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


France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule


Click the links below to jump directly to the 2018 France Tour Schedule destination dates and prices of interest.

2018 PROVENCE DATES      •      2018 LOIRE VALLEY DATES     •      2018 BORDEAUX DATES      •      2018 CHAMPAGNE DATES


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France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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


Inspiring Itineraries  •  Exceptional Quality  •  Excellent Value!

  • Our specialty is active small group travel in France – We Know France Best!
  • In 2018, we will celebrate 24 years leading small group tours in France.
  • Our exclusive relationships with every one of our vendors, who are personal family friends, in France make these tours truly the trip of a lifetime!
  • The most popular small group tours in France, we include authentic “insider” French experiences that take travelers beyond the expected.
  • We are proud to be both recommended by BEST selling travel author PJ Adams, and travelers #1 choice for group travel for two decades!

Check out our France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule below or click the following link to our 2017 Tour Schedule, and book one of our small group tours to discover for yourself why our exclusive France tours are endorsed by BEST selling Travel Author PJ Adams, and have been named travelers #1 choice for small group tour travel for more than two decades!  — Follow us on Facebook…


2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES & PRICES
Provence Tour Summary    •    Provence Day-by-Day Itinerary    •   Tour Price Includes    •    Provence FAQ    •    The Hotel

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

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Click the TAB TITLES below – 2018 Dates & Price • Tour Begins & Ends • Price Includes • The Hotel • Our Difference – to view complete details for each category.


2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Provence Tour Price – SAVE US$1,000 per person!  US$3,298 per person instead of US$4,298 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE September 8, 2017!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$560. 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!

2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES 

  • April 17-22
  • April 24-29
  • May 8-13
  • May 15-20
  • May 22-27 – More than Half Full
  • May 29-June 3
  • June 5-10
  • June 12-17 – (lavender season)
  • June 19-24 – (lavender season) – More than Half Full
  • June 26-July 1 – (lavender season) – More than Half Full
  • July 3-8 – (lavender season) – More than Half Full
  • July 10-15 – (lavender season)
  • July 17-22 – (lavender season)
  • July 24-29 – (end lavender season)
  • August 28-September 2
  • September 4-9
  • September 11-16
  • September 18-23
  • September 25-30
  • October 2-7
  • October 9-14
  • October 16-21
  • October 23-28

     


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2018 – LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE — 2018 Provence Tour dates during Provence’s lavender blooming 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 season). Visit our BLOG post to read about lavender in Provence and the best time to visit Provence to see lavender in bloom (opens in a new tab).

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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


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.

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 – Provence Tour Price Includes…

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

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 Provence?

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

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

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

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

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

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

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

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

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

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

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

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

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

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


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

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

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2018 Dates & Price


2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Provence Tour Price – SAVE US$1,000 per person!  US$3,298 per person instead of US$4,298 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE September 8, 2017!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$560. 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!

2018 – PROVENCE TOUR DATES 

  • April 17-22
  • April 24-29
  • May 8-13
  • May 15-20
  • May 22-27 – More than Half Full
  • May 29-June 3
  • June 5-10
  • June 12-17 – (lavender season)
  • June 19-24 – (lavender season) – More than Half Full
  • June 26-July 1 – (lavender season) – More than Half Full
  • July 3-8 – (lavender season) – More than Half Full
  • July 10-15 – (lavender season)
  • July 17-22 – (lavender season)
  • July 24-29 – (end lavender season)
  • August 28-September 2
  • September 4-9
  • September 11-16
  • September 18-23
  • September 25-30
  • October 2-7
  • October 9-14
  • October 16-21
  • October 23-28

     


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

 


2018 – LAVENDER SEASON IN PROVENCE — 2018 Provence Tour dates during Provence’s lavender blooming 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 season). Visit our BLOG post to read about lavender in Provence and the best time to visit Provence to see lavender in bloom (opens in a new tab).

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Tour Begins & Ends

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


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.

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Price Includes

2018 – Provence Tour Price Includes…

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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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The Hotel

TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

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

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 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

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Our Difference

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Provence?

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

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

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

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

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

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

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

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

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

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

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

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

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

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


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

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

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2018 – LOIRE VALLEY GOURMET TOUR DATES & PRICES
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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 Kings’ Castles!

  • 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 – 2018 Dates & Price • Tour Begins & Ends • Price Includes • The Hotel • Our Difference – to view complete details for each category.

