Terms & Conditions







  • A US$1,000 per person non-refundable, 100% transferrable tour deposit payment secures space(s) on any 2024 or 2025 FRANCE tour.
  • A US$1,000 per person non-refundable tour deposit payment secures space(s) on any 2024 or 2025 EGYPT tour.
  • FRANCE Tours: Balance payment is due no later than 60 days before tour departure.
  • EGYPT Tours: Balance payment is due no later than 120 days before tour departure.
  • Once your tour is booked, the tour price is guaranteed for the year of tour participation.


  • 61+ days: US$1,000 per person non-refundable deposit is 100% transferrable. Tour deposit is placed on hold as a travel credit for future use**.
  • 60 – 31 days: 50% Refund of tour cost.
  • 0-30 days: 0% Refund of tour cost / 100% cancellation fee.
  • No-Show or cancellations received on tour departure day: 0% Refund of tour cost / 100% cancellation fee.

**Travel credit is valid for 2 years. Travel must be completed within 2 years of the date of issue.


  • 121+ days: US$1,000 per person cancellation fee, tour deposit is non-refundable.
  • 120 – 31 days: 50% Refund of tour cost.
  • 0-30 days: 0% Refund of tour cost / 100% cancellation fee.
  • No-Show or cancellations received on tour departure day: 0% Refund of tour cost / 100% cancellation fee.
CANCELLATION POLICY applicable to travel credit:
  • Travel credit is non-refundable and non-transferrable once applied to new tour selection.
  • Travel credit is only valid for use by named traveler(s).
  • No-Show or cancellations by traveler: Traveler forfeits 100% of travel credit.



Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is recommended, but not required to participate in a Tour. No exceptions can be made to our Terms and Conditions/Cancellation policies. Trip cancellation/interruption insurance will protect you should you need to cancel for “any reason or fear of travel” or reasons such as illness, unemployment, death, and provides Guest refunds for air, train, hotel, and tour. Insurance for baggage, health/accident is also available through most major travel insurance providers. OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC is not responsible for additional expenses that may occur, as a result of any traveler not purchasing travel insurance.

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PARTIES: OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC, hereinafter also referred to as “Operator”, provides tours in the country of France (each a “Tour”). These Terms and Conditions, Release of Liability, Assumption of all risks, and binding arbitration apply to each Tour program provided by “Operator”, hereinafter referred to as “Tour”. In these Terms and Conditions, the undersigned is hereinafter referred to as “Guest”. It is each individual traveler’s responsibility to read and understand the Operator’s Terms and Conditions, Release of Liability, Assumption of all risks, and binding arbitration. Completion and submission of Operator’s online tour booking form accompanied by the per person tour deposit payment by Guest constitutes Guest acknowledgement of, acceptance of and agreement to Operator’s Terms and Conditions, Release of Liability, Assumption of all risks and binding arbitration. OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC reserves the right to change its travel policies without notice.


OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC hereinafter also referred to as “Operator”, its agents, employees, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors, successors, representatives assigns (collectively OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC) does not own or operate any entity which provides, or is to provide, goods or services for Guest’s Tour including, for example, lodging facilities, transportation companies, food service or entertainment providers, equipment suppliers, operators of recreational, adventure or other activities (regardless of whether such activities are included as part of the Operator’s trip itinerary), etc. As a result, OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such third person, or of any other third party.


In addition, I acknowledge that I have voluntarily applied to participate in Operator’s Tour (or a Tour to which I may subsequently transfer). I acknowledge that my tour booking is non-transferrable to another traveler should I need to cancel my tour for any reason and/or elect to put my tour funds on hold for future use, and am subsequently unable to travel. I am voluntarily participating in this Tour with the knowledge of the numerous risks and dangers involved including but not limited to: negligence in any manner on the part of Operator including, without limitation, negligence in the conduct or arrangement of the Tour in any respect from inception to completion, negligence with regard to installation or maintenance of any van or other motor vehicle utilized to transport passengers, etc.; acts of God or force majeure, acts of war or civil unrest, terrorism, insurrection or revolt, acts of government, acts of heads of state, strikes or other labor activities; physical exertion for which I am not prepared; negligent or reckless behavior by the Guest or others; forces of nature; weather conditions; transportation failures or the failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely, whether by plane, train, auto, boat, canoe, kayak, bicycle, ski, horseback or other animal, by foot, or by any other conveyance; consumption of alcoholic beverages; risks associated with food or impure water; terrorism or the threat thereof; criminal activity; bites from or dangers associated with wild or other animals, pests or insects; negligence or willful misconduct by third parties; breakdown or failure of equipment; financial default of any supplier; high altitude; accident or illness without access to means of rapid evacuation or availability of medical supplies or services; the adequacy of medical attention once provided; epidemics or the threat thereof; stolen, lost, or misplaced luggage or property; and theft or break-ins into vans, lodging rooms or elsewhere. I acknowledge that the enjoyment and excitement of Tour travel is derived in part from the inherent risks incurred by travel and activity beyond the accepted safety of life at home or work and that these inherent risks contribute to such enjoyment and excitement, being a reason for my participation. I HEREBY AGREE TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MY OWN WELFARE AND ACCEPT ANY AND ALL RISKS OF DELAY, UNANTICIPATED EVENTS, INCONVENIENCE, ILLNESS, INJURY, EMOTIONAL TRAUMA OR DEATH.


