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Santo Domingo Sights, Sounds, and Tastes, Including 6 Food Samplings

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    Leave your beach chair behind for a while and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, history, and flavors of Santo Domingo, the largest city in the Caribbean and the Dominican Republic’s captivating capital. This is your chance to experience the best Santo Domingo has to offer, alongside a local guide who can take you where the guidebooks can’t. You’ll start in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, the oldest European settlement in the New World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Have your cameras ready — there’s history everywhere here and architecture that will leave you speechless. In Billini’s Park, in front of Casa del Tostado, you’ll hear one of the most romantic stories of colonial times. We’ll see the Caribbean side of the old city, admiring the many historic monuments, parks, and colonial fortresses as we walk, eventually getting to the old city walls that once protected the city from pirates. The walls will lead us to Independence Park, an important landmark commemorating the Dominican Republic’s struggle for independence. As you walk, you’ll learn about the rich history of Santo Domingo, such as how Spanish and Arab immigrants brought their influence to the island, and how a rich commercial exchange has been established between the Dominican Republic and neighboring Haiti. Take a walk through Little Haiti and explore the small, picturesque businesses selling Haitian products. Along the way, you’ll also have the chance to explore local markets. Get ready for sensory overload — the local markets are filled with fruits, vegetables, grains, and spices, and are an explosion of vibrant colors and flavors. Learn about and taste the most varied fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as the spices used in Dominican cuisine. At the famous Mercado Modelo, the city’s largest market, browse paintings with colorful Caribbean motifs, as well as leatherwork, jewelry made form local stones such as amber and larimar, traditional musical instruments, and many other locally made handicrafts. If you’re getting hungry, our walk takes us to one of the most traditional local cafeterias and bakeries in the city, where you can try many delicious and locally loved Dominican sweets. Next, we get to one of the most colorful and dynamic areas of the city, the Chinatown of Santo Domingo, a community made up of the children and grandchildren of Chinese citizens who came to the Dominican Republic during the 19th and 20th centuries. Here, we’ll visit a local Chinese store and try some delicious Chinese refreshments that locals love. We’ll then follow the local pulse of merengue and bachata music to reach Calle El Conde, a bustling pedestrian-only street filled with colorful storefronts and small restaurants where we’ll stop for one final break, in the form of a cold Dominican beer. We end the day at Columbus Park, where you can feel free to further explore the sights, or we can give you tips on which restaurants to visit and even more secret local spots to check out.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Plaza Pellerano Castro AKA Parque Rosado, esquina, Calle Isabel La Católica & Calle Arzobispo Portes, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Calle Isabel La Católica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
    • Local English-speaking guide, selection of 4 treats at local bakery (may include baked coconut treat, sweet potato pudding, or traditional coconut, pineapple and milk treats), 2 treats at Chinatown shop (such as soft pudding, guava-filled cookies, or soft Chinese bread with pork), 1 bottle of beer. Note that the food samples may vary from tour to tour depending on what is available that day.
    • Snacks
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Additional food or drink, souvenirs and items of a personal nature, tips/gratuities for your guide.
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Comfortable shoes to walk and fresh clothes. Sunglasses or sunscreen would be advisable.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    I have booked this tour via web site ... i did such reservation first time in my life and was a little bit worried especially because it was in such city as Santo Domingo But I have received all the confirmation and nesessary information on my mail very soon. On the meeting
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    It was an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable, friendly and experienced guide (Luis). The tour was so good that I decided to do another one for the evening.
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    This was an excellent walking tour that was organized properly. They set up these different stops so that you can escape the heat by visiting different stores. If you are not used to hot weather, I suggest that you wear a hat. We made a stop to buy bottled water, but for me, I
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    On the positive the guide was lovely - the tour was on foot we want to a local café for a pastry ( savoury), then to a fruit stall which only had very old fruit which was fairly rotten ( not great....). Next stop was a bakery for a sweet then a juice. Then Chinatown for a bun
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    I did two tours this weekend with Santo Domingo Urban Adventures--City of Firsts, and Sights, Sounds, and Tastes--and both were absolutely brilliant! Miguel (City of Firsts) and Rainer (Sights, Sounds, and Tastes) were fantastic guides. It's the low season for tourism right now
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    About the operator
    By: Santo Domingo Urban Adventures
    Extreme,y Disappointing to put it nicely
    The first disappointment was discovering that what we were excited to see was as a group turned out to be my
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    Henry P
    Private tour of the Zona
    We had a four hour private tour of the Zona Colonial and Tres Ojos with Luis. Excellent tour; lots of
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    julia P
    Nice, France
    Best day ever -)
    I have booked this tour via web site ... i did such reservation first time in my life and was a little bit worried
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    Henry S
    I was stood up twice for this tour! The day I booked the tour for no one showed up! So I called the agency and
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    Jacky Colon
    Delicious food and great tour guides!
    It was a fun and great one on one tour with my tour guides. I would definitely recommend it to other people! I
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    Cheyenne M
    The Best Tour
    If I could give more that five stars, I would. Louise was an AMAZING guide. He was so knowledgeable and friendly,
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    Very Hungry Nomads
    A fantastic evening in Santo Domingo!
    We enjoyed a great evening in Santo Domingo with our guide Miguel. The tour included a fantastic balance of
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    Reshmi Theckethil
    Very good tour that gives a real feel of the city and the little hidden corners
    It was an excellent tour with a very knowledgeable, friendly and experienced guide (Luis). The tour was so good
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    Victoria, Canada
    Trikke tour with Luis
    This is a super fun trike trip around the Colonial district of Santa Domingo. Luis was very knowledgeable about
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    Ed P
    Really great introduction to Zona Colonial
    Louis was a friendly and engaging tour guide and this tour really helped me understand the context and history of
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