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Palais Garnier Tours

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Palais Garnier
Home to the Opera de Paris, ballet performances, and the fictional Phantom of the Opera, the grand 19th-century Palais Garnier—also known as Opera 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, Palais 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 Palais Garnier without the crowds. You can also combine a tour of Palais 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
Palais 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.” 
Address: 8 Rue Scribe, Paris 75009, France
Hours: Open Daily 10am – 5pm
Admission: Varies
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Skip the Line: Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket

Skip the Line: Opera Garnier Paris Self Guided Visit Ticket

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Make your visit to the Opera Garnier easy by booking an admission ticket online, which allows your to breeze past entrance queues. A self-guided visit means that you can explore at your own pace without the pressure of a tour group, tailoring the experience to your own preferences. Leave with a new perspective on Paris's history, music, and architecture.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$16.59
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Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Big Bus Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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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, and the iconic Eiffel Tower as you listen to informative, English-speaking guides or audio-commentary.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$41.60
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US$41.60
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Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

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Take an incredible 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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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$20.15
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After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$25.37
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Secret Gems of Paris: Opera Garnier and Palais Royal Walking Tour

Secret Gems of Paris: Opera Garnier and Palais Royal Walking Tour

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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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$42.15
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Paris Private Tour by Classic French Citroën

Paris Private Tour by Classic French Citroën

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Put a twist on the typical Paris sightseeing tour with a private drive around the city in a Citroën Traction—a classic French car. Inside the open-top vehicle with a retractable roof, drive through neighborhoods like Montmartre and the Latin Quarter and pass by major sights such as the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Elysées, the Louvre, and the Moulin Rouge. Learn about the city from a guide as you go. Up to four people can fit in one car.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$191.42
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Mont Saint Michel Island & Abbey Normandy Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

Mont Saint Michel Island & Abbey Normandy Day Trip with Lunch from Paris

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Travel through scenic Normandy en route to the medieval Mont-St-Michel on a full-day trip from Paris. Discover the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed island and its iconic Gothic abbey, with a guide, and listen to fascinating history and legendary stories about the site. Enjoy ample time to explore the island, and admire views of the surrounding bay before traveling back to the French capital. Upgrade to include a gourmet lunch and/or round-trip hotel transfers.
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  • 14 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$176.34
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Small-Group Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

Small-Group Versailles Guided Tour from Paris

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Escape the city of Paris for a day, and go on a tour to Versailles, which is known for its magnificent regal architecture. Travel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to Versailles, which takes the stress out of organizing transport. Conveniently, an entrance ticket to the Palace of Versailles is included, so you beat the crowds. Your guide enriches your experience with stories about the area’s royal history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$167.87
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Mont-St-Michel Independent Day Tour with Optional Audio Guide from Paris

Mont-St-Michel Independent Day Tour with Optional Audio Guide from Paris

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Visit one of France’s top attractions on this independent day trip from Paris to Mont-St-Michel. Relax on a comfortable coach ride as you travel through the scenic landscapes of Normandy en route to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island, and spend hours exploring at your leisure with a multi-language audio guide (if option selected). Tour the famous Gothic abbey, wander through the narrow streets of the surrounding village, or admire views across the Atlantic Ocean.
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  • 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$176.34
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Palais Garnier’s Secrets

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Palais Garnier’s Secrets

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The Palais Garnier’s Secrets tour takes you behind the scenes at one of the most iconic venues in Paris, the stunning Palais Garnier. Constructed in the 1800s to house the famous Paris Opera, this monumental theatre and museum offer some of the most opulent architecture in Europe. Explore the twists and turns, historic seating area, and the in-house museum, and discover the secrets behind the building's colorful past. Venez Discover brings the best out of each place by meticulously crafting each tour exclusively while taking care of our environment. We aim to bring the love, passion, and interest for our planet in each tour or service provided to you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

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Uncover history and art on a small-group, full-day tour from central Paris. Explore Giverny, including its tranquil water lily gardens at Monet’s house. Indulge in lunch at Moulin de Fourges and then discover the splendor of the Palace of Versailles with its decadent Hall of Mirrors and gardens.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Paris City Tour in an Electric Tuktuk

Private Paris City Tour in an Electric Tuktuk

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Experience Paris in a way few people have: aboard an electric tuk-tuk. On this private tour, you and your traveling companions have multiple tours to choose from, from short tours of central Paris to extensive tours that last a full day. Tuk-tuks seat up to six passengers, but large groups can rent multiple vehicles and cruise around together.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$96.36
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Private Tour: Opera Garnier and Passages Couverts

Private Tour: Opera Garnier and Passages Couverts

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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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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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US$369.75
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Luxury Paris Bus Dining Experience

Luxury Paris Bus Dining Experience

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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 or stretch out the experience over a 6-course dinner. Sip wine, dine, and watch beautiful landmarks including the Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower pass by.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$128.48
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Paris By Night 1h In Vintage French Car

