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Punta Cana

Historical Santo Domingo Day Trip from Punta Cana

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Explore the highlights of Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the Americas, on this sightseeing day trip from Punta Cana, a great choice for first-time visitors and history buffs. Visit the caves at Three Eyes National Park, the Columbus Lighthouse, the walled Colonial Zone, and the National Presidential Palace, traveling between attractions with ease in an air-conditioned coach. A traditional Dominican lunch is also included.
  • Explore Santo Domingo without getting lost with an art historian guide
  • Travel between Santo Domingo’s highlights with ease
  • A great choice for first-time visitors with limited time
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from your hotel in Punta Cana
What to Expect
Your tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Punta Cana in an air-conditioned coach. Travel about two and a half hours to Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On arrival in Santo Domingo, explore the underground caves used by the indigenous Taino Indians at Three Eyes National Park. Stop at the Columbus Lighthouse, and then travel to the Colonial Zone, a walled 16-square-block historic district with many firsts of the New World such as the first cathedral, university, and hospital. Visit the Columbus Palace, home of Christopher Columbus’ son Diego, and walk along Calle Las Damas, the oldest paved street in the New World. Stop for a traditional Dominican lunch and then visit the National Presidential Palace. That leaves just enough time to pop into a souvenir shop before heading back to Punta Cana to end your tour.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Departs from Punta Cana hotels
Between 7:00 am and 8:00 am.  Hotel pickup time varies based on hotel location.
Departure Time
7:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Professional art historian guide
  • Headsets in some of the monuments with language selection
  • Enter to the monuments all inclusive, audio guide
  • Buffet lunch at Atarazana Restaurat, typical dominican food, vegetarian option available
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • To enter the Cathedral, women and men must be covered to the elbows and knees
  • It is recommended that you wear comfortable walking shoes
  • It is recommended that you bring cash, a camera, sunscreen, and a hat
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience 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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Our guide Mr. D was very Well prepared and offer us many details about history of SD . El Colonial and house of Diego Columb was very interesting point in which I discovered a Part of Dominican history . Merengue & Batchata is everywere and the ambulant old man offer the
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Overall a really informative and interesting tour. Bit of a delay in the morning gathering everyone for the tour but once we got underway it was good. Our tour was a nice manageable size....only about 16 people. A mix of Spanish and English speakers and the guide flipped
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Learned so much from taking this tour, learned so much more about the Dominican Republic & how they originated...Even though it was a very long day, we were bused from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo via a very nice air-conditioned bus. We got to drive through some areas that
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3 hrs too long Guide spoke poor english Made a number of extra stops not on the schedule Would have liked to have seen this beautiful city
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Yes, it is a long trip, made longer by our (unnecessary) stops in tourist traps. Basically no one bought anything there. The beginning of the day was chaotic: We were in two transfer vehicles before we finally wound up in the right van, and no one spoke English. The tour was
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About the operator
By: Sol Cana Tours
241 reviews
Mr. D
Our guide Mr. D was very Well prepared and offer us many details about history of SD . El Colonial and house of
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Moon Township, Pennsylvania
Terrible! Herded like cattle. Lied too and disrespected.
We were sold this excursion by Amstar at the Barcelona resort. Every beautiful detail was exaggerated and we were
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Sally H
Spartanburg, South Carolina
Service Excellence
Sol Cans Tours was wonderful.The drivers were prompt, courteous, and helpful. The vehicles were clean and
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
First of all, we booked this tour with Francis. He told us we would get to snorkel for at least 20 minutes and be
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Danny H
Not for English speakers. Crammed boat trip to the island with insanely loud music being planned so I arrived
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Morden, United Kingdom
Chaotic, unprofessional, loud
If 7 hours of blaring Latin music so loud you can't speak to the person next to you and underage drunk kids is
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Wayne M
Durham, United Kingdom
amazing place
full 8 hour excursion from punta cana .not cheap but so worth it.Bus from hotel around 45 mins ,7am pick
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Devon, United Kingdom
Really Informative
Overall a really informative and interesting tour. Bit of a delay in the morning gathering everyone for the tour
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San Diego, California
Amazing Day! Lots of Fun!
This was an amazing day! We stayed at the Hilton LaRomana and the boat was right off our beach. They did bring
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very bad experience, do not comply with the promise, sorry for my country
I am staying at the Occidental Caribe Punta cana hotel, I have received a very good treatment with my wife, I have
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Springfield, Missouri
Private transportation
Always love a quick and effective transport to and from my resort without waiting for others or their checked bags
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Loved it!
Overall brilliant experience! Was a little waiting about from transfers in morning and return transfer, took the
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leonardo l
Was not bad.
I booked the round trip to be safe, the local people at the airport help you out with the transportation in case
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New York City, New York
Great transportation service
Fantastic service and a perfect way to transfer between airport and resort in Dominican Republic. Our flight was
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Cleveland, Ohio
Sol Cana Tours Hotel Shuttle
This airport transfer worked exactly as planned! They were waiting for us at the airport with my name on a tablet
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