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This excursion was a great way to see and learn more about this wonderful country, away from the beach resorts. We discovered so much about the original Latin American history and how the country was established. It was great to see it in real life and meet real people around the city.
It is important to consider that this is a very long day, with an early 6am pick-up and 3 hour coach ride to Santo Domingo from Punta Cana. It was well worth it! I have done this trip twice now and would do it again in future years. The journey progresses well on the new roads, the pace of the day is also good. The guide provided excellent commentary, demonstrating thorough knowledge of the country during the long coach ride. On the outward journey we stopped at a cigar outlet and tourist superstore with a large range of products, better priced than hotel shops.
Once in Santo Domingo we saw a great deal around the fascinating Zona Colonial area, one of the oldest parts. We were taken on the mini-train around the city. This was a great way to see most of the best parts without walking all day in the hot sun. We got an audio tour of the Columbus house Alcázar de Colón and the cathedral: Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, the oldest cathedral in all of the Americas! We also stopped at the National Palace government building for photos.
For lunch we enjoyed a delicous chefs taster menu style Dominican lunch in a restaurant opposite the Alcázar de Colón, with a fantastic view overlooking Plaza. There was also the opportunity for about 1 hour free-time walking around the city and checking out some shops and local sights.
During our journey back to Resort we also stopped at underground cenotes, Tres Ojos 3 eyes I think. There we had a guided tour of the lovely blue underground lakes. Our guide also stopped the coach and hailed over a local guy selling freshly cut coconuts for 1, a delicious refreshing drink for the journey back.
This tour was outstanding and everyone on their first visit to the Dominican Republic should make time to see some of ther rest of the country. The beach at Punta Cana is makes a pleasant vacation, but in no way represents the country of DR. There is so much history in Santo Domingo and our guide was very knowledgeable in pointing out the site.
We were picked up at our hotel on time by a van and taken to a local shopping center to board the large air conditioned bus with the rest of the tour group, about 30 people. The ride to Santo Domingo was abou 2 1/2 hours with one stop for restrooms and a few minutes shopping. I got a coffee which was great, other had soft drinks and snacks. Before arriving in the main part of the city, we stopped at Tres Ojos which is a series of lagoons in a open cavern, there are a number of steps down to the lagoons but it was not necessary to go all the way to the bottom to see some of the scenery. It was a worthwhile stop and glad we did it at the beginning of the tour.
In the city, we saw the lighthouse and Christopher. Columbus mausoleum built in 1992 to celebrate the 500 year anniversary of Columbus Discovery. Very impressive! Also toured Columbus's son's palace which he used as governor. The train is only a name for a small motorized shuttle pulling cars through the narrow streets of downtown Santo Domingo. But it is fairly comfortable ride and you do see much more of the city than you would walking.
Lunch was a buffet on the second floor of a large modern souvenir shop. Food was OK, restrooms were very clean, but it was crowded with other groups and tourists. It was on the main plaza or square and we had about an hour to walk around and shop or explore the area.
We toured the oldest cathedral in the new world, which was very nice. The guide had a radio microphone and we were given earphones which worked well.
The tour does require a certain amount of walking, but nothing strenuous.
The tour was great. The tour guide Fausto provided information in both Spanish and English. Santa Domingo is a very historic city and it is a must see while in Dominican Republic.
The choo-cho ride around the city was nice as it was very hot and a walking tour would have been miserable.
In all, the places visited on this tour is as described.
Well worth your time, guide was very informative and the highlights of Santo Domingo were well represented.
Really enjoyed the train ride through the streets. Ample time and frequency for rest periods given the climate can be exhausting. Highly recommend as a must do.
United States of America
Tour was great. Guide provided info in both English and Spanish. It was a long day but very interesting for the most part. The caves at the beginning weren't that appealing to us. The food at lunch was very good. There was appropriate amount of time to walk around on our own. The bus has A/C!
This was an all-inclusive sightseeing tour which was worth the price. I enjoyed all facets, including the cave, Columbus Lighthouse monument, Cathedral, train ride, lunch, Columbus museum. The tour guide was informative and the ride to Santa Domingo was on a nice motorcoach. I would do it again.
This was an amazing deal! I was extremely impressed with the amount of things we got to see and do for the price. There are a lot of steps at the caves and quite a lot of outdoor walking but you get time to shop, lunch, transportation, a train ride, see a bunch of sight. It was great
The tour guide and driver were very good. Everything was on time and proceeded as planned. The tour was informative and interesting. The only problem encountered was the earphones at the cathedral.
