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2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices



2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices for France Off the Beaten Path 2018 Tours!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

Walking, French Bread Baking, Cooking Class, Cultural and VIP Wine Tasting Tours!


Come Experience the BEST of Southwest France Off the Beaten Path style to Discover Bordeaux Wine Country, Arcachon Basin & Pilat Dune, and Historical Wine Producing Village of Saint Emilion on a France Off the Beaten Path 6-Day/5-Night Tour!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices


2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates - Prices2 Walks (Designed for Interested Guests) in Saint Emilion and Arcachon  •  French Bread Baking Class Using An 18th Century Wood-Fired Bread Oven  •  Hands-On Cooking At Home Class with Friend, Master Chef Antoine   •   Classified Wines Included at ALL Group Meals  •  VIP Winery Tours & Wine Tasting  •  Group Size Limited to Maximum 12-14 Tour Guests  •  1 Premiere, Centrally Located Boutique Hotel (Unpack Once for the tour – NO Hotel Hopping)  •  Michelin-Star Dining  •  Knowledgeable Tour Guides


2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices
Bordeaux Tour Summary    •    Bordeaux Itinerary    •   Price Includes    •    Bordeaux FAQ    •    The Hotel

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates - Prices

  • Winner! LUX 2017 Tourism Award – BEST French Touring Company!
  • Named a “Forbes Favorite” by Forbes Traveler Magazine
  • Featured on Conde Nast Traveler’s “Editor’s Pick List”
  • Named “Best Wine Tours in France” by eHow.com
  • Named “Best of Bordeaux” -Andrew Harper Hideaway Report
  • Featured National Geographic Walk of a Lifetime
  • Featured in USA Today Travel Tips

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

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

  • 2018 Bordeaux Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE November 12, 2017 to SAVE US$900 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$4,298 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 6 Days/ 5 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$925. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! Book a 2018 Tour Before November 12, 2017, and trip insurance (valued at US$440 per person) is included in the tour price under the terms of our promotion to cover the cost of your tour – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable or transferrable. 
  • Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
    Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

2018 – BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR DATES

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

       


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

2018, 2019 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices  

2018 – Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Price Includes:

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to Bordeaux Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides are professional France history and Bordeaux-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, anecdotes and stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • 5 nights — NO HOTEL HOPPING! — at CONDE NAST recommended boutique Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie.
  • 2018 – 10 Meals Included – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • All “Grand Cru” wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all activities and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Bordeaux St. Jean rail station and Merignac airport at 3 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Bordeaux St. Jean Rail station and Merignac airport for 11:30 am arrival.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –COMFORT ZONE– Designed for the interests of and to appeal to BOTH WALKERS & NON-WALKERS alike — the Active and Occasional Walker, and travelers of all ability levels. If you’re not a walker at all, enjoy shuttling to all activities, excursions and meals on our comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinters.

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

Authentic Bordeaux Experiences!  Spend 6 days experiencing Bordeaux, Arcachon, and Saint Emilion like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes for authentic and fun French experiences unlike any other!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices  

2018 – Bordeaux Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends…Hotel

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide group transfers to/from Bordeaux St. Jean Rail Station and Merignac airport at 3 PM on Day 1 and at 11:30 AM on Day 6 of the tour.
  • Group size – Maximum 12-14 guests per tour date.
  • Walkers & Non-Walkers – Tour is designed to appeal to BOTH walkers and NON-Walkers Alike. *Featuring options for BOTH walkers and non-walkers!*
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Bordeaux Tour Hotel

  • Bordeaux Tour Hotel – 5 nights at boutique hotel Les Sources de Caudalie located amidst classified vineyards of the Graves appellation for the entire 6-day/5-night tour. NO HOTEL HOPPING – Unpack Once for the Entire Tour!  
  • ALL Hotels in France are NON-smoking.

