If you are visiting Santo Domingo for the first time, this tour is especially for you! Enjoy an action-packed, three-hour introduction to the buzzing capital of the Dominican Republic, the oldest settlement in the Americas. As the modern face of the island with a population of over two million, there is far more to Santo Domingo than its fascinating colonial history. The city’s heartbeat is loud and fast, propelled by everything from chaotic traffic and friendly street vendors to the beats of merengue and bachata music.
Prepare to discover a different side to the Caribbean as we take you on a whistle stop tour of Santo Domingo’s many historic and cultural highlights.
Your local guide will explain about the city’s history, nature and vibrant culture. Together we will marvel at the many ‘first’ buildings that are scattered across Santo Domingo; the first convent in the Americas, the first hospital, the first restaurant and so on.
We’ll walk through hidden alleys and stop for a freshly brewed coffee and we’ll head to El Conde Street to meet some local artisans.
Then we’ll check out the neighborhood of San Miguel and meet some of the friendly locals that live here. We’ll taste delicious traditional Dominican treats at an old bakery and then we’ll savour a frozen beer surrounded by the stunning ruins of an old monastery.
Our last cultural stop will be at the stunning renaissance-style National Pantheon. Our tour will finish with a walk along the Calle El Conde and a stop at Columbus Park. Here we will leave you to explore the rest of our buzzing city.
Don’t forget to ask your local guide for restaurant tips and a few more sightseeing recommendations, there is always plenty to eat, see and drink on our gorgeous island!
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Walking/cave tour and shopping tour We did the walking/cave tour with Jose and Luis, and then the shopping tour with Jose a couple days later,... read moreWe did the walking/cave tour with Jose and Luis, and then the shopping tour with Jose a couple days later, and we had a great time. Got to see a lot of places that you'd just pass by if you weren't in the know. read less
Inspiring We took a private tour with Jose Uribe. It was outstanding, literally, and Jose was exceptional. I (we) tend to... read moreWe took a private tour with Jose Uribe. It was outstanding, literally, and Jose was exceptional. I (we) tend to avoid larger groups because my (our) preference is to delve into the nature of living there. Jose's in-depth knowledge of the socio-economic, education, laws, history, religions and spirituality were second to none in my experience. There was nothing he could not answer with intelligence and a full depth of factual comprehension. Every place we stopped was described in full and sensitive detail. He also came to my rescue. My airline had lost my luggage and advised me that it would arrive overnight to the hotel. We were scheduled to leave the next day on a cruise. I also lost my shaving kit with much-needed prescriptions. I was assured that my bag would be waiting for me but fortunately, Jose agreed to drive us to the airport. He lead us not to the baggage claim area but to the main control centre for baggage for my airline. I would never have found it on my own. He spoke at length with the right employee who dispatched someone it find it for me because it wasn't where it was supposed to be. I may have boarded the cruise without my luggage if it weren't for Jose. He also took me to a pharmacy and managed to get me replacement prescriptions before boarding in time. This man goes well beyond the call of duty for his clients. He is affable, trustworthy, intelligent, extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to be with. I wish he were available at every country we visited. I feel blessed that we were able to book him. read less
Incredible tour at an incredible price! This tour was amazing! A blend of both the historical elements of the city as well as the natural elements... read moreThis tour was amazing! A blend of both the historical elements of the city as well as the natural elements found at the National Park. The Los Tres Ojos park was simply breathtaking and our tour guide (Rainer) brought us to see another area of the caves where a 4th lake is. He even discussed the films that have used footage from this area including the original Jurassic Park. It was amazing how some of the lakes seemed to glow a bright teal when the sunlight hit them. Rainer's extensive knowledge of the historical buildings and areas of the city was also excellent. He described the city and his country with such pride and passion. It was exciting to hear about the history from someone who so clearly loves to share it with others. I cannot believe the price of this tour considering how much you are able to see and experience.My only word of warning, when you are leaving the Los Tres Ojos, there are many vendors set up who will instantly harass you and try to get you to buy things. The prices are ridiculous and they are very aggressive. I ended up buying a couple of things just to satisfy them and leave but when my friend politely declined (at least 20 times), the second she turned around, I saw them sneer at her and start speaking very "rudely" about her. They assumed we couldn't understand and continued to say some pretty awful things until our group left. Just be prepared for that. (Not the fault of Rainer or the tour). Again, if you are looking for a way to see a large amount of landmarks and take in the beauty of the city at a very small price, do yourself a favor and book this tour! read less
Excellent tour with historical background of Santo Domingo This was an excellent walking tour that was organized properly. They set up these different stops so that you can... read moreThis was an excellent walking tour that was organized properly. They set up these different stops so that you can escape the heat by visiting different stores. If you are not used to hot weather, I suggest that you wear a hat. We made a stop to buy bottled water, but for me, I brought some water with me from the start. The traditional fruit market was the highlight for me. This tour was professionally done. We started on time at 9 am, and we ended way after 1 pm. Rainer took us to different places of Santo Domingo: a small pastry shop/cafe with Arabic influence on its architecture (I think the foods were influenced by Arabs as well), a fruit market (traditional market) where you can try different fruits (nispero was awesome), another Dominican pastry shop, and a bakery in Chinatown. We also went to souvenir shops. No one pressure us to buy anything (of course, shopkeepers will try to get your attention to come visit them). At the painting stores, Rainer explained the difference style of Dominican painting versus Haitian painting. As we walk from one place to another, he explained to us the history and the culture of Dominican Republic. If you are interested in these topics (history and culture), you must take this tour. More read less
Mon – Sat 8.00 – 18.00