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Travel & Coronavirus: A Message To Our Guests

(Updated July 15, 2020) Whether planning future travel or getting ready to embark, COVID-19 restrictions are weighing on everyone’s mind. We understand that the uncertainty surrounding the situation is frustrating, and we want to assure guests that we are monitoring the issue carefully through the proper organizations.

As a travel company operating tours focused solely in France for 26 years, we are prepared for unexpected situations. We prioritize the security of our guests and employees, above all else. When the time is right for you to travel again, we’re here for you, and we hope you’ll find that a France Off the Beaten Path trip is the perfect way to celebrate a return to discovering this beautiful world. Today, our style of travel is more resonant than ever – walking and exploring authentic France, far from crowds, and, as our name states, “off the beaten path.”

When we all return to traveling, it will be business as usual on each of the great adventures that we’ll share. With a focus on guest comfort, we’re keeping every aspect of how we run our trips true to our travel philosophy. We have always limited our group sizes to true small groups (maximum 12-16 guests per tour) and will continue to do so. We settle into 1 exclusive hotel for the duration of each tour. Our tour hotels are owned by personal friends who understand our guests’ needs and deliver on our requests to provide memorable stays. Our trips will continue to feature our sumptuous picnics, privately hosted lunches, and dinners, and premium tables at our favorite restaurants helmed by personal friends. We’ll continue to use our spacious sprinters and vans to ensure plenty of room during our daily excursion transfers. We’ve weathered tough situations in the past, and are here to stay.

France Off the Beaten Path Tours began as a dream 26 years ago. As a woman-owned and run company, I took a leap of faith, transforming my vision of travel and philosophy to enjoy life to its fullest into sharing authentic experiences in France with travelers. Throughout the years of ups and downs, uncertainties that life can sometimes present us in travel, I’ve remained faithful to my dream in a world where only one constant, change, remains king. Along with my team of stellar guides and French friends and partners, we will continue to deliver unparalleled experiences.

If you are scheduled to travel with us on a 2020 Tour…

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF A TOUR IS CANCELED DUE TO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS:  If Off the Beaten Path cancels your tour, 100% of tour funds will be issued back to you in the form of a travel credit to be used on any future tour.
  • For bookings paid in full: Any guests who wish to cancel their 2020 booking will have 100% of tour funds issued back to them in the form of a travel credit to be used on any future tour.
  • For bookings not paid in full: Final payment is now due 30 days prior to tour departure (previously 90 days). Any guests who wish to cancel their 2020 booking before or after making final payment will have 100% of tour funds issued back to them in the form of a travel credit to be used on any future tour.
  • There is no expiration date by when travel credit has to be used.


  • HOLD YOUR SPOT! Our 2021 Tour Dates & Prices for our Provence, Loire Valley, and Bordeaux Tour are posted and available for booking!
  • To provide travelers with more time to make travel decisions, we are offering the following:
    • Tour deposit is 100% refundable from your booking date until 6 months before tour departure for all new tour bookings.
    • Final payment for any 2020 and 2021 tours will be due 30 days prior to tour departure (previously 90 days).
  • We’ve also implemented a flexible cancellation policy for all new 2020 and 2021 tour bookings (see below).
  • Offer expires October 8, 2020.

As we’ve learned over these past weeks, what makes sense today may not make sense tomorrow. Please understand that we reserve the right to change these policies without prior notice due to this unpredictable situation.

We wait patiently and look forward to welcoming you to France in 2020 and beyond!

Warm regards,
Christy Destremau
Owner & Founder Off the Beaten Path, LLC
France Off the Beaten Path Tours