Santo Domingo City Tour starting from 75 USD!!!
Please note that Punta Cana is not close distance from the capital. The drive to Santo Domingo is about 3 hours each way so you’ll spend a good part of the day on the bus/van. Santo Domingo is the longest day trip from Punta Cana and involves a early pick up in the morning while you’ll be back at your hotel not before 6 pm. Have a look at this thread and reed the feedback of other customers here.
Take a fascinating day tour and experience one of the most thrilling and exciting cities in the Caribbean. Experience the history, natural beauty, colonial architecture and rich traditions of Santo Domingo on this full-day sightseeing tour from Punta Cana. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, Santo Domingo is a city of many firsts in the New World with the first cathedral, paved road, university, hospital, stone home, tavern, etc.
After being picked up at your hotel in Punta Canathe total driving time till the capital will be around 3 hours including a intermediate stop in a souvenir/grocery store in La Romana for 25-30 minutes. The first stop in the capital will be at the Three Eyes National Parkwith underground caverns and lagoons with gorgeous blue waters used by the Taino Indians (the Dominican Republic’s original inhabitants). There are many steps (around 60) down into the open air caverns so you have to be in good physical conditions.
From here we’ll make a quick photo stop at the Columbus Lighthouse, built in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s landing in the New World, which houses the purported remains of Christopher Columbus. We’re then off to the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, a 16 square block neighborhood declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1992. The colonial zone is bordered by the Ozama River and housing buildings from the XV century, and vividly displaying 500 years of history.
Our first peek at the Colonial Zone comes at the Columbus Palace (Alcazar de Colon). Completed in 1514, it was the home of Christopher Columbus’s son, Diego. This is a beautiful museum with lots of original old furniture and art which was purchased from Spain. From the Palace we walk through the historic Plaza de Espana and onto Calle Las Damas (the first paved street of the New World). Lunch is then served at one of the typical Dominican restaurants in Santo Domingo buffet-style.
After lunch the ultimate destination inside the Colonial Zone is one of the most important sites in the Dominican Republic: the First Cathedral of the New World (Santa Maria la Menor). You will have some free time for shopping and you’ll visit a spacious gift shop selling nearly every Dominican keepsake imaginable. After leaving the Colonial Zone you’ll pass by some of the modern areas of the capital and the National Palace where the Dominican President and the highest level government officials have their offices. Then back on our way to Punta Cana.
(*order of the places to be visited may change)
With this tour to Santo Domingo you’ll experience the city’s rich history and the daily life of everyday Dominicans in their capital of 3 million inhabitants.
Duration: Approximately 10-11 hours
Availability: This tour operates Tuesdays and Fridays
(Pickup times and locations vary depending on the hotel you are staying at. We will be contacting you with the exact time and pickup location).
Adults: 75 USD
Children 3-12: 35 USD
– Round trip transportation
– Professional guide
– Entrance fee to all visited sites
What to Bring
Cash for tips and souvenirs
Our opinion: Education, no Vacation
This is a good a tour for travelers who want to experience a bit of the history and highlights of Santo Domingo all in a single day. We recommend this excursion if you’re interested in learning about DR and the history of the Americas. It’s a cultural tour so if you are interested in history and colonial architecture, this is a must see. The city is packed with old buildings, churches, hospitals, forts and convents.
Get prepared / Things to know
- Punta Cana is not close distance from the capital. The drive to Santo Domingo is about 3 hours each way. Pick up early in the morning. Between 6-7 am depending on your hotel.
- To enter the cathedral women and men must be covered to the elbows and knees. In other words, shoulders and upper thighs should be covered. In case they have shawls at the entrance to cover you with.
- This tour involves a lot of walking and climbing so wear comfortable shoes and make sure you’re in good physical conditions.
- You’ll pass through public places so that means street vendors everywhere trying to selling you anything. Dominicans are pretty pushing so may happen you’ll be hassled.