See the gems of the southern Dominican Republic, including the Cave of Wonders, an esteemed cigar factory, and a seaside town of Neoclassical and Victorian architecture.
Depart from the pier by coach and enjoy a scenic drive to the nearby Cave of Wonders. A local troop of Boy Scouts discovered the cave by happenstance in 1926, and it soon gained fame for its beautifully preserved native Taino Indian wall paintings, more than 250 in all. Following the footpaths inside, you'll marvel at these works of art and the geological wonders within, which are eerily lighted for the most dramatic effect.
Returning above ground, you'll drive into neighboring San Pedro de Macoris, which European immigrants founded in the early 19th century. While the seaside town initially enjoyed modest success, a sugar boom in the early 1900s brought great wealth, reflected in San Pedro's fabulous Neoclassic and Victorian architecture. The city is so visually stunning that it often doubles in movies as Havana in its heyday.
Next, you'll visit another uniquely Dominican attraction: the renowned Macorix Cigar Factory. It's fascinating to watch the cigars quickly take shape in the hands of the skilled rollers, who produce some of the world's premium cigars, including the Balmoral. Cigars are synonymous with the Dominican Republic, as is jewelry made with precious amber and larimar stones, which you'll have the chance to purchase at the final stop in Columbus Plaza back in La Romana. Afterwards, you'll drive back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 90-minutes of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability as guests should be able to walk without assistance and negotiate on their own the steps inside the cave. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Cameras and video equipment are not allowed in the cave. The order of the sites viewed or visited may vary.