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Self-Guided Visit to Opera Garnier

1. Self-Guided Visit to Opera Garnier

Boasting an eclectic and ostentatious Baroque design, the Opera Garnier is one of the most extravagant representations of Second Empire architecture in France. Benefit from quick and easy access to this magnificent building in the center of Paris. Inaugurated in 1875 and named after its exciting young architect, Charles Garnier, it is the largest opera house in Europe. You will set eyes on the writhing snakes of the bronze “Pythonisse” sculpture, before climbing the double stairway of the “Grand Escalier” (Main Staircase). Imagine the swish of crinolines as you admire the breathtaking décor and stroll through vast foyers, filled with sparkling mosaics, colorful marble columns and gold-leaf flourishes. Everywhere you look will be a feast for the eyes. You will receive your digital ticket directly after your booking, just show it at the Opera visit entrance to enjoy your visit.

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Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

2. Paris: 2-Hour Night Tour by Open-Top Bus

Journey through the heart of Paris after dark and marvel at the floodlit monuments of the "City of Lights" from a front-row seat. Board the open-top vehicle on the Champs-Elysées and set off to marvel at all the iconic landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris and much more. Admire the glass structure of the Louvre Pyramid as you listen to an informative commentary by a live English and French-speaking guide or on the multilingual audio guides. Get a free reward booklet with exclusive offers and recommendations.

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Paris: Opera Garnier and Seine River Cruise Tickets

3. Paris: Opera Garnier and Seine River Cruise Tickets

With this combo tour, benefit from entry to 2 of the most famous cultural attractions of Paris. The Palais Garnier, or Opéra Garnier, is a 1,979-seat opera house. When the new opera house, the Opéra Bastille, opened at the Place de la Bastille, the Palais Garnier began operating primarily for ballet. The theater has been a historic monument of France since 1923. Following that, meet beside the Eiffel Tower to board a Parisian boat for a cruise on the Seine River. Unwind while contemplating the history of Paris, and admire its many monuments such as the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and the many bridges with their unique architecture. The audio guide on board the boat is available in 13 languages, and you can also listen to it from an application on your smartphone. Upon purchase, you can use your ticket at any time, valid until the date indicated on the ticket.

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Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

4. Paris: Fly Over Paris and the World in Virtual Reality

Enter the world of FlyView, a unique experience in which visitors fly over Paris and its monuments in virtual reality, complete with real flight sensations. Head to the departure lounge for your flight instructions then, in the takeoff hall, don your jetpack, put on your virtual-reality headset, and take flight over the rooftops of Paris. Enjoy an immersive 15-minute experience, filmed with real-life images. Fly past the Eiffel Tower, soar over the Seine, and discover the Champs-Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and other iconic monuments. Experience the realistic feeling of actually flying through the air with the virtual-reality headsets and dynamic platform. After this amazing flight over Paris, enjoy an extra five minutes by choosing the World Bonus option when booking. With this, you’ll fly over seven dream destinations taking in glorious 360° views of the Great Wall of China, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Angel Falls in Venezuela, Lake Baikal in Russian, and others.

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Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Self-Guided Walking Tour

5. Paris: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with Self-Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy fantastic views and experience the charming atmosphere of Paris aboard a double-decker sightseeing bus. Hop off the bus at your favorite landmark to explore it on foot with an included self-guided walking tour from your smartphone, before jumping back on the bus to continue your route. Best of all, opt for a 24-hour hop-on hop-off ticket and choose to add a Seine River cruise or book the 48-hour option, which includes a ticket for the cruise. Drive by iconic attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Basilica of the Sacred Heard. Take in the sights at the lavish Champs-Elysées and admire the historical Grand Palais, Palais Garnier, and Louvre Museum from the comfort of your seat. Discover over 15 landmarks in depth thanks to the fully narrated audio tour along the route. Join the tour from any of the stops on the route or from the starting point at the Eiffel Tower. Hop off at the stop of your choice to explore the city on foot with a detailed audio- and self-guided tour. Choose one out of the 10 tours on the app, including the charming village of Montmartre, the sumptuous Palais Royal and the covered passages of Paris, the Eiffel Tower district, and more.

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Paris: Bus Toqué Tour with 3-Course Dinner and Champagne

6. Paris: Bus Toqué Tour with 3-Course Dinner and Champagne

Head to the Eiffel Tower and hop onboard the Bus Toqué for an unforgettable evening. Take your seat at your table on the double-decker bus and admire spectacular views of Paris from an elevated position. Each table is fitted with a tablet so you can listen to the audio commentary and watch the video guide as you savor a three-course meal based on local and seasonal products. End your experience on a high note with a signature dessert by pastry chef Mathieu Mandard as your bus makes its way back to the Eiffel Tower.