I acknowledge that the cost of all OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC Tours is based upon trip participants executing this Terms and Conditions, Release of Liability, Assumption of All Risks, and Binding Arbitration Agreement. I agree that this Agreement shall be legally binding upon me personally, all members of my family and all minors traveling with me, my and their heirs, successors, assigns, and legal representatives, it being my intention fully to assume all the risks associated with this trip and to release OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC from any and all liability to the maximum extent permitted by law.


MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS: RESERVATIONS are accepted by OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC upon receipt of a completed and electronically signed, online reservation form accompanied by a Tour deposit of US$1,000 per Guest per Tour. The remaining balance of the Tour is due no later than 60 days prior to the Tour departure date for FRANCE Tours, and no later than 120 days prior to the Tour departure date for EGYPT Tours. Operator will email Guest an Invoice for balance payment of Tour along with corresponding due date. Operator reserves the right to assess an administrative convenience fee on all balance payments not to exceed five percent of the balance due as designated by law. If Operator does not receive balance payment of Tour from Guest by the designated due date, Operator reserves the right to asses a late fee of US$250 per person. If the balance and accompanying late payment fee are not received  within seven days following the original balance payment due date, Operator reserves the right to cancel Guest reservation. If Operator cancels Guest reservation due to non-payment, Guest forfeits the tour deposit(s) and is responsible for any additional late fees due.


I understand that OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC reserves the right to take photographic or film records of any of its Tours and hereby agree that Operator may use any such photographic or film records for promotional and/or commercial purposes, as well as approve such use by third parties with whom Operator may engage in joint marketing, without any remuneration to me. I hereby assign all right, title, and interest I may have in or to any and all media in which my name or likeness might be used by OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC.


I agree to follow all written and verbal rules of safety presented to me by OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC. I understand that Operator reserves the right to refuse as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person it judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who it determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Transportation costs to depart from Tour, return home, airline penalties, and any other expenses will be the responsibility of the Guest. OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC reserves the right to make route, hotel, itinerary and trip modifications as required or desirable to improve the trip quality and/or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of guests.


HEALTH: By completing the Tour booking form accompanied by the per person Tour deposit, Guest certifies that he/she does not have any physical condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/her or other travelers, certifies that he/she is physically able to participate in the Tour and certifies that he/she is aware of all Tour walking and standing disclosures and requirements of the Tour.


WAIVER OF LIABILITY: OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC (Operator) expressly limits its’ performance to the delivery of a Tour with accompanying food, lodging, and ground transportation from site to site. Force majeure: In no event shall Operator be responsible or liable for any failure, suspension, change, or delay in the performance of its obligations under this agreement arising out of or caused by, directly or indirectly, forces beyond its control, including, without limitation to strikes, work stoppages, accidents, epidemics, pandemics, endemics, outbreaks, acts of government, acts of war or terrorism, civil or military disturbances, nuclear or natural catastrophes, acts of God, interruptions, loss or malfunctions of utilities or services, and decisions or restrictions imposed by third parties including but not limited to government intervention. Operator reserves the right to alter cancellation and refund policies, suspend operations and any activities during a period deemed force majeure. Operator and its’ agents expressly exclude all other guarantees and warranties including but not limited to the warranty of workmanlike performance of Operator and its’ agents. Furthermore, Operator and its’ agents will not be responsible for any direct or indirect consequential damages, loss, or injury that may result. Guest is completely responsible for all actions and agrees to hold harmless OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC (Operator) and its’ agents for any changes, accident, damages, loss, or injury. Operator and its’ agents are not responsible for acts of God, force majeure, acts of war/terrorism, acts of government, strikes, epidemics, pandemics, endemics, outbreaks, natural disasters, and Guest agrees to hold Operator and its’ agents harmless for any incident, change in cancellation and refund policies, loss, disappointment, unused portions of the tour by Guest, suspension of operations, or injury resulting from the same, or as a result of any force majeure.


BINDING ARBITRATION: I agree that any dispute concerning, relating or referring to this Agreement, the brochure or any other literature concerning my Tour, or the Tour itself, shall be resolved exclusively by binding arbitration pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. §§ 1-16, either according to the then existing Commercial Rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) or pursuant to the Comprehensive Arbitration Rules & Procedures of the Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS). Such proceedings will be governed by substantive (but not procedural) Pennsylvania law. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this Agreement, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this Agreement is void or voidable. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, I, as well OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC, waive our right to a trial by jury.


TERMS & CONDITIONS, RELEASE OF LIABILITY, ASSUMPTION OF ALL RISKS, AND BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT: Guest acknowledges, accepts, and understands that by submitting a completed Tour booking form accompanied by the per person Tour deposit payment that this is a legally binding and enforceable contract. By paying the Tour deposit to Operator, the depositor, also known and referred to herein as Guest, therefore agrees to be bound by the above-recited Operator policies.


KNOWING & VOLUNTARY EXECUTION: I have carefully read and fully understand the contents and legal ramifications of this Agreement as well as all the conditions as stated in the Terms annd Conditions section of the current OFF THE BEATEN PATH, LLC website, including but not limited, to those regarding cancellation and refund policies. I understand that this is a legally binding and enforceable contract and accept it and agree to it of my own free will.


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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)