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

Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

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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.


  • 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

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 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

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.

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

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

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!

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This tour was just so informative and the oper house itself a magnificent building achievement. Would recommend this tour as a must see. It was a highlight for myself and my daughter.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a wonderful time! We were taken throughout the Opera house. Our guide was excellent and had great passion about the Opera Garnier and knew a lot about it. It was absolutely beautiful and we loved learning history and secrets about the different rooms.

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