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
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.