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After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

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Paris, France
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Overview

Experience the magnificence of Paris’s Opera Garnier with an exclusive after-hours tour. After the daytime crowds have departed, explore the Beaux-Arts opera house that was memorialized as the setting for ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Explore the grand staircase, chandelier-lined foyer and opulent auditorium as your guide shares the history and legends of this world-famous theater.
  • Explore the opera house’s magnificent interior without the crowds
  • Admire opulent chandeliers, paintings and mirrors in the Grand Foyer and Members' Rotunda
  • Visit the lavish 2,000-seat auditorium, making this one of Europe's largest opera houses
  • Hear about famous operas that have played here, like La Traviata, as well as the inspiration for The Phantom of the Opera
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Official guide of Opera Garnier
After Hours entrance
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Access to the backstage areas
Palais Garnier , Pl. de l'Opéra, 75009 Paris, France

Departure 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.

5:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
Visit is one of the most iconic and opulent opera houses in the world — without the crowds. Make your way to the Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, to meet your guide in the early evening, just before the opera house closes to the public. 

Embark on a narrated tour of the Beaux-Arts masterpiece, which was completed in the late 19th century as the home of the Paris Opera. Today, Opera Garnier primarily hosts performances of the Paris Opera Ballet.

See the spectacular grand staircase adorned with ornate candelabras and statues inspired by Greek mythology, and imagine elegant crowds of the past gathering in the exclusive members’ rotunda. Learn about the history of this famed institution from your knowledgeable guide, and hear how it inspired Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera. 

Marvel at the ornate balconies and murals of the 2,000 seat auditorium, and end your tour in the fantastically appointed grand foyer.
Itinerary
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Palais Garnier
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.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Cultival
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Seeing the opera house without the hundreds of visitors mad paying extra for an after hour tour totally worth it." See review
  • "It was nice to see the rest of the Opera without lots of tourists, so I would recommend this after-hours tour, but make sure you are able to see it all." See review
  • "There were many tours taking place at the same time and sometimes this added to the difficulties of hearing if you were again, not front and center." See review

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star-5
Getting photos without people
simpsdj
, Mar 2020
The After Hours tour is less rushed and considerably less busy than the daily tour; enables you to get some excellent photos without people blocking your way. Our English-speaking guide, Rita was particularly excellent.
star-5
Wonderful Opera Garnier Tour!
Roger_D
, Mar 2020
It was a wonderful tour with an interesting guide! We would absolutely recommend this to anyone who wants to do this tour. Small group and you feel like you have the place to yourself.
star-5
Bolshoi Theatre, Versailles and the Sistine Chapel in one building
Lara_H
, Jan 2020
If you've never been to the Opera Garnier in Paris, I highly recommend this tour. It starts when the general public is not allowed anymore, but the performance hasn’t started yet, so the theatre is almost empty with all the beautiful architecture, sculptures and paintings to admire on your own. We had a French guide with a good English and a good sense of humor. He was very entertaining and told us interesting facts and anecdotes about this famous building, including the story of the Phantom of the Opera. The interior, sculptures and paintings are truly beautiful and reminded me of the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Versailles and the Sistine Chapel in Vatican put together.
star-3
Great place
yash_W
, Jan 2020
It was a great place to visit. However wish the tour was longer kinda felt it was rushed. But the host was nice.
star-5
Worth it
samanthannewby
, Nov 2019
Seeing the opera house without the hundreds of visitors mad paying extra for an after hour tour totally worth it. I would definitely go again. Our tour guide new her information and made the tour fun.
star-4
Opera Garnier Tour
melissaroldan
, Oct 2019
Very informative tour. Unfortunately our tour guide spoke with a light/high voice therefore it was difficult to hear unless you were front and center, and considering the size of the tour group that was often impossible. There were many tours taking place at the same time and sometimes this added to the difficulties of hearing if you were again, not front and center.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Mandy A
, Sep 2019
Such an incredible place to see. Wow! We really enjoyed visiting after the Opera was closed to the public.
star-3
Only Got Half Of A Tour
Yasmine_K
, Jun 2019
Unfortunately, we were not able to see the actual auditorium because there was a last-minute rehearsal. Since this was what we came for, it was disappointing, but not the fault of the tour guide. It was nice to see the rest of the Opera without lots of tourists, so I would recommend this after-hours tour, but make sure you are able to see it all.
star-5
Magnificent!
Lee_D
, May 2019
If you are in Paris this is a not t be missed tour. It is done after hours and the building is empty. Lots of stories and information about the opera house and some of the myths and legends of the building.
star-5
You shouldn’t miss it.
maricusi
, Sep 2018
The opera Garnier inside is spectacular, the guide was entertaining, very knowledgeable of the history of France and also the construction of the magnificent building. His exhibition was very detailed throughout the tour and pleased one of the members of the group that was interested in knowing the history of the opera ghost. Unfortunately, I do not remember his name, but I would like to acknowledge his work, he attended group C on Saturday, September 22 at 5:00 p.m.

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