Travel + Leisure magazine has partnered with U.K. tour operator Black Tomato to launch Travel + Leisure Journeys, a series of vacations designed by the editors of Travel + Leisure.

The packages are not commissionable.

"Although Travel + Leisure Journeys are complete trips and can be bought exactly as is, they can also be customized to the traveler's preferences, and Black Tomato will engage each client before booking to ensure the experience is perfectly matched to what they're looking for," said a Travel + Leisure spokeswoman. "As such, they are designed to be booked directly by the traveler through Black Tomato, not third parties."

The initial 20 Travel + Leisure Journeys itineraries are available for booking this month. The vacations range in length and include Croatia, Cuba, Iceland, India, Japan, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Spain, Tennessee and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. They will focus on interacting with locals and off-the-beaten path adventures, elements the publication says are most commonly cited by its readers when asked about their favorite aspects of travel.

The shortest trip is a four-day getaway to Palm Springs, Calif. It includes a tour of the destination’s landmarks with a local architecture expert and starts at $1,960 per person. The longest trip is a 24-day Papua New Guinea journey starting at $14,175 per person, including overnighting in remote camps with access to tribal hunting grounds, spelunking in limestone caves and hiking into the Bosavi Crater.

The itineraries can be booked through Black Tomato online or by calling (844) 284-0205.

“We see tremendous potential in experiential travel, and Black Tomato brings exceptional client service, deep knowledge and a strong digital presence to Travel + Leisure Journeys,” Jay Meyer, vice president and publisher of Travel + Leisure, said in a statement.

Black Tomato was founded in 2005 by Tom Marchant, James Merrett and Matt Smith. It has offices in London and New York.

Travel + Leisure Journeys will be highlighted in the October issue of the magazine.
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This report was edited on Wednesday afternoon to add that the packages aren't commissionable.

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