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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.


  • Exclusive after-hours tour of the Opera Garnier in Paris
  • Explore the opera house’s magnificent interior without the crowds
  • Admire opulent chandeliers, paintings and mirrors in the Grand Foyer and Members' Rotunda
  • Visit the lavish 2,000-seat auditorium, making this one of Europe's largest opera houses
  • Hear about famous operas that have played here, like La Traviata, as well as the inspiration for The Phantom of the Opera

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What You Can Expect

After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

Discover the history behind the grandeur at the Opera Garnier in Paris

Visit is one of the most iconic and opulent opera houses in the world — without the crowds. Make your way to the Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, to meet your guide in the early evening, just before the opera house closes to the public. 

Embark on a 1.5-hour narrated tour of the Beaux-Arts masterpiece, which was completed in the late 19th century as the home of the Paris Opera. Today, Opera Garnier primarily hosts performances of the Paris Opera Ballet.

See the spectacular grand staircase adorned with ornate candelabras and statues inspired by Greek mythology, and imagine elegant crowds of the past gathering in the exclusive members’ rotunda. Learn about the history of this famed institution from your knowledgeable guide, and hear how it inspired Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera

Marvel at the ornate balconies and murals of the 2,000 seat auditorium, and end your tour in the fantastically appointed grand foyer.

Customer Reviews

Josine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The After Hours Tour - Opera Garner in Paris was fabulous, and I would recommend it as a must do excursion in Paris. Best thing was being able to actually sit in the seats and just take in the ambience of this wonderful theatre.

Ann G D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a great experience. Our guide was knowledgeable, prepared and easy to understand. I highly recommend doing this. Only issue I had, we didn't get headsets but, for the most part, it wasn't too bad.

Terri D Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was a fantastic tour the opera house is spectacular and our tour guid was so knowledgable. I highly recommend dong this after hours tour. Terri

Kari M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Opera Garnier is the most gorgeous opera house I've ever seen! It's magnifique!!!!! The rooms are spectacular, grand, amazing and jaw-dropping!! You see the entry way, the reception area that rivals Versailles, and the theatre itself. Every inch of this place is fabulous and you'll spend a lot of your time looking up! I think it's a MUST SEE!!!! Warning: you'll want to get a ticket to an opera there so check the schedule when you go and perhaps there'll be one when you visit. This tour is after hours it started at 5 and the show usually starts around 7 or something but that's a dressy affair so you'll need to change before going. Phantom of the Opera takes place in this house and one day I hope they perform the show there!!! That's a ticket to get!! I loved it all!!

Kari M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The Opera Garnier is a gorgeous, sumptuous, over-the-top beautiful place!!! The tour is after-hours and starts at 5. You will view the entryway, the reception area that rivals Versailles!!!, and the theatre itself in all its splendor. It's jaw-dropping and a MUST SEE! You'll want to see an opera there after you tour so see if there's one when you travel. That's a separate purchase of course and you'll need to dress for the evening but to see an opera there would be a wonderful experience. Phantom of the Opera takes place here and one day I hope they perform it - that's a ticket I'll have to get!!! Tip: There's a great small scale replica of the entire building including the beautiful details at the Musee D'Orsay so if you get a chance check it out. It looks amazing even on a small scale!!

Ifteahar I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Five star all the way. What a place , what a guide! Just perfection!!

Jerome L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour guide was late for the tour but she was very sincere in her love for the opera house and she enthusiastic accordingly.

John Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Really enjoyed learning about the history of the Opera House and having time to see the gorgeous rooms. The entire building is stunning!! An added bonus was getting to see two male ballet dancers rehearse during a sound check in the auditorium! Also, if you and #39;re a Phantom fan, you get to see his box!

Michael M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide Christine was highly knowledgeable and had excellent English language skills. We did not feel rushed in any of the places and although there were a lot of people for various tours we were broken into smaller groups and they managed the tour so you never really saw any of the other groups. The building itself is quite impressive. We say many things in Paris, and this is a MUST SEE attraction and tour.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent tour, amazing opera house with stunning rooms etc
very entertaining guide Rita from _ thanks for your funny way of giving us an insight to the history of this building learnt and saw a lot, really worth the visit

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