Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris
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.
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
Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris
Live guide: English
Duration: 90 minutes
Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris - French
Tour in French
Live guide: French
Duration: 90 minutes
Opera Garnier Tour with Expert Guides in Paris: Spanish
Tour in Spanish
Live guide: Spanish
Duration: 90 minutes
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.
• 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, but if unavailable a ticket for an unguided tour will be offered by the Opera Garnier as compensation. This is valid for 1-year.
• 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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“Great service and wonderful tour of the opera with a fun guide.”
Reviewed by Rita from North Shields, United Kingdom on February 22nd, 2014 Easy to book tickets online and no queuing. Third time we've done a tour of Opera Garnier and this was the best. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and had a sense of humour, as well as impeccable English. It is a beautiful building - fascinating history - and learning about those who were responsible for its construction; the social mores and politics of the time, brought it alive. Highly recommend this as a 'different' tourist experience.
“Incredible building with wonderful, informative guide.”
Reviewed by Joanne from Goring, Reading, United Kingdom on January 21st, 2014 The Opera Garnier is the most stunning building, a feat of engineering and design. Our guide was friendly extremely knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. She was willing to answer any questions. The building is jaw droppingly beautiful.
Reviewed by Barbara from King City, Canada on December 20th, 2013 Our guide was very informative and spoke English well.
A rehearsal was underway and therefore could not see the inside of the actual theatre.
“Gorgeous building and enjoyable tour guide.”
Reviewed by Karin from Carp, Canada on December 6th, 2013 Such a beautiful and interesting building. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and amusing. It wasn't rushed and we could step out on the balcony and wave to people on the streets of Paris!
“A must see!”
Reviewed by Georg from Bougival, France on November 25th, 2013 Very interesting tour through the building of the Opera. Our guide was very engaged, smart and nice. 1,5 went by in a rush.
“Nice tour but a little bit basic”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Hedel, Netherlands on October 30th, 2013 Certainly a nice tour through a beautiful building. The guide spoke good English and there was room for questions. It would be nice, however, to see more spaces/rooms of the Opera building, e.g.: backstage, cellars, storages, Emperor's entrance: more of the backside thingies. So: I reckon it's a good tour to have a first acquintance with the building and its history, but if you are more of an architecture-insider and already basically familiar with the building, I wouldn't recommend it.
“Great guided tour with iinteresting history about Garnier”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Baierbrunn, Germany on October 22nd, 2013 Great guided tour with iinteresting history about Garnier
“The tour was the perfect length of time.”
Reviewed by Anabel from Downey, United States on October 21st, 2013 The tour guide seemed to know everything there is to know about the opera house and was well articulated. The tour was absolutely splendid and again, it was the perfect length of time. I would highly recommend this tour to any of my friends and family who are interested in learning about Parisian architecture or are interested in The Phantom of the Opera. Smashing job!
“Interesting tour of the oppulent opera house”
Reviewed by Albert from Black Diamond, United States on October 14th, 2013 We liked our guide, she was very expressive and we enjoyed hearing the history and tradition of the opera house as well as seeing the beautiful rooms.
Reviewed by Hendrika from Bedburg-Hau, Germany on August 7th, 2013 The tour was very nice. The guide was funny!
“A wonderful experience”
Reviewed by Jacqueline from Queanbeyan, Australia on July 25th, 2013 The tour guide (a man) was extremely interesting and had a great knowledge of the history of the city of Paris as related to the Opera. He kept us all enthralled and guided us to notice things we would never have noticed if by ourselves. Highly recommended!! The booking process was simple and on arrival everything went smoothly.
“Definitely worth a visit.”
Reviewed by William from Yonkers, United States on June 1st, 2013 Our guide was friendly and enthusiastic.
“A very amusing tour of an imposing opera house.”
Reviewed by Julian from Graz, Austria on May 12th, 2013 Definitely make this part of your visit to Paris!
Reviewed by Stela from Klosterneuburg, Austria on March 20th, 2013 Everything went very well. The only thing was that we had to look for the entrance. It was very poorly described.
“Was very very good. I would have liked to have been able to go backstage.”
Reviewed by Gabriele from Leverkusen, Germany on January 8th, 2013 Hello, it was very, very good. Informative, and she did a good job answering questions. 30 years ago I had also visited the opera, and we had gotten to go backstage. Where the dancers warm up, the musicians practice and so on.
“Tour guide fantastic.”
Reviewed by Stephen on December 31st, 2012 Tour was informative and guide answered every question. Kept tour interesting.
