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Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana

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icon10 to 12 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 2 more

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Overview

Explore the oldest city in the Americas on this walking tour of Santo Domingo. During this full-day excursion from Punta Cana, follow your local guide to view some 5th century colonial monuments, Las Damas Street and Diego Columbus Alcazar, the first cathedral built in the new world. Stop by the National Presidential Palace, get fantastic views of downtown and watch a 4D movie about the history of the city. Lunch at a traditional Dominican restaurant and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included.
  • Explore Santo Domingo with a local guide
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included
  • Eat a tasty lunch at a typical Dominican restaurant
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
Professional guide
Bottled water
Lunch
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English Tour Guide
1/1/2020 - 7/12/2023
Tuesday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Wednesday:06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Thursday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Friday:06:00 AM - 07:00 AM
Saturday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
German Tour Guide
1/1/2020 - 3/4/2023
Tuesday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Spanish Tour Guide
1/1/2020 - 7/12/2023
Tuesday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Thursday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Saturday:06:30 AM - 07:30 AM
Exact pick up time will be sent by email
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Women must have shoulders and knees covered to enter the cathedral
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Important: Due Covid the entree to the museums are closed. We do a panoramic visit
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Runners Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour from Punta Cana.

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star-5
What a wonderful experience
Uloaku_A
, May 2022
Everything was spot on. Pick up was on time, and the transition from the coaster bus to the luxurious bus was seamless. Our driver, Enriquez did a phenomenal job of navigating through the narrow streets of Santo Domingo. Darius, our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the landmark. I could tell that he was very passionate about his job. The entire tour team paid close attention to the guest to ensure our safety while touring and crossing the streets of Santo Domingo. I was skeptical about this tour because I am pregnant, but I am so happy that I did it. This tour is a must-do if you are in the area!!!
star-5
Highly Recommended
Elmira_Y
, May 2022
very informative historical educational trip, well organized , good group size , cold water provided
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Interesting but long day
Bruce_K
, May 2022
Though interesting thanks to our guide Darius, this made for a very long day with several hours each way on a nice commercial bus. I had read reviews that this was a must do activity and though I am now glad we did it, I don't think 11 hour day would be something I do again.
star-3
Ok
Nikola_B
, May 2022
It was OK, but nothing more than that. Trip is a little bit overpriced, because you are visiting only Alcázar and couple of streets in the neighborhood.
star-2
There was not much to do ...
XiniaM_G
, May 2022
There was not much to do Did not stop at places to buy Souvenirs. Lunch was poor. Air conditioning in the bus was not cold enough
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
The trip was enjoyable I...
Patricia_F
, Apr 2022
The trip was enjoyable I do wish the bus had an easier way ti get on as the first step was very tough for me
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great day!!!
TAMMY_L
, Mar 2022
We toured with Dario - absolutely AWESOME day. He is a great guide, full of personality. He stayed with us the whole day and shared his knowledge. We met with a chocolate maker and a jewerly making store. While they would like you to purchase, there was no heavy sales tactics - we were never rushed. Would definitely suggest that you request Dario and Enrique as your guides.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Very little tour given
Fozzie999
, Mar 2022
To start with we were picked up at 6.30am then spent 1hr going to 6 other hotels before leaving to go to Santo Domingo. It would have been nice to know that was going to happen. It was the same for the drop off, 6 hotel drop offs before ours. The tour itself was 70% in Spanish, so I didn't understand a lot of it. It would have been nice to know that was going to happen. The tour should have been in 100% English then a separate tour for the other languages. Normally on a city tour you would expect a lot of explanation of the city and a walk around the main areas. On this tour there was very limited commentary on the city. One thing we didnt appreciate was being guided to 3 souvenir shops as part of the tour! In total we spent an hour in souvenir shops. Clearly the guides were getting commission if we bought anything, we were not impressed by this at all. Overall we were disappointed with the tour.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Meh
