Santo Domingo Tour
Would you like to walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus? That's why we're inviting you to this excursion from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo.
Giving you the opportunity to experience, first hand, the birth of European civilization in the Americas. The first cathedral, paved road, university, hospital, stone home, tavern, etc are all located within a 16 block radius in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone or "Old City".
Oh and did we mention the Colonial Zone is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992? How many World Heritage Sites have you been to?
This is how your day will go.
From Punta Cana you head west through rolling sugar cane fields until we reach the Dominican Republic's capital city. Now, you're in the thick of it, witnessing everyday life for millions of Dominicans; your walled off resort is far from this reality.
In chronological order our highlights include:
VISIT Three Eyes National Park: underground caves and lagoons used by Taino Indians for a millennia until their extermination
OBSERVE the Columbus Lighthouse where Christopher Columbus' remains are entombed
SET FOOT in Diego Columbus's Palace
STROLL the first paved road of the New World
ENTER the National Pantheon, the final resting place of the country's most honored citizens
KNEEL in the first cathedral of the New World
INDULGE in authentic Dominican cuisine in an authentic atmosphere
STAND before the country's impressive National Palace
TIME to shop or stroll the Colonial City's continually inhabited streets for half a millennia
As you can see, most of your day is spent within the fortified, canon laden, walls of the Colonial City. Fortified walls? Yep, because everyone wanted a piece of this gem of the New World to launch their own conquests. Did you know the conquests of Mexico, Peru and Florida all embarked from Santo Domingo? But they couldn't hold back the famous pirate Sir Francis Drake who sacked the city in 1586, only to give it back to the Spanish after receiving a hefty ransom in gold.
That nugget of history was free! But to really unveil Santo Domingo's infinite past, only a full narrated tour would do the city justice.
Put down your sun tan lotion and put on a hat and comfortable sneakers because it's time to:
LEARN about the Western Hemisphere's European birth
EAT real Dominican food where Dominicans go to eat
RETURN home with a genuine understanding of the Dominican Republic's people and history
This Santo Domingo excursion is only available two days a week. Space sells out quickly so book now!
Make Christopher Columbus proud that 500+ years later you're still interested in discovering the city and the New World he conceived in 1492.
Round trip transportation
Approximately 12 hours
Approx. Pick up Times: Morning (7am - 8am)
"Pickup times and locations vary depending on the hotel you are staying at. We will be contacting you shortly with the exact time and pickup location"
This tour operates
Hotel Lobby or specified meeting point
"Pickup locations vary by hotel location
We'll be contacting you with the exact location"
Please note that the drive to Santo Domingo is about 3 hours each way. Also, 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. Most likely you will be picked up at your hotel in a smaller bus and then transferred to a larger bus. The visit to a gift shop in SD is optional. If you do not want to buy anything you can do as you wish but you must notify the guide so he can give you a time to meet.