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Santo Domingo City Tour

US$ 45 child - 86 adult

4.00 out of 5

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Offline price: $93
You save: $7 (8%)

Duration: approx. 12 hours
Departure time: morning
Runs: Tue, Fri

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What’s included?

  • Santo Domingo city tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Admission to landmarks visited
  • Gift shopping stop
  • Professional guides
  • Lunch

What to bring

  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Sneakers
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Cash


During the Santo Domingo tour you will experience more than 500 years of history and culture in the New World’s oldest city. The tour exposes visitors to landmarks of the city’s pre-Columbian history, rich colonial era, and modern life, making it clear why Santo Domingo was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1992. We start by exploring the lagoons and underground caves protected within the Three Eyes National Park. The Taino Indians inhabited this area before Christopher Columbus first landed in Santo Domingo in 1492.

The Colonial Zone

The tour then moves into the era of Columbus. After a quick stop at the Columbus lighthouse, built in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s historic landing, you will enter Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone. These 16 square blocks embody the culture of Santo Domingo during its long history as a Spanish colony. The first stop is the Columbus Palace, where Christopher Columbus’s son Diego lived during his tenure as Viceroy of the Indies. The tour then allows visitors to explore the Plaza de España and stroll through the oldest streets in the Americas, including the first paved street, the Calle Las Damas.

Finally, you will experience one of the most important historic and cultural sites in the western hemisphere, the first Cathedral built in the New World.

Modern Santo Domingo

A delicious lunch at one of the top Dominican restaurants in the city brings the tour into the present day. You will visit the modern section of the Dominican Republic’s capital city, which is home to 3 million people. The tour visits the National Palace, where the president and government operate today. And the last stop is a visit to a spacious gift shop where you can take home the perfect memento of this unique and important city.

May this tour remind you of Santo Domingo’s rich cultural history, which spans over 500 years and remains strong.

Sneak Peek

Helpful tip
– Bring bottled water to keep you hidrated throughout the day.

Departure point
Tour departs from most Punta Cana / Bavaro area hotels. An extra pick up charge may be added to your cart depending on the location of your hotel.

Departure time

Pick up time and location
Pickup time varies depending on the location of your hotel, you will be picked up in the hotel lobby or specified meeting point. The exact pickup time and location will be provided on your voucher after booking.

12 hours (approximate total duration from pickup to drop-off).

Return details
You will be dropped off at your hotel.

Days of operation
Tuesday, Friday.

Cancellation Policy
– Tours are non-refundable for no show.
– Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance of the scheduled pick up time or there will be no refund.
– Should a tour be cancelled due to bad weather we will reschedule at your earliest convenience. If your dates are not flexible and the rescheduling cannot be done a full refund will be issued.

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3 reviews for Santo Domingo City Tour

  1. 3 out of 5


    This tour definitely left something to be desired. We started on a luxury Bus coach with a bathroom and ample room. We then stopped literally on the side of a highway where we were transferred to a small cramped bus with no bathroom even though the which started on the original bus had a shorter drive than us. Once on the bus the tour guide began explaining the politics of the Dominican republic. I think that was what he was saying. I don’t know if he had ever used a microphone before. He held it so close to his mouth that the speaker was muddled and you couldn’t understand anything. Other people on the bus told him this but it didn’t help. The “English” tour guides at the stops were equally hard to understand. This tour should really be marketed to fluent Spanish speakers only. Finally the day was about 14 hours long even though it was advertised as 11. Several passengers missed dinner reservations at their hotels. The 2nd shuttle back (we transferred several times, all on the side of highways) was too small and passengers needed to cram into the seats to fit.

