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Jan 11th, 2012, 06:54 AM
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Opera Ganier in Paris: tours in English ??

Looking to tour the Opera Garnier while in Paris 2/9-2/13. I love the Phnatomof the Opera and think this would be a great time. However, the website only mentions summer hours and school holidays(and I don't know when those are in Europe). Does anyone have any additional info? I heard you can tour up to the roof where they have bees and they sell the honey in the gift shop.
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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:06 AM
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http://www.operadeparis.fr/en/pratiq...nier/index.php

guided tours in English is available every day until 31st August
summer hours from 10th July to 31st August, 2011 at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm
school holidays (Autumn holiday, Christmas holiday, Winter holiday, Spring holiday) every day at 11:30 am and 2:30pm
Subject to availability, for all information please call us on 08 25 05 44 05
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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:07 AM
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Yikes. Cancel the above, you already knew that
Let me dig a bit,
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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:09 AM
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that's what is confusing, it does not mention the times available the rest of the time
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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:12 AM
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The french version of that page says that English tours are offered on Wed/Sat/Sun at 11:30 and 14:30, outside of the school holiday period.

But still refes to "up to 31 aug 2011'
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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:13 AM
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http://www.getyourguide.com/en/tours...rnier/?id=3633

This is the service we used in Sept. I don't know about Feb, but you could check. It was a wonderful experience.

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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:25 AM
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I've checked on FNAC, which is ticketing agency. They say Garnier is open on Wed/Sat/Sun for tours, so this seems to confirm that. They sell tickets, but so far only see for french tours.

Tickets have a 1 year validity!

Also have a nice breakfast + tour + tea combo, but in french
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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:29 AM
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Can print out tickets at home...

http://www.fnactickets.com/processre...sponibilite.do
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Jan 11th, 2012, 07:42 AM
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The picturesque Garnier, still glistening from a recent restoration, overshadows the much newer Bastille opera house where the bulk of the productions play. The modern house presents a grim and hulking facade to the Bastille neighbourhood.
The Bastille does have guided tours -- sometimes -- but you can't wander around the auditorium by yourself as tourists do at the Garnier. Here is the official policy: http://www.operadeparis.fr/pratique/...ex.php?lang=en You effectively have to phone ahead or go to the boxoffice to see if a tour is on.
It's worth the effort, even if the tour is in French, to see the vast industrial backstage with its multiple full sets on rollers and even elevators.
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Jan 11th, 2012, 03:31 PM
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The Garnier tour is well worth the time. We loved the over the top design and the use of so many types of marble. The main stairwell outdoes anything in Versailles IMHO.

The Chagall on the ceiling of the opera completely surprised us and must have caused quite the stir at the time. The Opera is included on the museum pass but you need to pay for the tour. We waited for a 2:30 tour in English but you wait inside.

I know I didn't answer your question, but thanks for taking me back there so to speak! Enjoy!
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Jan 11th, 2012, 04:22 PM
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Tours given by the Opera staff are indeed available.
We took the Sunday 11:30 English tour on October 23. €13.50
It was superb.

(Also, re above post, I don't believe the Paris Museum Pass covers the Opera Garnier.)
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Jan 11th, 2012, 04:25 PM
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Sorry, meant to add there was no mention of bees, honey or the roof on our tour!
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Jan 12th, 2012, 03:40 PM
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nyse,

You are correct, we had the Paris Pass which did include the Opera.
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Jan 16th, 2012, 08:18 AM
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I was mistaken, the bees are on top of the Grand Palais not he opera.
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Jan 16th, 2012, 09:47 AM
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You're not mistaken at all, POWDERPUFF71. There are bees on the roof of both buildings, as well as a surprising number around Paris.

This piece from a few years ago will tell you a little more.

http://muguetdeparis.com/2009/09/04/parisian-honey/
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Feb 21st, 2012, 07:42 AM
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well we didnt get the tour but walked around ourselves. great to see the place that inspired the phantom of the opera. what was great as well was the model of the opera house, street lay out and sculptures on display in the musee d'orsay. that was a great surprise.
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