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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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our tour guide was exellent. We really enjoyed our tour

Rica Sharon M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Viator made this tour very easy for me and my husband. We printed our voucher and lined up where it said guided tours. We showed our voucher, and we got right in to do our tour. We saw the staircase, the stage, the Phantom of the Opera's Box 5, and many other places in the Opera house. I highly recommend this tour.

Yolanda L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

I enjoyed this tour very much! Learned a lot about the behind the scenesof this beautiful historical theatre.

Josee W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Elizabeth was a wonderful guide. She really knew about each of the works we stopped to look at and could explain about the artist, the context and the significance of the work. Her commentary was lively and interesting and the time flew by. I would highly recommend this tour

Bruce L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

very good history of the building from the guide. highly recommend thos tour


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wow, what a tour. Great Tour and worth the money.

Robin A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Gorgeous treasure! A must see. The guide was excellent!

GAJillian Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Such a wonderful place - was breathtaking. My only problem was that our guide kept asking us questions, rather than just telling us the history and facts. If we'd known the answers, there wouldn't have been a reason to have a guide!! However, the building is well worth visiting and it is nice to have someone explain the history.

David L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Tour was fabulous - very detailed, personal, and the guide was incredibly knowledgable and charming. When I arrived the ticket booth was announcing that all of the tours were sold out and to come back tomorrow but I had a Viator booking so my wife and I received tickets and sailed right through. Not a single hiccup, cost was reasonable, and they delivered exactly as promised.

Michelle M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

WOW. Why had I never done this before. Interior was absolutley stunning-maybe the most impressive I have ever seen. Don't miss!

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