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Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

1. Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

Santo Domingo is a magical city, full of history, culture and amazing landscapes. Explore the oldest Capital of the “New” World, Santo Domingo, the first city founded in America. This sightseeing tour shows you a city full of history and culture. A great activity for the whole family. - We will pick you up at your Hotel to start an incredible trip to Santo Domingo, during the trip you will see incredible details about the Culture of the Dominican Republic. - Upon arrival in Santo Domingo you will visit the incredible cenotes of Los Tres Ojos National Park, especially natural and magical. - You will visit the most important monuments of the City: The 1st Cathedral of America, the Alcázar de Colón and the National Pantheon, El Faro a Colón. - We will take a walk through the Colonial Zone, a romantic street, the first in America, “The Ladies”. Enjoying an ancient but picturesque panoramic view. It operates every day. Its approximate duration is 10 hours.

Punta Cana: Private Transfer to or from Punta Cana Airport

2. Punta Cana: Private Transfer to or from Punta Cana Airport

Enjoy an excellent and elegant transportation service, from which you can choose between our private service and our vip service. Our transport covers routes throughout the Dominican territory, Santo Domingo, La Romana, Bayahibe, Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Cabeza de Toro, Bávaro, Uvero Alto, you decide where you should go and we offer you the service you need. Our representative will pick you up at the place established by you, which will be duly identified with the company logo and with your name written on a sign. We will take you to your destination, while you enjoy your tour and the beautiful view of the Caribbean. You can also choose from a wide variety of drinks which you can optionally include in the service at an additional cost. It operates every day, 24 hours a day.

From Santo Domingo: Saona Island Day Trip w/ Lunch & Drinks

3. From Santo Domingo: Saona Island Day Trip w/ Lunch & Drinks

Saona Island is paradise on earth surrounded by white sand beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and countless palm trees. This environment invites you to relax. Isla Saona is an experience of a lifetime! - We will pick you up in our transport to go from your place to Bayahibe. - We will board the Speedboat and begin your journey to Saona Island in the Caribbean Sea. - Halfway through the navigation you will have a 45-minute stop at the beautiful Natural Pool (Blue Lagoon) or sandbanks where you will be at the foot of the sea and the water only has a maximum depth of 1 meter. You can also enjoy the Starfish Sanctuary. - You will advance your trip until you reach Saona Island, where you will enjoy approximately 2 hours 45 minutes of free time to enjoy the island. - Lunch will be at 1:00 pm buffet style with various types of side dishes and meats. - At approximately 2:40 pm, you will board a beautiful catamaran to return to Bayahibe. On the catamaran, you will enjoy the party and dance with our animation for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. - At the end, our transport will be waiting for you to take you back to your hotel. Isla Saona takes place every day. Its approximate duration is 12 hours.

From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

4. 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. Travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus while a professional guide shares their knowledge about the history of European colonization in America. After your hotel pickup, 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.

Santo Domingo: Zona Colonial Guided Tour on a Bike

5. Santo Domingo: Zona Colonial Guided Tour on a Bike

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Santo Domingo? Join us on the most fun and authentic tour of the Colonial Zone, where history and culture come to life, all while creating lasting memories! Get ready to cover more ground and make the most of your time in this vibrant city. Our tour is designed to take you to the most beautiful and hidden corners, perfect for those Insta-worthy shots that will make your friends jealous! This tour is not just a sightseeing trip; it's an immersion into the soul of Santo Domingo. From panoramic views of the Caribbean sea, feeling the refreshing breeze on your face, to exploring the main parks, plazas, and centuries-old ruins, you'll get a taste of the city's rich history and heritage. But that's not all! We'll take you to visit charming local businesses that truly showcase the best of our culture. You'll have the opportunity to experience Santo Domingo like a local, discovering all the best places to eat, drink, dance, and shop. By the end of the tour, you'll feel like you've lived here for ages! Don't worry about age restrictions; this 7 KM tour is adapted for all ages, so everyone can join in on the fun. Just show up 15 minutes before the tour begins, and we'll take care of the rest. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your camera, put on your walking shoes, and come ride with us on this unforgettable journey through Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone. Get ready to experience the best this city has to offer, and let the adventure begin! See you soon!

From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Full-Day Trip with Lunch

6. 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.

