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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)

After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

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Experience the magnificence of Paris’s Opera Garnier with an exclusive after-hours tour. After the daytime crowds have departed, explore the Beaux-Arts opera house that was memorialized as the setting for ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Explore the grand staircase, chandelier-lined foyer and opulent auditorium as your guide shares the history and legends of this world-famous theater.


  • Exclusive after-hours tour of the Opera Garnier in Paris
  • Explore the opera house’s magnificent interior without the crowds
  • Admire opulent chandeliers, paintings and mirrors in the Grand Foyer and Members' Rotunda
  • Visit the lavish 2,000-seat auditorium, making this one of Europe's largest opera houses
  • Hear about famous operas that have played here, like La Traviata, as well as the inspiration for The Phantom of the Opera

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After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

Discover the history behind the grandeur at the Opera Garnier in Paris

Visit is one of the most iconic and opulent opera houses in the world — without the crowds. Make your way to the Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, to meet your guide in the early evening, just before the opera house closes to the public. 

Embark on a 1.5-hour narrated tour of the Beaux-Arts masterpiece, which was completed in the late 19th century as the home of the Paris Opera. Today, Opera Garnier primarily hosts performances of the Paris Opera Ballet.

See the spectacular grand staircase adorned with ornate candelabras and statues inspired by Greek mythology, and imagine elegant crowds of the past gathering in the exclusive members’ rotunda. Learn about the history of this famed institution from your knowledgeable guide, and hear how it inspired Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera

Marvel at the ornate balconies and murals of the 2,000 seat auditorium, and end your tour in the fantastically appointed grand foyer.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Amazing building, well worth the visit.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our guide was fantastic! She was really informative and didn't make it feel like we were rushed. Was a great way to see the opera house and here it's history without mobs of people.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The after-hours tour is limited and sells out quickly. It was great to have the place to ourselves and a few other groups. The guides kept the groups separate so we felt as if we were the only ones there. As warned in the brochure, the theatre itself may be closed due to rehearsals. This was our situation. I was disappointed but we were able to go into a private box and watch a bit of the rehearsal. As a fan of Phantom of the Opera it was fun to see the Phantom's box which has an honorary plaque. Book ahead since the tours are limited.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Brilliant architecture. After many trips to Paris, I wanted to see something different and it was a treat. We were lucky and were able to sit in the seats as well while a few of the orchestra were warming up which doesn't usually happen. I enjoyed this tour better than Versailles.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Whatever else you do in Paris, fit this tour in! Truly breathtaking. Our guide was lovely and incredibly knowledgable. I loved how the architecture ensured that 'nobles' were seen as they 'paraded' at the opera. Suggest that guide uses audio thingey for larger groups as sometimes was hard to hear.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Excellent tour guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Great tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This is a must-do tour! What a wonderful way to learn the history of this fabulous building. The tour guide was exceptional and all of her explanations were thorough. Loved the stories she filled in with.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Wouldn't see it any other way! Our guide Caroline was very knowledgeable and easy to understand. She gave colorful details of the building and answered an array of questions from our group. Seeing it after hours was sublime. No screaming children or people interrupting our tour for photo-ops. Our group was about 20 people. We even got to see some stage hands working on the nights ballet performance lighting and staging. Now I want to go see a performance!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015


First of all, our guide was this beautiful Italian girl named Tiziana sp? and she was so good at her job. SO GOOD. She was informative, lively, and was full of anecdotes as well as facts about the history of this place.

Second of all, prepare to save A LOT of room in your camera/phones because you will be taking a lot of photographs here. The interior is INSANELY OPULENT. I wont say anymore, dont want to spoil the surprise.


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