ABOUT Christy Destremau
Founder & President of OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC’S France off the beaten path tours
Experience Provence, Loire Valley, Bordeaux, & Champagne, France with Destination Expert Christy Destremau & Her UNESCO Award-Winning Team of Guides!
I’m Christy Destremau, the entrepreneur who founded France Off the Beaten Path Tours and actively participates in my company’s daily operations. I am American by origin, officially became a French citizen in 2003, and 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 except what I could fit into a single suitcase, I hopped on a plane to Provence, France, following graduation. “My dream? To live a dream.” Equipped with 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.
I 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 to establishing my internet presence on google and yahoo, 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. 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, was married to a French man, and raised two children and three dogs. My son Oliver is a 26-year-old electrical engineer, and my daughter Chloe is a recent graduate of Penn State University in fisheries and wildlife science. 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 28 years later, 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 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, and Bordeaux! We also offer guided extended stays to Champagne, Normandy, and Paris!
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.
Featured in “Loving Bordeaux” Magazine July 2020!
NOT JUST A TOUR: IT’S A PERSONALIZED, SMALL GROUP, FRANCE TOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER!
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.
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’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.
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.
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About Christy Destremau