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Jeremiah Beasley in the Romanian countryside.

Jeremiah Beasley in the Romanian countryside. Photo: Traveler Oscar Beasley

My college-bound son Jeremiah and I enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime, father-son bonding travel experience in Romania. Our travel agent Jay Ternavan actually suggested Romania in the first place because our family is particularly interested in Orthodox churches, monasteries, and icons; Jay worked with us to create a city/countryside balance of experiences. From start to finish, Jay and his incredible team ensured that the entire trip was smooth sailing. Jemmy and I particularly enjoyed private transfers between Bucharest, Sibiu, Sighișoara, Brasov, and Gura Humorului, for several reasons. First, it was such a delight to have all location-changing logistics handled by an expert. Second, each private transfer became a mini-vacation, because each featured a beautiful Romanian treasure—Cozia Monastery, Biertan, and Bicaz Gorge, for example—that we would have missed had we traveled via train. And finally, I genuinely enjoyed getting to talk to our drivers and learn about their lives.

Particularly in late spring/early summer, Romania remains off the beaten tourist path. This means that Romanians are delighted to greet visitors and prices are low. Among our favorite experiences were walking tours in Sibiu and Brașov; two separate meals with Romanian families; Peleş Castle; and the painted monasteries of Bucovina. This region in the northeast of Romania is even less likely to see American visitors than the rest of the country—and worth every ounce of effort required to get there. The painted monasteries were a bucket-list item for us that did not disappoint and cannot adequately be described in words. Suffice it to say they were the most poignant finale to our Romanian adventure.

Jay and his team listened to our lodging requirements and found us unique, charming boutique hotels in each locale that knocked our socks off every time. Their expertise was invaluable to ensure that we squeezed the last drop out of every day of our trip. We are now interested in delving more deeply into the Balkans, and I can’t imagine doing so without consulting Jay first.

Jay’s office handled our visit to Switzerland exactly as requested. The staff who qualified us as to what we were looking for in preparing the itinerary, our appointed contact Eduardo to the arranged transports — all were excellent. Rain wasn’t great, but a little beyond their control! Lucerne great, Hotel Anker great, Jungfrau not to be missed. Hotel in Interlaken not perfect, but overall, excellent!

We had a wonderful trip full of special experiences thanks to the expert planning of Jay Ternavan’s team. The personalized attention from our representatives Ciaran and Neil made the trip interesting and hassle-free. The preparation, details, and suggestions helped make this a trip of a lifetime for us.

We are just back from our trip to Italy, celebrating my niece’s 25th birthday. We had an amazing time. We travelled to Florence, Trequanda and Sorrento.

Florence was beautiful, we had a private walking tour of the city and the Accademia Gallery. The David was magnificent to see in person.

We drove to Trequanda with our guide Daniele. Daniele was terrific, he was very knowledgeable about the areas we visited. He was also helpful with ideas and suggestions during our four days together. The scenery of the countryside was inspiring. The wine tasting at Brunello di Montalcino and the lunch at Taverna Squarcialupi were highpoints.

Sorrento was lively. Our drive around the Amalfi Coast was amazing, so picturesque. We enjoyed our time in the villages of Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. Another highlight was our private day trip to Capri and experiencing the Blue Grotto.

On our last day we took a cooking class, lots of fun and visited Pompeii, which was incredible.

The trip was well planned, we were able to see a lot in 10 days. Lorenza Ridolfi, our destination coordinator, was communicative and easy to contact when we needed her. We all had a great time!

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