We took this ½ day tour recently and really enjoyed it. Our guide, Hector, was knowledgeable and entertaining. We first went to a small cigar factory for a tour. It was surprisingly interesting to see how they are made and how the tobacco is dried and processed. At the end of the tour is an opportunity to purchase some cigars, which we did. Next we visited the Jumbo store in La Romana for shopping. We picked up some coffee, rum, hot sauce and Dominican candies to being home as souvenirs for our family members. Prices were very good and most everything is priced in US dollars. Easy no-haggle shopping! Then we got back on the bus for the short ride to Casa de Campo to visit Altos de Chavon. It was a beautiful village built to resemble a medieval Mediterranean village. There was a huge outdoor stone amphitheater, fountain, gardens, art galleries and shops, and several restaurants. I wish we had been able to spend more time here so that we could have eaten lunch there. The views above the Chavon River are gorgeous! All of the buildings were built to look old, so it was a very authentic experience and very enjoyable. Afterwards, before boarding the bus, we were given a cup of “Dominican champagne” (rum and sprite). It was very refreshing and they pour it as strong as you want!
We also walked along the streets of La Romana to experience their outdoor “market” where the locals go to buy their fruits, vegetables, eggs and meats. Very interesting. We then were taken to a small, rather expensive, shopping center called Columbus Plaza. We did find a few unique gifts here and it was nice shopping atmosphere – no-pressure sales. Once again, before boarding the bus for our return to our hotel, we enjoyed another cup of Dominican champagne. It was a fun and interesting tour and one of the highlights of our trip. Go...you'll have a great time!
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