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Zona Colonial
The Caribbean is known for its brilliant colors and vibrant culture. Travelers to Dominican Republic will find this to be especially true amid the lively streets of Santo Domingo, where the country’s urban center is ripe with the smells and sounds of Latin America.

But visitors who venture to Zona Colonial—one of the city’s most historic neighborhoods—will find a tiny enclave filled with traditional European-style architecture, well-kept parks, cobblestone streets and artistic nods to great adventurers.

A mighty bronze statue of Christopher Columbus sits at the center of Parque Colon, and nearby Calle Las Damas is the oldest paved road in the New World. These historic sites, paired with incredible architecture unlike anywhere in Santo Domingo, are just part of what make Zona Colonial a popular destination for travelers looking to escape the hustle of the city, as well as those who want to experience the nation’s capital as it used to be.

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Zona Colonial is approximately five square kilometers located on the western side of the Ozama River. It includes several important buildings including the Catedral Primada de America and Alcazar de Colon. 
Address: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour

Explore the highlights of Santo Domingo on this 4-hour sightseeing tour of the Dominican Republic's capital. With commentary from your local guide, visit 3 Eyes National Park and the Colonial Zone, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See Catedral Primada de America, the oldest cathedral in the Americas, as well as Plaza de Reloj del Sol and the Iglesia de los Jesuitas among other landmarks. This coach tour includes pickup and drop-off at your Santo Domingo hotel.
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Tour Santo Domingo

You and your party will get personalized attention and enjoy the ability to travel at your own pace on this private tour of Santo Domingo. Travel comfortably in a private minibus, which will collect you and drop you off right at your door. Listen to insightful commentary as you travel through the city, stopping at all the must-see sights.
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  • 10 hours
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Platinum Private Santo Domingo City Tour.

Explore Dominican Republic’s capital city on this full-day private tour of Santo Domingo. Navigate the historical colonial streets with your friendly, local guide, and see some of the New World’s oldest landmarks in what’s widely regarded as the oldest European-settled city in the Western Hemisphere. Wander the iconic Colonial Zone on foot or upgrade to the full day for a look at other city highlights. Private sightseeing tour of Santo Domingo Take a walking tour of the Colonial Zone to see its 16th-century landmarks Learn about the city’s long history from a private guide Visit attractions like Alcázar de Colón Museum, National Pantheon and Catedral Primada de America Choose the full-day tour to explore sights outside the Colonial Zone, like the Malecón and Columbus Lighthouse Lunch included on the full-day tour Hotel transport included
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  • 7 hours
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Cultural Tours

Dominican Republic Private Day Tour to Colonial Zone, Cacao Experience, Shopping

We take care of everything on this one of a kind tour. Not only will you be escorted to Santo Domingo from Punta Cana by a private driver in a luxury car, you but a private guide will meet you in the Colonial Zone for you and your group. They will show you around and answer any questions you have about the history and city. From there you are off to Chocolate Factory in the Santo Domingo, where you will get to experience the history of Dominican Cacao including tasting and more. A lunch is not included, but we will take you to our favorite little Italian restaurant or to the restaurants in front of the Columbus house to enjoy some of the best Santo Domingo has to offer before heading back to Punta Cana.
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PRIVATE TOUR TO SANTO DOMINGO

It is a place that deserves to be visited and contemplate its museums, monuments and houses built at the time of colonization, there you can see the first cathedral erected in America, the Alcazar de Colon, former residence of Don Diego Colon, son of Christopher Columbus , the monastery of the Dominicans, home of the first university of the New World, the house of the Bastides, the house of the Jesuits.
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Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana (full day)

Get ready to board a comfortable air-conditioned bus and immerse yourself in our culture and heritage. Come with us and discover the first city of the new world. Our expert tourist guide will take you over the First City of the Americas, learning historically relevant facts of this modern-day metropolitan city.
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Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

Explore the oldest city in the Americas on this walking tour of Santo Domingo. During this 10-hour excursion from Punta Cana, follow your local guide to view some 5th century colonial monuments, Las Damas Street and Diego Columbus Alcazar, the first cathedral built in the new world. Stop by the National Presidential Palace, get fantastic views of downtown and shop for souvenirs at the local markets. Lunch at a traditional Dominican restaurant and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included.
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Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana

Explore the oldest city in the Americas on this walking tour of Santo Domingo. During this full-day excursion from Punta Cana, follow your local guide to view some 5th century colonial monuments, Las Damas Street and Diego Columbus Alcazar, the first cathedral built in the new world. Stop by the National Presidential Palace, get fantastic views of downtown and watch a 4D movie about the history of the city. Lunch at a traditional Dominican restaurant and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included.
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Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

Santo Domingo is the oldest city in the New World and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. This popular tour includes stops at the first cathedral, a visit to the first paved road, university, hospital, stone home, local tavern and more. Whether it's your first time in Dominican Republic, or you're a returning traveler who wants to escape the beaches for a bit of history, this is the perfect tour!
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All-Inclusive Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

Explore Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas, on this 12-hour tour from Punta Cana. Stop  at 'Los Tres Ojos', a limestone caves containing a series of three lakes, to learn about the Dominican Republic's native Taino Indians. Stroll through the streets of Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone with your local guide, snapping photos and learning about the city's history. Eat a traditional Dominican buffet lunch and choose to spend time shopping for souvenirs.
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Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana

Get to know the city of Santo Domingo on this comprehensive, 10-hour tour from Punta Cana. Visit the Colonial City of Santo Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the location of the first cathedral, hospital and university in the New World. Visit Calle las Damas and Plaza Spain, as well as the Presidential Palace. Continue to Tres Ojos National Park to walk among the freshwater lakes and multitude of caves. At the Christopher Columbus Lighthouse, admire the views and take advantage of great photo ops. Eat a traditional Creole lunch, accompanied by singing and dancing servers. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana is included.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Santo Domingo Sightseeing (4 people minimum)

