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Dominican Republic: Endemics of Hispaniola II

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 10 people
Destination(s): Dominican Republic  
Specialty Categories: Birdwatching   Wildlife Viewing  
Season: February
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2800 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2800 US Dollar (USD)

Although the Dominican Republic is perhaps best known for its luxurious beaches, outstanding food, and vibrant culture, this island has much to offer both the avid birder and general naturalist alike. Because of the amazing biodiversity sustained on the island, Hispaniola ranks highest in the world as a priority for bird protection! This 8 day birding tour provides the perfect opportunity to encounter nearly all of the island’s 32 endemic bird species, plus other Greater Antillean specialties. We accomplish this by thoroughly exploring the island’s variety of habitats, from the evergreen and Pine forests of the Sierra de Bahoruco to the dry forests of the coast. Furthermore, our accommodation ranges from remote cabins deep in the forest, to well-appointed hotels on the beach, each with its own unique local flair. Join us for this delightful tour to the most diverse island in the Caribbean!

THE TOUR AT A GLANCE…

DETAILS
Tour Dates - 1st to 8th February (8 days)
Tour Price - US$ 2,800 per person sharing (see below)
(Tour price fixed in US$, other rates subject to exchange rate fluctuations)
Tour Size - 10 participants with 1 RBT leader & 1 local leader

THE ITINERARY
1st February - Arrival in Santo Domingo
2nd February - Santo Domingo Botanical Gardens to Puerto Escondido
3rd February - Sierra de Bahoruco
4th February - Puerto Escondido to Pedernales
5th February - Barahona area
6th February - Birding en route to Sabana de la Mar
7th February - Sabana de la Mar to Santo Domingo
8th February - Final departures

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS:
The fee for this Dominican Republic – Endemics of Hispaniola tour is US$ 2,800 per person sharing.

The single supplement cost for this tour is US$ 140 and will be charged if you wish to have single accommodation. If RBT cannot provide you with a rooming partner although you choose to share, the single supplement will become applicable. We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that a rooming partner is found if you do wish to share.

Should you wish to pay for this tour in Great British Pound (£), Euro (€) or South African Rand (ZAR, then please see our website.

This includes:
•All meals from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8;
•All lodgings;
•Ground transportation;
•Reserve entrance fees;
•Extra activities as mentioned in the itinerary; and
•All guiding services (including tips for local guides and services).

The tour fee does not include:
•Visa fees;
•ANY flights;
•Any drinks;
•Special gratuities; and
•Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
a) Due to constantly fluctuating exchange rates, we now quote our tours in 4 currencies (see website for all 4 currencies). The tour price is however fixed only in the currency printed in bold (US$), and the actual cost in the other currencies listed will be adjusted according to prevailing exchange rates at the time of final invoicing (usually 3 months before the tour.) The same applies to approximate domestic flight (where applicable) and single supplement rates, which are also quoted in the respective fixed currency.

b) Rates are based upon group tariffs; if the tour does not have sufficient registration (a minimum of 5 paying participants) a small party supplement will have to be charged.

c) Furthermore, these costs are subject to unforeseen increases in tour related costs and may have to be adjusted as a result.

d) Lastly, we may be forced to change or alter the itinerary and/or the designated leader at short or no notice due to unforeseen circumstances; please be aware that we will attempt to adhere as close to the original program as possible.

Tipping:
As noted above, gratuities (drivers, hotel staff, restaurants etc) are included on this tour. However, this does NOT include your leader. If, therefore, you feel that he has given you excellent service, it is entirely appropriate to tip him.

Special Notes:
•Much of our time is spent in vehicles, as we do have to cover long distances in order to get to the best birding areas. The more luggage you pack the less room there is in the vehicle, so it is important for the comfort of your fellow travellers that you do not over-pack. Kindly stick to 20kg (44lb) for check in luggage and 8kg (+-18lb) for hand luggage.

•We drive very comfortable 4x4 vehicles to tackle some of the rough mountains tracks. However, if you are prone to suffering from motion sickness it is advisable to bring appropriate medication.

•We spend many hours in the vehicles while driving across the country, it is advisable to bring along reading material of other forms of entertainment should you find this desirable.

•This tour does not require a high level of fitness; however, much of the forest birding will be on foot and may require a fair amount of walking (always at a slow pace).

•Crime is problematic in certain areas of the Dominican Republic. Exercise caution as you would for any big city where crime exists. Do not unnecessarily flaunt cash and valuables and do not leave valuables exposed in the vehicle.

•Prostitution is a legal enterprise in the Dominican Republic and tourists are regularly propositioned even during the day, especially in Santo Domingo.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DETAILS:
This tour does not include ANY airfares. The tour will start with a welcome dinner in Santo Domingo on day 1. As this is an arrival day, you are welcome to arrive at any time. Further meeting details in this regard will be forwarded to you in due course. The tour will conclude after breakfast in Santo Domingo on day 8. If you wish to arrive early and/or depart late and would like assistance in this regard, kindly contact the office.

FLIGHTS:
Santo Domingo is the main port of entry for international flights into the Dominican Republic and is best serviced by Air France, Delta Airlines and Jet Blue Airways. We have the capacity to advise you on the best route according to your preferences, but your local travel agent will best be able to book these flights for you. However, please DO NOT book your international flights until you have consulted the office for confirmation on the status of the tour.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Tour Price (Per Person) €2,220 * £1,780 * USD2,800 * ZAR30,910
Single Supplement €120 * £90 * USD140 * ZAR1,550

Please note: these prices are subject to foreign exchange fluctuations.
Excludes flight costs.

About This Supplier
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Location: South Africa
Joined InfoHub: Sep 2007
Client Request Served: 293

M17026 is one of the world’s longest established and most highly regarded birding tour companies. Based in South Africa with satellite offices in USA, Australia and New Zealand, their team of professional tour leaders and dedicated office support staff arrange and guide more than 250 annual birding and wildlife tours...

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