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From Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour

1. 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 Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

2. 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: 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.

Santo Domingo: Full or Half-Day City Tours

4. Santo Domingo: Full or Half-Day City Tours

Here is where the first Cathedral was built, where the first Bishop was sanctified, where the first Governor resided, and where the first hospital opened. The city has a lot of cultural attributes and architectural sites of interest, like nowhere else on the Hispaniola island. The walking tour starts in the historic colonial part of the city, which is a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip includes palaces, forts, museums, churches, and plazas. During the stroll, visit the Palace of Diego Columbus, the first Cathedral of the New World. Walk on Calle Las Damas, the first cobblestone street, and stroll down the pedestrian street El Conde.

Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo Tour

5. 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.

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

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4.3 / 5

based on 4 reviews

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!!

Guide was great, the time was accommodated (we wanted it later). The Tour is a lot of Museums and the relevant buildings in the colonial, old Part of the City.

Extremely comprehensive walking tour with the friendliest guide Miguel who was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend!

Santo Domingo is a really nice place to go and our guide, Fransisco was very informative too. Thank you!

Excellent tour, excellent tour guide, David the best, delicious food. highly recommended tour