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The Dominican Republic is one of two countries on the island of Hispaniola. The Caribbean is more than just beaches; it is a magnificent region with a very rich and diversified mosaic of cultures. The Dominican Republic is a great place to leave the beach and all-inclusive resort behind and head inland to experience the country in a much more intimate way.

The Dominican Republic is also one of the cheapest destinations to discover in the Caribbean. The Dominican Republic is one of the best places to explore to really get away from the tourist traps and learn about the oldest colonial history in the Americas in the capital, Santo Domingo.


Why explore the Dominican Republic with a tour

The Dominican Republic is a country of nearly 11 million people and covers approximately 19,000 square miles (between the sizes of Maryland and West Virginia).

  • Population: 10.8 million
  • Capital: Santo Domingo
  • Language: Spanish
  • Santo Domingo: The oldest European city in the Americas

Prior to the arrival of Europeans, the island of Hispaniola was inhabited by the indigenous Taino people. The Taino people also lived in Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and other islands. The capital, Santo Domingo, is the first permanent European settlement in the Americas – there is no colonial city in the Caribbean, North America or South America older than it.

For many years, Santo Domingo was the seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World and had a very impressive history. Definitely worth taking the time to do good tours of colonial Santo Domingo to learn about the deep history of the country.

The country is home to the first cathedral, the first monastery, the first castle and the first fortress in the Americas.

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9 Days / 8 Nights Heritage Tour in the Dominican Republic

If one wishes to have a good introduction to the Dominican Republic, then Dominican Abroad offers a 9-day tour of the country. During the tour, visitors will see Villa Mella, Monte Plata, Barahona, and Pedernales. It’s a great option for those looking to escape the bubbles of all-inclusive resorts.

On tour, guests learn about the cross-cultural influences that make up the country today while exploring some of the very different corners of the beautiful island.

On day one, explore the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, while the next day guests learn about Taino history, visit Villa Mella (historic for runaway slaves0), and learn about Afro-Dominican culture through music. On the third day, the tour takes place in a humble country house and farmland that has belonged to the family for generations. There will be cooking lessons, seeing many waterfalls and a medicinal plant workshop.

Other attractions and activities include taking a private boat tour in Jarajua National Park, enjoying mud baths, visiting some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and much more.

The visit includes:

  • Transportation: All domestic transport by minibus
  • Meal: All breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Lodging: Five nights accommodation
  • Other: Tour guides and entrance fees
  • Cost: Inquire for a price
  • Duration: 6 days and 5 nights

Some meals are not included, nor are flights to and from the island. Accommodation is in different hotels and family guesthouses.

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Santo Domingo City Tour

One of the main attractions in the Dominican Republic is the historic Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. Amigo Tours lists a tour of Santo Domingo, where one can delve into the history of the city.

The tour is a day trip of approximately 10 hours. It’s enough time to see how the city was founded in 1496 (at first it was called Nueva Isabel).

The tour begins at the impressive “Christopher Columbus Lighthouse”, which commemorates 500 years since the discovery of the New World. Some even claim that the remains of Christopher Columbus are in the building (but it is generally accepted that they are probably in the Cathedral of Seville in Spain).


  • Adult: $114.00 (12 years and over)
  • Child: $57.00 (3 to 11 years old)

The tour will also explore many of the most important historic buildings, including the Cathedral of Santa Maria – the oldest cathedral built in the Americas.

The visit includes:

  • Meal: Lunch and soft drinks
  • Guide: An expert guide
  • Hall: To the museums concerned
  • Transportation: Round trip

The tour stops for lunch at the beautiful restaurant, La Atarazana, in the oldest part of town.

These are just a few of the many tours offered to discover the Dominican Republic.