Enchanting Dominican Republic Tour

Hidden Secrets of Dominican Republic Tour

Embarking on this captivating itinerary in the Dominican Republic is an opportunity to unveil the nation’s hidden secrets and delight in its intriguing contrasts. You will venture beyond the confines of resorts and forge meaningful connections with the locals. Prepare to immerse yourself authentically in Dominican culture, traditions, and the awe-inspiring beauty that most tourists miss.

After a glimpse of Santo Domingo, you will enjoy the rest of your trip in and around the Samaná peninsula. This is a unique region where you will discover the genuine essence of the Caribbean, embraced by stunning beaches and palm-fringed mountain landscapes that beckon to everyone. This Dominican Republic tour promises to be a remarkable exploration of the country’s soul, a symphony of culture, and a celebration of its breathtaking natural wonders.

  • Discover the colonial history in Santo Domingo and its authentic local life
  • Learn about the elaboration of local products such as chocolate and coconut oil
  • Be surprised by Dominican treasures just known by locals
  • Fall in love with the Samaná region, a piece of heaven filled by palm trees and surrounded by turquoise waters
  • Enjoy an adventure day cycling through the jungle and unspoiled beaches
  • Delve into amazing nature while kayaking in a river close to the sea
  • Hike the highest waterfall in Samaná with a local community guide
  • Visit Los Haitises National Park, a magical place with impressive caves and mangroves

This is a private tour and you will be accompanied by an English-speaking local guide during all the activities and excursions. The activities and excursions in this Dominican Republic tour are private (only for you) or as part of a small group. The price displayed is per person based on two people sharing. All tours can be tailor-made to suit your interests and requirements.

The Dominican Republic is a small country that has been worldwide famous for its resorts. Nevertheless, there is much more to do and to see. This itinerary was designed for discerning travellers to discover the hidden beauty the Dominican Republic has to offer. You will be able to understand the Dominican lifestyle, connect with locals and be surprised by the nature and uniqueness of the country.

Starting in Santo Domingo, you will discover the highlights and contrasts of the capital during a city tour, an ideal way to connect with its history and local life. You will visit the best of the colonial area and then you will immerse in charming and interesting neighbourhoods, often missed by tourists. After Santo Domingo, you will travel to the north region of Samaná, where you will find a real paradise. The magic of this peninsula will captivate you since the beginning, while you spend time discovering the different nature, culture and adventure attractions.

You will enjoy activities like kayaking through a secret river surrounded by mangroves, exploring the jungle on a bicycle, hiking to a high waterfall, visiting a national park, discovering lovely villages, and sun bathing on stunning beaches. You will also get in touch with the Dominican essence. You will be captivated by the authentic energy Dominicans have while visiting local communities and connecting at another level with their culture. From their Caribbean food to their music and their dance, this trip will create unforgettable moments for you and your party.

  • Visiting the colonial city in Santo Domingo, with its cathedral and other architectural gems from the Dominican Republic

    Day 1: Arrival in Santo Domingo - Colonial Zone (-/-/-)

    Flight to Santo Domingo. On arrival, you will have a welcome reception at the airport and then a transfer to a well-located, small boutique hotel in the colonial city (approx. 40 minutes). The rest of the day is free to acclimatise and to walk around the old city to get the first impressions of Dominican culture.

  • Taking the cable car during a city tour of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic

    Day 2: Santo Domingo Colonial Zone - Local immersion and cacao workshop (B/L/-)

    Today you will experience a real immersion in the Dominican culture. During a full-day private city tour, a local guide will take you to points of interest such as murals, “colmados” (convenience stores that serve as central hubs in local communities), Dominican barbershops and much more. You will also visit the Ozama River and the crystalline pools of water that emerge from the subsoil as springs, where locals enjoy swimming. Then, you will be surprised by a traditional lunch prepared by a host family at their place. In the afternoon, enjoy a cable car ride before going back to the colonial city, where you will walk through the colourful streets and have fun in a 2-hour cacao workshop, to learn everything from this delicious product typical of the country. You will experience the whole process from the fruit to the final chocolate bar in an interactive way, and of course taste the amazing result. Free evening back to the hotel.

