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Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
  • Tour code: 5717OPERAGARNIER

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Explore the decadent Opera Garnier in Paris on a 1.5-hour, comprehensive walking tour. Designed by French architect Charles Garnier in the late 1800s, this incredible Neo-Baroque opera house is one of Europe’s largest and is sure to leave you awestruck with its elegant interior. Explore the auditorium, main staircase (Grand Escalier), Grand Foyer and Member’s Rotunda with your expert guide, and hear how the building inspired the setting for the legendary ‘Phantom of the Opera’ musical.

Highlights

  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
The incredible Opera Garnier is Paris’ main opera house, and one of the largest in Europe with nearly 2,000 seats. Officially named Palais Garnier in recognition of its luxurious grandeur and elaborate décor, the opera house is simply a joy to explore, with lavish rooms ‘round every corner.

Meet your expert guide inside the Opera Garnier for your 1.5-hour walking tour around this beautiful Neo-Baroque building. Strolling through the sumptuous Member’s Rotunda, you’ll see the intricate floor mosaics and glamorous wall lights that enchanted privileged opera house guests in earlier days.

Continue to the main marble staircase, flanked by impressive bronze statues carved in the likeness of Greek gods like the Prophetess Pythia. As you walk, your guide will point out the most notable monuments while explaining the opera house’s intriguing history. Learn of world-famous operas that have been hosted here, including La Traviata, and hear how the building inspired the setting for Gaston Leroux’s novel and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera.

As you enter the massive auditorium, your breath will be taken away with the sight of its plush red velvet seats, alabaster cherubs and golf-leaf balcony embellishments. The stage is framed by an extravagant chandelier that glitters over all the activity in the auditorium below.

Wander through the lounges and the Grand Foyer, where audiences amble during intervals, and admire the richly decorated mosaic tiles, paintings and mirrors that were intended to resemble the gallery of a classic French chateau. Your tour normally finishes here, and you can continue exploring independently if you wish.

Alternatively, opt for an after-hours tour to see the spectacular theater without the crowds. You will see the same areas as the daytime tours, but with just your group, the setting appears to be even more impressive!

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Opera Garnier, central Paris
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Opera Garnier

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3pm Tour in French
Code: FR1500

Opera Garnier tour with a French-speaking guide. Departs at 3pm

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10:30am Tour
Code: EN1030

Opera Garnier tour with an English-speaking guide. Departs at 10:30am

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11:30am Tour
Code: EN1130

Opera Garnier tour with an English-speaking guide. Departs at 11:30am

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12pm Tour
Code: EN1200

Opera Garnier tour with an English-speaking guide. Departs at 12pm

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2:30pm Tour
Code: EN1430

Opera Garnier tour with an English-speaking guide. Departs at 2:30pm

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5pm After-Hours Tour
Code: EN1700

An exclusive after-hours tour of the Opéra Garnier with an English-speaking guide. Arrive no later than 4:45pm to depart at 5pm.

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Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

Behind-the-Scenes Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

Inclusions:
  • Entrance fees
  • Guided tour with an official tour guide from the Opera Garnier
  • Audio equipment for listening to the guide
Exclusions:
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is not suitable for children under 5 years old
  • Access to the auditorium of the Opera Garnier is not guaranteed as it may be closed for technical or artistic reasons
  • The guide will talk into a microphone and you will be able to hear clearly using a broadcast system provided by the Opera Garnier. One ID card or passport will be required as a guarantee for the audio equipment.
  • Please note: If you are taking the 5pm After-Hours tour, you must arrive before 4:45pm. The Opera Garnier closes its doors for guided tours at this time. If you are late, you will not be able to take the tour.
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Jane K, March 2015

Well done tour of this beautiful Opera House. They were just starting to use a new mic/headphone system that worked great! Guide was very good wish I could remember her name. She made the tour fun and very interesting!

Reviewed by: stephanie g, March 2015

Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Beautiful building and a lovely way to see it.

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