Astonishing lavender fields
On of the enchanting castles in Loire Valley - FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tours
Woman in the grape fields holding wine glass, and enjoing her FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tour
Sunflower field in Provence by FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™
Red vine, glass and three bottles
On of the enchanting castles in Loire Valley
Wine corks in the pot
Bordeaux old town with FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tours
Beautiful old castle - Lorie Valley tour. Check 2024 Loire Valley Tour dates
Astonishing path through the old town and rustic buildings
Girl running through lavander fields, enjoying her Provence walking tour
Bridge in Provence, Provence walking tour
authentic buildings, Provence walking tour with FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tours
Amazing scenery only with FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tours


Off the Beaten Path Tours

We specialize in small group tour travel in France





  • Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OTBP) is an American owned and operated France based tour company.
  • In 2024, we celebrate 30 years experience specializing exclusively in escorted – guided, small group, wine touring, wine tasting, culinary, cultural, walking and gourmet tours to Provence, Loire Valley castles, Bordeaux wine country, Champagne, and Normandy, France.
  • Off the Beaten Path tours are both interactive and activity driven.
  • Each tour offers a hands-on approach to discovering and experiencing France and French culture and traditions, in a personalized small group tour environment.
  • Each tour offers an unparalleled level of quality and value through flexibility, personalized services, and access to activities and experiences not available to tourists and the general public.
  • We incorporate our France knowledge and expertise in French history, culture and traditions into each small group tour itinerary experience.
  • Through daily interactive excursions and fun activities, Off the Beaten Path takes Guests beyond “tourist” hot spots where they are welcomed as a group of friends traveling together into the homes and workshops of local French Chefs, Bakers, Wine Producers, Artisans, Oenologists and Historians.


•  From Michelin rated gourmet and bistro style dining experiences, expert commentated castle tours and vineyard walks to private wine tasting tours and culinary classes, seasoned, independent and first time travelers from around the world join Off the Beaten Path escorted – guided, small group tours to discover France, experience French culture, and learn about France’s history and traditions “en famille”.

•  Browse our website for complete details about our small group tour itineraries, tour destinations, tour highlights, tour departure dates, what’s included in the price of each tour, and to reserve the tour of your choice today.

•  EMAIL US at or  CALL 1.717.683.2827 with your tour questions.




  • Feeling very honored! — Best selling travel author and former tour guest PJ Adams, released her latest book, Intoxicating Southern France, and endorses 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 of the Kings has been released! Best selling author PJ Adams joins us as a guest blogger!

Off the Beaten Path has chosen the “cream of the crop” to lead its tours

France Tours Travel Information –

• Off the Beaten Path evaluates each guide for his/her scholarship, experience, and companionship: only choosing those who meet our high standards, as well as those we would want as traveling companions ourselves.

• Off the Beaten Path guides hold degrees in various educational disciplines, are accomplished professionals within their specialty, and many are published authors and travel bloggers.

• Off the Beaten Path guides are also Americans with dual nationality (American-French citizenship), are multi-lingual, and reside in France.

•  They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich each tour guest’s experience, and have personally been selected for their comprehensive understanding of French culture and the Anglophone customer service expectation.

•  You will find that Off the Beaten Path’s team of guides are wonderful traveling companions on tour, whose knowledge and sense of fun and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience.

Tours are fully escorted – guided, small group trips

France Tours Travel Information –

  • It’s one of the main features contributing to the enjoyment of our small group tour guests.
  • Our one of a kind, small group tours — maximum 12-16 guests per tour date — are perfect for all travelers from travelers who prefer a group environment or an organized vacation program that offers a high degree of flexibility, quality, and independence, to those who don’t want to travel with a large group or who have previously traveled independently.
  • Off the Beaten Path small group tours are crafted for active travelers who enjoy cultural discovery and participating in their vacation through daily excursions that open the doors to the people, places and history of a particular region.
  • OTBP tour guides will take time at the group dinners each day, usually during dessert course, to go over the next tour day’s activities and options.
  • Tour guests always have multiple daily options available.
  • OTBP small groups stay in smaller hotels of historical charm and character that are owned by our personal friends of the region.
  • Tour guests dine in our favorite restaurants, also owned by personal friends; many which we have determined merit much more than a couple of those famous Michelin stars.
  • OTBP tour groups are welcomed as a party of friends traveling together, as opposed to a large group of tourists, and are welcomed to establishments and homes of professionals that are inaccessible to tourists and large tour groups.