Reviewed by SUSANA from SWINDON, United Kingdom on December 29th, 2012 good guide tour and guide
“Opera Tour - highlight of our Paris trip”
Reviewed by Kevin from Montrose, United Kingdom on December 19th, 2012 My wife and I took the guided tour of the Garnier Opera House on Sunday 16th December. What an amazing building! I had heard a few friends comment that the outside of the Opera House is stunning but the facade is nothing compared to the inside of this buiding. I was more like visiting a a royal palace than a theatre. Our guide was very good although his English could have been better as he misheard a number of questions from the group. The only other negative was the fact that our group was 30 strong and the tour would have been better with a smaller group. However, as there were at least 8 groups touring that morning you have to strike a balance. The magnificence of the architecture and decoration, the grandeour of the aditorium and the interesting history of the building and the Phantom story made this a truly memorable tour. At the end of our three day stay my wife said it was the highlight of the weekend: for a weekend in Paris I think that says it all.
“Beautiful location but average tour.”
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Redwood City, United States on December 2nd, 2012 We booked the Opera Garnier tour in Paris. Our guide was 20 minutes late and then eventually we found out that he never showed up. A guide that worked in the Opera house ended up giving us the tour. He was sweet but his English wasn't great and he focused more on the details of the art than giving us an overview of the opera house. The other group who's guide did show up did seem to have a good time but I felt that this tour was disorganized and way too long. I wouldn't go again.
“Marvelous guide, marvelous tour, perfect!”
Reviewed by Elizabeth from Paris, France on November 12th, 2012 Our guide, Karen, was Ist Class, tremendous knowledge with lighthearted side stories thrown in. Filming in the building limited access to some venues for some groups, thankfully not for ours. Excellent guide!
“excellemt guide and a tour not to be missed”
Reviewed by James from Lisburn, United Kingdom on November 2nd, 2012 We really enjoyed the tour, including our teenage daughter. The guide couldn\'t have been more friendly and informed, he was a perfect host. Being free to wonder at will was an unexpected but added bonus. Not to be missed , in fact I may repeat the tour.
Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer from Forst, Germany on November 1st, 2012 Very interesting tour, good historical background, the laymen opened up the unique history and art of this opera house, this tour is an experience and recommended!
Organisational plus point: you could stay in the opera house as long as you want after the tour and see/photo everything again. That way you get to check out the stage, which wasn't possible during the tour itself.
“Well organised and informative!”
Reviewed by Andrea from München, Germany on November 1st, 2012 Interesting guide.
“La Maison du fantome -Opera Garnier”
Reviewed by Susan from Toronto, Canada on October 31st, 2012 As my husband is an opera singer, visiting Opera Garnier was a must. After researching several tours. I decided on Get You Guide.com to book the tour. Upon arrival we were excited about the tour (especially as The Phantom of the Opera" was based here). The opera house is beautiful and it was such an interesting and informative tour. We even got to see the Phantom's" box(although not allowed to enter it). Our guide had such a sense of humour and was so expressive he made every bit of information so interesting. This was certainly one of the best tours we've had thanks to a beautiful location and an excellent guide.
“Well organized and informative”
Reviewed by Marlene from Toronto, Canada on October 26th, 2012 Worth to visit the Opera, still debating if not more then visiting Versailles
“A phenomenal building and brilliant experience”
Reviewed by Julian from Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom on October 24th, 2012 The Opera Garnier is a fabulous building, the level of detail and decoration is incredible. A guided tour is necessary to enable you to fully appreciate just how great are Garnier's achivements. This is an excellent tour.
“Great tour- wonderful guide- entire staff ruthlessly efficient! Thank”
Reviewed by Christine from Port Jefferson station, United States on October 12th, 2012 14th trip tp Paris- always wanted to go to the Opera- glad I went
“we had a great tour guide who made it so interesting and entertaining.”
Reviewed by Lesley from Pinegowrie, South Africa on October 10th, 2012 We had a great tour guide who made the tour so interesting and entertaining. The Opera House is well worth a visit, and the tour is not overfilled with forgettable facts. I just wish we had been able to watch a ballet rehearsal as you do at the London Royal Ballet tour!
“The tour was very interesting and our guide was excelent”
Reviewed by Giora from Rishon Lezion, Israel on October 5th, 2012 Our guide was very knowledgable about the opera building history. We liked her sense of humor and the way she guided our tour in the opera.
Reviewed by Mary from Boston, France on October 2nd, 2012 Our guide shared many stories about the Garnier Opera House from literature of the 1870's and the sponsorship of the dancers by local successful men but nothing about the architect or the building's structure until asked. Still, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
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