Your friendly driver and guide will collect you from your hotel, where you’ll kick off a half-day private sightseeing tour of Santo Domingo. Make your way to the Colonial Zone (Zona Colonial), stationed on the shores of the Ozama River, and start your tour of the oldest European-settled city in the Western Hemisphere.
Navigate the stunning city streets with your local guide, who will point out incredible Spanish architecture and offer up commentary on Santo Domingo’s history, culture, food and people. See where Christopher Columbus’ son once lived, as well as the current home of Alcazar de Colon Museum.
Follow your guide down Calle las Damas—one of the oldest streets in the country—and pay a visit to the National Pantheon, which was once a Jesuit church. Your guide will also take you to the promenade known as Calle el Conde, near the riverfront and Parque Colon—the central square in Santo Domingo where both locals and travelers gather to take in a true slice of Dominican life. Head to Catedral Primada de America—the oldest cathedral in the Western Hemisphere, before your tour ends. Choose to explore on your own, or enjoy return transport to your hotel. Full-Day Tour:
Your full-day private Santo Domingo sightseeing tour follows the same itinerary as the half-day package, but continues on with a visit to the Colonial Market, where you’ll have a chance to interact with locals and purchase handmade items. Afterwards, you’ll journey to the Columbus Lighthouse, near the Ozama River, and then make your way to the Malecon, where you’ll have time to wander along the Caribbean Ocean. Next, get a taste of local government with a stop at the National Palace (Palacio Nacional), where the current president lives and works.
Your full-day tour includes a set-menu lunch at Atarazana Restaurant in the Colonial Zone, as well as hotel drop off.