Lavender on the wooden chair
Amazing scenery only with FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tours
Outdoor Cheese market
Astonishing lavender fields
Old rustic door and walls with lavender pot in front
authentic buildings, Provence walking tour with FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tours
Bridge in Provence, Provence walking tour
Sunflower field in Provence by FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™
Beautiful view of a church and a small town of Provence
Astonishing path through the old town and rustic buildings
Cute and rustic coffeshop inside the old town and rustic buildings - Provence walking tour

Provence Testimonial Letters

Best Adventures in Provence Tours





Read What Our Guests Say…

Our Best Adventures in Provence® Tours were once again a big hit with guests.  Coming from countries around the world — USA, Canada, Australia, Singapore — guests spent their time in Provence with us partaking of the exciting activities, excursions and walks of the tour, and we had a blast sharing our little slice of paradise, called Provence, all season long! Our Provence Testimonial Letters from guests serve as guidance to continually improve our services and tour offerings.

Click the photos above to enlarge them to read — excerpts from our Facebook page.

YES, We would and will recommend this trip! We enjoyed everything! We liked our hotel very much – both the rooms and garden. Our breakfasts, lunches and dinners were delicious and more than ample (YEAH!). We really liked the variety of the food, and had a lot of fun at the cooking class. All of the visits were fun and our fellow guests charming. Our hostess and guides were both knowledgeable and fun. In particular, you were all adaptable to our needs and able to accommodate our whims. Thank you!” –Ed and Mary Ulmer, McLean, Virginia — scroll down to read Ed’s email to his Travel Agent below…

PLUS below is an email message that Provence Tour guest Ed Ulmer wrote to his Travel Agent, and shared with us…

Hi Beth,

We’re back from the French trip and want to thank you for helping us put it together. The flights worked, the hotel in Avignon was great (more of a classic European hotel than one would find in American chains) and the time in Provence was delightful. We thought the T***k small group tour of Italy was very good, but the Off The Beaten Path tour run by Christy Destremau was significantly better. The group was more congenial, smaller and, most important, had two extraordinarily knowledgeable and helpful guides. They met us at the train, took us on all of the tours, joined us for lunch and dinner each day and were available to answer questions on any subject related to Provence and its history as well as providing in-depth commentary on all things French. The effect was that this was a far more personal, relaxed and private gathering among friends than one might find in a more standard tour. Christy handles a number of other tours in France (she and her family have lived there for years) and should prove to be a useful contact for you for any clients you may have who are interested in personalized visits to France. I took the liberty of giving her your card with all of the McCabe contact information and would be happy to drop by your office this week to give you a short précis of the trip. It was great and you should try it yourself!

Ed Ulmer

Yes, definitely will. Loved the villages, hotel, Day along the Mediterranean in Cassis, our guides who worked very well together. We have traveled to Europe 7-8 times, some with other tours, and no corners were cut with this tour. It was definitely 1st class! Thank you for a great week!” ––Terry and Nancy O’Toole, Midlothian, Virginia

PLUS Nancy sent us an email on her return home, more below…

Hi Christy,

Back home from our two weeks of back to back tours in Provence. Happy to share our feedback…Two very different tours. Your Best Adventures in Provence tour gets a RAVE review compared to Carol’s B**t of F****e T*****s tour with Carole E. that we did right after yours. Your tour was terrific fun!! Loved that all of the wine during the trip was included in your tour price and Cassis day was one of many highpoints. I will never forget that wonderful day; the ride on the boat was fabulous. I overheard my husband tellling our friends that your tour was 1st class. I have to agree. I was very impressed with how knowledgeable our guides were. Your tour definitely has an advantage over others…yours was so much more personalized, and it was obvious that you are known and warmly welcomed by everyone! In two years we plan to bring our daughters and their husbands to celebrate my husband’s birthday. We look forward to traveling with you again. Thanks for everything including the delicious olive oil.

Nancy O’toole

Thanks to our guest Gill Hall from Australia for the kind email she sent about her Best Adventures in Provence Tour experience with us in June 2014…

Hi Christie,

I wanted to write to say a huge thank you for my wonderful trip. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more.  Phillippe and David were such a joy and nothing was too much trouble for them. They were also an incredible and inexhaustible source of knowledge and entertainment.  Our home base was superb, and the itinerary was perfect. I just wish I we had more time in each lovely spot. It was extremely obvious the amount of effort you put into designing the tours and I have and will continue to rave about “Off the Beaten Path” to everyone I know. I already have several friends interested. Thank you again for making the trip of a life time all that it could be. it was perfect in so many ways.

Kindest regards, Gill

Thanks Gill for your much appreciated testimonial!!

