“Black Tomato devises distinct, upscale adventures” – WSJ
Over the years, we’ve built an award-winning reputation as curators of immersive, tailor-made travel experiences. Founded in 2005 by Tom, James, and Matt – three friends and travel companions – we’ve always felt that what matters most isn’t ‘simply’ the destination, but how you want to feel when you get there. Feelings come first.
Put another way, we don’t ‘do’ box-ticking, tourist traps, or FOMO. It’s about something a whole lot deeper.
When you plan a tailor-made journey with us – to (almost) anywhere in the world – we’ll include a complimentary experience or excursion as part of your trip. This is your exclusive as a subscriber to Buy Side from WSJ Exclusives.
Good question. The journeys we’ve curated below are some of our most popular. But remember, everything we do is tailor-made – so you can think of them as blueprints. Shuffle the deck; add a little more of column B; throw in a picnic in the chamber of a dormant volcano. You can go anywhere. It’s entirely up to you.
When to travel: Mar-May and Oct-Nov
For the country that gave us both Mario and Hokusai, it’s obvious that Japan is a breathless and energetic mix. Cutting-edge hyper-modernity blended with ancient, spiritually revivifying tradition. On this trip, you’ll have the very best of both.
Your subscriber benefit: enjoy a private tea ceremony held at one of Kyoto’s finest traditional tea houses.Take me there
When to travel: April to September
At times, Iceland can seem almost too perfect; this outrageously dramatic, jaw-droppingly cinematic island in the middle of the Atlantic. This journey offers an electrifying, powerhouse odyssey through the ‘classics’ – from the black beaches of Reynisfjara to the glaciers of Sólheimajökull.
Your subscriber benefit: an indulgent visit to the oceanside geothermal of Sky LagoonTake me there
When to travel: November to March
For Pablo Neruda, to know the wilds of Chile is “to know the planet”. And for good reason, for this incomparable country boasts some of the most untameable landscapes on earth. This trip has it all: hiking the Lagunas Atlas; wining and dining in Santiago; kayaking the Cochrane River; and ‘ascending’ to the Atacama Desert, the driest place on earth. It’s thirsty stuff.
Your subscriber benefit: a private wine tasting at one of Santiago’s chicest barsTake me there
When to travel: Jun-October and Dec-Jan
If it’s good enough for David Attenborough, then it’s good enough for us. This mega Kenyan safari will get you closer to the animal kingdom than you ever thought possible – blending hands-on conservation projects, tented camps in the Maasai Mara, and horseback riding in the shadow of Mount Kenya. Bliss.
Your subscriber benefit: enjoy a complimentary Maasai beading lesson from skilled local artisans.Take me there
When to travel: March to October
In the land of Fernando Pessoa (“to be whole, it is enough to exist”), we’ve stirred together a completely enchanting mixture of culture, gastronomy, cities, and coastlines. Porto and Lison, of course. But also, exquisite Sintra and the outrageous Duoro Valley. Wine, dine, unwind, repeat.
Your subscriber benefit: a gourmet sunset picnic at Miradouro de Santa Catarina, a sublime Lisbon viewpointTake me there
When to travel: October to April
This is a big one. Imperious Delhi, the sublime Taj Mahal. We’ve got tiger trekking in Ranthambore and the unbelievably lovely Aravalli hills. Jaipur, Jodhpur, and – of course – the unforgettable sights of Udaipur. We realise this is really a list of place names. But they speak so strongly for themselves.
Your subscriber benefit: a private sunset dinner on your balcony at Amarvilas, overlooking the Taj MahalTake me there
Looking for something else?
The trips above are just a taste of what we can do. When you come with us, the world is truly your oyster – from the wilds of Argentine Patagonia to Mexico’s blissed-out Yucatan peninsula. And for any trip you book, you’ll get a free Buy Side from WSJ Exclusives member benefit. Ready to begin?
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