks. All entrance fees, etc. were included and the guide didn't leave our side. :)

Diana was am amazing host! Kept conversations the entire time! Knew facts about what seemed to be every part of the Island! Kept us engaged and made us feel like friends and not just customers or guests! I would recommend this tour to anyone that wants to feel like they want to actually experience Santo Domingo!

Leo and Miguelito are very good, the food is very delicious and the logistics are perfect.

Super guide, explained a lot and took great care of his guests

Excellent all around! We really enjoyed ourselves.