Punta Cana: All Inclusive Santo Domingo Full-Day City Tour

7. Punta Cana: All Inclusive Santo Domingo Full-Day City Tour

Uncover the highlights and hidden gems of Santo Domingo on a guided city tour from Bavaro or Punta Cana. Explore the wealth of colonial architecture that has led to the area being recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. After a pickup from your hotel, embark on a journey to the New World’s oldest city in America, Santo Domingo. Learn how the city was settled in the years following Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Caribbean on his first voyage. Your first stop is The Three Eyes National Park, a nature reserve and open-air limestone cave system with a series of crystal clear lakes known as the “eyes.” Venture into a subway cave once used by the Taino Indians for their rituals. Hit the vibrant streets of Santo Domingo, mixing walking tours and bus rides to fully immerse yourself in the Dominican capital's history. From the Alcazar de Colon to the National Pantheon, and even the First Cathedral of America, dive deep into the rich heritage of this colonial city. After visiting various landmarks, take a well-deserved break at a local restaurant to indulge in a typical lunch with drinks. With your energy replenished, continue your exploration to get a glimpse of the modern area, passing by the National Palace, the seat of power in the Dominican Republic. As your tour of Santo Domingo draws to an end, return to your hotel with a newfound appreciation of its history and heritage.

Santo Domingo: Chocolate Tour + Optional Workshops

8. Santo Domingo: Chocolate Tour + Optional Workshops

Start your experience at the Holographic theater where different ghosts from the world of chocolate come to life and tell the whole story of chocolate from the beginning of the time. Find out how cocoa reached Hispaniola and traveled to the rest of the world. Next, continue to the Cocoa Plantation where you will be able to sample some cocoa fruit and feel as if you are in a real forest. Head over to the Fermentation Room where the guide will show you all the processes of fermentation and dried and its importance in creating quality chocolate. After that, be directed to the Sensory Room and be challenged to use your 5 senses for each of the ingredients that make up awesome chocolate. If you guess right, you will have the chance to taste different chocolate percentages of KahKow Organic Chocolate. Finish the tour in the glass box on the Spanish Patio where the tour guide will explain how all the machines in the factory work to produce the final product. Upgrade your experience by adding on an optional workshop to the end of your tour. In the Soap Workshop, learn how to make your own soap with a cacao butter formula made by the workers at La Esmeralda. Add a special touch with your preferred aroma. Alternatively, choose the Chocolate Workshop and create your own chocolate bar.

From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Tour with National Park

9. From Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Tour with National Park

Explore the highlights of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas, a great option for first-time visitors and history buffs. Visit the caves of Three Eyes National Park, the Columbus Lighthouse, the Colonial Walled Zone, and the National Presidential Palace, traveling between attractions with ease. Immerse yourself in the cultural and historical heritage of Santo Domingo with this full-day tour of the capital. Follow a guide on a walk past important monuments in the Colonial Zone, a Unesco World Heritage site. Round-trip travel from Punta Cana is easy with hotel pickup and drop-off.

From Santo Domingo: Full day Historical Tour with Lunch

10. From Santo Domingo: Full day Historical Tour with Lunch

Our historical tour of Santo Domingo begins with your meeting with our tour guide at your meeting point, from there we will start the first stop at the presidential palace. Where you will see the government trajectory of the Dominican Republic. We will also visit the Cuevas de los 3 Ojos, a place that was an indigenous refuge in the years of discovery, but later we will make a stop at the Faro a colon. Monument inaugurated in 1992 as a celebration of the 500 years of the discovery of America. We will take a walk and visit the museums of the colonial zone such as: Alcazar de Colon, Primary Cathedral of America, Calle Las Damas, Sundial, Museum of Royal Houses, Dominicus Convent, Amber Museum. We will have lunch at a local restaurant and visit the local souvenir shops.

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3.9 / 5

based on 43 reviews

I know up was right in time. Gave us plenty of time to browse and visit specific spots. Printed out key pieces of historical significance and was very friendly with everyone.

We visited a lot of interesting places in Santo Domingo, and traveled through the Dominican country side. A must do if you stay at Punta Cana !

Well organized and informative. Beautiful sights. Delicious Dominican lunch.

We loved it! The guide was so helpful and he answered all of our questions.

Excellent tour. Excellent guide. I recommend it without any reservations