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Dominican Discovery

Resort:Dominican Discovery
Operator: Saga
Destination: Dominican Republic
Price From: £2649.00

Enjoy a warm welcome in the Dom Republic’s colourful beach resorts and vibrant cities…

Follow in the footsteps of Christopher Columbus and discover the Dominican Republic – part of legendary Hispaniola, whose turbulent colonial history left an island divided. It’s home to the oldest colonial city of the Americas and a diverse landscape of mountain ranges, rainforest, semi desert and idyllic white sand beaches. Enjoy a warm welcome in the colourful villages and vibrant cities, taste the local rum and dance to the music of merengue…

Including…

14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

40 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 12 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)


Free bar
 open 15 hours daily at Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa and 14 hours at the Gran Ventana Beach Resort

  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels 

Excursions and visits

  • Eco Caribe tour
  • Cave visit at Cueva de la Maravillas
  • Santo Domingo city tour
  • Visit the Columbus monument at Faro a Colon
  • National Botanical Gardens
  • Tour of Puerto Plata
  • Cable car ride up Isabel del Torres mountain
  • Live Bravissimo Show with dinner
  • Altos de Chavon village

Itinerary

Day 1
UK-Punta Cana

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, where you’ll spend three nights on an all-inclusive basis at the Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa (4Q+). D

Day 2
Punta Cana

Climb aboard a typical Dominican bus with its ‘thatched’ roof of cana leaves and venture on a tour to see true Dominican life. You’ll visit a farm, a school and factory on your travels through lush countryside and sugar cane fields. B, L, D

Day 3
Punta Cana

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax at your hotel, or take an optional trip to the tropical paradise of Saona Island. B, L, D

Day 4
Santo Domingo

Set off for the colonial city of Santo Domingo, founded by Christopher Colombus’ brother. En route you’ll visit the caves of Cueva de la Maravillas in San Pedro de Macoris, noted for their stalactites and wall drawings by the native Taino people. Stay for the next two nights at the Holiday Inn (4Q), in Santo Domingo with breakfasts included. This evening enjoy a traditional dinner in a local restaurant and a merengue dance performance. B, D

Day 5
Santo Domingo

A tour introduces you to this remarkable city dating from the 15th century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The starting point for the expansion of European culture, its highlights include the first cathedral of the New World and the historic city centre with its criss-crossing streets and early buildings. You’ll also leave the city to visit the famous Faro a Colon – a huge, modern landmark monument and mausoleum claiming to house Christopher Columbus’ remains. You’ll also visit the beautiful National Botanical Gardens. B, L, D

Day 6
Puerto Plata

Cross the island from south to north as you travel to Puerto Plata, with a tour of the city of Santiago de los Caballeros en route. Puerto Plata – the ‘Silver Port’ – was named by Columbus because of the colour of its waters at dusk. Spend five nights on an all-inclusive basis at the Gran Ventana Beach Resort (4Q). B, L, D

Day 7
Puerto Plata

Today is at leisure – perfect for some independent exploring, or relaxing on the golden sandy beach beside your hotel. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to discover coffee and cacao cultivation and visit a family home. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Hoyo Azul Eco tour |half day

Visit a cenote or ‘sinkhole’ filled with turquoise water and lined with orchids and bromeliads, beneath a towering cliff and discover more about the extraordinary ecosystems of the Dominican Republic.

Day 8
Puerto Plata

A city tour today introduces you to Puerto Plata’s Victorian-style houses and central park before you travel by cable car to the top of the 800-metre ‘Isabel del Torres’ mountain for views over the city. Afterwards visit the Amber Museum and a rum factory. B, L, D

Day 9
Cayo Arena

Travel to the tiny sand island of Cayo Arena, surrounded by a coral reef. Marvel at the clear waters, perhaps go snorkelling, then enjoy a boat trip through the mangroves in the nearby Montecristi National Park. B, L, D

Day 10
Puerto Plata

Choose how you spend today, before setting off this evening for the spectacular Bravissimo Show. Enjoy dinner then take your seats for this Caribbean extravaganza of music and dance. B, L, D

Day 11
Punta Cana

You return to Punta Cana today, stopping en route at the Plaza Agara Mall Santo Domingo, with time for lunch (not included) and shopping. Return to Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa where you spend the next four nights on an all-inclusive basis. B, D

Day 12
Punta Cana

Take time out today to relax or explore independently. Alternatively, join an optional Eco tour where you discover a natural underground cenote or ‘sinkhole’ beneath a towering cliff and the extraordinary ecosystems of the Dominican Republic are revealed. B, L, D

Day 13
Punta Cana

Enjoy a day at leisure. This evening, perhaps join an optional excursion to see an exuberant Coco Bongo show. B, L, D

Optional excursions

Coco Bongo show |evening

If you’re feeling energetic you might like to go to this lively performance, and dance and drink into the wee small hours…

Day 14
Punta Cana

A visit to the replica 16th-century Mediterranean-style village of Altos de Chavon is included today. Built in the 1970s, it’s a cultural centre with an archaeological museum and amphitheatre, cobbled streets, shops and galleries to explore – perhaps hunt out some souvenirs… B, L, D

Day 15
Punta Cana-UK

After lunch, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK and included door-to-door travel service home.B, L