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Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

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Visit the oldest city of the Americas! Come and join us to experience walking through Santo Domingo, where history started in the Americas. Visit the first cathedral of the new world, Diego Columbus Alcazar, the famous Las Damas street, and some other 5th century colonial monuments. You’ll also have panoramic views of the downtown, residential areas, and the National Presidential Palace. Your best shopping option will be at the colorful market. Lunch is included at a typical Dominican restaurant.
  • Explore Santo Domingo without getting lost with an art historian guide
  • Travel between Santo Domingo’s highlights with ease
  • A great choice for first-time visitors with limited time
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from your hotel in Punta Cana
What to Expect
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. On arrival in Santo Domingo, explore the underground caves used by the indigenous Taino Indians at Three Eyes National Park. Stop at the Columbus Lighthouse, and then travel to the Colonial Zone, a walled 16-square-block historic district with many firsts of the New World such as the first cathedral, university, and hospital. Visit the Columbus Palace, home of Christopher Columbus’ son Diego, and walk along Calle Las Damas, the oldest paved street in the New World. Stop for a traditional Dominican lunch and then visit the National Presidential Palace. That leaves just enough time to pop into a souvenir shop before heading back to Punta Cana to end your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Departs from Punta Cana hotels
Between 7:00 am and 8:00 am.  Hotel pickup time varies based on hotel location.
Departure Time
7:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Headsets in some of the monuments with language selection
  • Enter to the monuments all inclusive, audio guide
  • Buffet lunch at Atarazana Restaurat, typical dominican food, vegetarian option available
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • To enter the Cathedral, women and men must be covered to the elbows and knees
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes
  • It is recommended that you bring cash, a camera, sunscreen, and a hat
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall a really informative and interesting tour. Bit of a delay in the morning gathering everyone for the tour but once we got underway it was good. Our tour was a nice manageable size....only about 16 people. A mix of Spanish and English speakers and...More

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Reviewed May 23, 2019

Learned so much from taking this tour, learned so much more about the Dominican Republic & how they originated...Even though it was a very long day, we were bused from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo via a very nice air-conditioned bus. We got to drive...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Cody2074
Reviewed April 4, 2019 via mobile

3 hrs too long Guide spoke poor english Made a number of extra stops not on the schedule Would have liked to have seen this beautiful city

5  Thank kevinsO3748QN
Reviewed March 31, 2019

Yes, it is a long trip, made longer by our (unnecessary) stops in tourist traps. Basically no one bought anything there. The beginning of the day was chaotic: We were in two transfer vehicles before we finally wound up in the right van, and no...More

Date of experience: March 2019
5  Thank Robert W
Reviewed March 12, 2019

We booked through Otium at the Melia, we got on the bus only to find out the the seats were build for people half our size and if the person in front of you leaned their seat back then they would be staring you in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank Timothy K
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