What to do and see in Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province: The Best Historical & Heritage Tours

July 22, 2021 Augustus Redeker

Among the best golf destinations in the world, Punta Cana is the very picture of leisure. Several of the courses have been designed by professional golfers, making for the perfect sort of kicked-back challenge that you want on a golfing vacation. The beaches here are simply perfect: calm, warm waters that gently lap at stretches of fine white sand. Thrill yourself with a zip-line adventure, clap along with traditional Dominican music at a cultural performance, or explore the magical lagoons of the Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park.
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1. Santo Domingo City Tour (Full Day)

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A historic adventure awaits you when exploring the oldest city in the Americas and first capital of the New World. During the journey you will learn about the history of Santo Domingo and its many attractions.

Inclusions: Transportation, (Only from/to centrally located Hotels in the Bayahibe area)., Lunch and beverages., Tour guide., Entrance to museums

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Reviewed By sarabG257OO

Had an excellent time. Breath taking views. Swimming with the star fish at the sand bar in blur clear crystal waters was enjoyable. Wish could have been there a little longer to snorkel. Saona Island is georgios. Loved the lay out and the beach was clean and well maintained Only part that I didn't care for was on arrival prior to getting on the boat, locals were there selling merchandise. 2 young men one with an iguana and another with a monkey corner my daughter and I, Took her phone and started taking pictures. Than they demanded $20 for the pictures that they took on her cell phone without our approval. So a total of $40. I said no , I started to walk away and they continued to follow us to the boat. At one point they had their hand on my backpack. I told them again, NO and got on the boat.

2. Santo Domingo Historical Day Trip

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Would you like to walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus? Of course you would!  That's why we're inviting you to our exclusive excursion from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo.  We're giving YOU the opportunity to experience, first hand, the birth of European civilization in the Americas. The first cathedral, paved road, university, hospital, stone home, tavern, etc are all located within a 16 block radius in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone or "Old City".  Oh and did we mention the Colonial Zone is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1992? How many World Heritage Sites have you been to? This is how your day shakes down... From Punta Cana you head west through rolling sugar cane fields until we reach the Dominican Republic's capital city. Now, you're in the thick of it, witnessing everyday life for millions of Dominicans; your walled off resort is far from this reality. 

Inclusions: Round trip transportation, Professional guide, Lunch, Snacks, Bottled water, Coffee and/or Tea

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Reviewed By Lamai1

I used Shopytours already various times for airport or other transfers. I can highly recommond them - reliable, safe and friendly drivers. Will definitely use them again upon next visits

3. Little Haiti & City Shopping Tour

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You will take a fascinating three hour tour that takes you to 5 stops for you to experience the area and history of Little Haiti and other Dominican communities located in Bavaro, Punta Cana. This tour is completely safe and is done in the tourist zone.

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Reviewed By Inspiration713008

I’m not one to write reviews however the experience we had with Charles was beyond amazing!! This was our first time working with Charles and he assured us we would be in good hands. He planned and coordinated all of our excursions and helped us navigate a few last minute changes on our end. His communication and attention to detail is priceless and I’m only booking with Charles moving forward.

4. Santo Domingo

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We leave early in the morning from any hotel in Bávaro and Bayahibe, in comfortable and modern buses, accompanied by an expert guide. Walking along the narrow roads of yesterday, we will visit the beginnings of the New World, where at the beginning of the 15th century the first colonial houses were built, touring the Colonial City; We will pay tribute to the Primada de las Américas Cathedral, the birthplace of a fervent Catholic faith; We will also take a walk through the Alcazar de Colón, which will take you to the time of the first Spanish conquerors. The full day excursion also includes a typical lunch in a famous Dominican food restaurant, to savor our typical dishes. Is there more ?, Yes, we will walk along the Malecon of Santo Domingo where we can appreciate the beauty of the Caribbean Sea and some of the buildings of the modern city such as the Palace of Fine Arts, the National Theater and the Presidential Palace among others.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Lunch

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Reviewed By Bill K

The personal attention and follow up given to us by Yicaury was great. and the drivers were very prompt.