Joshua_M
, Mar 2022
It was an okay tour. I wasn’t blown away by it and considering the $100 price tag for the excursion…It was not worth it IN MY OPINION.
4 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Wonderful trip
Ada_R
, Feb 2022
Very educational and informative trip. Mincy is a knowledgable person and can present information on a funny and entertaining manner. Liked the walk through colonial town. Lunch was ok but not much of a social distancing. Well planned, well organized, would recommend this trip . Perez is a professional driver.
star-5
Great Tour
Lucy_R
, Feb 2022
It was a great tour. Super educational. Darius was a great guide and Enrique a great driver. Even the helper guide Alex was great. It was a long with a couple of stops along the way for folks to stretch and use the restroom. Definitely recommend Runners Adventures.
star-3
Decent toiro, though a little boring
Lijen_L
, Feb 2022
The colonial area was lovely. The guide was full of facts and stories. I wish we'd had a bit more free time to explore. We were mostly shuttled between museums and then to lunch. Overall our guide and driver were quite good. I wish we'd spent more time exploring the streets of the old town and learning a bit about local life and a bit less time in museums where we either listened to pre-recorded audio or had one of the museum guides leading us. I could have paid for that separately myself and not needed this tour. But the tour itself was not bad. Probably just my fault for having different expectations.
star-5
It was nice trip. City is...
Stasa_K
, Feb 2022
It was nice trip. City is very beautiful. Our tour guide was pretty good. They picked up us right on time.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Santo Domingo Tour
Jhoeland_M
, Jan 2022
The historical significance of the place is not to be missed. We were a large group and didn’t get really the chance to soak in the history of Diego Columbus’s house since we were so cramped. Social distancing should be observed during lunch. Less souvenir shops more of Santo Domingo.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Nothing particularly special
Narmina_F
, Jan 2022
Was happy to be able to visit the capital but was expecting more walking around the city that did not happen, too much time wasted for expensive gift shops instead
star-5
Phenomenal Full-Day Tour to Santo Domingo
Nanaefua_E
, Jan 2022
The Full-Day tour to Santo Domingo was phenomenal. I highly recommend this tour.The tour driver was professional and knowledgeable.
star-5
A Capital Adventure!
Charles_B
, Jan 2022
We had a great experience beginning with our interaction with the booking agent, Hope. She went out of her way to answer all of our questions and ensure that we knew our pick up location since we are not staying in a hotel. The bus ride was comfortable with a rest stop with clean rest rooms near the middle of drive. Our guide, Darius, was informative throughout the trip and the bus ride was an educational experience about life and culture in the Dominican Republic. He was smart, knowledgeable, and funny and definitely made the trip more enjoyable. The driver, Rene, was safe and courteous. Lunch was delicious in a clean, efficient restaurant. I recommend the fish! The Colonial Zone was a lesson in the history of western civilization. The Cathedral was beautiful. A lot of walking, but well worth it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A very fun experience - but not perfect
Jonathan_M
, Jan 2022
For the most we really enjoyed the trip. Here is what I liked and didn’t like: Pros -plenty of bathroom breaks -large, air conditioned bus - we got to see a lot of the city from the bus - the lunch they provided was very good in my opinion Cons- -they take you to a lot of places where it’s obvious they only take you there because they get kickbacks (the chocolate “factory” and the final souvenir store) -We were on a bus with both Spanish and German speakers, so everything had to be done in three languages.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Good way to learn more about the Republic Dominican.
AntonioL_R
, Dec 2021
Good option to know more about the republic Dominican and Santo Domingo The full attention from the guide was the key of the success
star-5
We were picked-up from...
Amit_B
, Dec 2021
We were picked-up from the hotel on time and transferred to a larger bus. Agency that handled the tour was "Runners Adventure" and the guide was Dario. The staff were all very nice and provided a lot of information along 2hr+ ride to Santa Domingo. The bus ride was long but comfortable, there was a stop along the way at a chocolate factory/shop for snacks and to use bathrooms. The city buildings and churches are beautiful. There is a fair bit of walking in the old city, and unfortunately we got a lot of rain on that day; thankfully the tour agency provided us with umbrellas, but you might want to carry one! Lunch was delicious local fare. The description of the tour on Viator is a little different from what we saw (no museum or light-house, but we saw the Jesuit church), but overall the experience was very good.

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