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Santo Domingo City Tour

Duration: Full Day

santo domingo city tour

For a fun and insightful day out filled with history, folklore and culture this is a tour that you shouldn't miss whilst on your Dominican Republic holiday.

To get a real sense of the country you're visiting, it's culture and it's people join us in this exceptional tour that will show you Dominican Republic's capital as it truly is and was. Experience the contrast between the old and the new and the excitement of discovering the foundations of this Caribbean gem. Don't miss the opportunity of exploring its city centre and learning from its colonial architecture, its monuments, its parks and museums......and seeing all of this is exactly what we'll be taking you to do in this exciting city tour throughout America's oldest settlement and the most magical city in the Dominican Republic.

If you want to make the most of your visit here let it be us that show you the beauty and joyous flair of Santo Domingo, the most ancient city in the Americas and the first founded upon the discovery of the New World.

Santo Doming is also the largest city and main seaport of the Dominican Republic, located at the point where the Ozama River flows into the Caribbean Sea. With its old allure and charming passages you will find here the first street of the Americas, the famous "Calle de las Damas" (The Ladies' Street) also a site of numerous city buildings including the oldest and first fortress of the New World, named after the city's river; the great Ozama fortress in all its grandeur and ancient splendour.

The tour includes a visit to the castle of Columbus, named the Alcazar de Colón built by his nephew Diego and his wife Maria de Toledo who was also the niece of King Ferdinand of Spain. It is here in this city that you will find many traces of Columbus's presence in Santo Domingo and one of the highlights of this tour will be visiting the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor built in the 16th century and also the place where Columbus's remains are said to be buried. This Cathedral is also famous for being declared the first in the Americas by Pope Paul III in 1542...as you can already begin to see Santo Domingo is certainly the place for discovering the first of many things in American civilization.

The tour will continue to show you Christopher Columbus' Lighthouse, yet another unmissable sight in the city and an example of great colonial architecture. This impressive and colossal structure built in the shape of a cross was constructed to mark Columbus' 5000th anniversary of his arrival in the Americas in 1492. It features numerous exhibits and an impressive tomb. But the best views of the place are at night, when the dazzling lights are reflected on the sky in the shape of a cross.

And to end this enlightening historical tour on a lighter note we'll leave you to engage in some colourful shopping at the Dominican market where you'll be snatching bargains to keep as special memories of this day, little treasures that you can keep forever; long after your Dominican Republic holidays are over.

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