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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.

Highlights

  • 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

JOHN S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Amazing. If you could only do one tour in Paris this should be it. Good value for money too.

Yui Yi C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Got to see outside the room of phantom of the opera, pretty good

Karen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

We learned so much about the Opera House. About the actual building. ...about Monsieur Garnier, himself, about the customs of the day concerning going to the opera , etc. Our guide was excellent. We recommend this tour to everyone!

Amanda C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great tour and the docent was quite knowledgeable and charming. This is a beautiful building and full of history. I would love to be able to see a production at the Opera House, unfortunately none were playing while I was in Paris. Make sure you check with the staff on how to purchase an affordably priced ticket if you are there when a production playing. There are tricks to the trade.

Atreish R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Great time and an amazing place.

Loudeeter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the tour of the Opera House. The guide was fantastic and the facility was both historical and a work of art. We were very impressed.

JOHN D S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Tremendous. Awesome!

Elizabeth R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was my second tour family's first of the Opera House. It was just as interesting and amazing as the first time.
This time we were lucky that we were able to go inside the theater and see the boxes and the Chagal ceiling.
Last time it was closed due to a current performance scheduled.
Highly recommend.

Lord Sebastian United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

What a stunning building and well worth a visit. Good tour and very well organized, they obviously take allot of groups through such a icon building but it was well structured and you never felt you were bumping into other groups.
Lovely opera house very opulent. Good tour

Vicki C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Wow. I can't believe it took me this long to go inside this building. The guided tour is the only way to get a real insider view, as they take you into the theatre assuming no rehearsals happening, which gives you the full perspective of the interior and ceiling art you can't from viewing from the two public boxes.
This theatre is an amazing feat and my jaw dropped more than a few times. It has been kept in stellar condition since it was opened, so really worth the visit. It even has a hall of mirrors that rivals Versailles!

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