Santo Domingo City Full-Day Tour
- Audio Guide
- Live Guide
- Instant Confirmation
- Day Trip
- Pickup Service
- 8 hr
Santo Domingo is brimming with architectural and historical gems. It's a city that tells a fascinating story, as it was the first city established in the ‘New World' by Europeans. Luis, one of our local guides, says, ‘We like to say we were the first – we had the first church in the Americas, the first hospital, first monastery and first university. All here, in Santo Domingo.' You'll discover the major sights as well as the secrets of the colonial past by coach, train and foot on this sightseeing tour. Admire the Gothic splendor of Santa Maria Cathedral, the first church in the Americas Visit the 4D cinema for an immersive experience recounting the Battle of Santo Domingo All aboard the mini-train for a sightseeing tour through the UNESCO-listed colonial zone Learn about local history and art on a guided tour of the Columbus family's Alcazar de Colon Expert local guide with an unrivalled knowledge of Santo Domingo and the history of the city
Operated by: Destination Services Dominican Republic
Stop At: Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor
Admire the Gothic splendour of Santa Maria Cathedral, the first church in the Americas
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Zona Colonial
Kick off at Independence Park before heading into the warren of cobbled streets that is the old town – known as the Zona Colonial – a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Duration: 2 hour
Stop At: Alcazar de Colon
You'll see sites dating back to the 15th century and visit the Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria and the Alcazar de Colon, which belonged to Christopher Columbus's family. You'll find out more about the complex history of the island with a 4D cinema experience recounting the storming of the city on New Year's Day in 1586 by English privateers led by Francis Drake.
Duration: 2 hour
Stop At: Fortaleza Ozama
Next, hop aboard a mini-train for a tour of the colonial zone before stopping for lunch. You'll savour traditional Dominican dishes in a family-owned restaurant. It's a showstopping location in a 16th century colonial building full of character and charm. Round off the day with a stroll along Calle de las Damas – site of the Pantheon and Ozama Fort, then enjoy free time to shop or explore. The colonial zone is dotted with cosy, tree-shaded squares and historic churches.
Duration: 3 hour