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Dominican Republic

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Highlands & Horses
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Highlands & Horses

Sunset on the Dominican Republic doesn't come more atmospheric than sitting on a horse at the top of a mountain. After a briefing and welcome drink we'll saddle up and set off on an evening horse ride. Cantering through remote farms and rainforest, you'll feel at one with nature as you head up one of the mountains – just in time to catch the sun setting over the Dominican Republic. Back at the ranch for dinner, you'll try some local food like Sancocho stew, tostones, yuca and burgers, and watch a cigar rolling demonstration if it takes your fancy. Then chill out with a brandy or join in the fun with a lasso-throwing lesson.

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Anamuya Mountains Small Group Walking Tour
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Anamuya Mountains Small Group Walking Tour

Take a walk on the wild side with a tour of the Dominican Republic's rugged Anamuya Mountains. See a snapshot of rural life as shown to you by an in-the-know local. Alex, one of our expert guides, says, ‘I'm a native and have been guiding tours here for more than 10 years. You'll learn about local history, plants and crops, and get to try home-grown coffee and fruit, too.'Fun facts, exotic wildlife and the chance to take a river swim – this tour has it all. After pick-up from your hotel, we'll head deep into the Dominican outback. And because we'll visit the less-travelled parts of the country, it helps support areas that don't usually benefit from tourism. What's more, you'll be part of a small group of just 16 guests, minimising our carbon footprint. ‘It's a great way to get in touch with nature and give back to the rural community,' says Alex. Rolling through the forest-carpeted countryside, we'll arrive at a ranch, where we begin with complimentary drinks and the lowdown on the day ahead.Set off trekking through luxuriant, peaked landscapes as your friendly guide shows you around. You'll meet the locals and taste locally grown seasonal products – from farm to fork, it doesn't get much fresher. Be sure to keep an eye out for rare plants, birds and wildlife, too. Being part of this experience is a boost to wildlife conservation efforts in the region. Finally, we'll head to the River Anamuya, where you can cool off with a well-earned swim.

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Santo Domingo Tour with 4D Cinema Experience & Alcazar de Colon
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Santo Domingo Tour with 4D Cinema Experience & Alcazar de Colon

Boasting countless monuments and historical gems, Santo Domingo is a joy to explore. Discover the capital city's highlights and colonial zone by coach, mini-train and foot on this exclusive private tour. Kick off at Independence Park before heading into the old town's cobbled streets. You'll see sites dating back to the 15th century and visit the Gothic cathedral and Alcazar de Colon. You'll also enjoy a 4D cinema experience recounting a pirate sack of the city. Next, hop aboard a mini-train for a tour of the colonial zone. Lunch is followed by a stroll along Calle de las Damas – site of the Pantheon and Ozama Fort – and free time to explore.

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Punta Cana Evening Buggy Tour
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Punta Cana Evening Buggy Tour

This off-road experience has adventure stamped all over it. You'll power through the Dominican countryside and watch as the landscape transforms from day to night, without any traffic in sight. Guided by torchlight, you'll continue your journey and take a refreshing swim in a natural, underground pool. With the safari truck option, you'll visit Yara Cave, too. Flames lighting the way, you'll make your way back to camp for a well-earned drink and a delicious dinner of local cuisine. Rounding off the evening is a traditional Taino dance show and the chance to dance around the bonfire or enjoy the open bar.

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Dominican Countryside Terracross Adventure
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Dominican Countryside Terracross Adventure

There are few better ways to see the unspoilt Dominican countryside than a Terracross safari. You'll drive through winding rural dirt tracks all the way to the famous Domitai Cave Park and a replica Taoino village.While this exclusive-to-TUI excursion is geared for mud-splattered, high-octane fun, that's not all that there is to it. Your expert local guide will bring you to villages and an organic co-op ranch. Here, you'll learn all about coconut oil, sugarcane, coffee and chocolate as well as the unique Dominican chocolate tea. And you'll get to taste a few of them, too, along with the national tipple, mamajuana.And you'll get to swim in a cenote in Domitai Cave Park. These rocky sinkholes with clear, fresh water are a joy to swim in. As it's a private venue, there are fewer crowds and vendors than at other cenotes.

