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

After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

Once the Opera Garnier has closed to the public, it’s your turn to experience this magnificent Paris icon. This after-hours tour gives you exclusive access to Paris’ breathtaking Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, without the hassle of daytime crowds. Your informative guide will reveal the grandeur of the opera house on your tour of the Members' Rotunda, main staircase (Grand Escalier), Grand Foyer and breathtaking auditorium. It’s no wonder why this incredible neobaroque opera house — one of Europe’s largest — inspired the setting for the legendary ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ musical.


  • 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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What You Can Expect

After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

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

Head to the Opera Garnier in the evening for your after-hours tour. You’ll experience the Opera Garnier without the daytime crowds, letting you soak up the breathtaking opulence in all its glory. Your expert guide will take you on a 1.5-hour narrated walking tour of the beautiful neobaroque building's interior.

Officially the Palais Garnier, this palatial opera house is home to the famous Opéra National de Paris. One of the largest opera houses in Europe with nearly 2,000 seats, the Opera Garnier holds lavish rooms around every corner. You'll hear all about the history of the opera house, including the famous operas that have played here, such as La Traviata. You'll also learn that this building inspired the setting for Gaston Leroux’s novel and, later, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera.

Stroll through the sumptuous Members' Rotunda to see the intricate floor mosaics and glamorous wall lights that have enchanted privileged opera house guests for more than a century. From there, continue to the the Grand Escalier, a marble staircase that is flanked by impressive bronze statues carved in the likeness of Greek gods such as the Prophetess Pythia.

The staircase opens up to the jaw-dropping auditorium. Opulent architecture, abundant décor, gilded balconies, and a sea of plush red velvet seats surround the stage as an extravagant chandelier glitters overhead.

Your tour normally finishes in the Grand Foyer, where audiences mingle during intervals. Admire the opulent decorations and adornments intended to resemble the gallery of a classic French chateau and continue exploring independently if you wish.

Customer Reviews

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

It was perfect, just as I was expecting.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Fantastic building. Excellent tour. Very informative. Thank you to our charismatic guide :)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Amazing building. Have been to Paris 3 times before and walked past but never been in till now. Definitely worth including on the list of things to do in Paris!!

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