SCENIC ROUTES AND MARVELS
My wife Lale and I have been leading tours since the day we met, and long before. I was quite surprised as she told me the first time that she traveled the far east extensively when she was 18. I thought I was the tough traveler! The year we got married, she came up with the idea to organize our own tours, the way we like to travel, off the beaten path.
As free-lance tour guides, we worked for several reputable tour companies, and in all levels of service providing. Through the years, we have seen that the mass market understanding denied the expectations, requests, and changing demands of the international traveler. There was hardly any interaction between the traveler and the local.
And the way we look at travel concept remains the same. This is all about having a better understanding of the local culture, history and art, so that you get to know the people, and the country as it is, not only through our eyes.
Nowadays we can lead a limited number of tours, but we are not ment to be behind the desk either. We still travel thousands of miles every year in the country and abroad, in search for the new and exciting, and to make sure all is running fine. We are on the road to introduce Turkey and the region as a destination, doing talks and slide shows. We prefer to keep low profile on tours, and usually go with the flow. To us, off the beaten path does not mean to sleep in run down places, and share the same bathroom with ten other people.
Tankut Aran Co-founder, Tour Director
SRM Travel has been running tours in Turkey for Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door since 1997
SRM is a member of Tursab, Turkish Travel Agencies Association; licence no: 3543
Lale & Tankut Aran are authors of Rick Steves’ popular guidebook to Istanbul
SRM Travel carries USD 1,000,000.- liability insurance