  • During a kayaking and SUP excursion in the mangroves near unspoiled beaches in the Dominican Republic

    Day 3: Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas - Biking & kayaking in paradise (B/L/-)

    Early morning, private transfer from Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas (approx. 2.5 hours) in the Samaná Peninsula, a beautiful and unique region in the country. You will stay in a lovely B&B near the beach. On arrival, enjoy a bike adventure to explore nature, riding between jungle and wild beaches. Join our local guides in a 2-hour private tour to discover impressive landscapes and far from the conventional tourist circuits. You will then have lunch at a local restaurant by the beach. In the afternoon, 20-minute private transfer from Las Terrenas to Cosón, where you will go on a private kayaking adventure. This 2-hour kayak tour will take you down the river through the mangroves until you reach the spectacular Cosón beach, which is several kilometres long. Back in Las Terrenas, you will have a free evening to walk around town, where you can find nice restaurants and local culture activities.

  • The impressive El Limón waterfall in the Dominican Republic

    Day 4: Dancing in Las Terrenas & sunset in El Limón Waterfall (B/-/D)

    Start your day with the Caribbean calmness while having a nice breakfast. Las Terrenas is known as a dancing destination for salsa and bachata, so you won’t miss the chance to learn some basics or improve your moves during a 1-hour private class late morning. The locals will make you love the music and you will be able to practice at the different dance spots at night. After time for lunch, you will have a private transfer to El Limón (approx. 30 minutes), for a private hike to reach El Limón Waterfall. Walk 1.5 miles / 2.5 kilometers between palm trees and crossing a small river, including a stop at the top of the mountain to enjoy the beautiful view of the waterfall and get to know the rural Dominican culture, while drinking delicious organic coffee. You will then watch the sunset at the waterfall, a spectacle of nature, while the local guides share stories from this amazing place. At the end of the tour, you will have a farm-to-table traditional dinner, a 0 km experience with local connection, before going back to the B&B in Las Terrenas.

  • Exploring the amazing caves and rock formations in Los Haitises National Park, Dominican Republic

    Day 5: Los Haitises National Park and Cayo Levantado (B/L/-)

    Enjoy a small-group daytrip to discover the spectacular Los Haitises National Park. After breakfast, you will take a transfer to Santa Barbara (approx. 1 hour), then you will cross the Samaná Bay by boat (approx. 40 minutes). You will experience Los Haitises, a magical place that has been the scene of numerous movies due to its surprising and breathtaking nature. When visiting the caves in the national park, you will be amazed by the geological richness and observe the variety of rock formations, stalactites and wildlife. Different caves will be explored, to admire their unique characteristics and natural beauty. The mangroves are also a highlight of the national park, as these ecosystems are vitally important to coastal and marine life, also making it an ideal place for birdwatching. During the tour, the guide will explain the history and how Los Haitises was connected to the Tainos, the indigenous people of the Dominican Republic. On the way back, you will stop for lunch at Cayo Levantado, a small island in the Samaná Bay, where you can swim in the turquoise waters while admiring the Samaná mountains. Back to Las Terrenas late afternoon. Free evening.

  • A hidden waterfall during a jungle tour near El Valle in the Dominican Republic

    Day 6: El Valle Experience (B/L/-)

    After breakfast, check out from the B&B in Las Terrenas for a private daytrip to discover another area in Samaná. A private transfer will take you to El Valle (approx. 1.5 hours), a unique place to unplug, offering virgin and wild beaches and where a local community is working for the sustainable development of the area. During the full day of immersion, you will connect with the essence of El Valle through different activities: take a short boat trip (approx. 15 minutes) to the spectacular Ermitaño beach with turquoise blue waters, enjoy typical food from Samaná on the beach, walk through the tropical jungle to discover a hidden waterfall only known by locals and finally relax at an infinity natural pool with incredible views. A full day of activities that provide peace and happiness to anyone. Just after sunset, you will be transferred to Las Galeras town (approx. 45 minutes), to check in at a cosy boutique hotel. Free evening to rest or to walk around town.