The Santo Domingo trip from Punta Cana was educational and an active one. We visited many historical sites and learned many important facts. In town, we walked the streets and also used a train to get around. Lunch was provided as part of the package which was okay but far better than sandwiches.
Very informative tour, I loved all the historic sites that we visited, Fausto I was our tour guide, he is the best. We enjoy the whole trip, the high light of it was the visit to the first cathedral, the wood and stone work is amazing. The choo-choo ride was fun and part of the tour. I think it was a well round tour.
It was a long trip to Santo Domingo but it was worth it. The tour was smooth from start to finish, enough breaks in between to use the restroom, sightseeing and shopping. The tour guides were knowledgable and provided good history of the places visited. Highly recommended for visitors wanting to learn more about Dominican Republic. We purchased additional tours with another tour company but very dissatisfied with the outcome where we have to cancel the other half of the excursions and we now have to try to get a refund. We recommend that you buy your excursions ahead of time with Viator if you know where you want to visit or do, work around your schedule, to avoid problems in the future.
This is a must do while you are in Dominican Republic! I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Our tour guide Fausto #2 was very informative and showed us the true beauty of Dominican Republic from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo. I would recommend taking snacks to have with you on your trip, we didn't stop to eat lunch until around 2pm and the tour started pretty early. Also, a lot of other reviews mentioned the people selling items on the streets and yes there were a lot but if you said no and kept walking they weren't a problem and they didn't get in the way of the tour which was great. I would also recommend you wear comfortable shoes. There's a lot of walking and the cave had many up and down areas that would bother you if you wear sandals.
Very informative. Faulsto the tour guide was great. He was ver accommodating to all languages and very patient.
Ride to and from was very comfortable..
Our tour guide was great and attentive. I learned so much on this tour I would love to go back.
Great day out. Our guide Fausto 2 was very knowledgeable and gave a great insite into Dominican life. Recommended.
Highly recommend this trip for those interested in Dominican history, at the oldest city in the western hemisphere. Tour takes in the main attractions in the colonial district and allows for time to explore individually. Also included meal and stop at Tres Osos National Park outside the city for about a half hour. Guide also pointed out points of interest that were outside the colonial district.
We are so glad we took this tour. Our tour guide and driver were phenomenal, very informative, nice, polite and his directions were very clear, (ie after lunch we went to a Church and he told us not to go shopping after lunch but after the church tour and that we would have plenty of time, even though one person from our tour didn't listen and left 20 people waiting for her to finish her purchase). One person fell (she didn't notice she was on a platform 2 inches off the ground and broke her fall with her wrist), he took her for emergency care and someone else from the tour popped by to make sure we all found our bus at the end of our shopping. Extremely professional, lunch was great, but it is a long day, basically from sunrise to sunset but loved every moment of it. Make sure you tip the tour guide and the bus driver, they are well worth every penny. Will definitely recommend this tour to everybody and willing to take this tour again. (You visit a lagoon which was featured in Jurassic Park)
The tour was outstanding. The tour guide was the greatest. The only problem was 80% of the group was German and the balance English. This was of course was not he fault of the tour guide who spoke both, but it would have been better to on be on an all English tour.
We had a really good time on this trip 2/19/2014. Guide was fluent in multiple languages and provided good info. Biggest con: The lunch wasn't great and the lines at the cafe took way too long.
I would recommend this tour to others. It's great to get away from the all-inclusives and see a bit more of the real D.R. It's a long day. Wear comfortable shoes/clothes.
Only difficulty we had was reaching the tour operator in advance to schedule the hotel pick-up (which they mandate). They weren't very fluent/friendly and struggled to put me in touch with the right person. I had to have the hotel concierge contact them once we arrived.
Very neat to see all the historic places and hear all the history of the Dominican!
The sights we visited were quite interesting. Our guide was very informative. We particularly enjoyed the fact that there was a good pace to the tour - we didn't waste time with overly-extended rest stops.
This tour was awesome. We got to see a lot of cool sites and stopped at a lot of places. The guide was very informative and he was great. The bus was comfortable. It's a long day but, it's worth it.
Angel Kirchner P.
Very well organized
An excellent way to visit many interesting places in te capital, Santo Domingo, in just one day, with a very knowledgeable guide speaking English, Spanish and German. Very good service and the lunch/show was fantastic. We are very happy we took the tour and recommend it to future visitors to the Dominican Republic.