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Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour from Punta Cana

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icon12 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Experience the history, natural beauty, colonial architecture and rich traditions of Santo Domingo on this full-day sightseeing tour from Punta Cana. Travel by comfortable coach with your professional local guide to some of the city’s most magnificent sites. You’ll tour the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Colonial Zone and check out what was once known as Hispaniola. Make a stop at Los Tres Ojos, the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor and the Columbus Lighthouse, as well as other well-known spots. This is the perfect tour for travelers who want to experience the history and highlights of Santo Domingo—all in a single day!
  • Full-day city sightseeing tour of Santo Domingo
  • Explore a cavern housing Los Tres Ojos and find three beautiful lagoons
  • View historical monuments in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Zona Colonial, the oldest district in the Americas
  • See one of Santo Domingo’s oldest buildings – the Columbus Alcazar
  • Visit the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, the first cathedral in the ‘New World’
  • Stop at the Columbus Lighthouse and venture down the Calle de las Damas
  • Lunch and round-trip coach transport from Punta Cana included
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional guide
Lunch
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Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Transportation included only to/from main hotels located in Punta Cana area. If you’re staying in a different area from the one selected at the time of booking, an extra fee may apply.

Departure Time

6:30am
Meet your friendly, professional guide at your hotel and enjoy comfortable coach transportation to Dominican Republic’s capital city on this full-day Santo Domingo Sightseeing tour from Punta Cana. You’ll get an insider’s look at this colonial city that was founded by Christopher Columbus’s brother in 1496 and learn how this classic urban center is recognized as the oldest continually inhabited European city in the Americas.

Your tour will make stops at some of the city’s most incredible sites, including Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes). This impressive natural wonder is comprised of turquois lagoons set in open-air limestone caves. You’ll follow your guide up the stone staircase at Parque Mirador del Este for a closer look at one of Dominican Republic’s most popular attractions. 

After a stop at Los Tres Ojos you’ll make your way to Ciudad Colonial (Colonial City)—which is known by locals at the Zone Colonial. You’ll visit the Colobus Alcazar mansion, built in 1510 by Christopher Columbus’s son in true Spanish style and have a chance to tour the rooms, gardens, grounds and museum that make this place a destination. 

Your Santo Domingo tour continues with a stop at Catedral Primada de America—also known as Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor. Built in 1540, it is considered one of the oldest churches in the Americas. Your guide will point out elements of Gothic and Baroque architecture as you explore the iconic religious structure filled with woodcarvings, silver and devotional paintings. Shoulders and knees much be covered to enter. 

Next, you’ll make your way to the famed Columbus Lighthouse, which stretches from 680 feet (207 meters) into the air. This towering structure was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first colony in the Americas. From there, follow your guide to Calle de las Damas and enjoy wandering on the oldest streets in the new world. Learn how this historic street was named after the ladies of the Spanish court who used to stroll along the avenue to mass. Take plenty of pictures as you learn about the fascinating architecture, history and traditions of this capital city before returning to your Punta Cana hotel. 
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bartholomew Columbus Memorial
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in Punta Cana and transport you by comfortable coach to Santo Domingo – the Dominican Republican’s capital and its largest city. Founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus (Christopher Columbus’ brother), who colonized the indigenous Tainos, Santo Domingo was the first Spanish settlement in the ‘New World’ and is regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited European city in the Americas!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Calle de Las Damas
Head to Calle de las Damas – the oldest street in the ‘new world.’ Bisecting the middle of the Colonial Zone and following the shoreline of the Ozama River, the street was named alter the 30 or so ladies of the Spanish court – including Maria de Toledo, the niece of King Ferdinand – who strolled up and down the avenue on their way to mass. Your guide will point out other historically significant landmarks as you travel down this famous street before returning you to your hotel in Punta Cana.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Zona Colonial
Next, head to Ciudad Colonial (Colonial City) – known as Zona Colonial – Santo Domingo’s historic central neighborhood, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, visit the Columbus Alcazar (Alcázar de Colón), a Spanish colonial mansion built around 1510 by Christopher Columbus’ son, Diego, when he became viceroy of Hispaniola and the Indies. Once housing fifty rooms amid gardens and courtyards, the restored palace boasts an impressive museum collection, including period furniture and Caribbean works spanning the 15th to 17th centuries. Hear from your guide about the Spanish expeditions and conquests planned onsite, and learn what happened when explorer Sir Francis Drake came to the island.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor
Continue to the Catedral Primada de América, more commonly known as Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, completed in 1540 and the oldest cathedral in the Americas. Located next to Columbus Park, the coral limestone walls appear to be tinted with gold. Admire the Gothic and Baroque architectural styles and the lavish treasury filled with old woodcarvings, silver, jewelry, furniture, sculptures, retablos (devotional paintings) and even tombstones. (Please note: Shoulders and knees must be covered to enter this national monument.)
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Columbus Lighthouse (Faro A Colon)
Afterward, stop at the Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colón), a 680-foot (207-meter) concrete monument built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the first colony in the Americas.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The 3 Eyes National Park
Discover the riches of the colonial city on your sightseeing tour, starting with Los Tres Ojos (The Three Eyes) – thee lagoons, or ojos, located in an open-air limestone cave in Parque Mirador del Este (Eastern Lookout Park). Climb the rock staircase to the lagoons and follow your guide on a walkway through the cavern – one of the country’s most popular attractions. Admire the beautiful colors and mineral formations amid lush vegetation surrounding the cave as your guide informs you about its natural features.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes
  • Note: You must provide the exact name of your hotel upon booking
  • Please note: Shoulders and knees must be covered when entering the cathedral and national monument
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nexus Tours Dominican Republic

