Opéra Garnier Tours

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Home to the Opera de Paris, ballet performances, and the fictional Phantom of the Opera, the grand 19th-century Opera Garnier—also known as Palais Garnier—recalls the splendor of France’s Second Empire, an era synonymous with elegance and extravagance. Beyond its opulent exterior and foyer, the 2,000-seat auditorium is a riot of red velvet, gold, and bronze, with a massive chandelier and a colorful ceiling painting by modernist master Marc Chagall.
 
The Basics
With its gilding, grandeur, and lavish ornamentation, Opera Garnier is often compared to the Palace of Versailles. While you can admire architect Charles Garnier’s Beaux-Arts and neo-baroque masterpiece from the outside on Paris sightseeing tours, it’s also possible to see the interior by attending a performance or taking a self-guided audio tour or a guided tour of the venue. Book an after-hours tour to explore the Opera Garnier without the crowds. You can also combine a tour of Opera Garnier with visits to other nearby architectural gems, such as the historic Galeries Lafayette department store and the passages couverts (covered shopping galleries).
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The on-site restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The bar inside the theater sells drinks before performances and during intermissions.
  • Operas are usually performed in their original language, with French (and sometimes English) supertitles.
  • While no official dress code is enforced for regular performances, most operagoers dress smartly. For special gala events, attendees wear more formal attire.
 
How to Get There
Palais Garnier is in the Opera and Grand Boulevards area, one of Paris’ shopping hotspots. The Opera station, just across the street from the venue, can be accessed by Metro lines 3, 7, and 8, while lines 7 and 9 serve the nearby Chaussee d’Antin–La Fayette station. Alternatively, take the RER A line to Auber station.
 
When to Get There
Opera Garnier tours are held daily throughout the year and attract the biggest numbers during summer. To escape the crowds, book an after-hours tour, which allows you to traverse quiet corridors and the hushed auditorium without the daytime crowds. Note that access to the auditorium is dependent on availability; for the best chance of seeing it, opt for a morning tour, as rehearsals typically take place in the afternoon.
 
Highlights of the Palais Interior
The interior’s standout features are the fresco- and gold-adorned Grand Foyer, the bronze Pythonisse sculpture, and the imposing Grand Staircase (Grand Escalier). Auditorium highlights include the 2,600-square-foot (241-square-meter) ceiling painting by Marc Chagall, in the center of which hangs an enormous, seven-ton crystal and bronze chandelier that inspired the dramatic chandelier drop in Gaston Leroux’s “Phantom of the Opera.” 
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Address: 8 Rue Scribe, Paris 75009, France
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Hours: Open Daily 10am – 5pm
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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.
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2-Day Paris Package Including City Tour, Louvre Tour and Seine River Cruise

Pack the highlights of Paris into two days with this package that offers only the best of France’s capital city. Get priority access at the Louvre Museum, and go on a Seine River cruise that you won't soon forget. Choose between a private city tour by vehicle or electric bike, and then explore Montmartre with your own personal guide. Lastly, head over to Île de la Cité to sample local wine and cheese before your 2-day journey comes to an end.
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Private Tour of Paris the City of Light by Night

See Paris at night with a private guide who can show you the City of Light's most beautiful illuminated sights on this 3-hour walking tour. You'll stroll past monuments such as Palais Garnier, Place de la Concorde, and the Grand Palais, plus catch sight of the twinkling Eiffel Tower and walk along the banks of the Seine to admire the waterfront in the romantic evening hours.
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After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

Experience the magnificence of Paris’s Opera Garnier with an exclusive after-hours tour. After the daytime crowds have departed, explore the Beaux-Arts opera house that was memorialized as the setting for ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Explore the grand staircase, chandelier-lined foyer and opulent auditorium as your guide shares the history and legends of this world-famous theater.
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Secret Paris Walking Tour with Palais Royal and Opera Garnier

Discover traces of Paris’s opulent history still hidden within the modern metropolis on this walking tour complete with all entrance fees and some of the best views in the city. Explore the covered passages of the Palais Royal where high society once shopped and traded gossip, and indulge your ‘Phantom of the Opera’ fantasies inside the impossibly ornate Opera Garnier. Finish with panoramic views over one of Paris’s most fashionable districts from the rooftop of the famous Galeries Lafayette department store.
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Paris 2-Hour Opera Garnier and Galeries Lafayette Private Tour

