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

    Duration: 90 minutes

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  • Opera Garnier After Hours Tour in English

    Exclusive after hours tour of the Opera Garnier in English.

    Duration: 90 minutes

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  • Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris - French

    Tour in 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:

• Guided tour of the Opera Garnier's public areas (including the Rotunda, Grand Escalier, Grand Foyer, Auditorium and lounges)
• Entry ticket
• Use of broadcast system on the Day Tour (please bring valid ID in order to be able to use the system)

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.

• Please bring an ID card or passport as guarantee in order to use the broadcast system on the Day tour. One ID card or passport per voucher required.

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  • Rating: 5 “Outstanding guide”

    Reviewed by anthony – langwarrin, Australia on May 19, 2015 Our guide was the highlight of the tour. The building is spectacular and the history was told in a very interesting way


  • Rating: 5 “Wow excellent tour”

    Reviewed by Robert – brampton, Canada on May 15, 2015 Great guide great booking and wonderful venue


  • Rating: 4 “Knowledgeable guide and interesting place.”

    Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer – France on May 13, 2015 This tour was pretty basic but the guide was good though the group was a bit too large for the experience. Certainly not his fault.


  • Rating: 5 “Superbly entertaining!”

    Reviewed by Mervyn – Edmonton, Canada on May 7, 2015 Our guide was excellent. Really knew her stuff. Made it fun and easy to understand. Highly recommend the tour.


  • Rating: 4 “The tour is excellent but the booking procedure was disappointing”

    Reviewed by Jose – United States on March 13, 2015 The tour itself was excellent. I did not mark the whole experience as excellent because of the poor information provided when one arrived at the Opera Garnier. It was never mentioned in the information you sent me via internet that one had to exchange the voucher for a ticket at the ticket office. I was left under the impression one had to wait at the ticket office and someone would come and take you in. I found another american tourist in the same predicament as I was. You should be more precise in your explanations as to how to proceed particularly when you are in a foreign country.


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  • “A most interesting and enlightening tour.”

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

    TrevorfromNorwich, United Kingdom

  • “Terrific tour guide”

    “Terrific tour guide”

    GeorgiannefromSt. Louis Park, United States

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