Vacances Actives Linguistiques agency

We design cultural and language stays for groups since 2002
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VAL, language travel professionals since 2002

“Young people love to travel, they relish extraordinary experiences”

Vacances Actives Linguistiques brings together two of my biggest passions: cultural travel and French language teaching. I founded the incoming travel agency VAL (DMC) in Paris to provide unique language stays, encourage young people to travel, bring cultures together and speak French.

20 years of experience means I can take pride in planning 1200 stays for over 25,000 students and learners with the help of a team of activity leaders, teachers and French teachers whose passion is only equalled by their talent. 

We create the ideal immersion for all our students and share our passion for new experiences by bringing you our reliability, trust and expertise.

Valérie Serim

Travel Planner, Founder of VAL

years of experience

organised stays

students and travelers

• Vacances actives linguistiques’ mission •

Specialists in French language stays

Design and run “smart” language and cultural stays in France to provide language immersion and make it easier to learn French as a foreign language.

We provide a variety of language stay options to meet all our travellers’ needs and budgets in a dozen French destinations:

  • Short language stays 
  • Cultural and themed stays (history, art, food & drink etc.)
  • Long-term language immersion stays 
  • “Exception française” language stays focusing on French cultural icons
  • Spring break and summer camps


• Vacances actives linguistiques’ vision •

Trips to learn French in the best conditions

1. Customisable bespoke stays 

Our language stay schedules can be tailor-made to suit you. You can combine a week exploring the French capital with a week soak up Provence’s sunshine and culture. You can put together an entire stay in the western region of France, from Normandy to Bordeaux via Brittany and La Rochelle. 

Contact VAL and design your perfect language stay. 


2. How does VAL provide the best travel conditions? 

We tailor stays to meet our clients’ budgets 

We adhere to specific requests and requirements from groups

We fulfil teaching objectives from teachers/group leaders (themed trips, exam preparation etc.)

We provide advice about destinations, facilities and activities that meet the group’s requirements

We provide daily support and updates until the end of the stay

• Vacances actives linguistiques’ network •

Strong partners in travel organization and Francophonie

VAL has built a strong network of professional contacts who have been working with the agency for years: 

French schools (FLE = French as a foreign language)

 in prime locations with public transport links in cities where groups stay with comfortable and modern facilities. 

French-speaking teachers

 with experience and qualifications who provide quality lessons to suit each group’s requirements in a relaxing setting.

French-speaking guides and drivers

who are passionate, cheerful and love sharing their knowledge and experience with students and learners in French destinations they know inside out! 

Accommodation sites (hotels and residences)

that suit the group’s budget and need no introduction in terms of hospitality and comfort, approved by our customers and inspected by our agency.

Host families

that are carefully selected based on location and public transport links, accommodation capacity and interpersonal skills to adapt to learners’ health and religious requirements.


ideal for hosting groups, on our travellers’ itineraries and showcasing France’s famous food & drink.

Transport services

that are efficient and safe, a solid partnership with proactive coach companies who you can count on in terms of safety and availability.

• Vacances actives linguistiques’ USPs

Why plan a language stay in France with VAL


Get a language stay schedule suggested and detailed quote within 48 hours.

ATOUT FRANCE network member

    Proof of reliability and security, VAL provides the most reliable destinations and the best insurance solutions. 

    A wide variety of destinations

    Must-visits, famous and/or secret

    Bespoke options

    Design the perfect language and cultural stay to suit your group’s teaching and logistics. 

    All-inclusive stay: travel with peace of mind!

    Save time when you travel with VAL: VAL covers everything and saves you time with an all-inclusive schedule from start to finish. Carefree travel!

    Great value for money

    We negotiate services with our partners to give you the best value for money break.