Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris

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Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris

Highlights:

Uncover an architectural masterpiece in the heart of Paris

Get a 90-minute guided tour of the public areas of Opera Garnier

Set eyes on the writhing snakes of the bronze Pythonisse sculpture

Climb up the double stairway of the Grand Escalier

Marvel at the splendid paintings and sculptures

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  • Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris

    Live guide: English

    Duration: 90 minutes

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  • Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris - French

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    Live guide: French

    Duration: 90 minutes

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Overview:

Discover Europe's largest opera house on an informative 90-minute tour of the Opera Garnier. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides from the Opera de Paris will uncover the secrets of this Baroque masterpiece, located in the heart of Paris.

Description:

Boasting an eclectic and ostentatious Baroque design, the Opera Garnier is one of the most extravagant representations of Second Empire architecture in France. Take this 90-minute guided tour of its public areas and you will discover flamboyant art works as you follow in the footsteps of fashionable 19th-century French society.

Inaugurated in 1875 and named after its exciting young architect, Charles Garnier, it is the largest opera house in Europe. Once you have met your guide at the museum entrance, you will be taken to the “Rotonde des Abonnes” (Members’ Rotunda), once used as the formal welcome area for opera guests. Garnier’s unique signature will be pointed out among the magnificent arabesques, before you move on to explore the building's galaxy of riches.

You will set eyes on the writhing snakes of the bronze “Pythonisse” sculpture, before climbing the double stairway of the “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase). Imagine the swish of crinolines as you admire the breathtaking décor and stroll through vast foyers, filled with sparkling mosaics, colorful marble columns and gold-leaf flourishes. Everywhere you look will be a feast for the eyes.

Throughout the tour, expert and enthusiastic guides from the Opera de Paris point out the splendid paintings and sculptures that help to make the Opera Garnier one of the most rewarding museums in Paris, as well as one of its most impressive working theaters.

What's Included:

• English-speaking, guided tour of the Opera Garnier's public areas (including the Rotunda, Grand Escalier, Grand Foyer, Auditorium and lounges)
• Entry ticket

Good to Know:

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

• The tour is not available to children below 5 years of age.

• For artistic or technical reasons, the tour itinerary can be modified on the day of the tour itself, if so instructed by the Opera Garnier, without this giving rise to a refund.

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  • Rating: 5 “just beautiful”

    Reviewed by Claudio from san felice del benaco, Italy on November 21, 2014 the opera garnier is just a beutiful theater. Every spot is amazing an interesting. I am so glad that finally I haven't forget to visit it.


  • Rating: 5 “Fascinating!”

    Reviewed by Janice from Salem, United States on October 12, 2014 We thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Opera Garnier in Paris! Our guide was a fantastic source of information. It was one of the best activities we did during our week in Paris!


  • Rating: 5 “What an excellent way to this beautiful building!”

    Reviewed by Larry from Seattle, United States on October 8, 2014 Our tour guide was very theatrical and enjoyed teaching us about the building, it's history and the history of operas hels ther. This was a very memorable afternoon.


  • Rating: 3 “At least we got to see it.”

    Reviewed by Theresa from Falmouth, United States on October 3, 2014 It was so hot in the opera house the day we visited that we could barely concentrate on the tour. And it did take extreme concentration to understand the heavily-accented English in which our tour guide spoke. Her frantic pace (of both speech and movement) made it even more difficult to follow. Perhaps dividing the visitors into smaller groups might help. Also, while we were extremely happy to see the lobby and the auditorium, we were sorry that we did not get any "behind the scenes" view of the process of putting an opera together---costume shop, dressing rooms, fly space. I would indeed recommend the tour to friends, but with caveats: Prepare to be bedazzled, I'd tell them, but don't really expect to learn much.


  • Rating: 5 “Best thing we did all week”

    Reviewed by Karen from Leicester, United Kingdom on September 12, 2014 The guide brought it to life -did other tours but did not match this


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  • “A most interesting and enlightening tour.”

    “A magnificent building - I only regret not seeing an opera there”

    Trevor from Norwich, United Kingdom

  • “Terrific tour guide”

    “Terrific tour guide”

    Georgianne from St. Louis Park, United States

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