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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 TourHalf-day Tours

Santo Domingo Sightseeing Tour

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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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Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta CanaDay Trips

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Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

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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 CanaCity Tours

Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana

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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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All-Inclusive Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

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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 Best Kept SecretsCultural Tours

Santo Domingo Best Kept Secrets

This trip is particularly for you if you are visiting Santo Domingo for the first time! Enjoy a three-hour action-packed introduction to Dominican Republic's buzzing capital, America's oldest settlement. As the island's contemporary face with over two million inhabitants, Santo Domingo has much more to offer than its intriguing colonial history.
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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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Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta CanaCity Tours

Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

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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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Santo Domingo Sights & Bites walking tourDay Trips

Santo Domingo Sights & Bites walking tour

Immerse yourself in the rich colonial history of the city, visit local markets, find some of the must-try treat of Santo Domingo, then finish the day with an icy-cold Dominican beer.As we walk, we will visit the Indepence Park, a landmark place celebrating the independence of the Dominican Republic, reaching the ancient city walls from where you will hear about Santo Domingo's rich history, such as how Spanish and Arab immigrants shaped actual city, and how the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti have developed a rich business exchange. Walk through Little Haiti and discover the scenic tiny companies that sell Haitian products.Local markets are packed with fruits, vegetables, grains, and spices, and are a lively array of colors and flavors. Learn about Dominican cuisine's most diverse new fruits and vegetables, and local popular religion or Dominican Vodoo.Here we're going to visit Chinatown and attempt some sweet Chinese refreshments that local people enjoy.
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Santo Domingo City Tour (All-day from Punta Cana)Cultural Tours

Santo Domingo City Tour (All-day from Punta Cana)

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We’ll first visit the Colonial City, panoramic view of the Columbus Lighthouse where the remains of Christopher Columbus, then visit the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the first cathedral was founded in America and the Alcazar de Colon, located in the Plaza de España.We'll take a walk along the Calle de las Damas, the most romantic street in the city, and the Museum of the national gemstone: Amber.We'll have free time for shopping in different typical gift shops and can buy the famous Limé dolls, handicrafts and Dominican paintings as well as tobacco, rum, and Dominican coffee. We’ll enjoy a delicious lunch at a famous Dominican restaurant. After that, we’ll visit the Three Eyes National Park which is a cave with a freshwater lake, naturally divided into three lakes that can only be seen from inside. Finally, we’ll go to the modern part of the capital and we’ll make a panoramic visit to the Center of Culture, National Theater, Museum of the Dominican Man and Gallery of Modern Art.
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Santo Domingo City Tour Supreme

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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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Santo Domingo Sunset walkCultural Tours

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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Santo Domingo Historial Day Trip From Punta CanaCultural Tours

Santo Domingo Historial Day Trip From Punta Cana

From Punta Cana you head west through rolling sugar cane fields until we reach the Dominican Republic's capital city.Enjoy an insightful day discovering the past and the present of the capital city along with an engaging, knowledgeable, and friendly guide. Seize the opportunity to visit all the must-see monuments and enjoy a delicious typical Dominican lunch.Pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas. Stroll down Las Damas Street where you will see many important monuments. Pass by the Museo de la Casas Reales,Visit the national park Los Tres Ojos then walk across the Alcázar de Colón which takes you back to the era of the Spanish conquistadors,On the boardwalk of Santo Domingo, appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and modern buildings such as the Fine Arts Palace, the National Theatre, and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy a nice lunch in a typical restaurant in the capital.
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Tour Santo DomingoCultural Tours

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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Private Tour: Santo Domingo Sightseeing (4 people minimum)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 DomingoCultural Tours

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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Colonial Santo Domingo and hidden natural beauties City TourCultural Tours

Colonial Santo Domingo and hidden natural beauties City Tour

We will take you to the 15th century Santo Domingo called Zona Colonial where we will visit amazing locations for photos and enter some of the most amazing museums.
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Santo Domingo ToursPorts of Call Tours

Santo Domingo Tours

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Visit the oldest city in the New World and the first permanent settlement of Christopher Columbus after his "discovery" of the Americas. This place was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1992.Santo Domingo is a place visited by all the tourists who come to the country looking for a recuentro with the history of this beautiful country, where the new world began.I invite you to know the Dominican Republic inside through this wonderful tour, I assure you that you will not regret it.
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Santo Domingo City Day Trip from Punta CanaCity Tours

Santo Domingo City Day Trip from Punta Cana

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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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Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana (full day)Cultural Tours

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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Santo Domingo ToursDay Trips

Santo Domingo Tours

DISCOVER THE JOURNEY THAT SHAKES YOUR SOUL ...Discover the city of the first Europeans in the new world, Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, founded by Bartolomé, brother of Christopher Columbus in 1496 on the east coast of the Ozama River. During our trip, we cross Altos de Chavón (city of Coral), an artistic city near La Romana, on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, one of the most famous places in the country.For more information:https://francistoursrd.com
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Private Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip - PremiumBus & Minivan Tours

Private Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip - Premium

Santo Domingo is a history and culture full city, as it is the first city founded in America. Here you can visit the first cathedral built in the New World, as well as the Alcazar of the first governor of the Island Don Diego Colon), the Three Eyes Indigenous Millenarian Cave, among many other history monuments. This old colonial city has been home of various films and documental, made by historians from all over the world. It is your chance to discover it by yourself. A typical Dominican lunch will be included during it. It is mandatory to wear long pans or skirts, and sleeved shirts to enter the cathedral.
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PRIVATE TOUR TO SANTO DOMINGODay Trips

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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Unforgettable Jarabacoa & Santo-Domingo Trip

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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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First City of the New World TourCity Tours

First City of the New World Tour

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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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