Guide Francois Bernard

Discover France Loves Their Guides…and You Will Too

Discover France offers a wide variety of adventure travel itineraries that help our guests “discover” the best of what France has to offer.  Many of these exciting tours also include expert guides to lead the way and make sure every trip runs smoothly.  Our guides are professionally trained and certified, highly knowledgeable and know exactly how to show you the time of your life.  They have the best job in the world because they get to do what they are passionate about, every day.  We thought it would be interesting to pick their brains and learn a little about what being a professional guide is really like.

 

Francois Bernard

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Francois does it all, from tour orientations to creating our road books to guiding TDF tours. Growing up in Milleau, a town in the Midi-Pyrenees region, Francois is familiar with all the popular cols and has climbed them multiple times. Only 25 years old, he holds a masters degree in sports tourism management and recently passed the brevet professionnel activités de la randonnée exam receiving his diploma. Francois knows what clients are interested in and goes out of his way to make every tour unique and memorable.

Although Francois loves cycling, his real passion is rugby, one of the most popular sports in France. He has been playing competitively for 15 years. Francois can always be found outside when the sun is shining doing some new, amusing activity. In fact, that is where we caught up with him hoping to get to know him a little better with a few questions.

 

Which region do you like riding best and why?

I enjoy Provence because of all the views – the vineyards, lavender fields, and Mont Ventoux, which I love biking up as well. It also has a great climate.

 

What is the hardest col you have rode up?

With Discover France, Mont Ventoux in Provence and Col Soulor and Aubisque in Pyrenees were very tough climbs. The last 6 km of Mont Ventoux is difficult because without being able to see summit, your mind starts playing games with you.

 

What is your greatest tour memory?

On guided group tours, I like watching complete strangers connect as a group after a long day of climbing while enjoying a beer by the hotel swimming pool.

 

What kind of bike do you own?

I own and love my Focus full carbon and Cannondale mountain bike.

 

What should travelers remember to pack?

  • Saddles (if you want your personal one)
  • Pedals
  • Electronics chargers
  • Wake up schedules
  • On TDF tours – a pen for signing pictures

 

Francois is thorough, organized and entertaining. Always wanting to learn more and being able to speak French, conversational English, some German and a little Dutch, he likes having groups from any and every country. With an outdoor guide diploma specializing in biking and hiking, Francois is your man for any Discover France tours.

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