The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation that shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti to the west. It’s known for its beaches, resorts and golfing. Its terrain comprises rainforest, savannah, and highlands, including Pico Duarte, the Caribbean’s tallest mountain.
The capital city Santo Domingo has Spanish landmarks like the Gothic Catedral Primada de America dating back 5 centuries in its Zona Colonial district.
Come enjoy a unique adventure and learn how the Dominicans live by visiting small villages and enjoy their typical costumes and food.
Explore the Dominican Republic
|Tour Type||Trip Name||No. Days||Bookings||Prices per person|
|Independent Tour||Dominican Republic Hidden Gems||8||Contact us||From $2,341.00|
The Dominican Republic – Hidden Gems
See the real Dominican Republic! Enjoy a unique adventure exploring its many hidden beaches, local restaurants, tour a working rum distillery or see cigars being made. For eight days and seven nights experience a journey where you can live its unique history, its nature, and diversity.
With 500 years of history, beautiful water cascades, river rapids and spectacular virgin beaches, the Dominican Republic is best discovered by this means.
Learn how the locals live by visiting small villages and enjoy their typical costumes and food. Stay in tourist class hotels and travel in comfortable transportation specially arranged for you. Upgrade of hotels options available.
|Day 1: Arrive Santo Domingo||Meet and assist at the airport and transfer to your selected hotel 3*. El Conuco means “the countryside,” and diners have no problem transporting themselves from the city and into the eatery’s mosaic of hammocks, plants, and woven blankets. The restaurant even looks like a thatched-roof bungalow. The menu keeps up the theme with a selection of the area’s most authentic Dominican dishes. Try “La Bandera” (beef simmered with rice, kidney beans, and fried bananas) or something a little less exotic, like chicken cooked in onions and red wine. Each item embraces true “country-style” dining, making the place a great choice for sampling local cuisine.|
|Day 2: Santo Domingo - arabacoa - Puerto Plata||After breakfast, transfer to Rancho Baiguate in the Jarabacoa region. Maximum adventure and fun for everyone. Hop on a raft and enjoy the cool waters of the Yaque del Norte River, the longest in the Caribbean. In the company of professional guides, you will go through canyons and rapids to the feel of an adrenaline rush. You will discover places unknown to most. Action, nature, a once-in-a lifetime adventure. Lunch at the ranch. In the late afternoon, continue to your trip for another 3 hours to your hotel in Puerto Plata.|
|Day 3: Puerto Plata||Breakfast. Day tour to Damajagua Waterfalls. Nestled in the rolling hills of the Northern Corridor mountain range and behind the long stalks of sugar cane lays a treasure you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Mother Nature has crafted twenty-seven awe-inspiring pools, etched out of limestone, for your enjoyment. Come discover the best kept secret of the Dominican Republic!! Lunch and drinks included. Late afternoon return to your hotel in Puerto Plata.|
|Day 4: Puerto Plata - Las Galeras||Morning, bike tour in Puerto Plata area. You will have the opportunity to view dynamic scenery of Puerto Plata and Playa Dorada Complex, an abundant forest, sugar cane fields, mountain streams, along with a dramatic coastline which can be photographed from the trail. You will visit Dominican and Haitian villages, rural schools allowing you the opportunity to learn about Dominican customs, native plants and animals. Early afternoon transfer to Las Galeras Beach in the Samana Peninsula, unspoiled white-sandy beaches, coconut-covered mountains, clear mountain streams winding through lush, tropical rain forests, vibrant coral reefs, internationally known whale-watching and many other attractions, a vacation of adventure is awaiting your discovery. 6:30 pm Arrival to Samana.|
|Day 5: Samana Peninsula||Breakfast. Day tour to Los Haitises National Park. Los Haitises is one of the most distinctive of the national reserves, comprising nearly 160 kilometers of mangroves, estuaries, coves, and bays that together embrace the southwestern curve of the Bahía de Samaná. Over 700 species of flora (17 are endemic to the area) thrive in the subhumid tropical forest due to its great amount of annual rainfall. Roughly 110 species of birds nest here. The extensive limestone cave system is a major attraction for its examples of stalactites, stalagmites, and Taíno pictographs and petroglyphs depicting animals, rituals, faces, and divine beings. Continue to cayo Levantado. This jewel of a tiny island lies just off the Samaná Peninsula and is our destination for a day of pure escapism. The sand is white and powdery, the turquoise waters are crystal clear and perfect for snorkeling or gentle swimming. Time to relax at the beach, return to your hotel.|
|Day 6: Las Galeras - Santo Domingo||Morning free to relax at the beach. Mid afternoon transfer back to Santo Domingo.
Four houses hugging the palm trees, whitest sand, the fishermen boats scattered in the clear waters, the small key in the middle of the bay, the “chiringitos” where the freshest of fish are cooked, and a sea with all the tonalities of blue and green. Las Galeras has it all. 8:00 pm Farewell dinner at El Meson de la Cava, a restaurant situated in a natural lime stone cave. Created Millions of years ago by the “Waves Action” when the coast line hugged this cliff. Dine in a natural cave situated on the edge of Santo Domingo’s most beautiful city Park. We are proud of our 40 year history serving fine food, world class wine, and unparallel service.
|Day 7: Santo Domingo||Discover the oldest city in the New World. You, first of all, will stop at “Los Tres Ojos”, a natural fresh water spring , set like crystal jewels in an underground fern-covered cave. The coach tour will include the first palace, “El Alcazar”, the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, the “Atarazana”, a lovely, picturesque street, one of the first in the city and all the most important churches, buildings and parks of the colonial city. Of the modern city you will see the Presidential Palace and the Cultural Plaza. There you will find our National Theater, the Museum of Moderm Art, the Museum of the Dominican Man, among others. After the stop for lunch (not included), there will be time for shopping in the Santo Domingo Jewerly Shop and last but no least we will visit the Aquarium. 2:00 pm Lunch at Restaurant Atarazana.|
|Day 8: Depart Santo Domingo||At convenient time, transfer to the airport for your flight out.|
|Meals:||7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 1 Dinners|
|Transport:||Airport Transfers & Air-conditioned Private Car or Van|
|Guide:||Local English Speaking Guide|
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary|