If you only have a short time in Santo Domingo and you want to discover the best products that the island has to offer, then book this tour. Join our local guide for a stroll around the old town and discover rum distilleries, cigar factories, art galleries, chocolatiers, traditional handicraft stores and one-of-a-kind jewellery-makers. As you taste, admire and try on our famous Dominican products, you will learn more about the island’s fascinating history and culture. And the best thing? All the products are at factory prices, so you’ll save a bundle on your souvenir shopping!
Our shopping tour begins in Santo Domingo’s Colonial District, where we will take you back in time at the Amber Museum. You’ll learn about how this precious stone is made and view the museum’s unique collection of Dominican amber, said to be the most transparent in the world. We’ll also see one of the island’s most exquisite and coveted exports, the Larimar. This beautiful blue stone is only found in the Dominican Republic. It is said to resemble the colour of the Caribbean Sea and is a classic source of inspiration for Dominican jewellers.
The Caribbean is famous for its rum and Dominican rum is up there with the best of them. Our next stop is a distillery where you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the history of every pirate’s favourite tipple, see the production process for yourself, taste the finished product and buy a bottle if you wish.
Our discovery of local products continues with a stop to appreciate the many varieties of traditional sweets and candies made locally. You can pick up a traditional Dominican dessert here, if you’d like.
As we stroll through the narrow, colonial streets we will arrive at one of the biggest art galleries in the country. Here you’ll learn about our colourful paintings, wooden handicrafts, musical instruments, merengue and bachata music. The gift shop is a souvenir hunter’s nirvana!
Our next stop is a cigar factory store to learn why the Dominican Republic is famous for its fine, handmade cigars. If you like, buy one as a gift for friends back home — an original present from your travels.
A journey through the most famous products of the Dominican Republic would not be complete without a chocolate experience! Find out why Dominican cocoa is considered some of the world’s best and discover the chocolate-making process, from farm to factory. You have the option to have a go at making your own chocolate here (please note there is an additional cost). The finest Dominican chocolate gift store that offers sumptuous products at factory prices await those who want to cut out the middleman and get on with consuming all that cocoa-y goodness.
After our Made in Santo Domingo tour ends, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on which restaurants to visit and which secret local spots to discover
Dress standard: Comfortable shoes to walk in and sun glasses and sun screen are advisable.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We’ll see you at the start point. Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed above. Please select ‘child’ above when booking. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
Dietary Notes: Food is not included in the tour, any food purchases are made at the discretion of the customer.
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Excellent tour of the historic area and outlying areas of Santo Domingo As luck would have it, I was the only person on this tour! (And I very much appreciate doing it... read moreAs luck would have it, I was the only person on this tour! (And I very much appreciate doing it with just one person.) My guide, José Uribe, could not have been any nicer or knowledagble. I learned much more than I expected. I'm a details person and I sure got them! Don't hesitate scheduling this tour, and if you can, request José. read less
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
Really great introduction to Zona Colonial Louis was a friendly and engaging tour guide and this tour really helped me understand the context and history of... read moreLouis was a friendly and engaging tour guide and this tour really helped me understand the context and history of Zona Colonial and Santo Domingo. If you are spending a few days here, I recommend doing this tour to get a nice overview and then going back to visit some of the key attractions more in-depth. Also included a brief stop in Barrio Chino which was fun. read less
A full and fun custom tour Jose organized a custom tour for our massively large group, more than two hundred people, organized into nine groups that... read moreJose organized a custom tour for our massively large group, more than two hundred people, organized into nine groups that traveled different routes, but all ending up at the same buffet in a beautiful, colonial hotel.We learned about the history and culture of the place, walking past various buildings, plazas, and monuments, visited the chocolate museum where we got many interesting tastes of different types of chocolate, took a fun respite in the 4D cinema, and got to experience local music and Carnival characters, diablos cojuelos.Jose was an enthusiastic organizer and guide, finding fun extra things to include in our program. The food was very good and the rum and other drinks quite enjoyable.The size of our groups was way too big -- I'd thought we'd agreed on 24 person groups but ended up in 48 person groups where it was impossible for everyone to hear the guide -- and a small number of people didn't get to try everything on the buffet, but overall we were very well taken care of and I'm happy to recommend Jose and his team. read less
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