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2017 France Tour Schedule – France Off the Beaten Path Tours

2017 France Tour Schedule – Provence Tours, Loire Valley Tours, Bordeaux Tours, Champagne Tours!


2017 France Tour Schedule – Provence Tours, Loire Valley Tours, Bordeaux Tours, Champagne Tours!

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WINNER LUX 2017 Tourism Awards – **BEST FRENCH TOURING COMPANY!** 


2017 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES & PRICES
Provence Tour Summary  •  Provence Day-by-Day Itinerary  •  Tour Price Includes  •  The Hotel

  • Winner! LUX 2017 Tourism Award – BEST French Touring Company!2017 tour schedule
  • Named “One of the Best” By Conde Nast Traveler
  • Featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Editor’s Pick List”
  • Featured National Geographic Walk of a Lifetime
  • Featured in USA Today Travel Tips
  • Featured in Best of France Travel Guide
  • Named “Best of Provence” -Andrew Harper Hideaway Report

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Click the TAB TITLES below – 2017 Dates & Price • Price Includes • Tour Begins & Ends • The Hotel • Our Difference – to view complete details for each category.

2017 – PROVENCE TOUR Dates, Price Book Now

  • 2017 Provence Tour Price – US$3,498 per person instead of US$3,898 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Save US$400 per person!
  • **This Week Only Bonus** – Book A September 2017 Provence Tour  Date anytime this week (June 18 – 25, 2017), and Also Get 1 FREE Additional Night at Hotel Gounod with Breakfast for 2 Included and Complimentary Roundtrip Transfers – Arrive a Day Early or Stay a Day After the Tour – We also include the roundtrip transfers for whichever you choose !
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$520. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! – Trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour when booking your tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!

2017 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES2017 Tour Schedule

  • June 20-25 – Sold Out
  • June 25-30 – Sold Out
  • July 4-9 – Sold Out
  • July 11-16Sold Out
  • July 18-23  2 Spaces Available
  • July 25-30 – Sold Out
  • August 29-September 3 – Sold Out
  • September 5-10  – 3 Spaces Available
  • September 12-17 – 2 Spaces Available
  • September 19-24  3 Spaces Available
  • September 26-October 1  4 Spaces Available
  • October 3-8 – 4 Spaces Available
  • October 10-15 – Sold Out

   


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LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE — 2017 Provence Tour dates during Provence’s lavender blooming season – June 13-18, June 20-25, June 25-30, June 27-July 2, July 4-9, July 6-11, July 11-16, and July 18-23.  Visit our BLOG post to read about lavender in Provence and the best time to visit Provence to see lavender in bloom (opens in a new tab).

2017 France Tour Schedule    

2017 – Provence Tour Price Includes…

  • Our Provence Tours are designed to appeal to BOTH walkers and NON-walkers alike!
  • This small group, Provence Tour is both owner led, and led by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to several Provence Travel Guidebook series, and are published writers and photographers.
  • Authentic Provence Experiences that Only we can deliver!  Spend 6 days experiencing Provence like family friends going beyond the expected to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes for authentic and fun French experiences unlike any other!
  • We are professional France history and Provence-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, anecdotes and stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • 5 nights — NO HOTEL HOPPING! — at CONDE NAST recommended boutique Hotel Gounod in historical St. Remy de Provence, and is owned and operated by our personal friend Karine.
  • 2018 Tours — 11 Meals Included – 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • ALL PROVENCE REGIONAL CLASSIFIED WINES INCLUDED at group meals – Enjoy Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage, Rhone Valley, and more!
  • For WALKERS: Participate in 3 guided walks in Provence – (1) Chateauneuf-du-Pape Amidst the Vineyards Walk, (2) Luberon Valley Village to Village Walk, and (3) Hidden Gems of Provence Walk – (walks are optional and designed for interested guests), both long and short walking trail options available.
  • For NON-WALKERS – shuttle to/from all guided tours, visits, villages, restaurants, excursions and activities during the tour.
  • Discover the BEST outdoor craft, art and artisan markets in Provence.
  • Explore hilltop villages in the Lubéron area of Provence, discover the best of Provence in the Alpilles and Luberon, and spend the day along the Mediterranean coast in the terraced wine producing village of Cassis (ALL both for walkers and non-walkers).
  • Enjoy a 45 minute cruise along the Mediterranean coast to view historical calanques (Roman ruin fjords).
  • Tour & Taste at Artisan French Chocolate Workshop with our Award Winning Chocolatier (chocolate-maker).
  • Guided Tour and wine tasting at our friend’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate – restored 13th century wine cellar.
  • Participate in a hands-on, “Cooking at Home” class. Prepare Provence recipes with our friend, a celebrity Master Chef – afterwards enjoy a gourmet meal of the recipes prepared in class.
  • For non-cooking guests – enjoy a guided, cultural visit, then join fellow tour guests afterwards for the cooking class dinner at our Chef’s home.
  • For BOTH WALKERS & NON-WALKERS — select from a variety of cultural options available daily.
  • Roundtrip transfers between Marseille Airport, Avignon TGV station on Day 1, and Marseille Airport, Avignon TGV station, and Avignon Centre station on Day 6.
  • Bottled water provided throughout the tour.
  • All ground transportation provided via luxury 18-seater, air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinters.
  • –COMFORT ZONE– Designed for the interests of and to appeal to BOTH WALKERS & NON-WALKERS alike — the Active and Occasional Walker, and travelers of all ability levels. If you’re not a walker at all, enjoy shuttling to all activities, excursions and meals on our comfortable 18-seater air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinters.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – Airfare and/or train fare to/from France and starting point to begin the tour, three dinners, personal purchases.

— 2017 France Tour Schedule —

Download and print our PROVENCE TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
Download and print our PROVENCE TOUR -SHORT VERSION BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


2017 – Provence Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide complimentary transfers to/from both locations — Avignon TGV Rail Station and Marseille Airport on Day 1 and Day 6 of the Tour.

DAY 1 TRANSFER — We provide a 1:30 pm transfer from Marseille Airport and a 4 pm transfer from AVIGNON TGV Rail Station.

DAY 6 TRANSFER — We provide a 9 AM drop-off arrival at Marseille Airport and a 12 pm (Noon) drop-off arrival at AVIGNON TGV Rail Station followed by drop-off at Avignon Centre rail station.

  • Group size – Maximum 14-16 guests per tour date.
  • Walkers & Non-Walkers – This tour is designed for and caters to BOTH walkers and non-walkers alike. Multiple daily options are available for ALL guests!
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Provence Tour Guest Testimonials…

  “Fabulous Provence!” from Kerry & Warren Seeto  

“Our week in Provence, with Off The Beaten Path, was absolutely amazing. The itinerary was exceptional, with so many highlights…amongst them a private cooking class with one of France’s most recognised chefs. We had a fun-filled week in the company of like-minded travellers, exploring what Provence had to offer….stunning scenery, beautiful walking trails, gorgeous historic villages, Michelin starred restaurants, wineries and so much more. …We loved everything about our tour of Provence with Off the Beaten Path ……amazing itinerary, tremendous organisation, fabulous people and fun! Congratulations, and thanks to Christy!” Click here to read Kerry & Warren’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

  “A Week in Provence: Our Delightful Adventure” from Bob & Susan Horn  

“When my wife and I decided that it was time for us to visit the south of France, we knew that, if we tried to do it on our own, we would miss out on too many experiences that we might enjoy if we only had some guidance. But we didn’t like the idea of the standard sort of tours that we’d read about, with large groups and rigid itineraries and name tags – feeling like we’re being herded around with a bunch of strangers. We wanted something different, but we didn’t know if it existed. It does! After spending a great deal of time researching tours and looking at travel options for the south of France, we began seeing comments, here and there, about someone named Christy Destremau and the tour company that she built and owns, Off the Beaten Path Tours. We were immediately drawn to the OTBP offering, both for the interesting tour locations visited and the daily outings that combine walking, great food and education about the local customs. Once we initially discovered Christy and her company, we did more digging and found that Christy doesn’t just have fans, she has devotees! That doesn’t come by accident – it only comes when it has been earned, and if you choose an Off the Beaten Path tour, I’m confident that you’ll agree that she has earned this sort of following … Thank you to Christy and the entire Off the Beaten Path crew for giving us such wonderful memories.” Click here to read Bob & Susan’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

2017 France Tour Schedule


TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to reserve space(s) on a tour.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your selected tour, and we then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 3 days following our receipt of your tour booking.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 -OR- Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 and Trip Insurance to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment are 100% refundable up to sixty days before tour departure and 100% transferrable sixty days or less before tour departure! Traveler incurs no fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER September 8, 2017:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $500 per person. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer your US$500 per person tour deposit to another tour or put your tour deposit on hold for a future trip. This credit can be rolled over once and you incur no penalty.
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the tour price.
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the tour price.
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the tour price.

Provence Tour Guest Testimonials…

  “Well thought out and well run tour!” from Barbara Frish  

“I just returned from last week’s Provence tour. I’ll preface this by saying that this is only the 2nd tour I have ever taken. I travel a lot but usually on my own. I wasn’t sure I would like someone telling me where to eat and what to see and when to do things. I didn’t want it to be touristy. I didn’t have to worry about any of that! At least for a tour by France OTBP! This tour was amazing! The days are well planned. The group is small. The guides excellent … I wouldn’t hesitate to take or recommend any of her tours!” Click here to read Barbara’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window) – Barbara, her sister Wendy, and 4 friends are joining us for our May 30-June 4, 2017 Loire Valley Tour

  “Great Small Tours of France” from Marti Hyland  

“I have been on two OTBP tours – the Loire Valley and Provence. Both trips were great. The hotel for each trip was really lovely and it was great to have be able to stay at one location the whole week – no packing and unpacking to change hotels. The daily excursions were interesting and included a good mix of history, culture, food, wine, and downtime. One of things I enjoyed most with both tours is that every detail is taken care of for you, and all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself. On both trips, our guides were incredibly knowledgeable, gracious, and entertaining. …I would highly recommend OTBP tours.”  Click here to read Marti’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window) – Marti and Thor are joining us on our October 2-7, 2017 Bordeaux Tour – This will be their 3rd tour with us!


#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.
  • PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

2017 France Tour Schedule

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Provence?

In 2016, we partnered with Trustpilot to provide our tour guests a way to write reviews about their tour experiences in an independent medium where we have no say or control over the review process or what guests write. We are the ONLY multi-day tour operator specializing exclusively in active, small group tours in France who participates in the independent tour review program. Guest satisfaction is paramount, and we are continually striving to exceed guest expectations every tour!

1. We Speak More Than the Language…We’re American Owned & Operated LIVING in France for more than 2 Decades!

Speaking French is a paramount ingredient to operating a successful tour in France. But, even more importantly, cultural understanding and the “savoir-faire” to translate the culture into something relatable to visitors is a must for guests to truly enjoy their France experience!  Off the Beaten Path (OTBP) does just that and much more in the design and delivery of its small group tours in France.

As an American married into a traditional French family, Off the Beaten Path, LLC founder Christy Destremau has had the complete France immersion experience. She has been living a very local French village life with French friends and family for more than two decades. She has raised 2 children in a small village of less than 4,000 inhabitants in the heart of the French countryside. With all of these years of French experiences under her belt and a closely knit circle of French friends across France, she’s incorporated a whole different level of cultural understanding, awareness, and experiences into the company’s small group tours to share with tour guests.

