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Explore Santo Domingo on this full-day trip from La Romana. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed colonial city is where Columbus first made landing in 1492. Visit important landmarks like the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, Calle Las Damas and the Columbus Lighthouse. Discover the cave of Los Tres Ojos, enjoy a 3-course buffet lunch and shop for handicrafts and souvenirs at a typical Dominican market.
After pickup in the early morning at your Bayahibe or La Romana hotel, board your tour vehicle for the 1.5-hour ride up the Caribbean coast towards Santo Domingo.
Stop at Parque Mirador del Este (Eastern Lookout Park,) one of Santo Domingo's largest city parks. Here, visit the limestone cave Los Tres Ojos (the Three Eyes,) which features three glimmering lagoons far below the earth's surface. Marvel at the abundance of underground vegetation and the hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites.
Continue on to the colonial area of Santo Domingo, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Christopher Columbus arrived here in 1492, thus discovering the New World. Its gridded layout featured the first hospital, customs house, cathedral and university in the New World and became a blueprint for future towns and cities. Visit the Columbus family mansion, the Alcázar de Colón (Columbus' house) and Faro a Colón (the Columbus Lighthouse.)
Visit the oldest cathedral in the Americas, the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor, built in 1540. Stroll down Calle Las Damas to practice your bargaining skills in the traditional Dominican market. At midday, sit for a buffet lunch at a local restaurant (see sample menu in the Itinerary section below.) Spend your free time after lunch strolling in the pedestrian shopping area of Calle El Conde before boarding your bus for the journey back to your Bayahibe or La Romana hotel.
Excellent trip but bring plenty of water with you.
Amazing tour but we didn't get to see Tres Ojos caves! Otherwise great!!!
It was good organised tour.Without this tour you will not be accepted as you travel to Dominic Republic.
Avoid at all costs...Long but worth the read.
We followed the instructions to confirm the pick up time with Nexus our local contact and were told 8:20am. No one showed. We found a Nexus representative at the resort who said it was actually 8:45am, then another couple had an email with a 9am pickup time. Bus shows at 9:15am.
Nexus actually sub-contracts the trip to a company called RepTours Dominicana using a Caribe Tours Bus. The tour guide gets off and asks for our vouchers when the confirmation from Viator stated we did not need one. He says he is not letting us on the bus, as Nexus has a history of not paying them if they do not have vouchers. After getting loud with us, the representative basically tells us both to shut-up and he will handle it. He makes a call and passes the phone to the tour guide, who then lets us on and waits to apologize until we are well on our way. Mind you when we arrive at our first stop in SD and walking toward the second, the tour guide is still on the phone with his manager and boss, not actually doing his job. He has us just go in to the tomb of the unknown by ourselves.
We were rushed to shop and are actually left behind by the group on their way to have lunch, only to later find out that another 4 then 2 people were also left behind at the stores. This was the only excursion where there was no water or drinks on the vehicle. Everyone was thirsty We arrive at the cathedral and there are not enough earphones, so we walk alone unguided. Mind you the company that we had booked our other excursions with had their own headphones here and at the other stops.
Finally, on our way back to our resort, we make a stop at a resort where no one on the tour was staying, and arrived much later at our own resort than expected.
This was the only excursion we booked where we did not leave a gratuity. Much better experience with Runners Adventures. Make it right Viator!
This trip could have been completed in less than half the time. We spent a lot of extra time at each stop. When everyone was ready to go, we just waited and waited until the tour guide decided it was time to go. The buffet lunch was mediocre. If someone wants to see Santo Domingo, I'd recommend getting a private driver/guide, not doing this tour.
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