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15 days/14 nights Dominican Republic Tour

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Collect unforgettable experiences on this trip in the Caribbean paradise Dominican Republic. Get to know the largest and most diverse island in the Caribbean, which has much more to offer than beach and sun.
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 pristine dream beaches. In the interior, the mountains of the “Cordillera Central” await you with the five highest peaks in the Caribbean.
Discover the still untouched part of the north coast. Let yourself be captivated by the lush tropical landscape and secluded beaches on the Samaná Peninsula. This trip truly offers you a cornucopia of unique impressions!

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15 days/14 nights
Santo Domingo, Barahona, Jarabacoa, Punta Rucia, Puerto Plata, Cabarete, Las Terrenas, Punta Cana
English, German, Spanish
Day 1: Welcome (190 km – 2 h 10 min)

Welcome at the airport of Punta Cana and transfer to the old town of Santo Domingo (driver with name tag outside the terminal).
Meals included: None
Services included: Transfer with Spanish-speaking driver
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Colonial*** Santo Domingo – Standard Room

Day 2: Stay in Santo Domingo

Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Accommodation: Hotel Villa Colonial*** Santo Domingo – Standard Room

Optional Excursion (3-4 hrs): Santo Domingo City Tour "Clasico”
You will get to know the first city built by Europeans in the Americas. Here the first cathedral in the New World was built, the first governor resided, the first bishop was consecrated, and the first hospital opened. The lively city of over a million inhabitants has a number of cultural, especially architectural, sights to offer that you won't find anywhere else on the island of Hispaniola. You will start the day in the historic old town, the so-called Zona Colonial, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the city tour you will see the Palace of Diego Columbus, the historical museum Casas Reales, the Cathedral, and the Parque Colón with the bronze monument of Christopher Columbus. You will stroll through Calle de las Damas, the first street paved in Santo Domingo for the ladies of the Spanish nobility to stroll, and the pedestrian zone El Conde with its many stores and street vendors, as well as bars and restaurants.
Excursion days: Daily (on Mondays it is a "Panorama Tour" without visiting the museums)
Take along: Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and camera
Includes: Entrance fees, English-, German-, Spanish- or French-speaking tour guide
Seat-in rate: 50 USD per person
Guaranteed departure from 2 persons
Children from 2 to 11.99 years are allowed and pay 50% of the adult price

Day 3: Santo Domingo – Bani – Azua – Barahona – Bahoruco (205 km – 3 h 30 min)

Today, a Caribbean Tours representative will visit you at your hotel at 10:00 am and give you a short briefing. Thereby you will receive valuable tips for your round trip. Afterwards you will be driven to the rental car station. After picking up your rental car, you will drive along the coastal road out of town towards the southwest. The drive leads to the province of Peravia, the region of sugar cane. Thanks to the abundance of water, sugar cane has been grown here since colonial times. Later, the road leads through dry and stony land dotted with cacti and agaves into the mountains, which scenically strongly resembles Mexico. You will reach the provincial capital of Barahona, located on the Bay of Neiba, around evening. Here the famous pirate Cofresí is said to have had his hideout. From here it is only a few kilometers along the coastal road to your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Briefing, transfer to rental car station and rental car
Accommodation: Casa del Mar Lodge*** Bahoruco – Deluxe Room

Day 4: Stay in the Southwest

Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Casa del Mar Lodge*** Bahoruco – Deluxe Room