This combination or what Christy calls “the absolute must have” foundation is the required recipe to be able to offer unparalleled tours comprised of “authentic French cultural experiences”. Her own personal experiences, as a foreigner immersed into a French family and transplanted into a small village culture, combined with her Anglophone background serve as “the frosting on the cake” of the company’s uniquely designed, small group tours. Her unique perspective and immersion in the culture makes touring in France with Off the Beaten Path a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable and fun France vacation. The company often receives comments from tour guests claiming that their OTBP tour experience exceeded every expectation thanks to the unique and personalized encounters with our local French friends.

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

Off the Beaten Path small group tour itineraries have been designed to offer multiple daily options and the highest level of flexibility daily to tour guests. Travelers of all abilities and interests can participate in any Off the Beaten Path Tour thanks to the number of varying options we include in each of our small group tours in France — It’s your vacation, and schedule flexibility and freedom of choice are paramount! You decide each day how active or involved you’d like to be in our scheduled tour activities, and how you’d like your day to unfold. Guest reviews often include comments about the unprecedented level of flexibility and available options in our daily tour schedules.

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides in Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne, France live locally, and are deeply engaged in their local communities, giving them inside knowledge and access to local artisans and professionals that contribute to enriching our guests’ France tour experience. Off the Beaten Path guides hold some very influential positions in their respective communities — including being a Provence tourist office president (an elected position), a cultural director of a French city (an appointed position by the mayor), a small tourism business owner, a travel author, and a cultural and travel guide contributing author to list a few.

Off the Beaten Path guides introduce tour guests to people who are family and friends, regional customs, and places that you’d never experience on your own. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience.

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

Because food is an important part of French culture! Our France tour guests rave about our restaurant selections. From a scenic picnic spot amidst the vineyards and lavender fields in Provence or our “formidable” Michelin-star restaurant Chefs personally engaging their talents to offer tour guests the finest gourmet specialties of each region to celebrity bistros owned and operated by our personal family friends, OTBP tour guests’ foodie experience remains an unparalleled and favorite experience on each OTBP small group tour.

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

We balance scheduled activities with leisure time – You decide how engaged in the group or independent to be! Leisure time is incorporated into every OTBP small group tour permitting tour guests time to explore personal interests, discover villages, and historic monuments independently of the group, or simply just shop, enjoy a local cafe, and watch the daily buzz of local French village life. You always have the possibility to opt-in or -out of any activity scheduled on a tour to pursue independent interests. It’s an appealing feature of our small group tours that guests like to know about in advance of booking their tour.


Off the Beaten Path Tour Prices Offer Exceptional Quality & Excellent Value!

  • By living and working locally in France, and having longstanding, established relationships with local professionals, who are personal friends, we SAVE travelers as much as 50% with our tour prices, compared to offerings from other tour companies competing in the same tour market!
  • Not only have we negotiated the best prices for every component of our tours, because we’re working with friends, but we also include unique and personalized experiences only available to our tour guests; thanks to local friends.
  • We also include most everything in our tour prices. Unlike non-France based and multi-destination tour companies, we don’t have to budget international flight costs, lodging, food, and other expenses for tour guides into tour prices, giving us leverage to pass on big savings to tour guests!
  • By including most everything in our prices, there are also NEVER any hidden out-of-pocket expenses to worry about, making it easy for travelers to organize their travel budget in advance, and putting travelers at ease to truly focus on enjoying their tour experience!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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2017 Dates & Price

2017 – PROVENCE TOUR Dates, Price Book Now

  • 2017 Provence Tour Price – US$3,498 per person instead of US$3,898 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Save US$400 per person!
  • **This Week Only Bonus** – Book A September 2017 Provence Tour  Date anytime this week (June 18 – 25, 2017), and Also Get 1 FREE Additional Night at Hotel Gounod with Breakfast for 2 Included and Complimentary Roundtrip Transfers – Arrive a Day Early or Stay a Day After the Tour – We also include the roundtrip transfers for whichever you choose !
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$520. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! – Trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour when booking your tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!

2017 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES2017 Tour Schedule

  • June 20-25 – Sold Out
  • June 25-30 – Sold Out
  • July 4-9 – Sold Out
  • July 11-16Sold Out
  • July 18-23  2 Spaces Available
  • July 25-30 – Sold Out
  • August 29-September 3 – Sold Out
  • September 5-10  – 3 Spaces Available
  • September 12-17 – 2 Spaces Available
  • September 19-24  3 Spaces Available
  • September 26-October 1  4 Spaces Available
  • October 3-8 – 4 Spaces Available
  • October 10-15 – Sold Out

   


Trustpilot Says Guests Love Our Tours!  Based on Independent Verified Reviews!

 


LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE — 2017 Provence Tour dates during Provence’s lavender blooming season – June 13-18, June 20-25, June 25-30, June 27-July 2, July 4-9, July 6-11, July 11-16, and July 18-23.  Visit our BLOG post to read about lavender in Provence and the best time to visit Provence to see lavender in bloom (opens in a new tab).

2017 France Tour Schedule    

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Price Includes

2017 – Provence Tour Price Includes…

  • Our Provence Tours are designed to appeal to BOTH walkers and NON-walkers alike!
  • This small group, Provence Tour is both owner led, and led by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to several Provence Travel Guidebook series, and are published writers and photographers.
  • Authentic Provence Experiences that Only we can deliver!  Spend 6 days experiencing Provence like family friends going beyond the expected to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes for authentic and fun French experiences unlike any other!
  • We are professional France history and Provence-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, anecdotes and stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • 5 nights — NO HOTEL HOPPING! — at CONDE NAST recommended boutique Hotel Gounod in historical St. Remy de Provence, and is owned and operated by our personal friend Karine.
  • 2018 Tours — 11 Meals Included – 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • ALL PROVENCE REGIONAL CLASSIFIED WINES INCLUDED at group meals – Enjoy Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Hermitage, Rhone Valley, and more!
  • For WALKERS: Participate in 3 guided walks in Provence – (1) Chateauneuf-du-Pape Amidst the Vineyards Walk, (2) Luberon Valley Village to Village Walk, and (3) Hidden Gems of Provence Walk – (walks are optional and designed for interested guests), both long and short walking trail options available.
  • For NON-WALKERS – shuttle to/from all guided tours, visits, villages, restaurants, excursions and activities during the tour.
  • Discover the BEST outdoor craft, art and artisan markets in Provence.
  • Explore hilltop villages in the Lubéron area of Provence, discover the best of Provence in the Alpilles and Luberon, and spend the day along the Mediterranean coast in the terraced wine producing village of Cassis (ALL both for walkers and non-walkers).
  • Enjoy a 45 minute cruise along the Mediterranean coast to view historical calanques (Roman ruin fjords).
  • Tour & Taste at Artisan French Chocolate Workshop with our Award Winning Chocolatier (chocolate-maker).
  • Guided Tour and wine tasting at our friend’s Chateauneuf-du-Pape estate – restored 13th century wine cellar.
  • Participate in a hands-on, “Cooking at Home” class. Prepare Provence recipes with our friend, a celebrity Master Chef – afterwards enjoy a gourmet meal of the recipes prepared in class.
  • For non-cooking guests – enjoy a guided, cultural visit, then join fellow tour guests afterwards for the cooking class dinner at our Chef’s home.
  • For BOTH WALKERS & NON-WALKERS — select from a variety of cultural options available daily.
  • Roundtrip transfers between Marseille Airport, Avignon TGV station on Day 1, and Marseille Airport, Avignon TGV station, and Avignon Centre station on Day 6.
  • Bottled water provided throughout the tour.
  • All ground transportation provided via luxury 18-seater, air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinters.
  • –COMFORT ZONE– Designed for the interests of and to appeal to BOTH WALKERS & NON-WALKERS alike — the Active and Occasional Walker, and travelers of all ability levels. If you’re not a walker at all, enjoy shuttling to all activities, excursions and meals on our comfortable 18-seater air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinters.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – Airfare and/or train fare to/from France and starting point to begin the tour, three dinners, personal purchases.

— 2017 France Tour Schedule —

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Tour Begins & Ends

Download and print our PROVENCE TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
Download and print our PROVENCE TOUR -SHORT VERSION BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


2017 – Provence Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide complimentary transfers to/from both locations — Avignon TGV Rail Station and Marseille Airport on Day 1 and Day 6 of the Tour.

DAY 1 TRANSFER — We provide a 1:30 pm transfer from Marseille Airport and a 4 pm transfer from AVIGNON TGV Rail Station.

DAY 6 TRANSFER — We provide a 9 AM drop-off arrival at Marseille Airport and a 12 pm (Noon) drop-off arrival at AVIGNON TGV Rail Station followed by drop-off at Avignon Centre rail station.

  • Group size – Maximum 14-16 guests per tour date.
  • Walkers & Non-Walkers – This tour is designed for and caters to BOTH walkers and non-walkers alike. Multiple daily options are available for ALL guests!
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Provence Tour Guest Testimonials…

  “Fabulous Provence!” from Kerry & Warren Seeto  

“Our week in Provence, with Off The Beaten Path, was absolutely amazing. The itinerary was exceptional, with so many highlights…amongst them a private cooking class with one of France’s most recognised chefs. We had a fun-filled week in the company of like-minded travellers, exploring what Provence had to offer….stunning scenery, beautiful walking trails, gorgeous historic villages, Michelin starred restaurants, wineries and so much more. …We loved everything about our tour of Provence with Off the Beaten Path ……amazing itinerary, tremendous organisation, fabulous people and fun! Congratulations, and thanks to Christy!” Click here to read Kerry & Warren’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

  “A Week in Provence: Our Delightful Adventure” from Bob & Susan Horn  

“When my wife and I decided that it was time for us to visit the south of France, we knew that, if we tried to do it on our own, we would miss out on too many experiences that we might enjoy if we only had some guidance. But we didn’t like the idea of the standard sort of tours that we’d read about, with large groups and rigid itineraries and name tags – feeling like we’re being herded around with a bunch of strangers. We wanted something different, but we didn’t know if it existed. It does! After spending a great deal of time researching tours and looking at travel options for the south of France, we began seeing comments, here and there, about someone named Christy Destremau and the tour company that she built and owns, Off the Beaten Path Tours. We were immediately drawn to the OTBP offering, both for the interesting tour locations visited and the daily outings that combine walking, great food and education about the local customs. Once we initially discovered Christy and her company, we did more digging and found that Christy doesn’t just have fans, she has devotees! That doesn’t come by accident – it only comes when it has been earned, and if you choose an Off the Beaten Path tour, I’m confident that you’ll agree that she has earned this sort of following … Thank you to Christy and the entire Off the Beaten Path crew for giving us such wonderful memories.” Click here to read Bob & Susan’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

2017 France Tour Schedule

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TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to reserve space(s) on a tour.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your selected tour, and we then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 3 days following our receipt of your tour booking.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 -OR- Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 and Trip Insurance to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment are 100% refundable up to sixty days before tour departure and 100% transferrable sixty days or less before tour departure! Traveler incurs no fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER September 8, 2017:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $500 per person. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer your US$500 per person tour deposit to another tour or put your tour deposit on hold for a future trip. This credit can be rolled over once and you incur no penalty.
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the tour price.
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the tour price.
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the tour price.

