Experience Santo Domingo’s captivating past and vibrant present with us. Uncover history, culture, and authentic flavors on a journey that embraces the heart of the city.
Embark on a captivating journey along the Santo Domingo malecón, where you’ll behold the captivating beauty of the Caribbean Sea and modern architectural marvels like the Palacio de Bellas Artes, the Teatro Nacional, and the Palacio Presidencial. Delight in a sumptuous lunch at a typical capital city restaurant.
Santo Domingo City Tour: Unveil the First Settlement of the New World Venture into the oldest city in the New World, the first permanent settlement established by Christopher Columbus after his “discovery” of the Americas. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992, Santo Domingo boasts many “firsts” in the New World, including the first cathedral, paved road, university, hospital, stone house, tavern, and more. Stroll through local streets, embracing the rich history and vibrant ambiance.
Santo Domingo’s Historical Heart: Founded by Bartolomé Colón on August 5th, 1498, along the eastern bank of the Ozama River, the Zona Colonial embodies both a crucial historical site and a vibrant neighborhood currently experiencing a cultural and economic renaissance.
Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990, the Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo represents the oldest European settlement in the New World. This area teems with historical buildings and Spanish colonial monuments. However, it’s more than an open-air museum—it’s a district brimming with shops, restaurants, cafes, and nightclubs. The bustling street life, enthralling live music performances, and picturesque parks and squares make the Zona Colonial a top-tier tourist destination.
Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour: Journey into History and Modernity Close your eyes, and there you are! Immerse yourself in history along America’s First Street. Savor a unique lunch at an authentic local restaurant and uncover the city’s authentic side. Wander through the streets of “El Conde,” Santo Domingo’s sole pedestrian street, where you’ll find a plethora of art and souvenirs. Also, make a quick stop at the historic “Los Tres Ojos” cave. The tour of Santo Domingo extends to the modern part of the city, offering insights into local life, modern businesses, and architecture.
Santo Domingo City Tour Itinerary: You’ll be picked up from your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned van or minibus (depending on the group’s size). An experienced guide will accompany you throughout. The journey begins with a stop at the Tres Ojos National Park, featuring underground caves and lagoons once used by the Taíno Indians, the Dominican Republic’s original inhabitants. Next, a brief visit to the Columbus Lighthouse, built in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s landing in the New World. Then, onto the oldest streets in the Western Hemisphere within the Zona Colonial, a 16-block neighborhood rich in Dominican history and culture.
Your introduction to the Zona Colonial unfolds at the Columbus Palace. Finished in 1514, it was home to Christopher Columbus’s son, Diego. From there, stroll through the historic Plaza de España and ascend Calle Las Damas, the first paved street in the New World. The ultimate destination: the first cathedral in the New World and a cornerstone of Dominican history.
Lunch featuring traditional Dominican cuisine is included, with numerous opportunities to shop for unique and authentic Dominican products and souvenirs.
What’s Included in This Tour:
- Comfortable Tour Bus.
- Pickup from featured hotels or Airbnb.
- Specialized and Official Guide.
- Visit and entrance to the Three Eyes Caves.
- Panoramic view of Columbus Lighthouse.
- Visit to the Presidential Palace.
- Entrance to monuments and ruins.
- Visit to the Alcázar de Colón.
- Stroll down Las Damas Street and visit a sundial.
- Primary Cathedral and Amber Museum visit.
- Visit to the souvenir shop.
- Return transportation to your initial destination.
What to Bring:
- Comfortable attire.
- Some money for shopping.
- Comfortable shoes.
- A minimum of 2 people is required to book this tour.
- Participants must be a minimum of 3 years old.
- Individuals under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or strong medications cannot partake in this tour.
- Pregnant women and those with physical disabilities should contact our customer service center before booking this excursion.
In the event that the tour cannot be taken due to weather, illness, or missed flight to enter the country, you can present the voucher through WhatsApp or email and have the option to reschedule the tour for another date with a credit note or a refund to your account, completely free of charge and without penalties.