  “We thoroughly enjoyed our Bordeaux experience with you. Everything was so personalized and the group size was perfect. The variety of activities was very well balanced and our guide was fabulous!” — Martin and Patricia Sibliger, Atlanta, GA (Are 3 time returning guests to OTBP Tours – Bordeaux Tour, Loire Valley Tour, and now July 4-9, 2017 Provence Tour)  

  “Thanks for taking care of us in Bordeaux. We loved participating in all of the activities on the tour. We could have never organized them ourselves. It was a fantastic trip with fun filled days, a truly remarkable experience. We’re hoping to hook up on another one of your tours. Always stick with the best. We will highly recommend this trip to our friends and family.” — Terje and Belinda Gudmestad, Los Angeles, CA (Are 2 time returning OTBP Tour Guests to our Provence Tour and Bordeaux Tour)  


#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.
  • PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices  

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 November 12, 2017:

  • Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE November 12, 2017 and Trip Insurance (valued at US$440 per person) to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price under the terms of our promotion; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable and/or transferrable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that under the terms of our promotion, trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour making both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment 100% refundable and/or transferrable.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER November 12, 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.

Inspiring Itineraries, Exceptional Quality, and Excellent Value!

  • In 2018, we celebrate 24 years leading small group tours exclusively in France!
  • France Off the Beaten Path is American owned and operated, and we live in France, putting us in a very unique position to be able to share the very BEST of France that can only be achieved by living and working locally.
  • We create the perfect balance between the Anglophone service expectation and French culture to ensure memorable experiences, satisfaction, and enjoyment for travelers!
  • Since our sole focus and specialty is dedicated to small group travel in France, our tours introduce travelers to exceptional “insider” experiences that far exceed expectations every time!
  • Our exclusive relationships with every one of our vendors in France, who are personal friends, make these tours truly trips of a lifetime!
  • We are proud to be recommended by BEST selling travel author PJ Adams, and named travelers #1 choice for group travel for more than two decades!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices  

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Bordeaux?

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices


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!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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2018 Dates & Price

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

  • 2018 Bordeaux Tour Price  Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE November 12, 2017 to SAVE US$900 per person! TOUR PRICE:  US$4,298 per person instead of US$5,198 per person – 6 Days/ 5 Nights – double/twin occupancy!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$925. Single supplement is applicable for solo travelers and all single occupancy room requests. A solo traveler is anyone traveling alone, and therefore requires a single occupancy room (1 person per 1 room).
  • Complimentary Trip Insurance Included in Tour Prices! Book a 2018 Tour Before November 12, 2017, and trip insurance (valued at US$440 per person) is included in the tour price under the terms of our promotion to cover the cost of your tour – Making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable or transferrable. 
  • Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR DETAILED BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)
    Download and print our BORDEAUX TOUR -SHORT VERSION- BROCHURE (Adobe pdf)

2018 – BORDEAUX, ARCACHON, SAINT EMILION TOUR DATES

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

       


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

2018, 2019 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices  

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Price Includes

2018 – Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Price Includes:

  • Fully Guided sightseeing, walks, excursions, and cultural visits throughout the tour by professional Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) Company Tour Guides. OTBP Guides are UNESCO award winners, contributors to Bordeaux Travel Guidebooks, and are accomplished authors. OTBP Tour guides are professional France history and Bordeaux-specific history specialists who make learning the tidbits, gossip, anecdotes and stories of France fun and memorable throughout the tour.
  • 5 nights — NO HOTEL HOPPING! — at CONDE NAST recommended boutique Hotel Les Sources de Caudalie.
  • 2018 – 10 Meals Included – 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • All “Grand Cru” wines and non-alcoholic beverages at group meals!
  • All entry/participation fees for all activities and excursions detailed in the itinerary.
  • Roundtrip transfers on Day 1 and Day 6 of the tour :  Day 1 – Transfer provided from Bordeaux St. Jean rail station and Merignac airport at 3 pm. Day 6 – Transfer provided to Bordeaux St. Jean Rail station and Merignac airport for 11:30 am arrival.
  • Bottled water provided daily.
  • All ground transportation throughout the tour.
  • –COMFORT ZONE– Designed for the interests of and to appeal to BOTH WALKERS & NON-WALKERS alike — the Active and Occasional Walker, and travelers of all ability levels. If you’re not a walker at all, enjoy shuttling to all activities, excursions and meals on our comfortable air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinters.