  2. 5 out of 5


    All in all, we were delightfully pleased with our iheartdr day trip from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo. We anticipated it being a long day, and it was. It started with a very early pickup at our hotel, and the small vehicle was nicely air-conditioned and did a great job on the roads in the Dominican Republic! We stayed at Punta Cana Hard Rock Hotel, and it’s the final pick-up destination, but the first on the return trip in the evening. We stopped at a little market on both legs of our journey, which allowed people to pick up snacks and mementos. They had clean restrooms, which was also nice. There was no pressure to buy anything, but it was convenient for those who were hungry or thirsty.

    There were a few more stops at landmarks and attractions, per the schedule, and it was all informative and interesting. Our last stop was in the middle of Santo Domingo. We wanted to stop at Santo Domingo’s Hard Rock Café and the nearby cathedral, and it worked out perfectly. We saw the church and had about 45 minutes to shop and see the Hard Rock. Our amazing guide knew four languages and it was incredible. His skills in Spanish, French, English and Italian allowed everyone in the group to understand what we were seeing and experiencing. From the first communication with iheartdr to the trip experience itself, everything was first rate. We would definitely suggest using this company. -A visitor from London, United Kingdom

  3. 4 out of 5


    From booking to being back at our hotel this was great experience. We were picked up at the time they told us on our voucher (actually the driver was there 7 minutes early). The drive to Santo Domingo is shorter than I thought it would be (we were told that we took a newly constructed highway that made the trip shorter…) I wouldn’t have minded if the drive took longer than it did because we were seeing much of the country out our window and our guide narrated the day to day life of the dominicans which made it very interesting.

    My wife, kids and I are all history buffs (which is why we booked this tour in the first place) and walking among the oldest buildings in America was mesmerizing. Our guide Carlos spoke very good english and he made the trip entertaining (I’m usually not a big fan of guided tours). The first stop was one of my favorites, you go underground to explore amazing lagoons (there are steps and pathways all the way). The color of the water here is the most vivid blue I have ever seen in my life and when the sun rays hit the water it’s like you’re in a movie (part of Jurassic Park 3 was actually filmed there).

    Once in the old city (zona colonial) we visited very well preserved 15th century buildings, the first cathedral in America, the first fortress/dungeon also ruins of the first hospital and mental institution. This part of town is very picturesque I strongly recommend you bring a camera.

    This was a great day from start to finish, the only reason why I don’t give it 5 stars is because at some point we were really thirsty and water is not provided as part of the tour (which I think they should) I recommend bringing some pesos with you so you can buy bottled water if you get thirsty. Other than that a great experience and I would do it again! (this time I’ll bring my own water 🙂

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Customer Questions & Answers

5 months 5 days ago

Will I be able to leave the tour and visit the Blue Mall and then rejoin the tour before head back to Punta Cana

5 months 5 days ago

Hi, Sam, unfortunately this wouldn’t be possible. Please feel free to ask any questions you might still have =)

7 months 24 days ago

How big is the bus? Is it air conditioned? How many people per tour?

7 months 20 days ago

Hola Teresa, the bus’ size depends on how many people are going on the tour on any specific day. It may vary from a full size bus to a mini bus or even a minivan. Regardless of the bus size, it’s air conditioned. The number of people varies from day to day, it can be 50 people or 10 people depending on the day. Hope this helps! =)

8 months 3 days ago

Do you pick up at the Ocidental Grand? We will be there June 6-11,2017

8 months 1 day ago

Hola Yolanda, yes! free round trip transportation is available from the Occidental Grand. When you’re ready to book please click on the red “Check Availability” button on the top of this page to choose your hotel and other booking details. Hope to see you as a customer soon =)

Paige Mobley
10 months 11 days ago

We plan on visiting the Dominican Republic during Holy Week 2017. Will there be closures or changes if we take this tour during that week, especially on Good Friday, April 14th.

10 months 8 days ago

Viernes Santo (Good Friday) is not the best day for Santo Domingo, normally most of the historical landmarks are closed. Since this tour runs on Tuesdays and Fridays I’d recommend going on Tuesday since Holy Week holidays don’t actually fully start until Wednesday at noon.