Optional excursion (8-9 h): Nature combo
On this optional excursion you will be picked up at your hotel around 8:00 am. Afterwards, the tour will take you along the coastal road. From time to time you will come across fantastic landscapes, if you want to take photos please let your guide know. The route will take you to Oviedo, a small village where time seems to have stopped. Here you will visit the Oviedo Lagoon, a natural salt water reserve separated from the sea by a narrow strip of land. After receiving your entrance wristbands to the national park, you will board a typical boat. Once in the lagoon, you can observe a number of large birds such as herons, spoonbills and ducks. The Oviedo Lagoon consists of a total of 22 small islands of different sizes. While visiting one of these islands, you will have the opportunity to observe iguanas in their natural habitat. Afterwards, go in search of the largest flamingo colony in the Dominican Republic. Enjoy the experience of watching the flamingos take off!
Back on land, the tour continues west. You'll head to the town of Cabo Rojo, where you'll board another boat that will take you in about 15 minutes to a natural beach that is undoubtedly considered one of the most beautiful in the world. Bahia de las Aguilas stretches for more than 8 km and offers an extraordinary coastal landscape with crystal clear waters whose color ranges from turquoise to opal blue, blending with the sky on the horizon. You can have lunch before the boat ride to the bay or after the visit. The local restaurant is known for its typical dishes of the country. The cost of lunch must be paid by the clients. Enjoy your stay on the beach, take time to swim and get in touch with nature. At the end of the afternoon you will be brought back to your starting point.
Excursion days: Mondays to Fridays (except during school vacations or other public holidays)
Take along: Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and camera
Includes: Transportation from / to your hotel or accommodation in Barahona or surroundings with Spanish-speaking driver, entrance fees, English-, German-, Spanish- or French-speaking tour guide
Seat-in rate: 190 USD per person
Guaranteed departure from 2 persons
Children from 2 to 11.99 years are allowed and pay 50% of the adult price
Note: This excursion can also be done by rental car. There are no shopping facilities at Bahía de las Águilas. Therefore, get enough drinks and a packed lunch. Alternatively, you can enjoy freshly grilled fish or seafood with a cold beer at the Rancho Típico Cueva de Las Águilas restaurant after your swim.

Optional excursion (3-4 h): Trekking amidst tropical fruit and cocoa plantations
You will be picked up at your hotel around 9:00 am. The road leads to Paraíso. From here you will go uphill by 4x4 vehicle. Afterwards, you will hike along the edge of the mountain from an altitude of 300 meters for about 2 hours. Don't miss the opportunity to taste the unique sweet and sour flavor of the cocoa seeds freshly picked from the tree. You will then reach the village of Nizao, whose inhabitants are mainly dedicated to the production of coffee, cacao and other tropical fruits. From here you will return to your hotel.
Excursion days: Daily
Take along: Rain gear, insect repellent, cap or hat and camera, sturdy closed-toe
shoes, sunscreen and sunglasses
Includes: Transportation from / to your hotel or accommodation in Barahona or surroundings with Spanish-speaking driver, local Spanish or English-speaking guide
Seat-in rate: 60 USD per person
Guaranteed departure from 2 persons – Not suitable for children

Day 5: Bahoruco – Barahona – Azua – Ocoa – Jarabacoa (290 km – 5 h)

Today's prolonged drive takes you through San Jose de Ocoa towards the interior of the country. There you will leave the highway and drive over a beautiful, green landscape, through small, typical Dominican villages towards the north. At the small town of Piedra Blanca you will meet the Autopista Duarte, which leads from the south (Santo Domingo) to the north (Puerto Plata). You will follow this road through rural areas characterized by intensive agriculture. The drive leads along the fertile Cibao Valley to La Vega. Here Christopher Columbus had the fortress La Concepción built, because he suspected rich gold deposits in the region. Soon, the gradients increase on the well-maintained road. Here begins the mountain world of the Cordillera Central, also called the Dominican Alps, where many locals spend their summer vacations. The destination today: Jarabacoa.
We recommend you to check in at the hotel, freshen up and in the evening visit the restaurant Cafe Colao in the middle of the village. This represents a modern Dominican Republic. After dinner, you can take an evening sightseeing tour on converted golf carts (see picture). During this special tour through the small village you will be entertained by a musician. The typical instrument of the country, the güira, is passed around and can be tried by everyone. Tickets for the tour are available at the restaurant.
Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Gran Jimenoa*** Jarabacoa – Deluxe Room

