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Tour code: 5717OPERAGARNIER
Take an incredible 1.5-hour walking tour of the Palais Garnier, Paris' premier opera house, to see one of largest opera houses in Europe. The Opera Garnier, as it is often called, inspired the setting for the famous musical, 'Phantom of the Opera.' During the tour, your expert guide will show you the Grand Foyer, the sumptuous main staircase (Grand Escalier), the Member's Rotunda and the auditorium itself. Enjoy the opulent Neo-Baroque décor of this beautiful building, designed by French architect Charles Garnier in the late 19th century.

Highlights

  • 1.5-hour walking tour of the Opera Garnier in Paris
  • See where some of the world’s most famous operas, like La Traviata, have taken place
  • Walk through the Member’s Rotunda and see the statue of Prophetess Pythia by the Grand Escalier
  • Hear how the building inspired the setting for The Phantom of the Opera musical and novel
  • Prepare to be awestruck by elegance as you admire opulent chandeliers, mosaics, paintings and mirrors in the Grand Foyer
  • Opt for an after-hours tour to see the magnificent Opera Garnier without the crowds

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What You Can Expect

Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

Admire the interior detail of the beautiful Opera Garnier in Paris

Meet your knowledgeable guide inside the Opera Garnier for this 1.5-hour tour of the famous building. It's one of Europe's largest opera houses, with seating for almost 2,000 people, and the premier opera house in Paris. Designed by Charles Garnier in the late 1800s, it was officially called the Palais Garnier to reflect its opulence and grandeur.

Visit the Member's Rotunda, with its inlaid mosaic floor and elegant lighting, which once served as the reception area for VIP opera-goers. Take in the incredible main staircase (Grand Escalier), with Greek gods and goddesses depicted in bronze on either side. Learn about the opera house's history, including beloved operas that have been performed on its stage and how this iconic theater inspired the setting for the novel by Gaston Leroux (and, later, musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber), 'The Phantom of the Opera.'

Walk into the enormous auditorium to be enveloped by the red velvet upholstery and golden décor. Everything is opulent and over-the-top, and perfectly theatrical. Don't miss the huge chandelier at the center of the auditorium.

See the Grand Foyer and the lounges where theater-goers can chat and get a drink during intermissions, and where you'll see yet more decorative mosaics, mirrors and paintings. These areas were designed to look like a typical French chateau. Tours typically end here, from which point you can continue to explore on your own.

Choose to upgrade your experience with an after-hours tour to see all the sights of this impressive theater without the usual daytime crowds. You'll visit all the same sights listed above, but your group will have the space all to itself.

Customer Reviews

jwillie925

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This is one of the most elaborate places I have ever seen. Well worth the tour! The guide was very informative and after the tour we were invited to revisit certain places.

Machel P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Opera Garnier was lavish . . . a real gem . . . the informative tour enjoyable. You cannot beat the price either.

Jason B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

This was the highlight of my paris trip - the Opera is the most beautiful thing i've ever seen - its a must.

brigitte.priest

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

I must see when in Paris. Super tour and I went.

prudencesprecourt

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

The guide was excellent. The instructions for where to pick up the tour were very good.

Joanne B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Well worth the money. The place itself is amazing, but the guide gave us the historical back story to put into context the uses of the building and explain its design. Super trip can highly recommend

Trisha B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Amazing tour! This is a beautiful venue.

IRENE S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Tour guide was great and we enjoyed the tour very much. Very interesting and beautiful opera house.
So much history.

Julie E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was amazing to walk through the Opera Garnier with a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. The building was incredibly beautiful, and the stories made it come alive. We even saw the suite reserved for the Phantom of the Opera, and learned about the cistern beneath the building. I would highly recommend this tour.

Cath.richardson

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Probably our most favourite trip in Paris. An unexpected beautiful building shown to our small group by a knowledgeable and often humorous guide. We were able to view the auditorium and learn the history of the theatre. It is an amazing building!

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