The Mysteries of the Opéra Garnier: After-hours tour with a private guide

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  • A private tour guide

  • Climbing the Grand Staircase

  • The architectural richness of the opera house

  • The paintings and sculptures

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 1hr

Tour with Commentary

  • German
  • English
  • Spanish
  • French

Departure point/location

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation


Take part in a tour of the Opéra Garnier, a glorious institution dedicated to music and the arts, with a private guide.

The mysteries of this Second Empire building will be revealed as you discover its unique architecture and ornate interiors, as well as the wide variety of materials that were used in its construction. The majestic auditorium is sure to leave you speechless! 

Commissioned by Napoleon III as part of his major renovation of Paris, the Opéra Garnier remains Europe's largest opera house, and a stunning example of Second Empire art and architecture. The site has inspired numerous novels over the years, the most famous of which is undoubtedly Gaston Leroux's Phantom of the Opera – during your tour you'll experience its powerful atmosphere, both dramatic and mysterious.

This exquisite palace will open its doors to you after closing its doors to the public. Lose yourself in its corridors and marvel at the richness of its architecture and the sheer brilliance of its interiors. 

Fall under the spell of the sculpture of the enigmatic Pythia, before ascending the Great Staircase which leads to the auditorium* as well as the various reception rooms and foyers.

Get ready for a magical, timeless experience!


Important note on the reservation: With this tour you automatically book a private guide. You are not asked to state the number of people attending, but the number of private tours you would like to book.

If you book 1 private guided tour, a maximum of 10 people may participate.

(1) The advertised price per person is based on a tour with 6 participants

Good to know

  • Availability: Monday to Saturday (excluding public holidays and other exceptional dates)
  • Start time: 5pm (arrive at the opera house at 4:45pm)
  • Duration: 1 hour 
  • Languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Getting there: mtro Opéra (lines 3, 7 and 8) or Auber (RER A)
  • Capacity: 1–10 participants (private tour)
  • As the Palais Garnier is an operational theater, artistic and technical considerations mean that access to the main auditorium is not always guaranteed
  • The visit takes place after the opera house has closed to the public
  • Animals not permitted
Cancellation Terms & Conditions

Cancellations are free of charge until 15 days prior to the activity (excluding special dates). After this time, and in the case of a no-show, charges are applicable as follows:
Between 15 and 5 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
A reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Price includes

  • Admission to the Opéra Garnier
  • The services of a tour guide

Not included

  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Tips (optional)
  • Admission to the show
  • All other extras

Customer reviews

3 reviews
  • Stöckmann C.
    Sep 1, 2014
  • Très bonne guide Dommage de ne pas avoir accès à une salle de répétitions, aux coulisses,..... en fait un peu de l'envers du décor
    Jean-François C.
    Jul 5, 2013
  • une prestation parfaite avec une guide qui connait très bien sont sujet et donc qui sait de quoi elle parle
    Pascal T.
    Jun 8, 2013

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