Provence Tour Guest Testimonials…

  “Well thought out and well run tour!” from Barbara Frish  

“I just returned from last week’s Provence tour. I’ll preface this by saying that this is only the 2nd tour I have ever taken. I travel a lot but usually on my own. I wasn’t sure I would like someone telling me where to eat and what to see and when to do things. I didn’t want it to be touristy. I didn’t have to worry about any of that! At least for a tour by France OTBP! This tour was amazing! The days are well planned. The group is small. The guides excellent … I wouldn’t hesitate to take or recommend any of her tours!” Click here to read Barbara’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window) – Barbara, her sister Wendy, and 4 friends are joining us for our May 30-June 4, 2017 Loire Valley Tour

  “Great Small Tours of France” from Marti Hyland  

“I have been on two OTBP tours – the Loire Valley and Provence. Both trips were great. The hotel for each trip was really lovely and it was great to have be able to stay at one location the whole week – no packing and unpacking to change hotels. The daily excursions were interesting and included a good mix of history, culture, food, wine, and downtime. One of things I enjoyed most with both tours is that every detail is taken care of for you, and all you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself. On both trips, our guides were incredibly knowledgeable, gracious, and entertaining. …I would highly recommend OTBP tours.”  Click here to read Marti’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window) – Marti and Thor are joining us on our October 2-7, 2017 Bordeaux Tour – This will be their 3rd tour with us!


#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.
  • PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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Our Difference

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Provence?

In 2016, we partnered with Trustpilot to provide our tour guests a way to write reviews about their tour experiences in an independent medium where we have no say or control over the review process or what guests write. We are the ONLY multi-day tour operator specializing exclusively in active, small group tours in France who participates in the independent tour review program. Guest satisfaction is paramount, and we are continually striving to exceed guest expectations every tour!

1. We Speak More Than the Language…We’re American Owned & Operated LIVING in France for more than 2 Decades!

Speaking French is a paramount ingredient to operating a successful tour in France. But, even more importantly, cultural understanding and the “savoir-faire” to translate the culture into something relatable to visitors is a must for guests to truly enjoy their France experience!  Off the Beaten Path (OTBP) does just that and much more in the design and delivery of its small group tours in France.

As an American married into a traditional French family, Off the Beaten Path, LLC founder Christy Destremau has had the complete France immersion experience. She has been living a very local French village life with French friends and family for more than two decades. She has raised 2 children in a small village of less than 4,000 inhabitants in the heart of the French countryside. With all of these years of French experiences under her belt and a closely knit circle of French friends across France, she’s incorporated a whole different level of cultural understanding, awareness, and experiences into the company’s small group tours to share with tour guests.

This combination or what Christy calls “the absolute must have” foundation is the required recipe to be able to offer unparalleled tours comprised of “authentic French cultural experiences”. Her own personal experiences, as a foreigner immersed into a French family and transplanted into a small village culture, combined with her Anglophone background serve as “the frosting on the cake” of the company’s uniquely designed, small group tours. Her unique perspective and immersion in the culture makes touring in France with Off the Beaten Path a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable and fun France vacation. The company often receives comments from tour guests claiming that their OTBP tour experience exceeded every expectation thanks to the unique and personalized encounters with our local French friends.

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

Off the Beaten Path small group tour itineraries have been designed to offer multiple daily options and the highest level of flexibility daily to tour guests. Travelers of all abilities and interests can participate in any Off the Beaten Path Tour thanks to the number of varying options we include in each of our small group tours in France — It’s your vacation, and schedule flexibility and freedom of choice are paramount! You decide each day how active or involved you’d like to be in our scheduled tour activities, and how you’d like your day to unfold. Guest reviews often include comments about the unprecedented level of flexibility and available options in our daily tour schedules.

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides in Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne, France live locally, and are deeply engaged in their local communities, giving them inside knowledge and access to local artisans and professionals that contribute to enriching our guests’ France tour experience. Off the Beaten Path guides hold some very influential positions in their respective communities — including being a Provence tourist office president (an elected position), a cultural director of a French city (an appointed position by the mayor), a small tourism business owner, a travel author, and a cultural and travel guide contributing author to list a few.

Off the Beaten Path guides introduce tour guests to people who are family and friends, regional customs, and places that you’d never experience on your own. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience.

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

Because food is an important part of French culture! Our France tour guests rave about our restaurant selections. From a scenic picnic spot amidst the vineyards and lavender fields in Provence or our “formidable” Michelin-star restaurant Chefs personally engaging their talents to offer tour guests the finest gourmet specialties of each region to celebrity bistros owned and operated by our personal family friends, OTBP tour guests’ foodie experience remains an unparalleled and favorite experience on each OTBP small group tour.

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

We balance scheduled activities with leisure time – You decide how engaged in the group or independent to be! Leisure time is incorporated into every OTBP small group tour permitting tour guests time to explore personal interests, discover villages, and historic monuments independently of the group, or simply just shop, enjoy a local cafe, and watch the daily buzz of local French village life. You always have the possibility to opt-in or -out of any activity scheduled on a tour to pursue independent interests. It’s an appealing feature of our small group tours that guests like to know about in advance of booking their tour.


Off the Beaten Path Tour Prices Offer Exceptional Quality & Excellent Value!

  • By living and working locally in France, and having longstanding, established relationships with local professionals, who are personal friends, we SAVE travelers as much as 50% with our tour prices, compared to offerings from other tour companies competing in the same tour market!
  • Not only have we negotiated the best prices for every component of our tours, because we’re working with friends, but we also include unique and personalized experiences only available to our tour guests; thanks to local friends.
  • We also include most everything in our tour prices. Unlike non-France based and multi-destination tour companies, we don’t have to budget international flight costs, lodging, food, and other expenses for tour guides into tour prices, giving us leverage to pass on big savings to tour guests!
  • By including most everything in our prices, there are also NEVER any hidden out-of-pocket expenses to worry about, making it easy for travelers to organize their travel budget in advance, and putting travelers at ease to truly focus on enjoying their tour experience!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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2017 – LOIRE VALLEY GOURMET TOUR DATES & PRICES
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•  Loire Valley Day-by-Day Itinerary  •  Tour Price Includes   •  The Hotel

  • Winner! LUX 2017 Tourism Award – BEST French Touring Company!2017 tour schedule
  • Featured in Best Selling Author PJ Adams Travel Series Book – Intoxicating Greater Paris; Loire, Valley of the Kings!
  • Featured “Best Active, Cultural Loire Valley Tour” by Travel & Leisure
  • Featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Editor’s Pick List”
  • Featured in USA Today Travel Tips

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Click the TAB TITLES below – 2017 Dates & Price • Price Includes • Tour Begins & Ends • The Hotel • Our Difference – to view complete details for each category.

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR Dates, PriceBook Now

  • 2017 Loire Valley Tour Price – US$3,398 per person instead of US$3,798 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Save US$400 per person!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$450. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! – Trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour when booking your tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATES2017 Tour Schedule

  • June 25-30 – Sold Out
  • July 2-7 – Sold Out
  • July 9-14 – Sold Out
  • September 5-10 – Sold Out
  • September 12-17 – 4 Spaces Available
  • September 19-24 – Sold Out

    


Trustpilot Says Guests Love Our Tours!  Based on Independent Verified Reviews!

 

2017 France Tour Schedule  

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY Tour Price Includes…

  • This exclusive small group, Loire Valley Tour is both owner led, and led by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC Company Tour Guides.
  • Authentic Loire Valley Experiences that Only we can deliver!  Spend 6 days experiencing the Loire Valley like family friends going beyond the expected to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes for authentic and fun French experiences unlike any other!
  • We are France history, culinary and wine specialists, and are also UNESCO Heritage Award Winners, published authors, photographers and regular contributors to several travel guides series about the Loire Valley and other regions of France. Our Tour guides are professional France history and Loire Valley-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, and ludic stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • 5 Nights, 4-star boutique  hotel accommodations — at hotel Pavillon Des Lys in historic Amboise — (NO HOTEL HOPPING)
  • Enjoy fun and fact filled guided tours, independent visits and leisure time at Loire Valley castles of Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, Amboise, Villandry, and Azay-le-Rideau.
  • Participate in two (2) private, hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations with three (3) different Chefs – our culinary friends; award winning, celebrity Master, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and Michelin-Star Chefs.
  • 9 Meals + 1 Hosted Cocktail Evening of Regional Specialties – 5 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Privately Hosted Wine Estate Lunch, 1 Hosted Cocktail Evening of Regional Food Specialties, and 3 Gourmet Dinners (combination of Michelin-star restaurants and cooking classes with our friends who are also Master, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and Michelin-star Chefs)
  • ALL of our Chefs during this exclusive castles and culinary tour are personal family friends of OTBP Company owner, Christy Destremau. Each will share his/her individual specialties and favorite regional recipes with us in cooking class. Each cooking class offers a unique look inside the professional and personal lives of each of our Chefs, and how distinctly different their culinary styles are from each other. We’ll prepare three course meals during each class, indulge in tasting wonderful local sparkling wines from the region, and tasting the sumptuous recipes we’ve prepared together in class.
  • Regional classified wines included at all group meals–Indulge in tasting classified Touraine wines from Chinon, Amboise, Mesland, Bourgeuil, and Sancerre.
  • VIP Winery Tour , Wine Tasting & Privately Hosted Lunch of Loire Cuisine & Touraine wines at our friend’s wine estate
  • FIRST CHEF: A special welcome dinner prepared by one of our favorite Michelin-star Chefs of the region, Frédérique B.
  • Two (2) cooking classes with three (3) different Michelin-Star/Master Chefs
  • SECOND CHEF: Cooking Class and Cooking Demonstration with our friend, Michelin-star Chef Damien G.
  • THIRD CHEF (A husband & wife team): Cooking Class with celebrity Master Chefs, our friends Angelique and Christophe (works with Alain Ducasse) at their home
  • Participate in a fun “Tour de France” Cheese and Wine Tasting with our friend, a Michelin-star Chef.
  • Tour & Taste at Artisan French Chocolate Workshop with our Award Winning Chocolatier (chocolate-maker).
  • Shop at the weekly market in Blois and/or Amboise.
  • Bottled water provided throughout the trip.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • This exclusive Loire Valley Tour is limited to 12-16 guests per Tour date.
  • Comfort Zone – Designed for the interests of and to appeal to both the Active and Occasional Walker.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – airfare to/from France, train fare to/from St. Pierre des Corps TGV station, some meals as detailed in the itinerary, personal purchases.

2017 France Tour Schedule

Download and print our LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
Download and print our LOIRE VALLEY TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


2017 – Loire Valley Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide a complimentary group pick-up at St. Pierre des Corps TGV Rail Station, Tours, France at 4 PM on Day 1 and a group drop-off at the same rail station at 9:30-10:00 AM on Day 6.
  • Group size – Maximum 14-16 guests per tour date.
  • Multiple Daily options are available for all France Off the Beaten Path tour guests.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Loire Valley Tour Guest Testimonials…

  “Loire Valley food, wine and castles” from Sandie Mapp  

“I contacted Christy Destremau after searching many tours of Loire Valley online. Christy’s reviews are what caught my eye. All her clients were raving about their travels with Christy. So, after checking thoroughly and viewing all the photos and reading more reviews……… I booked it ! Christy had a wonderful itinerary planned for me and my 3 girlfriends . The occasion was my big birthday (60) destination trip with my friends. The foods, the wines, the history, the hotel, the KNOWLEDGE of all things France that Christy had, truly exceeded our expectations.” Click here to read Sandie’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

  “Wonderful Loire and Provence Tours” from Tim and Nina Ku  

“We joined France Off the Beaten Path on the Loire and Provence tours. Both tours were very well run. The small group size makes a big difference in comparison to larger tours. When traveling with these small groups, you feel like you are traveling with friends, not a tour, and the guides (we had Christy, Philippe, and David) were excellent – knowledgeable, attentive, friendly, and charming. …If you are looking for a small group tour in France, we highly recommend Off the Beaten Path. We would do another tour with this group in a heartbeat!”  Click here to read Tim and Nina’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window) – Tim and Nina also traveled on our September 2016 Bordeaux Tour – see their Bordeaux Tour review also on our Trustpilot profile page.

