10 Tours That Celebrate Women’s History in Europe
From Joan of Arc, who led a French army to victory only to be burned at the stake for heresy, witchcraft, and wearing male clothing, to Marie Curie, one of the world’s most brilliant scientists and the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize—women have long been making history in Europe, with or without their rights and achievements being recognized. Celebrate these trailblazing women, and their social, cultural, economic, and political accomplishments, on these tours of major European cities.
1. Women Of Westminster Walking Tour
2. Street Art and Feminism in Paris
Butte aux Cailles in Paris’ 13th arrondissement is typically overlooked by visitors to the French capital. But this historically working-class, village-like neighborhood is ground zero for artists, political activists, and yes, hipsters. This walking tour focuses on the artsy enclave's woman-made and feminist street art, and the fight for gender parity.
3. Private Tour: Anne Frank Walking Tour of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Few diaries have had the enduring impact of Anne Frank’s Diary of a Young Girl. Anne’s account of her family’s 761 days in hiding, which she wrote aged 13–15, is one of the most widely read accounts of the Holocaust. This private tour of Amsterdam explores the young diarist’s life before the annexe, and includes visits to her family home and the store her diary was purchased from.
4. Early Christian Women of Rome Tour
5. Invisible Edinburgh: Powerful Women of Edinburgh
Witches, mothers, business owners, murderers, and doctors all feature in the narrative of this tour dedicated to Edinburgh’s notable and often-forgotten women. Walk the Royal Mile and hear about the likes of Dr Sophia Jex-Blake, who blazed a trail for women to work and study in the UK, and Mary King, who operated her own market stall and had a seat on the Edinburgh council.
6. Ljubljana Feminist Walking Tour
7. Hidden History of Women - Seville Private Tour
8. Vilnius: The Women of Vilnius Tour
Did you know women outnumber men in Vilnius by almost 20 percent? (Fun fact: Lithuania also has more women scientists and engineers than men.) This tour, which begins at Vilnius Cathedral and visits top sights like the Presidential Palace, showcases the brilliant women who influenced the city over the centuries, including realist female author Žemaitė.
9. Versailles Marie Antoinette Afternoon Guided Tour with Petit Trianon & Hamlet
The Palace of Versailles is top of the list for travelers planning a day trip from Paris, but Marie-Antoinette's Estate—located within the Gardens of Versailles—less so. Her name is famously associated with decadence, but there’s more to Marie Antoinette’s story. On this tour, you’ll visit her palace and its grounds, and separate the facts from the fiction (she never said “Let them eat cake.”) surrounding the teenage queen.