2 day escorted tour

Discover Santo Domingo

Uncover the history and culture of the Dominican

Today Santo Domingo is a vibrant and exciting city. What we love most is how old traditions fuse so well with modern ways - towering glass skyscrapers combine with ancient colonial monuments and plazas to create a great mix and it has a fantastic restaurant scene and night life. The city  was founded by Bartholomew Columbus, the younger brother of Christopher, in 1496. The city was the first capital of the new Americas and is rich in history just waiting to be explored. The city has the Ozama River flowing straight through the centre – on the western side lies the Colonial Zone, home to many of the city’s historical landmarks and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this two day tour, you will uncover the sites and visit museums which tell stories dating back hundreds of years, walk the streets that Christopher Columbus once walked and discover this great city. You will visit other Dominican gems along the way including the religious city of Higuey and the Altos de Chavon a replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village before heading back to Punta Cana to enjoy the white sands and crystal blue waters.

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Explore the vibrant colonial Santo Domingo
  • Visit the Chavon River and Altos de Chevon along the way
  • Stop at La Romana for lunch
  • Pick up and drop off from your chosen hotel

Sample Itinerary Summary

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Duration
2 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Entries to monuments as per programme
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Accommodation specified in itinerary
  • Breakfast on second day included
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Entry fees to monuments as per programme
Not included
  • Drinks with meals, unless included by the restaurant
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Meals which are not stated as included

Itinerary Breakdown

The tour begins by departing for Higuey. A city considered the first religious city in the country. Begin by visiting a local market and then onwards for a photo stop at the Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia, said to be the most important religious monument in the Dominican.

Continue to the art village of Altos de Chevon, a copy of a 17th century Mediterranean village made of iron, wood and stone. The village is home to hundreds of art students attracted by the magic of the area, providing beautiful photo opportunities with fountains, gardens and balconies overlooking the Chavon River.

There is a chance for an optional lunch in La Romana before continuing to Santo Domingo. The "First Capital of the New World". Followed by optional dinner (not included) and overnight at the Mercure Comercial Hotel.

Overnight Accommodation

  • Mercure Comercial Hotel or similar

After breakfast, you will visit the Colonial Zone where you will see some of the oldest landmarks in the Americas. The medieval fortress Forteleza Ozama was the city's main protection against intruders in the 16th century, Alcazar de Colon was the home of the son of Christopher Columbus Don Diego Colon and his wife, the first cathedral of the new world Santa Maria la Menor and the museum of the Royal Houses Museo de las Casas Reales. An impressive showing of sunken treasures salvaged from local waters as well as 16th century art, furniture and military wear are on display here.

After the guided tour you will have time to stroll around the old city at your own leisure and have an optional lunch which concludes the tour. Afterwards, transfer to Punta Cana airport for your onward journey, or alternatively extend your stay in a beach resort such as Punta Cana or Playa Bayahibe.

  • Dominican Republic

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Visit the most religious town in the country, Higuey
    • Explore the art village of Altos de Chavon
    • Take a photo at Altos de Chavon with the Chavon River as your backdrop
    • Explore the "First Capital of the New World"
    • Learn the history and facts behind this fascinating city