2017 France Tour Schedule


TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to reserve space(s) on a tour.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your selected tour, and we then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 3 days following our receipt of your tour booking.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 -OR- Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 and Trip Insurance to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment are 100% refundable up to sixty days before tour departure and 100% transferrable sixty days or less before tour departure! Traveler incurs no fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER September 8, 2017:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $500 per person. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer your US$500 per person tour deposit to another tour or put your tour deposit on hold for a future trip. This credit can be rolled over once and you incur no penalty.
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the tour price.
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the tour price.
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the tour price.

Loire Valley Tour Guest Testimonials…

  “Outstanding Small Group Tours” from Mike & Pam Curtis  

“OTBP is a top notch small group tour company. Every aspect of these tours – from the hotels, experiences, food, and guides – just couldn’t be better. We’ve done the Loire Valley and Provence trips, and we’re hoping to get to Bordeaux soon! For us, staying in one hotel and enjoying the local area is a highlight. Hotel hopping is not fun, and with Christy you don’t have to! Go on one of these tours!” … Click here to read Mike and Pam’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

  “Fabulous France Off the Beaten Path delivers!” from Ron & Jo Lim  

“We had one of the best vacations ever! Christy was an outstanding guide and tour leader… She was articulate and knowledgeable… We highly recommend France Off The Beaten Path.” … Click here to read Ron and Jo’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)


#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Book Release! PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!
  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.

2017 France Tour Schedule

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in the Loire Valley?

In 2016, we partnered with Trustpilot to provide our tour guests a way to write reviews about their tour experiences in an independent medium where we have no say or control over the review process or what guests write. We are the ONLY multi-day tour operator specializing exclusively in active, small group tours in France who participates in the independent tour review program. Guest satisfaction is paramount, and we are continually striving to exceed guest expectations every tour!

1. We Speak More Than the Language…We’re American Owned & Operated LIVING in France for more than 2 Decades!

Speaking French is a paramount ingredient to operating a successful tour in France. But, even more importantly, cultural understanding and the “savoir-faire” to translate the culture into something relatable to visitors is a must for guests to truly enjoy their France experience!  Off the Beaten Path (OTBP) does just that and much more in the design and delivery of its small group tours in France.

As an American married into a traditional French family, Off the Beaten Path, LLC founder Christy Destremau has had the complete France immersion experience. She has been living a very local French village life with French friends and family for more than two decades. She has raised 2 children in a small village of less than 4,000 inhabitants in the heart of the French countryside. With all of these years of French experiences under her belt and a closely knit circle of French friends across France, she’s incorporated a whole different level of cultural understanding, awareness, and experiences into the company’s small group tours to share with tour guests.

This combination or what Christy calls “the absolute must have” foundation is the required recipe to be able to offer unparalleled tours comprised of “authentic French cultural experiences”. Her own personal experiences, as a foreigner immersed into a French family and transplanted into a small village culture, combined with her Anglophone background serve as “the frosting on the cake” of the company’s uniquely designed, small group tours. Her unique perspective and immersion in the culture makes touring in France with Off the Beaten Path a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable and fun France vacation. The company often receives comments from tour guests claiming that their OTBP tour experience exceeded every expectation thanks to the unique and personalized encounters with our local French friends.

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

Off the Beaten Path small group tour itineraries have been designed to offer multiple daily options and the highest level of flexibility daily to tour guests. Travelers of all abilities and interests can participate in any Off the Beaten Path Tour thanks to the number of varying options we include in each of our small group tours in France — It’s your vacation, and schedule flexibility and freedom of choice are paramount! You decide each day how active or involved you’d like to be in our scheduled tour activities, and how you’d like your day to unfold. Guest reviews often include comments about the unprecedented level of flexibility and available options in our daily tour schedules.

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides in Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne, France live locally, and are deeply engaged in their local communities, giving them inside knowledge and access to local artisans and professionals that contribute to enriching our guests’ France tour experience. Off the Beaten Path guides hold some very influential positions in their respective communities — including being a Provence tourist office president (an elected position), a cultural director of a French city (an appointed position by the mayor), a small tourism business owner, a travel author, and a cultural and travel guide contributing author to list a few.

Off the Beaten Path guides introduce tour guests to people who are family and friends, regional customs, and places that you’d never experience on your own. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience.

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

Because food is an important part of French culture! Our France tour guests rave about our restaurant selections. From a scenic picnic spot amidst the vineyards and lavender fields in Provence or our “formidable” Michelin-star restaurant Chefs personally engaging their talents to offer tour guests the finest gourmet specialties of each region to celebrity bistros owned and operated by our personal family friends, OTBP tour guests’ foodie experience remains an unparalleled and favorite experience on each OTBP small group tour.

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

We balance scheduled activities with leisure time – You decide how engaged in the group or independent to be! Leisure time is incorporated into every OTBP small group tour permitting tour guests time to explore personal interests, discover villages, and historic monuments independently of the group, or simply just shop, enjoy a local cafe, and watch the daily buzz of local French village life. You always have the possibility to opt-in or -out of any activity scheduled on a tour to pursue independent interests. It’s an appealing feature of our small group tours that guests like to know about in advance of booking their tour.


Off the Beaten Path Tour Prices Offer Exceptional Quality & Excellent Value!

  • By living and working locally in France, and having longstanding, established relationships with local professionals, who are personal friends, we SAVE travelers as much as 50% with our tour prices, compared to offerings from other tour companies competing in the same tour market!
  • Not only have we negotiated the best prices for every component of our tours, because we’re working with friends, but we also include unique and personalized experiences only available to our tour guests; thanks to local friends.
  • We also include most everything in our tour prices. Unlike non-France based and multi-destination tour companies, we don’t have to budget international flight costs, lodging, food, and other expenses for tour guides into tour prices, giving us leverage to pass on big savings to tour guests!
  • By including most everything in our prices, there are also NEVER any hidden out-of-pocket expenses to worry about, making it easy for travelers to organize their travel budget in advance, and putting travelers at ease to truly focus on enjoying their tour experience!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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2017 Dates & Price

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR Dates, PriceBook Now

  • 2017 Loire Valley Tour Price – US$3,398 per person instead of US$3,798 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Save US$400 per person!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$450. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! – Trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour when booking your tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATES2017 Tour Schedule

  • June 25-30 – Sold Out
  • July 2-7 – Sold Out
  • July 9-14 – Sold Out
  • September 5-10 – Sold Out
  • September 12-17 – 4 Spaces Available
  • September 19-24 – Sold Out

    


Trustpilot Says Guests Love Our Tours!  Based on Independent Verified Reviews!

 

2017 France Tour Schedule  

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Price Includes

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY Tour Price Includes…

  • This exclusive small group, Loire Valley Tour is both owner led, and led by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC Company Tour Guides.
  • Authentic Loire Valley Experiences that Only we can deliver!  Spend 6 days experiencing the Loire Valley like family friends going beyond the expected to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes for authentic and fun French experiences unlike any other!
  • We are France history, culinary and wine specialists, and are also UNESCO Heritage Award Winners, published authors, photographers and regular contributors to several travel guides series about the Loire Valley and other regions of France. Our Tour guides are professional France history and Loire Valley-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, and ludic stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • 5 Nights, 4-star boutique  hotel accommodations — at hotel Pavillon Des Lys in historic Amboise — (NO HOTEL HOPPING)
  • Enjoy fun and fact filled guided tours, independent visits and leisure time at Loire Valley castles of Chambord, Chenonceau, Blois, Amboise, Villandry, and Azay-le-Rideau.
  • Participate in two (2) private, hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations with three (3) different Chefs – our culinary friends; award winning, celebrity Master, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and Michelin-Star Chefs.
  • 9 Meals + 1 Hosted Cocktail Evening of Regional Specialties – 5 Buffet Breakfasts, 1 Privately Hosted Wine Estate Lunch, 1 Hosted Cocktail Evening of Regional Food Specialties, and 3 Gourmet Dinners (combination of Michelin-star restaurants and cooking classes with our friends who are also Master, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, and Michelin-star Chefs)
  • ALL of our Chefs during this exclusive castles and culinary tour are personal family friends of OTBP Company owner, Christy Destremau. Each will share his/her individual specialties and favorite regional recipes with us in cooking class. Each cooking class offers a unique look inside the professional and personal lives of each of our Chefs, and how distinctly different their culinary styles are from each other. We’ll prepare three course meals during each class, indulge in tasting wonderful local sparkling wines from the region, and tasting the sumptuous recipes we’ve prepared together in class.
  • Regional classified wines included at all group meals–Indulge in tasting classified Touraine wines from Chinon, Amboise, Mesland, Bourgeuil, and Sancerre.
  • VIP Winery Tour , Wine Tasting & Privately Hosted Lunch of Loire Cuisine & Touraine wines at our friend’s wine estate
  • FIRST CHEF: A special welcome dinner prepared by one of our favorite Michelin-star Chefs of the region, Frédérique B.
  • Two (2) cooking classes with three (3) different Michelin-Star/Master Chefs
  • SECOND CHEF: Cooking Class and Cooking Demonstration with our friend, Michelin-star Chef Damien G.
  • THIRD CHEF (A husband & wife team): Cooking Class with celebrity Master Chefs, our friends Angelique and Christophe (works with Alain Ducasse) at their home
  • Participate in a fun “Tour de France” Cheese and Wine Tasting with our friend, a Michelin-star Chef.
  • Tour & Taste at Artisan French Chocolate Workshop with our Award Winning Chocolatier (chocolate-maker).
  • Shop at the weekly market in Blois and/or Amboise.
  • Bottled water provided throughout the trip.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • This exclusive Loire Valley Tour is limited to 12-16 guests per Tour date.
  • Comfort Zone – Designed for the interests of and to appeal to both the Active and Occasional Walker.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – airfare to/from France, train fare to/from St. Pierre des Corps TGV station, some meals as detailed in the itinerary, personal purchases.

2017 France Tour Schedule

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Tour Begins & Ends

Download and print our LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
Download and print our LOIRE VALLEY TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


2017 – Loire Valley Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide a complimentary group pick-up at St. Pierre des Corps TGV Rail Station, Tours, France at 4 PM on Day 1 and a group drop-off at the same rail station at 9:30-10:00 AM on Day 6.
  • Group size – Maximum 14-16 guests per tour date.
  • Multiple Daily options are available for all France Off the Beaten Path tour guests.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Loire Valley Tour Guest Testimonials…

  “Loire Valley food, wine and castles” from Sandie Mapp  

“I contacted Christy Destremau after searching many tours of Loire Valley online. Christy’s reviews are what caught my eye. All her clients were raving about their travels with Christy. So, after checking thoroughly and viewing all the photos and reading more reviews……… I booked it ! Christy had a wonderful itinerary planned for me and my 3 girlfriends . The occasion was my big birthday (60) destination trip with my friends. The foods, the wines, the history, the hotel, the KNOWLEDGE of all things France that Christy had, truly exceeded our expectations.” Click here to read Sandie’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

  “Wonderful Loire and Provence Tours” from Tim and Nina Ku  

“We joined France Off the Beaten Path on the Loire and Provence tours. Both tours were very well run. The small group size makes a big difference in comparison to larger tours. When traveling with these small groups, you feel like you are traveling with friends, not a tour, and the guides (we had Christy, Philippe, and David) were excellent – knowledgeable, attentive, friendly, and charming. …If you are looking for a small group tour in France, we highly recommend Off the Beaten Path. We would do another tour with this group in a heartbeat!”  Click here to read Tim and Nina’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window) – Tim and Nina also traveled on our September 2016 Bordeaux Tour – see their Bordeaux Tour review also on our Trustpilot profile page.

