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Date 01 JAN 2019, Adults, Baby 0/2, Young 2/12

TOUR THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE - 13 NIGHTS - With Rental Car

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TOUR THE LAND AND ITS PEOPLE - 13 NIGHTS - With Rental Car

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PRIVATE PROGRAM
You will Drive the Rental Car included. For Optional PRIVATE DRIVER/GUIDE please Contact us for Price and Add to this Tour.
 
Start from: Santo Domingo
Finish: Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo: 2 Nights
Jarabacoa: 1 Night
Punta Rucia: 1 Night
Puerto Plata: 3 Nights
Rio San Juan: 2 Nights
Las Terrenas: 4 Nights

Discover the most beautiful places in the Dominican Republic on this trip and experience what most tourists will never see. 
Journey through the island, to the magnificent beaches, waterfalls, lakes and mountains in the heart of the country. 
Get away from the masses of tourists, and rest assured that Lovelycaribe will help you with a better knowledge of this island, her unique variety, natural beauty, joyful culture and history.

CAR RENTAL DETAILS:
Car Rental included with unlimited Kilometers and Full Cover Insurance
1 Double Room, for single or double occupation = Car Type Kia Rio or similar
1 Triple Room, for triple occupation = Car Type Kia Rio or similar
2 Double Rooms, for 4 people occupation = Car Type Hyundai Tucson or similar

TOUR PROGRAM

 
Day 1: SANTO DOMINGO
Transfer from the airport to the hotel Hodelpa Caribe Colonial in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. 
Enjoy a cocktail, a briefing about the country and all the support ou local travel agency has to offer you. 
Take the rest of the day to explore the streets of the colonial city, restaurants, bars and shops on your own.
Meals included: None
Accommodation: Hodelpa Caribe Colonial **** Superior Room
 
Day 2: SANTO DOMINGO
The capital of the Dominican Republic combines the modern advantages of an emerging economy with the historic center of the city "La Zona Colonial" making this a very special place. 
During a 2-hours guided walking tour through "La Zona Colonial", you will follow Columbus’s footsteps and see (among other things) the oldest cathedral of the New World, castles, ruins and the residency of Columbus's son, Don Diego. 
You will also visit a cigar manufacturer, where you will see the production of the popular Dominican cigars.
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodations: Hodelpa Caribe Colonial **** Superior Room

Day 3: SANTO DOMINGO - JARABACOA
After breakfast your roundtrip begins and you will first drive into the heartland of the country, passing cocoa, rice, banana and coffee plantations. 
On a well-developed mountain road you reach the Rancho Baiguate in Jarabacoa, the "city of eternal spring" snuggled at the base of the mountains surrounded by majestic beauty. 
Upon arrival, a traditional Dominican lunch is served at Rancho Baiguate. The rest of the day is at your free disposal where you have time to explore the surrounding area of Jarabacoa or relax on the premises of Rancho Baiguate.
Driving time: 2 ½ hours
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodations: Rancho Baiguate *** Master Room

Day 4: JARABACOA - PUNTA RUCIA
In the morning you can go on one of the various excursions offered by the Rancho Baiguate.
Among others they offer a horseback or bicycle ride to the beautiful waterfall "Salto de Jimenoa" or a wild river rafting trip down the "Río Yaque del Norte".
After lunch the trip will continue to the city of Santiago where you will see the famous Monument of Santiago. It was designed in 1944 by the architect Henry Gazon Bona. After the fall of the Dictator Trujillo, it was given the name of "Monument to the Heroes of the Revolution", which it retains to this day.
From there, you will follow the Hispaniola coast northwest, arriving at the small idyllic fishing town of Punta Rucia. 
At the Lodge of Punta Rucia, where you will stay for the night you can relax and let the evening end with a nice tropical drink on the beautiful beach. 
Driving time: 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Punta Rucia Lodge **** Standard Room

Day 5: PUNTA RUCIA - PUERTO PLATA
After breakfast you might want to go on a fishing boat which will take you to a small island with a surface area of only 200 square meters and sand as white as snow. 
The greatest natural pageantry however takes place under the water where the coral reefs provide a magnet for vast varieties of colorful fish and other marine life. 
Snorkeling in this spectacular natural habitat is an unforgettable experience. 
The return trip to Punta Rucia takes you through the mangroves of the National Park.
From there you will follow the north coast and visit the Fortress of San Felipe in Puerto Plata. This fortress is the only witness to the XVI century city. 
Columbus discovered San Felipe de Puerto Plata on his first voyage, 12th January 1493 and called the mountain "Monte Plata" (Mount Silver) because the clouds at the top make it look like silver. The city takes its name from the mountain and is called Puerto Plata (Silver Port). 
If you want to enjoy a breathtaking view over the north coast, you can take a cable car ride on the "Monte Plata" (now called "Pico Isabel de Torres").
Driving time: 1 hour
Meals included: Breakfast, dinner (All Inclusive)
Accommodation: Blue Bay Villas Doradas **** Standard Room // Emotions by Hodelpa Puerto Plata ****

Day 6: PUERTO PLATA
On this day you wake up in an All-inclusive hotel located on the beautiful "Playa Dorada". 
Use the day to enjoy the tropical scenery, the beach and everything this beautiful resort has to offer.
Meals included: All-inclusive
Accommodation: Blue Bay Villas Doradas **** Standard Room // Emotions by Hodelpa Puerto Plata ****

