Best of Dominican Republic

Collect unforgettable experiences on this trip in the Caribbean paradise of the Dominican Republic.


Description

Collect unforgettable experiences on this trip in the Caribbean paradise of the Dominican Republic. Get to know the largest and most varied island in the Caribbean, which has far more to offer than just sun and beaches. Walk in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus and explore the first colonial city in the "New World". Discover the beauty of the southwest, home to rare animal and plant species, and its untouched dream beaches. Inland, the mountains of the "Cordillera Central" with the five highest peaks of the Caribbean await you.


Places visited during this trip

Day
Place
Place
Activities:
  • Reception and welcome at the airport (driver with name sign), followed by a private transfer to the “Zona Colonial” of Santo Domingo. For the rest of the day, you are free to discover the oldest city of the “New World”.

    Included services: transport with Spanish-speaking driver

    Included meals: -

  • Accommodation: Hodelpa Novus Plaza*** or equivalent in Santo Domingo

Activities:
  • After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel reception around 9:00 am and after a short introduction you will get to know the first European city in America. Here you will find the first monasteries and first convent, the first European fortress, first mint and treasury office, first hospital and first university. You will start the day in the colonial city, a World Heritage Site crowned by UNESCO – the so called “Zona Colonial”. The visit includes palaces, forts, museums, churches and plazas. You will also visit the famous “Alcazar de Colon” and the first Cathedral. You will walk through the first street of the old town "Calle de las Damas" and the famous pedestrian area "El Conde" with its many shops and street vendors, bars and restaurants.

  • A lunch will be available in one of the city’s well-known restaurants. After lunch you will leave the city. You will drive along the famous “Malecon” towards San Cristóbal, the birthplace of the dictator Trujillo. The journey takes us to the province of Peravia and the region of sugar cane. Later the road leads through dry desert-like landscape. You will reach the provincial capital Barahona in the evening. From there it is only a few kilometers to your hotel.

    Included services: Entrance fees transport with Spanish-speaking driver German-, English-, Spanish- or French- speaking local tour guide

    Included meals: breakfast and lunch (buffet)

  • Accommodation: El Quemaito*** or equivalent in Barahona

Activities:
  • Use this day as you wish. Enjoy your stay in the hotel or on the nearby beach. Optionally you undertake an excursion. Along the coastal road you will drive to Enriquillo, a small fishing village where time seems to stand still. Soon you will reach the Laguna Oviedo, which contains fresh water as well as sea water. Only a small strip of land separates the lagoon from the ocean. A boat ride will show you the beauty of the nature from another point of view. Discover dry, desert-like vegetation and various species of birds, herons and ducks.

  • The Laguna Oviedo consists of 22 islands of different sizes and vegetation. On a stop of one of the islands you have the rare chance of seeing iguanas in the wild. A ten-minute walk leads you across one of the small islands through sparse vegetation covered with cacti to an observation tower. Do not be frightened when the iguanas follow you curiously! Enjoy the fantastic view over the lagoon and the Jaragua National Park, the Caribbean sea and the mountains of the "Sierra de Bahoruco" during a short break. A second boat ride will take you directly to the largest flamingo colony of the Dominican Republic. Enjoy the moment when a swarm of flamingos passes by!

  • Back at the shore you will take the bus to the west. Drive along a beautiful route with breathtaking views of the small port and fishing village Cabo Rojo.

  • Arrived in Cabo Rojo a boat is ready for you, which takes you to the probably most beautiful natural beach of the country in a few minutes. The beach at the "Bahía de las Aguilas" in the Jaragua National Park is untouched and the sea water here is considered to be the most crystal clear in the world. The bay extends over 8 km and offers an extraordinary coastal landscape where the water merges with the sky on the horizon. You will have lunch at the restaurant "Rancho Tipico", which serves freshly caught fish and seafood. Enjoy your stay on the beach, go swimming or snorkeling and experience the untouched nature. In the afternoon you will be driven back to your hotel.

    Optional services: Entrance fees Boat trip transport with Spanish-speaking driver German-, English-, Spanish- or French- speaking local tour guide

    Included meals: breakfast and lunch (optional)

  • Accommodation: El Quemaito*** or similar in Barahona

Activities:
  • Passing sugar cane fields, today we first go via Azua towards Bani. In the so-called "Cruce de Ocoa" you leave the motorway and drive northwards through small, typically Dominican villages and small towns like Sabana Larga and Piedra Blanca. On the way there is the possibility to have lunch at the rest stop "Plaza Jacaranda" (optional at own expense). After a stop at the "Santo Cerro", a hill on which, according to legend, in 1495 during a battle between the Taíno Indians and the Spanish colonizers, a protective mantle Madonna appeared and scared the locals away, the journey continues to Jarabacoa. The climatic health resort at 600 m above sea level is far away from the tourist stream. Here you will again experience a completely different facet of the Dominican Republic.

