Your private tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Paris for the 7-mile (12-km) drive to Rueil-Malmaison, a suburb on the outskirts of the city. Here you’ll visit Château de Malmaison, a country house where Napoleon I and Joséphine de Beauharnais, his first wife, lived during the early 1800s. Together with the Tuileries in Paris, the estate served as the headquarters of the French government until 1802.
With your guide, learn about the life of France’s first emperor and empress as you tour the château’s restored rooms, which include original artwork and furniture. Explore the gardens outside, and hear about Joséphine’s collection of exotic plants and animals, which she believed turned the property into the most “beautiful and curious garden in Europe.”
Next, sit down to your 3-course lunch (see a sample menu below) before visiting the nearby church of St-Pierre-St-Paul, where Joséphine rests in peace next to her daughter, Hortense (Napoleon III’s mother).
Then return to Paris to visit Les Invalides, a dome-topped complex of military buildings that are home to monuments, museums and tombs, including Napoleon I’s. Head inside the church with your guide to see the emperor’s final resting place underneath the golden cupola, and listen to commentary from your guide about Napoleon’s role during the French Revolution, his controversial time as France’s leader and his death.
Your tour ends with hotel drop-off.