Opera Garnier - An Architectural Masterpiece Guided Tour

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What To Expect

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

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Paris
Departs From:
Paris
Meeting Point:
Opera Garnier Guided Tour Counter
Duration:
1 hour and 30 minutes
Availability:
daily except Saturday at 11:00 AM; 2:30 PM
Product Code:
9496
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Paper voucher printout not required for this activity. You may show e-voucher from your mobile device.
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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

  • English and French-speaking tour guides

  • Guided tour of the Opera Garnier's public areas (including the Rotunda, Grand Escalier, Grand Foyer)

  • Entry ticket to visit the monument

  • Broadcast system (please present the proof of ID as a guarantee)

Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks

Please Note

  • Children under the age of 6 are not allowed on this tour.

  • For artistic or technical reasons, access to the Auditorium may not be guaranteed. 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 right to a refund or the possibility to postpone the tour to another date.

  • This tour does not include backstage access to the Opera Garnier.

  • The ID card or passport will be required as guarantee for the broadcast system. One ID per voucher.

Discover as well an exclusive after hour tour, when the doors close and you can enjoy the mysteries of the Opera with your guide just click on the link below :

Opera Garnier - An Exclusive After Hours Tour

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 8 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 20% Cancellation Fee (80% reimbursement): between 4 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 3 days or less prior to date of activity.

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