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Guided tour of the city of Higüey

A revealing tour that allows you to be in close contact with the way the people of the Dominican Republic live and witness the splendor and elegant architecture of the Basilica of La Altagracia. Stroll along the main street and observe the day to day life of the city: the cafes, the shoeshine boys, the fruit stalls and their vendors, visit the church of San Dionisio, built more than 500 years ago!

Description of the experience

Our tour begins at the Altagracia museum where we will admire the unique and precious pieces that make up its collection.

Then we will continue to the Basilica of Higüey. Devotees from all corners of the country flock to this impressive sanctuary. The largest religious monument in the Dominican Republic, it covers an area of 4,680 m2. A distinctive structure in the shape of a Latin cross; a masterpiece of French architects. Visitors are led through a somber bronze entrance plated in 24 kt. gold. On his second visit to the country, Pope John Paul II crowned an image of the Virgin of Altagracia, a remarkable silver-gilt diadem.

A tall bell tower guarding 45 bronze carillons are pleasant visual stimuli for passersby, enveloping them in a heavenly aura. Regardless of your religious beliefs, this sacred place radiates a sense of peace and tranquility. This part of the tour takes us through the main street, with its many monuments, restaurants and street vendors.

A mélange of color, culture and flavor. Contrasting architectural styles, representing a dilapidated fire station, an old City Hall to the office of the current Dominican Postal System. La Cruz del Perdón is located in an area of the park adjacent to the church, where the customs of the higüeyanos are deeply rooted. The sanctuary keeps invaluable jewels, a novelty piece for the indiscreet looks of those who visit it. There is a beautiful silver frame with the image of the Virgin of Altagracia, enhanced by inlaid precious stones, highlighted by an eloquent emerald bordered by crystals owned by San Pío X.

Next, in our itinerary, we will disperse in the vicinity of the Higüey Market. Get caught up in the beliefs and customs of its people, learn how master craftsmen make cigars by hand. During this tour, you can also buy the best Dominican rum and visit quaint kiosks displaying the most distinctive and elegant samples of local handicrafts and costume jewelry.

Highlights

• Spiritual pilgrimage to the Basilica of Higüey. Its splendor and elegant architecture will take your breath away.

• Visit the church of San Dionisio. Explore the historical highlights of La Altagracia's recent history, spanning the last 500 years.

• Witness the traditional way master craftsmen make the finest cigars.

• Discover how tobacco has boosted the national economy. Take a box home and surprise your friends.

• Buy the most unmistakable samples of local craftsmanship and the best Dominican rum.

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Included

• Pick up and return to hotel

• Official guide

• Transportation by coach or air-conditioned van.

• Water and Soft Drinks (Non Alcoholic)

 

Duration

 5 hours 

 

When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially on long weekends and holidays.

 

Voucher

We will send you an email with a voucher that you can print or take with you to the activity.

 

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How to make a reservation?

To book the tour you just have to choose the desired date and fill out the form on this page. Confirmation is immediate.

 

Accessibility

No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

 

To be considered:

• Tour subject to availability

• Pregnant women cannot participate in this tour.

• People with disabilities and/or mobility problems cannot participate in this tour.

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Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
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