Nathalie Nagy and Yana Flaksman
Nathalie Nagy and Yana Flaksman — the founders of Boutique Journeys – met while attending an international school in Budapest and quickly bonded over their many mutual interests, chief among them a desire to explore and experience their surroundings to the fullest extent.
As their friendship grew, they traveled extensively throughout Europe and beyond, and increased their appreciation and understanding of this multifaceted region. Nathalie moved to New York, where she spent 16 years in the travel industry working in one of America’s most successful agencies, specializing in personalized service and overseeing travel arrangements for the most discerning customers. She has been acknowledged in Travel & Leisure Magazine in the A List Top 125 Agents from 2004 – 2016, and is a part of the Bon Appetit Magazine Epicurean Travel Board 2008 – 2016. During this time, Yana spent several years working in the European travel industry and increasing her contacts in this region. Thirteen years ago, all their work and experience evolved into the founding of a company whose mission was to provide the highest quality experience to travelers such as themselves – with the highest standards, a desire to make the most of their time, and an appreciation for the finer things in life.
Yana set up an office in Budapest geared towards keeping abreast of all the latest local events and tips and organizing all the customized arrangements. Meanwhile Nathalie set up their New York base of operations, the foundation of Boutique Journeys’ international networks. Growing steadily, Nathalie and Yana were able to hand-pick incredible partners and team-members who shared their goals and high expectations. Every member of their energetic team is selected for their dedication to customer service and in-depth knowledge of travel throughout the area. While maintaining the highest of standards, the company has been sharing their vision with more people each year.
This background of friendship and deep love for the neighboring Central European countries, as well as a desire and commitment to share this appreciation with others is what makes Boutique Journeys so unique. Boutique Journeys reliable and superior vision paves the way to experience this region, be it the for the first time visitor or for those returning to relive unforgettable memories.
For over 25 years I have worked in the hotel industry, holding positions in various international 5-star hotels, including Hilton International, Four Seasons and Le Meridien.
During my career, I held many positions in the Front Office area, starting out as a bell boy, moving up to concierge and during the last 15 years, working as a Front Office manager. As a proud member of the Hungarian Golden Key (Les Clefs D’or) Organization, I strongly believe in their motto „Service through Friendship”.
I have always been very happy doing what I love: serving guests and helping them creating unforgettable memories while they visited Hungary. My background and experience has helped me continue doing what I love since May 2015, when I became the newest member of the Boutique Journeys (formerly Mosaic Journeys) team.
I am fluent in Hungarian, English, German as well as Italian. My hobbies include ice-hockey as well as music, and currently I also moonlight as a drummer in a rockband.
Born and raised in Budapest, Bogi is the youngest member of our team.
Bogi received her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies from Eotvos Lorand Science University, and currently she is working on her Master’s Degree in Social Politics.
In the summer of 2013 she began working part-time with Boutique Journeys and soon became a full time member of our team. Despite this being Bogi’s first professional position, she has proven herself to be more than just a travel concierge.
Outside of work, she loves to spend time with her family and friends. Her other passions are traveling and sports, especially biking and running.
Bogi speaks fluent Hungarian and English.
Born and raised in Hungary, I have spent the last 16 years working in the Hospitality Industry. I have held various sales positions at the Kempinski Corvinus Hotel, the Sofitel and the last 12 years at the Four Seasons Gresham Palace in Budapest.
In May I joined the Boutique Journeys Team, but my relationship with Nathalie and Yana dates back to 2004 as they were some of my first clients at the Four Seasons in Budapest. From the first moment we met, we became friends and it was always a pleasure to work together with the ladies.
After having my baby boy – who just turned 4 years old – my dream was to be able to join their company as I have always respected their professionalism and efforts establishing a luxury incoming agency in Europe.Bringing the experience from the US market we work very well together day to day and I am really enjoying the new tasks; preparing customized itineraries for our beloved clients and also becoming familiar with new destinations, luxury hotels and services in our region.
Spoken languages: Hungarian, English, German
Judy Weiner – on maternity leave
Born in Hungary, raised in a multi-cultural environment and receiving a scholarship to attend the American International School of Budapest, I have always been open to other cultures and languages.
My father worked in aviation and I have been traveling the world since the age of 2, helping develop my passion for travel since early childhood. Our whole family has the travel bug!
Graduating with a Masters degree from ELTE University and majoring in English Literature and Linguistics, I worked as a personal assistant at Universal Music. Later I moved on to marketing in multinational companies and also held the position of managing director for a Dutch luxury travel company based in Hungary for over 3 years. After all my career adventures, Nathalie and Yana found me working in travel and asked me to join their Boutique Journeys (formerly knowns as Mosaic Journeys) family over a decade ago.
I was fortunate enough to marry ‘another great traveler ‘and we have a beautiful baby boy as the fruit of our journey.
Spoken languages: Hungarian, English, German
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