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JayWay Travel – Central & Eastern Europe Experts

We are a New York based custom tour operator providing an authentic and personal travel experience unlike any other company, since 2006. With local offices in Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, Prague, Budapest, Berlin, Krakow and Tallinn, we are much more than just a travel agency. Experts in Central & Eastern Europe, we specialize in a specific region so we can offer the best of each destination. JayWay is available every step of the way, from our free pre-trip consultation to the traveler phone we provide locally to contact our on-site team. It is this personal attention from start to finish that leaves a lasting impression.

Our sales and marketing team have lived and traveled in all of our destinations, giving us insider knowledge of each location. We have handpicked reputable partners, slept in the accommodations and dined at the restaurants. This knowledge, along with the support of on-site JayWay destination managers, ensures our guests an unforgettable travel experience.

Jay
Jay
Founder & CEO

The founder of JayWay Travel, Jay Ternavan, was born in New York and graduated from the University of Richmond with a degree in Business Administration. He has lived, studied and worked in Europe for around ten years traveling extensively throughout the region. His broad experiences range from budget to first class allowing him to understand and appreciate the travel needs of our clients.

Carmine
Carmine
Travel Advisor

Originally from the southern United States, Carmine lived in Prague for a decade, making the most of its Central European location to travel widely throughout most of Europe, vacationing regularly in many of our destinations, something he continues to enjoy combining with work-related trips. This experience and his background make Carmine a perfect fit within the JayWay team as an expert travel consultant.

Kevin
Kevin
Travel Advisor

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kevin lived in Germany, Estonia, and Finland for several years, travelling widely through Central and Eastern Europe. Having studied the cultures, histories, and economics of the countries along the Baltic Sea for a master's degree, Kevin has the knowledge and experience to help you plan the perfect trip anywhere in the region.

Jared
Jared
Travel Advisor

Jared was born and raised in California. During his time at university he studied abroad for two semesters, including one in Europe, where he discovered a passion for travelling. While there he traveled extensively throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Having studied construction, Jared has a passion for architecture and historical buildings which has brought him back to visit the region multiple times. Jared has the passion and experience to help you plan your dream vacation amongst any of our destinations.

Olga
Olga
Sales Manager

Olga's photographic memory comes in very handy for her role as sales manager and senior trip planner and accommodation expert, having visited all of our destinations and inspected the accommodations first hand. Combining her Masters in Tourism Management with years of experience in production and project management as well as an enthusiasm for travel, Olga is looking forward to planning your next trip. Based in Krakow, Poland, Olga's local knowledge helps us keep up-to-date there too.

Marija
Marija
Trip Planner and Accommodation Expert

Marija was a big hit with our guests when she joined us in 2010 as a local representative. As a tour manager she made sure all the finer details of everyone's vacation was worked out prior to arrival. Based in Dubrovnik, Croatia where she was born, raised and graduated from the American College of Management & Technology, Marija is putting that education to great use and has moved to the position of Trip Planner, where her skills and knowledge contribute to the success of your trip starting right from the planning stage.

Maša
Maša
Trip Planner and Accommodation Expert

Born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia, Maša has traveled all around Central and Eastern Europe visiting most of our destinations. She also lived in Hungary in her teens and later on in Bulgaria where she studied Journalism, Mass Communication and English at the American University. Maša lived in the USA for a while as well, and traveled a few times to Asia getting to know cultures and lifestyles outside of Europe. Her professional experience in communications, project and event management, combined with her passion for travel and exploring come in handy when she's designing your trip from start to finish. Based in Belgrade, her local expertise is also an advantage if Serbia is a place you'd like to visit.

Kinga
Kinga
Trip Planner and Accommodation Expert

Kinga was born in Romania to Hungarian parents and her command of both languages is just one reason we hired her. Friendly, efficient, with extensive customer service experience alongside a love of travel and being a qualified Budapest tour guide are among the others. Kinga is based in Budapest and is responsible planning trips to Central and Eastern Europe, including Romania, Ukraine and the Baltic states

Ana
Ana
Local Teams Manager

Since 2007 Ana has been an integral part of JayWay's success in the Croatia and surrounding countries. A native of Dubrovnik where she is based, Ana studied at the University of Economics in Dubrovnik and has also been certified to conduct operations as a travel agency manager. Her passion for culture and tradition is apparent in her participation as member of a nationally recognized acapella group. Ana's professionalism and dedication ensure JayWay guests are provided an unforgettable experience as she manages all our local teams.

