Santo Domingo Tour from Punta Cana – Private Full Day Excursion in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore all the major cultural attractions of the capital in just one day with our private tour to Santo Domingo from Punta Cana!
- Our journey begins around 7 in the morning, depending on your location, to avoid traffic and ensure a comfortable arrival in Santo Domingo. You’ll have your own private minivan with a professional guide who will provide valuable historical insights and engaging information throughout the tour.
- Upon arriving in Santo Domingo, you will visit one of the most visited and popular places in the Dominican Republic – Los Tres Ojos Cave. This beautiful national park features four underground lakes surrounded by stunning tropical gardens. You’ll have the opportunity to descend and stroll around the lakes, enjoying their crystal-clear waters and unique rock formations. To see the fourth lake, you will take a ferry that will transport you through an underground river to reach the lake. It’s a truly atmospheric journey!
- The next stop is the Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colón). This is a remarkable attraction in Santo Domingo, a monumental building dedicated to the memory and historical role of the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus in the discovery of America. You will enter the structure, immerse yourself in history, and ascend to the observation deck, which offers panoramic views of Santo Domingo!
- You will also have an exterior view of Alcazar (Alcázar de Colón), the home of Diego Columbus, the son of the discoverer of the New World, who also made a significant impact on the history of the Dominican Republic. Additionally, you will see Casas Reales, a historic building that formerly housed Spanish governors.
- You will visit the National Pantheon, a mausoleum where outstanding Dominican figures, including Juan Pablo Duarte, one of the founders of the Dominican Republic, are buried. This place holds great historical and cultural significance for the country.
- You’ll also get to admire the Cathedral of Santo Domingo from the outside. This 16th-century Catholic cathedral is one of the oldest in the Americas, and you’ll be captivated by its magnificent arches, stained glass windows, and learn about the rich history and cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic.
- Then it will be time to take a break and enjoy a meal of Dominican cuisine. Recharge before continuing this insightful and enriching journey.
- After lunch, you’ll enjoy a bus tour of the modern city and also stop for a photo opportunity at the National Palace. This is one of the largest and most beautiful government buildings in the country, serving as the official residence of the executive branch of the Dominican Republic.
- To conclude the tour, an exciting Santo Domingo’s cable car ride above the city awaits. This journey offers a bird’s-eye view, providing a better understanding of Santo Domingo’s surroundings and scale. Witness the city from new heights!
Immerse yourself in authentic Dominican culture, witness the fusion of history and modernity, and admire the splendid architecture and rich heritage of the Dominican Republic during our private tour to Santo Domingo!
Private Santo Domingo Tour Program
Private Comfortable Transportation
We start around 7:00 AM (depending on your location) to avoid traffic and make your arrival in Santo Domingo smooth. You'll have a private minivan with an expert guide, making your tour rich in information.
Los Tres Ojos National Park
When we arrive in Santo Domingo, we'll visit Los Tres Ojos cave, one of the Dominican Republic's most famous attractions. The Three Eyes National Park features four underground lakes surrounded by lush gardens. You'll enjoy exploring the caves and crystal-clear lakes. To reach the fourth lake, you'll take a ferry ride through an underground river, adding a unique atmosphere to the trip.
Our next stop is Columbus Lighthouse, a huge building honoring the famous Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. You'll go inside to learn about history and then go up to the observation deck for panoramic views of Santo Domingo!
Alcázar de Colón & Casas Reales
We'll also see the Alcazar from the outside, the former home of Diego Columbus, son of the New World explorer Christopher Columbus, who played a significant role in Dominican Republic history. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to explore the exterior of Casas Reales (Museum of the Royal Houses), a historic building that once housed Spanish governors.
National Pantheon (Panteón de la Patria)
You'll explore the National Pantheon, a mausoleum where notable Dominican figures, including Juan Pablo Duarte, a Dominican Republic founder, rest. This place is of immense historical and cultural importance for the country.
Santo Domingo Cathedral
We will stop by the Santo Domingo Cathedral (Santo Domingo de la Calzada Cathedral), an ancient Catholic church from the 16th century, one of the oldest in the Americas. Admire its impressive arches, stained glass windows, and rich history to appreciate the Dominican Republic's cultural heritage.
Afterward, it's time for a lunch break to savor Dominican national cuisine and recharge before we continue our exciting historical tour.
After lunch, you'll take a bus ride through the modern part of the city and stop for photos at the National Palace, one of the country's largest and most impressive government buildings. It serves as the official residence of the Dominican Republic's top executive branch.
Teleférico de Santo Domingo
At the end of the tour, you'll take an exciting cable car ride above the city, offering you a bird's-eye view of Santo Domingo's surroundings. It's a whole new perspective on the city!
Expect to return to your hotel around 6:00 -7:00 PM.
Santo Domingo Full Day Excursion Details
- Approximate pick-up time: 7:00 AM (depending on your location)
- Duration: full-day tour
- What to bring: sunglasses, sun protection cream, photo camera, comfortable shoes (preferably closed-toe footwear for the cave visit), water, extra money for shopping, good mood
- Note that there are long and steep staircases that can be slippery due to moisture
- The tour is not suitable for trips with baby strollers, people in wheelchairs, and those with leg problems
- 1-person group: $485
- 2-person group: $510
- 3-person group: $535
- 4-person group: $560
- 5-person group: $585
- 6-person group: $610
- 7-person group: $635
- 8-person group: $660
- 9-person group: $685
- 10-person group: $710
Pick-up and drop-off is included in the price for most hotels and residences in Bavaro-Punta Cana, Uvero Alto, Cap Cana, Miches, and Veron area. Additional charge may be applied for pick-ups from Bayahibe and La Romana.
- Private air-conditioned transportation
- Dominican lunch
- Private licensed tour guide
- All entrance tickets according to the itinerary (Los Tres Ojos National Park, Columbus Lighthouse, National Pantheon, Cable Car)
Book this exiting private tour to Santo Domingo to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Dominican Republic like never before!
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