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A great place to begin your exploration of the Dominican Republic is the capital, Santo Domingo – the first European city in the Western hemisphere. On the way to Santo Domingo, we will make a quick photo stop at the Cathedral in the city of Higuey (ca. 45 minutes from Punta Cana)...and then we head to the capitol.

Santo Domingo is a fabulous mix of 16th century dwellings, imposing late medieval palaces and fortresses, set amidst a refreshingly non-geometric street-grid. The city was recognized as the cradle of European civilization in the New World and UNESCO has declared the Colonial City to be a world heritage site.

During the day, we will visit many important sights including  the Fina Arts Palace, the National Theatre, the Presidential Palace, etc.

At the Colonial Zone we take a walk around the first buildings of the Americas, such as The Cathedral, Calle la Damas,and The Alcazar de Colon. At the expansive Plaza España, framed by the Palace of Columbus, the Casas Reales Museum and the 17th century sundial, the sidewalk cafés come to life as a place where locals and visitors meet.

When Christopher Columbus’ son, Diego, was appointed the first viceroy of the Indies, the palace of Alcazar de Colonwas built to house his court and his wife, Maria de Toledo. Built of native coral and rock on the shores of the Ozama River, El Alcazar served as the center of the Spanish court.

A typical Dominican lunch is served in the best Restaurant of typical food in the Colonial Zone with a wide variety of food and a spectacular demonstration of Dominican Folklore. Afterwards we have time for shopping at the main shopping street El Conde before we head back to the hotel.

On the way back, we will make a quick stop at  Columbus Plaza in La Romana for last minute shopping and a bathroom break.

PRIVATE TOUR: This excursion is available as a private tour with 1-4 persons! Travel in style in a comfortable Suburban with your own, personal driver and tour guide. This is the best way to get the most out of the tour and your day in Santo Domingo.

WHAT'S INCLUDED: Pickup in hotels in Punta Cana, Cap Cana and Bavaro (transportation may not be available or may be subject to an additional fee from some hotels), tour guide, audio guide, lunch including water, soft drink & coffee and entrance to monuments.

DURATION: Full day, i.e. approximately 12 hours including transportation. The excursion is approximately 6 hours.

WHAT TO WEAR AND/OR BRING: Wear comfortable clothes that covers shoulders (see below), a scarf or light sweater/jacket, comfortable shoes (some walking is required), sun glasses, a hat/cap and sun lotion. Bring a camera and cash money (US$) for souvenirs and gratuities.

CHILDREN: This excursion may not be suitable for small children/infants. There is no minimum age for children to participate in this excursion. All children must be accompanied by an adult (18+ years old).

PRICES: All prices are per person (US$). The price for children is valid only from ages 3-12 years old.


  • This is not a private excursion. This excursion may be available as a private tour – please ask for more information.
  • You may need to pass by other hotels to pick up other people before the excursion begins and to drop off after the excursion ends.
  • It may not permitted to enter some monuments (e.g. churches) wearing sleeveless shirts or very short shorts/skirts.
  • This excursion may not be available for pregnant women or people who suffer from back pain/ mobility problems. If you suffer from any medical conditions or mobility problems, please consult with Group Palmera before making your reservation.

The exact description of this excursion, what's included and prices are subject to change without prior notice.


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Santo Domingo UNESCO City Tour



Mon - Tue - Wed - Thu - Fri - Sat

Full day

Santo Domingo UNESCO City Tour - PRIVATE

Price is for a private car w/ 1-4 persons

Tue - Wed - Thu - Fri - Sat

4 persons

Full day