Who we are

We are a family-run travel agency specialized in active,
outdoor tourism in Western Turkey.

The Serçin family has over 25 years experience in the tourism sector. Orhan and his wife Özgün were the first to open a guesthouse in the small historic lakeside village of Kapıkırı (ancient Heraclea) on beautiful Bafa Lake in the 1980s. The Latmos Travel agency bundles the combined experience of the family in order to now also offer guests from all over the world coordinated hiking, trekking and donkey tours in the Latmos Mountains and surrounding area. We offer opportunities to experience the archeological and cultural richness of the area as well as special interest tours (botany, birdwatching, olive harvesting).

We at Latmos Travel look forward to enthusiastically welcoming you to the area and extending our trademark hospitality and personalized service to new and returning guests.


The Latmos Travel Team

Our Guides

Orhan Serçin

Owner/Operator, Guide

Orhan and his family are passionate about providing memorable holiday experiences that allow guests to experience history, the natural world and village life with all their senses. Orhan was born and has lived in the village of Kapıkırı (Heracleia) his whole life. As the former mayor of the village, he continues to be dedicated to creating a dynamic and resilient tourism sector that benefits his community. Orhan is well-versed in the archeology and traditional culture of the region. He is also the devoted manager of the family’s olive grove of over 3,500 trees. He speaks German.

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Oktay Serçin

Guest Relations Manager, Guide

Oktay was born in Kapıkırı village and is following in his parents’ footsteps. Having grown up in the mountains, he is the guide of choice for hikes around Bafa Lake and enjoys leading the boating expeditions with a view to the conservation of its flora and fauna. When he is not guiding he excels at lending a listening ear to cater each tour to the particular needs of the group. He has very good knowledge of the neolithic cave paintings of the area. Oktay enjoys fishing, and is responsible for the husbandry of the family’s chickens. He loves to travel. He speaks English and German. He is First Aid certified.

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Mithat Serçin

Marketing & Tour Manager, Guide

Like his brother Oktay, the mountains are in Mithat’s blood. He was born and raised in the Latmos Mountains and knows the trails and surrounding countryside like the back of his hand. He is very often the first and helpful voice you will hear when you make contact with Latmos Travel on the telephone. He enjoys sharing his knowledge about the history and ecology of the region with visitors. His dream is to one day publish a book about the orchids of the Latmos Mountains. He is an amateur photographer. He speaks fluent English. His wife is a school teacher in Bafa. He has First Aid certification and Search & Rescue training.

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Kerim Yıldırım

Customer Service, Guide

Kerim is also a village native and, as Orhan’s cousin, part of the extended family. Kerim has many years of experience guiding the longer hiking tours and donkey trekking tours. He enjoys showing guests the living history of the area and has very good knowledge of the archeology of the region. When he is not guiding he assists in the front office and serves in the Agora Guesthouse’s restaurant. In the off-season he likes going fishing. He is a dedicated family man. He speaks German.

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We are licensed by the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and are registered with the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB, License No. 7192)

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