About

The French Traveler team prides itself on excellent customer service, dedication to each traveler’s needs, attention to detail and the ability to help you get the most from this cross-cultural experience. We speak fluent French and English and know France intimately. We arrange for meals with the local hosts and introduce you to people whom you would never be able to meet on your own.

We’ve led immersion workshops for French teachers in every major city in France since 1998, and many of our participants come back year after year to re-immerse themselves in another region of France.

We prefer to spend time only in France, savoring one city at a time and fan out from there rather than race through the European countryside to see several cities in as many days. You’ll unpack only once. We take pains to discover the local fauna and flora, seek opportunities to converse and interact with the locals, experience what the region has to offer in the way of culture, cuisine, and sights. We extend our network of friends to make the trip a highly personal one for you. Many of our travelers form friendships during their trip and often plan future travel together.  We invite you to come along and become Travelers with us.

VSValerie Sutter, Founder and Director of The French Traveler, has been chasing France her entire adult life.  Falling in love with the subject in high school led to a major in French at university; from there, she proceeded to live and work in Lyon, France where she obtained a a Master’s degree from the Faculté de Lettres de Lyon.   Starting her teaching career in France, then continuing in Brazil, she treasures her many years of teaching students in both those countries for over 18 years, as well as her years at prestigious private schools in New England upon her return to the US.   Her enriching experiences living in and traveling throughout France for over thirty years enabled her to found The French Traveler in1998. Combining her love of language with her passion for cultural acquisition, she believes in foreign language immersion as the means of knowing and understanding another culture and most important, one’s own.  Fluent in French and in Portuguese with a modest grasp of Spanish, Valerie resides half the year in France preparing trips and the other half in Florida, where she teaches French part-time and is a member of her local Alliance Française.

The French Traveler is proud to be advised in educational matters, by the following members of the Advisory Board:

  • Professor Jean-Pierre Berwald, Universityof Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Professeur Henri Mazille, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Lyon, France
  • Professor Brian Thompson, Universityof Massachusetts, Boston, MA
  • Professor Joseph Reiter, Perry Professor Humanities, Phillips ExeterAcademy, Exeter, NH
  • Professor Griffin Morse, Director, School Year Abroad, Zaragoza, Spain
  • Joyce Beckwith, AATF Regional Representative/New England
  • Elaine Uzan Leary, Executive Director of the American Friends of Blérancourt, NYC