SANTO DOMINGO CITY TOUR
The first city of America
Santo Domingo, officially Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean by population. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, on the east bank of the Ozama River and then moved by Nicolás de Ovando in 1502 to the west bank of the river, the city is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. Santo Domingo is the site of the first university, cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress in the New World. The city's Colonial Zone was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Santo Domingo is the cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial center of the Dominican Republic, with the country's most important industries being located within the city. On this day you will reach the capital after a 2,5 hours ride in an air conditioned bus. During the ride the official tour guide will tell you everything about the history. You will make a stop at the “Faro al Colon”, (Lighthouse to Columbus) which contains what are purported to be the remains of Columbus, the monument is both a mausoleum and a museum. You can make panoramic pictures. Followed by visiting to the monuments like the house of Columbus, the National Pantheon where the most honored citizens of the Dominican Republic rest and the oldest Cathedral of Americas.
Transportation from and to your hotel, entrance fees, lunch with 1 drink.
Women need to cover their shoulders and knees in the monuments.