Footsteps in the dark, creaking doors, smashing glass... It is said that the Phantom of the Opera stalks the halls of the Palais Garnier at night. Do you dare to discover the mysteries and legends surrounding the famous creation of Gaston Leroux?
Palais Garnier Mysteries and Legends Tour
"He who has not learned to hide his sadness behind a mask of joy... will never be a Parisian.". Thanks to famous quotes like this, the novel "The Phantom of the Opera", written by Gaston Leroux in 1910, remains a classic of Gothic literature. The novel is set in the Palais Garnier Opera House in Paris, and we will take a tour of this iconic building to discover some of its most fascinating mysteries and legends.
Did the character of Erik, the protagonist of the novel, really exist? Leroux describes him in the book as a lonely, sullen, but above all gloomy type: "Under the mask, his eyes did not let me out of sight; I felt the weight of his immobile pupils sunk into me"
We will explore the orchestra stalls of the Garnier Opera House, as well as some of the exclusive box areas and magical hidden corners of the theatre where, according to legend, unexplained events have taken place.
Lights have been known to turn on and off without warning. Some Opera singers have vowed to never perform in Paris again due to something they witnessed in their dressing room. You will hear endless rumors and legends, such as these, as we tour this iconic building. Our visit concludes in the beautiful Great Staircase of the main hall.
Children under 12 years old cannot participate in this tour.
All of our providers comply with local legislation and applicable health recommendations regarding protective material and safety to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Per personUS$ 23.70
1 hour 30 minutes.
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide in the history of Paris.
Entry to the Opera Garnier building.
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
You can book up to 2 days before (Paris local time) if there are still places available.
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Yes (some of the areas are accessible).
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