Palais Garnier
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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: Opera Garnier and Seine River Cruise Tickets

2. 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: Classic Sites Tour by Vintage Citroen 2CV

3. Paris: Classic Sites Tour by Vintage Citroen 2CV

Climb aboard a vintage Citroen 2CV to experience Paris from the seat of one of the most iconic - and fun – vehicles ever to have been produced in France. The 2-hour “classic” tour is designed to see the most beautiful landmarks of the city, from the Eiffel Tower to the grand edifices of the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay. Your private driver/guide can pick you up from any location in the center of Paris. If the sun is out, roll back the roof and feel the breeze in your hair as you drive down the Avenue des Champs Elysées to the Arc de Triomphe. Cruise past the Trocadéro, and gaze up at the wrought iron monument of the Tour Eiffel. Continue past the Champs de Mars and grand façade of the Ecole Militaire. Go past the museums and monuments of Les Invalides, and see the Petit et Grand Palais by the Pont Alexandre III. Admire the obelisk in Place de la Concorde, and the ornate decorations of the Opéra Garnier. Marvel at the glass pyramid outside the Louvre, and the gargoyles of Notre-Dame de Paris on Ile de la Cité. See the historic Quai des Grands Augustins on the Left Bank of the Seine, and the spectacular Musée d'Orsay on the right bank of the river.

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Paris: City Tour with Louvre Tickets & Cider with a Crepe

4. Paris: City Tour with Louvre Tickets & Cider with a Crepe

Follow your guide to uncover the hidden parts of Paris that only the locals know on this walking tour. See city highlights like ‘Ile de la Cité’ island, Pompidou Center, and the Tuileries Gardens. Make the most of your time by skipping the line at the popular Louvre Museum.  Feel like a local as you stroll through picturesque neighborhoods like the beautiful Seine island of ‘Ile de la Cité.' Stop at Notre Dame to experience this jewel of French medieval architecture for yourself. Head to the Church of Sainte Chapelle to admire the stunning stained glass work. Take in the bohemian atmosphere as you cross the romantic Seine river. Get a taste of modern architecture at Pompidou Centre. Eat like a local at a creperie restaurant as you savor an authentic Parisian crêpe paired with cider. View the playful figures in the Stravinsky fountain as you eat. Walk through the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and marvel at the glamorous Garnier Opera House. Find out where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. No trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the Louvre Museum. Avoid wasting time in line at this popular attraction with your direct access tickets. Uncover facinating information about the artwork with an audio guide.

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Paris: Bike Tour with Street Food Experience

5. Paris: Bike Tour with Street Food Experience

Spend the day admiring the historic sites of Paris from a bike. Travel using the impressive network of protected bike lanes, and through quiet neighborhood streets. Learn the history of Paris from your experienced tour guide, as you stop by the iconic landmarks to take photos. Visit the Louvre, Opera House, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysées, Eiffel Tower, and Saint Germain des Près. Continue the bike ride to the Marais district, whilst here you will get the chance to try a delicious falafel, available with vegan options. Taste this Middle Eastern ‘fast food’ option made of chickpeas or fava beans, fresh herbs, and spices. Finish the tour back where you started, having learned the history of Paris.

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What people are saying about Palais Garnier

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 153 reviews

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.

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

An unmissable opportunity to admire one of the most magnificient opera houses in the world.

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

Very nice Experience. The building is so beautiful ❤️❤️❤️