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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.

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.

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

3. 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.

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.

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.

Santo Domingo: Full Day of Cultural Attractions

6. Santo Domingo: Full Day of Cultural Attractions

Begin in the historic colonial part of the city, which is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. During the stroll, visit the Palace of Diego Columbus, the historic museum Casas Reales, the Palace of the first Governor, the Cathedral, and the Colon Park. Walk on Calle Las Damas, which was the first cobblestone street, and stroll down the pedestrian street El Conde.  After lunch, visit the places of interest outside the old city district. Take a ride to the east side of the city to the famous light tower Faro a Colón, which is a Mausoleum rumored to entomb Christopher Columbus. Then visit the cave system Los Tres Ojos with subterranean courses of rivers and dripstone caves.

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What people are saying about Santo Domingo

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

based on 43 reviews

I give it 5 stars because it was more than I expected and it’s good value for the money you pay. Although everything is on a hurry and you don’t have the time to really enjoy the city, it’s understandable, because it’s difficult to make everything in one day, including transport from and to Punta Cana. But you do get to see the main attractions and even enjoy a free lunch. On a downside, the English version of the guide is poor, you better do some research about the city beforehand, because the information you get from the guide is little and sometimes hard to understand.

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!!

Excellent tour to the Capital of the Dominican Republic, the guide is a super professional person and very well prepared

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

I admit that I was surprised. It was a lively day. Lunch is included.