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France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule 2018 Tour Dates & Prices


France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule – 2018 Tour Dates – Prices

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Check out our France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule below, and book a 2018 small group tour to discover for yourself why our exclusive France tours are endorsed by BEST selling Travel Author PJ Adams, and have been named among the best for small group tour travel for more than two decades!  — WINNER LUX 2017 Tourism Awards – *BEST FRENCH TOURING COMPANY!* — Follow us on Facebook… — Photo right: Sunset in the sunflowers  


2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES & PRICES
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  • 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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2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Provence Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 to SAVE US$1,000 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$3,298 per person instead of US$4,298 per person – 6 Days/ 5 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$480. 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! Book a 2018 Tour Before September 8, 2017, and trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!
  • Download and print our PROVENCE TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
    Download and print our PROVENCE TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES 

  • April 17-22 – Sold Out
  • April 24-29 – Half full
  • May 8-13 – More than half full
  • May 15-20 – More than half full
  • May 22-27 – More than half full
  • May 29-June 3 – Almost full
  • June 5-10 – More than half full
  • June 12-17 – More than half full
  • June 19-24 – ONLY 3 Spaces Available
  • June 26-July 1 – Almost full
  • July 3-8 – ONLY 2 Spaces Available
  • July 10-15 – More than half full
  • July 17-22 – More than half full
  • July 24-29 – Half full
  • August 28-September 2 – More than half full
  • September 4-9 – More than half full
  • September 11-16 – More than half full
  • September 18-23
  • September 25-30 – More than half full
  • October 2-7
  • October 9-14
  • October 16-21
  • October 23-28

       


2018 – LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE — To ensure to see lavender on one of our 2018 Provence Tours, you will need to book 1 of the following tour dates:  June 5-10 (First bloom of the season), June 12-17, June 19-24, June 26-July 1, July 3-8, July 10-15, July 17-22, July 24-29 (end of lavender). During our lavender season tours, our morning Luberon village to village walk is replaced by our morning lavender walk at the Valensole plateauVisit 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). In the 23+ Years That We’ve Been Designing & Leading Tours in Provence, Lavender Season Is Always June through July…


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France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 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 Hotel 

Walking Rating – (walks are designed for interested guests of all walking abilities/interests)

  • Activity Level:  Walkers – 80% Easy, 20% Moderate.  Non-Walkers – 100% Easy.
  • Daily Mileage of Scheduled Walks:  2 – 6 mi
  • Daily Walking Time: 1.5-2.5 hrs

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 – PROVENCE TOUR PRICE INCLUDES…

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to Provence Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides 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 –  11 Meals Included – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
  • All premium wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all activities and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Marseille Airport at 1:30 pm and from Avignon TGV rail station at 4 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Marseille Airport for 9 am arrival and to Avignon TGV rail station for NOON arrival, followed by drop-off at Avignon Centre station on Day 6.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –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 – International airfare to/from France, airfare/train fare to the starting point to begin the tour at Avignon TGV rail station or Marseille airport, one lunch, two dinners, personal purchases.

Authentic Provence Experiences!  Spend 6 days experiencing Provence like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots 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!


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!

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • 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 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.

RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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.

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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2018 Dates & Price

2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Provence Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 to SAVE US$1,000 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$3,298 per person instead of US$4,298 per person – 6 Days/ 5 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$480. 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! Book a 2018 Tour Before September 8, 2017, and trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!
  • Download and print our PROVENCE TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
    Download and print our PROVENCE TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES 

  • April 17-22 – Sold Out
  • April 24-29 – Half full
  • May 8-13 – More than half full
  • May 15-20 – More than half full
  • May 22-27 – More than half full
  • May 29-June 3 – Almost full
  • June 5-10 – More than half full
  • June 12-17 – More than half full
  • June 19-24 – ONLY 3 Spaces Available
  • June 26-July 1 – Almost full
  • July 3-8 – ONLY 2 Spaces Available
  • July 10-15 – More than half full
  • July 17-22 – More than half full
  • July 24-29 – Half full
  • August 28-September 2 – More than half full
  • September 4-9 – More than half full
  • September 11-16 – More than half full
  • September 18-23
  • September 25-30 – More than half full
  • October 2-7
  • October 9-14
  • October 16-21
  • October 23-28

       


