Tours & activities in Paris

Women of Paris Tour

Explore the Latin Quarter as we introduce you to the most influential women in Paris' history


Due to the unusual tourism situation currently developing, we have temporarily suspended this tour.

ABOUT THE Women of Paris Tour

From writers to scientists to designers, there is no doubt that women have transformed France into the country it is today. This 2.5-hour tour will explore some of the memorials, locations and statues around Paris that commemorate these great women.


Your Women of Paris Tour meets at the fountain at Place Saint Michel and finishes in the Latin Quarter.


Meet the women who changed the world

One of the most famous women to have lived in Paris is undoubtedly Marie Curie. In 1903, she became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize and is still the only person in the world to have won it twice. This tour will take you past the Panthéon where she is buried and shed light on her incredible life.

Another French household name you will come across on this tour is Coco Chanel. The fashion house is present on every high street across the world and it all started with one woman’s drive to liberate women by making clothes that were comfortable and functional.

Be empowered by women’s rights champions

On this tour you will learn about some of the bravest feminists who fought for women’s rights in France. Listen to the struggles of Olympe de Gouges, an 18th Century women's rights campaigner who was eventually beheaded by her government. You will also see the famous Sorbonne University, from where writer Simone de Beauvoir graduated before penning her famous feminist theories.

Join us as we celebrate the fantastic females who shaped France!

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Your Women of Paris Tour starts by the fountain on Place Saint-Michel (metro line 4 - exit 3)

  • Visit the Panthéon church where both Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie and women’s rights champion Simone Veil lie in rest
  • Learn about the beheading of Olympe de Gouges who fought for women’s rights in France
  • See the popular bookshop Shakespeare & Co and listen to the lives of American authors and intellectuals Sylvia Beach and Gertrude Stein
  • Explore the Luxembourg Gardens and hear about Queen Marie Antoinette and other famous French females
  • See Sorbonne University and find out how writer Simone de Beauvoir became the icon of French feminism
  • Listen to the life of Coco Chanel, who was much more than just a fashion designer



This tour doesn‘t run today

Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2.5 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • This tour stops at many of the same sites as our Latin Quarter Tour. While your guide will discuss completely different aspects of history during the Women of Paris Tour, we want to ensure that guests note there is significant overlap between the sites visited on these two tours, should they wish to book both
  • Wheelchair accessible
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