Marvel over Baron Haussmann’s Paris and visit two of the city’s most magnificent buildings on this private 2-hour walking tour. First explore inside the opulent Palais Garnier, a vision of dazzling marble and crystal chandeliers, with its Grand Staircase and famous auditorium. Then, stroll around the elegant shops of Paris’s most iconic department store, Galeries Lafayette, before heading to the rooftop to enjoy spectacular views of the city.
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Private Tour: Opera Garnier and Passages Couverts

Step back in time to 19th-century Paris with a private tour of the world-famous Opera Garnier (Palais Garnier), memorialized as the opulent setting of ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Admire the gilded interior, grand staircase and elaborate murals while learning the history of this fine arts institution. Then, follow your guide through the historic covered shopping arcades known as ‘passages couverts’ for a glimpse into Paris life of the past. Enjoy the personalized attention of your guide on this private tour.
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Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit

The Opera Garnier is a Parisian symbol. Home to an opera and ballet house, it is as famous as some of ther other cultural venues of the French capital as the Orsay Museum or Notre Dame Cathedral. It became famous around the world not only for its exceptional architecture but also to be the setting for The Phantom of the Opera.
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Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Make sightseeing in the French capital easy with a Big Bus tour of Paris. Enjoy the convenience of hop-on hop-off access at any stop along the route, and soak in the views from an open-top, double-decker bus. See sights like the Louvre Museum, Moulin Rouge cabaret club, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the iconic Eiffel Tower as you listen to informative, English-speaking guides on some routes, or audio-commentary available in 11 languages. There are two routes to choose from, with 15 stops in total around the city, and you can pair your Paris bus tour with a Seine River cruise. Choose either a 1-day or 2-day bus ticket.
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Paris Pass Including Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Entry to Over 60 Attractions

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Eiffel Tower, Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Night Tour

Don’t miss the views of Paris from the Eiffel Tower at night, when the city spreads before you twinkling with light. This 4-hour combo tour gives you the chance to experience Paris in the evening in three ways: a 1-hour river cruise on the Seine, a sightseeing tour by coach and admission to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. You’ll get oriented with top attractions like the Champs-Elysées and be part of Paris’ lively nighttime atmosphere.
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Paris by Night Illuminations Tour and Paris Moulin Rouge Show

See Paris at its best during this nighttime tour that includes a show at the Moulin Rouge. You’ll start with an illuminations tour past the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and other famous sights, made even more beautiful as they light up after dark. Then head to the Moulin Rouge, home of the cancan, in the Montmartre district for a dazzling performance of ‘Feerie.’ Choose either a standard coach tour or small-group tour by minivan for a more intimate sightseeing experience.
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Eiffel Tower Lunch Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour and River Cruise

Discover Paris' highlights at your own pace with a 1- or 2-day hop on hop off sightseeing bus pass, including skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower. Ride the bus for the full, 2.5-hour loop, listening to the audio guide for informative commentary available in 8 languages. Hop off to explore sites like the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, the Louvre or the Eiffel Tower. Get skip-the-line access to the Eiffel Tower first floor and dig in to an onsite lunch at one of Paris' most famous monuments. This package also includes a 1-hour cruise on the River Seine for a different perspective of the City of Light's most famous monuments.
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Paris Day Trip from London Including Visit to Versailles

Take a full-day detour from London to see highlights of Paris and Versailles. Ride a high-speed train to the French capital, where you’ll see iconic attractions like the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Elysées, the Trocadero and the Opera Garnier on a guided coach tour. Climb the Eiffel Tower for stunning panoramic views of the City of Lights before continuing on to the famous royal suburb of Versailles. Tour the jaw-dropping Palace of Versailles with an audio guide and wander the sprawling Versailles Gardens.
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Paris Christmas Lights Tour