Absolutely!! YES we will recommend this tour to our friends and family! We were very pleased with the hotel accommodations, places visited and variety of activities. The people in our group were terrific, the gourmet meals were fantastic, and we were very appreciative of the care and concern taken to accommodate a variety of interests and preferences. This is the most fun and flexible tour we have ever been on!! Bravo Christy! You are a phenomenal host! Thanks for an enjoyable time in Provence!! We felt pampered and cared for!” –Ralph and Sandy Mayer, San Diego, California –referred their friends below to the tour — (pictured with Off the Beaten Path, LLC owner Christy Destremau) – Provence Testimonial Letters

Thanks to our guests the Ugoretz and Waldmans from San Diego, CA for their kind feedback about their Best Adventures in Provence Tour experience with us in May 2014…

YES, We will enthusiastically recommend this trip to friends and family!! It is great to be with tour guides who are smart, well informed and eager to see that we are having a great experience. We enjoyed everything about this trip. Hotel and meals were outstanding! The thing we enjoyed the most was the congenial attitude created by the guides and driver. It was so easy to be with everyone. Every day was different, different experiences, different locations and very magical! This has been an outstanding experience and we surely would want to share it with people that we care about. Merci Beaucoup! How did you manage to put together such a great group of guests?!” –Jordan & Anita Waldman, San Diego, California (referred to the tour by 2013 guests Ralph and Sandy Mayer-their feedback and photo above)

YES!! We loved our attentive, hard working guides, the varied and well chosen activities. The accommodations are very high quality and the food from the cooking class, bistrot and dinners were all a highlight of the trip. Very favorable ratio of quality to cost…VALUE in other words. This trip far exceeded our expectations! Thank you for such a fun and beautiful week!” –Dick and Frances Ugoretz, San Diego, California (referred to the tour by 2013 guests Ralph and Sandy Mayer-their feedback and photo above)

YES we will! First and foremost we like the planning Christy put into making this an extraordinary trip. But then of course, she chose wonderful guides to carry out her vision. The guides were perfect, they complement each other so well. They have made everything so fun! The tour was wonderful. Our favorite things were Gordes and Roussillon villages–and the walk through the poppies, vineyards and orchards with the picnic food from the market. The bistrot lunch, the cooking class, the Cassis boat ride and the lunch in Cassis were all outstanding. How fun it was to see what was for dinner each day too, and trying so many different foods we don’t normally have at home. We loved making new acquaintances and enjoying all of the wines, it was all up at the top of our list. We are sad to leave! Merci Love you guys!” ––Joe and Kathy Roah, Long Beach, California – Provence Testimonial Letters

We received this glowing and much appreciated thank you letter from John and Kathy Nichols who traveled on our June 25-30, 2013 Best Adventures in Provence Tour!

Thank you for such a glowing testimonial about your Provence experience with us!!

Dear Christy,

Thank you for designing the experience of a lifetime in Provence! We had an amazing time. Our guides, Philippe and David, were the BEST! They were extraordinarily knowledgeable, informative and attentive. Besides, both were so much fun that by the end of most days our cheeks hurt from the laughter. Each one brought a special flavor and curious insight into the various settings and experiences. They were kind, helpful and attentive to personal needs and questions, giving more than 100% of themselves to make sure everyone had an inspiring time. The venues, luscious meals, accommodations, and Provencal experiences proved to be “over the top!” We could not have asked for a more comprehensive and enjoyable itinerary. Everything was well organized and executed with attention to detail, varying experiences, personal comfort, and first class amenities. Thank you for designing a back roads tour that exceeded all expectation. Years from now we will be looking back at Provence with a warm fondness while still talking about this vacation of a lifetime! Thank you for making Provence—its people and its places—so special for us!

Kathy and John Nichols

Provence Testimonial Letters

Yes – great exposure to the local lifestyle and people of Provence. Really liked the small, intimate group that also lends itself to making new friends.  We loved the varied terrain of the walks and of course the St. Remy market was fabulous! Thank you!”  — Hagar and Bonnie Kopesky (mother/daughter), Tampa, Florida

Yes – for a great value trip – we very much feel like we got everything we paid for and more. Our guides knowledge was extraordinary and relationships with other locals was nice.  The people we met throughout the tour were all nice warm with great atmosphere.   We very much liked all of the food and restaurants.  Good accommodations and overall organization. Philippe led an impromptu visit to St. Paul de Mausole which was excellent. Cooking class was nice and we enjoyed our conversations with the chef and her husband.  We have very much enjoyed your trip.  Thank you very much, it was really wonderful!”  — Carl and Nicole Sohn, Spokane, Washington

