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London - Oscar Wilde's London and Paris 2018
This 9 day tour includes 4 nights in each city. See London and Paris a whole new way: these are not only Europe's two great metropolises, they are also its two great *gay* metropolises. From Shakespeare to Stephen Fry, King Henri III to Yves St.-Laurent, gay people have had a huge role in both cities' histories and cultures.
Let gay historian Dr. Andrew Lear and his staff of gay guides show you both cities from the gay perspective. We will have walking tours of neighborhoods with key roles in gay history, such as Bloomsbury and the Marais; gay tours of monuments and museums, such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Louvre; and excursions to places with fascinating gay histories, such as the Castle of Chenonceau and Bletchley Park, where gay hero Alan Turing broke the Nazi's secret codes, helping to save the Western World.
A trip which combines fun, learning, and pride. Top-level 4 star hotels, excellent (often historic) restaurants: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 tea, 1 dinner.
Paris - France: Cultural & Walking Tour of Paris, Provence & Cote D'Azur (Private Tour)
Highlights of your private 14-day cultural and walking tour of Paris, Provence and Cote d'Azur will include:
- A private walking tour of both Right and Left banks of the Seine River, visiting the Marais, Ile Saint Louis, the Latin District and St. Germain de Pres
- A optional walking tour around Paris with a restaurant critic and food expert
- Exploring Montmartre, Sacre Coeur and the Garnier Opera House
- Private tour of Versailles
- Scenic cruise on the Seine
- Walking tour of the magnificent papal stronghold of Avignon
- Guided walk from the hilltop village of Gordes to a 12th century Romanesque abbey, passing through picturesque Provencal countryside
- Cooking class taught by a Michelin-starred chef or a tour of Arles and Pont du Gard
- Walk from Lacoste, a classic Luberon mountain village, to the village of Bonnieux
- Strolling around Les Baux de Provence and St. Remy
- Visiting the world famous Louvre Museum and also the Orsay Museum, where you'll see incredible works by Renoir, Sisley, Pissarro, Monet, Van Gogh and Cezanne
- Hiking along the Sivergues Loop
Paris - Paris+Le Louvre
Your licensed guide will collect you from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle at around 9am. In the morning your guide will give you a driven tour of the historical center of Paris, you will pass by Place de la Concorde, the Opera Garnier and la Seine. You will cruise down the famous Champs Elysées passing by the Arc de Triomphe. You will then stop to Notre Dame de Lorette and have a chance to look inside the cathedral. You will see the stone gargoyles sitting on top of the cathedral, they are fabled to come to life at night. We will then stop to the very famous Eiffel tower where you will be able to take some nice pictures. This tour doesn't make you go up the tower. After that you will have a lunch break in the historic district of Le Marais where your guide will be able to recommend some suitable restaurants for you. Next you will head to the Louvre Museum. Your guide will make you skip the queues and your personalized tour will begin. The tour will take a few hours, you will have the time to admire Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the Winged Victory of Samothrace and much more. At the end of the tour you will head back to your hotel, your guide is aiming to return you at around 5pm, you can chose to be dropped somewhere else to continue your evening in Paris, just let your guide know.
Paris - Versailles Full Day Tour
Daily, 9 AM
This tour will take you through the four main sections of the palace and will tell you all you need to know about this fabulous castle. A licensed guide will pick you up at your hotel in a confortable vehicle. After a short car drive the guide will make you skip the queue and visit the palace, then you will have a nice stroll around Versailles's beautiful gardens. Next you will take a lunch brake in the garden's restaurants. After a delicious meal the guide will take you through the Grand Trianon, then the famous Petit Trianon where Marie Antoinette used to live, and to finish, a walk through the queen's hamlet where you will learn all about this mysterious place. At the end of the tour your guide will take you back to your hotel, If you prefer to be dropped somewhere else, no problem, just let him know.
Paris - Normandy Landing Beaches
Daily, 7 AM
To start the day a licensed guide will come and pick you up at your hotel at 7 30 am in a comfortable vehicle. The drive will take a few hours, after a convenience stop, we will head towards the first landmarks. Your first stop will be the cliff at La Pointe du Hoc that overlooks Omaha beach. You will understand the site's role during world war II by visiting the Pointe du Hoc Ranger monuments. Next you will go to Omaha beach, your guide will take you along the coast and you will see how this place got marked by the war while learning fascinating details about this mythic beach. To continue, your guide will take you to the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-mer. After a walk around the cemetery you will be able to visit the visitor's center which is a small but very interesting museum. If you have any relatives in the cemetery your guide will help you find them so you can pay your respect. Then you will go to the coastal village of Arromarches where you can have an enjoyable lunch break. Your guide will recommend you some nice restaurants. If you enjoy see-food, you will be able to try the area's specialty which is mussels. After lunch you will stop at the view point of Arromarches where you can admire the coast view and take a few pictures. You will then, continue along the coast towards Juno beach, before the tour ends you will see some old war vehicles and bunkers. You will then jump back in the car and head back to Paris, passing by the historical village of Caen. We aim to return you to your hotel at around 7pm, Let your guide know if you prefer to be dropped somewhere else in Paris or your hotel.