2018 – LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE — To ensure to see lavender on one of our 2018 Provence Tours, you will need to book 1 of the following tour dates:  June 5-10 (First bloom of the season), June 12-17, June 19-24, June 26-July 1, July 3-8, July 10-15, July 17-22, July 24-29 (end of lavender). During our lavender season tours, our morning Luberon village to village walk is replaced by our morning lavender walk at the Valensole plateauVisit 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). In the 23+ Years That We’ve Been Designing & Leading Tours in Provence, Lavender Season Is Always June through July…


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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Transfers & Hotel INFO

2018 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 Hotel 

Walking Rating – (walks are designed for interested guests of all walking abilities/interests)

  • Activity Level:  Walkers – 80% Easy, 20% Moderate.  Non-Walkers – 100% Easy.
  • Daily Mileage of Scheduled Walks:  2 – 6 mi
  • Daily Walking Time: 1.5-2.5 hrs

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Price Includes

2018 – PROVENCE TOUR PRICE INCLUDES…

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to Provence Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides 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 –  11 Meals Included – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners.
  • All premium wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all activities and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Marseille Airport at 1:30 pm and from Avignon TGV rail station at 4 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Marseille Airport for 9 am arrival and to Avignon TGV rail station for NOON arrival, followed by drop-off at Avignon Centre station on Day 6.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –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 – International airfare to/from France, airfare/train fare to the starting point to begin the tour at Avignon TGV rail station or Marseille airport, one lunch, two dinners, personal purchases.

Authentic Provence Experiences!  Spend 6 days experiencing Provence like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots 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!


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!

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Terms & Conditions

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 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • 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 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.

RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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.

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2018 – LOIRE VALLEY GOURMET TOUR DATES & PRICES
Loire Tour Summary
     •    Loire Valley Itinerary     •   Tour Price Includes     •    Loire Tour FAQ     •    The Hotel

2018 tour schedule2 Fun Cooking Classes, 1 VIP Winery Tour & Tasting with Privately Hosted Lunch at Friend’s Wine Estate, Gourmet Meals with our Favorite Chefs, Fabulous French Wines, Regional Cheeses & Lots of Fun Discovering the BEST 6 Historically Enriching Castles of the Loire Valley!

  • Winner! LUX 2017 Tourism Award – BEST French Touring Company!
  • 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 to view complete details for each category – The tabs in the table BELOW are titled:  2018 Dates & Price • Transfers & Hotel INFO • Price Includes • Terms & Conditions • Our Difference

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Loire Valley Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 to SAVE US$1,000 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$3,198 per person instead of US$4,198 per person – 6 Days/ 5 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$620. 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! Book a 2018 Tour Before September 8, 2017, and trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!
  • Download and print our LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
    Download and print our LOIRE VALLEY TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY DATES

  • May 22-27 – More than half full
  • May 29-June 3 – FULL
  • June 12-17 – More than half full
  • June 19-24 – More than half full
  • June 26-July 1
  • July 3-8 – FULL
  • September 4-9
  • September 11-16 – More than half full
  • September 18-23
  • September 25-30

       


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

 


Best selling author PJ Adams and France Off the Beaten Path Tour company owner, Christy Destremau, have released their book Greater Intoxicating Paris; Loire, Valley of the Kings! 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 – Loire Valley Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide a complimentary group pick-up at Amboise Rail Station in Amboise, France at 3 PM on Day 1 and a group transfer to Amboise rail station for an 11:15 AM arrival on Day 6.
  • Group size – Maximum 14-16 guests per tour date.
  • Multiple Daily options are available for all guests on France Off the Beaten Path tours.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Loire Valley Tour Hotel

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY Tour Price Includes…

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to Loire Valley Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides are professional France history and Loire Valley-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 4-Star boutique Hotel Le Pavillon des Lys in historical Amboise, and is owned and operated by our personal friends Guillaume & Julia.
  • 2018 –  9 Meals + 1 hosted cocktail evening of regional specialties Included – 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 Regional Specialty Cocktail, 3 dinners.
  • All premium wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all castle tours, activities, and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Amboise rail station at 3 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Amboise rail station for 11:15 am arrival.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –COMFORT ZONE– Designed for the interests of and to appeal to BOTH WALKERS & NON-WALKERS alike — this is a leisure walking tour.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – International airfare to/from France, roundtrip train fare to/from the starting/ending point for the tour in Amboise, three lunches, two dinners, personal purchases.

