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

Highlights

  • 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 September 2014

This was my absolute favorite part of my entire month long European trip. If you can believe, I walked in right as they were performing songs from the Phantom of the Opera, LIVE, with opera singers and a harpist in this beautiful gallery with many chandeliers. When they performed "All I ask of you," I started crying, it was so beautiful. One of the best moments of my entire life, I will never forget it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

I can't remember the name of our guide (she is Dutch - does that help?) but she, too, was everything anyone could want from a tour of the opera. She has a marvelous sense of humor and added a few personal experiences which gave this grand opera house a wonderfully human feel. Superb in every way.

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