Yes – the trip is well priced, well planned, consistently executed, the ideal size, with exceptional tour guides and none of the excursions were too far away.  Cooking class was exceptional and I loved the location and learned a lot.  Loved the walks to balance out the food.  It is a stunning, romantic and beautiful place to visit.  Finally, the tour really provides an opportunity to “taste Provence”.”  — Ann Yurek, Toronto, Canada — Has been on 2 OTBP Tours: 2013 Best Adventures in Provence and 2014 Bordeaux Harvest Tour

Yes – Our guides and their knowledge, enthusiasm, pride and personalities were exceptional! For us this trip meets all our prerequisites – small group, great guides, food, wine and walking were all of high quality.” — Dave and Kim YurekToronto, Canada — Have been on 2 OTBP Tours: 2013 Best Adventures in Provence and 2014 Bordeaux Harvest Tour

Yes – There were many varied activities for all interests – a delight.  Both guides were incredible!  They had such a deep knowledge of the history of the area.  They were outstanding, had a great sense of humor and were very accommodating!  Thank you!!”  — Bruce and Cynthia Bussing, Haslett, Michigan

Thanks to our guests Holly Berk & Gabby Assis from Houston, Texas for their kind email sent to us after their return home from their Best Adventures in Provence Tour with us in June 24-29, 2014…

Dear Christy,

Just a quick note of thanks for a wonderful tour with Off the Beaten Path.
We LOVED every minute of time in Provence and we’ll be back in years to come!
Please find attached a classic photo that you’ll appreciate as it captures the moment of a gift you gave to David.

Holly & Gabby

A Huge Thanks to our guests Charles and Susan Kollar for their kind words after having been on 3 tours with us — Best Adventures in Provence® Tour, Loire Valley Castles & Culinary Tour, Bordeaux Wine Tasting & Gourmet Harvest Walking Tour

A Warm Thanks to guests who wrote us about their experience with us in Provence!

“Christy — A few words to tell you that we loved the tour and the variety of activities and walks. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about French culture and food (as she was last year when we we’re on your Bordeaux Tour), and the cooking classes were outstanding. Each one was so different from the other and the food we prepared was amazing! The itinerary description was “spot-on”. This was our 2nd tour, we really like that your tours offer so much quality and value! Continue to keep the price vs. value experience, as we’re looking forward to a 3rd trip. Thank you for another excellent time!” — Terje and Belinda Gudmestad, Los Angeles, CA (Have been on 2 OTBP Tours – Best Adventures in Provence Tour and Bordeaux Wine Tour) – Provence Testimonial Letters

Dear Christy,

I cannot tell you how fantastic our Best Adventures in Provence® Tour was with you! We had so much fun and saw and did so many unique things. We would have never been able to do any of this on our own. We never realized how much fun a small group tour could be! You have such a talent and are so great with people! The tour was all I had hoped for – and more!! Many many thanks!! We had the best time and a huge bonus was all the great people on the trip were so fun! I’m coming home with new friends!”

Paul and Julie Funchess –Beaumont, TX – PLUS — Read Julie’s Provence Tour review on our Trustpilot Page!

Provence Testimonial Letters


A short note to tell you how much I enjoyed the Provence trip and our guide. Her experience, wonderful, upbeat personality, as well as her extensive knowledge of the region made the week both educational and fun! The walk in Cassis, trying “moules frites,” the cooking classes, lunch with Marc and talking about French life and culture were wonderful.  I will definitely recommend your company to my friends and family, and don’t be surprised if you see me on your Loire Valley trip sometime in the next year or two!

Best regards, Barbara Teiger — Bloomfield, CT

Plus a wonderful memo below from Barbara’s good friend, Diane, who traveled on the same Provence Tour date as her!

Dear Christy,

Thanks for a great experience in Provence! Loved Cassis and having the option to go on the walk or take the boat out to see the calanques, cooking classes were each so different, and the overall travel experience was very comfortable. I loved that we didn’t do touristy things! And, I really liked having a great American guide who, since she lives in France, really knows so much about the country, people and daily life. Thank you for a wonderful trip!

All the best, Diane Santarsiero –Monkton, MD

“Thank you for a wonderful and memorable vacation. I loved Roussillon. It was beautiful and a big surprise for me. I also thought Cassis was very nice, especially the calanques walk. Both cooking classes were wonderful and in wonderful settings. And finally, our guide was perfect – friendly, knowledgeable, interesting and very helpful. It was a great experience for me to see Provence for the first time “off the beaten path”! Merci beaucoup!” — Margie Krumholz, Washington D.C. (Has been on 2 OTBP Tours – Best Adventures in Provence Tour and Loire Valley Tour) – Provence Testimonial Letters

The greatest reward  working in this industry is receiving wonderful messages and feedback from happy tour guests!! Thanks to each and every one of our Provence Tour guests for joining us in our southern France paradise!!

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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)