On of the enchanting castles in Loire Valley
On of the enchanting castles in Loire Valley - FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tours
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From PAST Loire Valley Castles & Gourmet Tours!

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Exciting visits to historical castles and villages plus exclusive gourmet dining and cooking class experiences combined with beautiful and centrally located hotel accommodations comprise every Off the Beaten Path small group Loire Valley Castles & Gourmet Foodie Tour.

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Would you recommend our Loire Valley Tour to your friends and/or family??


YES and I already have!! You are lovely, so professional, friendly and accommodating and you really know your French history! I am inspired now to read more about these people and times. Loved the castles, small group, accommodations and food, cooking class! Really LOVED it ALL!” — Donna Mallory, Culpeper, VA


YES, the area is magical and you deliver a fabulous tour! You are willing to accommodate your guests and are most knowledgeable of the local history. Loved our group. The places we visited were delightful and beautiful and the dinners superb. I would now love to organize a private tour to discover another region with my friends. Thank you for everything!!” — Sandie Mapp, Scottsdale, AZ


Yes, I would highly recommend the trip to someone interested in French culture and history. For foodies, it is the ideal travel experience. Each dining experience was unique and enjoyable, though I must say that Chefs Christophe and Angelique having us into their home was extraordinary. Cooking classes were fun and I loved Damien’s cheese sampling and lesson. After this, I am in love with French wine! The trip was a nice mix of interesting activities balanced with free time to explore and enjoy being in the Loire.” — Jean Traphagen, San Jose, CA


Yes, definitely! castle/history combined with outstanding food and wine experiences. Small group was great, trip was a nice pace – not too much in one day. Thank you for a fun trip!” — Peter & Jenelle Bryant, Brisbane, Australia


Yes, trip was very nice organized with a nice mix of scheduled events and downtime. Hotel was in a great location and the accommodations were stellar! Dinners were fabulous. It was nice not to have to plan dinner. Food was amazing! The castles were beautiful and unique. Christophe and Angelique were the best hosts. It was a real privilege to be in their home as guests. Thank you for a memorable and fun week!” — Doug & Becky Bailey, Cheboygan, MI


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A WORD FROM Our Guests:

Exceeded Our Expectations!

“This trip to the Loire Valley exceeded our expectations! Christy planned unique and interesting excursions and activities that highlighted the beauty of the area and provided in-depth background knowledge about the various chateaux we visited. The cooking classes with renowned chefs, held in their restaurants and homes, were never-to-be forgotten experiences, and the visit to the winery was a highlight. The hotel was delightful and charming, and staying in one location for the entire time was a treat. Every meal or cocktail hour was planned to highlight the delicious specialties of the region. Christy is extremely knowledgeable about the various places we visited and imparted that knowledge in an interesting and entertaining manner. She and Remi took great care to ensure that we were always comfortable and well-looked after. We could not have asked for a better trip!” — Ron Rose & Sharon Matsumoto (Have done Provence tour and Loire Valley tour)

This was my third trip in the same number of years

“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 (Has done Provence tour twice and Loire Valley tour)

The Best Tour Company!

“I have done two tours – Provence and Loire Valley – and I am already looking forward to booking another. The tours are all perfectly curated and Christy is a wealth of knowledge. She is so kind and takes all of your needs and wants into consideration. I cannot recommend Off the Beaten Path enough!” — Madison Carl (Has done Provence and Loire Valley tours)

“We did the Provence tour. 8/2019. I had taken the tour 2017 & this time my husband came with me. It was just as fabulous this time as it was in 2017. Restaurants, picnic, sights, wine, all of it just delightful, but the frosting on the cake is a the knowledge, insight, humor, & attention to detail from David & Philippe. To us, they make a great trip soooo much fun. (also, 3 of our neighbors joined us this tour). Don’t hesitate, take this tour & enjoy!!!!!” — Jim & Carol Dean (Carol has done Provence tour twice)

Returning to Provence with France Off the Beaten Path

“I wanted to return to Provence as soon as it was open. I had toured with Christy in Loire Valley in 2019 and knew I wanted to travel with her again. For the second time, everything was well organized, personal and definitely off the beaten path. Christy and Phillippe have a wealth of knowledge and are eager to share. The hotel was perfectly located in St Remy, the tours to the lavender and sunflower fields are my favorite memory. The lunches and dinners were like visiting friends. The boat tour in Cassis was another highlight. Even though I had visited Provence, this trip with France Off the Beaten Path brought a new appreciation for the area.” — Susan Gage (Has done Loire Valley tour, Provence tour, Champagne tour)

“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 (Has done Loire Valley tour)