Physical exercise: 6/10
Discover the city of the first Europeans in the new world, Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, founded by Bartolomé, the brother of Christopher Columbus in 1496 in the east coast of the Ozama River. During our trip, we go through Altos de Chavon (Coral Town), an artistic town near La Romana on the south-east coast of the Dominican Republic, one of the most famous landmarks in the country.
Santo Domingo: The first city in America founded by Europeans, the capital of the Dominican Republic. It was founded in 1496 by Bartalomé Colón, on the east coast of the Ozama River. In 1502 Nicolás de Ovando moved the city to the west coast of the river. It is a cosmopolitan, flourishing city, full of historical buildings that show the Spanish conquests of the American continent. It is the largest city in the Caribbean. Santo Domingo is a varied and interesting area for both tourism and its people. There are plenty of invaluable ancient buildings that can be visited in excellent condition today. A pleasant walk in the historical part of town is needed to find out how important and beautiful these buildings are. The Santo Domingo night is a pleasure for young people and adults because in the night hours there is an endless range of bars and leisure facilities.
Altos de Chavon (Coral Town): Our journey leads to Casa de Campo and Altos de Chavon after Santo Domingo, an old, Mediterranean-style villa at the height of the Chavon River, also known as the Coral Town. It is the home of the Cultural Center, the National Archaeological Museum and the so-called City of Artists. There is an amphitheater with thousands of seats, where special and very famous artists perform; the first concert was given by Frank Sinatra and Carlos Santana. When you visit Altos de Chavon, your first thought is that it is a very old city, it seems to be at least 400 or 500 years old because of the cobbled streets and houses, also because its look is characterized by a medieval city, but it was built only from 1976 by an American entrepreneur Charles Bluhdorn, owner of Warner Bros. Thousands of tons of stones had to be blown up to make the buildings, squares, the church and the amphitheater ready. Gossips say that this was a gift for the businessman’s daughter’s birthday. The archaeological museum of Altos de Chavon has over 30,000 objects from the life of the Taino Indians.
Passengers will be picked up at the front desk of the hotel in the morning between 6:30 and 7:30, return to the hotel between 19:30 and 20:00.
Adult: 79 USD
Children (6-12 years): 40 USD
Small child (0-6 years): Free
– Bus transfer
– Buffet-style lunch
– Non-alcoholic beverages
WHAT TO BRING:
– Cash (shops here are much cheaper than in the tourist zone)
GOOD TO KNOW:
– The excursion starts on certain days, it is in English.
– For children 3-10 years we offer a 50% discount (free of charge between 0-3 years).
– Passengers are picked up at the hotel reception at a specified time.
– In case of passengers being late for more than 5 minutes at pick up, it counts as NO SHOW and the paid excursion is not refundable.
– On the arriving bus, look for the following logo: ‘SEE MORE TRAVEL SERVICES’.
- Travel by minibus to Santo Domingo.
The journey takes 90-100 minutes. Personal check-in at reception. Air conditioned, comfortable buses of 12-28 people with experienced drivers. During the journey we can gain insights into the lives of local residents.
- Los Tres Ojos.
Our trip leads to the Los Tres Ojos caves, an interesting place with underground caves where small lakes can be found underground. Definitely breathtaking views and natural decorations are accompanied by rocks in the caves.
- Columbus Lighthouse.
The road continues to the Columbus Lighthouse, built for the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America and the celebration of the American Evangelization. The Christopher Colombus Light Mausoleum is also located here.
- Historical district.
The historic part of the town is coming up on our journey which is part of the World Heritage Site, the city of Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, which was the first city in America founded by Europeans. The name comes from Spanish settlers who founded the city. This part of the town is full of colonial buildings and cobblestone streets, as well as the Alcazar de Colón and the Cathedral of America, this magnificent building began to be built in 1512, its style is completely different from the habit because it is influenced by the Gothic architectural style.
- Presidential Palace.
After lunch we continue our journey to the Presidential Palace (current president is Danilo Medina), then we visit the Duarte Market and some richer and poorer Santo Domingo neighborhoods: Bella Vista, Ensanche Piantini, Capetillo and finally La Zurza.
- Altos de Chavon.
Our next stop is near to the Chavon River, it is a city of special coral stones which evokes a 14th-century Mediterranean village.
At the end of our tour we leave to the hotels by minibus before sunset, we reach the hotels in the late hours of the evening.