From amazing writers to fearless freedom fighters, women around the world have been changing the course of history for centuries. Lucky for us, we can learn about the lives of many historical women, visit their birthplaces, celebrate their achievements, and find great inspiration through travel. 8 Tours Dedicated to Historic Women.
Join a tour to follow in the footsteps of feminist icons, their struggles as well as what they learn from their victories. See how amazing women like Joan of Arc in France, Frida Kahlo in Mexico, and Harriet Tubman in the USA made lasting marks on history.
- Jane Austen Tour from London
Jane Austen did not use her name to publish her novels – the cover simply read “by a woman”. But nearly 200 years after his death, his name and his stories are still being taught and adapted around the world. With only 6 novels published, he established modern and Victorian romantic comedy with his witty dialogue and groundbreaking narrative style.
This extensive Austen tour of London visits Jane’s birthplace, her graveyard, and the cottage where she wrote Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. See not only Jane’s birthplace but also Elizabeth Bennet, Mr. Darcy, and Emma Woodhouse on this ultimate bookworm tour.
- Anne Frank Tour in Amsterdam
Anne Frank received a magazine as the 13th birthday present from her father, Otto. None of them knew that she would hide in Amsterdam during the Holocaust and record her experiences as a Jew, which would eventually be read by millions.
Take a tour of Anne Frank through Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter where many families like the Franks were forced into hiding. It ends outside the house where the Frank and Van Pell family hid for nearly 2 years during World War II.
Or take part in this walking tour, which gives a glimpse into Anne’s life before the war, including a tour of her elementary school and the shop where Anne picked up the little book she lived in from one of history’s darkest moments.
- Frida Kahlo Museums in Mexico City
Frida Kahlo’s life was filled with illness and despair. As a child, she survived a horrific bus accident as well as about of polio. A turbulent marriage with fellow artist Diego Rivera and even more so health struggles defined her adult life.
Despite or perhaps because of her suffering, Kahlo became one of the most recognized and prolific Central American artists in history. Her oil paintings explore themes of Mexican heritage, mental illness, gender, and sexuality.
This Frida Kahlo tour in Mexico City takes you to the “Blue House,” where Frida grew up and died, as well as the Anahuacalli Museum, which Frida and Diego Rivera bought together. The tour ends at the Dolores Olmedo Museum, which houses the largest collection of Kahlo’s work in the world.
- Princess Diana’s Home in London
Diana, Princess of Wales was one of the most influential and disruptive figures to enter the British royal family in history. From shaking hands with AIDS patients to visiting dangerous mines in Angola, she advocated for countless charities, as well as bringing unprecedented glamor and acceptance to the royal family.
Visit Kensington Palace, Princess Diana’s home, to follow in her footsteps as she navigated her marriage, motherhood, and divorce from Prince Charles. Be sure to check out the fashion display dedicated to Princess Diana’s most iconic red carpet looks. Plus, learn the history of one of Diana’s predecessors, Queen Victoria, who also called this palace home.
- Harriet Tubman Tour in New York City
Harriet Tubman is one of the most famous historical women associated with the Underground Railroad, a system that helped free thousands of African American slaves in the mid-1800s. Shortly after escaping slavery himself, Tubman joined the railroad and helped lead more than 300 people to freedom.
This Underground Railroad Walking Tour in New York focuses not only on Tubman’s efforts but on the lives and contributions of countless railroad “conductors” and escapes from the brave slaves who seek refuge through the system.
- Joan of Arc Tour from Paris
Born in northern France to the daughter of a sharecropper, little more than marriage and children would have been expected of Joan of Arc. But at the age of 13, he received a divine message that he had to save France in the midst of a bloody hundred years war. The oath of chastity and soon followed a famous victory over the British at Orleans. Despite England’s withdrawal, Joan was captured and put at the stake in Rouen’s town square when she was only 19 years old.
This 2-hour Joan of Arc walking tour from Rouen chronicles the last days of a young French soldier’s life. Visit the dungeon where Joan was kept and tortured for almost a year, as well as the marketplace where she will be executed in front of the townspeople of Rouen.
- Empress Maria Theresa in Vienna
Maria Theresa (mother of Marie Antoinette) was the only female ruler of the Habsburg Empire. Her ascension to the throne was the subject of fierce debate, but she continued to rule the empire for 40 years. It strengthened the center of Austria’s own empire in both the military and economy and also funded early public health studies on infant mortality.
Discover Schönbrunn Palace, the summer residence of the formidable empress. Learn more about his military victories as you walk along the gilded halls of this grand home. Also, visit Maria Theresa’s private study.
- Nasty Women of the Metropolitan Museum Tour
If you find yourself spending the weekend in New York, be sure to check out this Nasty Woman tour from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Explore this famous museum with new feminist eyes as you explore portraits of female pharaohs, Greek gods and goddesses, and ornate medieval queens. Find some inspiration from these often overlooked historical women.
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