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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Detailed lecture; listing needs update. Our guide was friendly and entertaining, offering local insight, and the Ciudad Colonial is lovely. However, please note, as of... read moreOur guide was friendly and entertaining, offering local insight, and the Ciudad Colonial is lovely. However, please note, as of the date of this review the itinerary for this tour has changed and the TripAdvisor event description is not up to date; the visit to Los Tres Ojos, coffee, monastery beer, bakery stop, etc. are not included. Please contact the agency for modified tour details. read less
Be a local in Dominican Republic Jose was the perfect guide you could ask for. He came all the way from Santo Domingo to Samana city... read moreJose was the perfect guide you could ask for. He came all the way from Santo Domingo to Samana city to take us on a private tour to the Los Haitises National Park. He arranged a private boat with wonderful crew and took care of us like family. He was very courteous and even took amazing pictures of me and my wife. He knows Dominican Republic like the back of his hands and i would highly recommend him for tours in DR read less
Insider look at Santo Domingo for travelers This was an excellent overview of the colonial quarter, Chinatown and the markets, which lasted 4 hours. I really enjoyed... read moreThis was an excellent overview of the colonial quarter, Chinatown and the markets, which lasted 4 hours. I really enjoyed the markets and to see some of the historic structures of the city. Rainer was waiting for us at the prescribed location and wore a T-shirt inscribed with the logo of the tour company which was very important for finding him, as this area of Santo Domingo is crawling with would-be tour guides who are trying to hustle business and might charge you a second time if you make a mistake. I also appreciated there was a second rep of the company to stay behind and to head off any trouble as some of these areas could be a little sketchy. Rainer's English was very good, although I occasionally had to interpret a world for my wife who does not speak Spanish. I wish that the history presented were a little less official propaganda and freer to wrestle with the true challenges in this very economically challenged area. A final highlight was trying many different fruits, bakery items, coffee and even a beer at the end. read less
Mon – Sat 8.00 – 18.00