Christy Destremau
Christy Destremau enjoying lovely lunch with her guests
Christy Destremau
Christy Destremau on the boat with happy guests
Christy Destremau
Christy Destremau

Meet Christy Destremau:

Founder & President of France Off The Beaten Path

Experience France with Destination Expert Christy Destremau & Her UNESCO Award-Winning Team!




Christy Destremau, founder of France Off the Beaten Path™, sitting in front of the beautiful lake, and old castleI’m Christy Destremau.

As the entrepreneur who founded France Off the Beaten Path Tours, I actively participate in my company’s daily operations and guiding responsibilities. I am American by origin, and my academic specialty lies in French history, specifically the 15th-19th century France. I arrived in Provence, France nearly 30 years ago to marry a French man, and later relocated to north western France where I raised my two children and three dogs in a small village in the French countryside. In 2003, I officially became a French citizen, and for the past 5 years call Bordeaux, France home.

My life in France began nearly three decades ago when I first stepped foot on French soil with my freshly acquired degrees in hand from San Diego State University. Having sold my belongings following graduation, except what I could fit into a single suitcase, I hopped on a plane to Provence, France. “My dream? To live a dream.” Equipped with an extensive education in Political Science, French history, language, and international relations, and my heart full of passion for and knowledge of this historically and culturally rich country, I dove into French life head first and never looked back. Soon after my arrival, I discovered that working as a non-European citizen in France presented many challenges, but I persevered and transformed my experience into something positive and fruitful. It’s a great source of pride to contribute, as an immigrant, to my adopted country of France by bringing hundreds of groups to visit this magnificent country I call home.

Christy DestremauI launched Off the Beaten Path, LLC with an idea, a guide license, and programming skills. I published my first website showcasing multi-day tours with all the trimmings of appeal to share my favorite regions of France with travelers. I dedicated every waking minute between my kids’ school schedules and family obligations to building my company and to establishing my internet presence which at the time was a new frontier of its own. I rode the waves of uncertainty every start-up company faces, and as an entrepreneur, I rode those waves alone filled with hope. As a woman breaking into a male-dominated industry, I was determined to succeed. While building my business, I learned the true essence of French life being married into a traditional French family, and raising two children and three dogs in a village of less than four thousand people. My son Oliver, a graduate of Penn State University, is now an electrical engineer in the US, and my daughter Chloe, also a graduate of Penn State, is currently working on her Masters at the University of Marseille. I never missed a summer vacation with my kids, birthday celebrations, or family holidays. Steadfast on my new path in life, I forged ahead with my ideas, turning my dream into reality on my terms. Three months after going live with my first website, I sold my first tours, and today, my passion continues to flourish as a million-dollar-plus operation.

Thanks to my network of French friends combined with actively living in the country, my team and I bring French culture and history to life. We design and deliver once-in-a-lifetime adventures for English speaking travelers from around the world. As our tour guest, you spend time with the people who make this magical country unique and are welcomed into my French friends’ homes, workshops, and kitchens to discover the true essence of their culture. You learn the history and thrilling anecdotes that transform each tour day into a fun journey into the past. You spend your six-day tour with us in a true small group welcomed as friends. Join us on one of our Cultural, Walking & Gourmet Tours to Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, Champagne, and Normandy! We also offer a limited edition tour to my winter home, Egypt!

Prominent travel magazines coverRecommended by Frommer’s!

Prominent travel magazines and fellow guides recognize Christy Destremau as a leading France travel expert. Her tours are regularly featured in prominent travel magazines, as well as being included in Frommer’s France Guide and Best of France Guide. Best selling travel author PJ Adams and Christy also co-authored a Loire Valley, France guidebook Intoxicating Greater Paris – Loire, Valley of the Kings, and she has been featured in FORBES, as an up and coming female entrepreneur.

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Christy Destremau, Founder of France Off the Beaten Path tours in ProvenceProminent travel magazines and fellow guides recognize Christy Destremau as a leading France travel expert. Her tours are regularly featured in prominent travel magazines, as well as being included in Frommer’s France Guide and Best of France Guide. Best selling travel author PJ Adams and Christy also co-authored a Loire Valley, France guidebook Intoxicating Greater Paris – Loire, Valley of the Kings, and she has been featured in FORBES, as an up and coming female entrepreneur.



