Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
A Walk through Santo Domingo's Old Town
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Approximately 4 Hours
Discover the many faces of the oldest capital in the New World.
First, transfer by air-conditioned coach to the Columbus Lighthouse -- an impressive monument commemorating Christopher Columbus' arrival in the New World in 1492. The explorer's tomb lies here also.
Then, travel into the Old Town of Santo Domingo -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a glorious 500-year-old past. Walk down the famous Calle Las Damas -- the first cobblestone street built in the Americas -- lined with beautiful old buildings. The street is named after the ladies-in-waiting of the Viceroy's wife, who took their afternoon stroll down this street.
Visit the Columbus Palace, house of Don Diego Colon -- son of Christopher Columbus and Viceroy between 1511 and 1526.
Step inside the impressive Las Casas Reales Museum. For three centuries, the administrative offices of the Colonial Government were housed here.
You'll pass the National Pantheon -- tomb of famous writers, politicians and heroes of the Republic; then, head to Santa María la Menor for a guided tour of the first cathedral in the Americas.
Enjoy approximately 45 minutes of free time for shopping before walking back to your transportation.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.