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Loire Valley Tour Price – SAVE US$1,000 per person!  US$3,198 per person instead of US$4,198 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE September 8, 2017!
  • 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!

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY DATES

  • May 22-27 – 4 Spaces Available
  • May 29-June 3 – 4 Spaces Available
  • June 12-17
  • June 19-24
  • June 26-July 1
  • July 3-8
  • September 4-9
  • September 11-16
  • 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

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 Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide a complimentary group pick-up at St. Pierre des Corps TGV Rail Station, Tours, France at 4 PM on Day 1 and a group drop-off at the same rail station at 10 AM 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.

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY Tour Price Includes…

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

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 the Loire Valley?

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

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

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

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

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

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

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

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

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

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

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

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

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

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


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

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

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 – SAVE US$1,000 per person!  US$3,198 per person instead of US$4,198 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE September 8, 2017!
  • 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!

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY DATES

  • May 22-27 – 4 Spaces Available
  • May 29-June 3 – 4 Spaces Available
  • June 12-17
  • June 19-24
  • June 26-July 1
  • July 3-8
  • September 4-9
  • September 11-16
  • 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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Tour Begins & Ends

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


2018 – Loire Valley Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide a complimentary group pick-up at St. Pierre des Corps TGV Rail Station, Tours, France at 4 PM on Day 1 and a group drop-off at the same rail station at 10 AM 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.

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Price Includes

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY Tour Price Includes…

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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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The Hotel

TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

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

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 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

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Our Difference

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

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

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

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

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

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

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

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

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


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

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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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2018 – Bordeaux TOUR DATES & PRICES
Bordeaux Tour Summary    •    Bordeaux Day-by-Day 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 – 2018 Dates & Price • Tour Begins & Ends • Price Includes • The Hotel • Our Difference – to view complete details for each category.


2018 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Bordeaux Tour Price – SAVE US$1,000 per person!  US$4,198 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE September 8, 2017!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$1,280. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! – 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 100% refundable!

France Off the Beaten Path Tour Company2018 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES

  • May 14-19 – Sold Out
  • September 18-23 (Harvest Tour)
  • September 25-30 (Harvest Tour)
  • October 2-7 (Harvest Tour)
  • October 9-14 (Harvest Tour)

     


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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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


2018 – BORDEAUX Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

2018 – BORDEAUX Tour Price Includes…

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

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 Bordeaux?

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

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

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

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

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

2. Flexibility and Options: Choose Your Pace…

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

3. The Best Guides Who Live Locally…

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

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

4. Signature Off the Beaten Path Food Experiences…

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

5. Personal Freedom: Indulge in Leisure Time…

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


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

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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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2018 Dates & Price


2018 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Bordeaux Tour Price – SAVE US$1,000 per person!  US$4,198 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE September 8, 2017!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$1,280. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! – 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 100% refundable!

France Off the Beaten Path Tour Company2018 – BORDEAUX TOUR DATES

  • May 14-19 – Sold Out
  • September 18-23 (Harvest Tour)
  • September 25-30 (Harvest Tour)
  • October 2-7 (Harvest Tour)
  • October 9-14 (Harvest Tour)

     


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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Tour Begins & Ends

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


2018 – BORDEAUX Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends

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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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Price Includes

2018 – BORDEAUX Tour Price Includes…

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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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The Hotel

TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

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

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 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

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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.


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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule•  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 – 2018 Dates & Price • Tour Begins & Ends • Price Includes • The Hotel • Our Difference – to view complete details for each category.

2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Champagne Tour Price –  – SAVE US$1,000 per person!  US$4,198 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 4 Days/3 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE September 8, 2017!
  • 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!

2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES

  • April 10-13
  • October 9-12

 

      

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

Download and print our CHAMPAGNE TOUR BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


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.
  • Group size – Maximum 10 guests per tour date.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements and food allergies.

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)

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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
  • 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

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.


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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2018 Dates & Price

2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES, PRICE 

  • 2018 Champagne Tour Price –  – SAVE US$1,000 per person!  US$4,198 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 4 Days/3 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE September 8, 2017!
  • 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!

2018 – CHAMPAGNE TOUR DATES

  • April 10-13
  • October 9-12

 

      

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Tour Begins & Ends

Download and print our CHAMPAGNE TOUR BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)


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.
  • Group size – Maximum 10 guests per tour date.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements and food allergies.

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)

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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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
  • 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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule

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The Hotel

TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

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

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 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

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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.


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


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

France Off the Beaten Path Tours 2018 Schedule


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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