  • Enjoying the beautiful beaches in Las Galeras, Dominican Republic

    Day 7: Las Galeras - Hiking the 7 hidden beaches (B/L/-)

    Today you will experience the wonderful and peaceful community of Las Galeras. After breakfast, join a small-group daytrip to the route of the seven hidden beaches: hiking along the coast through leafy paths and caves to discover virgin beaches with crystal-clear waters. You will hike through the vegetation and over small hills with stunning views. You will be accompanied by certified local guides who will indicate the correct places to go through and also the points with the best views. A typical Dominican meal will be prepared in the middle of nature with local fresh ingredients. This tour includes the Rincón beach, one of the most stunning spots in Samaná. In addition to marvelling at the landscapes, you can enjoy a cold bath in a rivers close to the beach. The return is made by boat so you can rest and just admire the views. You will be back to Las Galeras mid-afternoon and have time to rest. If you still have some energy, there are optional activities available, like horse-riding tours or a permaculture workshop to learn about sustainable practices for gardening.

  • Amazing sights during a boat trip to Frontón beach in the Dominican Republic

    Day 8: Las Galeras - Frontón and Madama (B/L/-)

    Today you will discover Frontón, a unique beach in Samaná. During this full-day, small-group excursion, you will take the boat from Las Galeras to the incomparable Frontón beach. The local guides will show you the best spots to practice some snorkel, an unforgettable experience to fully enjoy the beauty of the area. Approaching the beach and seeing the colours that form through the crystal-clear water and the white sand leaves no one indifferent. During the snorkelling adventure, you can see beautiful corals and other restoration points, since the local community is working for the conservation of the place. It is worth walking on the beach and discover hidden spots, enjoying the refreshing sea breeze and the views of the coast. The guides will also show you interesting rock formations and caves while you are travelling by boat. Lunch will be served on the beach and it is quite an experience, as the local community prepare sustainable and creative dishes. On the way back you will visit another secret beach called Madama, which has difficult access so it is really private. Also, the locals will show you a coral restoration project, created as a response to the consequences of climate change. This Frontón discovery could be experienced in a different way: get to the beach by doing rappel with professional guides; for those who love adventure this cannot be missed! The boat will get back to Las Galeras late afternoon. Free evening.

  • Relaxing in a swimming pool with views over the Samaná Peninsula in the Dominican Republic

    Day 9: From Las Galeras to Home (B/-/-)

    Free to enjoy the beach. At scheduled time, private transfer to the Santo Domingo airport (approx. 3 hours), to catch your flight back home. End of tour.

  • Trip duration: 9 days
  • Countries visited: Dominican Republic
  • Level of difficulty: Low
  • Accommodation: 8 nights in B&Bs and boutique hotels
  • Transport: Mini-van, private car and shared boat
  • Meals included: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Additional information:

    You will be greeted at the airport on arrival by our local team who will take you to your hotel and will be able to answer any questions, make any additional arrangements and generally ensure everything goes smoothly.

    No minimum number of passengers is required and you will not be traveling with a group of people you do not know.

    Prices quoted are per person and based on at least 2 people traveling. You should expect a cheaper price for bigger groups.

    This tour of the Dominican Republic, like most of our adventures through Latin America, has a low level of physical difficulty and participants can choose to do as much or as little as they like.

    Whale season is from January to March, during those months a whale-watching tour could be added.

    What to bring: Travel insurance, passport, alarm clock, walking shoes, reusable water bottle, daypack, sun protection, insect repellent, sun glasses and hat, swimwear, flip-flops, shoes for water, medicines if necessary. Also comfortable light cotton shirts with long and short sleeves, comfortable trousers made of cotton or a light synthetic material (bring at least two sets of light clothes which can be washed and dried easily), shorts, rain coat, reusable plastic ziplock bags.

  • Best time to travel: November to May
  • Extra budget recommended: Around £200 / $250 per person to cover meals and all other expenses not included in the itinerary
  • What is included: Welcome reception at the airport. Transfers described and associated costs (tolls, gas, driver). Overland transport. Accommodation. Entrance fees to sites of interest and national parks mentioned in the itinerary. Guided activities and excursions with English speaking guides (some private, some as part of a small group). Meals as stated in the itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner). Contributions to the social projects visited.
  • What is not included: Flights from your country of origin. Travel insurance. Alcoholic drinks. Additional meals or snacks. Travel within and around each town. Visa fees (if any). Tips. Souvenirs.

There is no minimum duration and you can include only the activities or destinations you want. To start creating your ideal, tailor-made tour to the Dominican Republic, please complete and send this form. One of our Dominican Republic local experts will be in touch shortly:

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