Paris: Open Top Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour
- Skip the ticket line
- Valid: 1 - 2 days
- Optional audio guide
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The price was reasonable and we enjoyed our tour. The ticket stated "Please present your voucher at the guided tours counter in order to redeem your *entrance tickets*, you will then be directed to your guide." -then it says- "Due to the security check at the *entrance*, we advise you to arrive 30 to 45 minutes prior to the time of the departure." - we thought that meant you had to exchange the voucher for your ticket BEFORE ENTERING. You need to go thru security FIRST and ENTER the building. Then get in line to exchange the voucher for your ticket. We keep looking around the outside of the building for a ticket window (duh). Hate to see what that entrance line looks like in the summer. Also you give them your ID of choice to get a headset. To get the ID back you have to give the head set back at the end. I don't think they sanitize the headsets. We were asked put them back into the zip lock baggy they came in -after the tour- and hand them back to the guide. Gross! Bring hand wipes.
Everyone has to queue to get through security, having tickets doesn’t speed up the process, you really do need to give yourselves 20-30 minutes to clear security and pick up even pre-ordered tickets. Definitely worth paying a little extra for the love-guide tour so you get to sit in the orchestra seats.
The tour through the extraordinary Opera Garnier was both entertaining and informative. The guide was interesting and engaged the group by asking questions. The building is an amazing spectacle in terms of architecture and decor. It is a example of how opulent life was, in that era.
You have to obtain the guided tour to truly appreciate the beautiful opera hall. Laura was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions. I highly recommend using Get your Guide services.
Our guide Tania was excellent, relaxed, informative and most pleasant. There were too many groups viewing at the same time making it difficult a bit uncomfortable.