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Paris L’Opera Garnier Tour

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Key Highlights

  • Marvel at the extravagance of the baroque interiors
  • Discover the secret of where to find architect′s signature
  • Hear stories and anecdotes about this extraordinary building
  • Expert English-speaking guide to accompany you
  • Upgrade your tour and avoid day time crowd. Visit the theatre at night for an intimate experience!
  • The exuberant L’Opéra Garnier is one of the architectural masterpieces of its time
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?

    L’Opéra Garnier Day Tour:
    01 Sep 15 - 16 Oct 15:Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday
    17 Oct 15 - 01 Nov 15: Daily
    02 Nov 15 - 18 Dec 15: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday
    19 Dec 15 - 31 Aug 16: Daily
    For more operational detail, please Download the Calendar for 2015-16

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    L’Opéra Garnier Evening Tour: Saturdays


    1.5 hour

    Start time

    L’Opéra Garnier Day Tour:
    04 Jan 16 - 31 Aug 16: 10:30am, 11:30am, 2:30pm & 3:00pm
    01 Sep 16 - 31 Aug 17: 11:00am, 2:30pm & 3:00pm

    Meeting Point

    Meet the guide at the entrance of the Guided Tours, inside the Opéra Garnier, in front of rue Scribe, behind the statue of Charles Garnier.
    L’Opera Garnier is in the 9th arrondissement of Paris and is served by the metro station ‘Opera’ and bus nos 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 53, 66, 68, 81, 95

    Ending Point

    The tour ends at Opera Garnier

  • Overview & Itinerary


    No building better expresses the wealth and luxury of the Second French Empire in the 19th century than the palatial L’Opera Garnier.

    Take a guided tour of this magnificent building and prepare to be blown away by the sheer opulence of the interiors. Everywhere you look the surfaces are rich with velvet, embellished with gold leaf, or adorned with statues.

    Highlights include the Grand Escalier (Main Staircase), the great chandelier in the auditorium, and the painted ceiling by Marc Chagall.

    The marvellous collection of fine paintings and sculptures displayed throughout the building means the Opera Garnier is not only a theater but also a museum.

    To ensure that you don’t miss a thing, you will also be given personalized broadcast systems that will give you useful information about Opera Garnier.

    Don’t miss this superb visual legacy from a past golden age!

    You can also visit the Opera Garnier in the evening, after the closing hours. This gives you an advantage over the day tours as it avoids the hectic days and takes you there in the evening and enjoy a more personalized experience. Loose yourself in its silent corridors, be amazed by its rich architecture and the abundant decor.


    Discover the sumptuous interior of one of the finest buildings in Paris on the L’Opera Garnier Tour.

    The story of L’Opera Garnier:
    In 1860, a contest was launched for the construction of a new opera house in Paris. Winner of the competition was the 35-year-old architect Charles Garnier. His design was unanimously chosen by the judges for its exuberant mix of ostentatious and eclectic baroque architecture.

    Today, L’Opera Garnier (also known as the Palais Garnier) undoubtedly embodies the flamboyant taste and style of the Second Empire. 73 sculptors and 14 painters worked on the building 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.

    Your Tour:
    The interior of the building consists of interweaving corridors, stairwells, alcoves and landings allowing people to move around and socialize during intermissions. Your visit begins with the ‘Rotonde des Abonnes (Members’ Rotunda) which was formerly used to welcome the audience. Everywhere you look you will see elaborate Baroque-style decoration such as velvet, gold leaf, cherubim and nymphs.

    Among the arabesques in the Rotunda you will be able to find the actual signature of the architect: Charles Garnier.

    The Pythonisse, a fine but slightly disconcerting bronze of a woman and writhing snakes, will greet you before you take the majestic ‘Grand Escalier’ (Main Staircase), bringing you to the auditorium, the lounges and the foyers.

    The ceiling of the auditorium was re-decorated, somewhat controversially, in 1964 with a painting by Marc Chagall. The magnificent central chandelier weighs over six tons, and the huge stage can accommodate up to 450 artists. Marvel at the amazing ‘trompe de l’oeil’ curtain which looks like sumptuous drapery but is really a flat curtain with painted folds.

    The extravagant decor, the splendor of the various foyers and the variety of materials used will take your breath away.

    The tour lasts 90 minutes and ends at L’Opera Garnier. You will need to make your own arrangements for getting to your next destination.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions


    • Entrance fee to L’Opera Garnier
    • English-speaking guide
    • Broadcast system (please present the proof of ID as a guarantee)


    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
  • Please note & Additional info

    Please note

    As a working theater, access to the Auditorium is sometimes unavailable due to technical or artistic reasons. Access cannot therefore be guaranteed for all tours.

    The tour itinerary may be modified on the day of the tour itself if so directed by the monument for technical or security reasons (in this case the Eiffel Tower).

    Please report at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the scheduled tour departure time at the guided tours counter in order to retrieve your ticket (20 minutes prior in summer).

    You have to present an ID card or passport as guarantee for the broadcast system.

    Children below the age of 5 are not allowed for the tour.

    Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have
  • Reviews
    • Very informative

      We joined this tour before we went to the airport. They kept our suitcases at the entrance which was good. Our guide was very informative and speak English very well. Overall we...

      Hannah Igarashi
    • Very informative guide

      We joined this tour with my wife just before we left Paris. They kept our luggage for us. Our guide is very informative with good English. Overall it was good experience. Small...

      Jun Igarashi
    • Great tour, great guide

      Great tour, great guide. Lots of fun information tidbits delivered with a nice dose of humor. Gorgeous, over-the-top building. I'm glad I chose the guided tour rather than...

      Bridgette Duvall
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