Altos de Chavon VIP Experience
Dear readers, ready for another idea to spend a great day off-resort? This journey across enthralling rural landscapes and breathtaking views begins with the pick up provided directly at the front of your hotel in Punta Cana – Bávaro. This excursion will take you all the way to the district of La Romana, located in the southeast part of Dominican Republic, facing the spectacular Caribbean Sea.
Nothing better defines Dominican culture than baseball. Baseball (called “Pelota” here) is more than a simply sport… it’s a way of life in the Dominican Republic! You will start this tour visiting “Francisco A. Micheli” stadium, home to the Toros del Este. True fans will enjoy learning the history of legendary Dominican players who have made it to the Major League.
Cigar lover? Dominican Republic is now the largest hand-made cigar producer worldwide and only the finest cigars are manufactured with Dominican tobacco, Montecristo and Romeo and Juliet being among them. You will have the chance to visit a cigar museum and the famous cigar factory “La Reina Dominicana”where master craftsmen will show you the proper way of rolling a cigar.
It’s now time for one of the best things of this day trip. You will visit the architectural wonder of Altos de Chavon. This unique place is a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village perched high above the Chavón River. The village was designed and created by Italian master designer and cinematographer Roberto Coppa. Dominican artisans handcrafted the stone pathways, decorative ironwork, furniture and enchanting buildings, reviving almost forgotten crafts of metal work and stone carving. Each stone was hand cut, each wooden door frame was handcrafted and each wrought-iron detail hand-forged. Construction of the village began in 1976 and the village was inaugurated in 1982 with the concert of Frank Sinatra at the Roman-style amphitheater. Today, this amazing village is the site of many fine restaurants, boutiques, museums and the Altos de Chavon School of Design affiliated with Parson´s School of Design in New York.
A tour is not complete without a bit of adventure. You will sail on a riverboat and travel through Chavón River. A gratifying adventure, where dazzling panoramas of an unparalleled tropical paradise come undone before you. Did you know this river is a Hollywood favorite spot? Yes! Many scenes of famous movies such us Rambo, Jurassic Park, Anaconda and Apocalypse Now has been shot through this river!
It’s already lunch time and what’s better than a delicious grilled lobster? Aboard a riverboat enjoy a typical Dominican meal with a glass of wine and let the warmth of the tropical sun caress your skin as the waves drift to the cadence of Merengue. A well-deserved moment!
After relaxing for a while enjoying the beautiful views and landscape across Chavon River you’re gonna move to the local city of Higuey, where most of the local people working in Punta Cana live. Here you’ll approach the Higüey Basilica, the Dominican Republic’s largest religious monument. Devotees from every corner of the country come to worship their Patron Saint, the Virgin of Altagracia. A spiritual retreat for those with a strong Catholic faith.
A great day trip indicated for those who are interested in discovering some of the biggest tourist attractions in the Dominican Republic.
Duration: 9 hours approximately
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday
Adults: 135 usd
Children 80 usd
– Multi Language Guide
What to bring
– Comfortable clothing
– Money for tips and souvenirs
Grilled chicken breast
Fruits and coffee
Wine (red, white or rose) water and soft drinks.
Pregnant women, people with heart conditions, disability and/or mobility problems cannot take part in this tour
*From March 1st till June 30th we’ll serve shrimps instead of lobster since in this period they are reproducing (closed season).