HOT AIR BALLOONING is NOT part of our Loire Valley tour itinerary. Hot Air Ballooning is available as an optional excursion on one of your free evenings, and we can book it on your behalf. There is an additional fee for the ballooning excursion. We work with a local friend who is a professional, licensed ballooning pilot, and owns his own ballooning excursion company. We’ve been working with him for 15 years, and he’s the best in the region!

Authentic Loire Valley Experiences!  Spend 6 days experiencing the Loire Valley like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots 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!


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!

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • 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 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.

RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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.

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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2018 Dates & Price

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Loire Valley Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 to SAVE US$1,000 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$3,198 per person instead of US$4,198 per person – 6 Days/ 5 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$620. 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! Book a 2018 Tour Before September 8, 2017, and trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!
  • Download and print our LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
    Download and print our LOIRE VALLEY TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY DATES

  • May 22-27 – More than half full
  • May 29-June 3 – FULL
  • June 12-17 – More than half full
  • June 19-24 – More than half full
  • June 26-July 1
  • July 3-8 – FULL
  • September 4-9
  • September 11-16 – More than half full
  • September 18-23
  • September 25-30

       


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

 


Best selling author PJ Adams and France Off the Beaten Path Tour company owner, Christy Destremau, have released their book Greater Intoxicating Paris; Loire, Valley of the Kings! 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Transfers & Hotel INFO

2018 – Loire Valley Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide a complimentary group pick-up at Amboise Rail Station in Amboise, France at 3 PM on Day 1 and a group transfer to Amboise rail station for an 11:15 AM arrival on Day 6.
  • Group size – Maximum 14-16 guests per tour date.
  • Multiple Daily options are available for all guests on France Off the Beaten Path tours.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Loire Valley Tour Hotel

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Price Includes

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY Tour Price Includes…

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to Loire Valley Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides are professional France history and Loire Valley-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 4-Star boutique Hotel Le Pavillon des Lys in historical Amboise, and is owned and operated by our personal friends Guillaume & Julia.
  • 2018 –  9 Meals + 1 hosted cocktail evening of regional specialties Included – 5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 Regional Specialty Cocktail, 3 dinners.
  • All premium wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all castle tours, activities, and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Amboise rail station at 3 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Amboise rail station for 11:15 am arrival.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –COMFORT ZONE– Designed for the interests of and to appeal to BOTH WALKERS & NON-WALKERS alike — this is a leisure walking tour.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – International airfare to/from France, roundtrip train fare to/from the starting/ending point for the tour in Amboise, three lunches, two dinners, personal purchases.

HOT AIR BALLOONING is NOT part of our Loire Valley tour itinerary. Hot Air Ballooning is available as an optional excursion on one of your free evenings, and we can book it on your behalf. There is an additional fee for the ballooning excursion. We work with a local friend who is a professional, licensed ballooning pilot, and owns his own ballooning excursion company. We’ve been working with him for 15 years, and he’s the best in the region!

Authentic Loire Valley Experiences!  Spend 6 days experiencing the Loire Valley like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots 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!


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!

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Terms & Conditions

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 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • 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 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.

RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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.

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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2018 – Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion TOUR DATES & PRICES
Bordeaux Tour Summary    •    Bordeaux Itinerary    •   Price Includes    •    Bordeaux FAQ    •    The Hotel

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 ScheduleWinner! LUX 2017 Tourism Award – BEST French Touring Company!

  • 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 to view complete details for each category – The tabs in the table BELOW are titled:  2018 Dates & Price • Transfers & Hotel INFO • Price Includes • Terms & Conditions • Our Difference 

2018 – BORDEAUX, Arcachon, Saint Emilion TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Bordeaux Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 to SAVE US$1,000 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$4,198 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 6 Days/ 5 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$925. 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! Book a 2018 Tour Before September 8, 2017, and complimentary trip insurance is included in the tour price to protect your trip investment – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!
  • Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
    Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

France Off the Beaten Path Tour Company2018 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES

  • May 14-19
  • September 18-23 – More than half full
  • September 25-30
  • October 2-7
  • October 9-14

       


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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 – BORDEAUX Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide group transfers to/from Bordeaux St. Jean Rail Station and Merignac Airport in Bordeaux, France at 3 PM on Day 1 and at 11:30 AM on Day 6 of the tour.
  • Group size – Maximum 12-14 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 Hotel 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Price Includes:

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to Bordeaux Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides are professional France history and Bordeaux-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 Les Sources de Caudalie.
  • 2018 – 10 Meals Included – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • All “Grand Cru” wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all activities and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Bordeaux St. Jean rail station and Merignac airport at 3 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Bordeaux St. Jean Rail station and Merignac airport for 11:30 am arrival.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –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 air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinters.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – International airfare to/from France, airfare/train fare to/from the starting/ending point for the tour in Bordeaux, one lunch, three dinners, personal purchases.

