With the tour starting in Plaza Espana, tourists can now take the Gray Line tour of Santo Domingo, continuing through the 17 attractions, or getting off at any stop to take the next bus in about half an hour. Each tourist gets an audio guide and a map with the points that will be shown. The explanations are in Spanish, English, French, Portuguese, Italian, Russian and Mandarin. A guide is on board. The tour lasts two hours, with a 5-10 minute stop at each point for taking photos. It starts at 9am and the last tour is at 6pm.
The company is starting the tour with three buses with capacity for 19 passengers each. The tour is for people of all ages, but children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
The tour includes the Plaza Espana and the Atarazana, the ruins of San Francisco, the Malecon, the Palacio of Fine Arts and the Universidad Autonoma of Santo Domingo (UASD), which was the first university in the New World, founded unofficially by a Papal bull in 1538, and officially by royal decree in 1558.
In addition, Blue Mall, the largest and most modern shopping center by the Venezuelan Velutini Group, the Botanical Garden, the Estadio Quisqueya, the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium, and the Plaza de la Cultura, which in itself is a unique experience including the National Theater, the National Library, the city's main museums, the Museum of Dominican Man, the Natural History Museum, the Museum of Modern Art and the Geography Museum.
It also includes the National Palace, Independence Park, the Model Market, the first Cathedral in the Americas, Chinatown, the El Conde pedestrian street and the Fortaleza Ozama. For more information, call Gray Line on Tel 809 466-1007.