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Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour

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Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour
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Overview

Enjoy an insider’s perspective on the iconic Sydney Opera House during a 1-hour walking tour. Learn about the performances, history, and architecture of the World Heritage-listed Sydney Opera House as your expert guide takes you behind the scenes of the venue. Get photos ops from vantage points that are normally off-limits, and have the option to include a tasting Plate at Opera Kitchen or dine at the famous Opera Bar. Tours are offered throughout the day, making it easy to schedule into your sightseeing when your cruise ship docks in Sydney.
  • Must-do one-hour walking tour of the Sydney Opera House
  • Take a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most famous performing arts centers
  • Enjoy an interactive audio-visual presentation
  • Choose your time – tours depart every half-hour from 9am to 5pm
  • Listen to illuminating commentary from your expert guide
  • This popular shore excursion regularly sells out, so don’t miss it!
  • Enjoy a Picnic Style Tasting Plate at Opera Kitchen
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Guided Tour
Port pickup and drop-off
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Alcoholic Beverages
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Sydney Opera House , Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

Please meet your tour guide at the Welcome Centre Located on the Lower Ground Level of the Sydney Opera House - Please arrive approx 10 min prior to your scheduled departure time.

Circular Quay
This activity will end right where it started.Passenger pick up is not required as the Sydney Opera House is located within a short stroll from Circular Quay port. Please meet your tour guide at the Welcome Centre Located on the Lower Ground Level of the Sydney Opera House - Please arrive approx 10 min prior to your scheduled departure time. The Sydney Opera House is located within a short 10 min walk from the Circular Quay port.
The Sydney Opera House consists of a number of theaters that host more than 1,500 performances per year and attract millions of visitors. Widely considered one of the world’s premier performing arts venues, the Sydney Opera House is also an architectural masterpiece and UNESCO World Heritage site.

As you stroll at a leisurely pace around the famous opera house complex, your guide shares the controversies that erupted during the construction process, which began in 1958. The venue opened formally in 1973, with Queen Elizabeth II in attendance.

Hear fascinating stories you explore one of the concert halls and access parts of the complex that are not regularly open to the public. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a rehearsal in progress or get the chance to walk onstage.

Book early to ensure a spot on this popular tour while your cruise ship is in port.
Itinerary
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Sydney Opera House
Your tour of the Sydney Opera House takes you behind the scenes of one of the world’s most iconic performance venues, where more than 1,500 concerts, plays, musicals and ballets are staged every year. Explore it with an insider guide, who shares stories and fun facts about the opera house’s history, performances and architecture throughout your 1-hour tour. Walk through the elegant foyers, visit one of the largest pillar-free chambers in the world, sit down in a custom-made white birch chair and look up at the vaulted ceiling. Check out areas that are off-limits to the general public, learn about the distinctive exterior design made up of ‘shell’ tiles, and hear about opera house’s Danish architect, including his inspiration and building challenges.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Traveler pickup is not offered as the port is within a short stroll to the Sydney Opera House
  • There are approximately 200 stairs on this tour - Low Impact. It is not recommended for those with limited mobility who are unable to manage stairs an access tour is available by contacting the supplier directly
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tours do not operate on Good Friday, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day before 1:00pm
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Tour & Dine Option: Booking Time refers to tour time, please check in at the Welcome Centre 10 minutes prior to your tour. You will receive a ticket to redeem your main meal and beverage at Opera Kitchen after your tour.
  • Tour & Dine Option: Main meal + beverage can be redeemed anytime between 11am - close at Opera Kitchen on the day of your tour.
  • Beyond the Stage tour - minimum 10 years old
  • Tour & Dine Option: Children ages 5-15 years will have a childrens menu to select from
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Sydney Opera House
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour.
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What is the social distancing policy during Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Sydney Shore Excursion: Sydney Opera House Walking Tour.

