La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Overview

Explore Santo Domingo on this full-day trip from La Romana. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial city is where Columbus first made landing in 1492. Visit important landmarks like the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, Calle Las Damas and the Columbus Lighthouse. Discover the cave of Los Tres Ojos, enjoy a 3-course buffet lunch and shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at a typical Dominican market.

  • Day trip to Santo Domingo from La Romana
  • Visit the limestone cave of Los Tres Ojos (the Three Eyes)
  • Explore Santa Domingo's UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial city, where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492
  • Visit Alcázar de Colón (Columbus' House) and the Columbus Lighthouse
  • Shop down the pedestrian streets of Calle Las Damas and Calle El Conde
  • Enjoy a 3-course buffet lunch featuring local and international dishes
  • Enjoy informative commentary throughout the day from an expert guide

After pickup in the early morning at your Bayahibe or La Romana hotel, board your tour vehicle for the 1.5-hour ride up the Caribbean coast towards Santo Domingo.

Stop at Parque Mirador del Este (Eastern Lookout Park,) one of Santo Domingo's largest city parks. Here, visit the limestone cave Los Tres Ojos (the Three Eyes,) which features three glimmering lagoons far below the earth's surface. Marvel at the abundance of underground vegetation and the hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites.

Continue on to the colonial area of Santo Domingo, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1492, thus discovering the New World. Its gridded layout featured the first hospital, customs house, cathedral and university in the New World and became a blueprint for future towns and cities. Visit the Columbus family mansion, the Alcázar de Colón (Columbus' house) and Faro a Colón (the Columbus Lighthouse.) 

Visit the oldest cathedral in the Americas, the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, built in 1540. Stroll down Calle Las Damas to practice your bargaining skills in the traditional Dominican market. At midday, sit for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant (see sample menu in the Itinerary section below.) Spend your free time after lunch strolling in the pedestrian shopping area of Calle El Conde before boarding your bus for the journey back to your Bayahibe or La Romana hotel. 

Itinerary

Sample Buffet Menu:
Appetizers:
  • Assortment of bread
  • Carrots, beetroot and steamed potatoes
  • Lettuce, tomato and cabbage salad
  • Onions, mushrooms and corn
  • Red bell pepper salad
  • Soup: vegetable, chicken or sancocho (stew-like soup made with yucca, meat and plantains)
  • Spanish tortilla
Main courses:
  • Beef and pork skewers
  • Beef or pork stew
  • Burgers
  • Hot dogs
  • Oven-roasted chicken
  • Pizza
Side Dishes:
  • Baked potatoes
  • French fries
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Pasta
  • Rice with beans
  • Rice with seafood or vegetables
  • Sautéed or steamed cauliflower and broccoli
  • Sautéed vegetables
Desserts:
  • Chocolate and vanilla mousse
  • Fruit cocktail
  • Seasonal fruit
Beverages:
  • Alcoholic beverages (own expense)
  • Coffee
  • Fruit juice
  • Iced tea
  • Soda
  • Water
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