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Overview
The Opera Garnier in Paris is celebrated not just for its Beaux-Arts decor but as the setting for the 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, and the musical it inspired. This after-hours tour lets you admire its interior free from the daytime crowds. Tour the grand staircase, foyer, auditorium, and more as your guide brings them and the Gaston Leroux book alive with detail and stories of the performances held here.
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Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, FranceDeparture Point: Opera Garnier, central Paris Address: Opera Garnier, 75009 Paris Directions: The entrance for guided tours is located at the corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber, behind the statue of Charles Garnier. The meeting point is located in front of the Guided Tours counter inside the Opera Garnier. Please note: The Opera Garnier closes its doors for guided tours at 4:45pm so you must be there before this time. If you are late, you will not be able to take the tour Please note that from June 9th until August 31st and due to an escape game, the visit access will be from the left door and not from the main entrance.
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    Palais Garnier
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    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 2 000 people.
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Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, FranceDeparture Point: Opera Garnier, central Paris Address: Opera Garnier, 75009 Paris Directions: The entrance for guided tours is located at the corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber, behind the statue of Charles Garnier. The meeting point is located in front of the Guided Tours counter inside the Opera Garnier. Please note: The Opera Garnier closes its doors for guided tours at 4:45pm so you must be there before this time. If you are late, you will not be able to take the tour Please note that from June 9th until August 31st and due to an escape game, the visit access will be from the left door and not from the main entrance.
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Highlights
  • Avoid the daytime crowds on this after-hours Opera Garnier tour in Paris
  • Visit after the main crowds to admire the interior in a quieter setting
  • Learn the building's connection to Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera 
  • Entrance fees included for a great-value experience
What to Expect
Travel independently to the Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, and meet your guide. Admire the splendid baroque exterior and enter just before the building closes to the public for your guided tour. As you explore, learn how this late 19th-century beaux arts masterpiece was home to the Paris Opera and now serves primarily as host to the Paris Opera ballet. Marvel at the grand staircase with its extravagant candelabras and statues inspired by Greek mythological figures. Hear how the building inspired Gaston Leroux to pen The Phantom of the Opera in 1910, and marvel at the chandelier-hung, richly ornamented halls. Enter the 2,000-seat auditorium to view its ornate balconies and swirling murals as your guide recounts famous performances staged here. Your tour concludes in the foyer.
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Departure Point
Palais Garnier, Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Official guide of Opera Garnier
  • After Hours entrance
  • Entry/Admission - Palais Garnier
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Access to the backstage areas
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 12 years old
  • As this is a working theater, access to the auditorium is sometimes unavailable due to technical or artistic reasons. Therefore, access cannot be guaranteed for all tours.
  • For artistic or technical reasons, the tour itinerary may be modified on the day of the tour, if so instructed by the Opera Garnier
  • Please note: The Opera Garnier closes its doors for guided tours at 4:45pm, therefore you must arrive before this time. If you are late, you will not be able to take the tour.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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By: Cultival
CR0597
10
Tour
Wonderful experience, the guide was wonderful and you learn a lot about the opera. Would recommend it to everybody
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Lisa S
10
Opera Garnier
Spectacular, one place you need to go see. It will blow your mind. So much history and would of loved to see an
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Hussain
11
Excellent Tour With an Enthusiastic and Knowledgeable Guide
My wife and I went on the tour lead by Rita this past week and we were so happy with the way Rita was able to
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Glenn F
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10
Paris Opera House
The tour guide was great and supplied information that explained the history of the Paris Opera House.
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Yaffa J
60
Grand opera
The tour of the grand opera led by Rita De Cloe she was very informative she took her time to explain she made the
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JAB
Billings, Montana
40
Super! Very informative on the French arts, as well as history - ASK FOR RITA!
Rita was a WONDERFUL guide. She incorporated a lot of French (and British) history into the tour, and was able to
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Emma A
10
Amazing!
I would definitely recommend doing a guided tour. We were blown away by the architecture and interior of the Opera
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Jared L
2217
Skip this tour
My girlfriend and I took the tour of Garnier Palais and were very underwhelmed and frustrated by the tour (by
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Michimouse007
10
Great!
Although the tour started a bit late,the overall experience was great. The guide was very informative as well.
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RawSugar_Devil
30
Shannon
Go on the tour for access to some amazing photo opportunities such as the auditorium with beautifully ornate craft
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