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Day Trip to Saona Island and Altos de Chavon

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    What to Expect
    Start your day of discovery at your Punta Cana hotel where you will be picked up by your friendly and professional guide. The first stop will be at Altos de Chavon. This captivating, man-made marvel is an architectural wonder. The town is a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village perched high above the Chavón River. The village was designed by Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro, and created by Italian master designer and cinematographer Roberto Coppa. Dominican artisans handcrafted the stone pathways, decorative ironwork, furniture and enchanting buildings, reviving almost forgotten crafts of metal work and stone carving. Under Coppa´s direction, each stone was hand cut, each wooden door frame was handcrafted and each wrought-iron detail was hand-forged. Construction of the village began in 1976 and the village was inaugurated in 1982 with the concert of Frank Sinatra at the amphitheater.

    Next, there will be a catamaran cruise to the beautiful Saona Island, a tropical island located a short distance from the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic, near the La Romana Province. It is a government protected nature reserve and a popular destination for tourists from all over the Dominican Republic, thousands of people arrive in fleets of catamarans and small motorboats every day. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of its beaches, and has been used on many occasions by filmmakers and advertisers looking for a stereotypical desert island setting for their film or product. On Saona Island you can relax on the beach, enjoy the crystalline waters or explore the tropical surrounds. Here you will find a one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean full of white sand, coconut palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.

    After a bit of relaxation, enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch of typical Dominican fare. There will also be an open bar with local drinks. After the delicious lunch you will be returned to your Punta Cana hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick starts at hotel main lobby, or specified meeting point if your are staying at an apartment, look for caribbean route at the pick up place.
    Departure Time
    6:30 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Buffet lunch (BBQ, salad and typical Dominican fare) Also vegetarian options
    • Unlimited beer and soft drinks (open bar)
    • 30-40 minute stop at the biggest natural swimming pool
    • 3-hours at Saona Island
    • Animation during the trip
    • Professional guide
    • Gratuities
    • DVD, Photos, and Souvenir ( Note that we are not responsible for any inconvenience with photos and souvenirs that you buy during the tour)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The worst guide I've ever experienced - totally unprofessional and a major tool. All of the people leading the tour are there for a giant party with themselves and have no respect for guests. We spent the majority of our day on hot busses waiting and didn't see all that much.
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    Pickup was around 15 min late. Bus tour and catamaran was good. Also the food at the Island was nice. However, in the bus they told us that our trip to Altos de Chavon was cancelled with the reason that there is a concert. That was for us a surprise on a short nice. I am sure
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    My wife and I were married a few months ago and this trip to DR was our honeymoon. We decided on this excursion as my wife wanted to see Altos de Chavon and I love the ocean so this was great for both of us. The tour itself was quite fun, the bus was comfortable and air
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    This was a fun trip. The tour guides were very informative and interactive. The time at Altos de Chavon was fun but too short. We completely enjoyed our time at the island and my husband felt this was the best beach experience of the entire trip. Nice surf. The lunch was
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    Id give 4 stars for overall experience. The food was average. Our guide was knowledgeable. The photographers were phenomenal. It would have been nice to know that there are vendors and massages available on saona island so that one could bring enough cash. The transportation was
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