Tour a hilltop artists' village built to look like a 16th- century Mediterranean town and then board a paddle-wheel boat to cruise the meandering Chavón River below.
It's a 30-minute picturesque drive from the pier up to the lovely village of Altos de Chavón, which perches atop a plateau overlooking the enchanting Chavón River. While it may look like a 16th century Mediterranean village, Altos de Chavón wasn't developed until 1976. It is an amazing re-creation, as you will discover walking the narrow cobbled streets. The highlights include the impressive St. Stanislaus Church, a Roman-style outdoor amphitheater, and numerous fine boutiques, galleries and craft shops, which you can explore during free time.
Rejoining your coach, it's a short drive to the Chavón River were you'll board a paddle-wheel boat for lovely cruise. Don't forget your camera because the jungle scenery is quite dramatic. In fact, several well-known movies have been shot here, including the Vietnam War epic "Apocalypse Now" and the Sylvester Stallone blockbuster "Rambo." The riverbanks are densely vegetated, small beaches dot the shoreline and wildlife is abundant, especially tropical birds. After well over an hour on the serene, meandering river, you'll return to the dock and then drive back to the pier in La Romana.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 30-minutes of moderate walking, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. There are cobblestone streets to negotiate in Altos de Chavón. 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. Light-weight clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour may be operated in reverse order.