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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

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!

MELODY United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It is opulent and magnificent. Possibly the most incredible opera house in the world. It took 14 years to build and went through an emperor and 3 kings before it was finished. A visual and historical treat.

Patricia B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Very interesting and informative.

Ronald O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great! A must see in Paris. Blown away. A stand alone museum. Don't miss it.

Patricia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent experience, the tour guide was very passionate about the opera house and her enthusiasm was contagious. Gorgeous building , fabulous experience would definetly recommend this tour.

karenhhall

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Even. With a rain downpour sprouted, it was wonderful. Guide was very good.

Joyce S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

The Opera House is beautiful! Our tour guide was funny and informative. She told us background stories and we saw all of the highlights. I am looking forward to returning to Paris!

Dorothy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

This tour was amazing!

Guy G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Excellent!

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