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour from Punta Cana?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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  • "It's bit of a rush, but this is the price of seeing the most things possible in a day." See review

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Just OK, not great. Not enough time for...
Susan Rae J
, Jan 2018
Just OK, not great. Not enough time for photo stops and just not that interesting with long transit time. This would have been better if pared with a fun meal, entertainment or wine tasting.
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Amazing tour with a smart and funny...
Szandra Dóra L
, Jan 2018
Amazing tour with a smart and funny guide. It's bit of a rush, but this is the price of seeing the most things possible in a day. I had a bit of a problem with office which organised the tour - they didn't confirm the pick up time, didn't answered to my emails and when I called them the day before the tour, they needed 20 minutes to find my booking and tell the pick up time.
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I was impressed how professional the...
Fabio S
, Jan 2018
I was impressed how professional the trip was. Everything was fine. Beware of street vendors: they are seductive.
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I had a great time...the tour guide was...
tina1.appraisals
, Sep 2017
I had a great time...the tour guide was very knowledgeable. The tour was worth the money and time spent all day learning about the island
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I thought the guide on bus was...
Patricia J
, Aug 2017
I thought the guide on bus was informative, but was kind of disappointed on the overall tour. Glad I went to see the other side of the country, but would not take this again.
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This is a good tour to learn about the...
Maria C
, Aug 2017
This is a good tour to learn about the history of Santo Domingo and the Dominican Republic. There is quite a lot of walking on this tour, including many steps at Los Tres Ojos and outdoor walking around the city for sightseeing and shopping, so this might not be the best tour for you if you have mobility impairments. However, you do get a lot of rest on the bus, during the train ride, and during lunch. While our driver, Polo, and our guide, Fausto, were very good, I think there were too many languages on our particular tour. Once Fausto was done giving extensive updates and instructions in Spanish, German, and French, it seemed like he would rush through the English translation in order to speak about the next point of interest. Also, be warned that you may not stop at all the attractions. For instance, we passed by the Columbus lighthouse, and were instructed to take out or cameras and take pictures from the moving bus.
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Los Tres Ojos, the Columbus Alcazar...
Brian S
, Aug 2017
Los Tres Ojos, the Columbus Alcazar, and Cathedral of Santa María la Menor were spectacular and well-worth seeing, but an inordinate amount of time in excess of an hour of the four 4 hours we spent in Santo Domingo was lost to shopping, which is not even mentioned in the tour highlights! I understand that the tour highlights state that there will be a stop at the Columbus Lighthouse but a chance to exit the tour bus and visit the site up close and personal would have been welcomed. Lastly, our tour guide wasted a fair amount of the tour discussing his personal life and his views on marriage and child-rearing. Despite our complaints, this tour was worth the money!
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We stayed at an all-inclusive resort in...
Sasha R
, Jul 2017
We stayed at an all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, but decided we wanted to experience the real Dominican Republic, so we decided to book this tour. We were picked up at our resort, and taken to a local shopping center, which was closed. We sat outside at tables, where we waited for another transfer vehicle. We traveled approximately 3 hours from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo. We had a comprehensive tour which included visits to Los Tres Ojos, Catedral Primada de America and Calle de las Damas. This tour included lunch at a buffet, and time to shop at local stores in the downtown area, before driving the 3 hours back to Punta Cana. This is a great tour, but makes for a long day.
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The tour of Santo Domingo was very good...
Ginger D
, Jul 2017
The tour of Santo Domingo was very good . Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly but seemed to pay more attention to the Spanish speaking guests. We learned a lot and the lunch was good.
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Very good tour. Our guide Fausto I was...
Lorena D
, Apr 2017
Very good tour. Our guide Fausto I was very informative and did a good job. The tour is very complete and includes tops attractions of Santo Domingo old city. Also good lunch. The city of Santo Domingo is what it is. The tour is the best possible.

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