Travel + Leisure A List Travel Agent Jay Ternavan

Jay Ternavan


Ternavan, who specializes in Central and Eastern Europe, can plan everything from honeymoons to solo trips to large groups — including a recent family reunion in Hungary for 28 people. His U.S.-based clients traveled to the countryside to meet with family members there who had not emigrated, and, together with a translator, they visited the local church, cemetery, and other family landmarks. Ternavan tries to incorporate social experiences into every trip; for a solo traveler in Croatia, he teamed with specialists on the ground to plan a bar meetup outside the main tourist crawl so the visitor could experience Dubrovnik nightlife like a local. “Several members of the Dubrovnik team took her out to spend the evening together,” he says. “She greatly appreciated this gesture of hospitality!” Lately, Ternavan has planned other memorable outings, like the honeymoon he planned for a pair of soccer-loving travelers. After the couple made mention that they followed even the lesser-known teams in Europe, Ternavan’s in-country concierge secured surprise tickets — “right in the thick of things with the other fans” — to a derby match between rival clubs.

Additional Specialties: Greece and Italy

Languages Spoken: English

Minimum Daily Spend: From $250 per day

Trip Planning Fees: None

Contact Info | 800-344-5785 | New Rochelle, N.Y.


"We found Jay when he was just starting his company. He personally met us in Dubrovnik and gave us our itinerary and a land phone to reach him for any questions. He is attentive to the needs of each individual traveler, hires the best local guides we have ever had, and recommends the best restaurants and lodging. His company is for the boutique traveler who likes to choose their own routes, cities, and times to travel. His staff is top-notch with their punctuality and knowledge of the customers’ wishes. We have taken 11 Eastern European vacations with Jayway and cannot compliment them enough." — Angela Lardent