After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier In Paris

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Once the Opera Garnier has closed to the public, its your turn to experience this magnificent Paris icon. This after-hours tour gives you exclusive access to Paris breathtaking Opera Garnier, also known as the Palais Garnier, without the hassle of daytime crowds. Your informative guide will reveal the grandeur of the opera house on your tour of the Members' Rotunda, main staircase (Grand Escalier), Grand Foyer and breathtaking auditorium. Its no wonder why this incredible neobaroque opera house one of Europes largest inspired the setting for the legendary The Phantom of the Opera musical.


  • All entrance fees included
  • Exclusive after-hours access
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Head to the Opera Garnier in the evening for your after-hours tour. Youll experience the Opera Garnier without the daytime crowds, letting you soak up the breathtaking opulence in all its glory. Your expert guide will take you on a 1.5-hour narrated walking tour of the beautiful neobaroque building's interior.

Officially the Palais Garnier, this palatial opera house is home to the famous Opra National de Paris. One of the largest opera houses in Europe with nearly 2,000 seats, the Opera Garnier holds lavish rooms around every corner. You'll hear all about the history of the opera house, including the famous operas that have played here, such as La Traviata. You'll also learn that this building inspired the setting for Gaston Lerouxs novel and, later, Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical The Phantom of the Opera.

Stroll through the sumptuous Members' Rotunda to see the intricate floor mosaics and glamorous wall lights that have enchanted privileged opera house guests for more than a century. From there, continue to the the Grand Escalier, a marble staircase that is flanked by impressive bronze statues carved in the likeness of Greek gods such as the Prophetess Pythia.

The staircase opens up to the jaw-dropping auditorium. Opulent architecture, abundant dcor, gilded balconies, and a sea of plush red velvet seats surround the stage as an extravagant chandelier glitters overhead.

Your tour normally finishes in the Grand Foyer, where audiences mingle during intervals. Admire the opulent decorations and adornments intended to resemble the gallery of a classic French chateau and continue exploring independently if you wish.

Inclusions for After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier In Paris

  • Entrance fee for after-hours access
  • Professional guide

Exclusions for After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier In Paris

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

This tour is not suitable for children under 6 years old

Not wheelchair accessible

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.

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • Absolutely beautiful! As a Phantom of the Opera fan this was one of the highlights for my trip. It seemed as though we had the whole Opera house to ourselves. Martin our guide showed us the Phantom's reserved balcony and even allowed us entrance to see it. What an amazing experience and the pictures I took were fantastic!! Thanks Martin for an unforgettable experience.

  • An awesome experience. So nice to see the place without having to fight crowds. Our tour guide was excellent as well!

  • The building is amazing and it was wonderful having some of the history explained. I found this tour comparable to visiting Versailles.

  • Excellent tour and quite thorough. Just give a heads-up about the need to exchange voucher for ticket at the entrance. Also make clear that the entrance is around the front of the building to the left and then way in the back.

  • What a wonderful tour. The Opera House is not to be missed. Our guide went into great detail about the construction. Even got to go into the Phantom of the Opera box where he's rumored to be lurking.

  • This was a wonderful tour with a fantastic guide. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars because of the emphasis on the Phantom of the Opera trivia. I am sure most people are interested in that, but that part was just meh to me. Still, well worth visiting this stunning building and learning of its history.

  • A great way to see the Opera Garnier. Beautiful place and wonderful tour!

  • Great tour!

  • This tour was the highlight of my trip to Paris and that's really saying something because I had a lot of great experiences whilst there! The Opera Garnier is the most beautiful building I have ever seen. Getting the chance to do it after hours was the best way to see it. I can only imagine how many tourists would be there during the day! I managed to get photos of most rooms without anyone at all in the way pays to hang at the back of the pack! Our tour guide was very informative and friendly. Do this tour - you won't be disappointed.

  • Great tour guide was so knowledgeable and a great presenter of information. The building was much more interesting than anticipated.

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