What could be better than seeing the City of Lights all lit up for the holidays? Enjoy a Christmas-themed tour of Paris to see this incredible city illuminated. Get bundled up under a warm blanket and sip on a warm drink at you travel through Paris on an open-top double-decker bus. This 1.5-hour tour takes you past some of the city’s most famous sights, including the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées and Louvre Museum, all lit up and sparkling. It’s an unforgettable way to see Paris at Christmas.
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Seine River Cruise and Paris Illuminations Tour

Paris is fabulous any time of day, but to truly experience the City of Lights, you need to explore after dark. On this evening Paris and river tour, you’ll see illuminated attractions by both land and water, including the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. Cruise along the Seine to admire Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower, and tour the city by either coach or minivan to see Les Invalides, Place de la Concorde, the Grand Palais, Rue de Rivoli and the Champs-Elysées twinkling in the night. The minivan tour option is limited to eight people to provide a small-group experience.
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Open Tour Hop-On-Hop-Off & Paris Illuminations Tour

Discover the beauty of Paris with this comprehensive Hop-On-Hop-Off tour. Choose from 4 routes with 38 stops all over the city. Set your own pace and hop off at major attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées, and Montmartre, spending as much time as you like in each place. Opt for a 1.5-hour night tour to see the sights of Paris illuminated.
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Private Tour: 2CV Secret Paris Tour

See a hidden side of Paris during a private tour of the city in a vintage Deux Chevaux, an iconic French 2CV convertible. Let your private guide lead you away from the city's most famous sights for a tour of off-beat Paris. Travel through the Marais district to see some of the historic mansions. Find some of Paris' notable street art. Pass the elegant Place Vendôme. Select a tour start time that fits with your travel schedule, and enjoy exploring another facet of Paris.
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Paris Night City Tour and Moulin Rouge Show with Hotel Pick-Up

Enjoy an unforgettable night out in Paris and discover the City of Lights at its most atmospheric on this 5-hour small-group tour, limited to eight people and including an interactive audio guide. See sights like the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde and the Louvre dramatically illuminated against the night sky, then head to the world-famous Moulin Rouge to see the spectacular Féerie show. End your night sipping champagne and clapping along with the dazzling finale – the French Cancan!
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Luxury Paris Bus Dining Experience

Pair a romantic, gourmet meal with fantastic sightseeing and you have this unique panoramic bus tour in Paris. Aboard a glass-enclosed, double-decker bus, take a seat at your table and soak up stunning 360-degree views of the City of Light as you indulge in fine French cuisine. Enjoy a 4-course lunch tour over two hours, or stretch out the experience over a 6-course dinner that lasts 2.5 hours. Sip wine, dine and watch beautiful landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre and the Eiffel Tower pass by.
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Perfume Creation Workshop in Paris

Create your own customized perfume during this unique sensory experience in Paris. Meet your olfactory guide near the Opéra Garnier to begin your 1.5-hour workshop, where you'll learn the origins of perfume and its development over three millennia. Blend your own scent from notes like orange blossom, musk and gardenia. Take home your own customized bottle of Eau de Cologne, along with a perfumers apron and a Certificate of Participation.
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Skip The Line Eiffel Tower Ticket Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour and River Cruise

Visit Paris's top sights and attractions on a convenient and flexible hop-on hop-off bus tour with onboard audio commentary. Select from a 1 or 2 day sightseeing pass and discover the city's landmark sites at your leisure. Skip the lines for direct access to the Eiffel Tower's second floor viewing platform, explore the Ile de la Cité and marvel at its Notre Dame cathedral, and even enjoy a complimentary one-long river cruise along the Seine. Hop off at all 10 stops or pick and choose as you go.
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Seine River Cruise, Paris Illuminations and Dinner on the Champs-Elysees

Enjoy an enchanting evening in the City of Lights on this Paris tour that combines a Seine River cruise, coach tour and a 3-course dinner. During a lamp-lit boat ride on the Seine, admiring famous sights like Notre-Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Then experience the city all lit up during a nighttime sightseeing tour, followed by a late dinner at a restaurant near Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Open Tour Paris Night Tour

Paris is known as the ‘City of Lights’ and this night tour affords spectacular views of the city’s illuminated landmarks. Travel around Paris on-board an open-top double-decker bus; explore Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme, and Champs Elysées Avenue; and admire landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, the Paris Opéra, the Louvre Museum, and the River Seine.
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