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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

Barbara S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Wonderful tour of this beautiful building.

richard a m

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

excellent tour and very informed guide. we learned a lot, which was put to use during our stay at the musse orsay

Ken S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The Opera tour was definitely a highlight of my time in Paris. I booked online and just picked up the ticket just before the tour. I liked how they used earpieces to better her the tour guide. She was extremely knowledgeable about the opera house and its history. I would definitely recommend this tour!!

Susanne M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

If you wish to understand the mind blowing amount of Belle Epoch design and decoration overflowing from nearly every surface, take this tour. Just looking around solo is a treat for the eyes, but a deeper explanation of the culture this edifice arose from, the nature of the builder, and the forces that shaped the final product give meaning to each and every one of the details, and even, in some cases, the rare unfinished or plainer surfaces. Well worth the price! The headsets were vital to hearing our lovely native Parisian guide, because, as she explained, acoustics had nothing to do with this Opera house.

Ian T Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Amazing building and history. Had visited previously, just to view, but the tour added so much more detail and came away with a greater appreciation of this Paris icon.

William H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The Palais Garnier tour is a very enjoyable way to get a taste of the incredible architecture of Paris. Our guide, Isabella brought the opera and its history to life. It's easy to imagine a night at the opera in a Paris of long ago. The tour offers a glimpse into the workings of the opera house of today as well. Definitely worthwhile!


Bruce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

A highlight of any Paris visit. Excellent guide for beautiful 90 minute tour. Great value.

Loretta B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We enjoyed an excellent tour of the spectacular Paris Opera house through Viator. Worth every penny.

Patricia S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Incredible experience in this magnificent building with fabulous guide.

Peggy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This iwas a fantastic tour!!! Our guide was so knowledgeable ! Enjoyed the pace and time spent at the opera. This is a miust see and do if in Paris!! Thank you again for a great learning experience!!

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