Destination: Paris, Behind the Scenes

Parisian monuments are undoubtedly among the most famous buildings in the world: the Bastille Opera House, the Musée Grévin, the Comédie-Française … They all have a story to tell and many treasures that a classic visit does not always reveal.

To explore this city in greater depth, we suggest going behind the scenes. Accompanied by a specialist guide, unravel the secrets of places that make the City of Light so rich and multifaceted, such as concert halls, sporting complexes, a photo studio, museums, cabarets and even the Eiffel Tower.

Palais Garnier
THE PALAIS GARNIER OPERA HOUSE

The Palais Garnier Opera House offers a backstage guided tour after the monument closes to the public. A timeless atmosphere reigns as the Grand Staircase, the auditorium, lounges and foyers reveal their secrets to visitors on this VIP discovery tour of the artistic and architectural treasures of the legendary opera house.

THE STADE DE FRANCE

Follow in the footsteps of the greatest international sportsmen and women and singers by exploring this legendary stadium and hearing a myriad of anecdotes. From the corridors to the dressing rooms, the Stade de France unveils areas normally closed to the public providing you with the opportunity to go into the main arena of the largest sporting and cultural venue in France.

Available in French and English

A PARISIAN GRAND MAGASIN: PRINTEMPS HAUSSMANN

Situated on the Boulevard Haussmann, Printemps is Paris’ temple to shopping. Discover the secrets of this department store, from the sublime view of its roof garden to its impressive underground passages, its sumptuous Art Deco dome and more. Dive into the history of Printemps’ founding, reflective of a time of social, technical and architectural reinvention.

Available in French and English

Bastille Opera House
THE BASTILLE OPERA HOUSE

The curtain is also lifted on national opera at the Bastille! Outside opening hours, visitors can explore one of the most prestigious Parisian institutions. Discover the places where stage sets are kept, the public foyers, the huge auditorium, as well as the machinery and workshops of this prestigious monument! A great way to unlock the secrets around the staging of the greatest operas.

Available in French

RUNGIS INTERNATIONAL MARKET

The largest wholesale food market in the world welcomes you for a surprising visit! Immerse yourself in an incredible world to discover the hidden side of this hotspot for French gastronomy, with cheese, flowers, seafood, fruits and vegetables and much more on offer. Accompanied by a guide, stroll through its aisles and finish off the visit with a great locally-sourced breakfast!

Available in English and French

THÉÂTRE MOGADOR

Explore musicals backstage at the Mogador theatreMamma MiaCabaretCats … top shows are performed on the stage of this legendary theatre. A great backstage exploration of the world of musicals.

Available in French

The Bibliotheque Nationale de France
THE BIBLIOTHÈQUE NATIONALE DE FRANCE

The unique architecture of the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand practically calls out to whoever may pass by. With its four book-shaped towers over 80 m high, the library hides rooms reserves for researchers, 14 million books and publications tucked away in the archives and even the gigantic globes once owned by Louis XIV. Accompanied by a guide, explore the halls and floors of this stunning and unmissable cultural site.

Available in English and French

PARIS-ORLY AIRPORT

For aviation enthusiasts and those simply curious to find out more, don’t miss this behind-the-scenes guided tour of one of Paris’s two international airports! Get close to the planes and observe how they are handled, meet the runway staff and go behind the scenes of this amazing site. The opportunity for children and adults to become experts on the subject!

Available in French

THE CRAZY HORSE

Who could be more qualified to guide you backstage in one of the most famous cabarets in the world than one of its own dancers? Share a glass of champagne with your unique guide and immerse yourself in the history of the venue and its countless surprises!

Available in English (booking required) and French

Philharmonie de Paris
THE PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS

Inaugurated in January 2015, the Philharmonie de Paris is a concert hall with outstanding architecture! Designed by Jean Nouvel, it welcomes major international orchestras. It invites the public behind the scenes for a closer appreciation of this musical world.

Available in French

HÔTEL DES INVALIDES

Commissioned by Louis XIV, the Hôtel des Invalides is one of the most prestigious buildings in Paris. After closing time, discover its many secrets in the company of a guide for a privileged visit that includes the impressive main courtyard, the Dôme church … not to mention the tombs of military men who have marked history, such as Vauban or Foch, and the monumental tomb of Napoleon.

Available in French

THE COMÉDIE-FRANÇAISE

A veritable institution for theatre in France, the Comédie-Française is housed in the building of the Palais-Royal. In February 2016, it offers a privileged backstage visit of this monument – a landmark site in the history of theatre!

Saturdays and Sundays at 11am.  Available in French and French Sign Language

THE GRAND REX
The Grand Rex

A replica of the Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Grand Rex cinema is a movie theatre with quite a remarkable decor. This historic listed building unfolds its secrets in the course of a visit behind the screen.

Available in French

LA SEINE MUSICALE

La Seine Musicale is one of Paris’ new cultural hotspots. Its modern design, conceived by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, gives the illusion of a liner floating on the Seine. Step into this unique building and explore its theatre, its interpreting booths and recording studios, its dressing rooms, its auditorium and more. It’s a venue sure to impress any music lover!

Available in French

Article and Photos courtesy of Paris Tourist Office

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