Opera Garnier - An Architectural Masterpiece Guided Tour

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Be amazed by the Palais Garnier' rich architecture and its abundant decor! Take this 90-minute guided by an official Opera de Paris Guides through its public areas and discover flamboyant art works as you follow in the footsteps of fashionable 19th-century French society.

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

Description

In 1860, a contest was launched for the construction of a new opera house in Paris. It was young architect Charles Garnier's project which was unanimously adopted for its exuberant mix of ostentatious and eclectic baroque architecture. Today, the Palais Garnier undoubtedly embodies the architecture that best represents the art of the Second Empire, and stands as a symbol of the luxury and pleasures of the French capital. 73 sculptors and 14 painters worked on it until its inauguration on 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 visit will begin with the "Rotonde des Abonnes" (Member's Rotunda) which was formerly used to welcome the audience, where you will be able to discover amongst the arabesques, the unique signature of the architect. The disconcerting Pythonisse will greet you before you take the majestic "Grand Escalier" (Main Staircase), bringing you to the auditorium, the lounges and the foyers. The abundant decor, the splendor of the various foyers and the variety of materials used will take your breath away. The numerous paintings and sculptures allow the Opera Garnier to be not only a theater but also a museum at the same time.

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 theatres.

Itinerary

  • Member's Rotunda

  • Pythie's Basin

  • Grande escalier (Main Staircase)

  • The Avant Foyer

  • The Grand Foyer

  • Auditorium

Includes

  • Admission fee

  • English audio guide
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Opera Garnier - An Architectural Masterpiece Guided Tour

Duration: 2:30 hour(s)
Available: Daily
Pick-up: Not available
Inclusions: Admission fee / English audio guide

Building is a must see for anyone who enjoyes art and architecture
Our guide was amazing and relayed the history of the building in a way that really connects you with the period and historical events

Robert

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Schedule

Starting time: 10:30 - 16:00 (Show more)
  • 09:50

    Check-in at the Palais Garnier Guided Tour Counter

  • 10:30

    Step Inside the Regal Opera House (1.5 hrs)

    Roam the halls of the 1,979-seat opera house and admire the opulent, Baroque style interior. Some of the must-see parts of the Palais Garnier are the Grand Foyer and the auditorium itself. The structure is an architectural wonder that honors the prime of France's Second Empire.

  • 12:00

    Check-out

  • 10:20

    Check-in at the Palais Garnier Guided Tour Counter

  • 11:00

    Step Inside the Regal Opera House (1.5 hrs)

    Roam the halls of the 1,979-seat opera house and admire the opulent, Baroque style interior. Some of the must-see parts of the Palais Garnier are the Grand Foyer and the auditorium itself. The structure is an architectural wonder that honors the prime of France's Second Empire.

  • 12:30

    Check-out

  • 10:50

    Check-in at the Palais Garnier Guided Tour Counter

  • 11:30

    Step Inside the Regal Opera House (1.5 hrs)

    Roam the halls of the 1,979-seat opera house and admire the opulent, Baroque style interior. Some of the must-see parts of the Palais Garnier are the Grand Foyer and the auditorium itself. The structure is an architectural wonder that honors the prime of France's Second Empire.

  • 13:00

    Check-out

  • 13:50

    Check-in at the Palais Garnier Guided Tour Counter

  • 14:30

    Step Inside the Regal Opera House (1.5 hrs)

    Roam the halls of the 1,979-seat opera house and admire the opulent, Baroque style interior. Some of the must-see parts of the Palais Garnier are the Grand Foyer and the auditorium itself. The structure is an architectural wonder that honors the prime of France's Second Empire.

  • 16:00

    Check-out

  • 14:20

    Check-in at the Palais Garnier Guided Tour Counter

  • 15:00

    Step Inside the Regal Opera House (1.5 hrs)

    Roam the halls of the 1,979-seat opera house and admire the opulent, Baroque style interior. Some of the must-see parts of the Palais Garnier are the Grand Foyer and the auditorium itself. The structure is an architectural wonder that honors the prime of France's Second Empire.

  • 16:30

    Check-out

  • 14:50

    Check-in at the Palais Garnier Guided Tour Counter

  • 15:30

    Step Inside the Regal Opera House (1.5 hrs)

    Roam the halls of the 1,979-seat opera house and admire the opulent, Baroque style interior. Some of the must-see parts of the Palais Garnier are the Grand Foyer and the auditorium itself. The structure is an architectural wonder that honors the prime of France's Second Empire.

  • 17:00

    Check-out

  • 15:20

    Check-in at the Palais Garnier Guided Tour Counter

  • 16:00

    Step Inside the Regal Opera House (1.5 hrs)

    Roam the halls of the 1,979-seat opera house and admire the opulent, Baroque style interior. Some of the must-see parts of the Palais Garnier are the Grand Foyer and the auditorium itself. The structure is an architectural wonder that honors the prime of France's Second Empire.