Paris By Night 1h In Vintage French Car

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Cruise through Paris in style from the seat of a beautifully restored Citroen—one of the most classic French-made cars. Cozy up inside the spacious backseat or pop your head out of the retractable roof as your personal chauffeur takes you past illuminated landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Moulin Rouge, Opera Garnier, and the Louvre. Stop along the way to snap Instagramable photos of your Parisian joy ride.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$217.11
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Paris By Night 3h Tour In Vintage French Car

Paris By Night 3h Tour In Vintage French Car

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Tour the City of Lights in style during this private, after-hours Paris tour. See the top monuments illuminated by night as you cruise between locations in a vintage, open-roof Citroen. Cover the city’s main highlights, from the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre Museum to the hilltop church of Sacre-Coeur and the iconic, windmill-shaped nightclub, the Moulin Rouge.
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  • 3 hours
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US$461.19
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Private Tour: 2CV Paris City Highlights Tour

Private Tour: 2CV Paris City Highlights Tour

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Make sightseeing more memorable by seeing the highlights of Paris from the passenger seat of a vintage Citroen 2CV. Let your private guide drive you through the city in one of France's most beloved vehicles, the Deux Chevaux. See the main attractions of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Opera Garnier, Île de la Cité and much more. Choose from several departure options in the morning, afternoon or evening.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$117.32
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Exclusive Private Paris Tour by Citroen 2CV

Exclusive Private Paris Tour by Citroen 2CV

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Experience a unique sightseeing tour in a vintage Citroen Deux Chevaux (2CV) car with a pit stop for a warm drink and a French treat from the famous Ladurée tea room during this experience. Enjoy a private tour seeing the city's main sights—like the Eiffel Tower and Moulin Rouge—from the passenger seat of a classic 2CV. Learn about artsy and bohemian districts like Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Montmartre from your expert private guide and nibble a signature Ladurée macaron as well.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$213.32
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Private Visit of Paris By Night : Romantic Tour on a Sidecar URAL

Private Visit of Paris By Night : Romantic Tour on a Sidecar URAL

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On this quirky, offbeat sightseeing tour, you’ll ditch the packed coach visits and enjoy a bespoke ride through Paris on a vintage motorcycle sidecar. Enjoy unobstructed, open-air views of the city’s top landmarks as you cruise past Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Palais Garnier, and other attractions. Tours include round-trip, door-to-door hotel transfers and a glass of Champagne.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$125.86
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Paris by Night Illuminations Tour & Moulin Rouge Show

Paris by Night Illuminations Tour & Moulin Rouge Show

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See Paris at its best during this nighttime tour that includes a show at the Moulin Rouge. 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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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour: Secret Paris Tour in 2CV

Private Tour: Secret Paris Tour in 2CV

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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Paris Winter Night Tour with Seine River Cruise & Champagne Option

Paris Winter Night Tour with Seine River Cruise & Champagne Option

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Discover the magic of Paris at night on a leisurely evening walking tour. Stroll along the romantic riverbanks of the Seine, admire the glowing glass pyramid in the courtyard of the Louvre, and experience the vibrant nocturnal energy of Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Learn about life in the city and get recommendations on the best bars, cafés, and nightspots from your local Parisian guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$36.13
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Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Cabaret Parisian Evening Experience

Seine River Dinner Cruise & Moulin Rouge Cabaret Parisian Evening Experience

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Enjoy two iconic Parisian experiences during this evening tour that combines a dinner cruise on the Seine River with admission to the Moulin Rouge. First, see Paris sights like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral while enjoying a 3-course meal of French cuisine aboard a La Marina de Paris glass-enclosed boat. Then head to the Moulin Rouge in the Montmartre district for a performance of the show ‘Feerie,’ which includes a half bottle of Champagne per person. Hotel transport is included for your convenience.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$404.68
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US$404.68
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Vintage Private Tour: Sidecar Motorcycle Ural Paris (1hr30)

Vintage Private Tour: Sidecar Motorcycle Ural Paris (1hr30)

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For a fun twist on a typical sightseeing tour, don't miss this private excursion in Paris where your guide whisks you around in a vintage motorcycle sidecar. Cruise the charming capital with the wind in your face, and pass many of the city's must see sights and off the beaten path areas. Highlights include a cruise through the village of Montmartre, and views of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and expansive Hôtel des Invalides.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$101.76
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US$101.76
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Paris Lights Evening Tour with Optional Hotel Pick-Up

Paris Lights Evening Tour with Optional Hotel Pick-Up

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This Paris night tour takes you through the city during the evening hours, providing an easy way for you to see famous landmarks lit up after dark. Travel past illuminated attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, Place de la Concorde, the Opera House, and Arc de Triomphe. Listen to commentary about the city and its history as you go. Choose either a standard coach tour, with an audio guide available in several languages, or a small-group tour by minivan limited to eight people with a live guide and round-trip hotel transfers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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What are Palais Garnier hours of operation?
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Palais Garnier hours of operation: Open Daily 10am – 5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Palais Garnier tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Palais Garnier can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 137 Palais Garnier tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Palais Garnier 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Palais Garnier costs USD 16.59. Guided Palais Garnier tours start around USD 16.59 per person. See all 137 Palais Garnier tickets and tours on Viator.
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