Santo Domingo City Tour

Book this excursion with your villa coordinator or villa manager!

A visit to the Dominican Republic is perhaps not complete without a visit to its capitol, Santo Domingo. If you’re interested in history and culture or just want to see “where it all started”, then this excursion is a must for you.

Santo Domingo dates back to the time of discovery. When Christopher Columbus first came to the island of Hispaniola in 1492, he arrived on the north coast of the island. His brother, Bartholomew founded the Santo Domingo in 1496 on the east side of the Ozama River and 6 years later it was moved to the west side where it stayed.

Santo Domingo is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas. Back then, it was the headquarters for the Spanish colonial rule in the so-called New World. In Santo Domingo you’ll find the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery and fortress of the New World and many sites still remain to this day. The Cathedral is still in use and is located in the heart of the Colonial Zone, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

On this excursion your tour guide will show you the most important sights of Santo Domingo. You’ll also go for a scenic drive along the ocean on the Malecon and get a view of some impressive building like the Fine Arts Palace, the National Theater and the Presidential Palace.

We’ll have lunch at a typical Dominican restaurant and enjoy some lively music and unique entertainment.

After lunch, you’ll have a little time to explore and go shopping on the city’s main shopping street El Conde and hunt for great local arts & crafts, souvenirs, etc.

A few stops are included along the way e.g. to use the restrooms, for a few photo opps and to buy a few last minute souvenirs.

Please note that this is not a private excursion.

Santo Domingo Cathedral

Duration: Full day, approx. 12 hours.

This excursion is available: Tuesday to Saturday.

What is included:

  • Transportation in a/c bus with tour guide.
  • Lunch and drinks.
  • All entrance fees.

What to wear and/or bring:

  • Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, sun lotion, sun glasses, a hat, camera and cash money for souvenirs/extra food & drinks.
  • Please note that to enter the Cathedral, shoulders and knees must be covered.


  • Children are welcome and must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

Prices – per person:

  • Adults: US$ 95
  • Children 3-12 years old: US$ 60

Prices do not include gratuities.


  • Wire transfer/deposit to Group Palmera Inc.’s bank account with Chase
  • Check sent to Group Palmera Inc. in Atlanta (prior to arrival ONLY)
  • Credit card + 3.6% fee (only embossed cards)
  • PayPal + 3% fee

Change of reservation and/or cancellation:

  • Reservations can be changed or cancelled up to 48 hours prior to the excursion with a full refund.
  • Reservations cancelled within 48 hours of the excursion are not eligible for any refunds, unless a for medical reasons AND a medical certificate is presented.
  • Reservations cancelled by the excursion company e.g. due to weather will be refunded.


  • If you suffer from any medical conditions, disabilities or if you are pregnant, please consult with your villa coordinator or villa manager before booking this excursion.
  • This excursion may not be suitable for pregnant women or small children.
  • Please note that this is not a private excursion.
  • Prices and information are subject to change without prior notice!

Book this excursion with your villa coordinator or villa manager!

Santo Domingo City Tour

Santo Domingo Cathedral

Santo Domingo Presidential PalacePrices and information are subject to change without prior notice!