Highlights of the Southeast

8 days / 7 nights
  • Saona
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Domingo
  • Santo Domingo Altstadt
  • Zona Colonial
  • Montana Redonda
  • Altos de Chavon
  • Land und Leute
  • Wasserfall El Limón
  • Nationalpark Los Haitises
  • Cayo Levantado

8 days Highlights of the Southeast

Experience all important sights of the South and North of the Dominican Republic in this short trip.

UNESCO World Heritage Santo Domingo

After a relaxing beach day and a stay on the lonely island of Saona  is  a visit to the capital Santo Domingo on the agenda. The city offers a fabulous mix of 16th century houses, impressing late medieval palaces and fortresses. The colonial city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The sightseeing programme includes various sights and toursthrough the old town, including the Parque Colón where the statue of Christopher Columbus is located and the Alcazár de Colón Palace. In addition, the ‘Parque Nacional Tres Ojos’ with its four freshwater lagoons will also be visited.

Exploring the Samaná Peninsula

During your excursion in Samaná you will discover all the natural beauties of the peninsula like a remote waterfall being siutated in the middle of the jungle where you can take a refreshing bath in a lagoon. In a guided city tour you will discover a variety of colonial style houses in Santa Barbára de Samaná

National Park Los Haitises and Bacardi Island

The boat tour to the National Park ‘Los Haitises’ takes you to the coastal zone of the more than 200 km² nature reserve. A huge green mangrove belt stretches along the coast and over 50 small islands form a labyrinth of waterways. An excursion to the Cayo Levantado, also called ‘Bacardi Island’, is also part of the program. The two kilometre long and about 500 metre wide island is a nature reserve and surrounded by a light to turquoise blue sea. In combination with the gorgeous white sandy beaches, the island offers a breathtaking scenery.

The absolute highlight of this trip is the excursion to the beautiful Saona Island!

  • English-speaking support
PICK UP/FINAL STOP Airport Punta Cana (PUJ)
SERVICES
7 x nights/breakfast
All transfers according to the program
1 x full-day excursion to the Saona Island including lunch and soft drinks
1 x full-day excursion to Santo Domingo including lunch and
soft drinks
1 x full-day excursion to Samaná including lunch and soft drinks
1 x full-day excursion ‘Countryside and People’ including lunch and
soft drinks
All taxes and fees
NOT INCLUDED
Private health insurance
Flight
Dinner (à la carte in the hotel possible) and drinks
Meals and drinks not mentioned
Tips and personal expenses
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel Las Flores, 4* boutique hotel

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Day 1 – Arrival in Punta Cana

Arrival at the airport in Punta Cana, transfer to the hotel and check-in. Rest of the day off.

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Day 2 – Day at leisure

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Day 3 – Saona Island

After breakfast, pick up by an English speaking tour guide at the hotel reception at approx. 07:30 am. Afterwards 1-hour transfer to Bayahibe. After a short trip with the speedboat, the first stop for snorkeling is at the house reef of Bayahibe. The next stop is the largest natural bathtub, the so-called “Piscina Natural”. Enjoy the warm water with a Cuba Libre in your hand or go looking for the native large red starfish. From here we head purposefully towards the island of Saona. We drive past the tourist beaches to the fishing village Mano Juan, where we are going to take a small village tour. Afterwards we drive to a beautiful natural dream beach. We will stay there about one and a half hours. Afterwards we will have lunch on the main beach of the island. Here you will find a Dominican buffet and music that invites you to dance. You will enjoy the return journey to Bayahibe on a catamaran. Return to the hotel. The total duration of the tour is approx. 11 hours.

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Day 4 – Santo Domingo

After breakfast, pick up by an English speaking tour guide at the hotel reception at approx. 07:30 am. Afterwards transfer to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and full day city tour. The city offers a fabulous mix of 16th century houses, impressing late medieval palaces and fortresses. The colonial city was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The sightseeing programme includes various sights and tours of the historic centre, including the Parque Colón with the statue of Christopher Columbus and the Alcazár de Colón Palace. Lunch is served in between in a restaurant in the old town. In the afternoon we pass the “Faro a Colon”, the city’s landmark. Finally we visit the “Parque Nacional Tres Ojos” with its four freshwater lagoons impressively west of the old town. Return to the hotel. The total duration of the tour is approx. 10 hours.

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Day 5 – Day at leisure / Optional: Half day excursion Montaña Redonda

Optional: After breakfast, pick up from your hotel by an English speaking tour at the hotel reception at approx. 07:30 am.. Afterwards we drive about 1 hour in the direction of Miches. At the foot of the mountain we change into an all-terrain vehicle to climb the steep path to the top of the lookout mountain. Behind us lies the Cordilliera Oriental andthe view sweeps over two lagoons and endless Caribbean beaches to the front. The most famous photos on the ‘Round Mountain’ are taken with the giant swing, with which you can swing over the abyss. We stay about 1.5 hours on the top of the mountain before we go down again. To round off this great experience, we then visit a small farm with a beautiful garden. We will there have the opportunity to learn a lot about the flora, fauna and culture of this zone. Various local natural products such as cocoa, coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut oil etc. are offered for sale. Our transfer will bring you back to your hotel in time for lunch. The total duration of the tour is approx. 5 hours.

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Day 6 – Samaná Special

After breakfast, pick up by an English speaking tour guide at the hotel reception at approx. 07:30 am. We are going to drive in the direction of Miches, which we will reach after about one hour. There are some interesting things to discover at the roadside on the way there. Our boat awaits us little outside of Miches , with which we will cross the bay of Samaná early in the morning. Arrived in Samaná, we will make a short city tour before we head to a waterfall being situated in the middle of a jungle. After a 15 minute walk with a slight incline through the jungle we will reach the waterfall and have time to cool down in the natural pool. We then enjoy a delicious lunch before we head by boat to Cayo Levantado, known as Bacardi Island. Time to relax on the beautiful beach. In the afternoon we go by boat through the Los Haitises National Park. Via the Bahia San Lorenzo we willreach the mangrove forests, which we are going to explore by boat. After visiting the caves we return to the jetty, where our transfer to the hotel is waiting.The total duration of the tour is approx. 12 hours.

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Day 7 – Full-day excursion ‘Countryside and People’ with Altos de Chavon

After breakfast, pick up by an English speaking tour guide at the hotel reception at approx. 07:30 am. Afterwards we go to the famous pilgrimage place Higüey. There you will visit a typical Dominican fruit and vegetable market near the only preserved 16th century church. After that, we will take  a short photo stop at the town’s landmark, the modern basilica. On your way to La Romana you will receive a lot of interesting information about the daily life of the locals, we are going to drive past sugar cane plantations and visit a school. Shortly after Higuey, you will visit a cigar factory where you can admire not only the dexterity of the workers but also the unique taste of the end product. One of the highlights of the excursion is the visit to the romantic artists’ village ‘Altos de Chavon’, which is located on a rocky plateau above the river Chavon. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic view of the river, on which some famous Hollywood movies have already been shot. We go to a restaurant built on cliffs in Boca de Yuma for lunch . Afterwards boat trip on the river Yuma. You will experience a day full of information and variety which you will never forget. Return to the hotel. The total duration of the tour is approx. 11 hours.

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Day 8 – Transfer to the airport

Transfer to the airport and end of the trip. An extension is possible.

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