La Altagracia
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From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

1. 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.

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From Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour

2. 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.

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Punta Cana: Half Day Safari and Cultural Experience

3. Punta Cana: Half Day Safari and Cultural Experience

Explore the 500-year-old city of Higuey, the capital city of the eastern La Altagracia province of the Dominican Republic. Higuey means Land of the Rising Sun in Arawak and was once controlled by a large Taino Indian kingdom who were eventually decimated by Spanish conquistadors. Visit the Basilica, a Roman Catholic cathedral housing the over 500 years old painting of the Altagracia Virgen brought here by Spanish missionaries. The cathedral's importance was solidified with Pope John Paul II's visit in 1992. Then, enjoy a traditional home-cooked buffet of rice and beans, meat, salad, plantains, sweets, and coffee. Experience this meal in rustic country surroundings, just the way it should be.  Next, head to Macao Beach, which is one of the most sought-after coastlines in Punta Cana. Macao's amber sands and azure waters attract beach goers and surfers alike. Only locals know Macao's value as a prime destination for fresh fish and lazy Sunday afternoons with friends. Now enjoy an hour of free time to wade in the Caribbean Ocean, recline on the beach's soft sands, or people watch while refreshments are served. 

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Punta Cana: Electric Bike Mountain Tour Around Macao

4. Punta Cana: Electric Bike Mountain Tour Around Macao

Get a taste of local life while pedaling along Macao’s beach and countryside, leaving the navigation to your experienced and very knowledgeable, local guide. Follow your guide on a 9-mile (15km) route, stopping to take pictures or sample local delicacies. The integrated electrical motors on each bike, allow even the less experienced guests to ride along with ease and without any difficulties. Bike along easy to ride trails through the local forests, across streams and cattle land, and learn more about the Heritage of the Dominican Republic on this 3 hours mountain bike tour. Biking through the countryside route is a great way to see more of the Dominican Republic. Escape the crowds of Punta Cana’s tourism center and enjoy a revitalizing relaxation among stunning scenery, soaking in the calm energy of the locals, living a simple but happy life in the countryside. While passing rural villages and coffee plantations, you have time to stop and catch a glimpse of local farm life. Your guide will give you lots of interesting insight into Dominican Republic’s cultural and religious history.

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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.

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From Punta Cana: Countryside Off-Road Buggy Adventure

6. From Punta Cana: Countryside Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Start with hotel pickup in Punta Cana. Once you arrive at the starting point, your guide will tell you about the safety and operation of the buggies. From the ranch in Macao, go on an off-road adventure through the remote farmland of northern Punta Cana, passing palm trees and tobacco plantations with the Oriental mountain range in the background. The narrow, secluded country roads offer a safe haven for deep pools of mud that you will splash through. Make the first stop at a quaint country ranch for an introduction to local produce like cocoa, coffee, tobacco and Mamajuana, a Dominican aphrodisiac elixir. Enjoy a tasting of local Dominican coffee and chocolate. Jump back into your buggy and enjoy the off-road panoramic views of farmlands and distant mountains. Next stop is at a hidden cenote cave with a deep natural swimming hole. Jump in, cool off, and wash off the mud in refreshing underground waters. Embark on the longest drive of the day towards the beautiful Macao Beach, where you will have some time to relax on the beautiful white sands, before returning to the starting point.

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From Punta Cana: Higuey and Shopping Tour

7. From Punta Cana: Higuey and Shopping Tour

Your tour starts when you are picked up at your hotel lobby or the agreed meeting point in an air-conditioned minivan. On your drive to Higuey, you will be able to see some of the countryside and sugar cane plantations. Feel free to ask your guide questions during the drive.    Once in Higuey, you will visit The Basilica Cathedral Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia, a Roman Catholic minor basilica and Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Altagracia patroness of the nation. You will also visit the local market and the main park to see how the locals live and the beauty of the city. After your visit to Higuey, you will be driven to Bavaro where you will visit some shop so you can buy souvenirs for your friends and relatives. Once you finish shopping, it is time to go back to your hotel.

