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Private Tour: Opera Garnier and Passages Couverts

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Paris, France

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icon5 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 6 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Step back in time to 19th-century Paris with a private tour of the world-famous Opera Garnier (Palais Garnier), memorialized as the opulent setting of ‘The Phantom of the Opera.’ Admire the gilded interior, grand staircase and elaborate murals while learning the history of this fine arts institution. Then, follow your guide through the historic covered shopping arcades known as ‘passages couverts’ for a glimpse into Paris life of the past. Enjoy the personalized attention of your guide on this private tour.
  • Opera Garnier and passages couverts private tour
  • Tour the magnificent Opera Garnier, one of the world's most famous opera houses
  • Wander the charming passages couverts, hidden covered shopping arcades once popular with the upper class
  • Private tour limited to five people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide
Professional guide
Private one-way transport from your hotel (only if option selected)
Food and drinks
Gratuities
Transport to the Opera Garnier (unless option selected)
Transport back to your hotel

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your tour guide will meet you at your hotel providing it is in central Paris (arrondissements 1 to 20, zip code beginning 75 only).

If you are staying outside of central Paris, you will need to arrange a central meeting point, usually a metro station, when you reconfirm your tour. Transportation (taxi, bus, subway) is not included unless you select the option.

Departure Time

9:30 AM
Immerse yourself in the luxuriant world of 19th-century Parisian high society. Your private tour of the city’s historic charms begins in central Paris, where you’ll meet your guide and travel to the Opera Garnier by either metro or minivan (depending on transport option selected at booking).

Also known as Palais Garnier, the opera house is among the most famous in the world and is currently home to the Paris Opera Ballet. It was built in 1875 and immortalized as the setting for Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera.

Admire the monumental Second-Empire Beaux-Arts exterior, and step inside to marvel at the opulence of chandelier-lined hallways and painted ceilings, including a modern mural by Marc Chagall. Imagine a well-heeled 19th-century crowd sweeping down the grand staircase and filling the 1,979-seat auditorium as your guide shares the fascinating history of this architectural masterpiece.

Your tour continues on a short walk toward the Louve to the passages couverts tucked behind some of the city’s grand boulevards. These elaborate covered shopping arcades were once an important part of Parisian commerce. Many have been restored to their former splendor and still house charming boutiques, galleries and cafés where you can browse for unique gifts or stop for a delectable bite to eat (own expense).

Your 5.5-hour tour includes in the afternoon near the Grands Boulevards metro stop, where your guide can point you in the direction back to your hotel or provide tips to continue sightseeing on your own.

Note: Price listed is per person, based on a five-person booking.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Palais Garnier
Meet your private guide at your central Paris hotel and begin your journey into 19th-century Parisian life. Your knowledgeable guide will take you to the Opera Garnier, a grand old opera house that was the setting for The Phantom of the Opera. Finished in 1875, this 1,979-seat structure is now home to the Paris Opera Ballet. Delight in the gold, glass and marble interior of this majestic building filled with paintings and sculptures as your guide shares its history. Marvel at the grand staircase and the auditorium's ceiling, which was painted by Marc Chagall in 1964. Being on a private tour makes for a more relaxed, friendly experience, so feel free to ask your guide as many questions as you like.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Passage des Panoramas
Next, your guide will lead you to an area near the Louvre to discover the passages couverts, covered shopping arcades tucked behind many of the city’s wide boulevards. Some of these architecturally impressive arcades are faded now but others have been restored to their 19th-century glory. As you wander through these arcades, hear stories of how Parisian life used to be and imagine upper-class women dressed in lavish gowns window shopping in these very same passageways. Have your camera ready to capture photos of the remarkable old boutiques, cafes and art galleries in these arcades, some of which have barely changed through the years.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • If you do not select the private transport option, your guide will accompany you by public transport (usually metro) from your hotel to the Opera Garnier
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Meeting the French

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Opera Garnier and Passages Couverts?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers.

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The Opera House was so beautiful and...
mlmuehleis
, Jul 2016
The Opera House was so beautiful and our guide was so knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed it! The Passages were interesting, but the shops were our of my pricerange.

Product code: 3234OPERAGARNIER

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