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

Authentic Bordeaux Experiences!  Spend 6 days experiencing Bordeaux, Arcachon, and Saint Emilion like family friends going beyond tourist hotspots to meet and spend time with some of France’s best loved and highly recognized artisans, chefs, and winery owners who are our family friends, and welcome you to their workshops, kitchens, and family homes for authentic and fun French experiences unlike any other!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices  

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Transfers-Hotel

2018 – Bordeaux Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends…Hotel

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide group transfers to/from Bordeaux St. Jean Rail Station and Merignac airport at 3 PM on Day 1 and at 11:30 AM on Day 6 of the tour.
  • Group size – Maximum 12-14 guests per tour date.
  • Walkers & Non-Walkers – Tour is designed to appeal to BOTH walkers and NON-Walkers Alike. *Featuring options for BOTH walkers and non-walkers!*
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Bordeaux Tour Hotel

  • Bordeaux Tour Hotel – 5 nights at boutique hotel Les Sources de Caudalie located amidst classified vineyards of the Graves appellation for the entire 6-day/5-night tour. NO HOTEL HOPPING – Unpack Once for the Entire Tour!  
  • ALL Hotels in France are NON-smoking.

  “We thoroughly enjoyed our Bordeaux experience with you. Everything was so personalized and the group size was perfect. The variety of activities was very well balanced and our guide was fabulous!” — Martin and Patricia Sibliger, Atlanta, GA (Are 3 time returning guests to OTBP Tours – Bordeaux Tour, Loire Valley Tour, and now July 4-9, 2017 Provence Tour)  

  “Thanks for taking care of us in Bordeaux. We loved participating in all of the activities on the tour. We could have never organized them ourselves. It was a fantastic trip with fun filled days, a truly remarkable experience. We’re hoping to hook up on another one of your tours. Always stick with the best. We will highly recommend this trip to our friends and family.” — Terje and Belinda Gudmestad, Los Angeles, CA (Are 2 time returning OTBP Tour Guests to our Provence Tour and Bordeaux Tour)  


#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!!

  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and is promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours to her readership, as the “tours of choice” to discover France.
  • Having previously traveled on our small group tours in France, it’s a great honor to have PJ Adams promoting France Off the Beaten Path Tours as her “tours of choice” and Off the Beaten Path, LLC as her “tour company of choice” to her worldwide readership.
  • PJ Adams’ latest travel book written with France Off the Beaten Path owner Christy Destremau is now available!  Loire, Valley of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices  

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Terms & Conditions

TOUR DEPOSIT AND PAYMENTS:

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

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE November 12, 2017:

  • Book a 2018 Tour BEFORE November 12, 2017 and Trip Insurance (valued at US$440 per person) to cover the cost of your tour is included in the tour price under the terms of our promotion; making your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable and/or transferrable.
  • How does OTBP trip insurance work? OTBP trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that under the terms of our promotion, trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour making both your per person tour deposit and tour balance payment 100% refundable and/or transferrable.

CANCELLATION POLICY – When Booking a 2018 Tour ON or AFTER November 12, 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.

Inspiring Itineraries, Exceptional Quality, and Excellent Value!

  • In 2018, we celebrate 24 years leading small group tours exclusively in France!
  • France Off the Beaten Path is American owned and operated, and we live in France, putting us in a very unique position to be able to share the very BEST of France that can only be achieved by living and working locally.
  • We create the perfect balance between the Anglophone service expectation and French culture to ensure memorable experiences, satisfaction, and enjoyment for travelers!
  • Since our sole focus and specialty is dedicated to small group travel in France, our tours introduce travelers to exceptional “insider” experiences that far exceed expectations every time!
  • Our exclusive relationships with every one of our vendors in France, who are personal friends, make these tours truly trips of a lifetime!
  • We are proud to be recommended by BEST selling travel author PJ Adams, and named travelers #1 choice for group travel for more than two decades!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices  

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Our Difference

Why Travel with France Off the Beaten Path in Bordeaux?

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices

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.

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices


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!

2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices


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2018 Bordeaux, Arcachon, Saint Emilion Tour Dates – Prices


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France Off the Beaten Path trip insurance offers peace of mind flexibility – This means that under the terms of our promotion, trip insurance is included in the tour price to cover the cost of your tour making both your tour deposit and balance payment 100% refundable and/or transferrable.