2017 France Tour Schedule

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The Hotel

TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to reserve space(s) on a tour.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your selected tour, and we then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 3 days following our receipt of your tour booking.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 -OR- Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 and Trip Insurance to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment are 100% refundable up to sixty days before tour departure and 100% transferrable sixty days or less before tour departure! Traveler incurs no fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER September 8, 2017:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $500 per person. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer your US$500 per person tour deposit to another tour or put your tour deposit on hold for a future trip. This credit can be rolled over once and you incur no penalty.
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the tour price.
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the tour price.
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the tour price.

Loire Valley Tour Guest Testimonials…

  “Outstanding Small Group Tours” from Mike & Pam Curtis  

“OTBP is a top notch small group tour company. Every aspect of these tours – from the hotels, experiences, food, and guides – just couldn’t be better. We’ve done the Loire Valley and Provence trips, and we’re hoping to get to Bordeaux soon! For us, staying in one hotel and enjoying the local area is a highlight. Hotel hopping is not fun, and with Christy you don’t have to! Go on one of these tours!” … Click here to read Mike and Pam’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

  “Fabulous France Off the Beaten Path delivers!” from Ron & Jo Lim  

“We had one of the best vacations ever! Christy was an outstanding guide and tour leader… She was articulate and knowledgeable… We highly recommend France Off The Beaten Path.” … Click here to read Ron and Jo’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)


#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Book Release! PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!
  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.

2017 France Tour Schedule

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Our Difference

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in the Loire Valley?

In 2016, we partnered with Trustpilot to provide our tour guests a way to write reviews about their tour experiences in an independent medium where we have no say or control over the review process or what guests write. We are the ONLY multi-day tour operator specializing exclusively in active, small group tours in France who participates in the independent tour review program. Guest satisfaction is paramount, and we are continually striving to exceed guest expectations every tour!

1. We Speak More Than the Language…We’re American Owned & Operated LIVING in France for more than 2 Decades!

Speaking French is a paramount ingredient to operating a successful tour in France. But, even more importantly, cultural understanding and the “savoir-faire” to translate the culture into something relatable to visitors is a must for guests to truly enjoy their France experience!  Off the Beaten Path (OTBP) does just that and much more in the design and delivery of its small group tours in France.

As an American married into a traditional French family, Off the Beaten Path, LLC founder Christy Destremau has had the complete France immersion experience. She has been living a very local French village life with French friends and family for more than two decades. She has raised 2 children in a small village of less than 4,000 inhabitants in the heart of the French countryside. With all of these years of French experiences under her belt and a closely knit circle of French friends across France, she’s incorporated a whole different level of cultural understanding, awareness, and experiences into the company’s small group tours to share with tour guests.

This combination or what Christy calls “the absolute must have” foundation is the required recipe to be able to offer unparalleled tours comprised of “authentic French cultural experiences”. Her own personal experiences, as a foreigner immersed into a French family and transplanted into a small village culture, combined with her Anglophone background serve as “the frosting on the cake” of the company’s uniquely designed, small group tours. Her unique perspective and immersion in the culture makes touring in France with Off the Beaten Path a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable and fun France vacation. The company often receives comments from tour guests claiming that their OTBP tour experience exceeded every expectation thanks to the unique and personalized encounters with our local French friends.

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

Off the Beaten Path small group tour itineraries have been designed to offer multiple daily options and the highest level of flexibility daily to tour guests. Travelers of all abilities and interests can participate in any Off the Beaten Path Tour thanks to the number of varying options we include in each of our small group tours in France — It’s your vacation, and schedule flexibility and freedom of choice are paramount! You decide each day how active or involved you’d like to be in our scheduled tour activities, and how you’d like your day to unfold. Guest reviews often include comments about the unprecedented level of flexibility and available options in our daily tour schedules.

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides in Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne, France live locally, and are deeply engaged in their local communities, giving them inside knowledge and access to local artisans and professionals that contribute to enriching our guests’ France tour experience. Off the Beaten Path guides hold some very influential positions in their respective communities — including being a Provence tourist office president (an elected position), a cultural director of a French city (an appointed position by the mayor), a small tourism business owner, a travel author, and a cultural and travel guide contributing author to list a few.

Off the Beaten Path guides introduce tour guests to people who are family and friends, regional customs, and places that you’d never experience on your own. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience.

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

Because food is an important part of French culture! Our France tour guests rave about our restaurant selections. From a scenic picnic spot amidst the vineyards and lavender fields in Provence or our “formidable” Michelin-star restaurant Chefs personally engaging their talents to offer tour guests the finest gourmet specialties of each region to celebrity bistros owned and operated by our personal family friends, OTBP tour guests’ foodie experience remains an unparalleled and favorite experience on each OTBP small group tour.

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

We balance scheduled activities with leisure time – You decide how engaged in the group or independent to be! Leisure time is incorporated into every OTBP small group tour permitting tour guests time to explore personal interests, discover villages, and historic monuments independently of the group, or simply just shop, enjoy a local cafe, and watch the daily buzz of local French village life. You always have the possibility to opt-in or -out of any activity scheduled on a tour to pursue independent interests. It’s an appealing feature of our small group tours that guests like to know about in advance of booking their tour.


Off the Beaten Path Tour Prices Offer Exceptional Quality & Excellent Value!

  • By living and working locally in France, and having longstanding, established relationships with local professionals, who are personal friends, we SAVE travelers as much as 50% with our tour prices, compared to offerings from other tour companies competing in the same tour market!
  • Not only have we negotiated the best prices for every component of our tours, because we’re working with friends, but we also include unique and personalized experiences only available to our tour guests; thanks to local friends.
  • We also include most everything in our tour prices. Unlike non-France based and multi-destination tour companies, we don’t have to budget international flight costs, lodging, food, and other expenses for tour guides into tour prices, giving us leverage to pass on big savings to tour guests!
  • By including most everything in our prices, there are also NEVER any hidden out-of-pocket expenses to worry about, making it easy for travelers to organize their travel budget in advance, and putting travelers at ease to truly focus on enjoying their tour experience!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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2017 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES & PRICES
Bordeaux Tour Summary  •  Bordeaux Day-by-Day Itinerary  •  Price Includes  •  The Hotel

  • Named a “Forbes Favorite” by Forbes Traveler Magazine
  • Featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Editor’s Pick List”
  • Named “Best Wine Tours in France” by eHow.com
  • Named “Best of Bordeaux” -Andrew Harper Hideaway Report
  • Featured National Geographic Walk of a Lifetime
  • Featured in USA Today Travel Tips

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Click the TAB TITLES below – 2017 Dates & Price • Price Includes • Tour Begins & Ends • The Hotel • Our Difference – to view complete details for each category.

2017 – BORDEAUX TOUR Dates, PriceBook Now

  • 2017 Bordeaux Tour Price – US$6,298 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy !
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$1,280. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! – Trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour when booking your tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!

2017 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES2017 Tour Schedule

**ONLY 2017 Bordeaux Tour Dates with Spaces Still Available Are Listed Below. We apologize in advance if the tour date of interest to you is no longer available. Email us at contact@traveloffthebeatenpath.com to confirm space availability…

  • September 25-30 (Harvest Tour)
  • October 2-7 (Harvest Tour)

    


Trustpilot Says Guests Love Our Tours!  Based on Independent Verified Reviews!

2017 France Tour Schedule   

2017 – BORDEAUX Tour Price Includes…

  • OTBP Bordeaux Tours are designed to appeal to BOTH walkers and non-walkers!
  • This exclusive small group, Bordeaux Walking & Wine Tasting Tour is both owner led, and led by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC Company Tour Guides.
  • Authentic Bordeaux Wine Country Experiences that only we can deliver!  Spend 6 days experiencing Bordeaux wine country like family friends going beyond the expected to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes for authentic and fun French experiences unlike any other!
  • We are France history, culinary and wine specialists, and are also UNESCO Heritage Award Winners, published authors, photographers and regular contributors to several travel guides series about the Loire Valley and other regions of France. Our Tour guides are professional France history and Loire Valley-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, and ludic stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • Our dedicated Bordeaux “Wine Industry Insider” Guides bring the prestigious world of Bordeaux wine to life daily.
  • 2017 – 5 nights – hotel accommodations a Les Sources de Caudalie — NO HOTEL HOPPING.
  • 2018 – 5-nights boutique hotel accommodations.  Please note OTBP will use a different boutique hotel partner for this 6 day tour in 2018 — NO HOTEL HOPPING.
  • Tour and taste in an informal and unpretentious small group at leading, 1st classified growth “Grand Cru” wine estates (chateaux) that are inaccessible to the public!
  • For WALKERS – Share in authentic local experiences along the roads less traveled during 4 different walks through prestigious vineyards and countryside in Medoc, the Saint Emilion Jurisdiction, Sauternes, and Graves appellations.
  • For NON-WALKERS – shuttle to/from all restaurants, activities, excursions, winery tours and wine tastings daily.
  • 11 MEALS included – 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners – Savor sumptuous gourmet meals of “Bordelaise” specialties at private estates, Michelin-star restaurants, and cooking class.
  • Classified Bordeaux wines and non-alcoholic beverages included at all group meals.
  • Participate in a hands-on “COOKING AT HOME” cooking class with our friend, a local, celebrity master chef and cookbook author at his family home!
  • Dine as VIP guests during exquisitely chosen wine estates throughout the tour.
  • Pause to take photos during walks, pick grapes, smell the flowers, and talk to cellar masters.
  • Visit Barrel Makers to learn how French forests are selected for barrel-making, about toasting, and the rhyme and reason behind barrel selection.
  • Bottled water provided throughout the tour.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • Due to the exclusivity of this Bordeaux Harvest Tour, the group size is limited to 12 guests.
  • Comfort Zone – Designed for the interests of and to appeal to both the Active and Occasional Walker. For those who don’t walk or elect not to participate in the daily walks, enjoy being shuttled to all of our activities, winery tours and tastings, and restaurants.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE –  airfare to/from France, train fare to/from Bordeaux Saint Jean rail station, 3 dinners, personal purchases.

