3-Hour Garden and Museum Tour (150€ per person, entrance fee included, private transportation recommended)
Located 12 kilometers outside Paris, Malmaison was bought by the Empress Joséphine who transformed the grounds into a flourishing English-style garden. The house museum provides a glimpse into the private life of Napoléon and Joséphine, whose passionate love affair, marriage, and divorce captivated contemporaries. Joséphine found solace and amusement at Malmaison, where she dedicated herself to her garden and natural history (she raised black swans and kangaroos on the estate), and passionately pursued floriculture. Over 200 plants were acclimated to France for the first time at Malmaison, including purple magnolia, tree peony, hibiscus, camellias, and dahlias. She also collected more than 250 varieties of roses. Some of these varieties continue to bloom in the gardens.