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Paris: Romantic Limousine Tour

7. Paris: Romantic Limousine Tour

Take a romantic tour around the streets of Paris in your own private luxury limousine before surprising your sweetheart with a love message inside the limousine.  The tour will begin at a time of your choice, when you'll be picked up by a stretch limousine in front of a restaurant or in front of your hotel. You will then begin a V.I.P. ride through the most beautiful districts of Paris - Opéra, Vendôme, Champs-Elysées, Concorde, Louvre, Notre-Dame and Eiffel Tower. While charmed by the sumptuous sights of Paris, you can relax with some glasses of champagne. Then the car will slow down and you will see a heart made out of lights displayed on an ultra-bright screen inside the limousine. To make this experience even more romantic, this message will coincide with the exact moment that the Eiffel Tour is sparkling with its illuminations.  The limousine will then drop you off, a couple of minutes later, at the destination of your choice. The luxury limousine comes complete with a classy interior, tinted windows, mini-bar, bottle of champagne, LCD screen, laser disk player, surround speakers, and star ceiling...

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Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

8. Paris: Tootbus Kids Bus Tour

Looking for a child-friendly experience parents and little ones can enjoy together? Hop on this Paris kids' tour and let the city take you by surprise! Experience Paris as never before, on board a 100% electric bus. Ride past the Opera, Louvre Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, Orsay Museum, Concorde, Champs-Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Grand Palais, and more. During the tour, the guides will surprise the children with a mix of cultural and fun entertainment including amazing stories about museums, monuments, historical sites, popular tales, and animated films all powered by riddles and games. The cherry on top is the sweets the kids get at the end of the performance.

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Paris: 1-Hour Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour

9. Paris: 1-Hour Vintage Citroen 2CV Tour

Tour the City of Light in a vintage Citroen 2CV. Your personal driver will pick you up at your Paris hotel, or other central location, and drive you through the city’s lively streets on a 1-hour tour. An icon of the French motor industry, the idiosyncratic 2CV was built from 1948 until 1990, and its instantly recognizable design still sets hearts aflutter.  See Paris through the eyes of a true Parisian and discover many of its top attractions, from the Avenue des Champs Elysée, Place Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, and Trocadéro, to the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Pont Alexandre 3, Petit Palais, Grand Palais, the Louvre, and the Opera Garnier.

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Paris: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

10. Paris: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

Discover the highlights of Paris on an interactive 4-hour tour with live guide, available as a private or small group option. Travel the streets by minibus, and see more than you would on a walking tour! Meet your guide at the Opéra Garnier (Palais Garnier), and set off to explore the Latin Quarter, notable for the Sorbonne university campus and its bohemian vibe. Pass the scenic Place du Châtelet and imposing Louvre Museum, as well as the Haussmann designed Place de l’ Opéra. Admire the triumphant Place Vendôme and the expansive Place de la Concorde at the end of the Champs-Élysées. See the iconic columns of La Madeleine, the complex of buildings of the Ecole Militaire, and the museums and monuments of Les Invalides. Experience the sidewalk café culture of St. Germain-des-Pres. Enjoy ample photo stops along the way. Then, continue with a walking tour of the Notre-Dame de Paris and Marais district, including the famous Place des Vosges. Transfer to artistic Montmartre for a walking tour of Place du Tertre. Watch the pavement artists at work, and look at the white, wedding-cake basilica of the Sacré Coeur. Drive back to the city center for a drop off at the foot of the Eiffel Tower.

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Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening times?

    The Palais Garnier is open for visitors to wander around or take a tour from 10:00AM to 5:00PM most days. Due to performances and rehearsals, however, some access may be limited. You can check for exceptional closure information at visitepalaisgarnier.fr.

  • How to get there?

    The Palais Garnier is located outside the Metro stop Opéra on lines 3, 7, and 8. It can also be reached via numerous bus routes: 20, 21, 22, 27, 29, 42, 52, 53, 66, 68, 81, and 95.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    10:00AM to 5:00PM most days.
  • Is it expensive?
    An adult ticket to visit the Palais is just 10.00 €.
  • Will I need a guide?
    It will definitely help. Might be worth it to check out our best-selling tours.
  • How to get there
    Take Metro lines 3, 7 or 8 to the Opéra stop, or one of the numerous buses that runs by.
  • Additional information
    ** There are occasional exceptional closures, so check the official website and plan ahead!*

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What people are saying about Palais Garnier

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 3,016 reviews

L'expérience en bus était super on passe dans tous les endroits touristiques de la capitale c'est vraiment sympa ! La visite guidée sur smartphone complète bien l'experience, les commentaires des guides sont intéressants et l'application est très simple d'utilisation. Je recommande fortement

The entire building is just spectacular and is simply a feat of magnificent architecture. Lavish, grand and full with so many details its just hard not to be impressed with it. One of pur highlights in Paris and truly recommended.

Fun and informative. The guide was so knowledgeable. We learned a little history, a little architecture, and a little culture. Perfect two hour tour!

Unique day with very few guests. Audio guide purchased at the Opera house was very informative. Outstanding beauty.

It was easy to access and it would very good choice to visit the Opera theatre.