Oscar Wilde Tours Gay Owned Tour Operator in New York, NY, USA
GAY HISTORY FOR GAY TRAVELERS
Gay history for gay travelers: Oscar Wilde Tours organizes group tours focused on gay history, culture, and art. From Socrates to Michelangelo, from Whitman to Wigstock: come discover the richness of the gay past and the importance of the gay contribution to world culture on our tours!
Our Upcoming Tours
Gay Berlin/Gay Amsterdam - Germany, Berlin: Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher
The Gay History Tour of Berlin and Amsterdam ***with Berlin Pride*** July 25-August 1, 2019
Berlin and Amsterdam: two of the most fun gay cities in the world today. And two of Europe's greatest cities of art and history - including gay history, from the first gay rights organization in the world (founded in Berlin in 1897) to the first gay marriage in modern times (celebrated in Amsterdam in 2001).
Served by lightning-fast train connections, these two cities together form the ideal travel destination; and when you throw in the chance to participate in Berlin's amazing Pride celebration, 2019 becomes THE year for you to discover these two European gems!
We've put it all together for you. A one-week tour that is your gateway to Germany and Holland, with their dynamic gay communities and their complex histories (both gay and straight). Revel in Berlin Pride, visit majestic art museums and palaces, take a boat ride along Dutch canals, see the Berlin wall, tour the great gayborhood of the decadent 1920s, encounter the evil tyrannies of Nazism and Communism, and celebrate the triumph of liberty where the first gay marriage took place. There's all this and so much more on Oscar Wilde Tours - fascinating introduction to Berlin and Amsterdam.
Gay Greece, from Achilles to Alexander and Beyond - Greece, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos: Electra Palace Hotel 18-20 Nikodimou St
Sparkling white villages on a turquoise sea; ruins of ancient temples perched on rugged hillsides. Who needs an extra reason to visit Greece?
But gay people, we have one: it is also here that gay love played a central role in the cultural flowering that laid the foundations of Western culture. So come discover the roots of Pride on this eye-opening tour!
We start in Athens, where we visit the famous Acropolis, but also less commonly visited sites, such as the fascinating ancient cemetery and the National Archaeological Museum. We also make two day-long excursions out of town.
First we take a trip to the Peloponnese, to visit the startling Bronze Age citadel of Mycenae and Epidauros, with its amazingly well-preserved ancient theater.
Next, we go to Delphi, to visit the shrine of the ancient world's most important oracle - where the Roman Emperor Hadrian's divinized lover Antinous was also worshiped.
The next phase of our trip takes us to the Greek islands. We spend two days on ravishing Santorini, visiting many epochs history: the prehistoric city that probably inspired the myth of Atlantis; the Spartan colony of Classical times; and the beautiful all-white villages famed for their views over the island's vast sunken caldera.
We end with two days on Mykonos, with its (even more?) sparkling white town, famous beaches and gay nightlife. While there we also visit the island of Delos, with its beautifully preserved ancient city - including a remarkable alley of ancient stone phalluses!
Gay Italy, from Caesar to Michelangelo and Beyond - Italy, Florence, Naples, Rome: Hotel de la Villa Pzza degli Antinori 1
The splendors of ancient Rome, the Renaissance, and the Baroque make Italy the treasure house of Western civilization. But there is a side to Italy that most people aren't aware of: from the Caesars to Michelangelo to Pasolini, Italy is a storehouse of gay history - and many of its artistic treasures celebrate same-sex love.
Join us as we reveal the gay side of this amazing country. We begin in Florence, where we spend two days reveling in the city's artistic treasures, with a focus on the Renaissance's flourishing culture of same-sex love and the artworks its inspired - in particular, Donatello and Michelangelo's famous Davids.
Next we head to Naples, to visit the Archaeology Museum and its notorious Gabinetto Segreto - and to experience pizza in its native city.
From Naples we make excursions to Pompeii; Paestum, with its Greek temples and homoerotic wall-paintings; and Capri, pearl of the Mediterranean, with its 2,000 year record of same-sex love.
Our final stop is Rome, where we discover the secret lives of the emperors - from Caesar and Nero to Hadrian and his lover Antinous. We follow in the footsteps of Caravaggio and visit the settings of Tosca, while also enjoying Rome's culinary pleasures, including Italy's very best gelati - The Gay Italy tour takes you to famous sights and hidden gems.
We learn about Italy's gay side with Professor Lear and specialist local guides. And we relax in three exquisite hotels, while feasting on the cuisines and wines of three of Italy's great culinary regions.
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