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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:90 minutes (approx.)
Explore the decadent Opera Garnier in Paris on a 1.5-hour, comprehensive walking tour. Designed by French architect Charles Garnier in the late 1800s, this incredible Neo-Baroque opera house is one of Europe’s largest and is sure to leave you awestruck with its elegant interior. Explore the auditorium, main staircase (Grand Escalier), Grand Foyer and Member’s Rotunda with your expert guide, and hear how the building inspired the setting for the legendary ‘Phantom of the Opera’ musical.

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

The incredible Opera Garnier is Paris’ main opera house, and one of the largest in Europe with nearly 2,000 seats. Officially named Palais Garnier in recognition of its luxurious grandeur and elaborate décor, the opera house is simply a joy to explore, with lavish rooms ‘round every corner.

Meet your expert guide inside the Opera Garnier for your 1.5-hour walking tour around this beautiful Neo-Baroque building. Strolling through the sumptuous Member’s Rotunda, you’ll see the intricate floor mosaics and glamorous wall lights that enchanted privileged opera house guests in earlier days.

Continue to the main marble staircase, flanked by impressive bronze statues carved in the likeness of Greek gods like the Prophetess Pythia. As you walk, your guide will point out the most notable monuments while explaining the opera house’s intriguing history. Learn of world-famous operas that have been hosted here, including La Traviata, and hear how the building inspired the setting for Gaston Leroux’s novel and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical The Phantom of the Opera.

As you enter the massive auditorium, your breath will be taken away with the sight of its plush red velvet seats, alabaster cherubs and golf-leaf balcony embellishments. The stage is framed by an extravagant chandelier that glitters over all the activity in the auditorium below.

Wander through the lounges and the Grand Foyer, where audiences amble during intervals, and admire the richly decorated mosaic tiles, paintings and mirrors that were intended to resemble the gallery of a classic French chateau. Your tour normally finishes here, and you can continue exploring independently if you wish.

Alternatively, opt for an after-hours tour to see the spectacular theater without the crowds. You will see the same areas as the daytime tours, but with just your group, the setting appears to be even more impressive!

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This is a must for anyone wanting more knowledge about the history of Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic tour. Our tour guide was great and gave us plenty of time to look and photograph while still giving us lots of stories. Highly recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Been here before without a guide. With a guide it was so much more interesting

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Just brilliant.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Loved it. The Opera house was magnificent! I will be telling all my friends about it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

The tour was beautiful! Our guide was funny and informative and made it fun for the kids, too! Highly recommendable!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Good tour. Very knowledgable guide.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Fantastic place, very worthwhile to visit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Guide was very passionate about this place!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful tour and tour guide. this place is beautiful and must do!

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