  • 17:30

    Check-out

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 09:50:00

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 12:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 09:50:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 12:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 10:20:00

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 12:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 10:20:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 12:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 10:50:00

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 13:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 10:50:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 13:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 13:50:00

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 16:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 13:50:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 16:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 14:20:00

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 16:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 14:20:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 16:30:00

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 14:50:00

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 17:00:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 14:50:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 17:00:00

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 15:20:00

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 17:30:00

Check-in Time & Location

  • (For Check-In) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 15:20:00

Check-out Time & Location

  • (For Check-Out) Opera Garnier - Guided Tours counter (rue Scribe and rue Auber 75009 Paris) Time: 17:30:00

Price & Options

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Notes

Restriction(s)
  • This activity is wheelchair accessible.

  • Children 5 years old and above can participate in this activity.

Required Items to Bring & Attire
  • Printed VELTRA voucher

  • A valid government-issued photo ID

Additional Note(s)
  • As a working theater, access to the Auditorium and other parts of the opera is sometimes unavailable due to technical or artistic reasons. No refunds can be provided in that case.

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Reviews

Building is a must see for anyone who enjoyes art and architecture
Our guide was amazing and relayed the history of the bu...
ilding in a way that really connects you with the period and historical events more

Robert

We had seen many pictures, on line of the Palais Garnier, so our expectations were high. What we saw on the tour far exceeded our... expectations. The splendor of the Palais begs the question, Who were these people who conceived of and actually created this magnificent structure? The tour guide was a font of information that breathed life into each new room we entered. It was an experience that will not soon be forgotten. more

Alan

Great tour. Docent very knowledgeable. Spectacular building inside and out.

Ruth

Excellent product! Great drivers and good deals. I only use this company when booking trips.

Anna

Our guide was excellent - knowledgeable, engaging and humorous.

Elizabeth

Just fabulous! Breathtaking! Must have a tour guide so that it can all be explained properly. The guide I had made it all come to... life for me. Next time I must make a point of watching a performance! Thank you for having this tour available for the public. Go on line to see photos but no comparison to see everything in person. more

Anna

Easy to find tour information. Ordering process went smoothly.

Margaret

Wonderful tour and guide. Learned much about the Opera Garnier. Our guide was fantastic -- very informative and personable

Karen

I first wanted to visit the Opera by myself with an audioguide but this would have been a huge mistake! Our guide had a great sens...e of humour and was so informative, giving us plenty of details and anecdotes about the construction of the Opera, its history, the people, the incredible paintings and architecture and so much more! After the guided tour, which lasted for 1 hour and a half, you can stay as long as you want in the Opera to go back to the rooms visited and take more pictures.
I highly recommend to pay a few more Euros for a guided tour.
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CityDiscovery

The tour guide, AneSophia, made it so interesting. I especially loved hearing the real story of the Phantom and the myth of the P...hantom. She explained in detail the architectural features of the King and the Queen's boxes too. All in all, a great tour. more

CityDiscovery

Fantastic tour; easy to book & to understand where to be and when. On this tour I fell so deeply in love with the opera house ...that i purchased four tickets to the ballet at the operahouse for that night! Felt fortunate that the tickets were available, and that i'd been on the tour, which ingited my interest! more

Sheppard

Our guide was wonderful: knowledgeable and funny. Maybe the best tour
I've attended.

Laurie

I was travelling with my 34 years old daughter and she was not sure that she will be interested. Aftyer the tour she told me that ...this was the best visit of Paris! more

Louise

Great guide!

CityDiscovery

The tour heightened my appreciation for the Opera house, especially that I am already a fan of "The Phantom of the Opera"...;. Our guide, Marion, was very knowledgable about the whole opera house and I appreciate that she actually had a tablet supplement for additional pictures. The Opera house is well preserved and it is amazing how it is still functioning up to this date. Would definitely recommend getting the tour! more

Gillie

Highly recomended tour and company

Rafael

Brilliant tour and guide. Enjoyed it just as much the second time!

Alison

Good tour of this fabulous Icon. Saw the ornate foyer, the theatre with Marc Chagal painted dome and the fantastic hall to rival t...he Hall of Mirrors in Versailles. The tour guide explained the importance of the theatre, a place to see and be seen. more

Peter

Ticket collection was a shambles.
There should be 2 desks. One for pre-booked, and one for buying on the day.
Otherw...
ise a very good and interesting tour. more

Lawrence

Mn et Md
?
?We are very satisfied with the Opera Garnier historical cites by your help.
Only one to inform you i...
s that we reserved the tour guide vourcher
but we must have a line at the entrance reception as the people without voucher.
So we must wait for getting the ticket for a longer time as those peoples.
That is the problem of the Opera, not you, I believe.
Separate the line between peoples with voucher and without voucher.
Please propose to the Opera , I hope.

Thank you in advance

OKAZAKI Hideki (Japan)
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