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Santo Domingo Full-Day Tour - First City of the New World

8. Santo Domingo Full-Day Tour - First City of the New World

Explore the capital of the Dominican Republic on a full-day sightseeing tour by comfortable air-conditioned bus. An expert guide will lead you around the First City of the Americas, describing the historical facts behind the modern-day metropolis.   Encounter the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo, the first institution of higher learning in America, and the oldest colonial building in the New World. Visit the Palace of Fine Arts, and the somber National Palace. Get off the bus to take photographs of the presidential palace, and pause for lunch at a typical restaurant. Continue to Columbus Park. Drive through a colonial neighborhood, and pay homage to the first cathedral of the Americas, birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Stroll down Las Damas Street, the oldest lane not only in the Dominican Republic, but in America. The Museo de la Casas Reales, formerly the Governmental Palace, has a lovely display of colonial-era artifacts, which you'll get to see. A walk across the Alcázar de Colón enraptures visitors back to the era of the first Spanish conquistadors, which you'll get to do on your wonderfully immersive day in Santo Domingo.

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La Romana: VegaFina Cigar Factory Tour

9. La Romana: VegaFina Cigar Factory Tour

Start your tour by learning how long it takes a tobacco plant to become a beautiful handmade cigar. After you enter the factory your tour guide will show you all the different types of wrappers and binders from all over the region that are used to make Vegafina premium handmade cigars. Discover the story behind how the Dominican Republic came to be known as "Cigar Country", and why nearly all of the world's premium cigars are made here. Follow the journey of the cigar making process where you can see the staff hard at work, bunching, rolling, and finally the packaging facility. VegaFina takes its name from the "vegas finas", or fine plains, where sunshine, moisture and soil composition combine perfectly to allow the growth of the most exclusive tobacco leaves.  Finish the tour with a visit to the cigar megastore where you will find the most premium VegaFina Cigars as well as other world-renowned brands.

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From Punta Cana: Safari Tour and Horseback Ride with Lunch

10. From Punta Cana: Safari Tour and Horseback Ride with Lunch

Learn everything there is to know about Dominican rum, explore cane fields, experience traditional foods, and enjoy an exhilarating horseback ride. Meet your guide in a safari truck outside your hotel, and begin your journey back in time. See farmers plowing cane in the traditional way and learn how they transform the humble cane juice into top-shelf Dominican rum. For lunch, stop at a traditional Dominican home, where you can enjoy exotic tropical fruits, coffee and chocolate, and traditional Trapiche. After dinner, learn how to roll some of the most sought-after cigars in the world. Continue your tour on horseback, taking a beautiful ride through the Eastern mountain range. Stop and see the historic Basilica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia before returning to your Punta Cana accommodation.

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What people are saying about La Altagracia

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Very interesting activity if you want to know the history of the country. For purchases I advise you to pay in cash. I had a bad experience at one of the tourist sites (Los Tres Ojos caves). I wanted to buy some small souvenirs, the seller inflated the prices (telling me the total in pesos) when I asked for the conversation in $, it was worth 172 $ (For 3 necklaces and two mini statuses). I declined saying I didn't think it was going to be over $ 30. The seller told me Ok, I will do this for $ 30, so I paid by card in pesos (seeing my bank statement I had 128 euros). A word of advice, be firm but not harsh. They only live on tips and selling these products. But be careful and do the math yourself. Before arriving on site the guide tells you the price of the pesos, make a cross product if you do not have internet. 1 euro = 64 pesos

This tour was amazing! Doing this tour shows you what Dominican Republic really is outside the Resorts. I learned so much about this mazing country. Osvaldo, our tour guide and Junior, the driver make an excellent team. I did 5+ excursions and this one was one of my favorite, specially because of the tour guide, he made sure we had a great time and we sure did! Thank you Osvaldo and Junior! If you visit the Dominican Republic you must do this tour make sure you ask for Osvaldo and Junior, you will learn about this country and have an amazing time. I will totally recommend this tour to everyone I know

Our guide, unfortunately I forgot the name, really led us along a great route. We visited a plantation where we had the opportunity to buy cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa and coffee, but we didn't feel compelled. The bikes were ok, but could use some maintenance.

Friendly and personalized treatment by the responsible agency, very well prepared local guide, delicious food. Yes, to walk a lot haha

Very good service, excellent experience, the tour was spectacular, I give them 10