Spend a day in the footsteps of one of the most famous men in history - Napoleon Bonaparte. This full day saver tour combines a visit to the spectacular gold-domed Invalides, home of the army museum and Napoleon's final resting place, the charming Chateau de Malmaison where he shared his private life with the love of his life Josephine, and the monumental Arc de Triomphe, built to celebrate his glorious victories. Get a glimpse into both his remarkable public persona and the more confidential side of his life. End your day enjoying the sweeping views from the top of the Arch, and spend your evening on the Champs Elysées, one of the most famous avenues in the world.
Meet your expert local guide and start you day in the footsteps of Napoleon by enjoying a 2.5 hour guided visit to one of the most spectacular buildings on the Paris skyline, the incredible gold-domed Invalides. Commissioned by the Sun King Louis XIV and covered with 26lbs of real gold, the Invalides is home to the awe-inspiring tomb of Napoleon, and also to the fascinating museum of the army, tracing the history of the French armies and their allies from the jousts of kings, through invasion and resistance to the Normandy landings of WWII. Hear of the exploits of General Bonaparte and learn how he became Emperor Napoleon. During La Resistance under German occupation in the 1940s, two British pilots were hidden in this very structure! Charles de Gaulle kept up French morale while directing the Free French Forces, and D-Day was a success thanks to our allies.
After the museum, you’ll enter the church to discover tomb of the most famous military leader in European history. After taking the imperial crown for himself in 1804, Napoleon continued his program of European conquest right up to his ultimate defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Napoleon died in exile in 1821, but his remains were returned to France in 1840 and entombed according to his wishes in the heart of his capital. Napoleon’s son, nicknamed the Eaglet, also died on foreign soil; his body was reinterred here by Hitler in 1940.
It’s then time for a break for lunch (at your own expense). Your guide will be happy to recommend a variety of local restaurants that we are sure you will enjoy.
Your guide will rejoin you after lunch and escort you on 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. After their divorce, Josephine continued to live at Malmaison, and the power and prestige of Napoleon slowly declined, ending with his exile 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 avenue 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.
6 hours - 3 hours morning and 3 hours afternoon
(including transportation time, excluding lunch break)
Operating days and start time:
Meet us 15 minutes prior to the starting time of the tour. The meeting point is at the Invalides metro Exit/Entrance (Line 8 and 13). You will see a big yellow M on top of it. Your escort will be waiting by the newsstand facing the exit. If you are traveling by RER C train, take the exit "Rue Esnault Pelterie" and walk straight ahead until a crossroad (rue de l'Université and rue de Constantine crossroad). The newsstand will be on your right.
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.