Authentic Bordeaux Experiences!  Spend 6 days experiencing Bordeaux, Arcachon, and Saint Emilion like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots 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!


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!

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • 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 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.

RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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.

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2018 Dates & Price

2018 – BORDEAUX, Arcachon, Saint Emilion TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Bordeaux Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 to SAVE US$1,000 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$4,198 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 6 Days/ 5 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$925. 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! Book a 2018 Tour Before September 8, 2017, and complimentary trip insurance is included in the tour price to protect your trip investment – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!
  • Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
    Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

France Off the Beaten Path Tour Company2018 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES

  • May 14-19
  • September 18-23 – More than half full
  • September 25-30
  • October 2-7
  • October 9-14

       


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

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Transfers & Hotel INFO

2018 – BORDEAUX Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide group transfers to/from Bordeaux St. Jean Rail Station and Merignac Airport in Bordeaux, France at 3 PM on Day 1 and at 11:30 AM on Day 6 of the tour.
  • Group size – Maximum 12-14 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 Hotel 

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Price Includes

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Price Includes:

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to Bordeaux Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides are professional France history and Bordeaux-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 Les Sources de Caudalie.
  • 2018 – 10 Meals Included – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • All “Grand Cru” wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all activities and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Bordeaux St. Jean rail station and Merignac airport at 3 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Bordeaux St. Jean Rail station and Merignac airport for 11:30 am arrival.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –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 air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinters.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE – International airfare to/from France, airfare/train fare to/from the starting/ending point for the tour in Bordeaux, one lunch, three dinners, personal purchases.

Authentic Bordeaux Experiences!  Spend 6 days experiencing Bordeaux, Arcachon, and Saint Emilion like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots 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!


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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Terms & Conditions

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 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • 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 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.

RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

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Our Difference

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.

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2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES & PRICES
Champagne Tour Summary
    •    Champagne Itinerary    •   Price Includes    •    Champagne FAQs    •    The Hotel

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Winner! LUX 2017 Tourism Award – BEST French Touring Company!

•  Named a “Forbes Favorite” by Forbes Traveler Magazine
•  Featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Editor’s Pick List”
•  Named “Best Champagne Tours in France” by eHow.com
•  Featured in USA Today Travel Tips

•  Champagne Tour Photos

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Click the TAB TITLES below to view complete details for each category – The tabs in the table BELOW are titled:  2018 Dates & Price • Transfers & Hotel INFO • Price Includes • Terms & Conditions • Our Difference 

2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Champagne Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 to SAVE US$1,000 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$4,198 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 4 Days/3 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$880. 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! Book a 2018 Tour Before September 8, 2017, and trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!
  • Download and print our CHAMPAGNE TOUR BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES

  • April 10-13
  • October 9-12

 

       

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 – Champagne Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – – We provide complimentary group transfers to/from Reims rail station in Reims, France on Day 1 and Day 4. NO HOTEL HOPPING!
  • Group size – Maximum 10 guests per tour date.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements and food allergies.

Champagne Tour Hotel 


Guest Testimonials…Trustpilot Says Guests Love Our Tours! Based on Verified Independent Tour Reviews!

