3-Hour Garden and Museum Tour (350€ minimum 2 persons, group rates available, entrance fee included, private transportation recommended)
Located 12 kilometers outside Paris, Empress Josephine purchased the house, Le Malmaison, and transformed the grounds into a flourishing English-style garden. The house museum provides a glimpse into the private life of Napoleon and Josephine, whose passionate love affair, marriage, and divorce captivated contemporaries. Josephine 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 2,000 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.