Day 6: Stay in Jarabacoa

The climatic health resort of Jarabacoa is the center for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers. Visit the charming town, visit the Monte Alto coffee factory, where everything about the cultivation and processing of coffee will be explained to you, or hike to one of the waterfalls Salto Baiguate or Salto Jimenoa. It's best to ask about it at the reception.
Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Gran Jimenoa*** Jarabacoa – Deluxe Room

Optional excursion (3-4 h): So close to the clouds – paragliding over the Dominican Alps
If you love adventure, we recommend you to take a gliding flight with Tony (flight time about 45 minutes). During the tandem flight you will glide through the air in pairs (please note that this activity is very dependent on the weather and we have to act accordingly). Feel the wind in your face and the unique feeling of flying, far away from the earth and closer to the birds - pure freedom! After your first flying experience, whenever you look up to the sky, you will be able to say: I was up there! Don't worry and don't be afraid, all paragliding pilots are certified and know the terrain and air currents very well.
Excursion day: Daily under good weather conditions
Take along: Take a warm sweater with you. It can be cold at the launch site
We do not recommend flying in sandals and flip-flops
You do not need any training to experience a tandem flight. A tandem flight is suitable for any person. You only need a good physical health.
Includes: Transportation from/to your hotel or accommodation in Jarabacoa to the starting point
Seat-in rate: 72 USD per person

Day 7: Jarabacoa – Damajagua – Punta Rucia (155km – 3 h 15 min)

After breakfast, we recommend that you head north to the Damajagua Waterfalls. Once here, you can book one of the different excursion packages directly at the ticket office. You have the choice between seven, twelve or 27 waterfalls to visit. In addition, activities such as a buggy tour (only possible with a valid driver's license!) and/or ziplining can be booked. After you have completed the formalities, a local guide will introduce you to canyoning with the most important information. You will receive a life jacket, helmet and water shoes if needed. After that, you will go on a 45-minute hike (for the first seven waterfalls) through a beautiful jungle landscape. Once at the top, you'll then begin your descent past waterfalls that you can slide down and even jump into! A wet adventure with thrills is provided. After the adrenaline rush, you will continue to Punta Rucia. The small town is located on a breathtaking sea bay at the tip of a small headland, where the water shimmers in the most beautiful shades of blue and turquoise in the sunshine.
Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Punta Rucia Lodge**** Punta Rucia – Superior Garden View

Day 8: Stay in Punta Rucia

Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Punta Rucia Lodge**** Punta Rucia – Superior Garden View

Optional excursion (3-4 h): Cayo Arena
Today, take an excursion to the sandbank Cayo Arena, also called Paradise Island. This is a jewel of the Dominican Republic and a highlight during your stay in Punta Rucia. Book the excursion directly at the hotel. You have the option to book a more luxurious speedboat or the typical local boats (lanchas). In any case, you should take your snorkeling equipment with you.
Excursion days: Daily
Take along: Swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, snorkel gear, hat and camera
Seat-in rate: This excursion can be booked at the hotel

Day 9: Punta Rucia – Puerto Plata – Cabarete (115 km – 2 h 45 min)

Today we will travel along the north coast towards Puerto Plata. Known for the pretty Victorian style wooden houses that are located around the central park and the 800 m high mountain Isabel de Torres. Whether by cable car or by car, we definitely recommend you to visit the mountain, where you will have a great view. On the top there is a smaller version of the statue of Christ, as it is known from Rio de Janeiro, as well as a botanical garden. In the old town of Puerto Plata, we recommend you visit the visitor center of the rum producer Macorix. Here you will learn everything about one of the most important products of the Dominican Republic. Afterwards, the journey continues via Sosua to Cabarete, known as the Mecca of water sports. For art lovers, we recommend a visit to the Mundo King art museum, founded by the German artist Rolf Schulz, which houses paintings and sculptures by Haitian and Dominican artists in a fantasy castle.
Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Natura Cabana**** Cabarete – One Bedroom Bungalow

