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It's true, this is a jewel in the middle of Paris many people dismiss. It is beautiful and the guide makes it so much better. The guide was very knowledgable and helps you appreciate the beauty of it much more. Next time in Paris I would love to see a show.
Amazing. Our tour guide met us on time. She was very knowledgeable and spoke very good English. We were a small group of about 16 people which was very nice. The opera house was more beautiful and spectacular than I ever imagined. We experienced a very unexpected treat. The opera was hosting a red carpet event that evening and we were able to watch and listen to the orchestra and singers rehearse Phantom. Imagine walking through the opera house listening to Phantom of the Opera. A WOW moment.
A wonderful way to finish a busy afternoon in Paris. It was lovely having the opera house almost all to ourselves on this tour, and not having to jostle with lots of other people. We were treated to lots of information you would never normally hear, and sights you would miss if you were just strolling through the opera house by yourself. It wears a bit tricky finding our way in, even though we arrived at 4.45 as instructed, as everything in the entrance area as roped off, and we had to keeping explaining we were on a tour, then were let through the roped off zones. At the end of the tour, we finished at the souvenir shop and although the woman there said the shop was open and welcomed everyone in, the shop then closed about 5 min later! You can visit the shop without touring the opera house itself, so I would recommend going to the shop on another day rather than trying to make purchases at the end of the tour.
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.
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.
worth every minute! recommend even if you only love Shagal - such a great addition to a magnificient building!
This is the one tour I did not make as after the day, which was extremely hot and humid, we were running late and all I wanted was to cool off. My photographer friend, however, jumped on the Metro and got there just as they were closing the doors and she took marvelous pictures. I wished I would have gone, but I can't run like she can and I probably would have arrived after the doors closed. Can't wait to see the pictures.
It was fantastic! My guide was very informative and knew a lot about the history of the Opera Garnier. She even showed us the smaller details that most people miss.
A wonderful tour of the building, the guide was well versed in the history of the building as well as the social importance of the opera in Paris.
If seeing Opera Garnier is on your list, you must see it after hours. It was so nice seeing it with only a couple small tour groups. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and gave us a ton of information on Charles Garnier, the construction of the building, and what was happening in Paris @ that time. She also pointed out some of the hidden designs throughout the interior, some of which are easy to miss if you don't know what you're looking for. Definitely worth it!
Wonderful to be able to see behind the scenes after closing time. Experienced tour guide.
We have booked an after hour tour for the Opera Garnier (highly recommended) and we were astonished at the beauty of the Opera on all levels : the paintings , the sculptures , etc... all spectacular ! A must when you visit Paris !
Great tour guide and beautiful building. It was a wounderful way to see the building without the crush . We really enjoyed it.
Very impressive to see the opera inside. It was really nice to see it after hours because it was quiet and we could have a good look everywhere. To do the guided tour is great, because they tell you a lot of history which is very interesting. Karen, our guide, was helpful!