Santo Domingo Educational activities

Our most recommended Santo Domingo Educational activities

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. 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.

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.

Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo Tour

3. 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: The Battle of Santo Domingo 4D Attraction

4. Santo Domingo: The Battle of Santo Domingo 4D Attraction

The Battle of Santo Domingo is an unforgettable 4D Experience that takes you to the invasion of the walled city of Santo Domingo by the pirate Sir Francis Drake in 1586. The Battle of Santo Domingo was awarded the 'Das Goldene Stadttor' at the ITB Berlin Films Festival 2016. The first film designed for the platform 4D tells you the story of how a fearsome pirate put his eyes on the city of Santo Domingo, his journey to get to the island, the attack, the capture of the city, and finally his departure. You'll experience this fascinating, fun and educational perspective from the streets and important monuments. You'll be taken through a journey, where they will have to dodge fired cannonballs, avoid being hit by the sharp swords of the pirates, fly through the walled city of Santo Domingo, and see the city burn while you feel the heat in your faces.

Santo Domingo: Full-Day Tour from Punta Cana by Airplane

5. Santo Domingo: Full-Day Tour from Punta Cana by Airplane

Experiencing the capital of Santo Domingo is essential when getting to know the country. This is where the history of America began. It is a cosmopolitan and vibrant city, with a deep historical past associated with the conquest of the Americas. Located south of the island, the city is washed by the waves and breezes of the Caribbean Sea. The Colonial Zone, declared a Common Heritage of Humanity by Unesco, includes the oldest buildings created by the Spaniards as the first administrative offices, or the first cathedral in the new world. You can explore the colonial zone your way, with your guides designing a unique path for you, allowing you to save some time for shopping later. When lunch time approaches, you will be able to eat “La Bandera” in a typical restaurant. La Bandera is a national dish in the Dominican Republic, consisting of rice, beans, stewed meat, avocado, and fried plantain. As the afternoon closes in, you will depart to the airport to take off to Punta Cana.

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What people are saying about Santo Domingo

Overall rating

3.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

We were picked up very punctually, which is probably rather rare in the Dominican Republic. Therefore great. Our tour guide in Santo Domingo was great too. He made every effort to hold the tour in German, which was probably very difficult for him, but we still understood him very well. He showed us many sights and always combined them with a little fun so that the tour didn't seem too boring. At the end we were able to go into 2 souvenir shops and buy souvenirs from the trip. All in one a beautiful day.

The guide, a very capable person, spoke in 4 languages, he informed us all about the destination throughout the excursion regardless of the country we came from. Lunch was delicious and we were able to enjoy a typical Dominican dance show. Transport very comfortable with air conditioning.

Nice experience, the guide David was really nice and spoke different lenguajes, everyone in our group enjoy the time and we learning a lot about the history of the city

the trip was great. The tour guide was a unique Victor. He explained everything in three languages. Santo Domingo is worth seeing

To me, there was a lot packed into this tour and it was very well executed.