Get ready to board a comfortable air-conditioned bus at the crack of dawn. Side by side an expert tourist guide you will soon take over the Santo Domingo, First City of the Americas, learning historically-relevant facts of this modern-day metropolitan city. Real estate wrought in accents underscored by delicate French neoclassical designs. Close detail was given to its facade, bringing together stuccoed accents and decorative elements around its doors and windows.
We will have lunch at a typical restaurant reminiscent of a small farm, where your senses will drift away with the pleasant scents of cinnamon and ginger. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted to the rhythm of Merengue, in an atmosphere where flavor and camaraderie come to life. You will be treated to the traditional Dominican dish, known as “la bandera dominicana”. Take a stroll across a colonial neighborhood and examine its monuments and museums. Pay homage to the First Cathedral of the Americas, birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith. Formally known as the Catedral Metropolitana Santa María de la Encarnación.
This former hut made of royal palms nowadays takes up an entire block. Setting your sight on its interior for the first time is an authentic sensorial experience. Stroll down Las Damas Street, the oldest back street not only in the Dominican Republic, in all of the Americas. It preserves the largest amount of monuments in its surrounding areas. The Museo de la Casas Reales, formerly the Governmental Palace, has a bewitching display of colonial era artifacts. Monument of historic significance once a Jesuit church, the National Pantheon became the final resting place of many illustrious Dominicans after its restoration in 1538.
A huge copper lamp looms over its dome, emanating a perpetual flame forever keeping the memory of national heroes alive. A walk across the Alcázar de Colón enraptures visitors back to the era of the first Spanish conquistadors. The pedestrian only street known as Atarazanas was the first commercial street in the Americas. Take a walk around the outside edge of the wall on the Bateria del Almirante. The somberness of the National Palace is exemplified by its well-crafted formal equilibrium and historical commemorations. We will get off the bus for a brief moment in order to take photographs in front of the presidential palace. Arrive to the boardwalk of Santo Domingo where you will appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and some modern buildings such as the Fine Arts Palace, National Theatre, Presidential Palace, and more.
Come across this multi-million-dollar lighthouse was built in 1992 to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Columbus’s landing in the Americas and is the site of the explorer’s bones. Come and join us as we rediscover the first city of the New World, Santo Domingo. Important: On Mondays we offer only panoramic views of the Museums and some extra free time to walk around the city colonial center.
What's included :
Hotel Pick-up and Drop-off - Official Guide - Transport by Air-Conditioned Coach or Van - Water and Soft Drinks (Non-Alcoholic) - Typical lunch - Audio Guide
What To Bring :
Comfortable shoes for walking - Photo camera - Money for souvenirs