Dominican Republic in 9 Days

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Santo Domingo, Highlands & Tropical Shores

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An essential tour of the diverse landscapes and cultures of the Dominican Republic, from the colonial architecture of Santo Domingo to the lush highlands of Jarabacoa and the sun-kissed beaches of Cabarete and Las Terrenas.

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Cabarete
Jarabacoa
Las Terrenas
Santo Domingo
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All flights
Accommodation
All transfers.
Activities
Some meals
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until December 2023
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From + £ 340
Categories available
charm
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Set off on a journey of discovery through the diverse landscapes and vibrant cultures of the Dominican Republic! Uncover the colonial-era heritage of Santo Domingo before immersing yourself in the lush pine forests of the tranquil mountain town of Jarabacoa. Chill out on the beaches of Cabarete and unwind amidst tropical landscapes in Las Terrenas on the sun-kissed Samana Peninsula!

9 days trip including flights*

8 days and 7 nights in destination

1

LON - SDQ

Santo Domingo

2

Jarabacoa

3

Jarabacoa

4

Cabarete

5

Cabarete

6

Las Terrenas

7

Las Terrenas

8

SDQ - LON

9

SDQ - LON

* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.

The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Santo Domingo

Ready to uncover the vibrant culture and idyllic landscapes of the Dominican Republic? Pack your bags and head to the airport to catch a flight to Santo Domingo. On arrival in the Dominican capital, meet your transfer and travel to your hotel in the heart of the old town. The remainder of the day is free to explore this historic city at your own pace. As the first colonial city in the Americas, Santo Domingo is filled with well-preserved architecture, beautiful plazas and atmospheric cobblestone streets. Overnight stay in Santo Domingo.

*You will have the option to upgrade to half-board or full-board in the next step of the booking process.

2nd Day: Santo Domingo - Jarabacoa

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day with a fascinating guided tour of Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone. See the capital's most important colonial-era buildings and atmospheric streets and enjoy entrance to three monuments: the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Museo del Ambar and the impressive Alcázar de Colón. After immersing yourself in the history of Santo Domingo, stop for lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, transfer from the hotel to Jarabacoa. Nestled in the mountainous interior of the island, Jarabacoa is a hub for outdoor activities such as river rafting, trekking and mountain biking. Surrounded by lush pine forests and waterfalls, it's the perfect place to get in touch with the natural beauty of the Dominican Republic! Check in at the hotel and spend the remainder of the day relaxing at your leisure. Overnight stay in Jarabacoa. 

Included
Guided Tour of Santo Domingo Colonial Zone
3rd Day: Jarabacoa

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend today at your leisure, exploring the verdant landscapes of this region or take the opportunity to do optional activities such as a biking excursion to the Baiguate Waterfall! Overnight stay in Jarabacoa.

*Optional Baiguate Waterfall Biking Excursion: Immerse yourself in the untouched landscapes of the highlands on a bike excursion to the 25-meter high Baiguate waterfall. Soak up the tranquil scenery and pass through traditional Dominican towns along the way before arriving at the waterfall.

Optional
Baiguate Waterfall Biking Excursion
4th Day: Jarabacoa - Cabarete

Breakfast at the hotel. The morning is at your leisure to enjoy the abundant nature of this region for the final time before departing to Cabarete in the afternoon. Situated on the northern coast, Cabarete is a resort town known for its beautiful coral reef and calm, crystal clear shores. Get settled at the hotel and spend the evening exploring at your own pace. Why not take a stroll along the waterfront, stopping for a drink at one of the beach bars or local restaurants? Overnight stay in Cabarete. 

5th Day: Cabarete

Breakfast at the hotel. A day at your leisure on the sun-kissed shores of Cabarete. Head to the beach, take a dip in the sea or try out some of the watersports on offer here. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to the beautiful Damajagua waterfalls or a city tour of Puerto Plata.* Overnight stay in Cabarete.

 *Optional Damajagua Waterfalls Excursion: Discover the incredible Damajagua waterfall complex of 27 waterfalls on a guided hike. Venture through the tropical forest of the "Cordillera Central" before reaching the waterfalls, where you can explore the 27 lagoons, bathe in their waters and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of your surroundings! 

*Optional Puerto Plata City Tour: This guided city tour takes you from Puerto Plata's popular beachfront boulevard to the top of Mount Isabel, where you'll find the Botanical Gardens, the iconic statue of Christ, and the most impressive views of this 'city of Amber'.