2017 France Tour Schedule

Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


2017 – Bordeaux Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide complimentary transfers to/from Bordeaux St. Jean Rail Station at 1 PM on Day 1 and at 10 AM on Day 6 of the tour.
  • Group size – Maximum 12 guests per tour date.
  • Walkers & Non-Walkers – *Featuring daily options for BOTH walkers and non-walkers!*
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Bordeaux Tour Guest Testimonial… 

  “Two amazing adventures!” from Andy & Marianne Friedman  

“We took our first ever group tour with Christy to Provence. We did not know what to expect. …It was well-organized with the right amount of time devoted to sightseeing, cooking, eating, drinking, hiking and downtime. Accommodations and details were meticulously planned and executed – so much so, that we recently went on France Off the Beaten Path’s Bordeaux trip and took some friends with us! We have a lifetime of memories… we keep wanting to complete our experience with Christy and France Off the Beaten Path and book our trip to the Loire Valley!”  Click here to read Andy and Marianne’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

2017 France Tour Schedule


TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to reserve space(s) on a tour.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your selected tour, and we then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 3 days following our receipt of your tour booking.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 -OR- Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 and Trip Insurance to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment are 100% refundable up to sixty days before tour departure and 100% transferrable sixty days or less before tour departure! Traveler incurs no fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER September 8, 2017:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $500 per person. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer your US$500 per person tour deposit to another tour or put your tour deposit on hold for a future trip. This credit can be rolled over once and you incur no penalty.
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the tour price.
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the tour price.
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the tour price.

Bordeaux Tour Guest Testimonial… 

  “Bordeaux with Off the Beaten Path” from Claudia Bjerre & Andrea Senich  

“This walking trip through Chateaus of Bordeaux was outstanding. It begins with the materials on the website. Very thorough and representative of the trip itself. Booking was simple. When we arrived at the train station we were greeted very warmly by Christy and her team. They were very helpful throughout the trip. … The trip was so enjoyable we are heading back to France to tour both Provence and Champagne with Christy.”  Click here to read Claudia and Andrea’s complete independent Bordeaux review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window) – Claudia and Andrea traveled on our 2016 Provence and Champagne Tours, and their review can also be read on our trustpilot profile page.


#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.
  • PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

2017 France Tour Schedule

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Bordeaux?

In 2016, we partnered with Trustpilot to provide our tour guests a way to write reviews about their tour experiences in an independent medium where we have no say or control over the review process or what guests write. We are the ONLY multi-day tour operator specializing exclusively in active, small group tours in France who participates in the independent tour review program. Guest satisfaction is paramount, and we are continually striving to exceed guest expectations every tour!

1. We Speak More Than the Language…We’re American Owned & Operated LIVING in France for more than 2 Decades!

Speaking French is a paramount ingredient to operating a successful tour in France. But, even more importantly, cultural understanding and the “savoir-faire” to translate the culture into something relatable to visitors is a must for guests to truly enjoy their France experience!  Off the Beaten Path (OTBP) does just that and much more in the design and delivery of its small group tours in France.

As an American married into a traditional French family, Off the Beaten Path, LLC founder Christy Destremau has had the complete France immersion experience. She has been living a very local French village life with French friends and family for more than two decades. She has raised 2 children in a small village of less than 4,000 inhabitants in the heart of the French countryside. With all of these years of French experiences under her belt and a closely knit circle of French friends across France, she’s incorporated a whole different level of cultural understanding, awareness, and experiences into the company’s small group tours to share with tour guests.

This combination or what Christy calls “the absolute must have” foundation is the required recipe to be able to offer unparalleled tours comprised of “authentic French cultural experiences”. Her own personal experiences, as a foreigner immersed into a French family and transplanted into a small village culture, combined with her Anglophone background serve as “the frosting on the cake” of the company’s uniquely designed, small group tours. Her unique perspective and immersion in the culture makes touring in France with Off the Beaten Path a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable and fun France vacation. The company often receives comments from tour guests claiming that their OTBP tour experience exceeded every expectation thanks to the unique and personalized encounters with our local French friends.

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

Off the Beaten Path small group tour itineraries have been designed to offer multiple daily options and the highest level of flexibility daily to tour guests. Travelers of all abilities and interests can participate in any Off the Beaten Path Tour thanks to the number of varying options we include in each of our small group tours in France — It’s your vacation, and schedule flexibility and freedom of choice are paramount! You decide each day how active or involved you’d like to be in our scheduled tour activities, and how you’d like your day to unfold. Guest reviews often include comments about the unprecedented level of flexibility and available options in our daily tour schedules.

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides in Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne, France live locally, and are deeply engaged in their local communities, giving them inside knowledge and access to local artisans and professionals that contribute to enriching our guests’ France tour experience. Off the Beaten Path guides hold some very influential positions in their respective communities — including being a Provence tourist office president (an elected position), a cultural director of a French city (an appointed position by the mayor), a small tourism business owner, a travel author, and a cultural and travel guide contributing author to list a few.

Off the Beaten Path guides introduce tour guests to people who are family and friends, regional customs, and places that you’d never experience on your own. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience.

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

Because food is an important part of French culture! Our France tour guests rave about our restaurant selections. From a scenic picnic spot amidst the vineyards and lavender fields in Provence or our “formidable” Michelin-star restaurant Chefs personally engaging their talents to offer tour guests the finest gourmet specialties of each region to celebrity bistros owned and operated by our personal family friends, OTBP tour guests’ foodie experience remains an unparalleled and favorite experience on each OTBP small group tour.

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

We balance scheduled activities with leisure time – You decide how engaged in the group or independent to be! Leisure time is incorporated into every OTBP small group tour permitting tour guests time to explore personal interests, discover villages, and historic monuments independently of the group, or simply just shop, enjoy a local cafe, and watch the daily buzz of local French village life. You always have the possibility to opt-in or -out of any activity scheduled on a tour to pursue independent interests. It’s an appealing feature of our small group tours that guests like to know about in advance of booking their tour.


Off the Beaten Path Tour Prices Offer Exceptional Quality & Excellent Value!

  • By living and working locally in France, and having longstanding, established relationships with local professionals, who are personal friends, we SAVE travelers as much as 50% with our tour prices, compared to offerings from other tour companies competing in the same tour market!
  • Not only have we negotiated the best prices for every component of our tours, because we’re working with friends, but we also include unique and personalized experiences only available to our tour guests; thanks to local friends.
  • We also include most everything in our tour prices. Unlike non-France based and multi-destination tour companies, we don’t have to budget international flight costs, lodging, food, and other expenses for tour guides into tour prices, giving us leverage to pass on big savings to tour guests!
  • By including most everything in our prices, there are also NEVER any hidden out-of-pocket expenses to worry about, making it easy for travelers to organize their travel budget in advance, and putting travelers at ease to truly focus on enjoying their tour experience!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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2017 Dates & Price

2017 – BORDEAUX TOUR Dates, PriceBook Now

  • 2017 Bordeaux Tour Price – US$6,298 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy !
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$1,280. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! – Trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour when booking your tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!

2017 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES2017 Tour Schedule

**ONLY 2017 Bordeaux Tour Dates with Spaces Still Available Are Listed Below. We apologize in advance if the tour date of interest to you is no longer available. Email us at contact@traveloffthebeatenpath.com to confirm space availability…

  • September 25-30 (Harvest Tour)
  • October 2-7 (Harvest Tour)

    


Trustpilot Says Guests Love Our Tours!  Based on Independent Verified Reviews!

2017 France Tour Schedule   

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Price Includes

2017 – BORDEAUX Tour Price Includes…

  • OTBP Bordeaux Tours are designed to appeal to BOTH walkers and non-walkers!
  • This exclusive small group, Bordeaux Walking & Wine Tasting Tour is both owner led, and led by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC Company Tour Guides.
  • Authentic Bordeaux Wine Country Experiences that only we can deliver!  Spend 6 days experiencing Bordeaux wine country like family friends going beyond the expected to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes for authentic and fun French experiences unlike any other!
  • We are France history, culinary and wine specialists, and are also UNESCO Heritage Award Winners, published authors, photographers and regular contributors to several travel guides series about the Loire Valley and other regions of France. Our Tour guides are professional France history and Loire Valley-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, and ludic stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • Our dedicated Bordeaux “Wine Industry Insider” Guides bring the prestigious world of Bordeaux wine to life daily.
  • 2017 – 5 nights – hotel accommodations a Les Sources de Caudalie — NO HOTEL HOPPING.
  • 2018 – 5-nights boutique hotel accommodations.  Please note OTBP will use a different boutique hotel partner for this 6 day tour in 2018 — NO HOTEL HOPPING.
  • Tour and taste in an informal and unpretentious small group at leading, 1st classified growth “Grand Cru” wine estates (chateaux) that are inaccessible to the public!
  • For WALKERS – Share in authentic local experiences along the roads less traveled during 4 different walks through prestigious vineyards and countryside in Medoc, the Saint Emilion Jurisdiction, Sauternes, and Graves appellations.
  • For NON-WALKERS – shuttle to/from all restaurants, activities, excursions, winery tours and wine tastings daily.
  • 11 MEALS included – 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners – Savor sumptuous gourmet meals of “Bordelaise” specialties at private estates, Michelin-star restaurants, and cooking class.
  • Classified Bordeaux wines and non-alcoholic beverages included at all group meals.
  • Participate in a hands-on “COOKING AT HOME” cooking class with our friend, a local, celebrity master chef and cookbook author at his family home!
  • Dine as VIP guests during exquisitely chosen wine estates throughout the tour.
  • Pause to take photos during walks, pick grapes, smell the flowers, and talk to cellar masters.
  • Visit Barrel Makers to learn how French forests are selected for barrel-making, about toasting, and the rhyme and reason behind barrel selection.
  • Bottled water provided throughout the tour.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • Due to the exclusivity of this Bordeaux Harvest Tour, the group size is limited to 12 guests.
  • Comfort Zone – Designed for the interests of and to appeal to both the Active and Occasional Walker. For those who don’t walk or elect not to participate in the daily walks, enjoy being shuttled to all of our activities, winery tours and tastings, and restaurants.
  • NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE –  airfare to/from France, train fare to/from Bordeaux Saint Jean rail station, 3 dinners, personal purchases.

2017 France Tour Schedule

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Tour Begins & Ends

Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


2017 – Bordeaux Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide complimentary transfers to/from Bordeaux St. Jean Rail Station at 1 PM on Day 1 and at 10 AM on Day 6 of the tour.
  • Group size – Maximum 12 guests per tour date.
  • Walkers & Non-Walkers – *Featuring daily options for BOTH walkers and non-walkers!*
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Bordeaux Tour Guest Testimonial… 

  “Two amazing adventures!” from Andy & Marianne Friedman  

“We took our first ever group tour with Christy to Provence. We did not know what to expect. …It was well-organized with the right amount of time devoted to sightseeing, cooking, eating, drinking, hiking and downtime. Accommodations and details were meticulously planned and executed – so much so, that we recently went on France Off the Beaten Path’s Bordeaux trip and took some friends with us! We have a lifetime of memories… we keep wanting to complete our experience with Christy and France Off the Beaten Path and book our trip to the Loire Valley!”  Click here to read Andy and Marianne’s complete independent review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window)

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The Hotel

TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to reserve space(s) on a tour.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your selected tour, and we then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 3 days following our receipt of your tour booking.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 -OR- Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 and Trip Insurance to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment are 100% refundable up to sixty days before tour departure and 100% transferrable sixty days or less before tour departure! Traveler incurs no fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER September 8, 2017:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $500 per person. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer your US$500 per person tour deposit to another tour or put your tour deposit on hold for a future trip. This credit can be rolled over once and you incur no penalty.
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the tour price.
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the tour price.
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the tour price.