Paris - Paris + Orsay
Your guide will collect you from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle at 9am. Your guide will give you a driven tour of the historical center of Paris including the Place de la Concorde, the Opera Garnier and the Seine River. You will then cruise down the famous Champs Elysées where you will find the Arc de Triomphe. Next you will go to Notre Dame and have the chance to look at the inside of this famous cathedral which is a perfect exemple of french Gothic architecture. You will then have a quick stop at the base of the Eiffel Tower where you will be able to take some nice pictures. You will then have a lunch break in the historical district of the Marais where your guide will be able to recommend a suitable restaurant for you. After a pleasant meal you will head to the Orsay Museum where for a 2 hour tour and you will see famous paintings like Van-Gogh's self portrait or Claude Monet's painting of his gardens at Giverny. You will then head back to your hotel, your guide will normally drop you off at 5pm, you can choose to be dropped somewhere else to continue your evening in Paris, just let your guide know.
Paris - Fontainebleau + Vaux-Le-Vicomte
Daily except Monday and Tuesday, 9 AM
At 9am, a licensed guide will pick you up from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle. During a one hour car drive, your guide will introduce you to the story of the Palace. Once you arrive to the Fontainebleau Palace,your private tour will start. You will see the stunning Gallery of Francis I. You will then have a lunch break in the charming village of Barbizon where your guide will be able to suggest some suitable restaurants for you. After a pleasant meal you will be taken to Vaux-Le-Vicomte where you will have the chance to visit the incredible gardens designed by Andre le Notre. You will be able to climb the Bell tower where you can have a nice view on the estate. By the end of the tour you will go back to Paris, you will normally be back to your hotel at around 6pm. If you prefer to be dropped of somewhere else in Paris to continue your evening, let your guide know.
Paris - Loire Valley Castles
Daily, 7.30 AM
Your guide will collect you from your hotel in a comfortable vehicle at around 7.30am. During a 3hour drive your guide will introduce you to the history of this area. You will then arrive to Château d'Amboise where you will admire the 15th century furniture collection and house items on display here. You will also have a chance to visit the grave of Leonardo da Vinci. You will then have a lunch break nearby where your guide will be able to recommend a gastronomic restaurant for you to enjoy a relaxed meal. After lunch you will head to Chambered Castle witch is the largest in the Loire Valley and the picture of french Renaissance architecture. Your guide will take you for a personalized tour inside the castle where you will be able to see the spectacular double spiral staircase that is perhaps the work of Leonardo da Vinci himself. Next you will go to the spectacular Chenonceau Castle on River Cher. Chenonceau might be the most beautiful Castle on your itinerary. Your guide will tell you all you need to know about this Castle and why it is known as the ladies' Chateau. The tour will then be finished and you will start heading back to Paris. Your guide is aiming to return you to your hotel at around 7.30pm. You can choose to be dropped somewhere else in Paris if you want to continue your evening, just let your guide know.
Paris - Paris International Lesbian and Feminist Film Festival 2014
Oct 30 2014-Nov 02 2013
Paris's annual LGBT film festival held every year in late October.
Paris - Paris Pride 2018
Jun 30 2018
Paris celebrates gay pride every year in June.
Paris - 4h Versailles Tour
Daily, 2-6 PM
This is a private tour where a licensed guide picks you up at your hotel and takes you to the the Versailles palace in a premium car or van, the entrance is scheduled to avoid cues and the guide takes you through the rooms of the palace giving you a coherent and understandable approach of the state apartments. Outside the palace the guide will take you in a walk through the gardens where you will appreciate the splendor of Louis the XIV's major task. The tickets to the fountain shows are included. Once finished the guide will take you back to your hotel or somewhere convenient for you in Paris.
Summer Destinations in France
Dec 20th, 2015
France is one of the world's favorite destinations in Europe and it's easy to see why. The capital Paris is stunning, but exploring the diverse regions of the country will really help you appreciate the spectacular scenery, the food, the culture, and the people.
In this article we take a look at some of our top destinations for a summer break... read_more
Dolly Travels - Musings From a Frustrated Language Student
Apr 9th, 2015
Happy Easter, Everyone,
I do wish everyone a Happy Easter, but here I go with my frustrated comments.
Number One, before I even get into my frustration, let me say, I am trying my best to learn some important words in French. The one thing I have learned is that the French language uses far too many letters in each word. I... read_more
France: Paris Chosen to Host 2018 Gay Games
Oct 8th, 2013
Paris was just chosen from three finalists (which also inclided London and Limerick) to host the 2018 Gay Games.
Edge Boston reports:
The international delegates and board of directors of the Federation of Gay Games voted at the end of a three-day meeting featuring site inspection reports, question-and-answer sessions, committee reviews and, a highlight of the event, the oral presentation... read_more
Gay Travel: Europe's Top LGBT Film Festivals
Sep 12th, 2012
With summer winding down and Pride season officially over, so ends your chances of experiencing a major gay event in Europe this year, right? Oh, so wrong.
Fall is Europe's LGBT film festival season, and a whole passel of queer cinema extravaganzas are now coming down the pike. Here's a look at the best of the bunch for September and October... read_more