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: Bus Toqué Tour with 3-Course Dinner and Champagne

2. 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

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

4. 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

5. 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: 3-hour Guided City Tour in Vintage Sidecar

6. Paris: 3-hour Guided City Tour in Vintage Sidecar

Soak up the atmosphere of the city as you zip through the streets of Paris. See all of the landmarks on your must-see list in one thrilling tour, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Basilique du Sacre-Couer. Stop to take amazing photos of iconic monuments and enjoy phenomenal views. Each vintage motorcycle fits 2 guests: 1 on the motorcycle and 1 in the sidecar. Hear the stories and legends of the city from your knowledgeable driver/guide. Don’t be surprised if pedestrians wave and smile as you pass by. The vintage sidecar is a vehicle that attracts a lot of attention. Begin your tour by being picked up by your driver/guide from your accommodations in Paris. See the Place Vendome, a famous square which features the Vendome Column as well as several luxury hotels. Stop in front of the Palais Garnier, the home of the Paris Opera. Admire the opulent architecture of its exterior. Roll up to the Moulin Rouge and see the windmill that stands atop the famous cabaret.  Marvel at the splendid architecture of the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre, Paris’ second most visited monument. Pass through the Arc de Triomphe and be awestruck by this monument to the fallen soldiers of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. Stop at the Eiffel Tower and learn about the iconic monument’s architecture and history from your guide. Take pictures and enjoy a walk around and admire the view. Ride down the side streets and make your way to Notre Dame. This medieval Catholic cathedral is widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. See 15 other must-see Paris landmarks, including the Palais Royal, Galerie Vivienne, and the Paris Pantheon.

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What people are saying about Palais Garnier

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4.8 / 5

based on 2,827 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.

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.

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.