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Heart Warming Reviews From Loire Valley Guests!

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“WOULD YOU RECOMMEND OUR LOIRE VALLEY TOUR TO A FRIEND?” It’s a question we frequently ask tour guests, and here on our 2016 Loire Valley Tour Reviews page, read what guests have to say about their Loire Valley Tour experience.  We strive to exceed guest expectations every tour!

 “Yes, we have several friends that enjoy cooking, and we will definitely tell them all about our trip. Joe and I will try to talk them into taking the trip with us next time! We both LOVED seeing the chateaus and learning the history behind them. They were all connected but each had its own charm. I wish we could make the days last longer, because each activity was enjoyable. But the highlights of the trip and what we will cherish were the group dinners and cooking classes. Each Chef was so knowledgeable and willing to explain or share secrets of their craft. Please tell them how thankful and appreciative we are of their time and knowledge. Thank you Christy for everything, the tour definitely exceeded our every expectation and then some!” — Joe and Peggy Bernazani, Front Royal, VA

 “Yes, we already have! We love the small size of group, access to smaller towns and your tours offer a more granular view of an area of France, with access to restaurants and tastings that we would not know of or be able to do on our own. Guidance and help of knowledgeable guides is also a BIG plus! We really enjoyed the dinner at Christophe and Angelique’s home in the countryside, the chocolate tasting, Chenonceau, cooking lessons, hotel geographical overviews, Remi’s smiling face! I also appreciate all the accommodations you made for me with my knee problem. We’ll be back to France again, and it will be with you! Thank you Christy!! — Andy & Jane MallorIndianapolis, IN (This was Andy & Jane’s 2nd OTBP Tour – they traveled on our 2015 Provence Tour and our 2016 Loire Valley Tour)

 “YES! Great venue — hotel and castles we visited. Loved the castles and Appreciated the history connected to each one. Really enjoyed and could have spent even more time at Chenonceau. Loved the specially prepared meals by local Chefs – and the behind the scenes experiences in two kitchens. That was a real treat! Great experience overall! Appreciated the positive and fun atmosphere Christy and Remi created. We will definitely be back and looking forward to your Provence Tour next trip!! Merci!” — Bob & Freddi JacobiIndianapolis, IN – they were referred to this tour by their friends, Andy & Jane Mallor

 “Yes! We will come on another trip too! Liked the castle variety. Enjoyed meeting and cooking with real French Chefs, and ALL group meals were fabulous! Thank you Christy for a wonderful time in the Loire Valley. The tour was well organized, and took all guest interests into consideration. You do an excellent job!” — Tony & Chris LewandowskiLivonia, MI

 “YES! The tour has a pleasant and fascinating mix of activities and is nicely paced.I loved Christy’s knowledgeable chatty commentaries about the history, kings and queens. My highlight was to access the Chefs. The hotel was very comfortable, wonderful to stay in, and very conveniently located with easy access to everything in town. This was a very enjoyable trip!” — With appreciation, Margaret LeeMelbourne, Australia

 “Oh YES we would recommend this tour! Well, it was the best trip ever. We loved Christy’s informal and friendly style of leading the tour. Christy kept a running commentary on the history of the area with such interesting stories about the kings and queens, their castles, mistresses, victories and achievements. The cooking classes were simply the best! It is, in our opinion, great that the numbers are small (14 guests), which allows for informality and a personal relationship to build. We’ve loved the chateaus, the gardens, the cooking classes, dinners – in fact, pretty well everything. The mix of everything works well. Our guides were very personable and took care of everyone and everything. We’ve really appreciated all of Christy’s effort she made, and surprises she delivered to keep the itinerary running smoothly.  Thank you very much for a very different, interesting, and adventurous tour the Loire Valley!” — John & Barbara de Blank, Melbourne, Australia – Loire Valley Tour Reviews

 “Yes, we would! Everything was wonderful! Loved the organization of our days and your ability Christy to restructure when necessary. Especially enjoyed the time in your friend’s home! That was so very special for them to open their home to a group of strangers. We really enjoyed ourselves. Can’t wait to come back for your Provence Tour next year!!” — Dr. Butch Guest & Carol Etheridge, New Orleans, Louisiana – Loire Valley Tour Reviews – Returning for a 2nd tour, our July 4-9, 2017 Provence Tour!

 “Yes Christy I will. I’m gonna send you lots of travelers. Thank you for everything!” — Dr. Robert & Gretchen Ball, Corpus Christi, Texas – Loire Valley Tour Reviews

 “Yes! Great job re-organizing around the floods. You did a stellar job! Your help with the entire week was superb! Need more brass bands and beer! (referring to brass band festival in Amboise June 4) – Walking and wine are definitely a winning combination! Loved spending the evening cooking and enjoying good food and wine with your friends in their home. Thank you for a fun experience!” — Dr. Steve Oshman & Dr. Colleen Beeson, Corpus Christi, Texas – Loire Valley Tour Reviews

 “Yes, Nothing can control mother nature, and Christy did a great job finding substitute castles to visit during the floods and re-arranging the itinerary to ensure everyone continued to enjoy the trip. Christy reacted to bad weather well, and our fellow travelers were very nice. Our guides were great! The dinners and lunches were yummy, and the hotel rooms were lovely. The tours were interesting and cooking fun! Thank you for helping us also on last day with train departures.” — Jay & Pam Greer, Herndon, Virginia – Loire Valley Tour Reviews







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