Day 10: Stay in Cabarete

Take an excursion as you wish. Cabarete is known for its extensive sports activities, such as body, wind and kite surfing. Equipment or lessons can be booked at any time at the numerous surf schools on the beach - or you can watch the surfers perform their tricks from the deck chair. Alternatively, you can visit the El Choco National Park with its various wetlands and an ancient cave system. You can even swim in the approximately 23°C warm water of the cave lakes.
Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Natura Cabana**** Cabarete – One Bedroom Bungalow

Day 11: Cabarete – Cabrera – Las Terrenas (165 km – 3 h 15 min)

After breakfast, head along the coastal road to Rio San Juan. Visit the small bay Laguna Gri Gri, from which a channel lined with mangroves leads to the open sea. Boat tours can be booked in the bay, which are highly recommended.
Furthermore, we recommend a short swim stop at the beautiful and kilometer-long, wave-lined sandy beach Playa Grande between Rio San Juan and Cabrera. You should not miss the freshly prepared fish here. If you prefer a swim in a quieter bay, you should visit the beach Playa Caletón just behind Rio San Juan.
Afterwards, continue driving through the town of Cabrera. Visit Laguna Dudu here and take the opportunity to take a refreshing dip in the two freshwater pools. The Laguna Dudu Park consists of the two cenotes Laguna Dudu and the Pozo de los Caballos, the horse well, which are connected by an underground tunnel. Laguna Dudu is 22 meters deep, has a deep blue color and is covered with lush vegetation all around.
Afterwards, we continue via Nagua to the peninsula of Samaná. The 63 km long and between 10 and 20 km wide peninsula of Samaná has a paradisiacal tropical landscape with secluded beaches in hidden bays, clean mountain rivers and rugged rocky coasts. Your destination is your hotel in Las Terrenas.
Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Hotel Playa Colibri*** Las Terrenas – One Bedroom Apartment

Day 12 to day 14: Las Terrenas

Let your soul dangle on the beautiful and unique sandy beaches of this peninsula. Here you will experience pure Caribbean life. Palm trees swaying in the gentle wind, cool cocktails and the sounds of the music of merengue and bachata.

Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car
Accommodation: Hotel Playa Colibri*** Las Terrenas – One Bedroom Apartment

Optional excursion (7-8 h): Los Haitises
The boat tour will take you to the Los Haitises National Park. You will be picked up at the hotel around 8:00 am. From here you will first go to Sanchez, where there is a small harbor from where the boat will depart. The tour will take you to one of the most interesting and untouched areas of humid tropical jungle in the Caribbean along the coastal zone of the protected area, which covers more than 200 km². Here a huge green mangrove belt stretches out and more than 50 small islands form a labyrinth of waterways. Over millions of years, rainfall has washed out caves here. These caves provided shelter for the indigenous people, as the old stone carvings still prove today. The park area represents one of the most important retreats of the native fauna and flora. Cave visits, bird breeding islands, mangrove forests and much more make this day an unforgettable experience.
Excursion days: wednesdays & saturdays
Take along: Swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, cap or hat, solid, sneakers and camera
Includes: Transportation to/from your hotel or accommodation in Las Terrenas with Spanish-speaking driver, entrance fee to the national park, local English- or Spanish-speaking tour guide, boat trip, lunch and drinks
Seat-in rate: 85 USD per person
Guaranteed departure from 2 participants
Children from 2 to 11.99 years are allowed and pay 50% of the adult price

Optional excursion (4 h): Whale watching
Every year between mid-January (15/01) and mid-March (15/03), almost the entire humpback whale population of the North Atlantic Ocean gathers in the waters of the Dominican Republic. Both mating and birth of the whale calves take place in these warm and protected coastal waters. Samaná Bay is one of the few places in the world where whale calves can be seen up close with their mothers. It is also possible to observe groups of bulls in their fights for the females. In good weather conditions you have the unique opportunity to experience the whale songs of the bulls live. Become part of this unique natural spectacle!
Excursion days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
8.00 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
Take along: Sunscreen, sunglasses, cap or hat and camera
Includes: Transportation from/to your hotel or accommodation in Las Terrenas with Spanish-speaking driver and English-speaking tour guide and entrance fee
Seat-in rate: 85 USD per person