    Included services: Transport with Spanish-speaking driver German-, English-, Spanish- or French- speaking local tour guide

    Included meals: breakfast and dinner (buffet)

  • Accommodation: Rancho Baiguate*** or equivalent in Jarabacoa

Activities:
  • Jarabacoa is surrounded by pine forests, mountains and valleys. Springlike temperatures prevail here all year round. The climatic health resort is the centre for hiking and nature lovers. Countless adventurous sports are offered here. Here you will visit the coffee factory "Monte Alto", where you will be explained everything about the cultivation and processing of coffee. Of course there is also a coffee tasting. Afterwards you take a short walk to one of the famous waterfalls of the region.

  • Afterwards you will drive to Tamboril, where you will visit a cigar factory, where you will learn everything about tobacco processing.

    Included services: Entrance fees coffee and cigar tasting transport with Spanish-speaking driver German-, English-, Spanish- or French- speaking local tour guide

    Included meals: breakfast

  • Accommodation: Hodelpa Gran Almirante**** or similar in Santiago

Activities:
  • After breakfast, the trip goes to Samaná. On the edge of Salcedo, you will visit the of the museum “Tres Hermanas Mirabel”. The Mirabel sisters – María Teresa, Minerva and Patria – which fought against the dictatorship of Trujillo were in 1960 cold-bloodedly murdered by Trujillo’s soldiers after visiting their imprisoned husbands. This atrocity shocked the world.

  • Driving through a fertile valley, you will reach San Francisco de Macoris. Cacao is grown here in the shadows of the huge jungle trees. Visit of the “Sendero de Cacao”. Enjoy the unique possibility to learn everything about cocoa on the plantation “Hacienda La Esmeralda”, which supplies world-famous chocolate factories. Enjoy the unique opportunity to experience everything from the harvesting of cocoa beans to processing of chocolate. Of course, you will also be able to enjoy a cocoa and chocolate tasting. Lunch will be served after the tour.

  • Subsequently, drive to Nagua, where you will catch a glimpse of the Atlantic Ocean. The “Samaná” peninsula is 63 km long and 10 to 20 km wide. It is a tropical paradise with secluded beaches, clear mountain rivers and sheer cliffs. Las Terrenas is the busy center of the Northern coast of the peninsula. Here, you can still feel the magic of the Caribbean.

    Included services: transfer, entrance fees, cacao and chocoolate tasting transport with Spanish-speaking driver German-, English-, Spanish- or French- speaking local tour guide

    Included meals: breakfast and lunch

  • Accommodation: Hotel Playa Colibri*** or equivalent in Las Terrenas

Activities:
  • Today is at your free disposal. Optionally you can join a boat tour to the national park "Los Haitises" today. This is one of the most interesting and one of the largest still untouched areas of humid tropical jungles in the Caribbean. The excursion leads to the coastal zone of the more than 200 km² comprehensive protected area. Along the coast stretches a huge green mangrove belt and over 50 small islands form a labyrinth of waterways. The surface form is very irregular and consists mostly of limestone hills from 200 to 300 m in height. Over millions of years, the rain has washed out caves here. After a visit to three caves and a short walk in the impressive national park you will be taken back to your hotel.

    Optional services: Entrance fees boat trip transport with Spanish-speaking driver German-, English-, Spanish- or French- speaking local tour guide

    Included meals: breakfast

  • Accommodation: Hotel Playa Colibri*** or equivalent in Las Terrenas

Activities:
  • After breakfast you will be picked up at the reception around 9:00 am. Then transfer via the new highway to Santo Domingo. The highway shows you a variety of scenic landscapes and passes through a part of the national park of Los Haitises. Optionally you can book a bath extension. If you would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Included services: Transport with Spanish-speaking driver

    Included meals: breakfast

Additional information

Minimum number of participants: 2 persons

Maximum number of participants: 16 persons

Services not included

• Tips for driver/tour guide • Additional meals and drinks not mentioned above • Personal expenses