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Overview

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
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.

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D
, Dec 2018

I learned so much about the architect and was able to see the beautiful interior. it was such a great experience.

Y
, Nov 2018

I have forgotten the tour guide's name but she was excellent. She was very knowledgeable in the history, art and architecture of the Paris Opera. It was well worth the cost.I very highly recommend it.

N
, Oct 2018

I'm so glad we booked this tour of the Opera House. It was very crowded, but we had no problem getting in. This is an amazingly beautiful building, and we all thought it was the nicest building in Paris. We got to go in to the opera hall and sit in the seats, which is something you can't do if you're not on a tour. The Marc Chagall ceiling is stunning to sit under, and the origin of the Phantom of the Opera was interesting to hear. We highly recommend this tour!

E
, Oct 2018

It was very beautiful and very good guide made it very interesting. After a few trips to Paris I was pleased I did this tour

D
, Oct 2018

I would've rated it lower, but the Opera is just so magnificent. And our tour guide, Rita, was amazing and very knowledgeable, but the way you need to line up and then go in various groups by a designated letter, is very disorganized. Our group already began after we got in. The line is VERY long, and you should arrive VERY early. And we were in the wrong line as our tour began at 11AM. She already started the tour. Luckily we spotted her and caught up. But she had to wait and get a headset that was working as one of ours wasn't. And later the two other women I was with said their headsets were picking up another language and one only worked intermittently. So it was a frustrating experience, but the place itself is breathtaking. I hope they can work out the kinks and make it pleasurable for everyone.

L
, Oct 2018

This was quite a nice tour. The opera house is so beautiful and the tour is very informative. However, it was A bit crowded and seeing the auditorium was difficult at times when the stage lighting is being checked and house lights are dimmed.

G
, Sep 2018

Amazing!

J
, Sep 2018

Guide was excellent......would suggest you describe the meeting point at the Opera House....:"Ticket Sales Area"

l
, Sep 2018

The Opera House is beautiful, and it is worth seeing behind the scenes.

J
, Aug 2018

90 minute tour with English guide. Headsets made hearing guide very easy. We got to go into theatre and sit in Orchestra seating. Our guide was very knowledgeable of architecture and all the paintings.


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