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
Westminster’s landmarks, from Trafalgar Square to Big Ben, spark stories of London’s pioneering women on this walking tour. Learn about the city’s queens, nurses, suffragists and suffragettes, and other historymakers, while also discovering London’s can’t-miss and lesser-known sights.
Women Of Westminster Walking Tour
2. Great Women of History Walking Tour in Paris
Great Women of History walking tour
3. Anne Frank Walking Tour of Amsterdam
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.
Private Tour: Anne Frank Walking Tour of Amsterdam
4. Women in Ancient Rome Guided Tour
Often forgotten and untold, women played a big role in the rise of Ancient Rome—from key female figures in the monarchy, to caretakers, and influential wives. This tour walks you through the role women played in the development of this advanced civilization and what their life would have been like.
3-Hour Guided Tour: Women in Ancient Rome with Colosseum Forum & Palatine Hill
5. Powerful Women of Edinburgh Tour
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.
Invisible Edinburgh: Powerful Women of Edinburgh
6. Women of Whitechapel Walking Tour
This tour walks you through some of London's top sites, but it also highlights the stories of the women who broke the mold and fearlessly showcased their bravery, such as those involved in the WWI resistance, female Philanthropists of the late 1800s, and those that partook in the anarchistic movement of the 1890s.
2-Hour Walking Tour Women of Whitechapel
7. Hidden History of Women Tour in Seville
Look past the Alcázar and Plaza de España on this tour that tells Seville’s history from a female perspective. Venture off the beaten path to visit sites associated with the Andalucian capital’s most notable women, and hear the stories that traditional sightseeing experiences overlook.
Hidden History of Women - Seville Private Tour
8. 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.
Vilnius: The Women of Vilnius 2-Hour Tour
9. Marie Antoinette Guided Tour at Versailles
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.
Versailles Marie Antoinette Afternoon Guided Tour with Petit Trianon & Hamlet
10. City of Women Riddle Hunt in Vienna
Find out about Vienna’s most influential women on this interactive riddle hunt that leads from the statue of Maria Theresa (the only female ruler in the House of Habsburg) to sites connected with the women who shaped Austria. Fun, games, a mysterious treasure chest, and women’s history? Sign us up.