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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

Julia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Is is a must see place and the tour was very informative and I got out of it a lot more than just walking round the building on my own. Our tour guide was exceptional and was very knowledgable.

Suzanne C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

A wonderful walking tour of the Opera Garnier in Paris. The guide did a great job of showing us this beautiful opera house.

Kenny

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was my first big historical building to visit on my first trip over seas from the US. My mouth dropped on the magnitude of these huge open spaces and how they were built without modern technology. I'm also in love with Phantom of the Opera, so I had to come see were the stories originate.

Elisabeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide Anna really helped me as I am disabled. She has a wealth of knowledge and made it very enjoyable as well as educational. Only problem was joining the group as there were so many people going in. Maybe a different meeting point would be helpful.

Betty W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

The Opera Garnier was my favorite place in Paris. Our tour guide was wonderful, so the tour was both full of beauty and entertaining. We were so fortunate in that the theater was open and the curtain up so that we could watch some construction going on. In August of 2016, there were no crowds. There are no lines to skip, even in the afternoon. There was one other tour group going through that we saw once. It was great.

tanaguchi

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This tour was very informative and our tour guide was knowledgeable and also kinda hilarious :

John K United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Interesting view of the Opera. Tanya, the guide was knowledgeable. Being able to get to the seating area was a tremendous Plus

Rachel

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Fun and informative tour and guide. Lovely to see and hear the stores of the Opera Garnier. We didn't plan to do this tour but thoroughly enjoyed it and were glad we did.

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

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