Cute and rustic coffeshop inside the old town and rustic buildings - Provence walking tour
Astonishing path through the old town and rustic buildings
Girl running through lavander fields, enjoying her Provence walking tour
Beautiful view of a church and a small town of Provence
Sunflower field in Provence by FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™
Bridge in Provence, Provence walking tour
Beautiful scenery of the sunset behind the lavender fields
authentic buildings, Provence walking tour with FRANCE OFF THE BEATEN PATH™ tours

France Off the Beaten Path Tours

Travel Styles

Welcome to Travel Styles by France Off the Beaten Path Tours, an expertly curated page dedicated to discovering the perfect French adventure, tailored to the unique rhythms of solo and couple travel. Here, we invite you to dive into bespoke journeys that celebrate personal exploration and intimate connections in the heart of France.




Solo Travel in France: A Journey of Self-Discovery


Christy Destremau in the lavender fields of Provence FranceWith Christy Destremau and her team of knowledgeable guides, solo travelers gain a new dimension of understanding and enjoyment as they traverse France’s storied landscapes and vibrant culture. In 2024, France Off the Beaten Path Tours celebrates 30 years of guiding adventurers through France’s most captivating regions. As you can imagine, our experience of living and working here has deepened our connection to this magical country, making us not just guides but locals at heart. We understand the mindset of the solo traveler, the quest for discovery, and the longing for authentic experiences.

Leveraging three decades of expertise, we’re dedicated to offering solo travelers an unparalleled journey of self-discovery. Each tour is carefully curated to blend the thrill of exploration with the rich history and culture shaping France.

From Provence’s lavender fields to the castles of the Loire Valley, our guides enrich every step with exceptional stories, making France’s heritage come alive. Join us to celebrate history and culture as we continue to share France with you through our eyes accompanied by our local French friends who know and love it as much as us.

2024 schedule of tours:

2025 schedule of tours:

Have a look at our Limited Edition Tours line-up here


Romantic Discoveries: Journey Together


Returning guests Kyle and Dana Amberge who have done 3 France Off the Beaten Path toursIn addition to solo tours, our journeys are meticulously crafted for couples seeking unique adventures amidst France’s enchanting landscapes beyond Paris’s well-trodden paths. Our tours invite couples to delve into the romantic essence of regions like the serene vistas of Provence, the salacious stories behind the Loire Valley Castles, the lush vineyards of Bordeaux, and the historic cellars of Champagne.

Envision enjoying a privately hosted wine tasting and lunch in the heart of Bordeaux wine country, exploring the artistic influence and charm of Provence villages, or witnessing the poignant beauty of castles sprinkled throughout the Loire Valley and along its resplendent river. Each curated experience aims to intertwine your journey with the rich tapestry of French culture and history, transforming these personalized moments into lifelong memories.

2024 schedule of tours:

2025 schedule of tours:

Have a look at our Limited Edition Tours (Champagne, Normandy, Dordogne, Egypt) line-up here

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France Off the Beaten Path Tours:

Unrivaled Expertise within France and the Best Tour Guides

France Off the Beaten Path tour guidesAll Off the Beaten Path guides are multi-lingual and reside in France. They bring a wealth of local information and history to enrich the guest experience, and have been selected for their comprehensive understanding of both French and Anglophone culture. Some have been elected to some of the most prestigious tourism offices in France, and some have also been awarded UNESCO accolades for their cultural work in France. Most of our guides are also contributing authors to prominent guidebooks including Rick Steves Provence Guide Book, Best of France, The Intoxicating France Series, and many more. The key ingredient to a successful tour is the guide, and Off the Beaten Path guides have been recognized for their talent, knowledge, and professionalism. You will find that Off the Beaten Path guides are wonderful traveling companions, whose knowledge, sense of fun, and positive attitude make each tour day a wonderful experience. Read what our guests say about our solo travel groups and tours in general – Testimonials


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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)