ABOUT Christy Destremau
Founder & President of OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC’S France off the beaten path tours
Experience Provence, Loire Valley and Bordeaux, France with Destination Expert Christy Destremau &Her Team Of UNESCO Award-Winning Team of Guides!
An American with French citizenship residing in Bordeaux, France, Christy Destremau’s story began when she settled in Provence, France more than two decades ago. Equipped with an extensive education from a US university and a background in French history, language, international relations, and a clear understanding of French culture and traditions, Christy launched Off the Beaten Path, LLC and her France Off the Beaten Path Tours. Encouraged by her American and French family and friends, who admired her passion for and knowledge of this historically and culturally rich country, Christy grew her company while raising her son Oliver, an engineer in the US, and daughter Chloe, a university student in the US, and the family’s three dogs in a small, traditional French village. Prominent travel magazines and fellow guides recognize her as a leading France travel specialist. Best selling travel author PJ Adams co-authored her Loire Valley, France guidebook Intoxicating Greater Paris – Loire, Valley of the Kings with Christy, and she was featured in FORBES in 2005, as an up and coming female entrepreneur.
Read our BLOG post about PJ Adam’s and Christy Destremau’s book release – Loire, Valley of the Kings
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 exclusively 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 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