Join us for French Heritage Society Chairman’s Circle Trip – From Paris to Ajaccio: In the Footsteps of Napoleon
“You become strong by defying defeat and by turning loss and failure into success.”
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Embark on a journey with French Heritage Society that follows the footsteps of Napoleon in Paris and in his native island of Corsica. FHS’s Chairman’s Circle members are in for a special treat with this trip that will guide us through fascinating sites steeped in Napoleonic history in the way that makes FHS’s trips special – with exclusive access to special places, guided visits by charismatic experts, carefully selected dining experiences at emblematic establishments, engaging social opportunities and 5-star accommodations.
A historical and mythical figure, First Consul then Emperor, a military genius who led campaigns for over fifteen years across Europe and on to Egypt and Russia, Napoleon reigned over Europe and cast a wide shadow. In addition to his military genius in building an Empire, Napoleon also laid the foundations for modern French education and a set of laws, the Napoleonic Code, which was post-revolutionary France’s first coherent set of laws concerning property, colonial affairs, the family and individual rights.
Our trip will begin in Paris where we will visit sites that were significant to Napoleon, including the Musée de la Légion d’Honneur, which he founded, the Château de Malmaison, which was acquired by his wife, Joséphine de Beauharnais, the Château de Fontainebleau, which he restored, and the Hôtel National des Invalides where he is buried. The travelers will also have the opportunity to admire original manuscripts by Napoleon, which will be brought out for our group at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, recipient of an FHS Grant in 2018. We will enjoy exclusive interactions with Napoleonic specialists, curators, historians and collectors who will share their passion with FHS’s travelers during special visits and receptions in private venues and prestigious places not usually open to the public.
We will also have the opportunity to discover Napoleon’s native Corsica, “the island of beauty” with Ajaccio Bay as our base (Sofitel 5-star hotel). We will explore the city of Ajaccio and its historical landmarks evoking Napoleon and his roots, including the Fine Arts Museum, which is renowned for its collection of Italian paintings along with a special section dedicated to Napoleon. Our travelers will also enjoy a private visit to a Corsican vineyard, where fresh local cuisine and regional specialties will be highlighted.
The safety and well-being of our members is FHS’s primary concern, and we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and all related travel advisories. We will provide updates when they are available and information about trip registration soon.