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Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices – 2017 – 2018 Tours



LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATES, PRICES – 2017 AND 2018 TOURS

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices – 2017 and 2018 Tours

Based on Verified Independent Tour Reviews!


Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices6 Day/5 Night Loire Valley Tour  •  Max 14-16 Guests Per Tour  •  Tour BEST 6 Loire Valley Castles – Chambord, Chenonceau, Villandry, Amboise, Blois, Azay-le-Rideau  •  2 Loire Valley Cooking Classes  •  VIP Winery Tour & Tasting  •  Privately Hosted Lunch at Winery Estate  •  Cocktail Evening of Regional Foodie Specialties   •   Michelin-Star Dining   •   ALL Classified Touraine Wines Included  •  Chocolate Tour & Tasting   •   1 Exceptional 4-Star Boutique Hotel – NO Hotel Hopping!


2017 and 2018 Loire Valley Tours

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices

  • 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 – 2017 Dates & Price, 2018 Dates & Price, Transfers-Hotel, Price Includes, Our Difference – to view complete details for each category. 

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR Dates, Tour Price

  • 2017 Loire Valley Tour Price – US$3,398 per person instead of US$3,798 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Save US$400 per person!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$450. 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 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 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!
  • Review the LOIRE VALLEY TOUR BROCHURE (opens in a new tab)

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATESBook Now

  • June 25-30 – Sold Out
  • July 2-7 – Sold Out
  • July 9-14 – Sold Out
  • September 5-10 – Sold Out
  • September 12-17 – 4 Spaces Available
  • September 19-24 – Sold Out

    


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, had the great pleasure of collaborating this past year on the book titled Greater Intoxicating Paris; Loire, Valley of the Kings!

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices   

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATES, TOUR 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!
  • Review the LOIRE VALLEY TOUR BROCHURE (opens in a new tab)

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! 

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices   

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


2017 & 2018 – Loire Valley Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends…Hotel

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide a 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 9:30-10:00 AM on Day 6.
  • Group size – True Small Group Tour Travel — Maximum 14-16 guests per tour date.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Loire Valley Tour 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 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 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 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and 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.

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices

2017 & 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.
  • 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.

Inspiring Itineraries, Exceptional Quality, and Excellent Value!

  • In 2017, we celebrate 23 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!
  • Our tours sell out year after year thanks to our exclusive benefits, exceptional quality, and excellent value.
  • 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!

#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

  • Book Release!  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!
  • 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.

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices

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 23 years. 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!

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices

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2017 Dates & Price

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR Dates, Tour Price

  • 2017 Loire Valley Tour Price – US$3,398 per person instead of US$3,798 per person – 6 Days/5 Nights – double/twin occupancy – when booking BEFORE June 30, 2017 – Save US$400 per person!
  • Solo travelers and single room requests – Add single supplement of US$450. 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 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 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!
  • Review the LOIRE VALLEY TOUR BROCHURE (opens in a new tab)

2017 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATESBook Now

  • June 25-30 – Sold Out
  • July 2-7 – Sold Out
  • July 9-14 – Sold Out
  • September 5-10 – Sold Out
  • September 12-17 – 4 Spaces Available
  • September 19-24 – Sold Out

    


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, had the great pleasure of collaborating this past year on the book titled Greater Intoxicating Paris; Loire, Valley of the Kings!

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices   

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2018 Dates & Price

2018 – LOIRE VALLEY TOUR DATES, TOUR 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!
  • Review the LOIRE VALLEY TOUR BROCHURE (opens in a new tab)

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! 

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices   

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Transfers-Hotel

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


2017 & 2018 – Loire Valley Tour Details…Tour Begins & Ends…Hotel

  • Tour Begins and Ends – We provide a 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 9:30-10:00 AM on Day 6.
  • Group size – True Small Group Tour Travel — Maximum 14-16 guests per tour date.
  • Dietary requests – We cater to all dietary requirements (vegan, pescatarian, vegetarian) and all food allergies.

Loire Valley Tour 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 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 2017 and When Booking a 2018 Tour BEFORE September 8, 2017:

  • Book a 2017 Tour BEFORE June 30, 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 2017 Tour ON or AFTER June 30, 2017 and 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.

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices

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Price Includes

2017 & 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.
  • 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.

Inspiring Itineraries, Exceptional Quality, and Excellent Value!

  • In 2017, we celebrate 23 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!
  • Our tours sell out year after year thanks to our exclusive benefits, exceptional quality, and excellent value.
  • 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!

#1 RECOMMENDED BY BEST SELLING AUTHOR PJ ADAMS!! 

  • Book Release!  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!
  • 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.

Loire Valley Tour Dates, Prices

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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 23 years. 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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