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Overview
The Opera Garnier in Paris is celebrated not just for its Beaux-Arts decor but as the setting for the 1910 novel The Phantom of the Opera, and the musical it inspired. This after-hours tour lets you admire its interior free from the daytime crowds. Tour the grand staircase, foyer, auditorium, and more as your guide brings them and the Gaston Leroux book alive with detail and stories of the performances held here.
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You'll start at
Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, FranceDeparture Point: Opera Garnier, central Paris Address: Opera Garnier, 75009 Paris Directions: The entrance for guided tours is located at the corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber, behind the statue of Charles Garnier. The meeting point is located in front of the Guided Tours counter inside the Opera Garnier. Please note: The Opera Garnier closes its doors for guided tours at 4:45pm so you must be there before this time. If you are late, you will not be able to take the tour Please note that from June 9th until August 31st and due to an escape game, the visit access will be from the left door and not from the main entrance.
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    Palais Garnier
    Stop: 90 minutes - Admission included
    In 1860, a contest was launched for the construction of a new opera house in Paris. It was young architect Charles Garnier's project that was unanimously adopted for its exuberant mix of ostentatious and eclectic baroque architecture. 73 sculptors and 14 painters worked on it until its inauguration in 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 2 000 people.
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Palais Garnier
Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, FranceDeparture Point: Opera Garnier, central Paris Address: Opera Garnier, 75009 Paris Directions: The entrance for guided tours is located at the corner of Rue Scribe and Rue Auber, behind the statue of Charles Garnier. The meeting point is located in front of the Guided Tours counter inside the Opera Garnier. Please note: The Opera Garnier closes its doors for guided tours at 4:45pm so you must be there before this time. If you are late, you will not be able to take the tour Please note that from June 9th until August 31st and due to an escape game, the visit access will be from the left door and not from the main entrance.
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Highlights
  • Avoid the daytime crowds on this after-hours Opera Garnier tour in Paris
  • Visit after the main crowds to admire the interior in a quieter setting
  • Learn the building's connection to Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera 
  • Entrance fees included for a great-value experience
What to Expect
Travel independently to the Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, and meet your guide. Admire the splendid baroque exterior and enter just before the building closes to the public for your guided tour. As you explore, learn how this late 19th-century beaux arts masterpiece was home to the Paris Opera and now serves primarily as host to the Paris Opera ballet. Marvel at the grand staircase with its extravagant candelabras and statues inspired by Greek mythological figures. Hear how the building inspired Gaston Leroux to pen The Phantom of the Opera in 1910, and marvel at the chandelier-hung, richly ornamented halls. Enter the 2,000-seat auditorium to view its ornate balconies and swirling murals as your guide recounts famous performances staged here. Your tour concludes in the foyer.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Palais Garnier, Place de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France
Duration
1h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Official guide of Opera Garnier
  • After Hours entrance
  • Entry/Admission - Palais Garnier
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Access to the backstage areas
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • This tour is not suitable for children under 12 years old
  • As this is a working theater, access to the auditorium is sometimes unavailable due to technical or artistic reasons. Therefore, access cannot be guaranteed for all tours.
  • For artistic or technical reasons, the tour itinerary may be modified on the day of the tour, if so instructed by the Opera Garnier
  • Please note: The Opera Garnier closes its doors for guided tours at 4:45pm, therefore you must arrive before this time. If you are late, you will not be able to take the tour.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Lamaload wrote a review Mar 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom29 contributions15 helpful votes
This is the most amazing tour. What an experience. Rita our tour guide was excellent and very amusing.Go.... it’s a no brainier
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Cultival, Responsable relations clients at After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris
Responded 4 weeks ago
Dear customer, We are glad you enjoyed the visit. We are waiting for you for a new Cultival experience. Best regards, All the team
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975rebecca wrote a review Sep 2019
Cleveland, Ohio20 contributions11 helpful votes
On the plus side, the opera house is a beautiful building and definitely worth seeing. Many of the rooms are absolutely breathtaking. Unfortunately, the tour was not great. Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable, but we could only hear half of what he said. Please consider
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Response from Cultival, Responsable relations clients at After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris
Responded 17 Sep 2019
Dear visitor, We are truly sorry that you didn’t enjoy your tour. You are disappointed because the theater wasn’t open. The thing is that this information is written all over our documents and website. The Opéra is a really busy place, with a lot of workers, shows and artists. These persons will always be the priority at the Opéra. We really hope that your next guided tour with Cultival will be perfect for you. With kind regards, Cultival team.
