Opera Garnier and Grands magasins

A guided walking itinerary in the magical Paris
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Walking visit

Ticket included

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Opera, Grands Magasins, and a surprise…

Saturday, August 12th, 2023 at 01:30 pm
Guaranteed departure from 4 registered persons.

Price : 20 € per person

Duration : 2.5 hrs

An outstanding step-by-step tour of the 9th arrondissement, home to the Opéra Garnier and Grands Magasins on Boulevard Haussmann. Explore the fascinating 19th century Palais de la Danse with its stunning ceilings painted by Chagall, majestic staircase and exciting history.
The tour continues with a trip to Le Printemps and Galeries Lafayettes where you can soak up the magic… with a surprise to end the show on a high!

toits de Paris et 9e arrondissement
plafond peint de Chagall de l'Opera Garnier

Step by Step schedule :

  1. Visit of Opera Garnier
  2. Step to the Printemps
  3. Step to the Galeries Lafayette
  4. Surprise !

Step by step organisation :

  • Departure : Meeting point provided after booking)
  • No Transport : walking tour !
  • Tickets included to visit the Palais de la Danse & Opéra Garnier

Not included :

    • Purchases, tips and personal expenses

Your step by step tour to the Opera Garnier
and the Grands Magasins

salle de spectacle de l'Opera Garnier Paris
coupole des Galeries Lafayettes et décoration de Noël

The Opéra Garnier was renamed Palais de la Danse when the Opéra Bastille opened and is now devoted to ballet. 

Emperor Napoleon III commissioned Charles Garnier to design a new opera house in Paris and it opened in 1874. 

Our step-by-step tour introduces you to its beauty on the outside and inside with its blend of Baroque and Neo-Renaissance architecture. The Palais de la Danse is so dazzling that you won’t know where to look and will be blown away by the pomp and glory with gilding, painting and sculptures everywhere that dazzled high society even back in the 19th century.

Thirsty for more?
Next step: Chagall’s ceilings

Visiting the showroom at the Palais de la Danse makes this tour of the Opéra Garnier really special. Step into a horseshoe-shaped red and gold room inspired by Italian-style theatres and seating around 2000 people. The intimate yet intimidating showroom decked in velvet, damask and wall hangings, is unique for its prestige and showstopping ceiling by Marc Chagall.  

In 1964, André Malraux had the opera’s old ceiling covered by a piece by Chagall, a bold tapestry made in Les Gobelins studios. The yellow, green, blue and red shapes spin overhead and stand out from the rest of the Garnier’s architecture. Can you spot the landmarks, artistic references and Chagall’s inspirations in the masterpiece? You’re bound to have an opinion about this piece that still fuels discussion and debate among art lovers… 

Next step: the grand staircase

The magnificent split staircase is a sight for sore eyes. As you scale the white Italian marble steps, drink in its walls sculpted with myriad materials: colourful marble, onyx, brass, mosaic and gilding. A staircase fit for an emperor!

Our step-by-step tour takes you behind the scenes at the Opéra Garnier to visit the forestage and places that are usually off limits such as the Foyer de la Danse… 

But let’s keep an air of mystery until you visit!

Next step: the 9th arrondissement Grands Magasins

The capital’s Grands Magasins are department stores-come-wonderlands that people visit like they would any other Paris landmark. The unmissable Le Printemps on Boulevard Haussmann is part of our tour so you can soak up the 1881 building’s architectural features, recent modern extension and glowing dome (designed by Blinet in 1911). 

The next step takes us to Galeries Lafayettes, an iconic Parisian Grands Magasins and star of Emile Zola’s book, Au Bonheur des Dames. Step-by-step, feast your eyes on its dome, Christmas tree and magical Christmas decorations…. 

If you’ve been good then we’ll treat you to a surprise to end the tour on a breathtaking high!

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