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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)
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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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Opera Garnier, central Paris
Duration:
90 minutes (approx.)
Return Details:
Opera Garnier

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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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11:00am Tour
Code: EN1100

Opera Garnier tour with an English-speaking guide. Departs at 11:00am

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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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2:30pm Tour
Code: EN1430

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

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3pm Tour
Code: EN1500

Opera Garnier tour with an English-speaking guide. Departs at 3pm

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Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

Treasures of the 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 on the day tour
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
  • On the day tour 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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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Robin A, August 2016

Tour was informative and the Opera house was beautiful. Very interesting history and learned much about where the Phantom of the Opera was born!

Reviewed by: Rosalind M, August 2016

This tour was excellent because of the excellent guide who took us through Opera Garnier: The group saw many areas of this landmark building that they would not see if attending an opera there. It was only a little unclear, with so many tours happening, where and when to meet and begin the tour one signed up for. Definitely highly recommended.