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

4. 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

5. 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: 4-Hour Guided Tour by Minibus

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

7. 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: Full-Day Tour from Disneyland with Eiffel Tower

8. Paris: Full-Day Tour from Disneyland with Eiffel Tower

This full-day tour will allow you to discover Paris’ most cherished landmarks, including the Louvre, the Champs Elysees, the Opera Garnier, the Pont de l'Alma, the Concorde, and many more.  You’ll start the tour by departing from Disneyland on a coach, embarking on the perfect day in the French capital. After your drive, you’ll then board a riverboat and admire more must-see attractions while cruising along the River Seine. You’ll see La Conciergerie, l’Ile de la Cité, and the Grand Palais. Finally, you’ll travel up to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy breathtaking views of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, rounding off the ultimate Paris experience adequately before being dropped off back at your pickup point.

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Paris: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

9. Paris: Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour with a Local Guide

Explore Paris’ main historical sites and landmarks on a private 4-hour tour. Choose which landmarks and points of interest you want to visit, and receive personalized recommendations from your guide.  Begin with an early morning pickup from your accommodation in Paris by your English-speaking driver-guide. Throughout the day your guide will share their local knowledge and recommendations in each area. Stop for photos of important landmarks along the way. See iconic locations such as the Moulin Rouge, the magnificent Grand Palais, Montmartre, or the Champ Elysees. Also, discover hidden gems and favorite local spots.

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

10. 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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What people are saying about Palais Garnier

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 2,827 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.