August 18, 2017 to August 22, 2017 All Day
From Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde to Gertrude Stein and Yves Saint Laurent, London and Paris play an outsize role in gay history. Embark on a marvelous discovery of gay identity in two of the world’s greatest cities, with Oscar Wilde Tour’s Paris and London tour. Over nine days we will lead you on a fascinating tour of gay history from the Renaissance to the modern age.
London: City of Gay Triumph and Tragedy
We begin our visit to the British capital with an amazing tour of Westminster Abbey. This launches a series of walking tours that explore the city’s gayest neighbourhoods and monuments, including Oscar Wilde’s haunts in St. James and a guided tour of the numerous gay greats in The National Portrait Gallery.
In the next days, we’ll wander a bit further afield, with an excursion to Charleston Farmhouse, the country retreat where Bloomsbury greats such as Virginia Woolf revolutionized the arts in Britain while experimenting with love and sexuality. We’ll also visit Bletchley Park, where the gay war hero and inventor of the modern computer Alan Turing helped save the world from Nazism.
From same-sex love in Renaissance England to gay scandals of the Victorian era, you’ll encounter Britain’s gay history hiding in plain sight—and see how that history shaped modern gay identity. And of course we’ll leave you enough time to discover the pubs, shopping and hidden corners of contemporary London, one of the most exciting cities on the planet.
Paris: City of Gay Liberation
Art, architecture, fashion, cuisine—the history of Paris is the history of the modern world. And it is also the city that revolutionized modern attitudes to sex and sexuality.
We begin our visit with a walking tour of the Left Bank, from the Montparnasse of Verlaine and Rimbaud down to the studios and cafés of Gertrude Stein and James Baldwin. The next day takes us across the Seine, to Père Lachaise Cemetery—the final resting place of countless fascinating people, gay (such as Oscar Wilde, Proust and Gertrude Stein) and not (such as Chopin, Maria Callas and Jim Morrison)—and then to the Marais, the heart of today’s gay Paris.
We’ll then head to the nearby countryside of the Loire Valley to visit the castles associated with France’s gayest king, Henri III (including Chenonceau, the best preserved of all France’s royal castles) and the great gay genius, Leonardo da Vinci. Finally, back in Paris we’ll have a “Gay Secrets” tour of the Louvre (like Oscar Wilde Tours’ well-known tour of the Metropolitan Museum), following gay themes from the ancient Greeks to Renaissance French kings to surprising homoerotic works from Napoleon’s France. Naturally we will also leave you time to explore Paris on your own, to indulge your taste for food, shopping or more art and culture!
In both cities, we will stay in specially selected hotels and dine in exceptional restaurants—with all breakfasts, four lunches, a splendid British tea and a farewell dinner in is in one of Paris’ most charming restaurants—a fitting end to a journey that will introduce you to a Paris and London that you never imagined even existed.
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