Bordeaux Tour Guest Testimonial… 

  “Bordeaux with Off the Beaten Path” from Claudia Bjerre & Andrea Senich  

“This walking trip through Chateaus of Bordeaux was outstanding. It begins with the materials on the website. Very thorough and representative of the trip itself. Booking was simple. When we arrived at the train station we were greeted very warmly by Christy and her team. They were very helpful throughout the trip. … The trip was so enjoyable we are heading back to France to tour both Provence and Champagne with Christy.”  Click here to read Claudia and Andrea’s complete independent Bordeaux review on our Trustpilot page… (opens in a new window) – Claudia and Andrea traveled on our 2016 Provence and Champagne Tours, and their review can also be read on our trustpilot profile page.


#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.
  • PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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What Sets Us Apart

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Bordeaux?

In 2016, we partnered with Trustpilot to provide our tour guests a way to write reviews about their tour experiences in an independent medium where we have no say or control over the review process or what guests write. We are the ONLY multi-day tour operator specializing exclusively in active, small group tours in France who participates in the independent tour review program. Guest satisfaction is paramount, and we are continually striving to exceed guest expectations every tour!

1. We Speak More Than the Language…We’re American Owned & Operated LIVING in France for more than 2 Decades!

Speaking French is a paramount ingredient to operating a successful tour in France. But, even more importantly, cultural understanding and the “savoir-faire” to translate the culture into something relatable to visitors is a must for guests to truly enjoy their France experience!  Off the Beaten Path (OTBP) does just that and much more in the design and delivery of its small group tours in France.

As an American married into a traditional French family, Off the Beaten Path, LLC founder Christy Destremau has had the complete France immersion experience. She has been living a very local French village life with French friends and family for more than two decades. She has raised 2 children in a small village of less than 4,000 inhabitants in the heart of the French countryside. With all of these years of French experiences under her belt and a closely knit circle of French friends across France, she’s incorporated a whole different level of cultural understanding, awareness, and experiences into the company’s small group tours to share with tour guests.

This combination or what Christy calls “the absolute must have” foundation is the required recipe to be able to offer unparalleled tours comprised of “authentic French cultural experiences”. Her own personal experiences, as a foreigner immersed into a French family and transplanted into a small village culture, combined with her Anglophone background serve as “the frosting on the cake” of the company’s uniquely designed, small group tours. Her unique perspective and immersion in the culture makes touring in France with Off the Beaten Path a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable and fun France vacation. The company often receives comments from tour guests claiming that their OTBP tour experience exceeded every expectation thanks to the unique and personalized encounters with our local French friends.

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

Off the Beaten Path small group tour itineraries have been designed to offer multiple daily options and the highest level of flexibility daily to tour guests. Travelers of all abilities and interests can participate in any Off the Beaten Path Tour thanks to the number of varying options we include in each of our small group tours in France — It’s your vacation, and schedule flexibility and freedom of choice are paramount! You decide each day how active or involved you’d like to be in our scheduled tour activities, and how you’d like your day to unfold. Guest reviews often include comments about the unprecedented level of flexibility and available options in our daily tour schedules.

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides in Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne, France live locally, and are deeply engaged in their local communities, giving them inside knowledge and access to local artisans and professionals that contribute to enriching our guests’ France tour experience. Off the Beaten Path guides hold some very influential positions in their respective communities — including being a Provence tourist office president (an elected position), a cultural director of a French city (an appointed position by the mayor), a small tourism business owner, a travel author, and a cultural and travel guide contributing author to list a few.

Off the Beaten Path guides introduce tour guests to people who are family and friends, regional customs, and places that you’d never experience on your own. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience.

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

Because food is an important part of French culture! Our France tour guests rave about our restaurant selections. From a scenic picnic spot amidst the vineyards and lavender fields in Provence or our “formidable” Michelin-star restaurant Chefs personally engaging their talents to offer tour guests the finest gourmet specialties of each region to celebrity bistros owned and operated by our personal family friends, OTBP tour guests’ foodie experience remains an unparalleled and favorite experience on each OTBP small group tour.

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

We balance scheduled activities with leisure time – You decide how engaged in the group or independent to be! Leisure time is incorporated into every OTBP small group tour permitting tour guests time to explore personal interests, discover villages, and historic monuments independently of the group, or simply just shop, enjoy a local cafe, and watch the daily buzz of local French village life. You always have the possibility to opt-in or -out of any activity scheduled on a tour to pursue independent interests. It’s an appealing feature of our small group tours that guests like to know about in advance of booking their tour.


Off the Beaten Path Tour Prices Offer Exceptional Quality & Excellent Value!

  • By living and working locally in France, and having longstanding, established relationships with local professionals, who are personal friends, we SAVE travelers as much as 50% with our tour prices, compared to offerings from other tour companies competing in the same tour market!
  • Not only have we negotiated the best prices for every component of our tours, because we’re working with friends, but we also include unique and personalized experiences only available to our tour guests; thanks to local friends.
  • We also include most everything in our tour prices. Unlike non-France based and multi-destination tour companies, we don’t have to budget international flight costs, lodging, food, and other expenses for tour guides into tour prices, giving us leverage to pass on big savings to tour guests!
  • By including most everything in our prices, there are also NEVER any hidden out-of-pocket expenses to worry about, making it easy for travelers to organize their travel budget in advance, and putting travelers at ease to truly focus on enjoying their tour experience!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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2017 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES & PRICES
Champagne Tour Summary  
•  Champagne Day-by-Day Itinerary  •  Price Includes  •  The Hotel

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Click the TAB TITLES below – 2017 Dates & Price • Price Includes • Tour Begins & Ends • The Hotel • Our Difference – to view complete details for each category.

2017 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR Dates, Price 

  • 2017 Champagne Tour Price – 2017 is Sold Out!  

2017 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES

  • 2017 is Sold Out

2017 France Tour Schedule  

2017 – CHAMPAGNE Tour Price Includes…

  • Full-time services of a professional Off the Beaten Path Expert Culinary, Champagne/Wine Guide who serves as guests liaison during this fully escorted Champagne Tour.
  • 3 nights, Home Based Luxury Accommodations (NO Hotel Hopping)
  • 7 Meals: 3 Gourmet Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Gourmet Lunches, 2 Gourmet Dinners
  • We have established, proprietary relationships with All Chefs, restaurants, and bistros on ALL of our tours based on both our exclusive and privileged network of contacts and French friends and our outstanding reputation throughout France. All Chefs, restaurants, and bistros selected for our tours are Michelin-star and/or have been featured/recommended by top “foodie” magazines and/or fellow Michelin-star Chefs. We dine in both gourmet restaurants and our favorite hide-a-ways cherished by the locals.
  • All Champagnes, Wines and Non-alcoholic Beverages are included at all meals
  • All fees for 4-6 Champagne House Tours followed by “Prestige” Tastings – a Prestige tasting is defined by the number of champagnes to be tasted at the conclusion of a tour – Our tours include 1 to 3 vintages each visit. And a “vintage” is the premium, top quality champagne of a producer.
  • What makes our visits exclusive? All of our tastings include tasting “vintages”. A vintage is the producer’s top champagne, noted by the year of production, because the grapes used to produce the vintage all come from 1 single harvest year, and are 100 grand cru quality – A vintage is the #1 best quality champagne made by a Champagne producer.
  • ALL Tours are at the most prestigious producers of the region
  • All fees for pastry and chocolate making class/lesson
  • Private Dinner (for our group) hosted at Pommery
  • Private “theme” lunch hosted at Veuve-Clicquot.
  • Ground transportation during the tour
  • Roundtrip transfers between Reims and our hotel on tour start and conclusion day at specified times
  • This exclusive Tour is limited to 10 guests per Tour date.
  • Comfort Zone – Designed for the interests of and to appeal to the Active Traveler and Occasional Walker. This tour requires travelers to be able to climb many steps to the cellars and back up at the conclusion of each visit several times each day.

– 2017 France Tour Schedule

Download and print our CHAMPAGNE TOUR BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


2017 Champagne Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – Reims Rail Station, Reims, France.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements and food allergies.
  • Group size – Maximum 10 guests per tour date.
  • Activity Information: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking and climbing up and down steps during our visits at the Champagne Houses, cellars and in between visits. This tour also requires travelers be able to stand for extended periods of times during the Champagne house tours, as seating is not available in the underground galleries.
  • Please note: Champagne tour itineraries are subject to change and certain producers only offer group tours. Every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appears here on our website; however the final Champagne itinerary may vary due to producers schedules and availabilities, announced or unannounced renovation closures, and other factors beyond our control.

2017 France Tour Schedule


TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to reserve space(s) on a tour.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your selected tour, and we then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 3 days following our receipt of your tour booking.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 -OR- Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 and Trip Insurance to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment are 100% refundable up to sixty days before tour departure and 100% transferrable sixty days or less before tour departure! Traveler incurs no fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER September 8, 2017:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $500 per person. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer your US$500 per person tour deposit to another tour or put your tour deposit on hold for a future trip. This credit can be rolled over once and you incur no penalty.
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the tour price.
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the tour price.
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the tour price.

#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.
  • PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

2017 France Tour Schedule

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Champagne?

In 2016, we partnered with Trustpilot to provide our tour guests a way to write reviews about their tour experiences in an independent medium where we have no say or control over the review process or what guests write. We are the ONLY multi-day tour operator specializing exclusively in active, small group tours in France who participates in the independent tour review program. Guest satisfaction is paramount, and we are continually striving to exceed guest expectations every tour!

1. We Speak More Than the Language…We’re American Owned & Operated LIVING in France for more than 2 Decades!

Speaking French is a paramount ingredient to operating a successful tour in France. But, even more importantly, cultural understanding and the “savoir-faire” to translate the culture into something relatable to visitors is a must for guests to truly enjoy their France experience!  Off the Beaten Path (OTBP) does just that and much more in the design and delivery of its small group tours in France.

As an American married into a traditional French family, Off the Beaten Path, LLC founder Christy Destremau has had the complete France immersion experience. She has been living a very local French village life with French friends and family for more than two decades. She has raised 2 children in a small village of less than 4,000 inhabitants in the heart of the French countryside. With all of these years of French experiences under her belt and a closely knit circle of French friends across France, she’s incorporated a whole different level of cultural understanding, awareness, and experiences into the company’s small group tours to share with tour guests.

This combination or what Christy calls “the absolute must have” foundation is the required recipe to be able to offer unparalleled tours comprised of “authentic French cultural experiences”. Her own personal experiences, as a foreigner immersed into a French family and transplanted into a small village culture, combined with her Anglophone background serve as “the frosting on the cake” of the company’s uniquely designed, small group tours. Her unique perspective and immersion in the culture makes touring in France with Off the Beaten Path a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable and fun France vacation. The company often receives comments from tour guests claiming that their OTBP tour experience exceeded every expectation thanks to the unique and personalized encounters with our local French friends. — 2017 France Tour Schedule

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

Off the Beaten Path small group tour itineraries have been designed to offer multiple daily options and the highest level of flexibility daily to tour guests. Travelers of all abilities and interests can participate in any Off the Beaten Path Tour thanks to the number of varying options we include in each of our small group tours in France — It’s your vacation, and schedule flexibility and freedom of choice are paramount! You decide each day how active or involved you’d like to be in our scheduled tour activities, and how you’d like your day to unfold. Guest reviews often include comments about the unprecedented level of flexibility and available options in our daily tour schedules. — 2017 France Tour Schedule

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides in Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne, France live locally, and are deeply engaged in their local communities, giving them inside knowledge and access to local artisans and professionals that contribute to enriching our guests’ France tour experience. Off the Beaten Path guides hold some very influential positions in their respective communities — including being a Provence tourist office president (an elected position), a cultural director of a French city (an appointed position by the mayor), a small tourism business owner, a travel author, and a cultural and travel guide contributing author to list a few.

