The whole trip is geared around you buying their products. They will show you how rum and cigars are made then try and sell you rum and cigars. Then they take you to an authentic Dominican home where they try to sell you a variety of items produced on their farm.
This was such a great experience. We got picked up right at our hotel and all of the cultural experiences grouped into this one tour was well worth the price. Our guide was fantastic, funny, and full of so much information.
I would have gladly sacrificed half the time spent in the cigar shop, and sampling coffee, chocolate and Mamawana, for more time horseback. While the promise of a beach visit was kept, getting in the water was not possible - it was a surfing beach. Best part of the tour was virtually limitless Cuba Libre's.
I just recently went on this excursion about a week ago and it was overall a good time. You get to hear a little about the DR, try some mamajuana and visit a very nice beach in the end. My only real issue with this excursion was that our tour guide Alex slandered Haiti while we were on our way to our first destination. While talking about how rich the Dominican Republic is, our tour guide felt the need to state that the reason Haiti is so poor is because of the lack of foreign investment due to the Haitian peoples inability to stop fighting. While saying this, he makes a hand gesture pulling an imaginary guns trigger. Not only is this completely false and inappropriate, it further perpetuates the negative image of Haiti and the Haitian people that is pushed by western media. I think Alex is in need of a history lesson as to why Haiti is in the situation it is in instead slandering an entire country and their people. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say he just make a mistake but something tells me he was purposely insulting Haiti. I am aware of the relationship between the two nations and know about the Dominican Republic's historical racist treatment towards Haitians and dark skinned Dominicans that continue till this day and understand how that can cause ignorance. Hopefully he sees this and corrects his mistake.
A must if you want to really experience real life in the DR.We drove through many small towns,seeing schools and the children,the homes and businesses of the people.The farm lands and some of Irma's aftermath on this beautiful island.The people are so welcoming and hard working.Maria's house was very interesting and we loved learning about the coffee,cocoa,vanilla tobacco,seeing and tasting first hand how they are grown.We had a nice lunch and stopped for the horseback ride.That was a bit sad. Dogs run freely throughout the island and all are thin,the horses were very thin.I just wanted to give them food and water. Our guide Mimi and our driver were very entertaining.Mimi is the real deal!!!lots of laughter.We were picked up on time at our resort and had a great and memorable day! Plenty of water provided all day.
The best part of the tour is the lunch!! It was great Dominican Food! The food at my resort was awful so I was happy to get food here! Also the horse back riding and cigar making was awesome too! And the beach is nice! Be prepared to spend the whole day on this tour I left hotel at 830am and got back at 4pm!
One of thee best excursions available.The staff for the excursion was beyond hilarious and very informative.You get to experience alot of different aspects of DR culture and ways.The food was excellente,the making of cigars was remarkable.Hell yeah I would recommend this excursion
This tour was amazing. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the route and all of the stops. Maria's house was very interesting. She was friendly and very pleasant. Planning to return back in 2017 and will take this tour again.