Best Itineraries for Retirees in Turkey


It is not surprising that many European retirees live in Turkey, especially around the Mediterranean region, as the cost of living is low and the atmosphere is pleasant. Visiting retirees, can reward themselves in Turkey for your years of work by spending some time. For this purpose, we are presenting to you the most beautiful, economic, and stress-free travel plans in Turkey. You can fit the following best itineraries for retirees into a few days, or you can choose to spend more time at any of them as well.

Amasya – Çorum – Tokat – Sivas Route

You can take a tour of Amasya, which is one of the most charming cities of Anatolia. You may sip your tea on the terrace while taking pictures in the historic Amasya houses. You can visit Alacahöyük in Çorum, which has a history of 7000 years, and visit the Murad-ı Rabi Mosque, the İskilip Rock tombs, and the Incesu canyon. You can find rest for your soul in the Tokat tour of the Ballıca caves, and you can rest your body in Sulusaray hot spas. In Sivas Buruciye Madrasa, you can enjoy historic buildings on the city tour.

Best Itineraries for Retirees

Kizilirmak river.

Green Northerly Destinations for Retirees

Start the Western Black Sea tour from Zonguldak, where the green meets the blue. After visiting the Cehennemağzı and Gökgöl Caves, go to Karabük. Take a picture on the cruise terrace in Incekaya Canyon. Visit Safranbolu, see the aqueducts, and visit historic houses. Take a walk in Ulukaya Waterfall in Amasra and wander along the untouched coasts of Bartın.

Best Itineraries for Retirees

Incekaya Aqueduct (Tokatli Canyon) in Safranbolu, Karabuk, Turkey. Safranbolu offers a pleasant atmosphere for retirees in Turkey.

Visit Historical Places in Eskişehir – Afyon – Konya Triangle

Take a gondola tour of Porsuk River in Eskişehir, visit historic sites such as Şeyh Edebali Tomb, and visit the historic houses in the Odunpazarı. Stay in Afyon thermal springs, stop at Karaca Cave, visit historic buildings and ancient cities. Visit the tomb of Mevlânâ and join the whirling dervishes in Konya, and take a break in the Meram vineyards.

Best Itineraries for Retirees

Old traditional Ottoman house in the background.

Yedigöller Tour to Rest Your Soul

If you just want to be alone with nature, the Yedigöller tour offers many destinations where you can add a different kind of excitement to each day. You can participate in nature walks, picnics, and fishing in Yedigöller National Park in Bolu. İncegöl, Sazlıgöl, Seringöl, Nazlıgöl, Büyükgöl, and Deringöl are the wonderful parts of nature you can visit each day. For retirees who feel young, there is a campsite in Yedigöller.

Best Itineraries for Retirees

Autumn landscape in Yedigoller (Seven Lakes) Park Bolu, Turkey.

İstanbul Tours

When you start with Beyazıt Square, visit the most central and historical locations such as the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, Gülhane Park. and Topkapı Palace. Walk on the corniche to Sarayburnu. Visit the Yahya Efendi Dergah in Beşiktaş and enjoy a view of the Bosphorus by eating kumpir in Ortaköy. Devote a separate day to Istanbul’s museums. Stop by the Sahaflar Bazaar and shop. Relax at the end of the İstanbul tour at Atatürk Arboretum.

Best Itineraries for Retirees

Galata Tower and the street in the Old Town of Istanbul, Turkey.

Discover Southeastern

You can explore the beautiful cities of South and East Anatolia on a week-long tour. Visit the Zeugma Museum in Gaziantep on the Silk Road and see the zoo, then treat your palate at the nice Gaziantep restaurants. Take in the sunrise on Mount Nemrut in Adıyaman and visit the historic sites such as the Grand Mosque, Cendere Bridge, and Abuzer Gaffari Tomb. Photograph historic houses in Şanlıurfa and relax in Balıklı Göl. Watch the Göbeklitepe excavations and visit the Harran houses. Visit the Deyrulzaferan Monastery and other historic buildings in Mardin.

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Zinciriye Madrasah in Mardin.

Cappadocia Tours for Golden Ages

For the retirees who live in the second spring, you can find many historic and natural beauties in Cappadocia. Visit the Göreme National Park and the fairy chimneys. See the underground cities and monasteries. Visit the Cappadocia Art and History Museum and take photos in the open air museums of Göreme and Zelve. Ihlara Valley, Zemi Valley, and Güllüdere Valley should also be seen. Take the balloon tour from the sunrise to see the Cappadocia by panoramic view of Uçhisar Castle.

Church of St. John the Baptist in Cavusin

Church of St. John the Baptist in Cavusin, Turkey. Part of its facade collapsed in 1980, is one of the oldest churches in Cappadocia, and dates from the 5th century.

Bursa and İznik Destinations

There are many historic places for the retirees in Bursa and İznik where the Ottoman Empire was established. Visit the Grand Mosque, the symbol of the city in Bursa, and see the Green Madrasa. Visit the Museum of Turkish Islamic Artworks and enjoy a view of the city by drinking tea at sunset in the Tophane district. When you visit İznik, visit the Muradiye Mosque and the Green Mosque. Watch the manufacturing of the world-famous İznik tiles. The next day, take a walk in Sansarak Valley and fish in Lake İznik. Visit the UNESCO-listed village of Cumalıkızık to see the colorful houses and stroll through natüre.

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Hagia Sophia Mosque (İznik Ayasofya Orhan Camii). Bursa is a popular destination among local retirees in Turkey.