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Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

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Sydney, Australia

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Overview

Enjoy an insider’s perspective on the iconic Sydney Opera House during a 1-hour walking tour. Learn about the performances, history, and architecture of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House as your expert guide takes you behind the scenes of the venue. Get photos ops from vantage points that are normally off-limits, and have the option to include a tasting Plate at Opera Kitchen or dine at the famous Opera Bar. Tours are offered throughout the day, making it easy to schedule into your sightseeing when your cruise ship docks in Sydney.
  • Must-do one-hour walking tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Take a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most famous performing arts centers
  • Enjoy an interactive audio-visual presentation
  • Choose your time – tours depart every half-hour from 9am to 5pm
  • Listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide
  • This popular shore excursion regularly sells out, so don’t miss it!
  • Enjoy a Picnic Style Tasting Plate at Opera Kitchen
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Departure Point

Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Traveler pickup is offered
Passenger pick up is not required as the Sydney Opera House is located within a short stroll from Circular Quay port.
Please meet your tour guide at the Welcome Centre Located on the Lower Ground Level of the Sydney Opera House - Please arrive approx 10 min prior to your scheduled departure time. The Sydney Opera House is located within a short 10 min walk from the Circular Quay port.

Ports

  • Circular Quay


Return Details

Returns to original departure point
The Sydney Opera House consists of a number of theaters that host more than 1,500 performances per year and attract millions of visitors. Widely considered one of the world’s premier performing arts venues, the Sydney Opera House is also an architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you stroll at a leisurely pace around the famous opera house complex, your guide shares the controversies that erupted during the construction process, which began in 1958. The venue opened formally in 1973, with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance.

Hear fascinating stories you explore one of the concert halls and access parts of the complex that are not regularly open to the public. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a rehearsal in progress or get the chance to walk onstage.

Book early to ensure a spot on this popular tour while your cruise ship is in port.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sydney Opera House
Your tour of the Sydney Opera House takes you behind the scenes of one of the world’s most iconic performance venues, where more than 1,500 concerts, plays, musicals and ballets are staged every year. Explore it with an insider guide, who shares stories and fun facts about the opera house’s history, performances and architecture throughout your 1-hour tour. Walk through the elegant foyers, visit one of the largest pillar-free chambers in the world, sit down in a custom-made white birch chair and look up at the vaulted ceiling. Check out areas that are off-limits to the general public, learn about the distinctive exterior design made up of ‘shell’ tiles, and hear about opera house’s Danish architect, including his inspiration and building challenges.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Traveler pickup is not offered as the port is within a short stroll to the Sydney Opera House
  • There are approximately 200 stairs on this tour - Low Impact. It is not recommended for those with limited mobility who are unable to manage stairs an access tour is available by contacting the supplier directly
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Guided tours depart at certain times Thursday - Monday
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Tours do not operate on Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day before 1:00pm
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Tour & Dine Option: Booking Time refers to tour time, please check in at the Welcome Centre 10 minutes prior to your tour. You will receive a ticket to redeem your main meal and beverage at Opera Kitchen after your tour.
  • Tour & Dine Option: Main meal + beverage can be redeemed anytime between 11am - close at Opera Kitchen on the day of your tour.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Sydney Opera House

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 sanitization during Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour.

Traveler Tips


  • "Must be good at walking up and down steps, as the SOH is full of them, with only 1 lift currently being built for handicap use." See review
  • "Just taking pics of the exterior is just not enough." See review

Reviews

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This tour was the highlight of my visit to Sydney
Janice_F
, Feb 2020
Very interesting! Seeing all the venues except Performance Hall which was under renovation was so fascinating. The attention to detail with both the structure design and interior design is mind blowing! Our guide, Jessie, was charming and so informative. The history about the architect Otzen and the political turmoil that short changed him was heartbreaking. This is a must do I’m Sydney. Just taking pics of the exterior is just not enough.
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Very good tour, excellent guide
clemenswannemacher
, Oct 2019
Chris was a wonderful guide and showed us around in this amazing building, giving us heaps of informations, answering a lot of questions and being very passionate about the sydney opera house. Thanks for the tour Chris!
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Sydney Opera House Discovery Tour
irmleh
, Oct 2019
An interesting tour with a very knowledgeable guide! I can only recommend it for your next visit to Sydney!
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Excellent tour, lasted about 75...
jeremypgerber
, Feb 2018
Excellent tour, lasted about 75 minutes. Must be good at walking up and down steps, as the SOH is full of them, with only 1 lift currently being built for handicap use.
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The tour was fantastic. It's just...
Lucinda W
, Dec 2017
The tour was fantastic. It's just that one should know to get there early as you have to get in the line to get the tickets. Some of the tours sell out so we went at noon to get the tickets and all english tours were sold out for the remainder of the day. Had to take the tour the next day. Wish I would have known in advance, I would have gone the day before to get the tickets.
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This was a well organized tour of an...
Ralph O
, Nov 2017
This was a well organized tour of an amazing structure with a very good guide.
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VIATOR DID NOT TELL US TO CALL THE...
pat
, Nov 2017
VIATOR DID NOT TELL US TO CALL THE OPERA HOUSE FOR SPECIFIC TIME. The voucher stated go to box office for exchange for ticket. DANNY AT BOX OFFICE WAS EXCELLANT, EXCELLANT, EXCELLANT!!!!! Thank you so much Danny for fitting us in. He felt so bad every time was filled till noon. We were there at 8am to get on the 9am tour. Do not book this tour unless Viator changes their instructions to call for a timed appointment. Call the opera house directly for tour. Be save not sorry.
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Do not be worried if you have...
lowduffy
, Feb 2017
Do not be worried if you have mobility issues. They have a handicap tour every noon that takes you to see all of the wonderful theaters utilizing backstage elevators. It also enables you to see many sections of the Opera House unavailable to the regular tours
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This tour is everything you would...
ajb1605
, Jan 2017
This tour is everything you would hope for, a remarkable building. The only minus was the day we did it we weren't allowed in the main auditorium, but that's the luck of the draw. Recommended
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If you are going to Sydney, don't...
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, Dec 2016
If you are going to Sydney, don't miss this tour. The Opera House is an impressive building inside and out! Our tour guide was very informative regarding all aspects of the history and current events of the Opera House. It was very interesting to go into several of the theaters and learn the flexibility of each one.
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