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star-2
very expensive for that...
HYNA_D
, May 2022
very expensive for that kind of tour … we dont understand why Nicholas (tour guide ) keep on telling us that he needs to ask permission to enter this theater and the other small theaters .. we paid for this tour and people working there should expect us tourists walking around looking .. we did not see the MAIN THEATER .. so disappointed .. most of the things that he showed us inside … we can see that from the outside of the opera house .. unbelievable … we bought tour and dine at the opera kitchen food was horrible .. chicken burger for my husband (he said kfc is better ) ragu pasta for me (seems like its a left over from last night and just reheated in the microwave ) for $ 160 waste of money
star-4
Don’t miss it but know it is under renovation
danielleash
, May 2022
The tour is great and our tour guide was amazing. I just wish the tour would have explained that the opera house was under renovation and you could not see it. I still would have booked it but it is not a tour of the main opera house until it is done in July. You do get some of it but not the main house. Super informational and I learned a lot!
star-5
A privilege!
Diane_M
, Apr. 2022
A privilege to be able to see around this iconic building and experience the scale of it. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Would definitely recommend this experience.
star-5
This tour was the highlight of my visit to Sydney
Janice_F
, Feb. 2020
Very interesting! Seeing all the venues except Performance Hall which was under renovation was so fascinating. The attention to detail with both the structure design and interior design is mind blowing! Our guide, Jessie, was charming and so informative. The history about the architect Otzen and the political turmoil that short changed him was heartbreaking. This is a must do I’m Sydney. Just taking pics of the exterior is just not enough.
star-5
Very good tour, excellent guide
clemenswannemacher
, Oct. 2019
Chris was a wonderful guide and showed us around in this amazing building, giving us heaps of informations, answering a lot of questions and being very passionate about the sydney opera house. Thanks for the tour Chris!
star-5
Sydney Opera House Discovery Tour
irmleh
, Oct. 2019
An interesting tour with a very knowledgeable guide! I can only recommend it for your next visit to Sydney!
star-5
Excellent tour, lasted about 75...
Jeremy_G
, Feb. 2018
Excellent tour, lasted about 75 minutes. Must be good at walking up and down steps, as the SOH is full of them, with only 1 lift currently being built for handicap use.
star-4
The tour was fantastic. It's just...
Lucinda W
, Dec. 2017
The tour was fantastic. It's just that one should know to get there early as you have to get in the line to get the tickets. Some of the tours sell out so we went at noon to get the tickets and all english tours were sold out for the remainder of the day. Had to take the tour the next day. Wish I would have known in advance, I would have gone the day before to get the tickets.
star-5
This was a well organized tour of an...
Ralph O
, Nov. 2017
This was a well organized tour of an amazing structure with a very good guide.
star-3
VIATOR DID NOT TELL US TO CALL THE...
pat
, Nov. 2017
VIATOR DID NOT TELL US TO CALL THE OPERA HOUSE FOR SPECIFIC TIME. The voucher stated go to box office for exchange for ticket. DANNY AT BOX OFFICE WAS EXCELLANT, EXCELLANT, EXCELLANT!!!!! Thank you so much Danny for fitting us in. He felt so bad every time was filled till noon. We were there at 8am to get on the 9am tour. Do not book this tour unless Viator changes their instructions to call for a timed appointment. Call the opera house directly for tour. Be save not sorry.
star-5
Do not be worried if you have...
George_D
, Feb. 2017
Do not be worried if you have mobility issues. They have a handicap tour every noon that takes you to see all of the wonderful theaters utilizing backstage elevators. It also enables you to see many sections of the Opera House unavailable to the regular tours
star-4
This tour is everything you would...
Andy_B
, Jan. 2017
This tour is everything you would hope for, a remarkable building. The only minus was the day we did it we weren't allowed in the main auditorium, but that's the luck of the draw. Recommended
star-5
If you are going to Sydney, don't...
Karen_I
, Dec. 2016
If you are going to Sydney, don't miss this tour. The Opera House is an impressive building inside and out! Our tour guide was very informative regarding all aspects of the history and current events of the Opera House. It was very interesting to go into several of the theaters and learn the flexibility of each one.
star-4
The Opera House tour was very good...
Krystal A
, Jun. 2016
The Opera House tour was very good. We learned a lot about how the Opera House came to be and all the different shows they have in each venue. Our tour guide definitely showed a love for the arts and she was a very sweet person. We also got to meet the resident seal!
star-5
There are something that you cannot see...
Leung_K
, Apr. 2016
There are something that you cannot see outside the Opera House
star-5
Sightseeing in Sydney touring opera...
cwwref
, Feb. 2016
Sightseeing in Sydney touring opera house is a must do for everyone that visits Sydney lots history to learn about from construction to build the opera house to do performance that goes on in their lot of stairs to climb really enjoyed the tour learned a lot excellent tour guide knew what he was talking about deftly would recommend this to anyone that visits Sydney
star-5
Wow, it was so fantastic to tour one...
Michael R
, Feb. 2016
Wow, it was so fantastic to tour one of the world's greatest and iconic buildings! Our guide was excellent and we loved every minute of this informative tour.
star-5
I was amazed at the things learned...
cait
, Jan. 2016
I was amazed at the things learned - had not really expected to learn much - after all, the Opera House has been around for a long time. However, there was so much information and so well presented by the tour guide that I was thoroughly happy to have made time for this tour.
star-5
Tour was great. Guide very...
Mary B
, Dec. 2015
Tour was great. Guide very knowledgeable. Our group luck out and witnessed rehearsals for both the ballet and the symphony. Some great views of Sydney Harbour Bridge. We opted for the taste on the Opera House as well. Expecting a small morsel and a drink we were surprise by a four course lunch platter with shrimp, oysters, sushi, fries, etc. It was a great way to top off the tour.
star-5
This truly was an a.axing tour. The...
louiepreacher
, May 2015
This truly was an a.axing tour. The Sydney Opera House truly is one of the many wonders in our world. The tour guide was so very knowledgeable and in addition arranged for us to sit in on a symphony orchestra rehearsal and a ballet rehearsal. This tour is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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