Day 7: PUERTO PLATA
Enjoy another day at the beach of Puerto Plata. 
If you prefer to stay out of the sun or the activities at the hotel do not suit your fancy, Lovelycaribe can recommend nearby activities easily reached with your rental car. 
For example canyoning in the "27 Charcos". On this trip you will first hike 20 minutes through tropical vegetation to reach the river canyon Damajagua. 
Protected with a helmet and a vest, you jump down the 27 waterfalls and swim through deep canyons.
Another option is the adventure park 'Monkey Jungle'. This nature wonderland, covers over 800,000 square meters of mountains and valleys. There is a network of zip-lines throughout the park. Get harnessed up and ride the cables from mountain top to mountain top.
Meals included: All-inclusive
Accommodation: Blue Bay Villas Doradas **** Standard Room // Emotions by Hodelpa Puerto Plata ****

Day 8: PUERTO PLATA – RIO SAN JUAN
The adventure continues after breakfast with a short drive to Playa Grande, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. 
There you can enjoy a delicious lunch of lobster, fish or chicken.
By evening you'll arrive at your hotel in Rio San Juan or Cabrera.
Driving time: 2 hours
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Las Puertas del Paraiso ** Standard Room

Day 9: RIO SAN JUAN
After breakfast next to the pool you’ll want to learn more about this part of the island that is one of the most beautiful parts of the Dominican Republic. 
The friendly owners of the hotel will explain you where to find the hotspots of the area. For example Laguna Du Du, a crystal clear freshwater lagoon where people can swim in a cave, jump into the water from a 12 meter (39 feet) high cliff or scuba dive through the caves. 
Or perhaps visit the small romantic bay (Playa El Diamante) which is fed by several fresh water springs which makes swimming here a special experience. 
These examples are just two of the wide range of attractions in the area. 
For adventurers there are also tours offered like horseback riding, cave diving, visits to waterfalls and many more.
Meals included: Breakfast
Accommodation: Las Puertas del Paraiso ** Standard Room

Day 10: RIO SAN JUAN – LAS TERRENAS
The trip leads to the east of the Dominican Republic, to the Samaná Peninsula. 
During the drive you will cross rivers and enjoy lush landscapes, pass banana plantations, rice fields and beautiful beaches. 
After about a two hours drive you’ll arrive in Las Terrenas, a quiet fishing town known for its wonderful beaches and its numerous stores, restaurants and bars. 
Here you will rest during your last days of vacation in the All-inclusive hotel Viva Wyndham V Samaná.
Driving time: 2 hours
Meals included: All-inclusive
Accommodation: Viva Wyndham V Samaná ***** V Room

Days 11 to 13: LAS TERRENAS
The remaining nights are spent in the paradise resort of Las Terrenas located right on a beautiful beach. 
You can simply relax or explore the gorgeous peninsula Samaná with its lush landscape, creeks and waterfalls.
Meals included: All-inclusive
Accommodation: Viva Wyndham V Samaná ***** V Room

Day 14: LAS TERRENAS - SANTO DOMINGO
Today you will drive along a well-developed highway across the island directly to the international airport 'Las Americas' of Santo Domingo, where you can drop off your rental car and fly back home with lots of fond memories of your journey through the Dominican Republic.
Driving time: 2 hours
Meals included: Breakfast

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HOTELS OF TOUR 
Santo Domingo: Hodelpa Caribe Colonial **** Superior Room
Jarabacoa: Rancho Baiguate *** Master Room
Punta Rucia: Punta Rucia Lodge **** Standard Room
Puerto Plata: Blue Bay Villas Doradas **** Standard Room // Emotions by Hodelpa Puerto Plata ****
Rio San Juan: Las Puertas del Paraiso ** Standard Room
Las Terrenas: Viva Wyndham V Samaná ***** V Room

INCLUDED:
- Rental vehicle with unlimited mileage and full insurance coverage (Pick up in the morning of day 3 in the city of Santo Domingo; drop off day 14 (time as desired) at the airport in Santo Domingo)
- Transfer from the airport "Las Americas" to the old town of Santo Domingo
- All overnight accommodations at hotels mentioned in the program
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary as “Meals included”
- Private Guided Walking City Tour through the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo
- Personal welcome briefing in our local office with your personal travel expert, included a fresh tropical fruit juice and an extensive information session about your upcoming trip 
- Amenity kit from our local travel agency, incl. map, country information, mosquito repellent, adapter, local samples and more
- A local SIM-Card with unlimited free calls to our local travel agency
- Travel documentation with useful tips and information about Culture, Land & People

NOT INCLUDED:
- Everything not mentioned in the Tour Program

PRIVATE DRIVER/GUIDE (OPTIONAL: Contact us for Price and Add to this Tour)
This tour can also be done with a private guide/driver. 
He will enrich your trip with his big knowledge about the Dominican Republic, delight you with stories and anecdotes and make sure everything will be running safe and smoothly.
The total surcharge for a private guide/driver and rental car from day 1 in the afternoon to day 10 includes:
- The expenses for the guide
- Fuel
- Toll for the route according to the itinerary.
Surcharge per person including all taxes and service charges. Valid for English, German and Spanish speaking guides.
For French and Italian speaking guides and for other languages, there will be an additional surcharge per guide/tour