Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip From Punta Cana

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  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 11 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    7:30 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Between 7:00 am and 8:00 am.  Hotel pickup time varies based on hotel location. please verify with your hotel guest service staff about pick up location for excursions.<.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy a day trip to Santo Domingo and visit the oldest city of the Americas! Come and join us to experience walking through Santo Domingo, the city where the history of the Americas started. Visit the first cathedral of the new world, Diego Columbus Alcazar, the famous Las Damas Street, and some other 5th-century colonial monuments. You'll also have panoramic views of the downtown, residential areas, and the National Presidential Palace. Your best shopping option will be at the colorful market of Santo Domingo. Lunch will be served at a typical Dominican restaurant.


  • Buffet lunch included
  • Led by an art historian
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Comprehensive tour of the city
  • Special Offer
  • Ideal choice for families

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Visit the oldest city of the New World and Christopher Columbus' first permanent settlement after his "discovery" of the Americas. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992, Santo Domingo is a city of many firsts in the New World with the first cathedral, paved road, university, hospital, stone home, tavern, and much more. 
The journey from Punta cana to Santo Domingo is of approximately 2.5 hours, depending on how long the group stops midway at the gift shop and to use the restrooms. Our first stop in the capital will be at the Three Eyes National Park with underground caves and lagoons, used by the Taino Indians (the Dominican Republic's original inhabitants). Then there will be a quick photo stop at the Columbus Lighthouse, built in 1992 on the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' landing in the New World. Next visit is to one of the oldest streets of the Western Hemisphere located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone, a 16-square block neighborhood oozing with Dominican history and culture.
The first peek at the Colonial Zone comes at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514, it was the home of Christopher Columbus's son, Diego. From the palace, the group will walk through the historic Plaza de Espana and onto Calle Las Damas (the first paved street of the New World). Our final destination is one of the most important sites in the Dominican Republic: the First Cathedral of the New World.
Lunch will then be served at one of the top Dominican restaurants in Santo Domingo, known for its excellent home-style cooking and typical dance performances by the waiters and waitresses. After lunch, you will get to pass by some of the modern areas of the capital and the National Palace where the Dominican President and the highest level government officials have their offices.
To end the day, you will be able to take some time to visit a spacious gift shop selling nearly every Dominican keepsake imaginable.
With this day trip to Santo Domingo, you'll experience the city's rich history and the daily life of everyday Dominicans in their capital of 3 million inhabitants.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Air-conditioned vehicle

Professional art historian guide

Headsets in some of the monuments with language selection

Entry to the monuments are all-inclusive, with an audio guide

Buffet lunch at Atarazana Restaurat, typical dominican food, vegetarian option available



Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking
  • To enter the cathedral, women and men must be covered to the elbows and knees
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes
  • It is recommended that you bring cash, a camera, sunscreen, and a hat

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  • 28-Feb-2020

    This tour was amazing, we were granted entry to places that you couldn’t just walk into. Tour guides were exceptional!! Multi-lingual and very knowledgeable! Highly recommend this company and tour.

  • 02-Dec-2019

    To be honest, this was the the worst experience ever. As a frequent traveller, I ll try to always explore the beauties around my destination. So I have decided to take a St Domingo 10 hours trip from Punta Cana. The only positive part of the trip was hotel pick up with a small van, on time, clean car, polite driver. But then, only negative experience. While we came to meeting point at Punta Cana, we have been informed, that tour is delayed. So we did not start at 8.00 am but after 9am. 30 seater minibus has been full booked, mostly south americans, so the guide did not care too much about english speaking guests (but we asked for engl tour). First stop was officialy because of the toilets, but finally the main raison was an overpriced shop next to the Romana town (an example - you pay everywhere about 0.80 cents for Coke, here 3.50), actually they were only 2 toilets here, so not good reason for a stop.
    Then we continued another 2 hours to S. Domingo - 2 nd stop was a Columbus memorial and papamobil. After 20 minutes (not 5 as discussee) we continued to capital. We stopped for a Three Ojos Caves - if u ever been to real cave, this is not worth to see) - 1 hour except of 30 minutes as discussed.
    Here was the 3rd stop, the oldest street in a New World + museum (only from outside), then we moved to the typical Dominican restaurant (presented as Dominican, but food included Spagetti from Italy and rice from China - all cold, some green lettuce and pieces of pork chops), so not very nice. Plastic plates and cups, so also not very representative.
    Then, after 1,5 hour we moved to pre- agreed overpriced souvenir shop (for example same coffee u can buy 50% cheaper just 20 metres away). After 30 minutes we moved to the cathedral (10 minutes visit) and to another overpriced souvenirshop. Here we spent 1,5 hours, as 4 of 30 pax from the group liked it. After we moved back to the bus. We asked guide to drive us home, but he did not agreed and told us, we have to see Presidential palace(just from the bus). So we spent more than hour un a traffic, none of the guests took a picture because of the dark). 2 passangers asked for a cab and left alone. We came back to punta cana late in the evening. So resume:
    6 hours driving, 2 hours in a traffic, 1,5 hour lunch and 30 minutes sightseeing at St Domingo. The tour guide was uncompetent and dissorganized. I make at least 30 tours like this every year, this was the worst ever in my past 20 years.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Love every part of it. Try it out for so much information about the island.The dinner was great! The caves! The shops! The museums.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    Great trip- the guide was “spot on”- I really enjoyed the colonial city! I feel there was a significant amount of effort made to create an enjoyable time for all

  • 03-Jul-2019

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    It was so awsome lots of walking. Tour guy was so passionate his name was isaac his English was so great this was so good. Not all Santo domingo tours are good but book this one you will not be dissatisfied

  • 03-Jul-2019

    We really enjoyed this tour. Enjoy the side trips especially to the cave. Would love to have more English spoken to understand a bit more. Overall it was a very good trip.

  • 03-Jul-2019

    I love to visit towns as I travel and was sadly disappointed with this tour. The guide was informative but he spoke in English and Spanish and it made it very hard to follow long I figured picking an English speaking tour I would have an English only guide. The city was very disappointing as well very dirty people unfriendly and lots of street vendors attacking you while on tour to buy items. Went to other town on another town and loved it. The guide makes the difference .

  • 13-May-2019

    Santo Domingo is an amazing city, with a fascinating history, and beautiful architecture. The people are wonderful and extremely friendly.

    This tour, unfortunately, was horribly organized. We were twice almost left at a gas station because a bus dropped us off, and someone else didn't understand who they were supposed to pick up. We were traded around from guide to guide. Once we were in the city, there was clearly a lot of confusion about when we should go where. The entire thing ran several hours behind schedule. The main guide was aggressively controlling, which made it very difficult for us to do and see what we wanted.

  • 13-May-2019

    This was a very informative tour. Our guide, Sandro was awesome! It’s fast pace, so I do not recommend it for people with problems walking.

  • 25-Aug-2018

    Excelente excursion , magistral el guia Sandro , nos dejo perplejos con su nivel de conocimiento en materia de historia y con su amabilidad para con todos , Todos los guias deberian aprender de El. Muchas gracias Sr. Sandro.

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