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Runners Adventures - La Romana and Altos de Chavon Shopping Half Day Tour

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Address: Calle Wayne Fuller #8, Bayahibe 22000, Dominican Republic
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Breathtaking views are bellowing to be revealed from place to place in an...

Breathtaking views are bellowing to be revealed from place to place in an unparalleled blissful dominion. The way par excellence of knowing its people is by immersing oneself in their beliefs and customs. Dovetailing round the baroque Chavón River lays Altos de Chavón, a faithful replica of sixteenth century Mediterranean villa. Cobblestone streets take us back to yesteryear, gazing at its architecture and high-quality traditional craftwork and wrought iron accents. Shops within the historically re-created walls sell fine cigars, embroidered linens, jewelry and clothing. And the design school has its Altos de Chavon Studios here as well, offering pottery, fine arts, woven crafts and more.

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Not a very historical experience but a good tour overall

My husband and I took this 1/2 day tour thinking that we would see some history of the town of La Romana. We didn't feel that we got any of that. That is not a big deal but we... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 July 2013
mmoevon
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Ames, Iowa
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We signed up for this half day tour through our resort. It was a tour of the city of La Romana, a cigar factory tour, a visit to Altos de Chevron, a stop at a local market and a short river boat cruise. It was a horrible experience. The river boat cruise was uneventful. There's nothing really to see. Then... More 

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hamburg
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

We took a bus tour thru the city of La Ramona and did not want to get out. It is very busy place and Chickens hanging in the shops. Our guide just wanted to show us how they live. And then on to the shopping center Columbus plaza which has all your usual trinkets. We didn't get much there as... More 

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Runners A, E-Marketing at Runners Adventures - La Romana and Altos de Chavon Shopping Half Day Tour, responded to this review

Dear Dancingdeb, Thank you for your candid review. We are deeply sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the tour, but we do advertise this as a cultural and shopping tour so the highlights are the Dominican lifestyle and the shops. We chose Columbus Plaza because it has a wide range of art and crafts, cigar and rum, and... More 

New Jersey
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

The quality of stores, lack of English speaking people very horrible place. The only thing I liked is the fact that we made it out alive.

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Runners_Adventures, Manager at Runners Adventures - La Romana and Altos de Chavon Shopping Half Day Tour, responded to this review

We are very surprised about your review but appreciate any good and poor comments. Our tours try to have our visitors see the real Dominican Republic outside of the resort area. The native language is Spanish and even though their English is not perfect, they do a wonderful job in trying to communicate. Our guides, on the other hand, are... More 

SAINT PETERSBURG
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2014

We bookted this trip through one of the trip desks at the Dreams Resort. It started off quite good in a comfortable coach, and with a stop at a small cigar factory which was interesting. Next was a one hour stop at Altos de Chavon. This was the highlight of the trip but one hour was not enough time. Half... More 

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Runners_Adventures, Manager at Runners Adventures - La Romana and Altos de Chavon Shopping Half Day Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your honesty...we really appreciate your feedback. We are in agreement that one hour at Altos de Chavon is not enough time, and we have increased the visit time there. We deeply regret to hear that you did not enjoy the tour, but we do advertise this as a shopping tour so the highlights are the shops. We... More 

Independence, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

Took this excursion from Carnival Freedom, very nice bus picked us up and took us to this replica village with very pretty views, small shops and museum. The replica buildings were pretty amazing. There is a small shop where you can pick up sodas and small souveniers at reasonable prices. The tour was a little long given there isn't that... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

My husband and I took this 1/2 day tour thinking that we would see some history of the town of La Romana. We didn't feel that we got any of that. That is not a big deal but we were told that we would be visiting and learning about historical landmarks and what not. I guess we can't say there... More 

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Salisbury
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2013

My husband and I took our first cruise last week during xmas and the day after xmas, we were in the Dominica Republic. The weather was hot but there were nice winds and we immediately found an onshore excursion that seemed to fit us. We took the half day tour and we were amazed by the natural beauty of the... More 

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Runners_Adventures, Manager at Runners Adventures - La Romana and Altos de Chavon Shopping Half Day Tour, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment! This island definitely has a lot to offer, and I am very glad to hear that with the little time you had on shore, made you wanting to discover some more. See you soon for another adventure! More 

Montpelier, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2012

We took this ½ day tour recently and really enjoyed it. Our guide, Hector, was knowledgeable and entertaining. We first went to a small cigar factory for a tour. It was surprisingly interesting to see how they are made and how the tobacco is dried and processed. At the end of the tour is an opportunity to purchase some cigars,... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2012

I highly recommend to visit this amazing little village, such romantic place it really looks like a small french riviera. You will find nice restaurants, Quaint shops, boutiques, art galleries ,museums, a Grecian-style amphitheater & the Chavon School of Design affiliated with Parson´s School of Design in New York it is a place to be inspire...

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