France Off the Beaten Path™ tours combine a variety of excursions and activities that offer you exclusive VIP access to people and places not available to tourists, and that you simply couldn’t arrange on your own.

France Tours Travel Information –

•  Founded on the principle philosophy that a cultural vacation combines a patchwork of active and culturally enriching experiences, and is relaxing and unrushed, each Off the Beaten Path small group tour features a variety of interactive, educational, and active cultural experiences that are inaccessible to tourists.

•  Thanks to our experience, focus, and established relationships in France our signature activities and excursions take tour guests behind the scenes, and into the lives and homes of famous French Chefs, Wine Producers, Bakers, Artists, Artisans and other French professionals.

•  Experience and learn about French culture and traditions with OTBP local friends.

•  Learn local culinary secrets and regional recipes with OTBP friends who are Michelin Star, Master, and/or “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” Chefs.

•  Grow your appreciation for French wines with OTBP local wine professionals.

•  And discover French history visiting France’s most beautiful castles and historic monuments through privately and professionally guided tours and/or our spectacular theme walks.

France Off the Beaten Path™ tours offer a variety of recreational, hands-on activities and excursions

France Tours Travel Information –

  • Each small group vacation tour package features a variety of activities to intimately learn about and discover each region, and no two trip destinations offer the same experiences.
  • Some OTBP France tour destinations offer daily walks combined with cultural activities, such as, privately guided tours of castles, VIP tours of wine producers followed by wine tasting or exclusive visits to artisan workshops.
  • Some OTBP small group tour destinations combine walking with more interactive experiences, such as, culinary classes.
  • No matter which of our France tours a traveler selects, each region of France offers an experience unique to its local culture and history.
  • Each of OTBP vacation tour itineraries is comprised of activities that reflect local culture and history in an active and fun, true small group environment – maximum 12-16 travel guests per tour date.

France Off the Beaten Path tours expose tour guests to local food culture and regional cuisine

France Tours Travel Information –

•  Whether it’s fine, nouveau, bistro or French country cuisine, the differences can be significant, and important in identifying one region from another; kind of like finger prints, no two are alike.

•  OTBP tour travel guests frequently comment that we have mastered this aspect of French travel, and that our restaurant selections offer by far the finest representation of regional cuisine, from simple country to gourmet and Michelin starred.

•  We spare no expense when it comes to our restaurant selections.

•  We include only the best in our tour itineraries, and classified French wines are always included at every group meal.

•  Enjoying the food and wines of a foreign country is an important part of travel, and dining in France is a great experience.

•  OTBP makes your foodie experience special by organizing gourmet experiences, such as tasting dinners, theme dinners, culinary excursions, performance dinners, and dinners with our local friends in their family homes.

France Off the Beaten Path tours offer a great deal of flexibility and personal choice

France Tours Travel Information –

  • Flexibility and personal choice is an important feature of small group travel that most travelers look for when selecting a tour travel company.
  • Off the Beaten Path small group tour packages are designed to appeal to the seasoned, first time and even the self-guided, independent traveler.
  • We offer a balance between scheduled excursions and activities and independent exploration to ensure tour guests personal freedom, and assure variety for all activity and interest levels.
  • We also guarantee a small group tour environment of a maximum of 12-16 persons per tour.
  • Small group tours ensure a personalized and authentic local France experience for each tour guest.
  • Small group tours ensure the comfort and quality of the excursions and activities on offer.

France Off the Beaten Path tours feature historical, premiere accommodations and are home based – NO packing and unpacking, NO hotel hopping!

France Tours Travel Information –

  • We reserve only the finest local, historical boutique hotels that reflect the heart and soul of each France region we serve.
  • Experiencing the history of a foreign country is one of the most important parts of travel for tour guests, and our historical and boutique hotel selections offer you a feeling of cultural immersion.
  • Experience the hospitality that shines through in pride of ownership with the opportunity to meet local owners who are personal friends.
  • Enjoy quality modern services and amenities in our personal tour hotel selections.
  • Rooms on OTBP small group tours meet traditional European standards, and possess elegance and authentic local French cultural flair.
  • All rooms are large private rooms with king/queen size beds and fully-equipped, private, en-suite bathrooms (toilet, tub/shower, sink, etc.) offering complete amenities.
  • OTBP tour hotel selections are distinguished by lovely settings, handsomely appointed rooms, outstanding services, and ownership by personal, longstanding family friends.

EMAIL US at or  CALL 1.717.683.2827 with your tour questions.



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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)