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Gary G wrote a review Sep 2019
Upstate, NY23 contributions4 helpful votes
The Opera Garnier is beautiful, but the logisitics are confusing. The after-hours tour allows you to avoid the crowds, but it starts after the guards lock the doors, so you need to arrive early and wait inside for Cultival to get around to checking you in. We got to sit in the
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Response from Cultival, Responsable relations clients at After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris
Responded 7 Sep 2019
Dear visitor, We are sorry for the organization but there is always a bit of people and so waiting when you visit such a prestigious opera. We can accommodate up to 30 people maximum in our groups. The shop at 18:30 is actually closed. We hope your next visit will be more enjoyable. Have a nice day Regards Cultival Team
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deborahehall wrote a review May 2019
Baton Rouge, Louisiana9 contributions2 helpful votes
VERY difficult to hear or understand the guide. Way too much focus on Phantom instead of the magnificent building architecture and history. Of the 4-5 tours we booked in Paris, this was the most disappointing. ☹️
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Cultival, Responsable relations clients at After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris
Responded 29 May 2019
Dear Deborah, We are sorry for your visit but it is normal that the guide speaks a lot of the Phantom of the opera because it is the offer of this visit. If you wanted a general tour of the opera, you had to book Opera Garnier Day tour. Have a nice day Regards Cultival Team
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dianehorowitz60 wrote a review May 2019
Orlando, Florida11 contributions35 helpful votes
This company lists a non-operational phone number. Our flight was delayed by 4 hours and we were not able to take the tour. We tried calling cultival and the phone number is non-operational. When our emails were finally returned, the company offered no help. We were denied a
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Cultival, Responsable relations clients at After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris
Responded 28 May 2019
Dear customers, We are deeply sorry for your visit, but as you said, your flight has been delayed and you couldn’t do the visit. You have to know that from our side, we bought the tickets and paid the guide. We have apply our general conditions of sale and cancellations fees « Poor weather conditions, strikes, protests, traffic disruptions and other force majeure events such as defined in sections 1-13 of the present Conditions do not constitute exceptional circumstances voiding these refund conditions » Please, do not hesitate to contact us for any information, we are reachable on our website and by phone. We couldn’t offer a non guided visit as we are not in charge of this type of visit. Apologies for this inconvenience, Best regards, Cultival Team
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obxgal122
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Great tour!
Fantastic tour of this beautiful opera house. This is a must-see and good for all ages when visiting Paris.
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DRamos61
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So Incredibly Beautiful
We took the tour with Nicholas, who was so knowledgeable and personable. The Opera Garnier has been restored in rec
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Didier T
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Magnifique / Wonderful
Amazing visit of the Opera Garnier that enable visitors to know much more about the building, its history and archi
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carolinebY845QB
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Opera Garnier
Matilda did a great job showing us the opera house. We enjoyed seeing Phantom of the Opera’s Box along with the bar
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CR0597
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Tour
Wonderful experience, the guide was wonderful and you learn a lot about the opera. Would recommend it to everybody
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lisasA8636FW
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Opera Garnier
Spectacular, one place you need to go see. It will blow your mind. So much history and would of loved to see an o
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RocketHMK
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Excellent Tour With an Enthusiastic and Knowledgeable Guide
My wife and I went on the tour lead by Rita this past week and we were so happy with the way Rita was able to paint
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glennfH2445KD
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Paris Opera House
The tour guide was great and supplied information that explained the history of the Paris Opera House.
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yaffaj2015
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Grand opera
The tour of the grand opera led by Rita De Cloe she was very informative she took her time to explain she made the
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beau319
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Super! Very informative on the French arts, as well as history - ASK FOR RITA!
Rita was a WONDERFUL guide. She incorporated a lot of French (and British) history into the tour, and was able to
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emmaah26
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Amazing!
I would definitely recommend doing a guided tour. We were blown away by the architecture and interior of the Opera
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234jaredl
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Skip this tour
My girlfriend and I took the tour of Garnier Palais and were very underwhelmed and frustrated by the tour (by Culti
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Michimouse007
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Great!
Although the tour started a bit late,the overall experience was great. The guide was very informative as well.
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Shannon
Go on the tour for access to some amazing photo opportunities such as the auditorium with beautifully ornate craft
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NancyGates_12
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Beautiful building
While in Paris for the Leonardo exhibit my husband and I bought tickets to a guided tour of the old opera house. F
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