Please note: you can only choose one of the available optional excursions on this day.

Optional
Damajagua Waterfalls Excursion
Optional
Puerto Plata City Tour
6th Day: Cabarete - Las Terrenas

Breakfast at the hotel. Spend a relaxing morning at your leisure before departing to Las Terrenas in the afternoon. Nestled on the Samana Peninsula and overlooking the beautiful Scottish Bay, this charming town offers an abundance of sun, sea and sand and is known for its beautiful stretches of golden coastline. Get settled at your hotel and begin to enjoy the facilities and surrounding beaches. Overnight stay in Las Terrenas.

7th Day: Las Terrenas

Breakfast at the hotel. Awake to the tropical shores and sun-kissed beaches of Las Terrenas and enjoy an entire day to relax at your leisure.  Perhaps spend the day at the beach or head to the spa to indulge in a massage! To discover the abundant nature and cultural heritage of this region, we recommend an optional excursion to the Los Haïtises National Park.* Overnight stay in Las Terrenas.

*Optional Excursions to Los Haïtises National Park: Explore Los Haïtises National Park, once the home of the indigenous Taino community. Visit three historic caves, home to original cave art, and explore two areas of mangrove to discover the endemic wildlife such as bird colonies, pelicans, buzzards and other exotic fauna! Stop at the beach for refreshments and an included lunch before returning to Samana.

Optional
Excursion to Los Haïtises National Park
8th Day: Las Terrenas - Santo Domingo - Night on board

Breakfast at the hotel. Sadly, it's time to bring your time in the beautiful Dominican Republic to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to Santo Domingo airport to catch a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Night on board

9th Day: UK/Ireland

Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip. 

Accommodation: 7 Nights

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Included activities

If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Included

Included activity for day 2 in Santo Domingo

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Guided Tour of Santo Domingo Colonial Zone

See the capital's most important colonial-era buildings and enjoy entrance to three monuments: the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Museo del Ambar and the impressive Alcázar de Colón. Afterwards, stop for lunch at a local restaurant.

What's included: Guided tour, lunch

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Available Activities

Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
If you have reduced mobility you can request assistance for these activities by speaking to one of our experts
Optional

Suggested activity for day 3

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Baiguate Waterfall Biking Excursion

Immerse yourself in the untouched landscapes of the highlands on a bike excursion to the 25-meter high Baiguate waterfall. Soak up the tranquil scenery and pass through traditional Dominican towns along the way before arriving at the waterfall.

What's included: Guided biking excursion

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 5

Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Active

Damajagua Waterfalls Excursion

Discover the incredible Damajagua waterfall complex of 27 waterfalls on a guided hike. Venture through the tropical forest of the "Cordillera Central" before reaching the waterfalls, where you can explore the 27 lagoons and immerse yourself in nature!

What's included: Guided waterfalls trek Not included: Not suitable for pregnant travellers

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Optional

Suggested activity for day 5

Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:30 Approx

Physical rating:

Light

Puerto Plata City Tour

This guided city tour takes you from Puerto Plata's popular beachfront boulevard to the top of Mount Isabel, where you'll find the Botanical Gardens, the iconic statue of Christ, and the most impressive views of this 'city of Amber'.

What's included: Transport, guided city tour

more information
Optional

Suggested activity for day 7 in Samaná

Duration 10:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

Excursion to Los Haïtises National Park

Explore Los Haïtises National Park, once the home of the indigenous Taino community. Visit three historic caves and look for wildlife in the mangroves before stopping at the beach for refreshments and an included lunch.

What's included: National park entrance, lunch

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Santo Domingo - UK/Ireland.
  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm category hotels.
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  • 7 breakfasts and 1 lunch. *
    more information
  • All transfers
  • Visits and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
    See itinerary
  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Guided city tour of Santo Domingo.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • Guide/s during the excursions.
*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Taxes, drinks, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

You will have the option to upgrade to half-board or full-board in the next step of the booking process.

  • Entry requirements
    Passport with a minimum validity of at least six months from the date of arrival.
  • Visa
    No visa required.
  • Currency
    Dominican peso.
  • Language
    Spanish.
  • Electricity
    Type A and B, 120V 60Hz
  • Health
    Consult your healthcare professional before travel for guidance on recommended vaccines.
  • Time zone
    UTC-4
  • Other useful information
    Dominican Republic is a Caribbean nation and shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti.
  • Tourist Office website
    https://www.godominicanrepublic.com/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

 

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At time of booking
40%
60 days before departure
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