Antonia
Antonia
Adriatic Destination Manager

Antonia was one of Marija's classmates at the American College of Management & Technology in Dubrovnik where they became great friends. During her studies Antonia gained extensive working experience in the hospitality industry including a paid internship with us at the end of the 2012 season. Since then she has become an essential part of our team in Croatia, meeting and assisting the hundreds of JayWay guests to Dubrovnik each season. For 2016 she has transitioned to the role of destination manager, overseeing the finer details of guests' trips and making sure everything runs smoothly.

Lidija
Lidija
Zagreb City Host and Adriatic Destination Manager

Lidija was born and raised in Split, where she started out with us City Host. She has traveled extensively, having visited almost every town and island in Croatia and Bosnia as well as spending ten years living in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia where she completed her university studies and is now performs the combined role of City Host and Destination Manager. With a long family background and extensive personal experience in the tourism industry Lidija is the ideal person to take care of our guests while they are traveling in the Adriatic region.

Antonija
Antonija
Adriatic Destination Manager

Antonija has a long background in the tourism industry, previously working for a tour company in her home town of Omis but her whole family is involved in tourism so you could say it's hereditary. Her time spent living in the UK has contributed to her excellent command of English and her passion for travel also contribute to an excellent understanding of the needs of our guests. Having previously studied for 6 years in Zagreb, Antonija is now based in Split not far from home and as destination manager is responsible for making all the detailed arrangements for our guests' trips and supporting the City Hosts throughout Croatia.

Pavla
Pavla
City Host, Split & Trogir

Pavla is our City Host for the neighboring cities of Split and Trogir. Originally from nearby Omis, a popular destination for active and adventure pursuits, located as it is at the mouth of the Cetina River. With plenty of international travel experience and several seasonal tourism jobs during her graduate studies in political science Pavla has developed a solid understanding of the needs of visitors to her country. Her interests in food, wine, cycling and spending time at sea and on the Cetina river in always-suny Dalmatia align very well with what many of our guests look for on their vacation in the Adriatic region.

Josipa
Josipa
City Host, Dubrovnik

Josipa comes to us with a strong background in the tourism business in Dubrovnik and is returning to one of her favorite roles, direct contact with guests, after several years in sales roles with one of Dubrovnik's larger high-end hotels. A proud Dubrovkinja, Josipa knows all the best places in the city and the countryside around, which she loves visiting with her family. If you're starting your trip in Dubrovnik, Josipa will greet you upon arrival and will be your local contact, via the cellphone we provide, throughout your trip.

Daniele
Daniele
Italy Country Manager

Daniele joins us to manage our expansion into Italy after a couple of seasons of running our popular gourmet tours there. Originally from Torino, his engineering background and a job with Fiat gave him the opportunity of living in several European countries. The perspective of being outside of Italy allowed him to even better appreciate the marvellous variety his homeland offers. His passion for his country and for travel comes through in the self-guided trips he plans for our guests but especially on the gourmet tours he continues to lead for us.

Nataly
Nataly
Central Europe Destination Manager

With her educational background in hospitality and tourism and Prague guide training, Nataly is the perfect fit for her combined duties as Destination Manager and local representative for our Central European destinations. Part of the JayWay team since 2012 and based in Prague for a decade, Nataly is originally from the Ukraine and has deep local knowledge of the city as well as the region in general.

Bettina
Bettina
Central Europe Destination Manager

A licensed tour guide and a proud Budapest local, Bettina is an excellent addition to our team in Hungary. She is overflowing with enthusiasm for Budapest's culture and history as well as its best cafés, and she loves sharing this knowledge with our guests. Her aim is to make people love the city as much as she does. A keen theater, concert and festival-goer, Bettina always has her finger on Budapest's pulse, which is ideal for her role as one of our Central Europe Destination Managers based in Hungary's capital.

Sabina
Sabina
Trip Planner and Accommodation Expert

Born in a mountain town, Sabina moved to Krakow at the age of 16 and knows it like the back of her hand. Sabina gained higher education in the second oldest university in Europe - Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Though her field of expertise is more connected to law, she has fallen in love with travelling and decided to share this passion with others. Having worked in a few hotels, she knows the travel business quite well and enjoys visiting all the destinations she is responsible for planning trips to.

Charlie
Charlie
Marketing Manager

A Brit with a decade and a half of living in Prague under his belt and an extensive knowledge of the Central Europe region, Charlie's digital marketing degree and work experience as well as his love of travel, eating out and drinking fine wine make him the perfect fit for looking after JayWay's marketing needs and improving our internal processes. Charlie is a frequent contributor to the JayWay Travel blog and has a thing for flying drones over UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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