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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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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

Laura V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was an outstanding tour and our guide for an English language tour with headphones so one could hear was charming, well informed and easily understood. The Opera Garnier interior eclipses the exterior and the history was fascinating. I was amazed how thoroughly they let us view the building and I enjoyed this tour tremendously. The highlight of my trip to Paris.

Helen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great, interesting guide and a tour not to be missed. I learned so much and we had an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the dancers in rehearsal.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This is an awesome tour!!! I loved the chance to see behind the scenes at the Opera Garnier!!

Joyce W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Worth every penny and every minute. Our guide was THE BEST.

Amber P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

I decided to do this tour because I'm a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera and very interested in the paranormal. Not only did I have a very interesting experience on the tour, but the guide did a wonderful job. As a former violinist and ballerina, it was like a dream to see some professionals practicing in such a beautiful space. The art and architecture were amazing to witness. Highly recommend!

Susan S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Great tour with a passionate tour guide. Heard so many interesting things about the Opera Garnier. Unfortunately, I don't remember her name.

Andrew H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Brilliant guide and access to parts of the Opera house not available to the general public.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The architecture is fabulous and we found it is so worthwhile to view the beautiful interior. Tour does a good job of sharing what the experience was like in the heyday of going to the opera to be seen.

james N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016


Robin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was well worth the time and money. Our English speaking guide was excellent and took us to all the rooms in the opera house from the lower level entrance to box 5 on the upper floor which was reserved for the Phantom. The magnificence of this opera house is not to be missed.

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