Join us as for a visit to a delightful chateau on the edge of Paris, as we follow in the footsteps of one of the most remarkable men in history, Napoleon Bonaparte, and his beloved wife Josephine. Learn not only about his incredible rise to power, awe-inspiring military victories and eventual downfall, but also the more confidential side of his life at the Chateau of Malmaison, set in gorgeous, tranquil gardens. Return to Paris to conclude your day on the top of the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, constructed to proclaim Napoleon's triumphs, where you will enjoy some of the best views across the city.
Meet your expert local guide in central Paris and board a luxury coach for the short trip to the gorgeous Chateau of Malmaison, the enchanting chateau that was once the countryside home of Napoleon and the love of his life, his first wife Josephine de Beauharnais. Step back in time as your guide leads you around the house, its luxurious rooms still furnished as they would have been at the time of this legendary couple. Admire their remarkable portraits, intricately decorated rooms and furniture. Learn of their love affair through to the tragedy of their divorce, all set within the pomp and grandeur of Napoleon’s public life as General and Emperor.
You will also see the gardens where Josephine lovingly nurtured her now famous roses, and be able to enjoy the tranquility of this exquisite corner of countryside, seemingly so far from the noise and power of the city. Yet this house also became a place of power when Napoleon was in residence, with many influential visitors passing through its doors. Josephine is present everywhere at Malmaison, and her love affair with Napoleon is a fascinating story. Always by his side, she gave him strength and confidence, until he was obliged to divorce her in 1810 because she was unable to give him a heir. After they separated, she remained at Malmaison and his reign slowly started to collapse, until he was eventually exiled in 1814.
Board your coach for the short trip back to Paris, where your guide will lead you to one of the greatest monuments to Napoleon’s glories, and now one of the iconic symbols of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, sitting at the top of one of the most famous avenues in the world, the Champs Elysées. Enjoy skip the line access to the viewing platform on the top of the Arch, offering some of the best views of the city, including spectacular views of the Eiffel Tower. Spend the rest of your evening at your leisure on the beautiful Champs Elysées. Your guide will be glad to provide suggestions to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable Parisian evening.
Most visitors are required to take the stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe (284 steps), however for those with walking difficulties an elevator is available
Duration: 4 Hours
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Meet us 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour by the statue of Marechal Joffre directly in front of the Ecole Militaire.
There is a statue of Marechal Joffre on a horse directly in front of the Ecole Militaire, facing the Eiffel Tower. Take the metro to Ecole Militaire (line 8). Exit the metro and walk down. Place Joffre, towards Ecole Militaire, you will see the statue at the top of the park (the Champ de Mars) directly facing the Eiffel Tower. Your guide will be waiting for you by the statue.