Who is our guide?
Our Paris tours tours are led personally by Professor Andrew Lear, a leading scholar on the history of sexuality and a master guide. With a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from UCLA, Professor Lear is one of the foremost experts on the erotic in Greek and Roman art. His book on Greek vase-painting won widespread praise for its erudition and accessibility, and was hailed by the American Journal of Archaeology as “destined for Classic status.” First and foremost, however, Professor Lear is a teacher. He prides himself on his ability to make high culture accessible to everyone, honed through years of teaching at Columbia, NYU and Harvard—where he won the Harvard Certificate for Excellence in Teaching four times. With his groundbreaking work on the history of art, his expertise in bringing the past to life and his long experience as a scholar and teacher, Professor Lear is your ideal guide to the always exciting, often racy, world of great art. “Professor Lear’s expertise and knowledge is phenomenal. A master host, engaging, exciting, with a fine sense of humor. I look differently at art now, looking for hidden connections Professor Lear opened my eyes to.”—Natalia N. (Trip Advisor review)
What is the level of our hotel?
Shady Ladies Tours groups stay in 4 and 5 star properties, carefully chosen for a combination of historic charm, up-to-date elegance, and central location.
What meals are included?
Shady Ladies Tours multi-day tours include breakfast every day and generally one main meal each day, according to itinerary. On the Shady Ladies of Paris tour, we include a welcome dinner on day 1, a farewell dinner on day 4, and lunch on days 2 and 3.
What is included?
Our tour starts and ends in Paris. It includes hotel accommodation; 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 2 dinners; services of escort and local guides; admission to all sights on the tour, and transportation to them (by taxi, minibus, and train).
Will we have any free time to explore on our own?
In each city, we include a free afternoon, so you can explore, shop, or visit museums not included in the tour.
Is this a good tour for people with difficulty walking?
All of the main sights in the tour are visited on foot, on walking or museum tours. There may be uneven ground and steps in some museums or historic houses. The amount of walking is not, however, excessive: we rarely exceed 2 miles a day. We travel from site to site by train or air conditioned bus (or at times, in major cities, in fleets of taxis or limousines).
Is this a good tour for single people?
Absolutely. There are many single people in our groups, and our groups are always very welcoming. If you are single and want a single room, you pay a single supplement, for the simple reason that single hotel rooms generally cost the same as double. If you are willing to share a room to avoid the single supplement, however, we can often find you a room-mate!
What is the age range of our travelers?
Our groups are generally very mixed, ranging from people in their 20s to people in their 70s (and sometimes above). Because our tours are about issues of sexuality, they are not appropriate for children, but they are fine for every adult age. All ages are welcome, and if you have special needs that need to be accommodated, just let us know!