Off the Beaten Path guides introduce tour guests to people who are family and friends, regional customs, and places that you’d never experience on your own. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience. — 2017 France Tour Schedule

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

Because food is an important part of French culture! Our France tour guests rave about our restaurant selections. From a scenic picnic spot amidst the vineyards and lavender fields in Provence or our “formidable” Michelin-star restaurant Chefs personally engaging their talents to offer tour guests the finest gourmet specialties of each region to celebrity bistros owned and operated by our personal family friends, OTBP tour guests’ foodie experience remains an unparalleled and favorite experience on each OTBP small group tour. — 2017 France Tour Schedule

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

We balance scheduled activities with leisure time – You decide how engaged in the group or independent to be! Leisure time is incorporated into every OTBP small group tour permitting tour guests time to explore personal interests, discover villages, and historic monuments independently of the group, or simply just shop, enjoy a local cafe, and watch the daily buzz of local French village life. You always have the possibility to opt-in or -out of any activity scheduled on a tour to pursue independent interests. It’s an appealing feature of our small group tours that guests like to know about in advance of booking their tour. — 2017 France Tour Schedule


Off the Beaten Path Tour Prices Offer Exceptional Quality & Excellent Value!

  • By living and working locally in France, and having longstanding, established relationships with local professionals, who are personal friends, we SAVE travelers as much as 50% with our tour prices, compared to offerings from other tour companies competing in the same tour market!
  • Not only have we negotiated the best prices for every component of our tours, because we’re working with friends, but we also include unique and personalized experiences only available to our tour guests; thanks to local friends.
  • We also include most everything in our tour prices. Unlike non-France based and multi-destination tour companies, we don’t have to budget international flight costs, lodging, food, and other expenses for tour guides into tour prices, giving us leverage to pass on big savings to tour guests!
  • By including most everything in our prices, there are also NEVER any hidden out-of-pocket expenses to worry about, making it easy for travelers to organize their travel budget in advance, and putting travelers at ease to truly focus on enjoying their tour experience!

2017 France Tour Schedule

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2017 Dates & Price

2017 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR Dates, Price 

  • 2017 Champagne Tour Price – 2017 is Sold Out!  

2017 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES

  • 2017 is Sold Out

2017 France Tour Schedule  

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Price Includes

2017 – CHAMPAGNE Tour Price Includes…

  • Full-time services of a professional Off the Beaten Path Expert Culinary, Champagne/Wine Guide who serves as guests liaison during this fully escorted Champagne Tour.
  • 3 nights, Home Based Luxury Accommodations (NO Hotel Hopping)
  • 7 Meals: 3 Gourmet Buffet Breakfasts, 2 Gourmet Lunches, 2 Gourmet Dinners
  • We have established, proprietary relationships with All Chefs, restaurants, and bistros on ALL of our tours based on both our exclusive and privileged network of contacts and French friends and our outstanding reputation throughout France. All Chefs, restaurants, and bistros selected for our tours are Michelin-star and/or have been featured/recommended by top “foodie” magazines and/or fellow Michelin-star Chefs. We dine in both gourmet restaurants and our favorite hide-a-ways cherished by the locals.
  • All Champagnes, Wines and Non-alcoholic Beverages are included at all meals
  • All fees for 4-6 Champagne House Tours followed by “Prestige” Tastings – a Prestige tasting is defined by the number of champagnes to be tasted at the conclusion of a tour – Our tours include 1 to 3 vintages each visit. And a “vintage” is the premium, top quality champagne of a producer.
  • What makes our visits exclusive? All of our tastings include tasting “vintages”. A vintage is the producer’s top champagne, noted by the year of production, because the grapes used to produce the vintage all come from 1 single harvest year, and are 100 grand cru quality – A vintage is the #1 best quality champagne made by a Champagne producer.
  • ALL Tours are at the most prestigious producers of the region
  • All fees for pastry and chocolate making class/lesson
  • Private Dinner (for our group) hosted at Pommery
  • Private “theme” lunch hosted at Veuve-Clicquot.
  • Ground transportation during the tour
  • Roundtrip transfers between Reims and our hotel on tour start and conclusion day at specified times
  • This exclusive Tour is limited to 10 guests per Tour date.
  • Comfort Zone – Designed for the interests of and to appeal to the Active Traveler and Occasional Walker. This tour requires travelers to be able to climb many steps to the cellars and back up at the conclusion of each visit several times each day.

– 2017 France Tour Schedule

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Tour Begins & Ends

Download and print our CHAMPAGNE TOUR BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


2017 Champagne Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – Reims Rail Station, Reims, France.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements and food allergies.
  • Group size – Maximum 10 guests per tour date.
  • Activity Information: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking and climbing up and down steps during our visits at the Champagne Houses, cellars and in between visits. This tour also requires travelers be able to stand for extended periods of times during the Champagne house tours, as seating is not available in the underground galleries.
  • Please note: Champagne tour itineraries are subject to change and certain producers only offer group tours. Every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appears here on our website; however the final Champagne itinerary may vary due to producers schedules and availabilities, announced or unannounced renovation closures, and other factors beyond our control.

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TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

  • A US$500 per person tour deposit payment is required to reserve space(s) on a tour.
  • The remaining balance is due no later than 90 days before the tour departure date.
  • If booking 90 days or less before the tour departure date, you pay the per person tour deposit to book your selected tour, and we then email you an invoice to complete your tour balance payment within 3 days following our receipt of your tour booking.
  • All prices are in US Dollars.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 -OR- Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 and Trip Insurance to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment are 100% refundable up to sixty days before tour departure and 100% transferrable sixty days or less before tour departure! Traveler incurs no fees.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER September 8, 2017:

  • 91+ days (from the first day of the trip): $500 per person. There is no cancellation fee if you transfer your US$500 per person tour deposit to another tour or put your tour deposit on hold for a future trip. This credit can be rolled over once and you incur no penalty.
  • 61-90 days: 25% of the tour price.
  • 31-60 days: 50% of the tour price.
  • 0-30 days: 100% of the tour price.

#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.
  • PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

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Our Difference

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Champagne?

In 2016, we partnered with Trustpilot to provide our tour guests a way to write reviews about their tour experiences in an independent medium where we have no say or control over the review process or what guests write. We are the ONLY multi-day tour operator specializing exclusively in active, small group tours in France who participates in the independent tour review program. Guest satisfaction is paramount, and we are continually striving to exceed guest expectations every tour!

1. We Speak More Than the Language…We’re American Owned & Operated LIVING in France for more than 2 Decades!

Speaking French is a paramount ingredient to operating a successful tour in France. But, even more importantly, cultural understanding and the “savoir-faire” to translate the culture into something relatable to visitors is a must for guests to truly enjoy their France experience!  Off the Beaten Path (OTBP) does just that and much more in the design and delivery of its small group tours in France.

As an American married into a traditional French family, Off the Beaten Path, LLC founder Christy Destremau has had the complete France immersion experience. She has been living a very local French village life with French friends and family for more than two decades. She has raised 2 children in a small village of less than 4,000 inhabitants in the heart of the French countryside. With all of these years of French experiences under her belt and a closely knit circle of French friends across France, she’s incorporated a whole different level of cultural understanding, awareness, and experiences into the company’s small group tours to share with tour guests.

This combination or what Christy calls “the absolute must have” foundation is the required recipe to be able to offer unparalleled tours comprised of “authentic French cultural experiences”. Her own personal experiences, as a foreigner immersed into a French family and transplanted into a small village culture, combined with her Anglophone background serve as “the frosting on the cake” of the company’s uniquely designed, small group tours. Her unique perspective and immersion in the culture makes touring in France with Off the Beaten Path a truly one-of-a-kind, memorable and fun France vacation. The company often receives comments from tour guests claiming that their OTBP tour experience exceeded every expectation thanks to the unique and personalized encounters with our local French friends. — 2017 France Tour Schedule

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

Off the Beaten Path small group tour itineraries have been designed to offer multiple daily options and the highest level of flexibility daily to tour guests. Travelers of all abilities and interests can participate in any Off the Beaten Path Tour thanks to the number of varying options we include in each of our small group tours in France — It’s your vacation, and schedule flexibility and freedom of choice are paramount! You decide each day how active or involved you’d like to be in our scheduled tour activities, and how you’d like your day to unfold. Guest reviews often include comments about the unprecedented level of flexibility and available options in our daily tour schedules. — 2017 France Tour Schedule

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

Off the Beaten Path Tour Guides in Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and Champagne, France live locally, and are deeply engaged in their local communities, giving them inside knowledge and access to local artisans and professionals that contribute to enriching our guests’ France tour experience. Off the Beaten Path guides hold some very influential positions in their respective communities — including being a Provence tourist office president (an elected position), a cultural director of a French city (an appointed position by the mayor), a small tourism business owner, a travel author, and a cultural and travel guide contributing author to list a few.

Off the Beaten Path guides introduce tour guests to people who are family and friends, regional customs, and places that you’d never experience on your own. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience. — 2017 France Tour Schedule

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

Because food is an important part of French culture! Our France tour guests rave about our restaurant selections. From a scenic picnic spot amidst the vineyards and lavender fields in Provence or our “formidable” Michelin-star restaurant Chefs personally engaging their talents to offer tour guests the finest gourmet specialties of each region to celebrity bistros owned and operated by our personal family friends, OTBP tour guests’ foodie experience remains an unparalleled and favorite experience on each OTBP small group tour. — 2017 France Tour Schedule

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

We balance scheduled activities with leisure time – You decide how engaged in the group or independent to be! Leisure time is incorporated into every OTBP small group tour permitting tour guests time to explore personal interests, discover villages, and historic monuments independently of the group, or simply just shop, enjoy a local cafe, and watch the daily buzz of local French village life. You always have the possibility to opt-in or -out of any activity scheduled on a tour to pursue independent interests. It’s an appealing feature of our small group tours that guests like to know about in advance of booking their tour. — 2017 France Tour Schedule


Off the Beaten Path Tour Prices Offer Exceptional Quality & Excellent Value!

  • By living and working locally in France, and having longstanding, established relationships with local professionals, who are personal friends, we SAVE travelers as much as 50% with our tour prices, compared to offerings from other tour companies competing in the same tour market!
  • Not only have we negotiated the best prices for every component of our tours, because we’re working with friends, but we also include unique and personalized experiences only available to our tour guests; thanks to local friends.
  • We also include most everything in our tour prices. Unlike non-France based and multi-destination tour companies, we don’t have to budget international flight costs, lodging, food, and other expenses for tour guides into tour prices, giving us leverage to pass on big savings to tour guests!
  • By including most everything in our prices, there are also NEVER any hidden out-of-pocket expenses to worry about, making it easy for travelers to organize their travel budget in advance, and putting travelers at ease to truly focus on enjoying their tour experience!

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YOUR DEPOSIT IS FULLY TRANSFERABLE*

There is no cancellation fee if you transfer to another trip or put your deposit ($600) on hold for a future trip before your final payment is due.

YOUR DEPOSIT IS FULLY REFUNDABLE*

Your deposit is fully refundable up to 15 days after you book. Only applies to deposits made a minimum of 15 days or more before your final payment is due.

* Does not apply to private or custom trips.