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Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris

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icon1 hour 20 minutes  (Approx.)
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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Overview

Take an incredible 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.
  • Guided walking tour of the Opera Garnier in Paris
  • See where some of the world’s most famous operas, like La Traviata, have taken place
  • 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
Guided tour with an official tour guide from the Opera Garnier
Audio equipment for listening to the guide on the day tour
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Gratuities
Access to the backstage areas

Departure Point

Palais Garnier, Opéra Garnier, 8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your knowledgeable guide inside the Opera Garnier for this 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palais Garnier
In 1860, a contest was launched for the construction of a new opera house in Paris. It was young architect Charles Garnier's project that was unanimously adopted for its exuberant mix of ostentatious and eclectic baroque architecture. 73 sculptors and 14 painters worked on it until its inauguration in January 1875. Measuring 172m in length and 124m in breadth, the Opera Garnier is the largest opera house in Europe, with the capacity to welcome more than 2000 people.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Tour is not suitable for children under 5 years old
  • Access to the auditorium of the Opera Garnier is not guaranteed as it may be closed for technical or artistic reasons
  • On the day tour the guide will talk into a microphone and you will be able to hear clearly using a broadcast system provided by the Opera Garnier. One ID card or passport will be required as a guarantee for the audio equipment.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cultival

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Treasures of the Opera Garnier Tour in Paris.

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Traveler Tips


  • "The line is VERY long, and you should arrive VERY early." See review
  • "For fans of ballet, opera, or musical theatre, the guided tour is not to be missed." See review
  • "The Opera House is beautiful, and it is worth seeing behind the scenes." See review

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Happy traveler !
Jennifer_D
, Mar 2020
Our guide was very knowledgeable. The opera looks beautiful and breathtaking! I’m glad we took this tour.
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Disappointed
blstruminger
, Feb 2020
Looked pretty from the outside. Didn’t attend because wrong day was booked and unable to get refund.
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Rough start- great tour!
mgreen28
, Feb 2020
The pick up location for the required paper tickets was really a disaster. The wrong address was listed on my purchase receipt and caused unnecessary stress. I finally just went into the Opera House to ask what to do - and that's where I actually needed to go. Why not just provide digital tickets and send us to the Opera House?The tour actually was GREAT!! What a magnificent, beautiful building. I took my two grandchildren, age 7 and 11. We studied the activity guide provided online before going, and the kids were prepared for the visit. Tatiana clearly engaged with them and made it special. We were able to hang around after the tour ended and watch workers set the stage for the next production. The kids were enthralled! We all loved the tour experience.
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Very Informative Tour of the Opera Garnier
Miami C
, Dec 2019
Guide was well-versed, shared great info. Was also accommodating of questions. Tour was overall great!
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Less than ideal
teachingto
, Dec 2019
The instructions that we received for the departure point were seriously less than helpful.njmber 8 does not appear on the opera building until near the back. You really need to go to the entrance down and to the left of the main front entrance. The whisper machines were terrible. It had a lot of static and picked up someone speaking french frequently blocking out the English information. Less than impressive.
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Mesmerizing
H6885UOmonikah
, Dec 2019
This place is beautiful better than Versailles. The art decor and architecture are well preserve. this is a must visit place
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Fun Tour
James H
, Nov 2019
This tour was fun, informative and helped us to more greatly appreciate our visit to the Opera. The English-speaking guide did a great job.
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Opera House Tour
O4212BMheleng
, Nov 2019
Beautiful place to visit. We bought our tickets in advance through Viator and had an English-speaking tour guide. Would highly recommend this tour to those planning a visit.
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Opera Garnier
Leafy S
, Nov 2019
Most beautiful building in Paris. Would have liked to hear more about the conductors, singers and orchestras. Focus was on audience and their fashions.
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Palais Garnier Guided Tour
Odyssey735804
, Nov 2019
The Garnier Opera house is certainly worth visiting. We had an excellent guide. She was very knowledgeable and her English was quite good. The Chagall-painted ceiling is worth the price of admission. I highly recommend this tour.

Product code: 5717OPERAGARNIER

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