Optional excursion (4-5 h): El Limon Waterfall
Visit the highest waterfall on the Samana Peninsula. It is an impressive waterfall about 50 meters high. The waterfall consists of smaller waterfalls that fall down a green wall into a natural basin. It is a very nice and pleasant horseback ride with a docile horse led by a local guide that will take you to the top of the Limon waterfall in half an hour. Along the way you will be able to see various plants and tropical fruits. Once you get to the top, you will have to walk for about fifteen minutes to get to the place from where you can swim in this natural pool. Take photos, rest and return to the ranch where you will enjoy a very good Dominican buffet lunch!
If you don't want to ride and like to walk, you can also do this excursion on foot. Remember to wear good walking shoes as the trail is difficult due to the footprints left by the horses. The walk takes about 50 minutes each way.
Excursion days: daily
Take along: Swimwear, sunscreen, sunglasses, cap or hat, camera and sturdy, closed-toe shoes, tip for local escorts (not mandatory)
Includes: Local horse guide, transportation from/to your hotel or accommodation in Las Terrenas with Spanish-speaking driver, lunch (buffet) with drinks.
Seat-in rate: 55 USD per person
Children from 0 to 4.99 years are allowed and free of charge, but we do not recommend them to participate, as the walk would be too exhausting for them. From the age of 5 years children count as adults

Day 15: Las Terrenas – Punta Cana (305 km – 4 h)

Enjoy the morning on the beach before heading back. Your return trip to Punta Cana will be on the new highway, which is very scenic and passes through part of Los Haitises National Park. You can return the car at the Punta Cana airport. Since you are returning the car to a different location than where you picked it up, you will have to pay a return fee when you drop off the rental car. This fee will be charged to your credit card when you pick up the car. If you have booked a beach extension with us, we will organize a transfer for you from Punta Cana airport (after dropping off the car) to your beach hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast at the hotel
Services included: Rental car

DEPARTURES
  • Self-drive tours are available all year round.
CONDITIONS

Please check Caribbean Tours Booking Conditions.

This tour is possible as:

  • SELF-DRIVE TOUR
SELF-DRIVE TOUR - Services Included
  • Overnight stays in the mentioned hotels or equivalent
  • Meals acording to description
  • Rental car with unlimited mileage and roadside assistance
  • Europcar - Typ „CFAR“ (Suzuki Vitara or similar)
  • Incl. CDWI (Collision Damage Waiver)
  • Comprehensive insurance with exclusion of the deductible of USD 472
  • Incl. TW (Theft Waiver)
  • Insurance against theft excluding the deductible of USD 472
  • Incl. CDWS (Super Collision Damage Waiver)
  • This insurance reduces CDWI's deductible to zero
  • Incl. TPC (Third Party Cover)
  • Insurance against damage to third parties (things, buildings and animals) with cover up to USD 12,000
  • Taxes and Fees
  • Welcome meeting and travel documentation with useful tips and information as well as road map
SELF-DRIVE TOUR - Services NOT included
  • Security deposit of USD 500 when taking over the rental car
  • This amount is to be paid on site by credit card
  • Return fee for delivery of the rental car at a rental car station outside of Santo Domingo
  • Airport taxes in the amount of 10% of the total amount of the rental car when picked up at an airport
  • ALI Insurance (Additional Liability Insurance)
  • This insurance increases the coverage of TPC to USD 52,000
  • WWI Insurance (Wheels and Windscreen Insurance) This insurance covers damage on tires and windscreen
  • Excursions and sightseeing as well as entrance fees
  • All meals and drinks not mentioned, as well as personal expenses

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