5. Экскурсия в Санто-Доминго

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A comfortable bus will take you from the hotel and we will embark on our journey (drive time is 2 hours). Our first stop will be the Three Eyes cave. This cave got its name thanks to three crystal clear lakes located at a depth of 15 meters. However, in 1916, the fourth lake was discovered, which is considered to be the most spectacular. And we will definitely visit it! Our next stop will be the colonial city. Here we can plunge into the atmosphere of authenticity and feel the spirit of the Spanish conquerors. You will enjoy an exciting walk along the first street of the New World, a visit to the house of Diego Columbus, a fort of the 16th century and the first temple of the New World, where the ashes of Christopher Columbus were found. At the end, you will have lunch with a gorgeous view of the colonial square. Next, we will go to the eastern part of the city, where we will visit the Columbus Lighthouse.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, All Fees and Taxes, Bottled water, Lunch, Snacks, Soda/Pop, WiFi on board

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Reviewed By I3098RXnikkir

Julia was amazing and so great about keeping in touch. Excellent communication! Very flexible with covid and safe! Beautiful ceremony.

6. Santo Domingo Full Day Cultural Tour

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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.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Local guide, Lunch, Pass By: Calle de Las Damas, Pass By: Alcazar de Colon, Pass By: National Palace, Pass By: Museo De Las Casas Reales, Pass By: Catedral Primada de America, Pass By: Zona Colonial

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7. Santo Domingo 1-Day Tour from Punta Cana

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During the tour that we will do in Santo Domingo, we will visit the main monuments and historical places of our country, so that you can learn about our origins, culture, and lifestyle. Our tour in Santo Domingo begins in the Los Tres Ojos National Park, then we make a stop at the Colon Lighthouse, where the remains of Admiral Cristóbal Colon rest. Then we will continue our tour of the new city of Santo Domingo and we will walk through the main streets and most important avenues, we will pass through the commercial area, Chinatown, and we will stop to take a photo at the presidential palace. from there we continue straight to the Malecón de Santo Domingo. After all the aforementioned, we will stop in the colonial zone, where we will enjoy a typical lunch, here we recharge the batteries, by then we will start the tour throughout this old city, where we will visit the first cathedral in America, calle las damas, plaza España.

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8. Jungle Rally Cultural Adventure from Punta Cana

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Ever felt like treating yourself and your family to a once in a lifetime experience? Here is your chance to buckle up in air conditioned SUV vehicles to enjoy personalized VIP treatment in the Outback Explorer adventure from Punta Cana. Your guides will show you hidden secrets of Dominican Republic, take you through the countryside and make sure you have the best time ever!

Inclusions: Purified water, Soft drinks, Rum and beer, Dominican lunch with a le carte set menu, Hotel pickup and drop-off, Coffee and/or Tea

Exclusions: Gratuities, Souvenirs (available to purchase)

Reviewed By Cosmopolitan817208

Took the tour with my wife and we both wanted to drive so we opted for the ATV vs. Buggy. Took us to a plantation with a little gig about the Cocoa (chocolate), Arabica coffee, tobacco and Macajuanna. They give you some samples and try and sell you some. I bought some cigars and they were great! Next we went to Macao beach which I also reviewed but in short it's cool. Lastly we went to a Cenote "Water cave" were you could swim in a very small beautiful cave with baby blue waters. It was quite packed though and way too many people at once in a small area in my opinion, with this happening during Covid restrictions. All in all a good time and I would recommend.

9. Santo Domingo Tour BY Quality Transport Service (shared)

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Know our stories from 5 centuries ago, from the colonization of the Spaniards on our island, as well as visit the monuments built by them

Inclusions: Transport by air-conditioned minibus, Round-trip shared transfer, Lunch

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Reviewed By Michellemcl1

Very easy booking, reliable on time service, clean air conditioned vehicle, great price, the driver was kind and wore a mask. Highly recommend this company!

10. Santo Domingo City - Full Day Tour

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Santo Domingo is a magical city, full of history, culture and amazing landscapes. Walk through the oldest capital of the “New” World; Santo Domingo is the first city founded in America. This sightseeing tour shows you a city full of history and culture. A great activity for the whole family.

Inclusions: Air-conditioned vehicle, Lunch, All Fees and Taxes

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Reviewed By BriyChan

Fun experience!! Staff takes good care of you. My friends and I were scared at first but staff was very reassuring. After activity you can shop for souvenirs and local food.

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