La Romana and the Mississipi Steamer
Duration: Half Day
It would be a crime to spend all your time on Punta Cana’s sugary white sandy beaches during your holiday in the Dominican Republic because this beautiful region has so much more to offer. Spend a day visiting important historical sites on this cultural tour of ancient villages, art galleries, museums and cigar factories before taking a memorable trip down the Chavon River on a Mississipi-style paddle steamer. This exciting adventure will open your eyes to the natural beauty and rich architectural heritage of one of the Caribbean’s most diverse countries.
Your cultural tour starts with a visit to La Otra Banda, a small, sleepy village which is renowned for its traditional clapboard houses painted in vibrant tropical colours. Get your camera ready for some great photo opportunities. We drive onwards to the small town of Higuey, one of the first areas to be settled by the Spanish conquistadors in 1502. Here you can see the beautiful 16th century San Dionisio Church before visiting the Basilica of Higuey. Built in 1972, this striking modern building is one of the most amazing pieces of architecture in the country.
Your journey continues onwards to La Romana, the third-largest city in the Dominican Republic, where we will take a tour of a local cigar factory. Learn all about the country’s tobacco industry and how its famous cigars are produced and rolled by hand. Some of the best cigars in the world are made here.
After lunch we will visit Altos de Chavon, a fascinating re-creation of a 16th-century Mediterranean stone village. Some of the island's finest traditional arts and crafts are made and showcased here by artists who live, study and work in the village. Explore the quaint cobbled streets and enjoy free time for shopping and browsing the art galleries. You can also visit the Taino Indian Museum, Saint Estanislao Church and Roman-style Amphitheatre, one of the world's most impressive open-air theatres. Perched high on the cliffs overlooking the Chavon River, Altos de Chavon is a must-see attraction.
To round off the day, you will take a relaxing cruise down the beautiful Chavon River on an amphibious boat called a "gator" or on a Mississippi-style paddle steamer. An open bar is provided on board and music will be playing throughout the trip. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you watch the lush green countryside rolling by. Wildlife is abundant here and your local guide will point out the native flora and fauna on the way. This tropical, palm-studded valley is truly beautiful.
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