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Macao Beach & Cave Buggy Tour
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Macao Beach & Cave Buggy Tour

You'll get a close-up look at the Dominican countryside on this thrilling off-road adventure. Riding a low-slung buggy, you'll drive through winding rural dirt tracks all the way to the famous Domitai Cave Park and visit a typical Dominican home to learn how the locals make cocoa and coffee. There'll be swim stops at Macao beach and a cave with a natural pool, too.This Terracross safari is geared for mud-splattered, high-octane fun. But that's not all. Your expert local guide will bring you to villages and an organic co-op ranch. Here, you'll learn all about coconut oil, sugarcane, coffee and chocolate as well as the unique Dominican chocolate tea. And you'll get to taste a few of them, too, along with the national tipple, mamajuana.You'll also get to swim at Macao beach and in a cenote, too. These rocky sinkholes with clear, fresh water are a joy to swim in. And as Domitai Park is a private venue, there are fewer crowds and vendors than at other cenotes.

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Punta Cana Dolphin Swim Tour
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Punta Cana Dolphin Swim Tour

Put a big tick on the bucket list with a visit to Dolphin Explorer Park. You'll get to interact or swim with dolphins. And with a range of experiences to choose from, you decide just how close you'll get to the world's friendliest sea creatures.Funtastic – 40-min dolphin encounter, 20 guests per group, 1 dolphin Explorer – 50-min dolphin swim, 12 guests per group, 1 dolphin Excellence – 60-min dolphin swim, 10 guests per group, 2 dolphins

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Adventure Boogies
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Adventure Boogies

This wild buggy ride through the Dominican countryside makes for a morning of adrenaline-pumping adventure. After a quick safety briefing on Terracross buggies, don your helmet, put on your belt and give it some welly. You'll zoom across the backwoods to a co-op farm and try Dominican products such as coconut oil, chocolate tea, tobacco, rum, cocoa and coffee. You'll also get a chance freshen up with a swim in a cenote – a natural spring of crystal clear water. The next stop is Macao beach. Hemmed in by palm trees and washed by foamy white waves, it's a picture of bliss.

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Scape Park
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Scape Park

Thrill-seekers of all ages will love Scape Park's main attraction – adventure in nature. You can choose a whole host of activities throughout the day. But one thing that's guaranteed is adrenaline-pumping action in some seriously impressive surroundings.All family members are taken care of, too, with a wide range of things to do – so all you need to bring along is your sense of adventure. Kick off the fun with a high-flying zip-line experience and then cool off at the famous Hoyo Azul.If you're looking for even more action, then you can explore the impressive Iguabonita Cave, swim in a cenote, or even drive your own off-road buggy – there's no end to the fun at Scape Park.Your options include the following activities:Scape Park Full Day: Zipline Eco Splash, Saltos Azules, Cave Expedition and swim, Cultural Route, Animalarium and Hoyo Azul Cave TourScape Park Full Day Special: Enjoy the same activities included in Scape Park full day, plus a 45-minute off-road buggy driving experience

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Horse Riding
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Horse Riding

Leaving nothing but a trail of hoof prints behind you, you'll trot, canter and gallop your way through forest and palm-fringed beaches on this horseback ride. You'll have the chance to experience the Dominican Republic's landscape exactly the way nature intended.From the hotel, you'll soon arrive at a traditional ranch where you'll be given all the gear you need and paired up with a horse. Then, into the stirrups and up onto the saddle, you'll set off through untouched countryside with only peace and tranquillity around you.You'll take the reins through forest trails, darting in and out of shaded spots and looking out for wildlife as we go, until we arrive at the mouth of the River Maimon – a protected area. You'll then canter past sugar-white beaches before reaching the ranch once again.

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Saona Blue Lagoon Sailboat Cruise with Beach Club
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Saona Blue Lagoon Sailboat Cruise with Beach Club

If you like the VIP treatment, you'll absolutely love this Blue Lagoon sailboat tour to Saona Island and Cotubanama National Park. Sailing from Bayahibe, you'll glide over the lagoon's translucent waters, soaking up the sunrays as you nurse a drink from the open bar. Lunch is at an exclusive beach club on Playa Palmilla. In the afternoon, swim among the sea stars. A day of tropical bliss.

