I've been a tour guide/driver since 2005. I live in Vence, the city of Matisse. I'm completely fluent in English (Master degree in English and English teacher & translator).
Being a real local native helps a lot not only to know this area very well but also to create new tours and especially off the beaten track, my spécialité. Though I do classical tours and shore excursions, I love taking my guests to less known places (off the beaten track) where we explore another side and way of life, more authentic like some small villages in the mountains away from the tourist crowd. You'll have then a unique opportunity to visit a typical French home and meet some locals.
I also offer :
- customized 2-7 day tours as per your wishes (Provence, French Riviera, Corsica, Alps. . . ).
- ski tours: above Nice, we have three very nice ski resorts, only 1h30 drive. I'm a very good skier and will be delighted to take you up there for a great & fun ski day or weekend. Ideal for families with kids, a group of friends.
- Yacht charter.
- Hiking in the mountains above Nice.
- All my tours are available in winter.
Please contact me for more details and I'll design the best possible tour.
Being also a teacher (French, English, History), I love sharing and speaking about local and French culture, wine and gastronomy, art, history, travelling. . .
One of my passions is photography and I can give you some good hints to take the most beautiful pictures. I took all the pictures here.
You really enjoy each stop, take time to explore and learn, all my tours are customized to meet your needs at every step, great sense of humour is a must. I want my guests to relax, enjoy each minute, have fun and bring back excellent memories.
I drive a 7 seater a/c vehicle.
I look forward to welcoming you in Provence-Côte d'Azur and sharing a great experience. . .
A Recent Review of this guide
Jean-Francois was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide! He wasn't overbearing with information or intrusive - he gave us the perfect amount of alone time to take in the amazing sites! I would highly recommend Jean-Francois and is well worth the investment!
I've got a Master degree in English language and Anglo-American civilisation. I'm also a translator.
I am not a licensed guide and will not be able to guide you inside of the historical monuments.