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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.


  • 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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What You Can Expect

Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

Admire the interior detail of the beautiful Opera Garnier in Paris

Meet your knowledgeable guide inside the Opera Garnier for this 1.5-hour 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.

Customer Reviews

Robin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Tour was informative and the Opera house was beautiful. Very interesting history and learned much about where the Phantom of the Opera was born!

Rosalind M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was excellent because of the excellent guide who took us through Opera Garnier: The group saw many areas of this landmark building that they would not see if attending an opera there. It was only a little unclear, with so many tours happening, where and when to meet and begin the tour one signed up for. Definitely highly recommended.

Rhodema C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was my second tour of the Opera Garnier but I felt that I learned so much more. This particular tour gave us access to the floor of the opera giving us a full view of the beautiful ceiling. Many historical details made this tour unforgettable.

Cynthia H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Interesting and great guide

Tina B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


John P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Jaw dropping opulence in the Opera Garnier. Guide gave some fascinating insights.

Ruth G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed the gorgeous opera house!

Pedro B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Visit Garnier is a must in Paris!!!!!

Jenni L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Amazing tour of the opera house, especially for an avid Phantom fan. Highly recommended! Love that the tour provided headphones so we didn't have to all crowd around the guide in order to hear her.

Chris H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The guide was extremely knowledgeable and informative. The tour was well organised, there were opportunities for questions and overall it was very good value.

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