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Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana
the house built by Columbus, the Cathedral and see the Christopher
Columbus lighthouse, the explorer’s final resting place. Soak up the
atmosphere of the oldest street of the new world “Calle las Damas” and
experience a Dominican market where the bargains are endless &
bartering is fun.
- English-speaking guide during your time in Santo Domingo
- Private van with a/c and uniformed driver from start to finish!
- Lunch (excl.
drinks) in El Conuco restaurant. A cultural day out, exploring the
capital city, the oldest city in the Americas and whose colonial zone
has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Three Eyes Caves, nowadays a monument comprising three lakes where Taino Indians used to live.
- Entrance to Alcázar de Colón (Columbus house),
- Museum of the Royal Households, in colonial times this was the governor's palace, and up to 1947 during the dictatorship of Trujillo was the presidential palace
- National Pantheon: built in 1714, the final resting place of many Dominican heroes. In colonial times this was a church belonging to Spanish Jesuits
- Walk along Calle las Damas (The oldest street in the New World, dating back to 1502. The wife of Viceroy Don Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, used to walk here.)
- Cathedral María la Menor, the first cathedral in the Americas, built 1523 to 1540. It was here until 1992 where the remains of Christopher Columbus lay in state
- Panoramic view of Ozama Fortress, the oldest military monument in the Americas, one of the first monuments to be constructed in the colonial city.External view of the Presidential Palace
- Columbus Lighthouse, a large monument in the form of a Latin cross, the final resting place of Admiral Christopher Columbus
- Mercado Modelo (handicrafts market)
- Free time for shopping in El Conde street
San Pedro de Macoris & Cueva de las Maravillas (half-day)Visit to the historical provincial coastal city of San Pedro de Macoris, approx. 50 kms east of Santo Domingo. Once famous for being at the heart of the country’s sugarcane industry and for having a bustling cosmopolitan port and influx of migrant workers from other islands, nowadays San Pedro is known for its renowned university, as well as being the birthplace of many talented players in the Major Leagues. Our tour includes:
- the Barceló Macorix rum factory
- walk through the downtown area and central square
- underground cave complex Cueva de las Maravillas (out of town) with pre-Columbus paintings
- time for shopping in San Pedro
Higüey & Altos de Chavón (half-day)Higüey is the nearest population center to Punta Cana, and the capital of La Altagracia province. Most famous nowadays for its cathedral La Basílica which houses an historical painting, brought to the town by Spanish missionaries in the 15th century, and which attracts pilgrims from around the world. Our tour includes
- Panoramic view of the rural town of Higüey
- Visit to the Basílica
- Drive to Altos de Chavón, the perfect recreation of a 16th century Mediterranean village, build overlooking the Chavón river
- Visit to amphitheater which has been host to concerts by such stars as Frank Sinatra, Elton John amongst others.
- Chapel and museum at Altos de Chavón
- Panoramic view of Chavón river which has been used as a movie location
- Time for shopping in the boutiques in Altos de Chavón