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Gay Paris

See a great city from its gay side!



Thursday, July 27 through
Monday, July 31, 2017


Art, architecture, fashion, cuisine — Paris has always been in the vanguard. So too in its revolutionary attitude toward sex and sexuality. You are invited to join OP Members and friends in Paris on a fast-paced LGBT voyage of discovery, sponsored by Out Professionals and led for Oscar Wilde Tours by Professor Andrew Lear, renowned historian of sexuality and master guide.

Our tour covers major landmarks and lesser-known sights of gay interest, making it ideal for first-time visitors and repeat visitors. You get to see Paris from a whole new perspective — the gay side of its art and history!

Day 1: You arrive Thursday, July 27, at our Paris hotel. One of the City of Light’s most charming, it has plenty of history of its own: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald held parties in the bar in the 1920s! Your Oscar Wilde Tour begins with an afternoon walking tour of the Left Bank, from the Montmartre of Verlaine and Rimbaud to the studios and cafés of Gertrude Stein and James Baldwin. Professor Lear shares the stories of some of history’s most influential artists and writers.

Day 2: We cross the Seine for a particularly memorable experience — a special Gay Secrets tour of Père Lachaise Cemetery, resting place of celebrities gay (Oscar Wilde, Proust, Stein) or not (Chopin, Maria Callas, Jim Morrison). There are even some early gay couples interred together. Then on to the 17th century palaces of the Marais, the heart of today’s gay Paris.

Day 3: We head south to the Loire Valley to visit the castles associated with France’s gayest king, Henri III, and gay genius Leonardo Da Vinci (including Chenonceaux, best preserved of all France’s royal castles).

Day 4: We head northwest to Normandy and Giverny, where we visit the house and gardens where Claude Monet painted his famous water lilies. On the way home, a visit to Musée Marmottan, with its great (although lesser-known) collection of Impressionists, including over 300 Monets.

Day 5: We enjoy a Gay Secrets tour of the Louvre (echoing Professor Lear’s popular Out Professionals tours of the Met), following gay themes from the ancient Greeks to Renaissance French kings to surprisingly homoerotic works from Napoleon’s France.

Throughout our insider’s visit, we dine in exceptional restaurants; all breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners included. Our farewell dinner takes place in one of the most charming restaurants in Paris — a fitting end to a journey that introduces you to a Paris you might never have imagined.

To learn more, contact us at info@oscarwildetours.com or (646)560-3205.

Group Size: Maximum 16
Single Supplement may apply

Please note that this tour includes daily walking tours of cities and museums.


Gay History and Art Tours of:

* The Left Bank

* Père Lachaise Cemetery

* The Loire Valley

* The Louvre Museum

plus an excursion to Monet’s house at Giverny and the Musée Marmottan

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who Is Professor Andrew Lear?

Professor Andrew Lear combines a love of travel with a passion for gay history, and he brings both of those attributes to Oscar Wilde Tours.

Professor Lear holds a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA. He has published a widely praised book on male-male love in ancient Greek art, as well as a number of important scholarly articles in this area… READ MORE

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included every day in our tours, and on most days we include either lunch or dinner, according to the itinerary.  On this tour we include 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and two dinners.

What is the level of the hotels?

Our hotels are chosen for excellent 4* quality, historic charm, and central location.

Is this a good tour for single travelers?

Singles are very welcome!  Our groups generally consist of a mix of couples and singles, and there is generally a nice group ethos, so no-one will ever feel left out. Single rooms are available, with a supplement; we are also happy to try to find you a room-mate if you would prefer. 

Will we have any free time to explore on our own?

In each city, we include a free afternoon, so you can explore, shop, or visit museums not included in the tour.

Is this tour designed for first-time visitors?

We try to design our tours both for repeat and first-time visitors.  We include a number of lesser-known sights, but also major sights—which we see from the perspective of their often ignored gay history.

Who is this tour a good fit for?

Our tours focus on LGBT history and art and are designed for groups of LGBT people.  They are however open to the LGBT-friendly as well.

Is this a good tour for people with difficulty walking?

All of the main sights in the tour are visited on foot, on walking or museum tours. There may be uneven ground, for instance in archaeological sites, and steps in some museums or historic houses. The amount of walking is not, however, excessive:  we rarely exceed 2 miles a day.  We travel from site to site by train or air conditioned bus (or at times, in major cities, in fleets of taxis or limousines).

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