"Live culture differently" is the ethos of Cultival, through which the agency offers unique behind the scenes tours of the monuments for which Paris is renowned for.

Who has never dreamed of being locked in le Palais Garnier, just like the Phantom of the Opéra?
To have access to the Towers of Notre-Dame after closing time?
To explore the twists and turns of the Eiffel Tower?
To discover the dark side of the City of Light?
To visit Yves Saint Laurent’s foundation?

With Cultival , it is now possible to discover the secrets of the most beautiful sites of Paris. Unmissable, unusual, exclusive or fun, Cultival tours are unique, high quality cultural experiences.


Cultival is a genuine cultural outings agency, bringing together professionals who are passionate about culture and performing arts.

The agency was created over 14 years ago with the aim of helping visitors discover what goes on behind the scenes of Paris’ Theatres. The first to join the adventure were le Théâtre des Variétés, l’Opéra Comique, le Théâtre Marigny, la Porte Saint-Martin and le Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens.

These backstage tour experiences quickly became widely successful, especially with organised groups. So successful that barely 4 years after its creation, Cultival has been entrusted with the management of Palais Garnier’s guided tours. The agency then went on to design an exclusive and unique behind the scenes tour of the Eiffel Tower. This has been followed by la Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie, le Lido de Paris, le Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, la Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent, l’Hôtel des Invalides and others.

As a tourism and cultural operator, Cultival now administers the operation, booking and marketing for more than 30 collaborating monuments in Paris, with whom a strong spirit of trust is maintained. The team consists of 30 members of staff and up to 100 field workers who authenticate and share the history of these legendary places.

Cultival in figures

  • 500 000 visitors
    • 65% guided tours
    • 30% international
    • + 20% attendance/year
  • 30 collaborating cultural monuments and sites

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