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Day Trip to Saona Island and Altos de Chavon

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    What to Expect
    Start your day of discovery at your Punta Cana hotel where you will be picked up by your friendly and professional guide. The first stop will be at Altos de Chavon. This captivating, man-made marvel is an architectural wonder. The town is a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village perched high above the Chavón River. The village was designed by Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro, and created by Italian master designer and cinematographer Roberto Coppa. Dominican artisans handcrafted the stone pathways, decorative ironwork, furniture and enchanting buildings, reviving almost forgotten crafts of metal work and stone carving. Under Coppa´s direction, each stone was hand cut, each wooden door frame was handcrafted and each wrought-iron detail was hand-forged. Construction of the village began in 1976 and the village was inaugurated in 1982 with the concert of Frank Sinatra at the amphitheater.

    Next, there will be a catamaran cruise to the beautiful Saona Island, a tropical island located a short distance from the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic, near the La Romana Province. It is a government protected nature reserve and a popular destination for tourists from all over the Dominican Republic, thousands of people arrive in fleets of catamarans and small motorboats every day. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of its beaches, and has been used on many occasions by filmmakers and advertisers looking for a stereotypical desert island setting for their film or product. On Saona Island you can relax on the beach, enjoy the crystalline waters or explore the tropical surrounds. Here you will find a one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean full of white sand, coconut palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.

    After a bit of relaxation, enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch of typical Dominican fare. There will also be an open bar with local drinks. After the delicious lunch you will be returned to your Punta Cana hotel.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick starts at hotel main lobby, or specified meeting point if your are staying at an apartment, look for caribbean route at the pick up place.
    Departure Time
    6:30 AM
    Duration
    10h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    Inclusions
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Buffet lunch (BBQ, salad and typical Dominican fare) Also vegetarian options
    • Unlimited beer and soft drinks (open bar)
    • 30-40 minute stop at the biggest natural swimming pool
    • 3-hours at Saona Island
    • Animation during the trip
    • Professional guide
    Exclusions
    • Gratuities
    • DVD, Photos, and Souvenir ( Note that we are not responsible for any inconvenience with photos and souvenirs that you buy during the tour)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    My wife and I were married a few months ago and this trip to DR was our honeymoon. We decided on this excursion as my wife wanted to see Altos de Chavon and I love the ocean so this was great for both of us....More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    1  Thank NeilChKent
    Reviewed 4 August 2019

    This was a fun trip. The tour guides were very informative and interactive. The time at Altos de Chavon was fun but too short. We completely enjoyed our time at the island and my husband felt this was the best beach experience of the entire...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank kjfreeman1
    Reviewed 29 July 2019 via mobile

    Id give 4 stars for overall experience. The food was average. Our guide was knowledgeable. The photographers were phenomenal. It would have been nice to know that there are vendors and massages available on saona island so that one could bring enough cash. The transportation...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Gary J
    Reviewed 7 July 2019 via mobile

    I will never forget saona island s beach. White sand, palm trees and warm and turquoise water. It was a paradise

    Date of experience: June 2019
    1  Thank ΝΙΚΟΛΑΟΣ Υ Υ
    Reviewed 6 July 2019 via mobile

    I’m going to start with the cons, because there were more of them, unfortunately. This trip was about 12.5 hours from start to finish- the 10 hours listed does not include transportation time. They pick up early (6:30-7am) so no one on the bus was...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    2  Thank Cara C
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    Response from kjfreeman1 | Reviewed this property |
    Upon booking you select which hotel you are staying at. You can also call them to confirm. They also should send you a message via TripAdvisor message center letting you the time of pickup.
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