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$85 Day Trips & Excursions

Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

Travel from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo is approximately 2.5 hours, depending on how long the group stops midway at the gift shop and to use the restrooms. Visit the oldest city of the New World and Christopher Columbus' first permanent settlement after his "discovery" of the Americas. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1992, Santo Domingo is a city of many firsts in the New World with the first cathedral, paved road, university, hospital, stone home, tavern, etc.Our first stop in the capital will be at the Three Eyes National Park with underground caves and lagoons used by the Taino Indians (the Dominican Republic's original inhabitants). From there there will be a quick photo stop at the Columbus Lighthouse, built in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World. Next visit is to one of the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone, a 16 square block neighborhood oozing with Dominican history and culture.The first peek at the Colonial Zone comes at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514, it was the home of Christopher Columbus's son, Diego. From the Palace the group will walk through the historic Plaza de Espana and onto Calle Las Damas (the fist paved street of the New World). Our final destination is one of the most important sites in the Dominican Republic: the First Cathedral of the New World.Lunch will then be served at one of the top Dominican restaurants in Santo Domingo, known for it's excellent home style cooking and typical dance performances by the waiters and waitresses. After lunch, you will get to pass by some of the modern areas of the capital and the National Palace where the Dominican President and the highest level government officials have their offices.To end the day, you will be able to take some time to visit a spacious gift shop selling nearly every Dominican keepsake imaginable.With this day trip to Santo Domingo, you'll experience the city's rich history and the daily life of everyday Dominicans in their capital of 3 million inhabitants.

$50 Tours & Sightseeing

Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour

Your sightseeing tour of Santo Domingo starts with hotel pickup by coach. Throughout the tour, listen to commentary about the city’s history and culture from your guide. Begin in the Colonial Zone — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — where some of the city’s oldest and most important churches, monuments and other landmarks stand. Located on the west bank of the Ozama River, the Colonial Zone is home to Spanish colonial architecture and the Catedral Primada de America, the oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere. Your tour continues around the city, stopping to show you historical attractions and modern-day points of interest like the Centro Comercial Blue Mall. Additional sights you’ll see on your coach tour include: • Monasterio de los Dominicos • Universidad Santo Tomas • Casa de Tostado • Monasterio Santa Clara • Calle las Damas • Fortaleza Ozama • Casa de Hernán Cortes • Casa Nicolas de Ovando • Iglesia de los Jesuitas • Plaza Reloj del Sol • Calle las Mercedes • Puerta del Conde • Palacio Nacional • Puerta de la Misericordia • Fuerte San Gil • Obelisco a las Hermanas Mirabal • Plaza de la Cultura • Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte • Edificios Gubernamentales • Kiosko Artesanal Dominicano • Columbus Lighthouse  • Entrance to The 3 Eyes National Park (Parque Los Tres Ojos)Your tour ends with hotel drop-off in time for you to enjoy the rest of your afternoon however you please.

$45 Tours & Sightseeing

Santo Domingo Trikke City Tour

The experience begins with a 4D short-film about the history of the city of Santo Domingo. The film tells the true story of how the city during the 16th century. With the 4D technology you will be immersed into the film; it will feel like you are a part of the story.After the film, there will be a short safety briefing where the guide will give instructions about how to ride the Trikkes. All participants will be able to take a few test rides to get comfortable. Next, the group will get on the Trikkes to begin the guided tour. On the tour you will explore every corner of the old town of Santo Domingo. The tour will follow a cultural route and will have stops at every monument or point-of-interest. Your guides will be happy to capture photos of your experience throughout the tour.

$82 Cultural & Theme Tours

All-Inclusive Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

From your Punta Cana hotel you will be transported to Santo Domingo. The first stop will be at "Los Tres Ojos" a limestone caves containing a series of three lakes. Here you will learn about the Dominican Republic's first inhabitants - the Taino Indians. Next, you will go directly to the Columbus Lighthouse, built in 1992, on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's landing in the New World. Then off to the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone. Be ready to walk and take pictures along 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 of 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. After the colonial tour you can enjoy lunch at a typical Dominican restaurant where you will taste a local menu feeling the energy of the local music and folklore. Please Note: This tour offers an optional time for shopping.

$120 Day Trips & Excursions

Catalina Island Day Trip from Santo Domingo

Your day trip to Catalina Island starts with hotel pickup in Santo Domingo for the 1.5-hour drive along the coast to La Romana, where you’ll board the public boat to the island. There will be a brief stop for breakfast and last minute shopping for anything that you forgot to pack for the day!After the 35-minute boat ride across the Caribbean, find yourself on a small piece of paradise. Enjoy a welcome drink as your guide tells you a bit about the history and natural features of the island, which is part of the Dominican Republic’s protected Parque Nacional del Este (National Park of the East). With your guide, head to a snorkeling spot (perhaps the Wall, a well-known dive site) to check out Catalina’s array of tropical fish and coral (snorkeling equipment provided). Then refuel with a Dominican-style lunch accompanied by drinks from the open bar, including soda, coffee, beer or mixed drinks like a Cuba Libre or mamajuana, a special island mix of rum, red wine and honey soaked with tree bark and herbs. Next, it’s time to relax. Hit the white-sand beach for free time to stretch out on a lounge chair or swim in the crystalline waters. If you’re feeling energetic, show off your dance skills by participating in a little merengue with local entertainers and your guide. When your beach time is up, head back to the main island by boat and return to Santo Domingo for hotel drop-off.

$60 Food, Wine & Nightlife

La Esmeralda Cacao Plantation and Chocolate Factory Tour

With your local cacao expert and guide you will learn about each one of the steps in processing high-quality cacao. First you will learn about the sowing process and how to sow your own cacao plant. From there you will learn about the harvesting process, which includes cutting and extraction of the grains in a cacao pod. Finally, you will learn about the post-harvest process including fermentation and drying..You will also learn about the Dominican Republic ecosystem and how it produces perfect conditions for growing fine cacao which evolves into the best quality chocolate.After that, you will enter La Esmeralda Chocolate Factory, where you will discover each of the steps in creating a chocolate bar. You’ll also be able to make your own chocolate! With this tour you will also participate in a chocolate tasting where you will learn how to properly taste chocolate with all your senses. Your chocolate expert will guide you through the tasting of several different types of chocolate!After the chocolate tasting you will be able to enjoy an exquisite Dominican lunch surrounded by the cacao trees while listening to traditional music.