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Historic City Tour of Santo Domingo

Dominican Republic, Caribbean

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
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Gain valuable insight into the history of Santo Domingo during this 8-hour comprehensive city tour from Punta Cana. Explore landmarks and highlights such as the Plaza de España, the National Palace, the Columbus Lighthouse and the Colonial Zone. Stop at Three Eyes National Park to see the underground caves and lagoons used by the Taino Indians. Lunch at a typical Dominican restaurant is included, as well as round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels.
  • 8-hour comprehensive city tour of Santo Domingo
  • Pickup and drop-off at Punta Cana hotels
  • Explore the Colonial Zone, the original settlement from the 15th century
  • See where the Taino Indians resided in Three Eyes National Park
  • Lunch at a traditional restaurant with dancing waitstaff
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National Park fees
Light refreshments
Professional art historian guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
DVD (available to purchase)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

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Begin your day of exploration in Santo Domingo with pickup at your Punta Cana hotel. Depending on your group size, you'll travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan, mini bus or full-size coach. 

Your day's first stop will be at Three Eyes National Park, where you'll explore the underground lagoons and caves inhabited by the Taino Indians, the island's first residents. Continue to the Columbus Lighthouse, built on the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World. 

Walk through the Colonial Zone, the neighborhood representing the original settlement in the Dominican Republic. Explore Calle las Damas, the first paved street in the New World, and the historic Plaza de España. See Columbus palace, dating from the 16th century, once home to Christopher Columbus' son. End your walk at the first cathedral in the New World, one of the most important religious sites in the Dominican Republic.

Eat a traditional lunch at one of the city's most popular restaurants, where your meal will be served by dancing waitstaff. 

Following lunch, explore some of the more modern areas of Santo Domingo, including the National Palace. After your tour has finished, spend some time in a gift shop perusing the large selection of souvenirs. 

End your day with drop-off back at your Punta Cana hotel.
Stop At:  
Calle Las Damas
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon)
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Palacio National
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The 3 Eyes National Park
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Zona Colonial
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Plaza de Espana (Plaza de Armas)
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
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For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.


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This is more of a shopping trip than...
Kathleen P
, Nov 2016
This is more of a shopping trip than an historical tour. Based on talking with our Viator advisor, we expected to get some historical facts on our 3 hour ride to Santo Domingo. Instead, after 30 minutes we stopped at a country store with crude products for 20-30 minutes. When we arrived at the Three Eyes Park in Santo Domingo, we expected to be put in an all English tour as we had requested. Instead we were given a bi-lingual guide and left in our group of 11 people where everyone else were Spanish speaking. Gregory, our guide, gave few facts about the grotto except Indians lived here and it was under the sea level for many years. At the Columbus light house, we could only take exterior pictures and pictures thru the door but could not go inside as there was 'not enough time'. Drove by the Presidential Building and stopped at the Cathedral. We were given English headsets and 20 minutes to tour the inside. Heard nothing about it from Gregory. At lunch our Spanish tour members were very gracious and helped us get drinks etc. One from Chile said Gregory was not giving them any information either. After lunch, Gregory took us to three more stores before walking over to the old Spanish fort area. We got very little historical information from Gregory despite asking him for more after lunch. Here we stood in the plaza for 30 minutes, surrounded by street vendors, and took pictures of the wrong house before we were told which building was Diego Columbus's house. In all we had six shopping experiences on this trip. Skip it and get a real guide in Santo Domingo.

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