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After-Hours Tour: Opera Garnier in Paris

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Overview
Like all sumptuous and famous places, the Palais Garnier has its mysteries, myths and incredible stories.
This is the angle from which we propose to approach this jewel of architecture. Your guide will narrate its history through the story of Erik, the mysterious man with a hideous face, more well-known under the name of the Phantom of the Opera. Having made the opera his home, the Phantom knows its entire history and can recount 1001 anecdotes and other curiosities.
The short story by Gaston Leroux will thus serve as a thread throughout the visit, leading you beyond the great chandelier, stall No. 5 and the angel of the music, to reveal unsuspected splendours.
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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Reviewed 29 May 2019 via mobile

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. ☹️More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank deborahehall
Cultival, Responsable relations clients at Cultival, responded to this reviewResponded 31 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...More

Reviewed 29 May 2019 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Cultival, Responsable relations clients at Cultival, responded to this reviewResponded 29 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...More

Reviewed 18 February 2019

the tour of the opera house "post" public access creates a very personal and intimate atmosphere - the history of the building and how it operates is fascinating the opportunity to sit in the main body of the auditorium is breath taking - now we...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank gaycoupleSuffolk
Cultival, Responsable relations clients at Cultival, responded to this reviewResponded 18 February 2019

Dear customer, Thank you so much for you opinion. We are delighted that you have appreciated this visit. have a good day Reagrds Cultival team

Reviewed 16 October 2018

Our guided tour of the Palais Garnier with Rita De Cloe on Saturday, October 13, 2018, was superb. The majestic opera house came alive for us as Ms De Cloe skillfully described the building, its history, its splendid decorations, the people who frequented the opera...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Cultival, Responsable relations clients at Cultival, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2018

Dear customer, Thank you so much for you opinion. We are delighted that you have appreciated this visit. have a good day Reagrds Cultival team

Reviewed 13 July 2018

A very nice tour of Opera Garnier, after hours. Very enthusiastic, and funny guide took us around, without the usual horde of tourists during the normal hours. More or less following the history of the Phantom of the Opera.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Richard_in_Au
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About one hour. It is fully worth it. There are fabulous cafes (no surprise there) right across the street from the Opera. Do the tour, take it in, bring your camera/smartphone, linger in the main areas - the staircases... More
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