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

Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

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.


  • 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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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

Joann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Great experience, certainly a must see when in Paris.

Sergii S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

I really enjoyed our tour guide

Alan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

This is way beyond my expectations!! And I expected PLENTY!!!

Annette J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I would recommend taking the tour, versus doing it on your own, to gain information.

I also enjoyed hearing the tour guides voice

Holly D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I LOVED this tour!! I took this tour on my second visit to Paris. Last year I visited Versailles Palace and it was beautiful, but I honestly think that Palais Garnier is MORE beautiful than Versailles!!! On the inside at least. I would highly recommend this tour, it was well worth the money, and I liked hearing the stories and a little history about the building's past. My group got to go into the auditorium and sit in the seats that cost about 250-300 Euros to see a show. Definitely a highlight, but the best part is the grand foyer. So much better than the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles. Plus there's less people in your photos! I also liked that we were free to go back and walk through all the rooms by ourselves after our tour to get any extra photos as I always have my camera out. I walked back through the grand foyer and out onto the balcony where you could see The Louvre at the end of the avenue! I would rate this ten stars if I could.

Lori M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Toured this on my 2nd visit to Paris. But, if you are going on your 1st visit to Paris, don't miss this, with a guided tour, of course!

Micahel S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Guide was super literary, reasonable in details, super informative! Highly recommend, worth money we paid!
Thank you

Amarish Joy H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour guide was very knowledgeable. The building is spectacular!

John K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Interesting, entertaining and well-paced for walking weary tourists. Only recommendation would be to make it clear that even as a pre-paid tour, the individual needs to get on the line INSIDE the Opera and be assigned there to an English tour. The tour itself...wonderful!

Jennifer W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Excellent tour. A real treat to see behind-the-scenes at the Opera Garnier, with our charming, informative guide we even got a sneak peak of Don Giovanni in rehearsal. Highly recommended for lovers of art, architecture, and design, as well as opera.

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