Christy Destremau, founder of France Off the Beaten Path™ is FEATURED IN “LOVING BORDEAUX” MAGAZINE JULY 2020!


Christy’s extensive network of professional connections and personal friends in France is the key to her “exclusive” and unique tour itineraries setting France Off the Beaten Path small group tours well above the offerings of other tour companies. Christy recognizes that no one can specialize in everything, and she has chosen to concentrate on small group travel and small group touring within her adopted home country of France!

When Christy launched Off the Beaten Path, LLC, she made a conscious decision and commitment to focus her time, energy, and “savoir-faire” on specializing exclusively on what she knows best; active, small group walking, wine, cultural and gourmet food tour travel in France. Though many industry professionals have tried to recruit her to broaden France Off the Beaten Path’s tour offerings into other countries, Christy has remained steadfast and committed to delivering what she loves; creating and delivering the finest personalized itineraries of the very best “insider” experiences in France.


Christy Destremau, founder of France Off the Beaten Path™ featured in French newspapers

Join Christy and her team to share in active experiences with other like-minded travelers to experience “authentic France” in a small intimate group, led by her UNESCO award-winning team of guides! Christy and her team understand both French and Anglophone culture, and ensure a perfect blend and balance between the two to deliver memorable experiences. Exceeding guest expectations on every tour is paramount.


Christy Destremau and France Off the Beaten Path™ team having teambuilding piknic

Christy’s commitment to designing exceptional and personalized itineraries, delivering unparalleled customer service, and ensuring unsurpassed value has propelled Off the Beaten Path, LLC to the head of the tour industry in France. Regularly awarded professional accolades by many top-tier travel industry organizations, as well as numerous travel magazines and journals worldwide, validates that Christy’s dedication remains to her tour guests.


Christy Destremau and her quest enjoying wine in old rustic wine cellar

A published photographer featured in National Geographic and the Loire Valley Guide, “Loire, Valley of the Kings,” which she also co-wrote, contributing as the content specialist and photographer, Christy spends her off-season time traveling around France, photographing the countryside. All photos published on this website, both slideshow photos and page content photos, are compliments of Christy. Her images reflect a distinct passion for France, the French, and sharing “all that France has to offer” with tour guests. Many of Christy’s France and regional specific landscape and foodie images can be seen featured on other travel industry websites, as well as in print. She also contributes photography to hotel partners, who are personal family friends, for use on their professional websites. Considered a France destination expert and leading authority on French history, traditions and culture, she has authored and edited travel articles about France for prominent travel guides and magazines worldwide.

Christy taking a picture of lavender



A WORD FROM Our Guests:

“This was my third trip in the same number of years with Christy and Off the Beaten Path. While on her trips you can tell how much effort there is on the off season to make every single week perfect. From the pick up at the train station to the teary goodbye at the airport, everything is perfectly planned and executed. The hotel in St. Remy is magical, and the tour guides Philippe and David are exceptional. If you are considering a trip with OTBP, go for it and come home with new friends, a love of Provence and a longing to return as soon as you can!” — Beth Bower

“We had an excellent tour with Christie and her crew in the Loire valley. We did things that only a true insider would have access to-dinner at a Michelin chefs house, helping/learning to cook at a highly rated restaurant in their kitchen. This was in addition to seeing the sights and touring the castles. A truly unique experience that is off the beaten path. We will use her again when going back to France.” — Karen Berner

“France Off the Beaten Path was so great the first time that I had to return to Off The Beaten Path for a repeat visit. Everyone that works for Christy is excellent and full of life. Loved their tours to Van Gough, Dinner at Catherine’s home, picnic in the woods, wineries – And the only max at 16. So we really got to know each other. Highly recommend.” — Lauren

“Outstanding tour of truly beautiful areas of Provence by a very friendly and knowledgeable guide who spoke perfect English. Gorgeous accomodation, very special restaurant experiences, and an effort made to avoid arriving at tourist hotspots with the hordes made it all the more enjoyable.” — Geoff & Lorrene Evans