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Punta Cana Caribbean Pirate Cruise
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Punta Cana Caribbean Pirate Cruise

Say ‘ahoy' to your next adventure at sea, which sees you embarking on an epic treasure hunt. You'll snorkel with sharks, interact with stingrays at Shark Island, explore the coral reef and brace for possible attacks from rogue pirates. It's a swashbuckling day of action with a few surprises thrown in just off the coast of Punta Cana.Walk the plank to board the Hispañola where it's time to get stuck in and learn the ropes. You'll cast off into the danger-ridden seas to a place where you can snorkel amongst a colourful coral reef before it's time to get down to work.Back on board, a snack and soft drinks are served, while tensions rise within the crew of old pirates. Nevertheless, the hunt must go on, and the ship will soon reach Shark Island. There, a treasure hunt will take you to swim with nurse sharks and interact with stingrays. But beware - rogue pirates may hinder your quest. Prepare for fierce sword fights, stunts and take part in pirate life. You'll celebrate your victory with a party on the way back.

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Introducing Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana is famed for its beautiful white-sand beaches and gin-clear waters. And while a lot of activities centre on the coastline, there’s a wealth of cultural treasures and attractions to discover. Take a day away from the beach to visit Santo Domingo, the history-steeped capital, get involved in adrenaline-pumping activities at one of Punta Cana’s adventure parks, or explore the lagoons, caves and mangroves of the Los Haitises National Park. There are so many things to do in Punta Cana, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Top six things to do in Punta Cana

1. Kick back on Punta Cana’s beaches

Bavaro Beach is considered one of the top beaches in the world and is the most famous in Punta Cana. Bask in the sun, go swimming, enjoy some watersports or relax in the shade of the palm trees with a drink in hand. Macao Beach is another gem. It gets a lot of waves and can be quite windy, making it ideal for surfers. Meanwhile, Juanillo beach – with its calm and shallow waters – is perfect for families.

2. Visit Santo Domingo

A visit to the vibrant capital of the Dominican Republic is a popular daytrip from Punta Cana. Santo Domingo was the first European-built city in the Americas, so it’s no wonder that the historic old town – called the Colonial Zone – is an absolute must-see. Spanish Empire-era buildings, many of which house museums, restaurants and shops, line the streets of this UNESCO-protected zone. Go on a guided tour to see the first cathedral of the Americas, the Alcazar de Colon, the Altar of the Nation and much more. On top of the many historical landmarks, the Colonial Zone is also renowned for its thriving food scene and exciting nightlife.

3. Try your hand at some watersports

The crystal-clear waters flanking Punta Cana allow for a full range of watersports. Thanks to the often-perfect wind conditions, kitesurfing, windsurfing and surfing are all popular activities. But the best way to explore the glorious seascape is by taking a catamaran tour. With a diverse and rich marine life, many boat trips offer snorkelling stops. Swim alongside stingrays, nurse sharks and other tropical fish as you explore the longest coral reef in the Dominican Republic. And if you visit between mid-January and late March, you might be lucky enough to see some whales.

4. Head to Saona Island

Located just off the coast of Punta Cana, Saona Island makes for a perfect daytrip. Boasting untouched beaches, turquoise waters and swaying palm trees, Saona is paradise personified. The whole island is a nature reserve and lies within the Cotubanama National Park. Swim in one of the largest natural pools in the world, snorkel in waters full of marine life, try some of the local food at a restaurant or simply top up your tan on one of the island’s amazing beaches.

5. Explore Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises National Park is a magnet for eco-adventurers. Dotted with islands, rolling hills, caves, dense forests and endless mangroves, an excursion to Los Haitises ticks all the boxes for nature lovers. You can reach the national park by land or water. Boat trips, guided walking tours, kayaking and coach trips are just some of the many ways to explore this beautiful part of the Dominican Republic. You’ll need to book your trip to the Los Haitises National Park well in advance, as the number of visitors allowed in is limited.

6. Get your adrenaline pumping with some adventure activities

Punta Cana is an adventure-seekers’ playground. Visit the vast Scape Park, a natural theme park, which includes pools, caves, ziplines and a beach club. It’s home to the impressive Hoyo Azul cenote – you can swim in the crystal-clear waters of this sinkhole. The Iguabonita Cave, with its network of tunnels and caverns, is another of the park’s highlights. Bavaro Adventure Park, also set in Punta Cana, offers an exciting day out with buggy tours, ziplines, horse-riding, zorbing and paintballing activities, to name but a few.