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From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

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Activity provider: Tours Republica

From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

Activity provider: Tours Republica
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Discover the first city of America, founded in 1496, during this historically-rich tour. This colonial city is the capital of the Dominican Republic and the place of the first European settlements in America.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian
Pickup included
At your hotel lobby in Bavaro.


  • See the first headquarters of the Spanish colonial government in America, the first hospital and the first cathedral
  • Observe the Columbus Lighthouse where Christopher Columbus’ remains rest
  • Discover outstanding medieval and renaissance art from the 16th century and beyond at various city musuems
  • Visit the Colonial Zone, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO
  • Experience the underground caves and lagoons at 3 Eyes National Park
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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.

  • Hotel pickup and drop off
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Professional tour guide in your chosen language
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenirs
  • Photos
  • Lunch

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage

Know before you go

  • Please bring comfortable clothes and walking shoes
  • There will be a moderate walk
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3.7 /5

based on 70 reviews

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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.

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October 7, 2022

Above all, the offered sights were positive, which our guide David explained very well: in Spanish in most detail, but also in English and German (we booked in German). Negative: the procedure until the tour really started. Picked up super punctually as agreed but then others were collected, then distributed to other buses at a central collection point. Departure to the destination then only over 2 hours. after pickup... The bus driver was very good!

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May 11, 2022

It went wrong when picking up, we received an email that we had to stand outside the gate. Final score was the driver in the lobby. Very chaotic in terms of collecting. At the 1st sight you noticed that it is purely about the more people, the better. You are really expected to give tips, they really ask for this. The rest was fun but super tiring.

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April 8, 2022

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