Explore Dominican Republic’s capital city on this half- or full-day private tour of Santo Domingo. Navigate the historical colonial streets with your friendly, local guide, and see some of the New World’s oldest landmarks in what’s widely regarded as the oldest European-settled city in the Western Hemisphere. Wander the iconic Colonial Zone on foot or upgrade to the full day for a look at other city highlights.
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Santo Domingo Walking Tour From Punta Cana

Immerse yourself in Santo Domingo's rich history during this full-day excursion from Punta Cana. Walk through the historic city's Colonial Zone, hitting all the most important landmarks. Free time for shopping and lunch are included, as well as hotel pickup and drop-off in Punta Cana.
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First City of the New World Tour

Immerse yourself in the history of the New World on this comprehensive, 11-hour tour of Santo Domingo from Punta Cana. Visit Three Eyes National Park, the Columbus Lighthouse, and the UNESCO-listed Colonial Zone with your group and guide. Buffet lunch and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels included.
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Historical City Tour of Santo Domingo

Explore the historic attractions of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with an art historian guide on this full-day sightseeing tour. You’ll visit Three Eyes National Park, the Columbus Lighthouse, the 16-square-block Colonial Zone, and the National Presidential Palace, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned coach. A traditional Dominican lunch is also included.
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  • 6 hours
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Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana

Take a tour of the oldest city in the New World and gain a deeper understanding of the first permanent settlement of Christopher Columbus after arriving in the Americas. Follow your expert guide through the landmarks of this UNESCO World Heritage Sight, where you'll find the first cathedral, paved road, hospital, university and more. Whether you love history or culture, this is the perfect tour!
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Santo Domingo City Day Trip from Punta Cana

Get to know colonial Santo Domingo on a full-day tour from Punta Cana. Stroll down cobblestone streets through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed old city with your guide, stopping for an included buffet lunch midday. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana or Bavaro hotels and all entrance fees are included.
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  • 12 hours
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Historic City Tour of Santo Domingo

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.
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  • 8 hours
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Santo Domingo City Tour Supreme

Take a break from the beach and explore the highlights of Santo Domingo on this full-day sightseeing excursion from Punta Cana. Walk the cobblestone streets of the historic Colonial Zone and see many firsts of the New World such as the first cathedral, tavern, and paved road. Then visit the Columbus House, the palace of Christopher Columbus' son, Diego. A traditional Dominican lunch is also included.
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  • 9 hours
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Shopping Tours

Private - Santo Domingo Historical Island Tour plus Shopping

This half-day tour of Santo Domingo shows you the highlights of the Americas’ oldest city. Visit Three Eyes National Park, named for the trio of lakes within its borders, and the Museum of the Dominican Man, an anthropological museum of Dominican culture and history. You will also see the Freddy Beras-Goico Palace of Fine Arts and the Columbus Lighthouse from outside.
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  • 5 hours
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Multi-day Tours

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Unforgettable Jarabacoa & Santo-Domingo Trip

We have comfortable air-conditioned bus with a guide, free wi-fi, alcohol and soft drinks. During the whole excursion you will hear the interesting and funny stories aboot Dominican people, about their hobbies, daily life, education and so on. You will be accomponied with the guide from the very beginning of the excursion till the bringing you back to the hotel. With us you will have unforgettable experience in Dominican Republic!
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days
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Cultural Tours

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Santo Domingo Sunset walk

Sunset walk it's the best time to visit the old town of Santo Domingo. We appreciate how the day shift into night, Dominican Traditions walking through the narrow while a local expert storyteller recounts the history and urban legends of the First city of America. We will visit some peculiar places that local Dominicans frequent the "Colmado" where we share an ice cold Dominican Beer, see locals playing Domino, walk through calle Las Damas and calle el conde, enjoy a Sugarcane Cocktail get a taste of Dominican gastronomy sharing a delicious plate and finish the night with a small performance play.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Santo Domingo

We leave early in the morning from any hotel in Bávaro and Bayahibe, in comfortable and modern buses, accompanied by an expert guide.Walking along the narrow roads of yesterday, we will visit the beginnings of the New World, where at the beginning of the 15th century the first colonial houses were built, touring the Colonial City; We will pay tribute to the Primada de las Américas Cathedral, the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith; We will also take a walk through the Alcazar de Colón, which will take you to the time of the first Spanish conquerors.The full day excursion also includes a typical lunch in a famous Dominican food restaurant, to savor our typical dishes. Is there more ?, Yes, we will walk along the Malecon of Santo Domingo where we can appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and some of the buildings of the modern city such as the Palace of Fine Arts, the National Theater and the Presidential Palace among others.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Hop-on Hop-off Tours

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Santo Domingo city.

 We will pick up at your hotel until Holy Sunday and we will head towards the eastern part of the city to begin our tour in the National Park Los Tres Ojos.Once we get there, we will enter to visit one of the best known underground caves of the region, which has been formed by the rise of rivers, giving rise to three natural lakes. Why this name? It is because of the eye shape that can be seen in the interior lagoons. Probably, the cave, which was discovered in 1916, was a regular place for the celebration of sacrifices by the native Indians.During the trip through the Three Eyes, you will have the opportunity to contemplate the rich fauna that lives in this paradise of crystalline waters, like a wide variety of fish and bats. In addition, on the rocky walls of the cave we will see the largest fern species on the island, which can measure up to 4 meters.Next, we will go to the Columbus Lighthouse.ect ....
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  • 12 hours
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