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.
Guided 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
Meet your knowledgeable guide inside the Opera Garnier for this 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.
Guide was interesting and maneuvered us away from the crowds. We ascended the grand stairway, sat in the beautiful auditorium while she provided history, then were absolutely surprised by the stunning main salon. This is a must-see building — fabulous inside and out.
Unfortunately we were late for the guided tour, would be good if we can have option to use the same voucher to enter the opera and tour by our own. As it was not allowed, we have to spend money to purchase the entrance ticket again on the spot. Advice for everyone is, please plan and ensure you are not late for the guided tour.