A great place to begin your exploration of the Dominican Republic is the capital, Santo Domingo — the first European city in the Western hemisphere.
Santo Domingo is a fabulous mix of sixteenth century dwellings, imposing late medieval palaces and fortresses, set amidst a refreshingly non-geometric street-grid. The city was recognized as the cradle of European civilization in the New World and UNESCO has declared the Colonial City to be a world heritage site.
During the day, we will visit many important sights including the Fina Arts Palace, the National Theatre, the Presidential Palace, etc.
At the Colonial Zone we take a walk around the first buildings of the Americas, such as The Cathedral, Calle la Damas, and The Alcazar de Colon. At the expansive Plaza España, framed by the Palace of Columbus, the Casas Reales Museum and the 17th century sundial, the sidewalk cafés come to life as a place where locals and visitors meet.
When Christopher Columbus’ son, Diego, was appointed the first viceroy of the Indies, the palace of Alcazar de Colonwas built to house his court and his wife, Maria de Toledo. Built of native coral and rock on the shores of the Ozama River, El Alcazar served as the center of the Spanish court.
A typical Dominican lunch is served in the best Restaurant of typical food in the Colonial Zone with a wide variety of food. Afterwards we have time for shopping at the main shopping street El Conde.
After Colonial and Modern overview we will arrive to Columbus Lighthouse an impressive structure in the shape of a cross which was constructed to mark the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas in 1492.
Departure from city and arrival to hotel in the evening.
Duration: Full day.
Included: roundtrip transfer, guide asistance, entrance to museums, lunch.
Private excursions can be customized to match individual needs and can be done any day of the week. The price for a private excursion will be according to the number of participants. Some restrictions may apply.
*possible air tour
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