Sights to Be­hold

These bou­tique com­pa­nies are tak­ing ex­pe­ri­en­tial travel to the next level.

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Black Tomato

Who are they? This up­scale hol­i­day-book­ing ser­vice — founded in 2005 by three young Brits who met while trav­el­ling in Queens­land — helped pop­u­larise ex­pe­ri­en­tial travel through of­fer­ing clients tai­lored, outof-the-or­di­nary trips al­most any­where in the world.

Try them if: You’re a trav­eller who’s in­de­pen­dent-minded but ap­pre­ci­ates the value of on-the-ground as­sis­tance and ac­com­mo­da­tion that is care­fully vet­ted.

Next-level of­fer­ing: Black Tomato has launched a Drone the World ser­vice that part­ners trav­ellers with ex­pe­ri­enced aerial pho­tog­ra­phers in a va­ri­ety of des­ti­na­tions, in­clud­ing Jökul­sár­lón and its ice­bergs in Ice­land and the Gobi Desert in Western Mon­go­lia. Your drone op­er­a­tor will con­sult with you and cre­ate per­son­alised im­ages and video, so you can for­get about In­sta­gram and soak up your sur­rounds. www. black­tomato.com.

CLOCK­WISE FROM TOP LEFT Gobi Desert; le­mon tart dish from Os­te­ria Frances­cana; Mas­simo Bot­tura; Arn­hem Land travel guide.

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