  “Loved EVERYTHING! Liked having down time between all of the activities on both tours. These were fabulous trips! In the Loire Valley, cooking and dining with Christophe and Angelique was great, we liked all of the castles, the meals and the hot air ballooning. In Champagne, all of the tours and tastings were very special and each offered something different. We loved that there was someting new to discover each day!” –– Art and Nancyjo PetersChicago, Illinois     – (Have been on 2 OTBP tours – Loire Valley Tour and Champagne Tasting Tour)

  “On a scale of 1 to 10, your Champagne tour gets a 100!!! By far one of the best small group trips we have been on. There was so much attention to detail and ensuring that each of us was well attended to. Our entire group really felt very welcome and special everywhere we went, like everyone was happy to see you, our guide, and us, as your guests! Thanks from all of us for a memorable time! We’re looking forward to another trip with you!” ––Tom & Priscilla Peters and friendsSan Francisco, California  

  “Thank you so much for a wonderful taste of France! This card (received by guide) reminded me of your “Jumpy” and all the laughs we had in it during both tours with you. The two tours were very comprehensive and well planned. We really appreciated your expertise. Hopefully we will be able to travel with you again! Thanks so much for everything!” ––Don and Pat GianoneChicago, Illinois    (Have traveled on 2 OTBP tours – Loire Valley Tour and Champagne Tasting Tour)

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2018 – 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
  • Trip Insurance Included in the Tour Price!
  • 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.

Please note: Champagne tour itineraries are subject to change and certain producers only offer group tours rather than private tours. Every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what is posted 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.

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. — Champagne Tasting Gourmet Tour Itinerary


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!

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 10, 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 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.

RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 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.

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.

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2018 Dates & Price

2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Champagne Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017 to SAVE US$1,000 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$4,198 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 4 Days/3 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$880. 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! Book a 2018 Tour Before September 8, 2017, and trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable!
  • Download and print our CHAMPAGNE TOUR BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES

  • April 10-13
  • October 9-12

 

       

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Transfers & Hotel INFO

2018 – Champagne Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – – We provide complimentary group transfers to/from Reims rail station in Reims, France on Day 1 and Day 4. NO HOTEL HOPPING!
  • Group size – Maximum 10 guests per tour date.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements and food allergies.

Champagne Tour Hotel 


Guest Testimonials…Trustpilot Says Guests Love Our Tours! Based on Verified Independent Tour Reviews!

  “Loved EVERYTHING! Liked having down time between all of the activities on both tours. These were fabulous trips! In the Loire Valley, cooking and dining with Christophe and Angelique was great, we liked all of the castles, the meals and the hot air ballooning. In Champagne, all of the tours and tastings were very special and each offered something different. We loved that there was someting new to discover each day!” –– Art and Nancyjo PetersChicago, Illinois     – (Have been on 2 OTBP tours – Loire Valley Tour and Champagne Tasting Tour)

  “On a scale of 1 to 10, your Champagne tour gets a 100!!! By far one of the best small group trips we have been on. There was so much attention to detail and ensuring that each of us was well attended to. Our entire group really felt very welcome and special everywhere we went, like everyone was happy to see you, our guide, and us, as your guests! Thanks from all of us for a memorable time! We’re looking forward to another trip with you!” ––Tom & Priscilla Peters and friendsSan Francisco, California  

  “Thank you so much for a wonderful taste of France! This card (received by guide) reminded me of your “Jumpy” and all the laughs we had in it during both tours with you. The two tours were very comprehensive and well planned. We really appreciated your expertise. Hopefully we will be able to travel with you again! Thanks so much for everything!” ––Don and Pat GianoneChicago, Illinois    (Have traveled on 2 OTBP tours – Loire Valley Tour and Champagne Tasting Tour)

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Price Includes

2018 – 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
  • Trip Insurance Included in the Tour Price!
  • 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.

Please note: Champagne tour itineraries are subject to change and certain producers only offer group tours rather than private tours. Every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what is posted 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.

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. — Champagne Tasting Gourmet Tour Itinerary


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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Terms & Conditions

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 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 10, 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 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.

RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

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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.

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.

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Trustpilot Says Guest Love Our Tours – Read What Some of Our Guests Say!

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THE BEST VACATION YOU’LL TAKE IN FRANCE WITH THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE AND FUN GUIDES!

All Off the Beaten Path guides are multi-lingual and reside in France. 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. Some have been elected to some of the most prestigious tourism offices in France, and some have also been awarded UNESCO accolades for their cultural work in France. Most of our guides are also contributing authors to prominent guidebooks including Rick Steves Provence Guide Book, Best of France, The Intoxicating France Series, and many more. The key ingredient to a successful tour is the guide, and Off the Beaten Path guides have been recognized for their talent, knowledge, and professionalism. 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. Why Choose Off the Beaten Path, LLC for your next tour vacation to France? Click here to read…

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France Off the Beaten Path trip insurance offers peace of mind and flexibility – This means that both your 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! So you can book with confidence and ease.